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Premier League predictions

Written 27th December 2019

Premier League Predictions - Week 20

As we’re writing this, Liverpool have just defeated Leicester 4-0 at the King Power Stadium and we’re looking ahead to Wolves Vs Manchester City on Friday night. However, once the game is completed, we have a tonne of brilliant fixtures to look forward to on Saturday! As it stands, MG leads 4-3 in the Boxing Day predictions. In order for TM to clutch a draw from the grasp of defeat he needs a Manchester City win with Both Teams to Score - BUT Adama Traore must NOT get an assist. As neither of our experts know the result as they make these predictions, the pressure increases!

Brighton Vs Bournemouth - Saturday 28th December (12:30)

Overview

Both these sides haven’t quite had the run of form they would have liked from the winter period, but realistically both will improve in 2020. Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth are slowly dropping closer and closer to the relegation zone, but a win here could completely turn that around. The Cherries won this fixture 5-0 last season and actually won the league double over Brighton, but Graham Potter’s side is completely different to that of Chris Hughton.

MG’s Prediction

Brighton rested a number of players and still played very well against Tottenham with only a superb Dele Alli strike costing them. Meanwhile, Bournemouth have been as unpredictable as our online gambling casino. Brighton are heavy favourites here, which means a double chance could be profitable.

Double Chance: Draw or Bournemouth - Evens

TM‘s Prediction

I’m not 100% sure why Brighton are massive favourites, given that they’re on the same points and goal difference as Bournemouth in the Premier League, but maybe the odds-setters at 21.co.uk know something I don’t. On that basis, we’ll back the Seagulls to win with Sea-goals. Sorry.

Brighton to Win & BTTS - 23/10

Newcastle Vs Everton - Saturday 28th December (15:00)

Overview

Newcastle and Everton is a fixture that seems to happen around Christmas time every single year. The Merseysiders tend to get the better of Newcastle but this is a fixture that always has a little extra bite to it, which might not suit Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Either way, given how both of these sides have performed this season, this probably won’t be a Christmas classic.

TM‘s Prediction

Everton were shaky for periods against Burnley, but still found the win. Newcastle, meanwhile, were able to make an average Manchester United side look back to their Alex Ferguson-best. Only one winner in my eyes.

Everton to Win - 11/10

MG’s Prediction

Steve Bruce rested a number of players in Newcastle’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester United, but in all honesty, if Ancelotti gets this Everton side running this fixture could be just as difficult. Dom Calvert-Lewin is a player I expect to majorly improve under Ancelotti and although Newcastle are decent at home, I expect him to score here.

Calvert-Lewin to Score Anytime - 17/10

Southampton Vs Crystal Palace - Saturday 28th December (15:00)

Overview

We don’t think that Southampton will get relegated from the Premier League this season despite being down the bottom half of the table for the majority. Danny Ings is the second most in-form striker in the league behind Jamie Vardy and Roy Hodgson would love to have a striker with that kind of scoring ability up front. Surely that is a must when it comes to his Christmas list?

MG’s Prediction

I think neither of these sides will be particularly energetic here. They both gave incredible effort in their midweek wins and this game will come down to who performs in the second half. So, for my bet, I’ll go with a low scoring first half.

First Half = 0 Goals - 7/4

TM‘s Prediction

Southampton fully deserved their win against Chelsea, while Crystal Palace also deserved to beat West Ham, although it took a piece of Jordan Ayew magic to ultimately get their three points. This should be an entertaining game, I’d say Southampton will edge it, but I think a goals bet has more value.

Over 2.5 Goals - 11/10

Watford Vs Aston Villa - Saturday 28th December (15:00)

Overview

This really is a relegation six-pointer. Nigel Pearson is more than capable of getting Watford out of the bottom three and Aston Villa just picked up their first win in five games. Dean Smith will be starting to feel the pressure after spending a tonne of money in the summer. Many people criticised Villa and believed that they would replicate Fulham in spending a lot of money but still falling short. A loss here to Watford would really justify those fears.

TM‘s Prediction

Watford did well to take the lead at Sheffield United, although they’ll have Ben Foster to thank for escaping with any points. Aston Villa just about got their win, but comparing a 1-0 victory over Norwich to a “cup final” highlights their current mentality, so I can see the Hornets winning.

Watford to Win - Evens

MG’s Prediction

Watford are fantastic at drawing but they just can’t turn those draws into wins. Villa picked up a big win last time out, but I can only see one scoreline happening here.

Score Draw - 3/1

Norwich City Vs Tottenham Hotspur - Saturday 28th December (17:30)

Overview

Jose Mourinho tends to get his teams performing well against newly promoted sides, yet Norwich aren’t your typical newly promoted side. They’ve already beaten Manchester City at Carrow Road this season and aren’t afraid to get in the faces of the best in the world. The likes of Todd Cantwell and Emi Buendia have the potential to cause all kinds of problems and Teemu Pukki is profound in putting the ball in the back of the net. Mourinho will hope he can get Harry Kane firing again against one of the weakest defences in the league.

MG’s Prediction

Harry Kane grabbed a much needed goal against Brighton and looked back to the clinical finisher we’ve missed this season. However, my issue is that Norwich will capitalise on the defensive frailty of Spurs, so once again the double chance bet looks very tasty.

