English Premier League 2023/24 Matchweek 18 – Betting tips & Predictions

EPL 2023/24 Matchweek 18

Whilst defending Premier League champions Manchester City are off at the FIFA Club World Cup, the rest of the Premier League are tackling business as usual.  
Arsenal are now top of the pile, after City and Liverpool slipped up last weekend, whilst Aston Villa and Tottenham are gathering momentum in hot pursuit. 

Game week 18 throws up some more belting fixtures, making it an unmissable round of fixtures for all Premier League punters. 

Matchweek 18 Fixtures

Crystal Palace vs Brighton

Selhurst Park, 22nd December 2023 – 08.00 

Two old foes go head-to-head in East London, as Crystal Palace take on rivals Brighton. This deep-rooted rivalry dates back to the Football League days for both sides and it should be a game well backed with most betting apps

Palace dug deep to pick up a point at Manchester City last time out and whilst they haven’t been at their fluent best this season, they remain a threat against anyone they play. 

Brighton meanwhile can tell a similar story, not quite hitting their straps but they remain a good outfit, who should prevail here. 

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TopSport logoBrighton to win the match $2.20
Bet365 LogoBrighton to win 2-1 $9.00

Predicted Lineups

Crystal Palace 

  • Sam Johnstone 
  • Nathaniel Clyne 
  • Joachim Andersen 
  • Joel Ward 
  • Marc Guehi 
  • Will Hughes 
  • Jeffeson Lerma 
  • Chris Richards 
  • Jeffrey Schlupp 
  • Michael Olise 
  • Jean-Philippe Mateta 


  • Jason Steele 
  • Joel Veltman 
  • Lewis Dunk 
  • JP Van Hecke 
  • Pascal Gross 
  • James Milner 
  • Carlos Baleba 
  • Adam Lallana 
  • Simon Adringa 
  • Joao Pedro 
  • Kaoru Mitoma 

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United

Villa Park, 23rd December 2023 – 08.00 

With a chance to head to the top of the Premier League table at Christmas, Aston Villa will be up for the challenge, as they take on Sheffield United. 

Villa have been impressive all season under Unai Emery and they are starting to look capable of at least mounting a challenge for a top 4 spot or better. 

They take on a Sheffield United side that are rebuilding under Chris Wilder and who have shown glimmers of a recovery but Villa should have way too much for them here. 

Playup logoAston Villa to win the match $1.23
TopSport logoUnder 3.5 goals $1.95
Bet365 LogoAston Villa to win 2-0 $7.00

Predicted Lineups

Aston Villa 

  • Emiliano Martinez 
  • Pau Torres 
  • Diego Carlos 
  • Ezri Konsa 
  • Lucas Digne 
  • Douglas Luiz 
  • John McGinn 
  • Leon Bailey 
  • Mohamed Diaby 
  • Youri Tielemans 
  • Ollie Watkins 

Sheffield United 

  • Wes Foderingham 
  • Jaydon Bogle 
  • Jack Robinson 
  • Anel Ahmedhodžić  
  • Luke Thomas 
  • Gustavo Hamer 
  • Vinícius Souza  
  • James McAtee 
  • Cameron Archer 
  • Andre Brooks 
  • Oli McBurnie 

West Ham United vs Manchester United

London Olympic Stadium, 24th December 2023 – 00.30

Having found form against Wolves last weekend, West Ham will be hoping to keep their good run going, as they take on Manchester United. 

The Hammers are going pretty well under David Moyes and games such as these present a chance to have a crack at the big teams. 

Manchester United meanwhile picked up a dogged point at Liverpool last time out and whilst they were resolute, they lacked a goal threat. 

This should be a good one and a draw looks the likely outcome at the Olympic Stadium. 

