Fri, Nov 25, 3:12pm by Staff Writer
Top-of-the-table Chelsea can cement their lead when they host fifth-placed Tottenham in Round 13 of the Premier League this weekend.
But while Chelsea ar the bookies’ favourites to beat their London rival at Stanford Bridge, Liverpool and Manchester City trail by just one point and face lopsided contests this round.
While Chelsea have won nine of their 12 matches so far this season, Tottenham are unbeaten and will be particularly difficult to score against.
Manchester City are not expected to have any problems taking the three points at Burnley.
City have finally regained some of the form that saw them take the early EPL lead before a string of disappointing results left them sliding down the ladder.
Pep Guardiola’s side qualified for the knockout round of the Champions League with a 1-1 draw at Borussia Monchengladbach during the week and are looking to win consecutive EPL matches for the first time in almost two months.
Liverpool are at even shorter odds to down relegation-threatened Sunderland at Anfield.
The Reds’ attacking lineup of Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino should have little trouble against Sunderland, despite the club riding a two-game winning streak.
Arsenal should retain their top-five spot when they host Bournemouth, with forward Alexis Sanchez anchoring some strong attacking.
Manchester United are on a high heading into their home encounter against West Ham.
United downed Feyenoord 4-0 in the Europa League group stage during the week, in a match that saw Wayne Rooney become the club’s all-time leading scorer in Europe.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman faces a tougher match when his side travels to his former club Southampton.
Seventh-placed Everton have managed just one win in its past eight EPL matches, while 11th-placed Southampton has been similarly unimpressive.
In other matches, West Brom should sneak away with the points at Hull, with $2.50 on offer for a win, $3 for a loss and $3.20 for a draw.
Defending champions Leicester have regained some form and is at $1.90 to beat Middlesbrough, with $4.25 for a loss and $3.50 for a draw.
Swansea are slight favourites to beat Crystal Palace at home, with $2.60 for a win against $2.80 for a loss and $3.40 for a draw.
The 13th round of the Premier League gets underway at 11.30pm Saturday AEST.
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