Premier League Matchday 16 Preview – Prediction + Tips 2018/19

The frantic pace of the EPL shows no signs of letting up as the teams prepare for their third game in one week this weekend. Everton and Watford get the most rest, with their match being played on Monday night, while Liverpool play in the early kick-off on Saturday, despite playing on Wednesday night.

There was personnel rotation galore for many of the teams, and we might see more of the same, as each manager tries to cope with the demanding winter schedule. 

Match of the Day

Our match of the day could be a cracker. Chelsea, unbeaten until a few weeks ago, have now lost two games, but Manchetser City show no signs whatsoever of losing their unbeaten record.

Chelsea v Manchester City
Chelsea Form Guide DWDWD
Man C Form Guide DLWLW
  • Venue: Stamford Bridge
  • Saturday 08 December 17:30
  • Referee: Michael Oliver
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 11/4 D: 13/5 A: 10/11

About the Game:

All was going so well in the EPL for Maurizio Sarri up until two weeks ago. Unbeaten domestically, his team then put in their first really poor performance of the season and were thoroughly beaten by Tottenham. A return to winning ways didn’t last long; Chelsea led against Wolves on Wednesday night, but eventually fell to their second defeat of the season.

Such a start would have never entered Sarri’s wildest dreams, but reality has really set in now. Eden Hazard’s electric form of a few weeks back has gone, while Chelsea are struggling for goals. That is a symptom of a lack of a real goalscorer upfront. Neither Morata nor Giroud has convinced, though the Frenchman has fit better into Sarri’s system since being given a chance. This is the toughest match of the season, but at least Chelsea have home advantage. They do not have form however. A loss here would be their third in four matches and could see them slip out of the top four for the first time.

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Manchester City won yet again, though it was a bit nervier than usual. Watford scored a late goal and then took their hunt for an equaliser to the wire. Unsurprisingly, City prevailed, but they looked a little less sturdy than usual.

However, the depth of City’s squad means they were able to rest players for that game. Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte should return to the starting lineup, but it is unclear whether Sergio Agüero will be fit. Kevin de Bruyne is nearing a return from injury, but will likely need a few more weeks. City remain one of just two teams that are unbeaten domestically this season. Chelsea were thoroughly turned over by Tottenham a few weeks back, and Pep may have watched that match with intrigue. Chelsea were unable to cope with Spurs, who took the game to them at a ferocious pace. City are more than capable of doing that, so we may just see a lightning start to this one.

Prediction: Manchester City Win – Chelsea are on the ropes and facing the most ruthless opponent the league has to offer.

Rest of the Premier League Games

There’s no rest for the wicked as all the EPL teams are back to play their third game in seven days. West Ham have a great chance to make it three wins in a row and continue their ascent up the table, while Arsenal have a favourable home match to break back in to the top four.

Bournemouth v Liverpool
Bmouth Form Guide LLDWL
Liverpool Form Guide WWLDD
  • Venue: Vitality Stadium
  • Saturday 08 December 12:30
  • Referee: Lee Mason
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 15/4 D: 3/1 A: 4/6

About the Game:

We fully expected Bournemouth to return to winning ways midweek and they did so, albeit a little more nervily than we expected. Two goals in the first thirty minutes set them on their way, but it was a somewhat nervy second half. The fixture list isn’t kind to the Cherries over Christmas and this is perhaps their most difficult match. However, they scored against Manchester City and pushed the champions, so they go into this one with nothing to lose.

Jürgen Klopp rested all of his forward three, along with other first-team players, on Wednesday night against Burnley. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both came on as substitutes, with the game proving tighter than hoped, but the Reds got the win in the end. Expect those players to return to the starting lineup here.

Prediction: Liverpool Win & Both teams to score – Bournemouth have proved they can score against anyone and we expect them to get some joy here, though their inability to keep teams out could cost them the result. 

Arsenal v Huddersfield
Arsenal Form Guide LLWDL
Huddersfield Form Guide DLLDW
  • Venue: The Emirates
  • Saturday 08 December 15:00
  • Referee: Paul Tierney
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 1/4 D: 9/4 A: 10/1

About the Game:

Huddersfield may have lost but there is cause for optimism. They are finally finding the net and picking up wins. This could be a reality check for them though, with the Gunners perhaps the most inform team in the league. Just keeping Arsenal out will require a monumental effort. 

Arsenal maintained their unbeaten run with a draw at Old Trafford in what was another feisty game. The Gunners are scoring for fun, but still need to improve defensively. That match may have some lingering after effects though. Both Holding and Ramsey went off injured, so a reshuffle will be required. Losing personnel at this busy time could prove costly to any EPL manager.

Prediction: Arsenal Win & Over 2.5 goals – An Arsenal win is surely on the cards, while six of the Gunner’s last eight games have featured over 2.5 goals.

Burnley v Brighton
Burnley Form Guide LDWWD
Brighton Form Guide LLLDD
  • Venue: Turf Moor
  • Saturday 08 December 15:00
  • Referee: Martin Atkinson
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 7/4 D: 21/10 A: 13/8

About the Game:

Burnley put in one of the better performances of the season on Wednesday and caused Liverpool problems. Ultimately, it ended in defeat, and that’s now two points taken from the last six games. This is a much kinder fixture, but Brighton are in some decent form at the moment.  

Brighton won again despite playing most of the match against Crystal Palace with ten men. Shane Duffy’s red card means he is suspended, while Glenn Murray went off injured. However, Florin Andone has scored two goals in two games and in him, it seems Brighton finally have a striker that can take some of the burden off Murray.

