Match previews: Betting tips for five matches this week

As we go into the Christmas holidays this week, there will be exciting football matches around some major European leagues.

Below are our preview, predictions, and head to head statistics that will help you to choose the right selection for your weekend bet slip.

Chelsea vs West Ham United

Chelsea 1.61  | Draw 4.60  | West Ham United 5.80

Kick-off: 21st December, 2020 08:00pm (GMT)

Chelsea will be welcoming West Ham to Stamford Bridge as the two team face each other on Monday for their English Premier League match. 

The Blues will try to return to their winning ways in the EPL when they play with their London rivals. 

Our Tip: Chelsea to score the first goal @1.49

Frank Lampard’s side has in recent times suffered back-to-back defeats, while West Ham have lost only one of their last six matches. 

This season, West Ham United have only lost four of their opening 13 games in the EPL. David Moyes’ side won home and away against Chelsea in the Premier League last season. 

Tip: Chelsea to score in the first half @2.09

Out of the 48 times that Chelsea has played West Ham, Frank Lampard’s side has recorded 25 wins and nine draws while West Ham United have recorded 14 wins. 

Real Valladolid vs Barcelona

Real Valladolid  6.70  | Draw 5.00  | Barcelona 1.51

Kick-off: 22nd December, 2020 9:00pm (GMT)

Barcelona will be aiming at winning this game in order to return to their winning ways when they meet Real Valladolid on Tuesday night. 

Ronald Koeman’s side, who are currently fifth in the Spanish Premier League, were held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia last Saturday, while Valladolid also picked up a point against Sevilla.

Our Tip: Both teams to score in this match @1.72

A record of six wins, three draws and four defeats is responsible for Koeman’s side’s 21 points, which translates to their fifth position on the table.

Real Valladolid have been inconsistent with their performances and are currently battling to keep their distance from the relegation zone.

Barcelona have an excellent record against Real Valladolid and have won 12 matches out of a total of 14 games played between the two sides. Real Valladolid have defeated Barcelona on only one occasion in the recent past and need to take it up a notch in this fixture.

Tip: Lionel Messi to be the first goalscorer in this match @3.70

The previous meeting between the two teams took place earlier this year and ended in a narrow 1-0 victory for Barcelona. 

Real Madrid vs Granada

Real Madrid  1.43  | Draw 5.40  | Granada 8.20

Kick-off: 23rd December 2020 6:45pm (GMT)

Real Madrid will be hosting Granada at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Wednesday in their next La Liga game.

Real Madrid come into this game on the back of a 3-1 win over Eibar on Sunday at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium.

Our Tip: Real Madrid to score 1:0 in this games @8.30

Granada, on the other hand, beat Real Betis 2-0 on Sunday at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes.

In the past 14 times these two teams have played each other, Real Madrid have the clear advantage with 13 wins and one defeat.

Tip: Real Madrid to score in the first half @1.82

Real Madrid could be without Belgian winger Eden Hazard, as well as young Brazilian attacker Vinicius Junior and Spain international Isco, who are all nursing injuries.

Leicester City vs Manchester United

Leicester City 3.05 | Draw 3.65  | Manchester United 2.45

Kick-off: 26th December 2020 12:30pm (GMT)

Leicester City will be hosting Manchester United on boxing day as we celebrate this year’s Christmas.  Leicester are now second in the English Premier League, four points behind leaders Liverpool and one point ahead of Man Utd.

Our Tip:  Manchester United to score Leicester 1:0 @10.00

Both teams will be keen on securing the three points from this game in order to maintain their spot in the top four. 

The last time Leicester won away in the league was their previous match against Sheff Utd. The last time Man Utd lost a home league game was their previous match against Crystal Palace.

Tip: Manchester United to score the first goal in the first half @2.43

Of the 10 league games Man United has won at home, they scored first in eight of those matches.

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