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English Premier League predictions, fixtures and results: 14 – 16 December 2021

Note: Brentford vs Manchester United has been postponed.

There’s another full round of midweek English Premier League action for EPL fans to get stuck into, as the festive season hits full swing in the top flight.

Manchester City have the edge at the top of the table, but only just despite an imperious run of form under Pep Guardiola.

The defending champions can’t expect to have it all their own way at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, when they welcome the old master Marcelo Bielsa and his Leeds side from across the Pennines.

Liverpool are absolutely flying to sit a point behind their title rivals in second, having safely seen off Reds legend Steven Gerrard in the opposing dugout last weekend.

Fortress Anfield is the venue again on Thursday as they host increasingly desperate Newcastle in advance of their expected January spending spree.

Chelsea mustered a much-needed return to winning ways on Saturday to keep pace with their north west rivals at the summit.

Thomas Tuchel’s men must also wait until Thursday when ex-boss Rafa Benitez returns to Stamford Bridge with his miserable Everton side.

Manchester United were due to kick off the midweek programme on Tuesday at Brentford, needing to step things up under new coach Ralph Rangnick having once again been bailed out by Cristiano Ronaldo at the weekend.

But the Covid-19 Omicron variant had other ideas, with the match postponed and the Red Devils heading for isolation.

And there’s a London derby to throw into the mix on Wednesday, too, as Arsenal and West Ham do battle for fourth spot either side of the Red Devils at the Emirates Stadium.

Lurking behind the Gunners are north London rivals Tottenham, who have won three on the bounce under new boss Antonio Conte.

But Spurs would still slip back to eighth if they lost on the road at a Leicester side showing tentative signs of perking up at last under Brendan Rodgers.

Turf Moor hosts a relegation ding-dong on Wednesday night, as Burnley and Watford lock horns from either side of the dreaded dotted line and with the Clarets itching for a second win of the Premier League season.

Back in the safe waters of midtable are Brighton and Wolves, who meet at the Amex Stadium with the hosts having stabilized with three draws on the bounce under Graham Potter.

Crystal Palace, also in the sanctuary of the middle ground, play host to a Southampton side who certainly aren’t.

Norwich and Aston Villa, meanwhile, meet at Carrow Road on Tuesday night with the Canaries still smarting from their inability to land a blow on Ronaldo’s off-colour Manchester United last time out.

English Premier League predictions for 14 – 16 December

Prediction methodology explainedThe expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.

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