Manchester City’s seemingly unstoppable march toward the 2017/18 Premier League title saw them brush off the challenge of their closest rivals when they defeated Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend. 

Pep Guardiola’s men then went to The Liberty Stadium and thrashed Swansea 4-0 in midweek. Their form shows no sign of letting up.

Things may get a little trickier this weekend when they take on Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side, whose recent record at the Etihad will give their fans cause for optimism.

Speaking of Arsenal, their form has taken a dip of late, and they head into this weekend on a three-game winless streak. A home game against struggling Newcastle – who may well be sold to businesswoman Amanda Staveley for around $403 million in the coming days – could be just what the doctor ordered for Arsene Wenger’s men.

At the other end of the table, West Brom‘s remarkable winless run is showing little sign of ending, and things aren’t likely to get any better this weekend, either. The Baggies are at home this weekend, but they’re playing host to an angry Manchester United side that’s still fuming after their home loss to City last weekend. Jose Mourinho’s men bounced back with a narrow 1-0 win against Bournemouth in midweek, and they’ll be looking to rack up the goals against Alan Pardew’s side.

Here’s the full weekend match list.

Saturday, Dec. 16

Leicester City (-115) Draw (+245) Crystal Palace (+330)
Arsenal (-400) Draw (+500) Newcastle United (+1100)
Brighton & Hove Albion (+155) Draw (+190) Burnley (+210)
Chelsea (-280) Draw (+390) Southampton (+800)
Stoke City (+115) Draw (+230) West Ham United (+235)
Watford (-140) Draw (+265) Huddersfield Town (+395)
Manchester City (-200) Draw (+350) Tottenham Hotspur (+475)

Sunday, Dec. 17

West Bromwich Albion (+525) Draw (+290) Manchester United (-185)
Bournemouth (+550) Draw (+360) Liverpool (-215)

Monday, Dec. 18

Everton (-150) Draw (+260) Swansea City (+425)

Odds from Bovada.lv on December 14

Finding value:

  • Burnley (+210 vs Brighton) and West Ham (+235 vs Stoke) offer good value on the road this week, but the best value selection is probably Manchester United. Sure, they’re odds-on, at -185, but against a West Brom side that hasn’t won since their second game of the season, they should probably be shorter.
  • Leicester is on a roll. They have the second-longest active win streak in the EPL with four successive wins, and they should get a fifth against struggling Palace, at -115.
  • Tottenham has an excellent recent record against Manchester City, having won three and drawn one of their last four meetings, scoring at least two goals on each occasion. City is on a roll right now, but the Spurs have the firepower to cause City a few problems again. They drew the last time they met, and the draw looks solid value here at +350.

EPL SEASON: KEY STATS

On a tear…

Current EPL win streaks
14: Manchester City
4: Leicester City

In a slump…

Current EPL losing streaks
3: Newcastle United, Brighton & Hove Albion
2: Stoke City, Watford

Games without an EPL win
15: West Bromwich Albion
8: Newcastle United
6: Brighton & Hove Albion
5: Bournemouth
4: Watford, Southampton

Hotshots

EPL Top Goalscorers
13: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
12: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
10: Sergio Aguero (Man City)
9: Raheem Sterling (Man City), Alvaro Morata (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd), Wayne Rooney (Everton)
8: Gabriel Jesus (Man City), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)
7: Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

Creators

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), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley), Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Top of the Stops

EPL Most Saves
68: Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City)
65: David de Gea (Manchester United)
59: 
Fraser Forster (Southampton)
55: 
Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City),
53: Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth)
52:
 Jordan Pickford (Everton)

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