Manchester City will look to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League this weekend to six points with Liverpool’s clash with Leeds United postponed, and the champions are in a solid place to do so.
Pep Guardiola’s men now boast eight wins on the bounce and have thus far dropped just 10 points all season long from the 54 available and it does seem as if we may witness them gradually bridge a gap between them and the rest of the pack as the weeks go on.
Leicester’s form hit another roadblock in midweek as they let a 3-1 lead at Anfield slip only to lose on penalties. The Foxes really are struggling, and their 4-0 win over Newcastle United last time out in the league merely seems like a one-off.
We’re backing a routine win for the champions, despite Leicester’s 5-2 win at the Etihad last season.
Chelsea have hit an alarming stage in their season this month and have in fact probably entered the worst period of form in Thomas Tuchel's near year-long reign as they've now won just two of their past six fixtures in the league, losing one and drawing the other three.
Although it isn’t incredibly worrying, it has created a six-point gap on leaders Manchester City, just as Aston Villa have started to get the ball rolling on their season under Steven Gerrard.
Villa have worked their way back into the top 10 after beating Norwich City 2-0, Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0, Crystal Palace 2-1, and Leicester City 2-1, losing only to Liverpool and City so far with Gerrard. All in all, they are in solid form and we’re backing both teams to score here.
Norwich City will be aiming to move off the bottom of the table before we enter 2022, and if they are to do so, they must get a result at home to Arsenal. Mikel Arteta’s men have, however, seemingly patched up the torrid results that have plagued them for the past few years now, and they are starting to win games where they previously lost or drew.
With just two draws all season, Arsenal’s games usually go one way or the other and we predict it’ll go in their favour this time around as their defeats to Everton and Manchester United earlier in the month have been forgotten about following three wins on the bounce that saw them score nine goals and concede only one.
The Gunners should get another result here.
Blackburn are in stunning form right now and are boasting as good of a record in all of England since their astonishing 7-0 loss to Fulham back in early November. Rovers have since gone seven games unbeaten, winning six of them and conceding a fantastic two goals ever since the Fulham thrashing.
Hull themselves are in the midst of a very topsy-turvy season as they won four in a row during November after losing five in a row just prior, to now drawing two and losing to Nottingham Forest since their win over Millwall. They deservingly sit 19th, and it does look set to be a long season for them.
Ben Brereton Diaz and co. should get another result here with the Chile international looking for goal number 20 already.<br/>
Tottenham Hotspur have most definitely changed their tone under Antonio Conte and it does now seem like the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo was just a bad one in which they need to forget about. Conte has taken the club into seventh, but with three games in hand over Arsenal in fourth, and, with this being just a six-point gap, the Italian could get them back into the top four if they win these games pretty soon.
Crystal Palace have had a mixed bag of results this season and with their five defeats and four wins along with 24 goals scored and the same amount conceded, the Eagles will need a miracle to beat Spurs 3-0 again as they did earlier in the campaign.
We’re predicting another Spurs win as Conte’s unbeaten run in the league continues.
Rotherham United are flying high with five wins in their last six League One matches and they still sit top of the table following an exceptional period that has seen them head into Christmas with 43 goals scored and just 15 conceded.
Accrington Stanley are in torrid form, however, having now let in 39 goals in League One - only Fleetwood Town have more with 40. They have still won three of their past five league games, but it's tough to look past a Rotherham side in such a solid streak, especially given each sides' goal difference records right now.
Rangers are looking to keep their winning run going against St. Mirren, as the SPFL champions have won their past eight clashes in the league and not conceded a single goal in their last six.
They are currently boasting an almighty 41 goals from 19 fixtures already this season, and you have to go all the way back to September to witness their only league defeat, as Dundee United narrowly edged them 1-0.
St. Mirren did get a commendable draw at home to the Gers’ Old Firm rivals Celtic in midweek, however, they remain in a relegation fight and are only five points adrift of bottom-placed St. Johnstone. It should be a routine victory for Giovanni van Brocnkhort’s men, in truth.