Premier League betting preview 17-19 December


The Premier League title race is hotting up and Chelsea have a chance to kick clear of the chasing pack on Saturday lunchtime. The Blues make the short trip to Selhurst Park, with Ladbrokes offering 1.55 about Antonio Conte’s side claiming a maximum haul.

Chelsea have been racking up the wins recently although Crystal Palace will consider this a decent time to be meeting Chelsea. The games are coming thick and fast, with the Eagles full of goals and they are 7.00 (bet365 ) to claim a three point bonus of their own.

Middlesbrough are a best price 2.15 (William Hill ) to edge out Swansea City at The Riverside, with Aitor Karanka fond of keeping things tight and you can get 3.60 with BetVictor that the Teeside team triumph without conceding.

Stoke City are 2.45 with Unibet to beat a Leicester City team who have landed just a point on the road all season. Mark Hughes takes charge as manager for the 401th time although the Foxes are 3.00 (bet365 ) to get things finally right on Saturday afternoon.

Sunderland are slight favourites at 2.60 with Unibet to claim a precious three points against an erratic Watford side, although the Hornets have been attacking with menace recently and Walter Mazzarri’s side are 2.87 (Ladbrokes ) to get the job done on Wearside.

West Ham United will look to pull away from the drop zone over Christmas and they have an early present in the form of a home tie against Hull City. The Hammers are a 1.66 chance to beat the Tigers and this looks like banker material.

West Brom clash with Manchester United on Saturday evening and the draw (3.90 Paddy Power ) looks a better shout than an away win, with the Red Devils strangely short at 1.70 (BetVictor ) to edge out the Baggies.

Jose Mourinho’s side are not full of goals and you can make a case for Albion at 5.50 (bet365 ) although they might have to settle for a point in this one.

Bournemouth meet Southampton on Sunday and BetVictor ’s 3.00 about a home win might be a touch big, while the Saints are travelling a lot at the moment and 2.50 (William Hill ) doesn’t make any appeal.

Manchester City clash with Arsenal on Sunday and the Gunners are 3.30 (bet365 ) to recover from that 2-1 defeat at Everton by landing three points in the north-west, although perhaps their title challenge is currently being derailed.

City will look to attack at will without Sergio Aguero and Ladbrokes have 2.15 that they claim a maximum haul as Pep Guardiola looks to catch up with Chelsea.

Tottenham look like banker bets against Burnley, while Everton meet with Liverpool on Monday night. It’s hard to see the Toffees winning considering they haven’t won a Merseyside derby since 2010 although the Reds’ defending has been poor this term and bet365 have 4.00 available.

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