Fri, Dec 2, 11:57am by Staff Writer
Manchester City are tipped to make the most of home-ground advantage to beat Chelsea and retain the Premier League lead in the opening match of round 14.
City manager Pep Guardiola is contemplating the recall of Kevin de Bruyne, John Stones, David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan to the starting line-up as the team rebuilds momentum after an early season slump.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are expected to name an unchanged side for a seventh consecutive league game.
While Chelsea lead the league with 31 points ahead of City and Liverpool on 30, William Hill is paying $2.15 for a City win, with $3.60 for Chelsea and $3.40 for a draw.
Liverpool should share the lead after this weekend, when they head to 12th-placed Bournemouth.
The Reds are hopeful of marking the match with the return of England midfielder Adam Lallana from injury.
Liverpool, who are enjoying a consistent season and recently reached the semifinals of the EFL Cup, are at $1.72 to win, $5 for a loss and $3.80 for a draw.
Fourth-placed Arsenal are similarly favoured to take the three points when it travels to fellow-London club West Ham.
The Gunners won just two matches last month, but are faring better than West Ham, who sit a precarious one-point above the relegation zone.
Tottenham are expected to have no trouble beating Swansea to cement its place in the top five.
The London club has lost just one game this season and are paying $1.33 for the win against $9 for a loos and $5.50 for the draw.
Manchester United still have time to turn around their disappointing season, but faces a tough contest at Everton.
Jose Mourinho’s United have won just five games this season and lead Everton by a point from sixth place heading into the match.
United’s efforts this season deserve better results than they’re earned and a win against Everton will go a long way toward Mourinho’s goal of returning the team to the Champions League.
Watford and West Brom appear rooted to the middle of the table and will each attempt to break -free when they meet in Birmingham.
West Brom’s home ground advantage should make the difference, paying $2.15 to win, $3.60 for a loss and $3.60 for a loss.
In other games, Stoke are the short favourites to down Burnley at home, with $1.66 for a victory, $6 for a loss and $3.60 for the draw.
Defending champions Leicester should earn a rare win at Sunderland, with $2.30 for a win against $3.30 for a loss and $3.30 for a draw.
Middlesbrough and Hull meet in a tight encounter with Middlesbrough at $1.80 to take the points and $5 for the loss.
Suggested Bet: Back Man City to defeat Chelsea at $2.15,
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