Meanwhile, defending champions Manchester City host Crystal Palace, while Everton meet Tottenham in the Super Sunday action
The 18th round of action in the FA Premier League will see current league leaders Liverpool attempt to keep their noses ahead of those immediately below them in the table. The Reds travel to Wolves on the Friday night (21 December), while current champions Manchester City welcome Crystal Palace on Saturday before Tottenham head to Everton on the Sunday afternoon.
First things first
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First up, the clash between Wolves and Liverpool on Friday night. Wolves have defied expectations this season, only promoted from the EFL Championship last term, and sit seventh in the table, just a point behind Manchester United having won their last three league games in a row.
Liverpool, by way of comparison, have been in blistering form this season. They sit top of the pile, a point ahead of Manchester City, are the only undefeated side in the division, are scoring at a rate of over two goals per game and can also boast the best defensive record in the league – in addition, they have won their last six league encounters in a row.
It is therefore of no surprise to see that it is Liverpool who come into this match as the red hot favourites to make it seven on the spin. You can back the Reds to take the points at just 1.50 while Wolves, despite their encouraging recent record, are out at 6.00 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 4.50, according to Oddsshark.
And we are expecting Liverpool to go marching on. A narrow, 2-1 win for the visitors is priced at 9.00, meaning that a USS$5 bet would lead to a US$45 pay out, while you could more than triple your money by backing a combo bet of a Liverpool win, coupled with both teams to score, which comes in at 3.40.
City to see off Palace with ease
On the Saturday afternoon, Manchester City host Crystal Palace knowing that three points is imperative. City bounced back from defeat at Chelsea with a win over Everton and they can get up and running once again by recording back to back victories this weekend.
Palace, meanwhile, are struggling and sit just three points above the relegation zone, having won just four games all season while scoring at a rate of less than a goal a game. They cannot be relishing a trip to the home of the champions.
And it is indeed City who come in as the overwhelming favourites to win this one. You can back the champions to pick up the points at just 1.12, with Palace all the way out at 15.00 to record what would be a shock victory – a draw is priced in the middle at 9.00.
This should be close to a walkover for City. A 4-0 thrashing is priced competitively at 10.00, thereby offering a ten-fold return on any investment, with Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus coming in at 4.00 to open the scoring.
Tottenham must win at Everton to keep up
And finally, Tottenham head to Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon knowing they need a win if they are to stay in contention for the league title. Spurs sit third in the table, five points behind City, but come into this game having now won three league games on the bounce.
Everton sit eighth, just two points behind Manchester United in sixth, but recent form has not been good. The Toffees have now gone four league games without a win and will have their work cut out this weekend.
And it is visitors Tottenham who come in as the favourites to make it four league wins on the bounce. You can more than double your money by backing Spurs to take all three points at 2.15 while Everton, despite home advantage, are out at 3.30 to do the same – a draw would appear to be the least likely outcome and is priced accordingly at 3.40.
And we are expecting Spurs to edge this one. A 2-1 win for the visitors also comes in at 10.00, while you could quadruple your money by backing a Tottenham win and both teams to score, which is priced at 4.00.
Premier League round 18 fixtures:
Friday, 21 December
(6.00) Wolves x Liverpool (1.50); draw (4.50)
Saturday, 22 December
(1.22) Arsenal x Burnley (11.00); draw (6.50)
(1.83) Bournemouth x Brighton (4.20); draw (3.60)
(1.33) Chelsea x Leicester (8.50); draw (5.00)
(3.00) Huddersfield x Southampton (2.45); draw (3.10)
(1.12) Manchester City x Crystal Palace (15.00); draw (9.00)
(1.95) Newcastle x Fulham (3.75); draw (3.50)
(2.30) West Ham x Watford (3.10); draw (3.20)
(6.50) Cardiff City x Manchester United (1.55); draw (3.80)
Sunday, 23 December
(3.30) Everton x Tottenham (2.15); draw (3.40)How Natural Herbal Remedy Killed Stubborn Staphylococcus, Ecoli And Aureus And Other Infections