The Premier League action comes thick and fast in December, with little respite for the teams as the packed festive period rapidly approaches.
We have a packed list of midweek EPL matches this week as the chasing pack begins to turn its thoughts away from the Premier League title and instead focuses on consolidating a UEFA Champions League qualifying spot by finishing in the top four.
Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte conceded the Blues’ title charge was all but over following their shock away loss at West Ham at the weekend, while leaders Manchester City struck a major blow to their closest rivals – both in geographical terms as well as in the EPL standings – when they defeated Manchester United at Old Trafford.
All of the top sides have winnable games on the midweek coupon, but there are other storylines worth considering when looking for value.
Former England managers Roy Hodgson and Sam Allardyce are currently working on reclamation projects as they look to steer Crystal Palace and Everton to safer waters after bad starts to the season.
Both have reasons to be optimistic ahead of their respective games this week, and both sides offer some value for bettors, too.
Here’s the full midweek match list.
Tuesday, Dec. 12
|Burnley (+120)||Draw (+205)||Stoke City (+250)|
|Crystal Palace (+120)||Draw (+235)||Watford (+235)|
|Huddersfield Town (+900)||Draw (+385)||Chelsea (-310)|
Wednesday, Dec. 13
|Newcastle United (+130)||Draw (+225)||Everton (+215)|
|Southampton (+110)||Draw (+230)||Leicester City (+265)|
|Swansea City (+1200)||Draw (+575)||Manchester City (-525)|
|Liverpool (-500)||Draw (+575)||West Bromwich Albion (+1300)|
|Manchester United (-450)||Draw (+500)||Bournemouth (+1000)|
|Tottenham Hotspur (-475)||Draw (+525)||Brighton & Hove Albion (+1300)|
|West Ham United (+450)||Draw (+320)||Arsenal (-170)|
- After Christian Benteke’s penalty miss on Saturday cost them a priceless win at home against Bournemouth, Crystal Palace will be fired up to avoid another slip up at home when they face Watford, which has taken just one point from its last three EPL games. Palace is +120 to notch the win on Tuesday.
- The top four of Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool all have eminently winnable games, as does Tottenham. A five-way parlay pays out at odds of around +180.
- Everton has won its last three EPL games against Newcastle United, and they’re +215 to extend that run at St James’ Park on Wednesday night.
- West Ham shocked Chelsea 1-0 at the London Stadium last weekend. They’re +450 to repeat the feat against Arsenal on Wednesday night.
EPL SEASON: KEY STATS
On a tear…
Current EPL win streaks
14: Manchester City
3: Leicester City
In a slump…
Current EPL losing streaks
2: Newcastle United, Brighton & Hove Albion
Games without an EPL win
14: West Bromwich Albion
7: Newcastle United
5: Brighton & Hove Albion
3: Watford, Southampton, Crystal Palace
EPL Top Goalscorers
13: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
12: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
9: Sergio Aguero (Man City), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Alvaro Morata (Chelsea)
8: Gabriel Jesus (Man City), Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Wayne Rooney (Everton)
7: Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
EPL Top Assists
8: David Silva (Man City), Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)
6: Leroy Sane (Man City), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
5: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Pascal Gross (Brighton), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Man Utd), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Matt Ritchie (Newcastle), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley), Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Top of the Stops
EPL Most Saves
62: Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City)
58: David de Gea (Manchester United)
54: Fraser Forster (Southampton)
52: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth)
48: Jordan Pickford (Everton)