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Premier League betting tips: 5 best bets for the games on December 8

Ben Darvill 7 Dec 2018

Premier League 5 best bets for the games on December 8. Read on for our best bets for the Premier League this weekend, including Manchester City's match against Chelsea as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

Bournemouth vs Liverpool (Saturday, 12:30 GMT)

Bournemouth come into this one after they finally ended a losing run of four games which had threatened to see their fantastic start to the season falter. Seven wins and 25 goals scored has helped the Cherries onto 23 points, meaning they are above Manchester United on goal difference, with Eddie Howe’s men forging their way up the table. Liverpool have also started very well with 12 wins from a possible 15 seeing the side onto 39 points for the season. Their last match saw the side come back from a goal down to beat Burnley 3-1, thus maintaining their awesome unbeaten run in the league this term. While Liverpool are the favourites to win this one and are odds-on, we are still backing them, but we are recommending you utilise the total goals market. Bournemouth have made sure goals do not flow at home, with three goals or less in all but two of their Premier League games in front of their own fans. Liverpool meanwhile have not been quite as prolific this season, while they too have seen three goals or less in seven of their eight away matches this season. We recommended backing Liverpool to beat Burnley and for their to be less than 3.5 goals in their last game only to be denied by a 90th minute goal from Xherdan Shaqiri, but we feel this bet will come through this time. 

Cardiff City vs Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Cardiff City have been toiling in the lower-echelons of the Premier League this season as they have looked out of their depth at many stages this year. Just three wins is worrying for the side, with the 30 goals they have conceded a poor return. Positively for the outfit, as bad as they have been, they are not in the relegation zone, with two points between themselves and next opponents Southampton in 18th. The Saints arrive on the back of a change upstairs, which saw Mark Hughes replaced by former-RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl, with their last game ending in a comprehensive 3-1 loss at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur. One win this season is the worst of any side in the league, but, due to the fact they have only lost eight times, the lowest of any of the teams in the bottom six, they are just two short of safety. Neither side instills us with a massive amount of confidence, with the two in and around the relegation zone for a reason. Despite not being particularly good though, we feel Cardiff are the best option for the win here. The Welsh side have secured all of their three of their wins this season at home, while they have drawn one of the other five in front of their own fans. While the Saints may have picked up their only win of the season in an away trip to face Crystal Palace, they have been very poor on the road, drawing once and losing six times. Usually we might be tempted to recommend utilising the draw no bet market, but the fact that the two have drawn just two of their home and away games respectively means we feel a draw is unlikely. Instead, we think a home win is likely, with the Saints still getting used to their new manager, something Cardiff will look to take full advantage of. 

Arsenal vs Huddersfield (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Arsenal were held to a 2-2 draw by Manchester United in the week but, after taking four points from games against Tottenham and Manchester United, Unai Emery will be very pleased with how well the Gunners have played. Nine wins, four draws and two losses has seen the London club pick up 31 points, meaning they are level with Chelsea in fourth after a very good start to the season. Huddersfield arrive with just two wins to their name, with the side struggling massively this year. Their last game saw the side absolutely dominate Bournemouth with regard to possession and shots, but they fell to a 2-1 loss, something that will disappoint manager David Wagner massively. Two defeats in their last two sees the away team come into this one in poor form, although despite the losses, they have managed to remain tight at the back this season, with Huddersfield not a team that are often embarrassed. 13 of their 15 games have seen less than 3.5 goals, with only a 3-1 loss to Leicester at the King Power Stadium and a 6-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium the exceptions. While we do believe Arsenal will win this one, we are predicting a low scoring game due to Huddersfield’s defensive record and the fact Arsenal have seen less than 3.5 goals in three of their last five games, while this has been true in five of their eight home games this year, with 10 of the last 12 games between the two seening less than 3.5 goals. 

Chelsea vs Manchester City (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

What a game Saturday evening brings, with Chelsea hosting Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. The home side have enjoyed a good season after nine wins, but they have tasted defeat twice recently, with their last game ending in an awful 2-1 loss to Wolves after they had been leading. Manchester City arrive with a 10 point lead over Chelsea after 13 wins and two draws, while they are yet to lose a game this season. While Chelsea are playing at the Bridge, they are not our pick to win this one. City are currently enjoying a seven game winning run, while Chelsea have won one of their last four. When it comes to playing the biggest teams, City do not seem to change their game plan, looking to keep the ball and probe the opposition, something that saw Chelsea blown away in the Community Shield at the start of the season in a 2-0 loss, although Maurizio Sarri had barely been with the team by that point. However, Sarri’s game-plan sees the Blues keep the ball more than they did under previous managers, and when they were deprived of it in the Community Shield, they fell apart. The last three games between the two has seen City win with two or less goals each time, while the last time they played Pep Guardiola’s side at the Bridge, they were consummately beaten. We are not overly convinced that Chelsea will score in this one, but we do think it will be a tight game, something that has been true of clashes between the two in their last four matches, so we are recommending a City win and under 3.5 goals. 

Leicester vs Tottenham (Saturday, 19:45 GMT)

Leicester City continue their Premier League campaign this weekend as they look to climb further up the table, cutting the gap between themselves and the European places. The Foxes have secured six wins this season along with 21 goals, and the 22 points they have picked up means they are a point short of Manchester United in eighth. Tottenham arrive after immediately bouncing back from their 4-2 loss to Arsenal in the north London derby by beating Southampton 3-0 in a very professional performance. Spurs have been on the road for the majority of their games this season due to the delays with their new stadium, and this has seen the side become one of the in form teams on the road. Seven wins in nine is a very impressive tally, and the London side will be looking to keep pace with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City above, and if they are to seriously challenge for the title this season, then they simply have to beat Leicester, even away from home. With Leicester’s home form in mind, which has seen them win three in seven, and Tottenham’s proficiency on the road, we recommend backing the away team in this one.

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