Huddersfield vs Burnley: Draw and under 2.5 goals – 23/10
If this wasn’t such a decisive game in the relegation battle, it might just have been the dullest fixture on the Premier League calendar. Having said that, it’s still probably the dullest fixture on the Premier League calendar.
The pair have managed to score just 31 times between them in 40 games, with only 12 of those goals coming from Huddersfield.
That neither squad is brimming with creative players is an understatement and both sides set up not to concede goals. Both have failed miserably at doing so this season, with Burnley already conceding more goals than they did in the whole of last season.
Huddersfield, without a point in the month of December, can start getting ready for life in the Championship if they fail to win this game, while Burnley could leap out of the bottom three if they pick up three points.
However, both sides’ defensive approaches should cancel each other out and it could be as dour a game as you are likely to see in 2019. It’s going to be cagey, it’s going to be long ball football, and it’s going to be a low-scoring draw.
West Ham vs Brighton: West Ham to win – 5/6
The Hammers are finally starting to live up to their potential after a summer of eye-catching acquisitions, despite a blip against Burnley on Sunday. West Ham have won five of their last seven league games and should make it six out of eight when they face Brighton at the London Stadium.
Record signing Felipe Anderson has looked worth every penny, scoring eight times in the league already. Anderson, along with Marko Arnautovic, has been the Irons’ standout player and the pair of them should be too hot to handle on Wednesday night.
The Seagulls have been solid yet again this season and are virtually guaranteed of their Premier League safety already. They are what Burnley and Huddersfield strive to be; hard to break down, but with a distinct goal threat at the other end.
Brighton rarely get well beaten and they will certainly make things difficult for West Ham, but it should be a home win, with The Hammers finally finding their groove.
Chelsea vs Southampton: Chelsea halftime/fulltime – 4/6
Chelsea have a bit of breathing space in the top four after a dismal few days for Arsenal and they can consolidate the gap between them and The Gunners with a win over relegation threatened Southampton.
Performances have certainly improved since Ralph Hasenhuttl took over at St Mary’s, with Southampton already winning more league games under him than they did under Mark Hughes, but only the most optimistic of Southampton fan would hope to get anything from Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s level has dipped somewhat since the start of the season, when they looked like genuine title challengers and they now have to make sure that they finish the season with Champions League football.
Victory against Southampton would be Chelsea’s third win on the bounce following their shock defeat at home to Leicester before Christmas, and you would expect them to try and kill this off early to avoid a second consecutive home upset.
* All odds correct at time of posting.