Premier League Gameweek 18 – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

talkSPORT’s chief football correspondent ALEX CROOK previews an exciting weekend of Premier League action…

Christmas comes but once a year so let’s see if I can spread some festive cheer by coming up with some winning selections on the big games of the weekend, writes ALEX CROOK.

Saturday, 5.30pm


There is no question that the big game of the weekend takes place at Anfield on Saturday teatime as title rivals Liverpool and Arsenal go head to head.

The Gunners will be going into the game in confident mood after a convincing 2-0 win against Brighton last time out in what was arguably their most impressive performance of the season so far. Certainly, Seagulls boss Roberto De Zerbi felt Arsenal were the best team his side have faced.

Liverpool in contrast were far from at their best as they toiled to a 0-0 draw at home to arch rivals Manchester United, nonetheless, they have lost just one of their last 50 Premier League home matches and this is a true litmus test of Arsenal’s championship credentials, especially given their poor recent record on the red half of Merseyside.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 10 home Premier League home games against the Gunners and have won seven of those while Arsenal have not kept a clean sheet in any of the pairs last 15 meetings.

I do not have a convincing case for either team to come out on top as they could well cancel each other out, which would be helpful for champions Manchester City and Aston Villa, but I am expecting a more open game than l witnessed in Liverpool’s turgid draw with United.

Both teams to score and the match to end in a draw is 10/3 with

Saturday, 3pm


I will be at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to take in one of the most intriguing games of this round of fixtures as rejuvenated Spurs host a very much in-form Everton.

After an injury and suspension-influenced wobble Spurs have hit their stride again by recording back-to-back, victories against Newcastle and Nottingham Forest while Everton, having been deducted 10 points for breaching FFP rules, have pulled themselves clear of relegation danger with a run of four successive wins.

Sean Dyche’s side will present at interesting clash of styles to the free-flowing football which Spurs fans have enjoyed under Ange Postecoglou, but the hosts have lost just one of their last 21 meetings with the Toffees and I think this is where Everton’s run of triumphs ends.

Top-scorer Abdoulaye Doucoure is nursing a hamstring injury and unlikely to feature which is a significant loss for Dyche’s men.

Ex-Evertonian Richarlison has scored three goals in two games since being restored to the central striker’s role and will relish the opportunity to get one over his former club.

Tottenham to win and Richarlison to score at any time is 2.5/1 with

Sunday, 1pm


‘Poch proper won me over last night,’ was the message I received from a previously disgruntled Blues supporter on Thursday morning after Chelsea’s dramatic EFL Cup quarter final penalty shootout win over Newcastle, proving once again there is nobody as fickle as a football fan.

The scenes of euphoria at the end of that match have not been witnessed much at Stamford Bridge since Todd Boehly took charge, but whether that victory coupled with last weekend’s vital win at home to Sheffield United will truly prove a turning point will only be determined in the coming weeks.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men travel to Molineux on Sunday to contest the Premier League’s first Christmas Eve fixture in 28 years, looking to end a run of three successive away defeats.

Despite winning only one of their last five games, Wolves have an impressive home record under manager Gary O’Neil and are unbeaten in their last six games in front of their own fans and have beaten Manchester City and Tottenham and draw with Newcastle and Aston Villa.

However, O’Neil is a manager with a tendency to put together a run of wins and then go on winless streaks so I‘m backing a build-a-bet on Chelsea to win and Cole Palmer to score at any time at just over 3/1 with


BACK Liverpool v Arsenal: Both teams to score and the match to end in a draw 1pt at 10/3 (⭐


BACK Tottenham to win and Richarlison to score at any time 1pt at 2.5/1 with
BACK Chelsea to win and Cole Palmer to score at any time 1pt at 3.2/1 with

🚀 Price-boosted anytime goalscorer treble: Richarlison (Tottenham v Everton), Cole Palmer (Wolves v Chelsea), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa v Sheff Utd) at





Author: Eugene Morris