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Premier League: Gameweek 16 Betting Preview and Picks

The Premier League made history midweek, becoming the first country to send five clubs to the Champions League round of 16. Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham each punched their ticket to the next round but now regroup and resume the taxing domestic December schedule.

The weekend is headlined by two of the more intense derbies the Premier League has to offer as Liverpool entertains Everton and Manchester City pays a visit to the Red Devils of Manchester United.

Speaking of Manchester City, the Citizens go for their 14th straight victory in the league and we really couldn’t have asked for a better game for it. United is second in the league entering the weekend and Jose Mourinho and company will look to do everything they can to close that gap to five.

Andrew Avery and Rob Trites are here to pick their favorite sides, totals and props for the weekend ahead with odds courtesy online shop Bovada. Here is what the guys like this weekend:

Sides

Andrew: Tottenham -1.5 (-135)

Spurs are coming off a midweek win over APOEL in Champions League but have been awful in the league with a paltry five points from their last six games. Not exactly instilling the most confidence for bettors, but I feel Stoke is arriving at just the right time.

Tottenham has owned Stoke in recent head-to-heads, winning the previous three by 4-0 scorelines, and with Harry Kane and Dele Alli getting rest ahead of this one, I think we see the Spurs team we’re more familiar with this weekend.

Stoke is coming off a win against Swansea but has just five points from their last five and has managed just five points from seven away games on the season.

Kane and Alli have scored at will against the Potters and Spurs should win this handily.

Rob: Leicester (+180)

The Foxes have been fleet of foot of late and they should have a hop in their step when they visit St. James Park for a meeting with the moping Magpies. Newcastle has now gotten just one point out of the last six matches and Leicester is a much better club.

+180 is an excellent line for the away team here and it’s one I’ll happily play.

Totals

Andrew: Southampton-Arsenal OVER 2.5 (-125)

Arsenal could have easily beaten Manchester United last weekend if it weren’t for the heroics of David de Gea. The Gunners are simply playing great football at the moment and are blistering in attack.

The Gunners are just a couple of games removed from thumping Huddersfield 5-0 and could have put a bunch past de Gea last weekend.

Southampton is much better at the back now that Virgil van Dijk is back in the side, but Wenger’s side is clicking and they’ll look to rebound after the disappointing loss to United. Expect them to find the back of the net on Sunday.

Rob: Chelsea OVER 2 Goals (+105)

West Ham continues its joke of a Premier League campaign this weekend when they host Chelsea and I like the laughs to continue at London Stadium. Chelsea rolls to a big win over its crosstown rival and improves the unbeaten run to eight.

Props

Andrew: Arsenal Win and Both Teams to Score (+260)

I like the Arsenal moneyline value at -110 here and I really like this prop that’s out there. Though they’ve played much better of late, the Arsenal backline can be really shaky at times.

Now, keep in mind that Southampton doesn’t boast a free-scoring side. In fact, the Saints have scored the second-fewest goals (15) of any side in the top 11. Their last home game against Everton did provide a boatload of goals as they thrashed the Toffees 4-1 thanks to goals from Dusan Tadic, Steven Davis and a brace from Charlie Austin.

Mauricio Pellegrino does have his side playing better football, but not good enough to beat the Gunners. I’ll be backing this prop and watching intently.

Rob: Eden Hazard to Score Anytime (+125)

Eden Hazard is a man on fire and as a fantasy owner of the leggy Belgian, I couldn’t be happier. With five goals and two assists in eight matches since returning to fitness, the attacking mid is re-establishing himself as one of the best players in the Premier League and he’ll go up against a bunch of guys on Saturday who are in a much lower class than that.

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