This weekend opens with a cracking fixture when Manchester City welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City come into this match in excellent form after their win over Burnley, they are unbeaten in their last six matches.

Chelsea come into this fixture in excellent form, they beat Tottenham 2-1 last weekend. It is the first time in six matches that they have conceded.

Manchester City vs Chelsea – Saturday 3rd December 2016 – 12:30 - Sky Sports 1

Manchester City

Manchester City welcome Chelsea to the Etihad on Saturday lunchtime, with both sides coming into the match on the back of excellent results.

City won their match at the weekend against Burnley 2-1, a result that will have delighted Pep Guardiola.

It was a dominant performance, with Sergio Aguero scoring in both the 37th and 60th minute, matching Yaya Toure's effort the previous week.

Dean Marney scored one of the goals of the season in the 14th minute, to give Burnley a shock lead, sadly it wasn't enough for Sean Dyche's side.

Incredible Season So Far

New coach Pep Guardiola will be looking to continue their excellent form, they have lost just two matches in all competitions.

They are unbeaten in their last six in all competitions, with four wins and two draws, Middlesbrough and Borussia Monchengladbach the stalemates.

It's been an incredibly tight title race so far, with just one point and two places separating both Chelsea and City.

Guardiola's side have done exceptionally well to balance the books and the results, with Chelsea free of European commitments.

Same Again For Pep

The match against Chelsea sees Manchester City emerge as heavy favourites, with their excellent form this season contributing.

City are currently in 3rd place in the Premier League, narrowly behind leaders Chelsea who are in incredible form.

Pep will be looking for City to better their overall record against Chelsea, in 140 meetings City have won 47, drawn 38 and lost 55.

Manchester City are 21/20 with Sergio Aguero at 100/30 to score first.

Manchester City

Chelsea's Lucky 7

The hosts Chelsea come into this match in excellent form, although they have finally conceded a goal for the first time in six.

Conte's men remain top of the Premier League as a result, with 31 points from 13 games, they remain above Liverpool by one point.

Tottenham proved to be difficult opposition for Chelsea, especially when Christian Eriksen (11) opened the scoring with a thunderbolt.

Chelsea scored two goals in the second half with Pedro (45) and Victor Moses (51), finishing within 6 minutes of each other.

Hazard In Great Form

That result will have delighted manager Antonio Conte, as Chelsea have won their last seven successive matches.

The move to a back three had seen them record six wins without conceding, Eriksen's goal put paid to that but it was a worthy goal of breaking that defence.

Chelsea will be looking to make it eight successive wins, although unbeaten Manchester City away will represent an enormous challenge.

Blues Underdogs

Chelsea head into this fixture as the underdogs, despite their incredible recent form taken into account, they are the form team in the Premier League.

They will be looking to register their eleventh win of the season, the win against Tottenham will have reassured them they can beat the best.

Antonio Conte's men will be looking to better their recent record against City, they have won just one of their last six matches.

Chelsea are 12/5 with Diego Costa at 5/1 to open the scoring.

 

 

The first of the 3pm kick offs sees Crystal Palace take on Southampton at Selhurst Park.

Palace have extended their appalling run of form, losing six of their last six matches. The latest defeat was one of the most incredible matches of the season, the 5-4 defeat against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Southampton come into this match in mixed form, despite drawing against Liverpool and winning against former manager Ronald Koeman in recent weeks.

Crystal Palace vs Southampton – Saturday 3rd December 2016 – 15:00 

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace welcome Southampton to Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon, with Alan Pardew under increasing pressure to turn results round.

Palace come into this fixture on the back of a sixth successive loss, in one of the games of the season, with Swansea eventually winning 5-4.

Wilfried Zaha (19) opened the scoring for the visitors to make it 1-0, with Gylfi Sigurdsson (36), and a Leroy Fer double (66, 68) giving the Swans a 3-1 lead.

James Tomkins (75), Jack Cork (82 og) and Christian Benteke (84) gave Palace an incredible 4-3 lead.

But Fernando Llorente scored two goals after the 90 minute mark (90+1, 90+3), to seal an incredible first win for Bob Bradley.

Palace Looking For Upturn In Fortunes

Crystal Palace come into this match in appalling form, with five successive defeats and just one win in their last seven Premier League games.

Rumours have intensified about manager Alan Pardew, the year as a whole for Palace has been abysmal.

Alan Pardew will be looking to end this sequence as soon as possible, they find themselves 17th in the Premier League, now level with Hull in 18th.

The Eagles have conceded 18 goals in their last six matches, with no clean sheets in their last seven matches, only Hull have conceded more.

Eagles Favourites

Crystal Palace come into this match as favourites, despite the clubs recent dismal record, they have to come good soon.

They have taken no points from their last six matches, from a possible 18 points available, they need to end this horror run.

