Premier League Predictions for Gameweek 16 Games on Saturday, December 11
Premier League fans, are you ready for Gameweek 16? There are five games on the program this Saturday and three of those feature the top 3 teams – Manchester City (35 points), Liverpool (34), and Chelsea (33).
As the race for the #1 spot is such a close contest, each of those teams is determined to win on Saturday. What this means for soccer bettors is that there’s plenty of money to be made betting on those clubs.
Of course, this is only true if those teams actually bring their plans to fruition. It may not be an easy task, considering that all of them are facing pretty decent opponents. To see what I mean, check out the matchups below:
- Manchester City vs. Wolves
- Liverpool vs. Aston Villa
- Chelsea vs. Leeds
So, should you back the favorites in these three games? To get the answer, you ought to check out my Premier League predictions!
Manchester City to Beat Wolves
Manchester City profited from Chelsea’s slip last weekend. The London Blues lost to their city rivals West Ham 3-2, which caused them to drop from the #1 position in the Premier League table.
Ahead of Round 16, Manchester City is the team that’s sitting in that position. The Sky Blues would love to stay there until the end of the season, thus retaining the Premier League title.
However, to make that dream come true, they will have to work real hard. The reason for that is that Liverpool and Chelsea are just behind.
As there’s a possibility Manchester City could drop down to the third spot if they don’t beat Wolves, you can be sure the Sky Blues are going to give utmost on Saturday.
They do have some injury concerns, but the good news is that Kevin De Bruyne, City’s arguably best player, is 100% fit. The reigning Premier League MVP had to sit out four games after testing positive for COVID-19 in November.
He made his comeback last Saturday, coming onto the pitch as a substitute less than half an hour before the final whistle. KDB spent more playing time midweek when his team played in the Champions League but didn’t do much.
This time, however, he’s expected to dominate the center of the pitch. The Belgian midfield general will need to step up in order to help his team deal with Wolves, a team that’s been very hard to score against.
With just 13 goals allowed in 15 games, Wolves’ defense is the fourth-best in the Prem. Luckily for Man City, their defense has been even better with just 9 conceded goals.
Liverpool to Beat Aston Villa
Have you ever heard of Conor Bradley and/or Max Woltman? I don’t blame you if you haven’t, as these two are Liverpool’s teenagers who made their Championship debut on Tuesday against AC Milan.
In addition to the two 18-year-olds, the Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp also let several other youngsters play, namely:
- Tyler Morton (19 years)
- Neco Williams (20 years)
- Ibrahima Konate (22 years)
- Nathaniel Phillips (24 years)
Plus, Klopp also put in action a couple of players who haven’t been getting much playing time, most notably Divock Origi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Takumi Minamino.
The reason Klopp did it was to ensure his key men are well-rested for their Premier League campaign. Winning the domestic title is their top priority and the only way to do it is to stay 100% focused on that competition.
The Reds surely have a better squad than Aston Villa, but they mustn’t get complacent. I’m sure Klopp won’t allow them, nor will their fans. The thing is that the Liverpool vs. Aston Villa game is taking place at Anfield, where at least 50,000 fans will be in attendance.
It’s common knowledge that Liverpool’s fans are extremely loyal, providing the Reds with frenetic support from the stands in every single game. The “Twelfth Player” has pushed this team to some big performances this season.
Actually, Liverpool is 4-3-0 at Anfield this season, which makes them the only Premier League team still without a home loss in the 2021-22 season.
Chelsea to Beat Leeds
From late October to late November, Chelsea was without two of their key marksmen – Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.
The two strikers have made their way back to the squad after missing several games. Both started slowly upon their comeback but then exploded on Wednesday in the Champions League game against Zenit Petersburg.
Played in Russia, the game had no importance for Chelsea as the Blues had already booked their ticket to the knockout stage. That meant that they could relax and play offensive-minded soccer, which enabled Werner to score two goals and Lukaku to put one away.
Chelsea did concede three goals in that game, but there’s an explanation for it. Their manager Thomas Tuchel decided to rest two of his key center-backs, Antonio Rudiger and Tiago Silva. On top of that, he also kept his first-choice goalie Edouard Mendy on the bench.
Mendy will probably start against Leeds, but he needs to be careful not to lose his job. The thing is that he was the man to blame , at least partially, for the shock defeat to West Ham in the previous Premier League round.
This time, I’m sure he’ll do much better and so should all of his teammates. In turn, this should mean a relatively easy win for Chelsea.
EPL Predictions for the Other Two Games on Saturday
- Arsenal to Beat Southampton
- Manchester United to Beat Norwich
This Saturday is going to be a great day for Premier League giants. I think favorites will win in all games, including the two I didn’t preview. One of those is Arsenal vs. Southampton, in which we should see the Gunners ending their dreadful 1-3 run with a win over a much weaker opposition.
The other game is Norwich vs. Manchester, in which I think the Red Devils will get an easy win. Ralf Rangnick’s boys are just much, much better than the Canaries.
My Top Premier League Picks for Saturday’s Round 16 Action
Not only do I think the Premier League top 3 will each get a win, but I think they will do it in style. By that, I mean we’re going to see them beating the opponents by at least two goals’ margin.
If you agree with me, the next logical step is to place some Premier League bets. You can do that at 10Bet.com, which is the sportsbook whose betting odds I used in this post.