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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Chelsea beat Arsenal, Salah inspires Liverpool again, Man City thrash Watford and two wins for Tottenham: Premier League predictions

London derby delight for both Chelsea and Tottenham are among the predicted outcomes for the first games in England's top flight in 2018.

Chelsea will look to Alvaro Morata to fire them to victory against Arsenal. Clive Rose / Getty Images
Chelsea will look to Alvaro Morata to fire them to victory against Arsenal. Clive Rose / Getty Images

It is the final set of fixtures in the Premier League's hectic festive period.

There are 11 games in this round owing to Tottenham Hotspur playing West Ham United on Thursday in their rearranged game that was not played at the weekend.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton. Scott Heppell / Reuters
Brighton manager Chris Hughton. Scott Heppell / Reuters

Brighton 1 Bournemouth 0

Monday, 4.30pm

Why? Brighton's home form has been key to their competitive season so far, and up against struggling Bournemouth, who picked up their first win in eight games on Saturday, they will fancy another three points, especially with Pascal Gross in good form.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scored twice on Saturday against Leicester City. Peter Byrne / PA via AP
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scored twice on Saturday against Leicester City. Peter Byrne / PA via AP

Burnley 1 Liverpool 3

Monday, 7pm

Why? Burnley had an excellent 2017, but face a losing start to 2018. With their defence weakened by injuries and suspensions, they will find Liverpool's in-form forward line of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho too much to handle.

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Leicester City's Jamie Vardy was on target in their loss to Liverpool. Phil Noble / Reuters
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy was on target in their loss to Liverpool. Phil Noble / Reuters

Leicester City 2 Huddersfield Town 1

Monday, 7pm

Why? Leicester have lost their past three games, but with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez both playing well, they will expect to stop the rot with three points here.

Rafael Benitez, the Newcastle United manager. Mark Runnacles / Getty Images
Rafael Benitez, the Newcastle United manager. Mark Runnacles / Getty Images

Stoke City 0 Newcastle United 1

Monday, 7pm

Why? Stoke are struggling with just four points from their past six games. Newcastle do not score many, but they are also hard to break down and this has the feeling of being the kind of game Rafa Benitez's side could escape with three points from.

Manchester United will look to Marcus Rashford for goals at Everton. Andrew Yates / Reuters
Manchester United will look to Marcus Rashford for goals at Everton. Andrew Yates / Reuters

Everton 1 Manchester United 2

Monday, 9.30pm

Why? Jose Mourinho is often at his best when under pressure. United are on a winless run of four games and are up against an Everton side who have improved considerably under Sam Allardyce. There may be no Romelu Lukaku, but Marcus Rashford's pace could be a difference maker here.

Wilfried Zaha will be the main threat for Crystal Palace at Southampton. David Klein / Reuters
Wilfried Zaha will be the main threat for Crystal Palace at Southampton. David Klein / Reuters

Southampton 1 Crystal Palace 2

Tuesday, 11.45pm

Why? Roy Hodgson has done a superb job of turning Palace's season around and it is a considerable credit to them they were disappointed not to have beaten Manchester City. Wilfried Zaha is on excellent form right now, and he and Christian Benteke can give Palace another three points when they visit Southampton.

Harry Kane had a great 2017 and will look for more of the same with Tottenham Hotspur in 2018. Neil Hall / EPA
Harry Kane had a great 2017 and will look for more of the same with Tottenham Hotspur in 2018. Neil Hall / EPA

Swansea City 0 Tottenham Hotspur 4

Tuesday, 11.45pm

Why? Swansea picked up a surprise win at Watford on Saturday but playing Tottenham and dealing with Harry Kane is a completely different challenge. Tottenham to maintain their encouraging festive form with another big victory.

Marko Arnautovic is in great form for West Ham United.  Dan Mullan / Getty Images
Marko Arnautovic is in great form for West Ham United. Dan Mullan / Getty Images

West Ham United 2 West Bromwich Albion 0

Tuesday, 11.45pm

Why? David Moyes has done a good job since taking over at West Ham and he is getting the best out of Marko Arnautovic. West Brom have not won since August and that is not going to change here.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, left, scored a hat-trick against Watford in September. Nigel Roddis / EPA
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, left, scored a hat-trick against Watford in September. Nigel Roddis / EPA

Manchester City 4 Watford 0

Wednesday, 12am

Why? City may have selection problems with Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne both picking up injuries at Palace, but they should still have plenty of goals in them against a Watford side with the third worst defensive record in the league.

Eden Hazard, centre, has been in impressive form of late for Chelsea. Bryn Lennon / Getty Images
Eden Hazard, centre, has been in impressive form of late for Chelsea. Bryn Lennon / Getty Images

Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2

Wednesday, 11.45pm

Why? A big London derby to start 2018 and a crucial one with both fighting for Uefa Champions League qualification. Chelsea look better under Antonio Conte of late and Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard will fancy their chances against an Arsenal backline that still fails to convince.

Tottenham's key trio of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Harry Kane. Catherine Ivill / Getty Images
Tottenham's key trio of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Harry Kane. Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur 3 West Ham United 1

Friday, 12am

Why? A double week for Tottenham and West Ham due to not playing last weekend. West Ham are improving under Moyes, but Tottenham with Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen all playing a top level right now should have too much for them offensively at Wembley Stadium.