There are three Premier League fixtures to enjoy Monday, starting with Crystal Palace hosting Leicester at Selhurst Park.
Palace are a tricky team to predict, but there’s no doubt the 7-0 defeat at home by Liverpool set them back – losing 3-0 against Aston Villa last time out despite having a man advantage for most of the game. Have they recovered?
They now face a Leicester team that have won six from seven on the road – the only team with a better away record are Manchester United, who they drew 2-2 with on Boxing Day. Jamie Vardy is in inspired form again this season, having scored 11 goals in his 14 Premier League games. He has scored in his last two games against Palace, and we’ll take a punt he starts the ball rolling today.
Next up sees Chelsea entertain Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
The hosts were very disappointing in tamely losing to a crisis-hit Arsenal on Boxing Day, and manager Frank Lampard has promised “six or seven changes” to invigorate his side. Chelsea have been excellent at times at the Bridge, but now face a team which has won five out of six on their travels, keeping clean sheets in all of those victories.
This suggests a tight game, but as impressive as Villa have been we’re going to side with Chelsea getting their season back on track. Olivier Giroud is likely to return to the side as one of Lampard’s promised changes, and we’ll take him to take advantage of the absence of Tyrone Mings, through suspension, to open the scoring.
The late game sees Everton taking on Manchester City at Goodison Park. The Toffees have a few injury issues to contend with, including Richarlison being sidelined due to concussion protocols, while James Rodriguez, Allan, Lucas Digne and Fabian Delph are all unavailable.
This suggests a City victory, and they need the points to rein in Liverpool at the top of the table. That said, they have still looked slightly susceptible away from home and Everton have found their form again after a run of three straight defeats, picking up 16 points from a possible 21.
We would favour City to win this one, but think the 13/5 that Dominic Calvert-Lewin scores anytime offers value, for a player than has already scored 11 Premier League goals.
Crystal Palace/Leicester: Vardy to score first at 3/1
Chelsea/Aston Villa: Giroud to score first at 9/2
Everton/Man City: Calvert-Lewin to score anytime at 13/5
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