7am (AEDT), Saturday, December 31 @ KCOM Stadium, Hull
David Marshall (gk), Harry Maguire, Andrew Robertson, Michael Dawson, Curtis Davies, Ahmed Elmohamady, Jake Livermore, Samuel Clucas, Robert Snodgrass, Tom Huddlestone, Dieumerci Mbokani
Joel Robles (gk), Seamus Coleman, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Ramiro Funes Mori, Gareth Barry, Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley, Idrissa Gueye, Romelu Lukaku
History: These teams have met only nine times, Everton winning five games with two draws being played out.
Form: Hull City are bottom of the table with a 3W-3D-12L record. They are coming off a 0-3 home loss to Manchester City, their third consecutive loss and the third consecutive game they haven’t scored. They haven’t won in their past seven games, managing only two draws. Everton are currently seventh with a 7W-5D-6L record. They come into this after a 2-0 away win against Leicester and it was much needed to keep in touch with the top six, going 2W-1D-2L in their last five.
Stats: Hull City won the last game 2-0 against Everton in early January 2015, breaking a four match winless run against The Toffees. The Tigers have played their best at home this season with a 2W-2D-5L record and they have scored nine of their 14 goals at KCOM Stadium. Everton have a losing 3W-1D-5L record away from home, their recent win in Leicester broke a four game losing streak on the road.
Final Thoughts: It has been a tough season for Hull but they will take confidence in their win against Southampton and draw with West Brom at home in their last eight games, teams around Everton’s standard this season. Everton still hold hopes of a Europa position but with fifth place 10 points away they must continue to win, and they should pick up the three points here.
Crow’s Tip: Everton -1 @ $3.50
2:00am (AEDT), Sunday, January 1 @ Turf Moor, Burnley
Tom Heaton (gk), Stephen Ward, Michael Keane, Ben Mee, Matthew Lowton, George Boyd, Jeff Hendrick, Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson, Steven Defour, Dean Marney, Andre Gray
Vito Mannone (gk), Billy Jones, P. van Aanholt, Papy Djilobodji, Lamine Kone, Jason Denayer, Didier Ndong, Sebastian Larsson, Victor Anichebe, Fabio Borini, Jermain Defoe
History: The head to head stats are even between these teams after 73 games, both teams winning 27 times with 19 draws.
Form: Burnley’s 1-0 win against Middlesbrough last game was much needed, moving them to 14th on the ladder and six points away from the relegation zone. The win broke a two game losing streak and they are 6W-2D-10L this season. Sunderland have a 4W-2D-12L record and come into this game on the back of a 1-3 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford. They are 18th on the ladder which has them in the relegation zone.
Stats: The last time these sides met was two seasons ago, Sunderland winning at home 2-0. It added to their impressive record against Burnley in recent years, winning six from their past 10 clashes with two draws. Burnley have all their wins at home this season going 6W-1D-3L in ten games while Sunderland only have four points from nine away games. Both teams have a poor goal scoring record, Burnley have 17 to Sunderland’s 16, but 15 of Burnley’s goals have been at home.
Final Thoughts: Burnley will look to extend their gap between Sunderland and the relegation zone. Their home form has been their shining light this season and they should be too strong for Sunderland at Turf Moor.
Crow’s Tip: Burnley to Win @ $2.38
2:00am (AEDT), Sunday, January 1 @ Stamford Bridge, London
Thibaut Courtois (gk), Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Willian, Eden Hazard, Victor Moses, Nemanja Matic, N'Golo Kante, Diego Costa
Lee Grant (gk), Erik Pieters, B. Martins Indi, Glen Johnson, Ryan Shawcross, Glenn Whelan, Xherdan Shaqiri, Charlie Adam, Giannelli Imbula, Joe Allen, Jonathan Walters
History: Chelsea holds the head to head advantage against Stoke City, winning 35 games to 22 with 16 draws.
Form: Chelsea extended their winning run to 12 games with their recent 3-0 win over Bournemouth. They are seven points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table with a 15W-1D-2L record and they have the best goal difference in the league with +27. Stoke are currently 13th with a 5W-6D-7L record, losing their last game against Liverpool 1-4 away.
Stats: In their last 10 meetings Chelsea have beaten Sunderland six times and there have been two draws. At home this season Chelsea have eight wins and one loss, conceding only four goals in the nine games at Stamford Bridge. Stoke have played nine away games and have a decent return with three wins and three draws. Their last away win was six rounds ago against Watford 1-0.
Final Thoughts: Chelsea are the benchmark team this year and it is easy to see why they are currently $1.65 favourites to win the league despite only having a six point lead. Even when things aren’t quite working form them they manage to do enough to get the win. They shouldn’t be too troubled by Stoke here and will extend their winning run.
