Meanwhile, Tottenham host Wolves while out of form Manchester City head to Southampton
With the Premier League season now halfway through, the second act to this thrilling campaign can begin this coming Saturday (29 December) and there is no doubt as to the biggest game in the round – Liverpool against Arsenal at Anfield. We now have a three-horse race on our hands for the title, and Tottenham are also at home, against Wolves, while defending champions Manchester City visit Southampton.
First things first
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Where should I be investing my money?
First up, that clash between Liverpool and Arsenal. The Reds sit top of the pile, having won eight league games in a row, and are six points clear of Tottenham in second place – Liverpool are now the clear favourites to win the Premier League title and are priced at just 1.72 to do so.
Arsenal, by way of comparison, sit fifth in the table, just two points behind Chelsea in fourth. They have taken four points from their last two games and you could more than triple your money by backing them to finish in the top four at a price of 3.25, according to Oddsshark.
Regarding this game, it is Liverpool who come in as the red hot favourites to make it nine league wins in a row. You can back the Reds to take the points at just 1.50, with Arsenal all the way out at 5.75 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 4.50.
And we are expecting Liverpool to continue their recent, winning streak. A comfortable, 2-0 win for the home side comes in at 9.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$47.50 pay out, while you could more than double your money by backing under 2.5 goals in the game at 2.50.
Spurs look to close gap at top
On the same day, Tottenham host Wolves looking to see if they can make up any lost ground at the top of the table. The London club have won five league games in a row and have thrown themselves right into the title mix.
Wolves are recently promoted from the EFL Championship and are enjoying an excellent campaign in the top flight. They sit in the top half and could jump as high as seventh with a win here, depending on how other results go.
But it is Spurs who come in as the overwhelming favourites to pick up another win. You can back the home side to take the points at just 1.33, with Wolves out at 8.50 to record a shock victory – a draw is priced in the middle at 5.00.
This should be a comfortable win for a Spurs side which has scored 11 goals in its last two outings. A 3-0 win for them here also comes in at 9.50, while you could double your money by backing both teams to score at 2.00.
City need to get back on track
And finally, defending champions Manchester City head to Southampton having lost three of their last four games and dropped down from first to third in the league table. They now sit seven points behind league leaders Liverpool and, having been the overwhelming favourites to retain their league crown, are now priced at 2.75 to do so.
Southampton, in stark contrast, are enjoying an upturn in fortunes. They have won their last two league outings and, under new coach Ralph Hasenhuttl, look to be driving away from any relegation trouble – the Saints are now out at 11.00 to drop down to the second tier.
But it is City who come into this game as the favourites to get back to winning ways. You can back the champions to take the points at just 1.33 with Southampton, despite home advantage, out at 8.50 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 5.00.
And we are expecting City to get the better of their hosts. A comfortable, 3-1 win for the visitors is priced competitively at 12.00, thereby offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment, while you could almost triple your money by backing a combo bet of a City win, coupled with both teams to score, which comes in at 2.75.
Premier League round 20 fixtures:
Saturday, 29 December
(3.25) Brighton x Everton (2.15); draw (3.40)
(2.00) Fulham x Huddersfield (3.75); draw (3.40)
(1.55) Leicester City x Cardiff City (6.00); draw (4.00)
(1.33) Tottenham Hotspur x Wolverhampton Wanderers (8.50); draw (5.00)
(1.85) Watford x Newcastle United (4.00); draw (3.60)
(1.50) Liverpool x Arsenal (5.75); draw (4.50)
Sunday, 30 December
(4.50) Crystal Palace x Chelsea (1.72); draw (3.80)
(3.30) Burnley x West Ham (2.25); draw (3.20)
(8.50) Southampton x Manchester City (1.33); draw (5.00)
(1.30) Manchester United x Bournemouth (10.00); draw (5.00)