Premier League Tips – Sunday, December 26

Manchester City tipped to retain Premier League crown at 4/11 with BetVictor

Nothing, it seems, can stop Manchester City right now.

Pep Guardiola’s defending Premier League champions are in fine form and appear an increasingly decent bet to retain their crown this season.

Ahead of their scheduled Boxing Day home clash with Leicester City, Guardiola’s men have racked up eight successive Premier League victories.

The sequence typifies City’s ability to go on winning runs and they will fancy their chances of seeing off the Foxes at the Etihad Stadium.

Although rivals Liverpool lie only three points behind City, it could take something special to deny Guardiola a fourth Premier League title this term.

It would also take him into double figures in titles won as a manager, having landed three at Barcelona, another treble at Bayern Munich and then three since taking charge at the Etihad in July 2016.

Bet365, Paddy Power and 888Sport have City at 3/10 to keep the Premier League trophy under lock and key in the blue half of Manchester next spring.

William Hill and Betfred have them at 1/3, while Chelsea’s odds have lengthened following their inconsistent run of form.

Thomas Tuchel’s Blues slipped six points behind City following last week’s goalless draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Tuchel angry the game had not been postponed due to a Covid outbreak in the Chelsea camp.

In what was seen as a three-horse title race, bookies are losing faith in Chelsea’s ability to last the distance.

Bet365 have them at 12/1 to finish top of the pile with Paddy Power and William Hill offering prices of 11/1 and 10/1 respectively.

Chelsea travel to Aston Villa on Boxing Day and Betfred are offering odds of 11/4 for a draw.

You can get odds of 3/1 on a draw from Betfred while Paddy Power have priced a victory for Steven Gerrard’s side at 4/1.

Below Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, the race for the top four is gathering pace.

West Ham United host Southampton, Arsenal travel to Norwich City while Manchester United travel to Newcastle United on Monday.

The relegation picture at the bottom end of the league remains congested with just seven points separating the bottom-placed Canaries and 15th-placed Southampton.

The Premier League has postponed Liverpool’s game against Leeds United and the match between Wolves and Watford because of coronavirus.

Both games were due to take place on Boxing Day but have been called off after requests from Leeds and Watford.

The Premier League said Leeds could not play “due to the number of players with Covid-19, injuries and illness”.

Marcelo Bielsa to be next boss to leave post at 7/2 with Paddy Power

Say what you like about Marcelo Bielsa, and many have in recent days, but do not expect Leeds United fans to turn on him any time soon.

The Argentinian’s future has been the subject of debate following a recent run of defeats which has seen the Whites ship 14 goals.

The reverses against Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal saw Leeds slip to three successive league losses for the first time since Bielsa took charge in June 2018.

He remains much loved by the Elland Road faithful, but things are likely to get worse before they get better.

Although Leeds’ trip to Liverpool on Boxing Day has been postponed due to the number of Covid cases in the Whites’ camp, uncertainty continues to reign at Elland Road over Bielsa’s position.

He famously takes things season by season and in the previous two summers has only formally committed to staying on at the last minute.

This is Bielsa’s fourth season at the Yorkshire giants and he has been subjected to some fierce criticism in recent days from pundits such as Stan Collymore and Graeme Souness.

Perhaps Bielsa might even decide that he has taken Leeds as far as he can.

Although Everton boss Rafa Benitez is favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post, Bielsa could be a decent outside bet.

Burnley to hold Everton to a draw 21/10 with William Hill

Everton’s season under Rafa Benitez has flitted from the sublime to the ridiculous at times – and more of the latter in recent weeks, it has to be said.

Benitez, 61, signed a three-year deal with the Toffees in the summer after Carlo Ancelotti jumped ship to return to Real Madrid.

The appointment prompted a bitter, and at times sinister, reaction from angry Evertonians who cannot forgive nor forget Benitez’s links to Liverpool.

Everton’s dismal form in the first half of the season has seen them languish in the bottom half of the table and get dumped out of the Carabao Cup by QPR.

Yet they pilfered a point against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and now face relegation-threatened Burnley at Turf Moor on Boxing Day.

The Clarets have won only once all season but lie just two points below fourth-bottom Watford.

Sean Dyche’s uncompromising side might fancy their chances of a badly-needed victory.

bet365 have them at 21/20 to collect all three points, with Paddy Power offering odds of 11/10.

Betfred are offering 3/1 for a Toffees victory, but do not be surprised to see the honours shared.

Burnley have drawn more than half of their games this season and are notoriously difficult to play against.

William Hill are offering a draw at 21/10, while you can get an enticing 12/1 for Demarai Gray as the game’s first goalscorer.