This Premier League Preview sees a truly Super Sunday, with three excellent fixtures and the first two live on television.

The first match sees Bournemouth take on Southampton at the Vitality Stadium.

This South Coast derby sees Bournemouth come into the match in excellent form having registered a 1-0 win against the Foxes in midweek.

Southampton come into the side on the back of a 0-0 draw away against Stoke. The Saints will be disappointed because they were facing ten men for the majority of the game.

Bournemouth vs Southampton – Sunday 18th December 2016 – 13:30 - BT Sport 1


Bournemouth welcome Southampton to the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with the Cherries looking to register back to back wins.

Eddie Howe's side come into this match on the back of an excellent 1-0 win, with Leicester putting in another abject away performance.

Marc Pugh's goal (34) was enough to floor a poor Leicester side, with the Foxes yet to win away from home this season.

It was Bournemouth's sixth win of the season, it takes them into the top ten level on points with their South coast counterparts.

Defence has been Howe's biggest problem of late, with the Cherries conceding 25 goals overall this season.

Cherries In Mixed Form

Bournemouth come into this match in mixed recent form, with three wins and three defeats in their last six matches.

Wins against Leicester, Liverpool and Stoke have been cancelled out by defeats against Sunderland, Arsenal and Burnley.

Consistency will be key for the Cherries, they will also need to capitalise on home advantage if they are to survive in the league for another year.

Bournemouth Underdogs

Recent mixed results mean Bournemouth go into this match as the underdogs, this derby match is a huge game for the home side.

They will be looking to register their seventh win of the season, in turn avoiding a fourth defeat in seven matches.

Bournemouth will be looking to register their second win against Southampton, with the Cherries winning their last game against the Saints 2-0.

Bournemouth are 19/10 with Callum Wilson at 5/1 to score first.


Saints In Good Form

Southampton come into this match on the back of a 0-0 draw away against Stoke in the midweek fixture.

They have found goals hard to come by in the absence of Charlie Austin, with Sofaine Boufal coming to the rescue in their last win against Middlesbrough.

Marko Arnautovic's reckless challenge in the 23rd minute, with Soufiane Boufal the recipient of that particular challenge.

Luckily for Hughes' side Southampton were without Charlie Austin, with Jay Rodriguez spurning a golden chance to secure the win.

Southampton Need Consistency

The Saints have had a reasonably mixed bag throughout the season, they have won three of their last six matches though.

They have lost just once match during that sequence, with the 3-0 defeat against Crystal Palace.

Claude Puel's side have had an even record this season, with 5 wins, 5 defeats and 6 draws in their 16 matches this season.

Southampton Favourites

Southampton come into this match as favourites, despite recording the exact same points as Bournemouth.

This will be a tough fixture for the Claude Puel's side, with Bournemouth treating this match as one of their biggest this season.

The Saints will be looking to continue their overall record against Bournemouth, in 6 meetings they have won 5, drawn 0 and lost 1.

Southampton are 7/5 with Jay Rodriguez and Shane Long at 11/2 to open the scoring.


This second fixture is arguably the fixture of the weekend, with Manchester City facing Arsenal at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.

This will be Pep Guardiola's first fixture in English football against Arsene Wenger. The Spaniard has an excellent record against the Gunners as a Bayern and Barcelona manager.

His City side have been in mixed form of late, a second win in four days against the Gunners will give his side a huge lift.

Arsenal come into this match in largely unfamiliar territory, having succumbed to only their second defeat this season in midweek against Everton.

The Blues represent a huge challenge for Arsenal, they will be desperate not to record back to back defeats for the first time this season.

Manchester City vs Arsenal – Sunday 18th December 2016 – 16:00 - BT Sport 1

Manchester City

Manchester City welcome Arsenal to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with the City looking to build on their midweek win.

Guardiola's side come into this match on the back of a 2-0 win against Watford in midweek, with City securing a much-needed win.

Pablo Zabaleta (33) opened the scoring with an emphatic goal. The Argentine deputising as captain giving City the lead.

David Silva (86) doubled the advantage four minutes from time, with the Spaniard giving City a hard-fought but much needed three points.

That win ended Guardiola's worst run of the new season, with defeats against Chelsea and Leicester.

Stuttering Start

Although they had lost back to back fixtures for the first time this season, the 2-0 win puts them back on track for this crucial game.

Manchester City's recent record against Arsenal isn't that great, they haven't won against the Gunners in six matches.

Guardiola's side are seven points adrift of the league leaders Chelsea, they are just one point behind Arsenal.

Same Again For Pep

The match against Arsenal sees Manchester City emerge as favourites, despite their recent woes.

City are currently in 4th place in the Premier League, they will be looking to get back to winning ways.

