Premier League Week 19: Odds, Predictions and Betting Picks

The second slate of festive fixtures brings challenges for Premier League managers who have to juggle teams and look at players' fitness. It also brings a welcome challenge to bettors - so let's look at the best odds for matches from December 30 to January 1.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30

Hull City vs. Everton

A bit like playing your aunt at Call of Duty over the Christmas holiday period, this game seems like it can only end in a bloodbath. Everton performed creditably in the derby defeat to Liverpool, but with Hull presenting a lower-quality opponent, this ought to be a game that delivers three points to the Blues.

Top Bet: 17/20 with BetStars for an Everton win

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31

Leicester City vs. West Ham United

Leicester, for the first time this season, is behind West Ham in the league, and faces a relegation fight. There seems to be a consensus that Claudio Ranieri's team will dig itself out, but it's hard to see this match as a nailed-on win, with both sides looking equally-vulnerable in defence, and possessing fearsome attacking players Riyad Mahrez and Dimitri Payet. Go for a draw here.

Top Bet: 13/5 with Betfair for a draw

Burnley vs. Sunderland

Two more strugglers, but Burnley's home form has generally been impressive this season, while Sunderland's players are not confident travellers. This looks like a likely draw, with the ball in the air for plenty of time.

Top Bet: 23/10 with SportingBet for a draw

Chelsea vs. Stoke City

Chelsea's recent run of wins has been jaw-dropping, and with the strength in-depth the team possesses, it's easy to see this match being another efficient victory for the table-topping side. Stoke will provide resistance, but the best teams know how to grind out results, and Chelsea is right up there at the moment.

Top Bet: 3/1 with BoyleSports for a half-time/full-time result of Draw/Chelsea

Manchester United vs. Middlesbrough

Improved recent results make Manchester United, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic again hitting his groove, the clear favourite for this game, and though Boro don't concede many (only 19 this season at the time of writing), neither do they score many (16).

United will not find it easy to break through Middlesbrough's accomplished defence, but a second-half winner is likely.

Top Bet: 10/3 with BetVictor for a half-time/full-time result of Draw/Man Utd

Southampton vs. West Bromwich Albion

Saints got out of a sticky recent patch to move up to seventh and look like the team they were under Ronald Koeman last season. West Brom, though, is performing above expectations and can move ahead of Southampton with a win.

This will be a game of clashing styles, with Southampton preferring to pass along the ground, and West Brom going for fast transitions, but it's likely to be a draw.

Top Bet: 3/1 with Bet365 for a draw

Swansea City vs. Bournemouth

Swansea, threatened by relegation and stuck in 19th, looks set to change managers soon with Bob Bradley thought not to have the confidence of his board. However, this home match, with players looking to put themselves in the shop window for a January transfer, is exactly the sort of match where teams in the Swans' position often find some extra willpower.

It's unlikely Swansea will beat Bournemouth, but a draw is on the cards, especially if Fernando Llorente is on-song.

Top Bet: 12/5 with William Hill for a draw

Liverpool vs. Manchester City

The teams challenging Chelsea at the top meet, and it's a clash of Jürgen Klopp's pressing style and Pep Guardiola's possession football, with both teams capable of huge defensive lapses but also attacking flourishes.

This promises goals aplenty, but with so much at stake, the managers will not risk everything for a win and may settle for a point each.

Top Bet: 13/5 with Betfair for a draw

SUNDAY, JANUARY 1

Watford vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs look back on the rails in recent results, and though not hitting last season's heights, the team is working well once again, and Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen et al ought to have enough to get past a sporadically promising Watford team that has fallen out of the top half recently due to losses.

Top Bet: 3/10 with Ladbrokes for fewer than 3.5 goals to be scored in the match

Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace

Sam Allardyce loves tactical battles with Arsene Wenger, and the new Palace manager will hope to take a point away from the Emirates. This Arsenal team is no longer a serious title contender after two recent defeats, but even in spite of a tendency to start festive matches slowly, should eventually make it past Palace. Look out for the hitherto-underused Olivier Giroud as an anytime scorer if fit and playing.

Top Bet: 15/2 with Unibet for Arsenal to win from behind

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