Huge Week of Premier League Action Ahead

By Martin Green01 December 2019
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Premier League

Football fans are in for a treat this week as the Premier League fixtures come in thick and fast. Crystal Palace host struggling Bournemouth at Selhurst Park on Tuesday night and odds of 11/10 at William Hill on a home win look attractive. The Eagles beat Burnley 2-0 on Saturday to restore some confidence after a tricky spell of games, whereas Bournemouth suffered a third straight defeat. Man City will bid to reignite their faltering title challenge against Burnley. They are now 11 points behind Liverpool, and they have just one win in their last five games, so the miniscule odds on them winning this game do not look worth bothering with.

There are two massive games to look forward to on Wednesday night. Liverpool host Everton in the Merseyside derby and they will be without Alisson, who was sent off in their 2-1 win against Brighton on Saturday. The Reds to win and both teams to score looks interesting at 19/10 with Betway. Jose Mourinho heads back to his old stomping ground as Spurs play Man Utd at Old Trafford, and both teams to score looks tempting in that game.

Chelsea are heavy favourites to beat Aston Villa on Wednesday, but punters will be scared off by their 1-0 home defeat to West Ham at the weekend. The 20/23 available on high-flying Leicester beating bottom club Watford looks a lot more attractive. Wolves are 11/14 to beat West Ham at home, which looks great, while both teams to score in the Southampton v Norwich game looks attractive. Sheff Utd host Newcastle on Thursday, and that screams under 2.5 goals, while Arsenal may well beat Brighton now that they have sacked manager Unai Emery. Then it is the Manchester derby on Saturday, as Man City host Man Utd at The Etihad.

Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr.

Joshua lost all three of his world heavyweight title belts when he suffered a shock knockout at the hands of Ruiz at Madison Square Gardens on June 1. Unbeaten Joshua was expected to wipe the floor with his rotund opponent, who only filled in at the last minute after the Brit’s initial opponent, Jarrel Miller, failed a drug test. Yet Ruiz delivered one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, repeatedly knocking the champion down before securing a seventh round TKO victory. Joshua invoked the rematch clause in the contract, and the two men will get in on again in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night. Joshua is not the overwhelming favourite to win this time, but the longest odds you can find on him are 4/9 with Unibet. For more value, you can find 10/11 on him winning by a knockout, or Betfred has 3/1 on Ruiz knocking out Joshua if you think he can secure another upset.

UK Championship

Ronnie O’Sullivan is in scintillating form at the UK Championship and he has secured back-to-back 6-0 victories to tee up a showdown with Noppon Sangkham on Monday. You can find odds of 5/6 on him winning with a 3.5 frame handicap and that looks tempting. O’Sullivan is the 11/4 second favourite with Betfred, as Judd Trump leads the betting at 12/5 with Ladbrokes. O’Sullivan might make an interesting each-way bet, as you get half the odds if he finishes runner-up, and he is in the opposite end of the draw to the in-form Trump, so he could well make the final.

Tingle Creek

Some of the finest chasers in the National Hunt scene will battle for glory at the eagerly anticipated Tingle Creek on Saturday. Un de Sceaux and Politologue, who won it in 2016 and 2017 respectively, are in the mix this time around. Yet the favourite is Defi Du Seuil, who won the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March. He is heavily backed at 7/4 with William Hill, although some punters like Un de Sceaux and Politologue as each-way shouts.