The first week in December has arrived, and to kick off what is going to be a pivotal month in the Premier League we have one of those rare midweeks where we are treated to a full compliment of Premier League fixtures.
Crystal Palace and West Ham obviously played last night, and from West Ham’s point of view, that looks a pretty stinking result. How long before the natives start getting restless with Big Sam (again)?
In fairness, it was an awful time for the Hammers to be taking on Palace. The West Ham faithful would have been demanding 3 much needed points, but Palace were always going to put in a performance for new boss, Tony Pulis’ first match in charge.
Onto tonight, and the stand out fixture for me is Manchester United hosting Everton at Old Trafford.
I’m still not convinced United have totally turned the corner, but they are coming into that time of the year where they usually hit their straps. Bet365 have United at 8/11 to beat Everton, and that looks a good value bet to me. The draw is 29/10, and Everton are 17/4.
Arsenal still don’t look like they are going to crack, and are a short looking 2/9 at home against Hull to continue their title march(?).
Manchester City have a tough looking fixture away at West Brom, I’m not sure I’d be too confident backing them at 8/13 with their away form though. Although, contradicting that, I do think they will win tonight.
The erratic Chelsea (8/15) travel to Sunderland (11/2) tonight, and this is another one of those ‘can you trust them’ fixtures. Chelsea should win, but Sunderland recently beat Manchester City at the Stadium of Light, and have shown good signs of improvement under Gus Poyet (the draw is 7/2).
The chances of Sunderland beating City and Chelsea at home in such a short space of time have to be fairly remote though.
And finally of the title challengers, Liverpool (2/7) take on Norwich (11/1) at home in a fixture that has started to become Liverpool’s banker 3 points, and the chance for Luis Suarez to fill his boots in the goal scoring charts.
Some other fixtures that stand out…. Fulham V Tottenham, in a way it’s a shame Martin Jol got sacked last Sunday, as this could have been billed as a shoot out between Jol and AVB to save their respective jobs. As it is, this could turn out to be bad news for AVB, as Fulham may have new manager syndrome as well and could do a ‘Palace’ on Spurs tonight.
Fulham are 21/4, The Draw is 29/10, and Spurs are 13/20 – could you really take Spurs at odds on away from home at the moment? Even at Fulham?
Swansea V Newcastle also looks like it could be interesting, Pardew’s men are in good form, and can be backed at 5/2. Swansea are 5/4, and the draw is 12/5.
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