Crow’s Tip: Chelsea -1 @ $1.73
2:00am (AEDT), Sunday, January 1 @ King Power Stadium, Leicester
Kasper Schmeichel (gk), Danny Simpson, Robert Huth, Wes Morgan, Christian Fuchs, Danny Drinkwater, Andy King, Riyad Mahrez, Marc Albrighton, Shinji Okazaki, Islam Slimani
Darren Randolph (gk), Angelo Ogbonna, Winston Reid, Aaron Cresswell, Cheikhou Kouyate, Michail Antonio, Dimitri Payet, Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang, Andre Ayew, Andy Carroll
History: These two sides have had entertaining battles in their 88 games. West Ham hold a slight advantage winning 33 to 28 with 20 draws and the combined goals scored is also close, West Ham hold a slight advantage there also 133-124.
Form: Leicester are far from the lofty heights of last season, currently in 16th with a 4W-5D-9L record. They are on a three game winless run, losing their last game 0-2 at home to Everton, and have gone 2W-3D-5L in their last 10 games. West Ham are also seen as underperforming this season, currently five points ahead of Leicester in 11th. They have turned their form around in recent games though and are currently on a three game winning run, smashing Swansea 4-1 away in their last game.
Stats: When these sides met in the league last season the match ended 2-2. Besides the draw, Leicester won the three previous games to West Ham’s one since being in the top class again, including a 2-1 extra time win by Leicester in the League Cup last season. Leicester have performed well at home this season with four wins and three draws from nine games. West Ham have only lost once away, a 2-3 loss to Tottenham, with two wins and two draws in their other road games.
Final Thoughts: Leicester are boosted by returning defenders Robert Huth and Christina Fuchs who have served their one game suspensions. Despite both teams boasting great attacking power they have struggled to score, each with 23 goals in their 18 matches. These teams are quite even not only on the table and stats but across the pitch, and the draw looks the best pick here.
Crow’s Tip: Draw @ $3.40
2:00am (AEDT), Sunday, January 1 @ Old Trafford, Manchester
David de Gea (gk), Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ander Herrera, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Victor Valdes (gk), Fabio, Calum Chambers, George Friend, Ben Gibson, Marten De Roon, Adam Clayton, Adam Forshaw, Gaston Ramirez, Alvaro Negredo, Cristhian Stuani
History: This will be the 100th meeting between these sides, Manchester United winning 50 from 99 with 22 draws.
Form: Manchester United are winding up to top gear, winning their last four games and going unbeaten in their last nine. They currently sit sixth on the table with a 9W-6D-3L record. They defeated Sunderland 3-1 last game which featured goal of the season contender from Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Middlesbrough are currently 15th on the ladder with a 4W-6D-8L record and are coming into this game losing 0-1 to Burnley. In their last 10 games they have three wins, three draws and four losses.
Stats: Manchester United haven’t lost to Middlesbrough in 11 games dating back to October 2005. In those 11 games there have been six wins and five draws. United have only lost once at home in nine games, a 1-2 loss in the Manchester Derby back in match-week four. In nine away games Middlesbrough have only won once, but they have managed five draws on the road, which is a good record for a team only four points from the relegation zone.
Final Thoughts: United may have only lost three games but they did fall into a bit of a rough patch where they were unable to scrape out victories. They look past that now and just in time with their top four aspirations still alive. They should start the year strongly here and be far too good for a Middlesbrough team who struggles to score.
Crow’s Tip: Manchester United -1 @ $1.80
2:00am (AEDT), Sunday, January 1 @ St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton
Fraser Forster (gk), Jose Fonte, Ryan Bertrand, Cedric Soares, Virgil van Dijk, Sofiane Boufal, Oriol Romeu, Jordy Clasie, Dusan Tadic, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Jay Rodriguez
Ben Foster (gk), Jonny Evans, Craig Dawson, Gareth McAuley, Allan Nyom, Chris Brunt, Matthew Phillips, Claudio Yacob, Nacer Chadli, Darren Fletcher, Salomon Rondon
History: Southampton holds a one game win advantage over West Brom in 47 games 15-14, with 18 of their games ending in draws.
Form: Southampton have a 6W-6D-6L record and currently sit in eighth. They had an embarrassing 1-4 loss at home to Tottenham last game which broke a three game unbeaten run where they won two games. West Brom have lost two consecutive games but pushed quality opposition, losing 0-1 to Arsenal and 0-2 to Man United. They are one point behind Southampton in ninth with a 6W-5D-7L record.
Stats: Last time they met Southampton gave West Bromwich a comprehensive beating, 3-0 last season. They have gone one win each with a draw in their past three games. Southampton have been good at home this season, winning four times with three draws in nine games. West Brom have played nine away games for two wins and three draws.
Final Thoughts: Inconsistency has plagued both teams this season but their defences have been the standout positives. This will be a hard fought contest but could turn dour due to the lack of scoring power on the pitch, especially with Charlie Austin still unavailable for Southampton. It is hard to see any team scoring here and the draw looks the best bet.
Crow’s Tip: Draw @ $3.60
2:00am (AEDT), Sunday, January 1 @ Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Lukasz Fabianski (gk), Federico Fernandez, Angel Rangel, Jordi Amat, Mike van der Hoorn, Alfie Mawson, Wayne Routledge, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Leon Britton, Modou Barrow, Fernando Llorente
Artur Boruc (gk), Nathan Ake, Adam Smith, Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Charlie Daniels, Harry Arter, Dan Gosling, Junior Stanislas, Jack Wilshere, Callum Wilson
History: 19 times these side have met, Bournemouth winning eight times to seven.
