After the weekend’s matches Tottenham and Liverpool topped the Premier League table – and their Anfield showdown is the highlight of a wonderful Wednesday night’s action.
But there are other intriguing clashes too and we analyse all of tonight’s matches and offer our free recommended tips.
Check out our tips – Evens is the smallest price you’ll find – and then read on for the rationale.
Arsenal v Southampton – Saints to lead half-time/full-time 4/1
Leeds v Newcastle – Under 2.5 goals Evens
Leicester v Everton – BTTS in the first half 13/5
Fulham v Brighton – 1-1 correct score 5/1
Tottenham v Liverpool – correct score 0-0 14/1
West Ham v Crystal Palace – Hammers to win 11/10
Arsenal vs Southampton, 6pm
This has banana skin written all over it for Mikel Arteta. Again.
The Gunners boss is on the brink of an unwanted club record, another home defeat would be five in succession and the worst in the club’s history.
And The Saints are in the kind of form to inflict that ignominy
While Arsenal were losing 1-0 on Sunday to confirm their worst start to a top flight season since 1981/82, Ralph Hasenhuttl saw his side run out 3-0 comfortable winners over Sheffield United on Sunday, securing a league-high six HT/FT wins of the campaign.
They haven’t won at Arsenal since 1987, but a five-game unbeaten away run (W3, D2) will fill them with confidence.
Despite strikers of the quality of Aubameyang and Lacazette, The Gunners have now failed to score in 50 per cent of their Premier League matches, and subsequently, their average of 0.83 goals scored per fixture is their worst at this stage across the previous 39 seasons.
Danny Ings, meanwhile, has netted in four straight PL away appearances, shook a bit of ring rust off on Sunday and is 15/4 to open the scoring tonight.
Leeds v Newcastle
Newcastle are the only Premier League team yet to be involved in a match featuring over 2.5 goals away from home this season (W2, D2, L1).
They’re also yet to score a first-half goal away from home this season.
And with just one win across the last six Premier League matches for Leeds an Under 2.5 goals match at Evens is a distinct possibility.
Much depends on Leeds’ defence.
In four of the last five matches where Marcelo Bielsa’s side have won points (W3, D2) they kept a clean sheet. But in their last four defeats they have conceded a whopping 13 goals.
Their home form has been poor. They haven’t won in five at Elland Road and have scored just 0.6 goals per match across those five fixtures – which is less than the 0.8 they’ve conceded across the first halves alone (1.6 in total)!
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So the away win at 7/2 is not to be sniffed at. Newcastle won their second consecutive match last time out – the first time they’ve achieved that since June.
And if you like time of goal betting, five of Newcastle’s six Premier League away goals this season have been netted in or after the 87th minute!
Leicester vs Everton
Leicester are on the Premier League’s longest active run without a draw – 16 matches. Everton have drawn only two of their 15 matches this season and haven’t drawn at Leicester since the opening day of the 2014/15 season.
So we can probably dismiss the 13/5 on that outcome tonight.
If you fancy Brendan Rodgers’ men, Leicester have scored four of their previous five home league goals in the first half.
The Toffees have scored 75 per cent of their Premier League away goals during the first half and have also scored a first-half opener in their previous two visits to the King Power Stadium.
BTTS in the first half is 13/5 .
The Foxes like to entertain. Four of their six home games have produced over 2.5 goals, although they have have also allowed 4+ shots on target in five of their six home matches to date.
That screams Over 2.5 goals, which is 7/10 .
Fulham vs Brighton, 8pm
Mid-December is a bit early for a relegation six-pointer, but with just two points and two places separating these strugglers, this is undeniably a big game for both.
And crucially both sides seem to be moving in opposite directions.
Brighton have won only one of their previous 11 matches and most recently were 3-0 down and out by half-time at Leicester.
The home side have scored at least one goal in six of the previous eight matches, Brighton have scored at least once in seven of the previous nine and both teams scored in the previous four head to heads.
Liverpool vs Tottenham, 8pm
“Possession is for philosophers,” Jose Mourinho memorably quipped after an attritional North London derby.
The result means everything to him – so of course he’s going to park the bus at Anfield.
Just like he did at Stamford Bridge this season – 0-0 – and just like he did on his two visits to Anfield as Manchester United manager – both 0-0.
The 0-0 correct score is a huge 14/1 with thepools.com and has to be considered.
Spurs’ xG in that trip to Chelsea was a remarkable 0.19, with their second-half figure 0.0.
Yes, zero. They didn’t even try to score. Which is why they boast the best defensive record in the division, conceding just 10 times this season .
Each of their last four league matches away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium have contained fewer than three goals, while four of those games have seen under two goals scored.
Under 2.5 goals is a big looking 6/5.
West Ham vs Crystal Palace
The happy Hammers’ recent form is only just shy of flaming ….. four wins from five, the only defeat being an unfortunate turn around against Manchester United.
Palace have steadied the ship after defeats by Burnley and Newcastle, walloping West Brom and holding Spurs to a draw.
But still, odds of better than double your money – 11/10 – on a home win, even if 2,000 fans can no longer be present to cheer on their side, is generous.