Double Chance: Norwich or Draw - 6/5

TM‘s Prediction

Tottenham struggled to overcome Brighton, but I can see them edging this game at Carrow Road, against a Norwich side that look destined to claim the ‘most times relegated from the Premier League’ record outright.

Tottenham to Win & Over 2.5 Goals - 13/10

West Ham Vs Leicester City - Saturday 28th December (17:30)

Overview

The Hammers are definitely the most underperforming side in the league right now and they’re up against the overperforming side of the Premier League. We question how much longer Manuel Pellegrini’s side will get away with their poor performances and considering their weakness to counter attacking football, we expect Jamie Vardy to have a field day against this defence.

TM‘s Prediction

West Ham didn’t exactly capitulate against Crystal Palace, but while Leicester were battered from pillar to post by Liverpool, it seems that there will only be one outcome at the London Stadium. I could even see West Ham falling to a 4-0 defeat, but Leicester will certainly score goals.

Leicester to Score Over 2.5 Goals - 11/5

MG’s Prediction

Did anyone expect that 4-0 defeat to Liverpool? I certainly didn’t and I can see a backlash coming here. I spy with my little eye… goals, there’s going to be goals and I’ll take that to the bank.

Over 3.5 Goals - 31/20

Burnley Vs Manchester United - Saturday 28th December (19:45)

Overview

Burnley are a physical side that could cause Manchester United a lot of problems. However, the pace of the Red Devils should be enough to scare Burnley into not pushing too many players forward, especially considering Burnley haven’t beaten Manchester United since their first meeting in the Premier League back in 2009.

MG’s Prediction

Manchester United honestly weren’t THAT good against Newcastle. Steve Bruce’s side gifted Man United with chances and they took them. That being said, they do have to take credit for how clinical they were. They come up against a side that have had just one shot on goal in their last two games. I think this might end as a score draw.

Correct Score: 1-1 - 23/4

TM‘s Prediction

I’ve arrived at these predictions after MG has compiled his, so I’m relieved to see that the double chance is still available here. Burnley are a very different side to Newcastle United, and Manchester United will unfortunately slip back into the poor habits that were on show against Watford.

Double Chance: Burnley or Draw - Evens

Arsenal Vs Chelsea - Sunday 29th December (14:00)

Overview

If you told us this time last season that Mikel Arteta Vs Frank Lampard would happen in the dugout of Arsenal Vs Chelsea, we’d be very confused. Arsenal looked improved on Boxing Day, so you can see what the Spaniard is trying to do, but in reality Arsenal are still lacking any real quality. Both these sides need to pick up points after poor runs of form and neither will be happy with a draw.

TM‘s Prediction

Mikel Arteta may have been impressed with Arsenal’s attitude, but they looked largely abject against Bournemouth. Chelsea also lacked any impetus against Southampton, but backing both teams to lose isn’t a viable option. I’ll say the Gunners will open the scoring, but after that - who knows.

Arsenal to Score First - Evens

MG’s Prediction

Chelsea usually perform well against good teams and struggle against the lesser teams, so I have absolutely no clue how they’ll cope against the worst “top” team I’ve seen in my life. That being said, neither side can defend, so goals should be guaranteed here.

Tammy Abraham to score anytime - 11/10

Liverpool Vs Wolves - Sunday 29th December (16:30)

Overview

Another tough game for Wolves and Liverpool in December as both sides have had fairly trying months. Liverpool are still unbeaten in the league, but Wolves may have the potential to inflict Liverpool’s first defeat on them. However, at Anfield that is much easier said than done, but you have to imagine if Liverpool can finish December without a defeat, they could well go the full season unbeaten.

MG’s Prediction

Liverpool were phenomenal against Leicester and I wouldn’t be surprised if something similar happened here against Wolves. Sadio Mane and Mo Salah were poor, but Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold stole the show. I can’t see them keeping another clean sheet, so I’ll go with this.

Liverpool to win + BTTS - 29/20

TM‘s Prediction

Writing this before Wolves play Manchester City presents a challenge, but we have seen Liverpool demolish Leicester, so it makes sense to back goals in this contest. Wolves are very creative, but Liverpool are outstanding, and crucially, clinical in front of goal.

Over 3.5 Goals - 7/5

Man City Vs Sheffield United - Sunday 29th December (18:00)

Overview

This will be a truly intriguing encounter as Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United take on the most expensive team in the Premier League. The Blades haven’t been beaten away from home since January, but face arguably their toughest test of that period on Sunday. They perform well against big teams and nearly held Liverpool earlier this season, so this could be one of Pep Guardiola’s toughest tests of December.

TM‘s Prediction

I love Sheffield United’s system, and while it doesn’t always work, it certainly can cause problems for the top teams. This isn’t the same Manchester City side we saw last year, in that they’re more susceptible to conceding, and I can see a shock coming off here.

Double Chance - Draw or Sheffield United - 4/1

MG’s Prediction

I think Manchester City will simply have too much for a Sheffield United side that struggled against Watford. Man City will rotate and I think Chris Wilder might consider a few changes as well with this being one of the toughest games of the season. City will win and I think they’ll win comprehensively.

Correct Score 3-0 - 21/2

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