Form: Swansea are stuck in the relegation zone on 12 points with only three wins and three draws. They have the same points as bottom placed Hull but are ahead thanks to a five goal better goal difference. They were comprehensively beaten 1-4 by West Ham at home last game and have now lost three consecutive games, conceding 10 times in those losses. Bournemouth are in the mid-table logjam, currently 12th with a 6W-3D-9L record. They have lost their past two games, 0-3 to Chelsea and 1-3 to Southampton.
Stats: Bournemouth have won three of the past four encounters with the other game drawn. Swansea have had their best games at home this season, winning two and drawing two from nine games. Bournemouth’s away record has been poor winning only once on the road and drawing twice from nine games.
Final Thoughts: Swansea will look to bounce back at home after their poor result against West Ham which resulted in manager Bob Bradley being sacked. They come up against a decent Bournemouth side however the Cherries have struggled away this season. This could well turn into a shootout as both defences can be opened up easily.
Crow’s Tip: Draw @ $3.25
5:00am (AEDT), Sunday, January 1 @ Anfield, Liverpool
Simon Mignolet (gk), Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, Emre Can, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi
Claudio Bravo (gk), Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nicolas Otamendi, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Sergio Aguero
History: Liverpool holds a big 73-42 head to head wins advantage over Manchester City in 155 games.
Form: Liverpool are second in the league on 40 points, one point ahead of third placed Manchester City. Liverpool are 12W-4D-2L and come into this game after pumping Stoke 4-1. They are on a three game winning streak and unbeaten in their last four. City are 12W-3D-3L and also on a three game winning streak which was off the back of two losses to Chelsea and Leicester City.
Stats: Liverpool are unbeaten in their last four games against City, winning three of those games. Liverpool are undefeated at Anfield this season, winning six and drawing two in eight games. City are seven wins and two losses away from home this season.
Final Thoughts: This will be an entertaining game as both are in good form and looking to keep in touch with league leaders Chelsea. The Reds have scored the most goals in the league this season with 45, six more than City. It is hard to separate them and while they both need a win to remain in touch with Chelsea, they may have to settle for a point apiece.
Crow’s Tip: Draw @ $3.50
12:30am (AEDT), Tuesday, January 2 @ Vicarage Road, Watford
Heurelho Gomes (gk), Craig Cathcart, Younes Kaboul, Adlene Guedioura, Jose Holebas, Sebastian Prodl, Camilo Zuniga, Etienne Capoue, Nordin Amrabat, Troy Deeney, Odion Ighalo
Hugo Lloris, Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama, Christian Eriksen, Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane
History: Tottenham have beaten Watford 12 times in 20 games with three draws being played out.
Form: Watford have generally been good this season and currently sit 10th with a 6W-4D-8L record. They drew 1-1 against Crystal Palace last game which broke a two game losing streak. They have hit a rough patch of form with only one win and one draw in their last six games. Tottenham are currently fifth and have only lost twice with 10 wins and six draws. They are currently on a three game winning streak, beating Southampton 4-1 last time out.
Stats: Tottenham haven’t lost to Watford in their past nine games and they are on a five game winning streak against them. Watford have four wins, two draws and three losses at home this season and they won their last home game 3-2 vs Everton. Tottenham’s two losses this season have been on the road, against Manchester United and Chelsea, along with three wins and four draws.
Final Thoughts: Watford have been better so far this season than a lot of pundits thought, but they have been patchy of late. They have been caught out when against quality opposition, and they will find Tottenham too good here.
Crow’s Tip: Tottenham to Win @ $1.67
3:00am (AEDT), Tuesday, January 2 @ Emirates Stadium, London
Petr Cech (gk), Laurent Koscielny, Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Gabriel, Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin, Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud
Wayne Hennessey (gk), Scott Dann, Martin Kelly, Damien Delaney, Joel Ward, Yohan Cabaye, Jason Puncheon, Mathieu Flamini, Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke
History: Crystal Palace have only beaten Arsenal twice in 32 games, Arsenal winning 21 times with nine draws.
Form: Arsenal are fourth with an 11W-4D-3L record, nine points away from league leaders Chelsea. They beat West Bromwich 1-0 last game which was after two consecutive losses against Manchester City and Arsenal. Crystal Palace are 17th and two points clear of the relegation zone with a 4W-4D-10L record. They come into this after a 1-1 draw with Watford after two one goal losses to Chelsea and Manchester United.
Stats: Arsenal have won eight of the last 10 against Crystal Palace with the other two games ending as draws. The Gunners have won six, drawn two and lost one at Emirates this season, that loss coming in the first game of the season. Crystal Palace have played nine away games this season, winning two and drawing three.
Final Thoughts: Arsenal are back to their winning ways and they have kept in touch with third placed Manchester City, now only two points behind. Crystal Palace on the other hand are struggling this season and won’t relish the trip to Emirates. The Gunners should continue their winning ways against Palace and be a class above.
Crow’s Tip: Over 3.5 @ $2.32