With a hectic Christmas period fast approaching, teams from across the Premier League will be looking to accumulate as many points as possible. On that note, we here at Soccer News have found a handful of helpful tips that can boost your Saturday acca:
Saturday 8th December
BST 15:00 Burnley vs Brighton
Although they say that time catches up to all players, it appears that Glenn Murray didn’t receive the memo. Despite being 35 and one of the oldest stars in the Premier League, Brighton’s leading goal scorer is enjoying another very impressive start to the season. Once again finding the net in the Seagulls’ midweek victory over Palace, Murray now has eight Premier League goals to his name and sits level with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero in the goalscoring charts. Now scoring almost 50% of Brighton’s goals this season, the veteran striker should be relishing the chance to come across a Burnley side who now find themselves at the heart of a relegation scrap. Coming off the back of a 3-1 loss at home to Liverpool, only the Clarets’ goal difference keeps them off bottom spot and Saturday’s hosts have failed to win any of their last eight league matches. Also now losing their last three on the bounce, Sean Dyche has now watched his side ship 18 goals on their winless run.
Tip: Glenn Murray to score anytime @ 13/8
15:00 West Ham vs Crystal Palace
While they have struggled with their consistency at the start of the new season, Manuel Pellegrini’s new-look West Ham side appear to be finding their feet under the former Manchester City boss. Putting three past both Cardiff and Newcastle in their last two outings, the Hammers have picked up maximum points in December and should fancy their chances of extending their record on Saturday. Along with being unbeaten in their last two meetings against Crystal Palace at the London Stadium, Roy Hodgson’s side are enduring a difficult run of form. With the Eagles coming off the back of a 3-1 hammering away at Brighton on Tuesday, Saturday’s visitors have now managed to win just one of their last nine Premier League matches. Also failing to win any of their last six matches away from Selhurst Park, losing five of those outings, we’re backing another tricky afternoon for Hodgson and his struggling Palace side.
Tip: Home win @ 13/10
17:30 Chelsea vs Manchester City
Well, although it appears that Maurizio Sarri had transformed Chelsea into a surprise title contender, the wheels could be coming off for last year’s Serie A Coach of the Year. Despite appearing to fight back after their 3-1 hammering away at Tottenham last month, the Blues are coming off the back of another worrying showing on Wednesday. Throwing away a first-half lead against a Wolves side who had failed to win any of their previous six league matches, Sarri watched his side slump to a 2-1 defeat at Molineux. Winning just one of their last four top-flight outings, the new Chelsea boss will not be looking forward to Pep Guardiola’s defending champions on Saturday. Suffering a 2-0 defeat to City in the Community shield back in August, the Sky Blues are yet to be beaten domestically this season and hold a two-point advantage at the top of the table. Unsurprisingly, it is there form in the final third that has been the most impressive. Now scoring 18 in their last five league victories, we’re expecting another commanding display from Guardiola’s side this weekend.
Tip: Away win and over 2.5 goals @ 7/4
Our Saturday Accumulator:
Burnley vs Brighton – Glenn Murray to score anytime @ 13/8
West Ham vs Crystal Palace – Home win @ 13/10
Chelsea vs Manchester City – Away win and over 2.5 goals @ 7/4
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