Chelsea can bring an end to Liverpool’s excellent home form by clinching a narrow victory at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have won four and drawn two of their first six home Premier League matches this term, but they may taste defeat as the race for a top-four spot hots up.
Luis Garcia’s controversial ‘ghost’ goal settled the famous Champions League semi-final clash between the two teams in 2005 and it looks set to be a similarly tight encounter this weekend, with a 1-0 Chelsea victory available at 11/1.
Liverpool have had problems defensively away from home this season although at Anfield they have been extremely tight, only conceding once in six matches.
However, Chelsea have performed better on their travels, winning five of their six games away from Stamford Bridge, and can be backed at 5/2 to triumph at Liverpool, with Willian good value at 35/4 to score the first goal.
Merseyside may be hosting the game of the weekend but West Ham fans will argue their match against Leicester City on Friday night holds equal importance.
The appointment of David Moyes as boss has not gone down well with sections of the Hammers faithful and there was plenty of dissent from the away supporters during last Sunday’s dismal 2-0 loss at Watford.
It was not the start Moyes would have wanted to his tenure and there are signs the malaise within the West Ham squad is deep-rooted.
West Ham have not drawn a top-flight home game yet this season but that record could come to an end on Friday.
The mid-table Foxes, who have drawn three of their six away fixtures, are 47/20 to draw against Moyes’ side in what could be a high-scoring affair.
On Saturday Manchester United may find it hard to break down a stubborn Brighton rearguard before running out comfortable winners in the second half.
The two teams were involved in the famous 1983 FA Cup final that United eventually won after a replay and Jose Mourinho’s outfit may have to be patient this weekend before grinding out a 2-0 victory at 9/2.
Crystal Palace remain rooted to the foot of the table but have been producing some much better performances of late and the feeling persists that they may still be able to move clear of relegation danger.
Roy Hodgson’s team are currently available at 4/5 to be relegated this term.
Palace have got goals in their team and, with Christian Benteke available again following injury, they have a focal point for their attack.
The Belgium international is 16/5 to score the first goal on Saturday against a Stoke City side that have conceded 24 goals in their 12 matches to date.
After producing an insipid display last weekend in the north London derby, Tottenham have the perfect chance to bounce back when West Brom visit Wembley on Saturday.
The Baggies parted company with Tony Pulis on Monday after failing to win any of their last 10 league matches.
They cannot perform any worse than last Saturday’s 4-0 home drubbing by Chelsea and Spurs may have to settle for a narrow 1-0 victory, available at 6/1, with Christian Eriksen 7/5 to score at anytime in the encounter.
Newcastle United’s recent poor run could continue when Watford visit Tyneside. Rafa Benitez’s team have lost their last three matches while the Hornets ended their own recent disappointing sequence of results by beating West Ham.
Watford have scored an impressive 12 goals in their six away games and are good enough to win at St James’ Park – at 12/5 – while Marco Silva’s side are 11/4 to keep a clean sheet against the shot-shy Magpies who have only found the net twice in the last four games.
The Liberty Stadium crowd voiced their disapproval after Swansea City’s 1-0 home loss to Brighton earlier this month and another defeat on Saturday against Bournemouth would lead to pressure mounting on Paul Clement.
There were no signs of improvement when the Swans lost 2-0 at Burnley on Saturday and they have failed to score in seven of their 12 Premier League fixtures.
On Sunday two of the bottom seven teams meet at St Mary’s when Everton visit Southampton.
The Toffees have failed to win any of their six matches away from Goodison Park this term while Saints are in danger of slipping into the bottom three before the end of the year as they have a horrendous set of fixtures on the horizon.
Southampton have to play Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester United before the end of December so now may be the time to put a bet on them being relegated at odds of 11/1.
Burnley will be keen for revenge against Arsenal at Turf Moor after suffering a cruel defeat in the fixture last term when Laurent Koscielny netted deep into injury-time even though the ball appeared to have hit the Frenchman’s elbow.
The Gunners have contrived to lose four of their first six away matches while Burnley have conceded only twice at home this term. A draw at 33/10 would appear to be the most sensible bet, with the odds on there being under 1.5 goals in the game available at 3/1.
Huddersfield Town may have beaten Manchester United at the John Smith’s Stadium in October but Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team are currently an entirely different proposition to their city rivals.
It is difficult to see anything but another easy win for City, with the irrepressible Kevin de Bruyne 11/2 to score the first goal against the Terriers.
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