English Premier League Picks
|Date & Time||Sunday December 23, 2018, 12:00 PM (EST)|
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Wolves vs Liverpool: Wolves will be hosting Liverpool at home. Liverpool have been the best team in the competition and are top of the ladder having beaten Manchester United in their last outing. Wolves have had some big wins this season including a victory over Chelsea. That being said, Liverpool are playing outstanding football and no team looks close to them in quality so I am picking the Reds to win away from home.
Arsenal vs Burnley: Arsenal had a shock defeat last weekend as they were beaten by Southampton away from home. While the defeat was very disappointing, the team still had positives as the likes of Mkhitarian played exceptionally well. As it currently stands, Arsenal are 5th on the ladder but they must restore their winning ways since the fight for Champions League spot is very tight. On the other side of the coin, Burnley lost another game as they were beaten by Tottenham. Burnley are amongst the worst teams in the league and are fighting for relegation. Playing away from home is always tough and I see Burnley getting beaten badly by Arsenal.
Huddersfield vs Southampton: Southampton had a big win last weekend as they beat Arsenal at home. The win moved the Saints up the ladder but the team must win more games in they wish to remain safe at the end of the season. Huddersfield, on the other hand, lost to Newcastle is their last outing and that loss was very troubling as it was a home game for the Terriers. Southampton enter this match in better form and I see them winning away from home against a very poor and out of form Huddersfield team.
Bournemouth vs Brighton: Bournemouth lost to Wolves in their last outing meaning the Cherries have now lost 2 successive games. The loss moved Bournemouth out of the top 10 but the team should be happy that they are back home for this fixture since they have been very strong at Vitality Stadium all season. On the other side of the pitch, Brighton also lost last weekend as they were beaten by Chelsea. Similar to their opponents, Brighton are far stronger at home than on the road. Both teams are evenly matched this season as only 2 points differentiate them on the ladder. As far as this match is concerned, I am picking Bournemouth to win since they are at home and both teams are stronger on their home grounds.
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace: Manchester City continued their good run as they won their last match against Everton. The Sky Blues need to continue their form to ensure they don’t let Liverpool run away with the Premier League title. Gabriel Jesus played exceptionally well in the last game as the Brazilian scored twice for Manchester City. On the other side of the coin, Crystal Palace also won as they beat Leicester City in their last fixture. That being said, Palace have struggled against the big team and Manchester City will be very tough to play away from home. With the game at the Etihad Stadium, I see Manchester City winning this fixture with ease.
Newcastle vs Fulham: Newcastle had a big win last weekend as they beat Huddersfield away from home. The Magpies fought hard and that ensured they move up the ladder. On the other side of the coin, Fulham have continued their disappointing season as they lost another game. The Cottagers were beaten by West Ham and the defence was poor once again. Newcastle are very good at home and St James Park is a hard place to visit. Considering how poorly Fulham are playing, I see them losing this fixture and Newcastle getting all 3 points.
West Ham vs Watford: West Ham have revived their season well as they won another game last weekend. The Hammers beat Fulham to continue their charge up the ladder. Watford also won their last fixture as they beat Cardiff City. Both teams are well composed and have been winning but West Ham looks to be in better form and have the advantage of playing at home. Having won their past 4 games, I see West Ham also winning this fixture.