Playup logoThe match to finish as a draw $3.75
TopSport logoBTTS $1.85
Bet365 LogoA red card to be shown  $3.25

Predicted Lineups

West Ham United 

  • Lukas Fabianski 
  • Vladimír Coufal 
  • Kurt Zouma 
  • Nayef Aguerd 
  • Emerson 
  • James Ward-Prowse 
  • Edson Alvarez 
  • Tomas Soucek 
  • Jarrod Bowen 
  • Lucas Paqueta 
  • Mohammed Kudus 

Manchester United 

  • Andre Onana 
  • Aaron wan-Bissaka 
  • Jonny Evans 
  • Luke Shaw 
  • Sergio Reguillon 
  • Scott McTominay 
  • Sofyan Amrabat 
  • Bruno Fernandes 
  • Alejandro Garnacho 
  • Rasmus Hojlund 
  • Marcus Rashford  

Nottingham Forest vs Bournemouth

City Ground, 24th December 2023 – 03.00

Managerless Nottingham Forest will be looking to get back on track, as they take on Bournemouth. 

Forest sent Steve Cooper packing in the week, a decision that was backed by many soccer betting sites and are now looking for a new man to take the helm. 

Bournemouth have been slowly improving in recent weeks and won’t fear this trip up North to Forest. 

A new manager always changes the narrative and this could be an entertaining draw in the East Midlands. 

Playup logoBTTS $1.90
TopSport logoOver 3.5 goals $2.35
Bet365 LogoThe match to finish a draw  $3.60

Predicted Lineups

Nottingham Forest 

  • Matt Turner 
  • Neco Williams 
  • Murillo 
  • Willy Boly 
  • Moussa Niakhaté 
  • Harry Toffolo 
  • Ibrahima Sangare 
  • Ryan Yates 
  • Antony Elanga 
  • Morgan Gibbs-White 
  • Taiwo Awoniyi 


  • Neto 
  • Adam Smith 
  • Milos Kerkez 
  • Illia Zabarnyi 
  • Marcos Senesi 
  • Lewis Cook 
  • Phillip Billing 
  • Marcus Tavernier 
  • Antoine Semenyo 
  • Ryan Christie 
  • Dominic Solanke 

Tottenham vs Everton

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, 24th December 2023 – 03.00 

Two in-form sides face off in North London, as Tottenham take on Everton. 

Spurs bounced back from three consecutive defeats in style recently and they are starting to justify their early season hype. 

Everton meanwhile won well at Burnley last weekend and they are climbing away from trouble, despite their 10-point deduction. 

This should be a very good game, with both sides sure to go at it and Tottenham should pick up another important win. 

Playup logoTottenham to win the match $1.84
TopSport logoOver 2.5 goals $1.75
Bet365 LogoBTTS $1.85

Predicted Lineups


  • Gillermo Vicario 
  • Pedro Porro 
  • Ben Davies 
  • Cristian Romero 
  • Destiny Udogie 
  • Yves Bissouma 
  • Pape Sarr 
  • Dejan Kulusevski 
  • Richarlison 
  • Brennan Johnson 
  • Son Heung-min 


  • Jordan Pickford 
  • Ashley Young 
  • Jarrad Branthwaite 
  • James Tarkowski 
  • Vitaliy Mykolenko 
  • Idrissa Gueye 
  • Jack Harrison 
  • James Garner 
  • Dwight McNeill 
  • Abdoulaye Doucouré 
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin 
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Fulham vs Burnley

Craven Cottage, 24th December 2023 – 03.00 

Two sides eager to pull away from any potential relegation trouble do battle, as Burnley travel to Fulham. 

The Cottagers have been hitting form in recent weeks, particularly at home and they will feel confident heading into this one. 

Burnley meanwhile were well thumped by Everton last weekend, and they need to start picking up points if they are to avoid a basement scrap. 

Fulham will fancy their chances here and they should come out on top at home.  

