We approach match week 16 of the Premier League and the season is wide open. It is fair to say this is one of the hardest Premier League’s to predict in its 24-year history. Last week saw struggling Bournemouth beat Chelsea and relegation threatened Newcastle dismantle an in form Liverpool. This weekend I again have a full schedule to choose bets from and try and find value in the betting markets. For this I will give you a breakdown to each of my selections with all of my Premier League predictions.
Premier League Fixtures
Norwich City v Everton – Betting Preview
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Manchester City v Swansea City
Sunderland v Watford
West Ham United v Stoke City
Bournemouth v Manchester United
Aston Villa v Arsenal
Liverpool v West Brom
Tottenham v Newcastle
Leicester v Chelsea
Arsenal could go top of the Premier League table with a win from this game. They face bottom of the table Aston Villa who have shown a real lack of quality with their defensive work. To add to Aston Villa’s defensive woes, they are also the lowest scoring team in the Premier League with only 13 goals from 15 games played. The gunners have won the 4 previous encounters in convincing fashion with 4-0 and 5-0 victories in their last 2 meetings. The results however both came at the Emirates. The last two meetings at Villa park ended 3-0 and 2-1, both in Arsenal’s favour.
Manchester City (-1 Asian Handicap)
Manchester City need a big performance after their dismal showing last weekend against Stoke. They face a Swansea team who are as low on confidence as I have seen them. Swansea were thumped 3-0 by Leicester last weekend and were lucky they did not concede more. Pellegrini’s team have won 13 of their last 15 home games in the Premier League. Swansea have managed just 1 point from their last 5 Premier League games and have lost 4 of their last 5 away fixtures in the league.
Tottenham Hotspur (Win)
Tottenham are unbeaten at home in their last 9 Premier League games at White Hart Lane with 5 wins and 4 draws. They face one of the worst travelling teams in the division in Newcastle United. The Magpies have lost 11 of their last 13 away games in the division and could have quite easily lost all 13 of them games. The Toon Army have managed only 4 goals in their last 13 away games in this division and I don’t expect them to get much joy in London. Newcastle managed a big 3 points against Liverpool last weekend but have not managed back to back wins in the Premier League since November 2014, over a year ago.
Sunderland (Clean Sheet No)
The Black Cats have made big strides under Sam Allardyce but they face Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo this weekend. The Watford pair have created more goal scoring opportunities than any other forward partnership in the Premier League. Watford have scored in 6 of their 7 away games in the Premier League, failing to score against Manchester City. Ighalo has found the net 9 times already this season and is a striker in form with 4 goals in his last 5 games for Watford.
Everton (Draw No Bet)
The toffees look in good shape right now with Deulofeu, Lukaku and Barkley having all hit form. Norwich have struggled with life in the Premier League of late with just one win from their last 10 Premier League games. The Canaries have managed only one point from their previous 3 games whereas Everton are unbeaten in 7 games in all competitions (inside 90 minutes).
Crystal Palace (Or Draw)
Crystal Palace look to have rediscovered some form and Southampton have gone off the boil. Southampton have managed only 1 draw and 3 defeats from their last 4 games in all competitions, conceding 11 times. Palace have pushed themselves up to 6th in the table with 4 points from their last 2 games.
This accumulator pays 10/1 which I think offers good value. I have chosen not to bet on the other 5 games as I feel they are difficult to call. I fancied Liverpool for a win against West Bromwich Albion but felt that the 4/11 price was a little short. Manchester United v Bournemouth again I could not bring myself to touch after Bournemouth’s win against Chelsea last week and Manchester United’s recent poor displays. West Ham v Stoke should be a good game if both teams perform like they did last week, but again I would not be confident backing either of them to win that game. Leicester v Chelsea on Monday night is a massive game for both teams. Leicester are playing with huge confidence and will have the home advantage. Chelsea are highly unpredictable this season and for me are not worth betting on.
Predictions by Sam Turbitt of Sbat.com