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PREVIEW: Carrick leaves United while the top 3 fly high. EPL week 15

The EPL continues into the weekend, and we are certainly here for it. No real out and out game of the weekend, but there is excitement all around and plenty opportunities to start cashing in and collecting some extra coins for December.

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Ke December! The EPL continues into the weekend, and we are certainly here for it. No real out and out game of the weekend, but there is excitement all around and plenty opportunities to start cashing in and collecting some extra coins for December.

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Saturday 4 December

36/10 West Ham | Draw 26/10 | Chelsea 15/20 (14:30)

This could be a tough game for Chelsea. The Blues remain at the summit of the league, and I think they’ll challenge all the way through, but I think they could slip here. They were poor against Watford – to the point where I think they barely survived – and if its repeated, they could be punished.

West Ham were equally disappointing though, failing to get past a rather flakey Brighton side in midweek. It was a 1-1 draw at the Amex, but David Moyes will know they should have taken all three. Given all the inconsistencies at play here, I think both teams to score should see us through. Get on at 9/10.

5/4 Newcastle | Draw 47/20 | Burnley 21/10 (17:00)

Newcastle have proven costly to follow, but at the risk of sounding a little daft – I think they should win here. Eddie Howe’s men were reduced to ten men against Norwich, and they continued to poke and prod in attacking areas.

Burnley still haven’t decided how they want to play, certainly from a punting point of view they only really offer confidence when playing at Turf Moor. Back the home win.

6/1 Wolves | Draw 38/10 | Liverpool 4/10 (17:00)

Liverpool is slowly but surely becoming the side we all just anchor every bet to. I know, it causes slight indigestion on my side as well! But cash is king my dear friends and at 4/10 I’ll continue backing the Reds as though I’ve been singing YNWA since ’05…

I won’t bore you with unnecessary statistics, there is nothing about Liverpool’s performances to suggest Wolves have a chance. There is nothing about Wolves to suggest they can ask any questions of Jurgen Klopp’s men. Get on the away win.

14/10 Southampton | Draw 9/4 | Brighton 39/20 (17:00)

Brighton seems to have gone off the boil a little recently, they are without a win in their last ten fixtures (in all competition). Southampton certainly look the better-balanced side under their German boss.

Che Adams has put his hand up this term, he’s slowly but surely becoming a talisman on attack – scoring seven in seven – and I’ll back the young Scot to find a way onto the scoresheet again.

For the brave punter, I wouldn’t discourage looking at Adams to score anytime and Southampton win, courtesy of Hollywoodbets’ same match builder option. Otherwise just backing the home win should be good enough for the multiples.

13/1 Watford | Draw 6/1 | Manchester City 2/11 (19:30)

There is no question that Watford have improved. I’m aware that their results don’t necessarily show that – outside of their victory against Manchester United – but the fact remains, the Hornets are playing good football.

Their game against Leicester highlighted the brilliance of Jamie Vardy, but they still exposed Leicester’s frail defence. That was consolidated with an incredible performance against a somewhat limp Chelsea.

I must give credit where credit is due, however…this is still Manchester City. Watford won’t win the game, but I would back them to ask real questions of a City defensive line which isn’t at full strength.

City will win, but for more value considering both to score as well. You will get as much as 18/10.

Sunday 5 December

9/10 Leeds | Draw 26/10 | Brentford 29/10 (16:00)

Leeds is slowly but surely improving, something that will need to continue should they want to avoid a relegation scrap. Brentford will be just fine this season themselves; the Bees have picked up crucial points when playing at home – but I’m not sure we should be backing them on the road (at least for the foreseeable future). Back the home win.

11/20 Manchester United | Draw 32/10 | Crystal Palace 46/10 (16:00)

This will be the first game for United with the German Professor in the dugout. The players continue to give a good account for themselves – which is to be expected – but the performances of late are already speaking to a pressing game.

Of course, a side adapting to a new style of play will give the opposition opportunities to score and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Palace on the scoresheet. The Eagles have lost some traction since the international break, I can’t see them winning here but I maintain they are a good side under Patrick Vieira. Get on the Red Devils.

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