Playup logoFulham to win the match $1.70
TopSport logoOver 2.5 goals $1.89
Bet365 LogoBTTS $1.95

Predicted Lineups


  • Bernd Leno 
  • Timothy Castagne 
  • Tosin 
  • Calvin Bassey 
  • Antonee Robinson 
  • Joao Paulinha 
  • Harrison Reed 
  • Alex Iwobi 
  • Harry Wilson 
  • Willian 
  • Carlos Vinicius 


  • James Trafford 
  • Vitinho 
  • Dara O’Shea 
  • Jordan Beyer 
  • Connor Roberts 
  • Josh Brownhill 
  • Sander Berge 
  • Johan Gudmonsson 
  • Wilson Odobert 
  • Jay Rodriguez 
  • Zeki Amdouni 

Luton Town vs Newcastle United

Kenilworth Road, 24th December 2023 – 03.00 

Having seen their captain collapse on the pitch last time out, the atmosphere at Kenilworth Road will be fully charged for Luton vs Newcastle United. 

The Hatters are going pretty well this season, and they tend to ramp up their game when they take on the bigger sides. 

Newcastle United meanwhile have been inconsistent this term but recent signs at St James’s Park have been pretty positive. 

This should be a very good one, with Newcastle United surely too strong for Luton Town. 

Playup logoOver 2.5 goals $1.85
TopSport logoNewcastle United to win $1.67
Bet365 LogoBTTS $1.85

Predicted Lineups

Luton Town 

  • Tomas Kaminski 
  • Amari Bell 
  • Tom Lockyer 
  • Teden Mengi 
  • Alfie Doughty 
  • Issa Kabore 
  • Ross Barkley 
  • Andros Townsend 
  • Jacob Brown 
  • Carlton Morris 
  • Elijah Adebayo 

Newcastle United 

  • Martin Dubravka 
  • Kieran Trippier 
  • Jamal Lascelles 
  • Fabian Schar 
  • Tony Livramento 
  • Lewis Miley 
  • Joelinton 
  • Bruno Guimares 
  • Miguel Almiron 
  • Aleksander Isak 
  • Callum Wilson 

Liverpool vs Arsenal

Anfield, 24th December 2023 – 05.30

Two of the high flyers in the Premier League go at it, with Liverpool taking on Arsenal at Anfield. 

Both sides are being backed to the hilt with many betting sites to win the league and they look well placed to challenge for honours this term. 

Calling this one is tough and not losing may well be the priority, making this potentially a very entertaining draw. 

Playup logoOver 2.5 goals $2.50
TopSport logoBTTS $1.85
Bet365 LogoThe match to finish as a draw $3.60

Predicted Lineups


  • Alisson 
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold 
  • Virgil van Dijk 
  • Ibrahaim Konate 
  • Kostas Tsimikas 
  • Endo 
  • Harvey Elliott 
  • Dominik Szoboszlai 
  • Cody Gakpo 
  • Mohamed Salah 
  • Darwin Nunez 


  • David Raya 
  • Ben White 
  • Gabriel 
  • William Saliba 
  • Oleksandr Zinchenko 
  • Declan Rice 
  • Martin Odegaard 
  • Kai Havertz 
  • Bukayo Saka 
  • Gabriel Jesus 
  • Gabriel Martinelli 

Wolves vs Chelsea

Molineux, 25th December 2023 – 01.00

The final fixture before Christmas pitches Wolves against Chelsea, in what should be an excellent fixture at Molineux. 

Wolves haven’t been able to generate any consistency this season but they are always a threat, particularly in front of their own fans at Molineux. 

Chelsea will need to be up for this one but having beaten Sheffield United last time out, they should have some confidence in the camp. 

This will be a good one and Chelsea will feel confident of picking up a win here. 

Playup logoOver 2.5 goals $1.95
TopSport logoBTTS $2.00
Bet365 LogoChelsea to win $2.00

Predicted Lineups


  • Jose Sa 
  • Max Kilman 
  • Craig Dawson 
  • Toti Gomes 
  • Nelson Semedo 
  • Hector Bueno 
  • Joao Gomes 
  • Tommy Doyle 
  • Pablo Sarabia 
  • Hwang Hee-chan 
  • Mathias Cunha 


  • Robert Sanchez 
  • Axel Disasi 
  • Thiago Silva 
  • Benoit Badiashile 
  • Marc Cucurella 
  • Moises Caicedo 
  • Conor Gallagher 
  • Enzo Fernandez 
  • Raheem Sterling 
  • Cole Palmer 
  • Nicholas Jackson 

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