FOR English Premier League fans the Christmas period is the perfect set of dates for watching the beautiful game.
A plethora of fixtures that happen on weekends and during the week means punters get plenty of opportunity to bet on the soccer.
This weekend shapes as an important one for several teams.
Arsenal and Manchester City meet in a clash that could rule the loser out of title contention, fifth-placed Tottenham face a home game against strugglers Burnley, while Chelsea face a tricky away fixture against the Eagles.
It has all the makings of a great weekend of Premier League action.All odds for the 17th week of the English Premier League season were provided by Sportsbet.com.au, which is offering punters a fantastic carrot for those yet to sign up.
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Selections for the week 17 EPL multi:
Chelsea to defeat Crystal Palace ($1.53)
West Ham to beat Hull ($1.61)
Arsenal to win or draw against Manchester City ($1.62)
Tottenham to win against Burnley ($1.22)
Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea
Saturday, December 17 from 11.30 pm AEDST Selhurst Park, London
First leg of the multi kicks off in the English capital as fellow Londoners Chelsea and Crystal Palace lock horns at Selhurst Park.
Chelsea moved six points clear at the top of the Premier League after their important 1-0 win over Sunderland during the week. The Blues keep winning and look to be getting stronger as the season progresses.
Crystal Palace is without a win from their last two outings after falling to Manchester United at home on Wednesday. The Eagles were outgunned by the Red Devils’ big guns in Zlatan Ibrahimović and Paul Pogba.
This one looks pretty clear cut to us. Chelsea should hammer the Eagles to get our multi off on the right foot.
Chelsea to win – $1.53
West Ham vs. Hull
Sunday, December 18 from 2am AEDST London Stadium, London
We are staying in London for the second leg of our multi as the Hammers host Hull at the Olympic Stadium.
After an ordinary start to the season West Ham’s season is back on track. The Hammers drew 2-2 on the weekend against Liverpool before recording a well-earned three points against Burnley midweek.
Hull’s season started brightly but the optimistic light has since dulled down. The Tigers were easily accounted for by Tottenham midweek 3-0. It is the second week in a row that Hull has conceded three goals in a match.
Both teams fortunes have changed dramatically since the beginning of the season and we are confident the form holds up. West Ham should beat Hull to keep our multi rolling.
Manchester City vs. Arsenal
Monday, December 19 from 3am AEDST Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Two teams in dire need of a win to keep their title hopes alive meet in the early hours of Monday morning as Arsenal travels to Manchester to face City at the Etihad.
After a shock defeat away at Leicester, City bounced back in style against Watford midweek – winning 2-0.
The win kept City three points clear of the fifth placed Spurs.
Arsenal’s midweek loss to Everton was nothing short of disastrous. It was the typical Gunners performance that has frustrated fans for so long under Arsene Wenger’s reign.
City is still without a host of stars for this one including Sergio Aguero, so we are favouring the double chance for Arsenal who should be able to salvage at least a point from this one.
Arsenal to win or draw – $1.62
Tottenham vs. Burnley
Monday, December 19 from 3am AEDST, White Hart Lane, London
Last leg of our multi sees the Premier League returning to the English capital as the Spurs host the Clarets.
Tottenham was magnificent midweek against Hull. Spurs scored three goals and kept a clean sheet for the just the second time in almost two months.
Burnley were unlucky losers last time out against West Ham going down 1-0. The Claret keeper Tom Heaton managed to save a penalty in the game but it was not enough to earn them a point away.
We are predicting a similar outcome here. The Spurs should easily defeat Burnley to end our multi in winning fashion.
Tottenham to win – $1.22
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