Premier League tips for matchweek 19: New Year brings up halfway stage
Jamie Clark | 1 January 2017
Premier League tips for matchweek 19
An absorbing Premier League season reaches its halfway stage come New Year’s day and the Bank Holiday weekend contains a sweet second v third fixture as Liverpool host Manchester City.
This time of the season tends to sort out the men from the boys in the English top-flight, and there are four fine TV games for punters to enjoy.
Check out Coral’s Premier League tips for matchweek 19, then, featuring the best Liverpool v Man City odds below…
Toffees to tame Tigers and under 2.5 total goals
Live on Sky Sports 1 at 20:00 GMT
We start first with a fantastic and festive Friday Night Football offering as European football chasers Everton travel to bottom team Hull City.
Ronald Koeman’s Toffees have picked up form, with six points from the last nine on offer following an autumnal slump, while the Tigers continue to struggle in the scrap to stay up.
Everton have hardly blitzed teams this term, so look a wise investment for victory on Humberside and the total match goals to be under 2.5 at 3/1*.
Saturday (New Year’s Eve)
Firmino anytime scorer best value Liverpool v Man City odds
Live on BT Sport 1 at 17:30 GMT
While the Anfield showdown between Jurgen Klopp’s Reds and the Citizens should see Pep Guardiola recall Sergio Aguero after suspension, it is another South American forward that appeals as an anytime scorer bet in the New Year’s Eve teatime kick-off.
Roberto Firmino netted just before half-time in Liverpool’s 4-1 victory over Stoke City for his seventh goal of the campaign across all competitions.
While Klopp’s crew are an ensemble cast in attack that share strikes around, there’s previous form against Man City to consider in the case of Brazil forward Firmino.
He struck home and away in Premier League action when the Reds were paired with the Eithad outfit last term, leaving Firmino at attractive anytime scorer odds of 21/10*.
Sunday (New Year’s Day)
Spurs win and both teams to score at Watford
Live on Sky Sports 1 at 13:30 GMT
Tottenham just aren’t keeping clean sheets like they did last season, with a mere couple of shutouts from their last 13 in all competitions.
Mauricio Pochettino is blessed with more than enough firepower to outscore the opposition, though, and saw his Spurs side put four past former club Southampton last time out.
Box-to-box midfielder Dele Alli, first-choice striker Harry Kane, and hard-working South Korea forward Son Heung-Min all netted on the south coast.
New Year’s Day hosts Watford are an inconsistent side, but possess sufficient goal threat to register in what looks on paper to be another Vicarage Road defeat by Tottenham, so take 27/10* on that.
Palace worth a punt to pinch a point off Gunners
Live on Sky Sports 1 at 16:00 GMT
Sam Allardyce has cultivated a deserved reputation of frustrating Arsenal throughout his coaching career – see a 0-0 draw when in charge of Sunderland from April as for the most recent example.
Now he takes a Crystal Palace side, who held the Gunners on their own patch last time they played, to the Emirates.
While 9/2* is a pretty tasty price for a share of the spoils, the Eagles managed to hold Arsenal eight months ago with near enough the same team.
*All prices quoted correct at the time of first publishing