The Hard Tackle presents to you the one-stop shop to scour all the best betting markets for the twenty-first gameweek of the English Premier League
Crystal Palace finally saw their undefeated streak under Roy Hogdson come to a screeching halt with a narrow defeat against Arsenal. The Eagles must now show heart and intent again if they are to muster up a point or three against the unstoppable force in Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho would hope Southampton’s miserable run is motivation enough for his players to finally break their streak of draws. Liverpool would also be hoping the squad is rejuvenated with the confirmation of van Dijk’s deal and it reflects in their performance against the Foxes.
Arsenal face a West Brom side that are oh-so-dearly looking for their first win under Alan Pardew, who looks to have a task at hand in keeping the Baggies afloat this season.
Before we delve into the best markets for the upcoming gameweek, we take a look at the result of our suggestions from the earlier gameweek, an iffy week.
Favourable Bets result: 3/8
Underdog Bets result: 1/4
THT Favourable Bets Overall Result: 128/237
Chelsea vs Stoke
With 20 points from as many games, Stoke find themselves floundering at 13th on the Premier League table. Mark Hughes is under pressure and the same has already seen an improvement in the level of performance from his players. Come Saturday, we could see the Potters earn another positive result against a top six side.
Expect a cagey encounter, with Mark Hughes using the pace of his players to good effect. We could also see Peter Crouch bag a goal for himself, depending the quality of the service he receives on the day.
1. Stoke Asian Handicap +2.0 @ 2.060
2. Chelsea Clean Sheet – NO @ 2.10
3. Over 11.5 Corners @ 2.00
1. Peter Crouch to score anytime @ 6.00
Liverpool vs Leicester
Leicester’s brilliant start under Claude Puel has slowed down to an extent, with no win in their last 3 outings. But, the Foxes will be eager to exploit Liverpool on Saturday, given their recent defensive troubles. Liverpool will be buoyed with the news of van Dijk’s capture. The Reds will be high on morale as well, coming into the match on the back of their 5-0 win over Swansea.
Expect Leicester’s counter attacks to trouble Liverpool, though.
1. Liverpool Clean Sheet – NO @ 1.57
2. Leicester Asian Handicap +2.0 @ 1.600
1. Jamie Vardy to be the first Goalscorer @ 8.50
Manchester United vs Southampton
The atmosphere surrounding Old Trafford is likely to be very unsettling, given Manchester United’s recent performances. Jose Mourinho will want his side to end the year on a high, especially after the draws. Southampton’s form might just make it a bit easier for them, though. Expect a United win.
1. Manchester United Asian Handicap -1.5 @ 2.025
2. Over 10.5 Corners @ 1.83
1. Juan Mata to score anytime @ 3.40
West Brom vs Arsenal
If Southampton’s form is bad, West Brom’s isn’t much better. Alan Pardew has failed to get the Baggies off to a flyer under his tutelage and he must start to deliver soon, if the club wants to keep in touch with the other contenders for survival. Arsene Wenger have always had a few troubles dealing with Alan Pardew’s teams.
But, it looks like January cannot come soon enough for Pardew, with West Brom likely to suffer another defeat on Sunday.
1. Arsenal to win @ 1.70
2. Arsenal Corners Handicap -1.5 @ 2.000
1. Jack Wilshere to score anytime @ 4.50
Crystal Palace should give Manchester City a tough fight at Selhurst Park while Everton will look to pile on the misery for Bournemouth. Expect an interesting encounter between Huddersfield and Burnley.
1. Bournemouth vs Everton – Full Time Result – Draw or Everton @ 1.60
2. Newcastle vs Brighton – Full Time Result – Draw or Brighton @ 1.72
1. Huddersfield vs Burnley – Full Time Result – Draw @ 3.10
2. Everton to beat Bournemouth @ 3.30