Thu, Dec 14, 10:34am by Staff Writer
Burnley finds itself among the Premier League top four this week and has a good chance of staying there for time being in the most interesting match of an otherwise lopsided weekend.
Manchester City’s march toward the title continues unabated, with the league leader extending its lead to 11 points over Manchester United and Chelsea after 16 games.
But after a split round that included several upsets, Burnley is just three points behind with a challenging but winnable match at Brighton ahead of it.
Burnley downed Stoke 1-0 last week and enters its 18th match of the season at $3.10 to beat Brighton on the William Hill board, with $2.45 for the loss and $3 for a draw.
City broke a Premier League record last week when it claimed a 14th straight win with a 2-1 victory over United.
That record is expected to stretch to 15 victories when City travels to last-placed Swansea.
City is on just $1.25 to take another three points, with $13 for Swansea and $6 for a draw.
United should shake off the disappointment of losing the Manchester Derby when it hosts 14th-placed Bournemouth.
Bournemouth could only muster a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last round and is paying a whopping $13 to win this week, with $1.25 for United and $6 for a draw.
Chelsea holds third spot on points difference after 17 games with a seemingly simple encounter against 11-placed Southampton ahead of it.
The Blues thrashed Huddersfield 3-1 this week and is paying just $1.36 to complete a similar feat against the Saints, with $8.50 for a Southampton upset and $4.80 for a draw.
Fifth-placed Liverpool takes an eight-game unbeaten streak into its home match with West Brom as it looks to force a place in the top-four.
The Reds played out a disappointing 1-1 draw with Mersyside rival last week and needs a strong win to take into the second half of the season.
While the $1.20 on offer for Liverpool confirms it as rightful favourite at Anfield, with $15 for a loss, the $7 for a draw will offer a tempting bet given the Reds uneven form.
Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield looked dismal in a loss its Chelsea earlier this week, and the Socceroo did not distinguish himself in the rout.
After a bright start to its inaugural Premier League season, Huddersfield is now 12th on the table with five wins and nine losses after 17 matches.
The Terriers will be desperate to bounce back against ninth-placed Watford and re-join the top half of the table.
Huddersfield is on $5 to claim the away win, with $1.66 for Watford and $3.75 for a draw.
Arsenal can re-join the top-four with a win at West Ham.
After only taking a 1-1 draw away from last week’s match against Southampton, the Gunners are no certainty.
Arsenal is paying $1.61 for a win, with $5.50 for West Ham and $4.20 for a draw.
Suggested Bet: Take Arsenal and West Ham to draw: $5.50
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