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Premier League Matchday 15 Odds & Picks: West Ham vs Chelsea, Newcastle vs Burnley & More

Gary Gowers

by Gary Gowers in Soccer

Dec 3, 2021 · 6:17 AM PST

Chelsea's Thiago Silva
Chelsea's Thiago Silva, center left, and Chelsea's head coach Thomas Tuchel hug each other at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
  • It is Matchday 15 in the EPL, starting at 7:30 am ET on Saturday with Leicester vs Chelsea
  • Chelsea still leads the table, one point ahead of Manchester City and two ahead of Liverpool
  • We list the odds for all ten games and preview three, offering our best picks

Premier League Matchday 15 kicks off on Saturday, December 4, at 7:30 am EST with West Ham vs Chelsea, with a further four games taking place later on Saturday, four on Sunday, and one on Monday. Chelsea currently leads the table by a single point ahead of second-placed Manchester City, who are themselves are a point ahead of Liverpool.

Read on to see the odds and our best bets for the weekend’s action below.

English Premier League Matchday 15 Odds

Matchup Home Draw Away
West Ham United vs Chelsea +370 +260 -120
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Liverpool +750 +390 -255
Southampton vs Brighton & Hove Albion +145 +230 +200
Newcastle United vs Burnley +130 +245 +220
Watford vs Manchester City +1400 +600 -525
Leeds United vs Brentford -105 +260 +300
Tottenham Hotspur vs Norwich City -250 +390 +750
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace -185 +330 +550
Aston Villa vs Leicester City +135 +245 +210
Everton vs Arsenal +240 +255 +115

All odds as of December 3 at DraftKings

West Ham United vs Chelsea Prediction

West Ham’s flying start to the season has faltered a little of late and they have now gone three games without a win. Neal Maupay’s late equalizer for Brighton on Tuesday was a blow for David Moyes’ team who looked almost certain to return to winning ways but they remain a good side who are fourth in the table on merit.

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At home in the London Stadium, they are a match for anyone and Chelsea will know they are in for a tough 90+ minutes.

Chelsea stayed top after their midweek 2-1 win at Watford but it was a far from convincing performance – one of their worst of the season. Good sides find a way to win though, even when not at their best, and the Blues did just that. As a result, they ended round 14 one point ahead of Man City and two ahead of Liverpool. Away from home, they have won five games on the spin.

This will be competitive as you would expect of a London derby but West Ham’s dip has come at the wrong time. While I see them making life difficult for Chelsea, the extra quality in the Blues’ squad should be enough to see them through to a narrow, maybe one-goal, victory

Picks: Chelsea to winย  (-120) / Chelsea to win 2-1 (+800)

Newcastle United vs Burnley Prediction

Newcastle remains win-less although they went close to getting their first win in midweek when, despite having ten men, they led against Norwich through a Callum Wilson penalty. Teemu Pukki’s late equalizer for the Canaries was a bitter blow but that first win is not far away for the Toon. The arrival of Eddie Howe in the manager’s hot seat has definitely helped make them harder to beat and lifted the mood at St James’ Park.

For Burnely, the season has also been a slow-burner and they currently sit in 18th place with only Newcastle and Norwich below them entering Premier League Matchday 15. They have only won once but have made a habit of drawing games, hence them being above the Canaries who have won twice. Sean Dyche’s team has been unusually hesitant in defense but is unbeaten in its last three games away from home.

Despite Burnley’s recent good run on the road, the Toon have to get their first win on the board at some point and it feels like this could be the day. The Toon is unbeaten in the league by Burnley in their last three meetings and despite being bottom of the table have enough quality in forward areas to outscore Burnley.

Pick: Newcastle to win ย (+130)

Aston Villa vs Leicester City Prediction

After just missing out on Champions League soccer last season, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers challenged his men to go one better this season, but they have found it hard going. A 5-4-5 record tells the story of a mid-table side that is currently some way off challenging the top four, and they had to come from behind in midweek to earn a 2-2 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s.

Villa too has struggled for consistency, to the extent they decided to part company with manager Dean Smith and replace him with Steven Gerrard – formerly the manager at Glasgow Rangers. Gerrard made a decent start to his Villa Park but was given a reality check in midweek when his team came unstuck against an excellent Man City team. Villa currently lies six points clear of the drop zone.

With just three points and three places separating these two, this will be close with little to choose between two talented squads on Premier League Matchday 15. For that reason, for me, the value here is with the draw.

Pick: Villa and Leicester to draw (+245)ย 

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