There are no public holidays on offer for the Premier League employees as Games Week 15 kicks off on Boxing Day evening (AEST).
The round gets underway with a high stakes clash between two title contenders in Leicester and Manchester United, yes “contenders”.
Elsewhere, the Gunners search for their first league win since Nov 1st when they take on the Blues in a London Derby, Liverpool host fierce rivals the Baggies and Tottenham strive to get back to winning ways as they lineup against the Wolves.
As always, we’ve analysed every fixture across Game Week 15 and provided the punters with our best betting suggestions below!
Game Week 15 kicks off on Boxing Day with an absolute banger, as United attempt to leapfrog the Foxes into 2nd place in the league.
The Red Devils have a perfect record on the road this season (6W), and have managed to win all six of their away fixtures after conceding the opening goal.
Meanwhile, Leicester’s form has been patchy at the King Power Stadium, losing four of their seven home fixtures.
It’s starting to click in the final third for Man U, who are no longer reliant on the scoring exploits of Bruno Fernandes.
I’m backing Ole’s side to consolidate their top four position with another away win at the expense of an inconsistent Foxes unit.
Aston Villa will be out to extend their unbeaten run to four matches when they welcome the Eagles to Villa Park this weekend.
Crystal Palace had their pants pulled down by league leaders Liverpool, conceding seven unanswered goals!
It’s worth noting that only one other team has scored 7+ goals in a fixture this season, that was of course Villa when they humbled Liverpool 7-2 in GW3.
The home side has won the last four league fixture between this pair and at just under even money, Villa looks like a shrewd investment here.
Despite sitting inside the top 6 for most of the season, the bookies are still showing the Saints no respect in match betting.
Fulham are hovering above the relegation zone on goal difference alone and have gone four games without tasting victory.
Meanwhile, the Saints lost their 2nd match across the last 12 fixtures, narrowly going down to Man City 1-0.
Southampton’s game is streets ahead of Fulham’s at the moment and at $2.30 they are an absolute steal here.
Arsenal are desperate to break a seven match winless streak when they take on the Blues in a London Derby.
Chelsea suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season after going down to both Everton and Wolverhampton in GW12 & 13.
Despite a recent drop in form, the Blues have the fire power to blow this sorry excuse for an Arsenal side out of the water and I’m tipping them to do so.
Manchester City have the opportunity to break into the top 6 for the first time this season when they welcome the Toons to Etihad Stadium.
The last time Steve Bruce’s side travelled to the Blue side of Manchester they were sent home with their tails between their legs, following a 5-0 trouncing.
City are starting to find their feet in the league and should win this one comfortably, unfortunately there’s not much value to be found from a betting perspective in this fixture and I’ll be recommending punters to steer clear.
This fixture is a no-brainer.
Everton have won their last three fixtures against the likes of Chelsea, Leicester and Arsenal.
Sheffield have played 14 matches and have two competition points to show for it!
There is enough value in the Toffees to win @$1.82 to satisfy me, but if you’re after a little more bang for your buck, Calvert-Lewin to score anytime has been a profitable play this season.
Leeds slump into this fixture off the back of a truely awful showing against Man U, in a match where there were fortunate to only concede six goals!
Alternatively, Burnley picked up their third win of the season, upsetting Wolverhampton and extending their unbeaten run to four league fixtures.
With both Chris Wood and Ashley Barns fit and firing, the Clarets should fancy themselves as a real chance against the grossly inconsistent Whites.
Both West Ham and Brighton enter this fixture off the back of disappointing results in GW14.
The Seagulls were unable to capitalise against a 10-man Blades outfit, handing Chris Wilder’s side just their 2nd point of the season.
Whereas, the Hammers just forgot to show up to Stamford Bridge, playing the Blues back into form as they conceded three unanswered goals.
Despite sitting in 17th place on the table, Brighton have been largely competitive throughout this campaign, no other side has drawn more matches (6), while all of their defeats (6) have come against sides in the top seven.
West Ham are lacking a killer instinct inside their opponents final third and I believe there is a point up from grabs should the Seagulls lock in.
Just over five years have past since Liverpool registered one of the clubs most famous points, a thrilling 2-2 draw with West Brom at Anfield stirred the emotions of Klopp and his squad, who saluted the Kop end following the match.
Since that evening, Liverpool have been able to celebrate three more draws against the league minnows across their ensuing six fixtures (3W).
It would take a brave (foolish) man to take the draw @$8 here, with Liverpool looking to put some daylight between themselves and the chasing pack.
I can’t see the Baggies getting their feet on the ball here, as such Liverpool to nil looks a good bet.
Game Week 15 comes to a close on Monday morning when the Spurs head to Molineux Stadium to take on the Wolves.
Jose’s side are looking to bounce back from two straight defeats against title challengers Liverpool and Leicester.
The Wolves have had issues of their own, losing three of their past four fixtures including outings against Villa and Burnley.
Tottenham have enjoyed travelling to Wolverhampton, winning their last three PL fixtures at Molineux.
I’m backing the Spurs to continue the away dominance over the Wolves and push their way back into the top four!