The Premier League will soon enter the busy Christmas period with Leicester City on top followed by Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs.
Leaders Leicester face Chelsea in the Monday night game, Arsenal take on bottom club Villa, Manchester City are at home to managerless Swansea while Pkv Games Dominoqq Manchester United travel to the south coast to play Bournemouth. Of the chasing pack, Liverpool play West Brom at Anfield, Spurs are at home to Newcastle and Crystal Palace face Southampton.
Saturday, 12 December 2015
Norwich 1 v Everton 1
Crystal Palace 2 v Southampton 1
Man City 3 v Swansea 1
Sunderland 1 v Watford 0
West Ham 1 v Stoke 2
Bournemouth 1 v Man Utd 2
Sunday, 13 December 2015
Aston Villa 1 v Arsenal 2
Liverpool 2 v West Brom 1
Tottenham 2 v Newcastle 0
Monday, 14 December 2015
Leicester 1 v Chelsea 2
Man Utd 10/1 For Europa League & 2/5 To Finish Trophy-Less
Manchester United, who were 1/8 to progress to the Champions League knockout stages after beating CSKA Moscow last month, are 10/1 to win the Europa League after finishing third in Group B.
The Red Devils are 40/1 to meet Liverpool in the Europa League Final in Switzerland and 2/5 to end the campaign without any silverware. bet365 have also priced up their Premier League finishing position with 5th or lower quoted at 11/4.
2015/16 Europa League
Man Utd to win Europa League 10/1
Man Utd v Liverpool final 40/1
Man Utd To Win A Major Trophy During 2015/16
Yes 7/4 No 2/5
2015/16 Premier League – Man Utd Finishing Position
1st 5/1 2nd 10/3 3rd 11/4
4th 9/2 5th+ 11/4
Soccer – Klopp’s methods impress Lovren
Croatia international Dejan Lovren is pleased with the progress Liverpool are making under Jurgen Klopp. The former Borussia Dortmund coach only replaced Brendan Rodgers at Anfield two months ago but since then Liverpool have reached the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, qualified for the last-32 of the Europa League and showed improved form in the Premier League. Former Southampton defender Lovren said: “We have only been working with him a short time and we have already had some good results with him. “With time it will be better. With his methods and his way of working, I don’t see how it cannot be better.” Liverpool are 10/1 with bet365 to win the Europa League this season.
Soccer – City’s progress pleases Pellegrini
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is thrilled that his side appears to be on the right track after they came from behind to beat Borussia Monchengladbach 4-2 in the Champions League. The result was enough for City to top their group as Juventus were beaten by Sevilla. City made life difficult for themselves though as, after David Silva had given them the lead, Borussia responded with goals by Julian Korb and Raffael. However, Raheem Sterling scored twice after the interval and Wilfried Bony also got on the scoresheet. Pellegrini said afterwards: “When we had the draw everyone said we had the death group. I said the group was not finished. “The most important thing is to qualify. To avoid the important teams is perfect. I think for Manchester City it is very important to grow every year.” Manchester City, 14/1 with bet365 to win the Champions League this season, face Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday and can be backed at 8/1 to beat the struggling Swansea side 3-0.
Soccer – Van Gaal points to improvements
Louis van Gaal insists Manchester United are moving in the right direction despite their early Champions League exit. United failed to qualify for the last-16 of the competition after losing 3-2 at Wolfsburg on Tuesday and will be playing in the Europa League in the new year. To add to United’s woes Chris Smalling looks set to miss Saturday’s Premier League game at Bournemouth after picking up a groin problem in the final ten minutes against the Bundesliga outfit. United, 5/1 with bet365 to win the Premier League title outright this season, are 13/2 to beat the Cherries 1-0. Van Gaal said: “The facts say we are better than last year. We went further in the Capital One Cup this season and qualified for the Champions League group. “We have played all these matches and are still in a very good position in the league.”