Before all eyes turn to Anfield and Old Trafford on Sunday, there’s a packed slate of Premier League action to pick over.
Chelsea will look to bank three points in Saturday’s early kickoff against ailing West Ham, while Tottenham will be looking to avoid any slip-ups against struggling Stoke City.
At the bottom of the table, Crystal Palace will be looking to pick up a priceless home win against mid-table Bournemouth, while West Bromwich Albion travels to a fellow struggling side, Swansea, in a battle between two of the three teams with the longest winless runs in the EPL.
Here’s the full match list for this weekend’s action.
Saturday, Dec. 9
|West Ham United (-600)||Draw (+340)||Chelsea (-220)|
|Burnley (+145)||Draw (+215)||Watford (+200)|
|Crystal Palace (EVEN)||Draw (+240)||Bournemouth (+285)|
|Huddersfield Town (+160)||Draw (+195)||Brighton & Hove Albion (+200)|
|Swansea City (+160)||Draw (+195)||West Bromwich Albion (+195)|
|Tottenham Hotspur (-385)||Draw (+475)||Stoke City (+1000)|
|Newcastle United (+160)||Draw (+220)||Leicester City (+180)|
Sunday, Dec. 10
|Southampton (+290)||Draw (+260)||Arsenal (-110)|
|Liverpool (-360)||Draw (+475)||Everton (+950)|
|Manchester United (+240)||Draw (+245)||Manchester City (+115)|
- Winless since October, West Ham looks ripe for the taking by a rampant Chelsea side in superb form. The Blues hit three against Newcastle last week, and they look good at +135 to beat a 1.5 goal spread against the Hammers.
- Remarkably, Leicester (two-game win streak) is the betting underdog against Newcastle (six games without a win). You can back them at +180.
- Don’t be tempted in by the +285 on Bournemouth to beat Crystal Palace. The Cherries have picked up two wins and a draw from their last three away games, but the Eagles have found some much-needed form at Selhurst Park, winning two and drawing two of their last four at home, scoring twice on each occasion. In contrast, Bournemouth has scored twice away from home just once this season.
EPL SEASON: KEY STATS
On a tear…
Current EPL win streaks
13: Manchester City
4: Manchester United
2: Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester City, Everton
In a slump…
Current EPL losing streaks
4: Huddersfield Town
2: West Ham United, Swansea City
Games without an EPL win
13: West Bromwich Albion
8: West Ham United
7: Swansea City
6: Newcastle United
EPL Top Goalscorers
12: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
10: 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)
7: Wayne Rooney (Everton), 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)
Top of the Stops
EPL Most Saves
61: Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City)
53: David de Gea (Manchester United)
50: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)
49: Fraser Forster (Southampton)
46: Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth), Jordan Pickford (Everton)
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