Five Premier League matches have already been suspended over the weekend due to the COVID-19 outbreak among the club, with fans robbed of many fun matches, but the rest continues as scheduled for now.
While Saturday’s roster focuses more on the teams battling them in the middle of the table, Sunday’s roster will get any Premier League fan excited. Storylines abound, top teams start playing, and players are looking to make their mark on meat and potatoes this festive period.
Premier League leaders Manchester City will face relegation candidates at Newcastle, and if they emerge victorious, then Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal will have to keep up. Arsenal will be tested with a feisty but vulnerable group Leeds United, while Chelsea and Liverpool take the field on Sunday against teams battling for a place in Europe.
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English Premier League Round 18
|Date||match||time (Eastern time)||TV channels||flow|
|Saturday, December. 18||Manchester United vs Brighton||Delayed|
|Saturday, December. 18||Watford vs Crystal Palace||Delayed|
|Saturday, December. 18||West Ham vs Norwich City||Delayed|
|Saturday, December. 18||Aston Villa vs Burnley||10 am||NBCSN, Universe||fuboTV|
|Saturday, December. 18||Southampton vs Brentford||Delayed|
|Saturday, December. 18||Leeds United vs.||12:30 pm||NBC, the universe||fuboTVpeacock|
|Sunday 19 December||Everton vs Leicester City||Delayed|
|Sunday 19 December||Wolverhampton vs Chelsea||9 am||USA Network, Universe||fuboTV|
|Sunday 19 December||Newcastle vs Manchester City||9:15 am||NBCSN||fuboTV|
|Sunday 19 December||Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool||11:30 am||–||peacock|
Premier League betting odds, streaks, choices
Here are the lines, point differences, and totals for all five matches on the list with listed choices and predictions for three of them:
Aston Villa vs Burnley
- money line: Aston Villa -135 / Draw +295 / Burnley +370
- diffuse: Aston Villa -0.5 (-130) / Burnley +0.5 (+115)
- 2.5 total goals: Over -115 / Under -105
- Both teams to score: Yes +360 / No -550
Leeds United vs.
- money line: Leeds +300 / Draw +285 / Arsenal -115
- diffuse: Arsenal -0.5 (115) / Leeds +0.5 (+100)
- 2.5 total goals: More than -140 / Less than +120
- Both teams to score: Yes +285 / No -425
These two teams come into this match completely opposite. Arsenal have found a move, perhaps a case of Obam Ewing theory with the former captain being thrown out of the squad for the time being. He wouldn’t be available for selection for the third game in a row, but Arsenal have looked good so far without him. In the impressive midweek win over West Ham, Arsenal looked comfortable throughout.
Meanwhile, Leeds are in a horrific state, the squad depleted as they come out of their worst ever Premier League defeat, 7-0 to Man City. With just one win since October, Leeds have conceded 12 goals in their last three games. Patrick Bamford, Calvin Phillips and Robin Koch were all injured, and coach Marcelo Bielsa was unable to successfully replace them.
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Historically, Arsenal have not lost to Leeds United in any competition since their Premier League defeat in the late 2002/03 season – and Arsenal’s most famous defeat in the league was until October 2004, thanks to the Invincibles. This is Arsenal’s 10-match unbeaten run over opponents this weekend.
Given Arsenal’s form, the form of their opponents and the historical form, it is surprising that Arsenal are not the heaviest candidate. People should love to bet against the Gunners.
- picking Arsenal Money Line (-115)
- prediction: Leeds 1, Arsenal 2
Wolverhampton vs Chelsea
- money line: Wolves +500 / Draw +320 / Chelsea -175
- diffuse: Chelsea -1 (+105) / Wolverhampton +1 (-120)
- 2.5 total goals: Over +110 / Under -135
- Both teams to score: Yes +115 / No -150
Chelsea are low on attacking talent due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi are set to miss their second game in a row with positive tests, while Kai Havertz has been in the middle of the week with a non-COVID illness. Add one for absentee due to long-term injury Ben Chilwell and previous positive test of Mateo Kovacic, and the Blues are suddenly weak in areas that were considered the center of strength just weeks ago.
The Blues have also had mixed results against Wolverhampton in recent history, failing to win three of their last six league meetings, including two 2-1 losses at Molineux in that period and a 0-0 draw in the last result back. in january.
While the Wolves aren’t at their best with just one win over the past five years, they still know how to defend. They cannot score, but have conceded only two goals in their last six matches, including just one against Liverpool and Manchester United, two teams known for their attacking prowess. The local crowd will be buzzing for a hit result. Expect Chelsea to face a tough skate, with the hosts able to grab a point.
- picking Wolves or a tie and under 2.5 total goals (+205)
- prediction: Wolves 1, Chelsea 1
Newcastle vs Manchester City
- money line: Newcastle +1400 / Draw +650 / Man City -525
- diffuse: Man City -2 (-105) / Newcastle +2 (-110)
- Total O/U 3 goals: Over -135 / Under +115
- Both teams to score: Yes +115 / No -150
Tottenham vs. Liverpool
- money line: Tottenham +475 / Draw +340 / Liverpool -175
- diffuse: Liverpool -0.5 (+115) / Tottenham +0.5 (-135)
- Total O/U 3 goals: Over +110 / Under -130
- Both teams to score: Yes -145/ No +110
Liverpool have won their last seven games against Tottenham in all competitions, including the famous Champions League final in 2019. Each of those matches were under four goals in total, and all but one were under three goals total. However, the value is not in the total, as you see negative odds all the way down to less than 3. And Liverpool are too dangerous up front to count on that. The value is instead in the clean sheet.
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Liverpool have kept only two clean sheets against Tottenham in a seven-game winning streak over their opponent, but recent history in the Reds. Spurs will be rusty having played just two games since Thanksgiving, with three league games postponed plus a European game. Tottenham have beaten bad teams this season, but against the “top six” teams, they have little return other than a 1-0 win over Manchester City on the first day of the season.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have conceded only one league goal since their early November loss to West Ham. This is a healthy Liverpool team. ride the wave.
- picking Liverpool win a draw (+160)
- prediction: Tottenham 0, Liverpool 2