Match Week 21 in the Premier League is what brings us into the New Year.
All the best bets for this weekend’s fixtures as we begin the match week with a big contest at the Emirates between Arsenal and Manchester City.
Arsenal vs. Manchester City
January 1st 11:30pm
The two in-form teams of the Premier League greet each other when Manchester City travels to London for a clash against Arsenal at The Emirates.
City has charged to the lead in the Premier League with a 10-game winning streak and sit eight points clear atop of the table, while Arsenal has won its last four games since a 2-1 loss to Everton.
Arsenal will be missing the guidance of Mikel Arteta after he was COVID positive earlier in the week, so it will be intriguing to see how the Gunners deal with City from a tactical perspective.
City have won the last four fixtures between these teams at the Emirates, but there is something to like about Arsenal this season.
The Gunners did get battered 5-0 by City when they met in the second week of the campaign after going down to ten men.
Wth the form Arsenal is in and having a few more days to rest compared to City, it can easily pinch a point here.
Prediction: Arsenal 1 Manchester City 1
Suggested Bet: Draw at $4.50
Watford vs. Tottenham
january 2nd 2:00am
Tottenham Hotspur makes the trek to Vicarage Road when it prepares for a Premier League battle against Watford.
Spurs were unlucky not to grab three points against Southampton and creep closer to the top four, but they still do have a few games in hand on opponents above them.
Watford, meanwhile, is on a five-game skid and has not pinched a result since that famous 4-1 win over Manchester United back in November.
Tottenham clearly has the better squad and is far better form than Watford.
Would be a shock if Antonio Conte could not get his men up for this important clash on the road.
Prediction: Watford 0 Tottenham 3
Suggested Bet: Tottenham Hotspur head to head at $1.65
Suggested Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: Tottenham Hotspur head to head
Leg 2: Total goals over 2.5
Combined odds = $2.25
crystal palace vs. west ham
january 2nd 4:30am
Patrick Viera and Crystal Palace welcome David Moyes and West Ham to Selhurst Park for a Sunday morning Premier League contest.
Both teams come off impressive victories in their most recent fixtures with Palace registering a 3-0 win over Norwich, while West Ham battered Watford with a 4-1 triumph.
Viera will be hoping his defensive stock can hold fort for another match given it has been a weak point for his side at various stages throughout the year.
West Ham, though, is one of the more potent teams up front as it sits fourth for goals scored this season.
Expecting this to be high-scoring stalemate.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 2 West Ham 2
Suggested Bet: Draw at $3.4
southampton vs. newcastle
january 3rd 1:00am
The relegation battle will take another twist when Newcastle travels to St Mary’s Stadium for a duel against Southampton.
Eddie Howe and his troops nicked a 1-1 draw over Manchester United, which is sure to install some confidence.
Southampton, meanwhile, remained undefeated through three fixtures after a lucky 1-1 parity with Tottenham despite being reduce to 10 men after 39 minutes.
Defence has been a huge area of concern for Newcastle having conceded the equal worst amount of goals in the league (42).
It is something the Saints can exploit on their home deck where they have not lost since September.
Prediction: Southampton 2 Newcastle 1
Suggested Bet: Southampton head to head at $1.67
everton vs. brighton & hove albion
january 3rd 1:00am
After stealing a point off Chelsea on Thursday, Brighton & Hove Albion turns it attention to Everton at Goodison Park this weekend.
Danny Welbeck rescued Brighton from certain defeat as it looks to get back into contention for a spot in Europe, while Everton return to the field after a heap of COVID-interrupted fixtures.
Everton is also coming into this game off a 1-1 draw against Chelsea making this match super hard to line up.
Brighton has definitely shown the better of the two teams this season and the $2.65 might be luxury at head to head.
Prediction: Everton 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 2
Suggested Bet: Brighton & Hove Albion head to head at $2.65
Leeds United vs. Burnley
january 3rd 1:00am
Opposing styles meet each other when attacking-minded Leeds United meet the defensive-minded Burnley at Elland Road.
It has been a massive struggle for both teams in the league this season with wins being hard to come by.
Injuries and tough fixtures have been a big factor in Leeds’ poor form over the last two months, while Burnley just simply does not have the power or talent to compete with the big boys in the league.
Leeds has not lost to Burnley in its last four fixtures and played out a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor earlier this season.
Think a return home, even with the injuries, should see the men from Elland Road get the result.
Prediction: Leeds United 3 Burnley 2
Suggested Bet: Leeds United head to head at $2.10
brentford vs. aston villa
january 3rd 1:00am
Aston Villa and Brentford go head to head in Match Week 21 of the Premier League from Brentford Community Stadium.
The Bees will be buoyant and hungry for a result after almost causing an enormous upset over Manchester City, but had to settle for a 1-0 loss against the league-leader.
Aston Villa suffered a similar fate against Chelsea after succumbing to a 3-1 loss despite going ahead 1-0 early in the match.
Gerrard has clearly made a massive difference at Villa Park and he been able to despatch times in and around Villa on the table.
Brentford is just a little less trustworthy to back in at the head to head markets, but its form at home in the last month has been strong.
Prediction: Brentford 2 Aston Villa 2
Suggested Bet: Draw at $3.2
chelsea vs. liverpool
january 3rd 3:30am
Two European and English heavyweights lock horns when Chelsea opens the door to Stamford Bridge for its clash with Liverpool.
In a game that will likely have huge ramifications on which team is the challenger to Manchester City in the title race, the market is siding with the Reds at $2.30.
Chelsea does bring in winning form to this game after a 3-1 result over Aston Villa, while Liverpool was left to do some soul searching after a 1-0 loss to Leicester.
It was the first time Liverpool failed to score a goal in a game this season and it has posed serious question marks prior to this important fixture.
The return of Romelu Lukaku for Chelsea could not have been timed any better and, if he starts in this game, the Blues look the value.
Prediction: Chelsea 2 Liverpool 1
Suggested Bet: Chelsea head to head at $3
manchester united vs. wolverhampton
january 3rd 3:30am
Manchester United attempt to climb closer to the top four when it faces Wolverhampton at Old Trafford on Monday morning.
Offensively, United has been on song having found the back of the net every time it has gone out to play in its last six matches.
The 3-1 result against Burnley did not really prove a lot with regards to United’s top four credentials with the true test this week coming against this Wolves team which can cause problems for Ralph Ragnick’s men.
The Wolves played out a scoreless draw against Chelsea last time out and the extra few days break might just prove a telling factor.
Bruno Lage has proven this tactical nous in the Premier League this season and can easily get a result against a United team which has looked unconvincing at the best of times.
Prediction: Manchester United 1 Wolverhampton 1
Suggested Bet: Draw at $4