GW19 Fixture Difficulty Guide
What are the goal expectancies for Gameweek 19 of the 2016/17 English Premier League season ?
Gameweek 19 of the 2016/17 English Premier League season is dominated by two fixtures that could have a huge bearing on proceedings at either end of the table.
Liverpool will entertain Manchester City in the evening kick-off on New Year’s Eve, while Burnley will host Sunderland at Turf Moor earlier in the afternoon.
The Reds are the top scorers in the division and have picked up 7 points from away games at the Emirates, White Hart Lane and Stamford Bridge in the first half of the season, so their title credentials are likely to be determined by events in the North West, starting with the visit of Pep Guardiola’s City. Liverpool will also make the short journey down the East Lancs Road to face both Manchester clubs in the second half of the season.
Burnley will be playing their eleventh home game of the season, when they host the Black Cats but with just one point to show for their efforts away from home, the Clarets will be desperate to add to their home points tally in this one.
Goals are expected at Anfield but Burnley vs Sunderland promises to be a very low-scoring affair.
Chelsea will be looking to rack up a thirteenth straight Premier League victory against Mark Hughes’ Stoke City at Stamford Bridge and the Blues will be buoyed by the return of Diego Costa and N’Golo Kanté, who are both available after serving their respective one game suspensions.
Hull City get the GW19 action under way, when they host Everton at the KCOM Stadium and the bookmakers don’t seem to rate their chances too highly, judging by the latest English Premier League betting odds.
The Tigers have tumbled down the table after a promising start to the campaign and boast the worst goal difference in the division.
Two games are scheduled for New Year’s Day, with Watford taking on Tottenham Hotspur, while Crystal Palace travel to Arsenal. Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker will sit out Spurs’ visit to Vicarage Road after accumulating 5 cautions apiece but both players will be back for the crunch clash with Chelsea at White Hart Lane on the 4th January. All four sides involved in the New Year’s Day fixtures will not have to worry about any of their players picking up a fifth booking of the season, though, since the yellow card amnesty will have kicked-in by then.