Christmas is always a big part of the season for the Premier League teams near the middle and bottom of the table, and a good run can for any team over this period can distance themselves from the pack. There’s currently only 10 points between tenth-placed Watford and West Brom in nineteenth place, so there’s much to play for this Saturday in the matches between Burnley and Watford, Southampton and Huddersfield, and Stoke and West Brom.
Brighton vs Watford (Saturday 3.00)
Watford have lost their last 3 games, including their last 2 away games, but did beat Newcastle 3-0 on their travels before that. Meanwhile, Brighton have lost just once in their last 6 home games, but haven’t won any of those 6 games either with draws against Burnley, Crystal Palace, Stoke, Southampton and Everton. Brighton also don’t have a great record against Watford at home as, though you have to go back a few seasons, Watford have won 2 and drawn one of their last 3 matches at Brighton. Therefore, this could be a match in which Watford come back to form, which they’ll be keen to do to extend their 3-point advantage over Brighton.
Southampton vs Huddersfield (Saturday 3.00)
Having thrashed tenth-placed Watford away from home last week, it’s hard to believe that eleventh-placed Huddersfield are as big as 6/1 to win away at twelfth-placed Southampton this weekend. It’s not like Southampton have been on fire recently as, though they beat Everton 4-1, and drew 1-1 with Arsenal, they also lost at home to Leicester, Burnley, Manchester United and Watford. Huddersfield have also won 2 of their last 3 games and, though they could easily lose, perhaps they can add a bit of Christmas cheer with a tasty-priced win.
Huddersfield @ 57/10 Marathon
Stoke vs West Brom (Saturday 3.00)
Stoke look a terrible price at around 11/8 to win against West Brom, as they’ve won just one of their last 7 home games against The Baggies, which is still better than the fact they’ve not won any of their last 6 home or away games against them. Stoke have also lost their last 3 games, and can only boast a win against struggling Swansea in their last 5 home games, with defeats against West Ham, Liverpool and Bournemouth. West Brom’s away record is nothing to write home about either though, with 3 draws and three 1-0 defeats in their last 6 away games. Therefore, a draw may be the way to go.
Draw @ 23/10 Betfair