Fri, Dec 16, 2:44pm by Staff Writer
Chelsea can take an imposing lead atop the Premier League ladder after this week’s opening match of Week 17 at Crystal Palace.
Chelsea beat last-placed Sunderland during the week to move to 40 points on the table, six ahead of Liverpool and Arsenal, who squandered their chance to stay in touch with a shock loss to Everton. The Gunners are banned from being our Best Bet for the rest of the season!
While Palace have lost seven of their nine games, Chelsea have won 10 straight and William Hill is paying just $1.53 for them to claim an 11th. Palace are at $6.50 for the upset with $4.20 for the draw.
Liverpool are expected to have the better of the Mersyside derby when they travel to Everton.
The Reds are coming off the back of a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough that propelled them to second on the table, ahead of Arsenal on goals.
In what is sure to be an intense contest, Everton will be looking to build on their morale-boosting victory over Arsenal in front of a sell out home crowd.
Regardless, Liverpool go into the match as clear favourites at $1.95 for the win, $4 for a loss and $3.60 for a draw.
Arsenal will have no respite after their mid-week loss, facing a stiff away match against fourth-placed Manchester City.
City trail Arsenal by just one point and are expected to leapfrog the London side this weekend.
Sixth-placed Manchester United have a chance to return to the top five when they travel to Birmingham to take on West Bromwich Albion.
The under-performing United beat Crystal Palace 2-1 during the week and look to be finding some mid-season form.
Jose Mourinho’s side is at $1.70 for a win against $5.50 for a loss and $3.60 for a draw.
Tottenham’s run of good form is expected to continue, with the fifth-placed Spurs the unbackable favourites to down Burnley at home.
Spurs have scored 11 goals in their last three home matches and are paying a whopping $15 for a loss and $1.22 for a draw at White Hart Lane, with $6.50 for a draw.
Bournemouth and Southampton are separated by goal difference only in ninth and tenth spots respectively, but one side should move ahead after their match.
Southampton are tipped to have a slight edge over home side Bournemouth, paying $2.50 for a win, $3 for a loss and $3.25 for a draw.
In other matches, Middlesbrough are paying $2.10 for a home win over Swansea, with $3.75 for a loss and $3.30 for a draw, while Stoke are $2.50 to edge Leicester, with $2.80 for a loss and $3.50 for a draw.
Suggested Bet: Back Chelsea at -1 (to win by more than one goal): $2.35
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