Pep will be looking for City to better their recent record against Arsenal, looking to draw on their 6-3 win three years ago.

Man City are 23/20 with Kelechi Iheanacho at 4/1 to score first.

Manchester City

Gunners Taste Defeat

The Gunners come into this match still in excellent form, despite losing 2-1 to Everton on Tuesday evening.

In-form Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring for the Gunners (20), however that was as good as Arsenal's night got.

Seamus Coleman equalised for the Toffees(44) with the Everton full-back completely unmarked in the six-yard box.

Ashley Williams left it late to give Everton the lead (86), with Arsenal conceding another header, Mustafi's absence keenly felt.

Phil Jagielka (90+3) received his marching orders late on, despite a goal mouth scramble Everton held on for all three points.

Gunners On Fire

It was only the second defeat of the season for Arsenal, their first since the opening day of the season.

The Gunners had lost just one match in their last six, with the surprise defeat against Southampton in the EFL Quarter Final.

Mustafi's loss through injury was a key factor for the defeat, with the central defensive partnership of Gabriel and Koscielny ruthlessly exposed.

Gunners Favourites

Arsenal come into this match as underdogs, despite their excellent record against City and their great season.

The Gunners will be looking to avoid back to back defeats for the first time this season.

Arsenal will be looking to continue their excellent recent record against City, they are undefeated in their last three encounters.

Arsenal are 11/5 with Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud at 11/2 to open the scoring.


The final match of the preview sees Tottenham face Burnley at White Hart Lane, in the only untelevised match of the Sunday fixtures.

Tottenham come into this match on the back of a 3-0 win against Hull in midweek. It was an excellent response to the defeat against Manchester United on Sunday.

Burnley come into this match on the back of another defeat away from home, having lost to another capital side in West Ham on Wednesday evening.

Sean Dyche's side have yet to record an away win this season, only themselves and Leicester have failed to do so this season.

Tottenham vs Burnley – Sunday 18th December 2016 – 16:00 


Tottenham welcome Burnley to White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon, with Spurs looking to record back to back wins.

Spurs come into this match in mixed form, having got back on track with a convincing 3-0 win against Hull on Wednesday evening.

Christian Eriksen (14, 63) scored a goal in either half for Spurs, with the midfielder seemingly goal shy this season but standing up in this match.

Victor Wanyama (73) completed a comfortable afternoon for the hosts, with the Kenyan scoring his first goal for the club since his summer move.

It's a result that will have delighted Tottenham, with this win a perfect response to their recent defeats.

Tottenham In Need Of Wins

Pochettino will be wanting his side to build on that winning form in the Premier League.

Tottenham now find themselves ten points behind leaders Chelsea, they will need to find the killer instinct up front.

Spurs will also be looking to improve their consistency, they have lost three and won three of their last six matches.

It has been that European hangover in conjunction with an injury to Kane, that has seen Tottenham slide out of the Champions League and down the points table.

Spurs Favourites

Tottenham come into this match as favourites, with just the two defeats this season they have been very hard to beat.

This will be a tough fixture for Mauricio Pochettino's side, with Burnley faring very well at home this season.

Spurs have an excellent recent record against Burnley, they are unbeaten in their last four meetings.

Tottenham are 2/9 with Harry Kane at 5/2 to score first.


Burnley Need Away Win

Sean Dyche's side come into this match on the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat against West Ham in midweek.

Mark Noble (45+3), gave the hosts a first-half lead for Bilic's men, with the Hammers defending stoutly to earn a much-needed win.

It was a lucky goal for Noble, who saw Tom Heaton save his penalty, but the West Ham skipper reacted first to the rebound.

Sean Dyche claimed before the match that sides are nervous about facing Burnley, with the Clarets boss suggesting an away win is only a matter of time.

Clarets In Mixed Form

Burnley come into this match in poor recent form, they are have had two excellent results and four defeats.

They had suffered three successive defeats through the middle, registering no points against Manchester City, Stoke and West Brom.

Another away defeat against West Ham has been added to that tally, they need to break their away duck very soon.

Burnley Underdogs

The Clarets poor away record means they go into this match as underdogs, with Dyche's side yet to collect a win away.

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

Sean Dyche's men will be looking to continue their overall record against Tottenham, with 30 wins, 19 draws and 28 defeats in 77 meetings.

Burnley are 11/1 with Andre Gray and Sam Vokes at 11/1 to open the scoring.


Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Rodriguez to score first @ 11/2 and a 2-2 draw @ 14/1

Tip 2 – De Bruyne to score first @ 11/2 and Man City to win 3-2 @ 22/1

Tip 3 – Kane to score first @ 5/2 and Tottenham to win 3-1 @ 9/1

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