Prediction: Brighton Draw no bet – Brighton are a tough team to beat and we expect them to at least draw here.

Cardiff v Southampton
Cardiff Form Guide DWDDL
Soton Form Guide LDLDW
  • Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
  • Saturday 08 December 15:00
  • Referee: Jonathan Moss
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 9/5 D: 11/5 A: 31/20

About the Game:

Cardiff could have taken the lead against West Ham, but a missed penalty squandered their chances. It was downhill after that, with Cardiff losing by three goals to one. Nevertheless, things are definitely on the up. Cardiff have won two of the last five and are out of the relegation zone. That, coupled with home advantage, means they will be favourites here.

There was no dream start to life as Southampton manager for Ralph Hasenhüttl, as his team were brushed aside by Spurs. The Saints have won just once all season and Hasenhüttl must turn things round sooner rather than later. This is the perfect match to get that win, against a newly promoted side.

Prediction: Both teams to score – Southampton have to play more attacking and should score, but so, likely, will Cardiff.

Manchester United v Fulham
Man U Form Guide WLWWD
Fulham Form Guide WDWLD
  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Saturday 08 December 15:00
  • Referee: Lee Probert
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 3/10 D: 9/2 A: 8/1

About the Game:

A draw against Arsenal on Wednesday was Manchester United’s third in as many games. That means it’s four games without a win, but positives can be taken from the game. Paul Pogba is back fit and featured as a substitute, so surely United can only get better.

Fulham earned a hard-fought draw against Leicester on Wednesday. Ranieri has picked up four points from his last three games as new boss, which is a marked improvement on before. While United are hadly in-form, it will be a big ask for Fulham to leave Manchester with any points.

Prediction: Both teams to score no – We expect to see an improved United performance here, as they look to pick up their first win in five games.

West Ham v Crystal Palace
West Ham Form Guide LLLLL
Crystal Palace Form Guide DWDWW
  • Venue: London Stadium
  • Saturday 08 December 15:00
  • Referee: Anthony Taylor
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 13/10 D: 23/10 A: 21/10

About the Game:

West Ham have now won their last two matches, scoring six goals and conceding one. As the fixture lists turns for the better, the Hammers seem to be taking full advantage. The caveat is that main man Marko Arnautovic hobbled off with a hamstring injury in Tuesday’s match. The striker could be out until the new year.

Consistency remains the problem for Palace, who couldn’t make it two wins in a row, despite playing most of Tuesday’s match against ten-men Brighton. Goals seem hard to come by and it was only through a penalty that the Eagles grabbed a consolation goal. West Ham’s defence isn’t the best, but it is improving, with one goal conceded in two games. It won’t be easy for Palace to break the Hammers down at home.

Prediction: West Ham Win – Arnautovic is a big loss, but West Ham have able deputies. They are in form and at home, so should win this one.

Leicester v Tottenham
Leicester Form Guide WDLDD
Spurs Form Guide WWWLW
  • Venue: King Power
  • Saturday 08 December 19:45
  • Referee: Craig Pawson
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 13/5 D: 5/2 A: 1/1

About the Game:

Leicester are now six games unbeaten as Claude Puel seems to have steadied the ship at the King Power. This is the toughest test they have faced for a while though, so it will be interesting to see how they cope. 

Tottenham and Harry Kane are hitting their stride. Spurs made easy work of Southampton on Wednesday and will look to do the same here. Spurs have a little breathing room in third place and will be looking to extend the gap between fourth place over Christmas. With Kane, Eriksen, Son, and many others hitting red-hot form, you wouldn’t want to bet against them.

Prediction: Tottenham Win – Leicester will certainly not roll-over, but Spurs are hitting their stride, and will eventually be too much for the Foxes.

Newcastle v Wolves
Newcastle Form Guide LDDDW
Wolves Form Guide WWLWD
  • Venue: St James’ Park
  • Sunday 09 December 16:00
  • Referee: Mike Dean
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 9/5 D: 21/10 A: 8/5

About the Game:

Newcastle’s run is well and truly over, after one point from the last six available, but Wednesday’s draw at Everton was not easy and the Magpies should be commended. This will be another tricky match, but home support may just carry Newcastle over the line.

Wolves finally ended their baron run with an impressive victory over Chelsea. Hopefully that will spur Wolves on to recreate their performances early on in the season, but that remains to be seen.

Prediction: Both teams to score – Both teams will see the value in three points from this match and we expect an attacking encounter.

Everton v Watford
Everton Form Guide DDWLL
Watford Form Guide LWDLL
  • Venue: Goodison Park
  • Monday 10 December 20:00
  • Referee: Kevin Friend
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 8/11 D: 5/2 A: 4/1

About the Game:

Everton couldn’t return to winning ways after the disappointment of the Merseyside derby, but the Toffees are playing some good football. Watford are well out of form, so if the Toffees take the initiative, there’s no reason they can’t take all three points. 

Watford have picked up just one point out of the last eighteen as they slide down the table. There is cause for optimism though, as they held their own against Manchester City on Tuesday and almost grabbed a point. Nevertheless, this is another tough game against an in form team.

Prediction: Everton to win – Everton get another shot at three points in front of their home fans and this time we think they’ll manage it.

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Game Event Odds Cumulative Odds
Arsenal v Huddersfield Arsenal Win & Over 2.5 goals 4/5 1.8
Cardiff v Southampton Both teams to score 10/11 3.43
West Ham v Crystal Palace West Ham win 13/10 7.9
Newcastle v Wolves Both teams to score 19/20 15.41
Everton v Watford Everton win 8/11 26.62

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