Soccer Odds - English Premier League Week 18 Fixtures Featuring West Ham vs Chelsea

  • Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

    By  Ej Garr


    Soccer Betting: With a full slate of mid-week matches onDecember 26, and another full round ahead of us over the weekend, we continue our '12 Days of English Football' previews right through the holiday season.Chelsea continued to maintain a 3-point lead at the top of the table with a nice 2 - 0 away win over the weekend, and will now take part in our featured match of the mid-week fixtures.

    Chelsea and West Ham face off in a top 4 battle in the table, but are separated by 11 points overall. Manchester City stayed hot on Chelsea's tail, securing another 3 points over the weekend vs Crystal Palace, and has won six straight Premier League matches.

    Manchester United looks to continue their torrid pace lately, with a home match against Newcastle, sitting 10 points back of first place Chelsea.

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    So much football, so little time, so let's get to our previews for the entire round of matches following up an extremely profitable weekend.

    December 26- Full Schedule / 10 Matches

    Featured Match West Ham vs Chelsea

    3-Way 1x2 Lines:

    West Ham +900

    Chelsea -300

    Draw +425


    West Ham +1.5 -115

    Chelsea -1.5 -105

    Total 3:

    Over +105

    Under -125

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Chelsea has rebounded after their first loss of the campaign with two straight 2 - 0 wins over Hull and Stoke, which they were naturally heavily favored to do. They find themselves heavily favored again at -300, over a West Ham club who came to Stamford Bridge last year and managed a 0 - 0 draw.

    West Ham has suffered only one defeat since we began in October, and we are now approaching January.

    Why West Ham is being so disrespected by the line setters is beyond us, and to see the +1.5 on the handicap to see West Ham make a match of it is surely worth our attention. They have only allowed 9 goals in their last 11 matches, and we expect a tight match here, so the +1.5 at -115 on the Hammers is worth a look.

    Liverpool vs Burnley

    3-Way: 1: Liverpool -120 Away ; X: +255 Draw ; 2: Burnley +365 Home

    Spread: Liverpool -0.5 -120 ; Burnley +0.5 +100

    Total 2.5: Over -115 ; Under -105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    All the talk in the Liverpool camp is about the consideration of Petr Cech leaving Chelsea to move to the Reds over the summer. For now, we will have to wait to see how that works itself out, but Liverpool is also posting on their site that they are interested in West Brom striker, Saido Berahino.

    The Reds are coming off an amazing 2 - 2 Arsenal match over the weekend, and we all know they have been playing much better without the distraction of Balotelli.

    Burnley presents no threat in the least to contain Liverpool here, even at home, so the -120 on the Reds is fair enough for our action.

    Southampton vs Crystal Palace

    3-Way: 1: Southampton +120 Away ; X: +230 Draw ; 2: C. Palace +255 Home

    Spread: Southampton +0.5 +120 ; C. Palace -0.5 -140

    Total 2: Over -135 ; Under +115

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Southampton finally righted the ship last weekend, after a dismal stretch of matches that knocked the Saints out of the top 4 in the table. Luckily, they get Crystal Palace at a time where they can use the free and easy 3 points that comes from playing a club with no clue what they are doing.

    We have zero confidence that Crystal Palace can find anything close to a result right now, so the +120 on Southampton is plenty valuable.

    Stoke City vs Everton

    3-Way: 1: Stoke City +385 Away ; X: +260 Draw ; 2: Everton -125 Home

    Spread: Stoke City +0.5 +105; Everton -0.5 -125

    Total 2.5: Over +105 ; Under -125

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Tim Howard came out after the 3 - 0 loss over the weekend and said that he felt thoroughly disappointed by the club’s performance. However, he has never been at a loss for words, so now he needs to find a way to pick his club off the floor and take it to Stoke City. Unfortunately, there is nothing to be confident about right now, as Everton simply is falling down the table, and Howard is partly to blame.

    We will take this Over 2.5 at +105, with two clubs that have underachieved all campaign.

    Tottenham vs Leicester

    3-Way: 1: Tottenham +110 Away ; X: +255 Draw ; 2: Leicester +260 Home

    Spread: Tottenham -0.5 +110 ; Leicester +0.5 -130

    Total 2.5: Over -120 ; Under +100

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Leicester could probably not beat the Leicester Women's Hockey Club from the University in a match, much less a Premier League club that can actually play football. You can tell by our sarcasm that there is nothing left to do but fade Leicester until they give us a reason not to. Horrible club, playing horrible football, so the +110 is a Christmas gift that needs no wrapping!

    Newcastle vs Manchester United

    3-Way: 1: Newcastle +750 Away ; X: +400 Draw ; 2: Man U -260 Home

    Spread: Newcastle +1.5 -125 ; Man U -1.5 +105

    Total 3: Over -105 ; Under -115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    There is simply no compliment of players in Newcastle that we can compare to Man United, and now that Falcao is healthy and scoring, there is nothing that can convince us that Newcastle is going to go to Old Trafford and get any type of result. We are taking this Total Over 3 at -105, and Man U at -1.5 on the handicap, expecting a 3 - 1 type of score line for the home squad.

    Hull City vs Sunderland

    3-Way: 1: Hull City +310 Away ; X: +230 Draw ; 2: Sunderland +100 Home

    Spread: Hull City +0.5 -120 ; Sunderland -0.5 +100

    Total 2.5: Over -125 ; Under +105

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    We certainly enjoyed Sunderland's victory over the weekend, and if you read our preview for that match you know why.

    Let's see if they take that win and use it to gain some momentum, facing a Hull City squad that has not put much together so far this year. Hopefully Sunderland can pay us again, pick up 3 more points, and help us cash a +100 on the 3-Way line at home.

    Aston Villa vs Swansea

    3-Way: 1: Aston VIlla +415 Away ; X: +270 Draw ; 2: Swansea -135 Home

    Spread: Aston VIlla +0.5 +115 ; Swansea -0.5 -135

    Total 2.5: Over +110 ; Under -130

    Analysis and Prediction:

    It makes sense as to why this Total to stay under is -130, making us pay for it if we would want to touch on it, but the best play out of this match is the +0.5 on Aston Villa away from home at +115. This is a 1 - 1 match waiting to happen, and instead of risking a play on the draw, we can get +115 if we see the draw, or if Aston Villa surprises Swansea at home.

    Manchester City vs West Brom

    3-Way: 1: Manchester City -180 Away ; X: +320 Draw ; 2: West Brom +530 Home

    Spread: Man City -1 -105 ; West Brom +1 -115

    Total 2.5: Over -115 ; Under -105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Man City has dominated this series of late, with a 7 - 0 - 1 record vs West Ham in the last 8 clashes. The line setters are predicting that it continues, with a -180 on the away side as they look to stretch their win streak to 7 straight in Premier, and 9 straight overall including European Champions League.

    If West Brom can't stop QPR from scoring 3 goals, how the hell are they going to stop Man City from doing at least the same? Man City -1 and the Over 2.5, both with minimal juice, are each acceptable to us to recommend.

    Queens Park vs Arsenal

    3-Way: 1: QPR +950 Away ; X: +500 Draw ; 2: Arsenal -350 Home

    Spread: QPR +1.5 +110 ; Arsenal -1.5 -130

    Total 3: Over -145 ; Under +125

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Speaking of QPR, here they are facing the Gunners away from home, and there should be more goals in this match than any other match in round 18.

    There is no need to settle for the straight 3 on the Total, because we will see much more than that. Take your cursor, move it to the 3 and 3.5 handicap and get yourself a little closer to even money for your trouble.

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