Premier League preview: Zlatan returns

Published by on April 3, 2017

Manchester United vs Everton

Jose Mourinho made his frustrations clear after the goalless draw with West Brom. Then again, Ronald Koeman can’t have been happy with the way his side went down to Liverpool 3-1 in the Merseyside derby, whatever he said publicly.

A draw is at 3/1, but the Toffees have only lost two games this calendar year, so they won’t be rolling over. United have also drawn 11 of their 28 games this season, so it’s far from out of the question. The major positive for the hosts is that they’ll have Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to score the goals.

Burnley vs Stoke

Burnley suddenly find themselves looking over their shoulders after defeat to Spurs at the weekend. Stoke are an appealing 2/1 to win at Turf Moor, but realistically, the Clarets very rarely slip up at home, so backing the hosts at 7/5 is a better option.

Leicester vs Sunderland

A game that a few weeks ago could have gone either way is likely to have only one winner. The writing’s on the wall for Sunderland already, and it’s surely only a matter of time before they’re mathematically relegated.

It’s a great opportunity for Jamie Vardy to continue his revival. The England striker’s at 7/2 to score first, though more optimistic Sunderland fans will be putting money on their only hope, Jermain Defoe, who’s at 6/1.

Watford vs West Brom

West Brom have a decent record against the Hornets, losing just one of their last nine meetings. However, that does stretch back to 2003, so it might not be all that relevant for their current line-ups.

More pertinent is the question of Watford’s recent run of one win in five. It’s also worth taking into account West Brom’s failure to score in three of their last four outings, so we’re going with a draw and under 2.5 goals at Vicarage Road, which is at 5/2.