The English Premier League is one league that looks interesting and full of surprises, you never know when an underdog will swallow a big gun. No wonder most people are of the view that it is the biggest and most competitive league.
With most of the major leagues in Europe going on break, the English Premier league has gotten much more busier and thrilling with captivating matches.
We have profiled five matches coupled with betting tips.
1. Liverpool vs Arsenal- Liverpool Win and over 0.5 goals
Liverpool meet Arsenal in what what will go down as the match of the week. Liverpool have been cruising comfortably in the season with the bragging right as the only team yet to taste defeat this season. This achievement could more be attributed to the their most expensive signing goalkeeper Allison Becker who has been impressive between the sticks.
Virgil Van Dijk has also been very commanding in the heart of the defense of the reds and always making sure that their last man is always well covered. €50 million signee Fabinho despite enduring a slow start in the league has become a powerhouse in midfield for the Anfield faithfuls in recent times especially in the games against Manchester United, Wolves and Newcastle United where he scored his first goal for the club.
Arsenal on the other hand have been very good this season despite disappointing at times. The Gunners have won 11, drawn 5 and lost 3 matches. They have only managed only 3 clean-sheets, a weakness Liverpool will be looking forward to exploit. The league’s top scorer, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has been in a great shape ahead of this game.
This fixture may as well be the battle to lead the goal scorer’s in the league as Arsenal’s leads with 13 goals on the goals with Liverpool’s Salah following with 12 goals.
The partnership between Guendouzzi and Torrera has been very good. The latter’s composure and long searching balls to locate strikers will be very key in this fixture.
The stats are much in Liverpool’s favor; Arsenal are without a win in their last five trips to Anfield to face Liverpool in the Premier League. They have drawn 2 and lost 3 conceding two or more goals in each match thus 17 in total
Liverpool have gone seven games unbeaten against Arsenal in all competitions (W3 D4) – they last embarked upon a longer such run in February 2000 (14 games).
Arsenal’s inability to get all maximum 3 points at the Amex stadium against a comparatively weak opposition Brighton really shows the Gunners will lack confidence ahead of this game. Though we are anticipating a very stiff match we are very optimistic that Klopp’s men will end the day with all the three maximum points.
2. Leicester City vs Cardiff city – Leicester Win
Leicester City will be hoping to make it 3 wins in a row after their staggering performances against two of the best in the league Chelsea and Manchester City. Despite their talisman Jamie Vardy not been in the greatest of shapes this season , he scored a crucial goal against Chelsea at the Bridge and assisted one against City this a confidence booster for the former Premier League winners.
The foxes are looking forward for an European spot and cannot afford to lose as Everton is on their heels.
Cardiff City have been very disappointing this season. They have managed only 4 wins in 19 outings and conceded 38 goals and have failed to win a league match in their last 3 outings. After 19 matches, Neil Warnock’s men have just 15 points, just 3 points above City.
Their woes will once again deepen as Leicester City do not look likely this crucial 3 points. At least a 2 nil win will seal the victory for the Foxes.
3. Tottenham Hostpur vs Wolves – Tottenham Hostpurs Win and Over 1.5 goals
Just a week ago, Tottenham were considered outside title challengers at best but a stunning spell of form coupled with unexpected slip-ups for Manchester City have seen them storm into the position of Liverpool’s closest competitors.
Jurgen Klopp’s side remain six points clear at the top of the table, but with matches against Arsenal and Man City to come for the leaders, Spurs will see their double-header against Wolves and Cardiff City as a real chance to close that gap further. The North Londoners have enjoyed a memorable Christmas so far, plundering 11 goals in their last two games with a 6-2 triumph over Everton being followed by a 5-0 thrashing of Bournemouth on Boxing Day.
Spurs have never before scored five or more goals in three successive top-flight games, but with the likes of Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen all in such good form it is an achievement which is not out of the realms of possibility this weekend.
As a team, Tottenham have now won 12 and lost just one of their last 14 games across all competitions, including each of their last four.
Wolves will look back on 2018 fondly having secured promotion to the Premier League and then quickly set about consolidating their place in the top flight.
However, much of their form so far this season will have frustrated and delighted Nuno Espirito Santo in equal measure, with his side performing well against the top teams but suffering too many slip-ups against those they are expected to beat.
Wolves took points off Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal during the first half of the season – with Spurs and Liverpool the only top-six teams to have beaten them – but they have also dropped points against the likes of Huddersfield Town, Cardiff and most recently, Fulham.
Nuno’s side were fortunate to come away with even a point from their visit to Craven Cottage on Boxing Day as Romain Saiss rescued a draw with an 85th-minute equaliser, making it now two games without a win having won three in a row prior to the recent slump.
Of course, Wolves’ form must be kept in context; as a promoted side they are only two points behind seventh place and enjoy a 14-point cushion to the relegation zone – as many as separate them from the top four too.
A top-half finish must be considered a success for their first campaign back in the top flight, and if they enjoy an identical second half of the season to the first then they would finish on a respectable total of 52 points – a tally which would have secured eighth place last term.
One aspect Nuno will be hoping to improve in the second half of the season is his side’s away form having won just one of their last five games on the road and scored only eight goals in nine away games so far this term.
Indeed, goal scoring has been a problem for much of the campaign, with every other team in the top 13 having found the back of the net more than Wolves during the opening 19 games.
Should they make it five in a row on Saturday then it would pile the pressure on Liverpool and hope for a slip by the leaders.
Spurs are unbeaten in their last five meetings with Wolves, stretching back to a 1-0 defeat in February 2010.
That was one of only two victories Wolves have managed in the last 15 meetings across all competitions, with Tottenham winning 10 of those including the reverse fixture in November.
Wolves have won just one of their last 12 away games against Tottenham too, with that triumph coming in December 2009.
We believe this match will be a mere formality for Spurs, it will be a surprise if Wolves are able to pick a point at Wembley.
4. Brighton and Hove Albion vs Everton – Everton Win or Draw
The draw against Arsenal will give Brighton and Hove Albion a lot of hope and confidence ahead of this match.
They have only managed to pick just a point out of a possible nine in their last 3 matches.
The Merseyside blues have not been very consistent with results this season. They have managed to amass 27 points and lie in 8th position on the log, a very good prospect to push for an Europa spot.
Their 5 goals to 1 away win against Burnley is a major statement to their opponents who have struggled with goals this season.
With Everton lacking consistency, a win or draw bet for Everton will be very appropriate.
5. Watford vs Newcastle – Watford Win or Draw
Two sides battling for safety in the league battle out. This game is a tricky game as both sides can easily win the game.
Watford have been playing quite well this season. Their talsiman Roberto Pereyra has been very incredible this season. His has scored six goals, a goal better than the total number of goals he scored in the whole of 2017/2018 season. Watford are 10th on the log with 27 points.
Watford have lost three of their last four home league games, as many as they had in their first 13 at Vicarage Road under manager Javier Gracia.
Newcastle have been able to turn their season around, moving from the drop zone to a quite safer place on the log although their 17 points is only 2 points above safety.
The Magpies have failed to score in their last two Premier League games, last failing to score in three in a row in January 2016 under Steve McClaren.
Leading goal scorer Rondon is expected to start this game having not started the game against Liverpool. Midfilielder Jonjo Shelvey is also expected to make his return from injury.
The hosts should prevail with the three points here, to pile the pressure on the visitors, yet football sometimes works in mysterious ways. In this regard, a win or draw for Watford will be appropriate though Watford is likely to run away with all 3 points.
With only 4 wins from a possible 19 matches, Benitez’s men need to do better if they want to stay in the league.