Bournemouth V Liverpool
The first of our December 8 Premier League betting tips is Bournemouth v Liverpool. It’s the second leg of a double header from the Premier League this week; following the goings on in midweek we now turn our attentions to what promises to be a thrilling weekend round. The action gets started with this Saturday 12.30pm match shown live on Sky Sports where The Cherries aim to upset the odds and defeat The Reds. Easier said than done given the away side’s form this season. However, if Premier League punters have learned anything from following the top-flight of English football it’s that nothing can be taken for granted. Bournemouth fans will know that better than anyone as they pack the stadium.
The locals moved to sixth in the week with a win over Huddersfield at this venue on Tuesday night; they now have every chance of finishing in a European spot as we head towards a crucial festive period. Wilson had the ball in the net inside five minutes to give his employers the lead; that set the pace for the evening, helping settle any nerves and drive Bournemouth towards victory. Fraser added a second on 22 and that proved enough to hold off a Terriers fightback led by Kongolo who halved the deficit on 38. Three goals before half-time… but that was the end of the scoring.
There’s a buzz about Liverpool
There’s a real buzz about Liverpool at the minute as fans start to allow themselves to dream of a Premier League challenge. They have matched a supremely talented Man City side stride for stride so far and, at the very least, are ensuring The Cityzens don’t get things all their own way as they attempt to live up to the pre-season betting and win two-in-a-row. We have a title race on our hands and that’s great news for neutrals. Liverpool won last weekend to take their stats to 11-3-0.
A third win on the bounce was completed thanks to a 1-0 over Everton at Anfield in a gripping Merseyside Derby last Sunday. The teams looked to be heading up the tunnel for a 0-0 and that wouldn’t have been too harsh on anyone; however, Jordan Pickford made a real howler in The Toffees goal and it allowed Origi to score the winner on 96 minutes. A stunning finish but we expected nothing less as the rivals went into the match with confidence high. Klopp has since been punished for his celebrations, but he’ll see that as a small price to pay for the points.
Entertaining Reds win
Despite both having genuine claims on the points, bookmakers have had no trouble setting Liverpool up as favourites and backers will find the away day priced at 4/6 with all major firms, including Ladbrokes. That bet won’t make you rich on its own; however, we do expect to see it included in a fair share of accumulators and it’ll do a job in helping to boost your returns. Another Liverpool win to nil offers a shot at a better price with 11/5 at Bet365.
Bournemouth have been written off and that’s a dangerous tactic, especially at home. They have a reputation for making life difficult for opponents here and will set-up to do the same. The locals are 15/4 with Bet365 and that’s outsider of three in the match betting, behind the draw at 3/1 with the same firm.
Chelsea V Man City
The next of our December 8 Premier League betting tips is Chelsea V Man City. The game of the weekend goes ahead on Saturday at 5.30pm as two title contenders face-off at Stamford Bridge in a 5.30pm start shown live on BT Sport. Chelsea returned to winning ways last weekend to put a sketchy spell behind them; however, defeat here would all but end their chances of winning the title. A bit premature, perhaps, but leaders Man City and Liverpool are showing no signs of slowing down and we expect them to get stronger heading into the second-half of the season. It’s a fiercely competitive renewal and there’s no room for passengers at the top of the league. Everyone connected to the home team will know that and it’ll crank up the pressure on the night.
Stats of 9-4-1 is impressive enough; however, Chelsea went into the week in third, 10 points off the pace and with one win claimed from three. The spare came last Sunday when handing a 2-0 defeat to London rivals Fulham at this venue thanks to goals from Pedro and Loftus-Cheek. The former scored inside four minutes and that heaped misery on The Cottagers; however, it took until the 82nd before the game was put to bed, extending The Blues’ unbeaten home run. Manager Maurizio Sarri was delighted to see his men bounce back from a poor showing against Tottenham.
City living up to expectations
Manchester City were backed by every major bookmaker in the pre-season betting to win two-in-a-row. Despite the stats weighing heavy against sides looking to retain the crown, they have lived up to expectations so far and are looking great value for their price as we speed towards 2019. They’ve won 13 and drawn two of their first 15 and that’s more than enough to place them at the top of the league, already comfortably inside the top-four and aiming for another medal.
The pace-setters boosted their stock with a midweek win over Watford in London on Tuesday night; however, it was tighter than many predicted, with the final score reading 2-1. Sane broke the deadlock in the closing stages of the first-half and Mahrez made sure with a second soon after the restart. The game looked over as a contest until Doucoure kept things alive with a reply on 85 to set up a nervy finish. The draw would’ve been unfair on City, but they were able to hold on for the result.
Low scoring match
Manchester City may be on the road, but they start as favourites to win this match with Bet365 offering the away day at 4/5. That’s a tad tighter than we expected to find, given what’s at stake here; as such, the price may just put a few punters off risking their stake money. Chelsea will be no pushovers in front of their own fans and it’s difficult to ignore the 16/5 – best price at Bet365 – on the home cheer. A draw can be backed at 11/4 with the same firm.
Unfortunately for neutrals, we don’t expect to see the free-scoring match the stats would suggest; undoubtedly, this will be a tight, nervy evening with both teams eager to avoid any needless mistakes. Taking no in the both teams to score market is our best bet and that can be trusted at 13/10 with William Hill. That makes more sense than yes at Coral’s 4/7. Follow our thinking and enjoy the match.
Leicester V Tottenham
Leicester’s turnaround in form has been impressive this season as they cut through the deadwood towards the prize places. They face a real test on Saturday night in a 7.45pm meeting with Tottenham shown live on BT Sport; this will give fans an idea of what 2019 will bring for both clubs. The Foxes entered the week on a strong unbeaten recent run with victory last weekend taking their stats to two wins and three draws from five. That placed them within touching distance of the European places with plenty of football still to be played. The home win is 23/10 (Ladbrokes).
Despite impressing against Chelsea, Tottenham fell to a 4-2 defeat at the Emirates Stadium last weekend in what was a real confidence booster for their old rivals. Dier and Kane scored for the beaten side but that was no match for an Aubameyang double and goals for Lacazette and Torreira. Pochettino thought a tough week had finally taken its toll on his players but it’s only going to get worse as he get into the thick of December.
Newcastle V Wolves
The last of our December 8 Premier League betting tips is Newcastle V Wolves. It’s the only match taking place this Sunday and there’s not a lot between the sides heading into the contest . Both are stuck at the wrong end of the charts. Newcastle have shown glimpses of their true potential when winning three games on the trot to fire themselves clear of the relegation zone; however, they lost to West Ham at home last week. They are 15/8 second favs with Coral and that’s a price we’ll gladly take.
Wolves are in freefall as we head towards the new year; they suffered their sixth defeat of the season when losing at Cardiff last weekend. They have lost six games all season; however, four of those have come in their last five and that’s worth remembering. One point taken from 15 proves the extent of the problem and we’re not interested in backing them as 17/10 favourites. Take the home win at a bigger price than they should be and enjoy the value.