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It’s been a massively busy time for the top teams with four Premier League games crammed in over the Christmas and New Year period, plus an FA Cup Third Round game to navigate and then Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham were all in action in midweek this week in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-finals (with the second legs to be played in a couple of weeks).

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Last time out, the ten fixtures were spread over the three days from the 1st to the 3rd January and on the final of those three days, Liverpool’s unbeaten record finally came to an end when they were defeated 2-1 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in what was a pulsating game. The win closed the gap between City and Liverpool to four points, after the Reds had opened up a seven-point lead over the festive period.

On New Year’s Day, Everton succumbed to a surprise defeat at home to Leicester, while Arsenal returned to winning ways with a 4-1 thumping over Fulham. Spurs ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at Cardiff, while on the 2nd January Wolves were defeated 2-0 at home by Palace.

Also on that day, Burnley clinched a crucial three points when defeating Huddersfield 2-1 and Manchester United continued their resurgence with a 2-0 win at Newcastle, while Bournemouth and Watford shared six goals in an entertaining 3-3 draw at the AMEX Stadium.

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Let’s roundup Matchday 21 and give you how the festive period has seen the table develop after 21 games, with just 17 games of the season now left to play. We’ll then turn our attention to the games taking place across this weekend in Matchday 22.

Premier League Matchday 21

  • Everton 0-1 Leicester City
  • Arsenal 4-1 Fulham
  • Cardiff City 0-3 Tottenham
  • Wolves 0-2 Crystal Palace
  • Chelsea 0-0 Southampton
  • West Ham 2-2 Brighton
  • Huddersfield 1-2 Burnley
  • Newcastle 0-2 Manchester United
  • Bournemouth 3-3 Watford
  • Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool

League Table

Pos Team Ply F A Pts Gd
1 Liverpool 21 49 10 54 39
2 Manchester City 21 56 17 50 39
3 Tottenham 21 46 21 48 25
4 Chelsea 21 38 16 44 22
5 Arsenal 21 46 31 41 15
6 Manchester United 21 43 32 38 11
7 Leicester City 21 25 23 31 2
8 Watford 21 30 31 29 -1
9 Wolves 21 23 25 29 -2
10 West Ham 21 29 32 28 -3
11 Everton 21 31 31 27 0
12 Bournemouth 21 31 40 27 -9
13 Brighton 21 24 29 26 -5
14 Crystal Palace 21 19 26 22 -7
15 Newcastle Utd 21 15 29 18 -14
16 Burnley 21 21 42 18 -21
17 Cardiff City 21 19 41 18 -22
18 Southampton 21 21 38 16 -17
19 Fulham 21 19 47 14 -28
20 Huddersfield Town 21 13 37 10 -24

Leading Goalscorers

  • 14 Goals – Kane (Tottenham), Aubameyang (Arsenal)
  • 13 Goals – Salah (Liverpool)
  • 10 Goals – Aguero (Man City) Hazard (Chelsea)
  • 9 Goals – Sterling (Man City), Wilson (Bournemouth), Richarlison (Everton)
  • 8 Goals – Son (Tottenham), Firmino (Liverpool), Sigurdsson (Everton), Anderson (West Ham), Mitrovic (Fulham), Martial (Man Utd), Mane (Liverpool), Lukaku (Man Utd), Murray (Brighton).

Matchday 22 Fixtures

*All Odds shown were correct as of 11.25am on Wednesday 9th January 2019

  • West Ham v Arsenal

Arsenal have a superb record in this fixture in recent times and it is a game, much like their fixtures with Manchester City, that West Ham fans must dread. The Hammers do show some classy traits at times this season, but their inconsistency is a real worry. Arsenal have the firepower in attack to make this a very uncomfortable start to the weekend for the home fans and I am backing them to land another good win.

Full Time Result – Arsenal to win – Evens

Correct Score – West Ham 1-3 Arsenal – 14/1

  • Brighton v Liverpool

Liverpool come into this game on the back of two defeats at Man City and Wolves in the FA Cup, so this is an important game for Jurgen Klopp’s table toppers to steady the ship. Brighton are a tough prospect at home and played well at Anfield, so the Reds won’t underestimate their opponents, but I am backing the visitors to continue their good record on the south coast with a solid win to get them a valuable three points.