This will be a tough fixture for Alan Pardew's side, they lost both of their fixtures against the Saints last season.

Crystal Palace are 21/20 with Christian Benteke at 11/2 to score first.

Crystal Palace

Saints Delight

Southampton come into this match on the back of an excellent home win against Everton and former manager Ronald Koeman.

They managed to win that Premier League fixture against 1-0, a result and performance that will have delighted manager Claude Puel.

Charlie Austin opened the scoring in one of the fastest goals of the Premier League season, with the first minute effort.

Debutant Josh Simms crossed for Charlie Austin and the main man duly obliged, another player off the Saint's conveyor belt.

Southampton Need Consistency

The Saints have now ended a run of two defeats in their last three Premier League matches, with the 2-0 defeat against Chelsea and the surprise loss against Hull City.

Claude Puel will be wanting his side to go on a run, it was only their second win in their last six matches.

They are still well placed, with 17 points from their opening 13 games, they have moved up to 10th in that win.

The Saints find themselves facing another former boss in Alan Pardew, he is under increasing pressure to keep his position.

Southampton Underdogs

Southampton come into this match as underdogs, with their recent form and their away record taken into account.

This will be a tough fixture for the Claude Puel's side, with Palace in desperate need of a result and at home.

The Saints will be looking to continue their record against Southampton, in 46 meetings they have won 21, drawn 10 and lost 15 times.

Southampton are 13/10 with Charlie Austin is at 9/2 to open the scoring.

 

The final match of this preview sees Stoke face Burnley at the Bet365 Stadium.

Stoke come into the match on the back of an excellent away win against in form Watford 1-0. The Potters have played exceptionally well in their last seven matches despite a tough start to life this season.

Burnley come into the match on the back of a 2-1 home defeat against Manchester City. The Clarets have been excellent at home but away from home they have struggled and they will want to produce a first away win this weekend.

Stoke vs Burnley – Saturday 3rd December 2016 – 15:00

Stoke

Stoke welcome Burnley to the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday lunchtime, with Stoke coming into this match on the back of a great away win.

Stoke come into this fixture on the back of narrow 1-0 win against Watford, with the Potters completing an excellent away win.

The win will have delighted manager Mark Hughes, especially after the home defeat against Bournemouth.

A Heurehlo Gomes own goal in the 29th minute to hand Stoke all three points, with Charlie Adam heading into the path of Gomes, who was unable to save it.

That is their fourth win in six matches, it is an excellent return from a side that struggled in their opening nine matches.

Great Set Of Results

Stoke have been in excellent recent form, with just one defeat in their last six matches and that was at home.

Mark Hughes will be looking for a response from his side, they will be wanting to put a great performance in at home to banish those memories.

They go into this match two places and two points above the visitors Burnley who are on 14 points.

After their difficult start to be in 11th place is an excellent achievement, back to back wins will take them onto 19 points.

Potters Favourites

Stoke come into this match as favourites, with the clubs recent excellent form in the Premier League.

This will be a tough fixture for the Mark Hughes's side, with Sean Dyche's men coming into this match looking to make a statement away from home.

Stoke's recent record against Burnley is poor, with the Potters unable to register a win during the 2014/15 season.

Stoke are 4/6 with Wilfried Bony and Marko Arnautovic at 9/2 to score the first.

Stoke

Burnley Look For Away Result

Sean Dyche's side come into this match on the back of a 2-1 defeat against Manchester City at Turf Moor.

It was a dominant performance from the hosts, with Sergio Aguero scoring in both the 37th and 60th minute, matching Yaya Toure's effort the previous week.

Dean Marney scored one of the goals of the season in the 14th minute, to give Burnley a shock lead, sadly it wasn't enough for Sean Dyche's side.

Clarets In Mixed Form

Burnley come into this match in mixed recent form, with back to back defeats against Manchester City and West Brom.

The defeat against West Brom means they have suffered three defeats, although they have been beaten at home by Arsenal and Manchester City.

Sean Dyche's side have an excellent home record, their away record in the Premier League is very poor though, they have yet to record a win away from Turf Moor.

Burnley Underdogs

Their recent form means Burnley go into this match as underdogs, they have yet to register an away win in the division.

They will be looking to register their fifth win of the season, they will also be looking to register a third win in seven.

Sean Dyche's men will be looking to avoid an eighth defeat of the season, a win could take them level with 9th place in the Premier League and more importantly onto 17 points.

Burnley are 4/1 with Andre Gray and Sam Vokes are at 8/1 to open the scoring.

 

Betting Tips

Tip 1 - Hazard to score first @ 15/2 and a 2-2 draw @ 11/1

Tip 2 – Benteke to score first @ 11/2 and Palace to win 2-0 @ 14/1

Tip 3 – Bony to score first @ 9/2 and Stoke to win 2-0 @ 6/1

 

 

 

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