Will Chelsea upset Manchester city at the Bridge

December is a busy time, especially if you’re a Premier League footballer. The Festive football feast gets plenty of attention but just as important is a fast start to the month, with Saturday marking the third complete matchday in the opening week of December.

Liverpool might be the chief beneficiaries this weekend.

Reds to Cherry-pick three points

Liverpool showed their teeth in coming from behind to win at Burnley in midweek. Falling behind after half-time at a place like Turf Moor would in days past have signalled an ‘off-day’ and the almost certain dropping of points for the Reds. Jurgen Klopp’s team hit back, scoring three times in the final 30 minutes. On the back of a fortuitous Merseyside derby success, it was a key victory for the would-be title contenders.

Liverpool are 1.66 to win at Bournemouth on Saturday. The Cherries arrested a four-game losing streak by defeating Huddersfield on Tuesday, though they were fortuitous in doing so. Eddie Howe’s team are seventh, largely by virtue of an attacking threat that sees the Cherries as leading scorers in the top flight outside of the top five clubs.

They can score against Liverpool but may again have to settle for second-best. It has been a tough run of fixtures for Bournemouth and, with Liverpool having scored at least two goals in their last five trips to the Vitality Stadium, they can win an entertaining tussle. Liverpool to win and both to score is 2.70 as Klopp’s men look for the perfect nine points from a busy six days.

Blues to bounce back

Maurizio Sarri has yet to avoid defeat in three tussles with Pep Guardiola but Chelsea, in spite of some recent rocking, might take a point from this Stamford Bridge meeting at odds of 3.70.

Quite how the Blues conspired to lose at Wolves on Wednesday is a mystery. They had plenty chances and seemed to miss out on a stonewall penalty when leading 1-0. Eden Hazard looked sharp and the Belgian will be up for this game against the champions.

With Sergio Aguero a major fitness doubt, this might be as a good a time as any to face Manchester City. The visitors have won the last three meetings between the two sides without conceding, but there hasn’t always been a lot in it. Sarri has improved Chelsea’s fortunes this season and they are more resolute now.

While Man City have won 11 of their last 13 away matches in the Premier League, a 1-1 draw might be the call here at odds of 6.35.

Clarets ready to turn corner

Burney eventually went down 3-1 to Liverpool at Turf Moor on Wednesday, but it was a much-improved showing after manager Sean Dyche opted to make some key personnel changes. Indeed, were it not for goalkeeper Alisson it might have ended 2-2, the Brazilian’s superb fingertip save denying Burnley a late leveller before he launched the attack from which Liverpool secured their hard-fought win.

Dyche spoke afterwards of the need for Burnley to show that same form against each team they meet. He’ll likely stick with a similar line-up and it is perhaps a shock to find them underdogs at 2.90 in this home game against Brighton.

The Seagulls were decisive 3-1 winners at home over Crystal Palace in midweek despite playing for 60 minutes with ten men. That owed plenty to the abject failures of their visitors and the suspended Shane Duffy will be a significant loss if Burnley are in similar form to their showing against Liverpool.

Recent away successes at Newcastle and Huddersfield are the sort of results that should leave Brighton close to mid-table comes seasons’ end, but it is still tough to have them favourites on the road. Burnley appeared to be going the right way on Wednesday and can earn a 2-0 win on Saturday, priced at 10.50, with a repeat showing.