Full Time Result – Liverpool to win – 3/10

Correct Score – Brighton 0-2 Liverpool – 6/1

  • Burnley v Fulham

A crucial relegation six-pointer at Turf Moor on Saturday as both these teams need the win in their battle to avoid the drop. The bad news for Fulham is that while they come into this game still in poor form, Burnley have won their last three and I fancy Sean Dyche to have his team more than fired up for this one. Fulham’s weak defence could be their achilles heel here as I am backing Burnley for the win.

Full Time Result – Burnley to win – 11/8

Correct Score – Burnley 2-1 Fulham – 10/1

  • Cardiff City v Huddersfield Town

The second huge relegation six-pointer pits Cardiff against a Huddersfield side that have lost all of their last nine games. The Bluebirds are decent at home, especially against teams around them and I think David Wagner’s team are sorely lacking confidence and key players through injury. As such, I think Cardiff have a slight edge and while I can’t see many goals, if there is one in the game, I reckon it will go to the home side.

Full Time Result – Cardiff City to win – 6/5

Correct Score – Cardiff City 1-0 Huddersfield – 11/2

  • Crystal Palace v Watford

Crystal Palace are a team that flatters to deceive at time, they can be brilliant in winning at Manchester City but awful in their next game. Watford too also blow hot and cold at times, so this is a tricky game to predict. However Palace’s form of late is improved, so it Watfords and as such, I think a score draw, likely by a 1-1 scoreline, is the optimal result in this one.

Full Time Result – Draw – 11/5

Correct Score – Crystal Palace 1-1 Watford – 11/2

  • Leicester City v Southampton

Leicester have had some real extremes in results, winning at Chelsea and Everton but losing to Cardiff City and Newport in the FA Cup last week. Southampton have improved under Ralph Hassenhuttl, but this is a big ask for them. I can’t see there being too many goals here, but if one team is going to pinch the win, I reckon it will be the Foxes.

Full Time Result – Leicester City to win – 19/20

Correct Score – Leicester City 1-0 Southampton – 13/2

  • Chelsea v Newcastle United

Chelsea’s recent home form isn’t that great losing to Leicester and then drawing with Southampton of late. I don’t expect that to continue here against a Newcastle side who will in all likelihood come to try and defend their way to a point. That tends not to work against a team packed with the talent of Chelsea, so I am backing a big home win for Stamford Bridge fans to enjoy.

Full Time Result – Chelsea to win – 2/9

Correct Score – Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United – 7/1

  • Everton v Bournemouth

Bournemouth come into this game in a really poor run of form and while Everton’s recent form isn’t that good, especially at home, I can’t see the Cherries turning that to their advantage here. Eddie Howe has signed a couple of players but I think Everton are the better organised and more confident team and as such, I think the Toffees will pick up a valuable three points.

Full Time Result – Everton to win – 8/11

Correct Score – Everton 2-0 Bournemouth – 9/1

  • Tottenham v Manchester United

A gut reaction to this game given both teams excellent recent form is a draw, but Spurs have not drawn a Premier League game this season and the way they are playing at the moment, particularly in their scoring plenty of goals, just makes me feel that they will sneak the victory here. However, don’t expect United to lie down in this one as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has them firing and they could easily pick up a point, but my tip is for Spurs to win it, just.

Full Time Result – Tottenham to win – Evens

Correct Score – Tottenham 2-1 Manchester United – 17/2

  • Manchester City v Wolves

Manchester City will be boosted by the wins over Liverpool and Rotherham last time out and Wolves also beat Liverpool in the FA Cup on Monday night. They also earned a point off City in the reverse fixture and have a good record against top sides. However for me, City cannot afford a slip up here and as such, I am backing them to record a strong win in front of their home fans once again.

Full Time Result – Manchester City to win – 1/6

Correct Score – Man City 3-1 Wolves – 11/1