Saturday Premier League preview

Published by on March 2, 2017

Liverpool vs Arsenal

Two sides in apparent crisis meet at Anfield, and Arsenal must be rubbing their hands at the thought of playing Liverpool given the manner of the Reds’ defeat to Leicester.

Jurgen Klopp is going to have major injury problems again at the back, so Alexis Sanchez is a good bet to score first at 6/1. We could well be in for a repeat of the 4-3 on their opening day of the season, only in reverse. Arsenal are at 5/2 to win it, which looks to be good value given Liverpool’s form this calendar year.

Man United vs Bournemouth

Not only will United be full of confidence after winning the EFL Cup last weekend, they face a Bournemouth side who haven’t won in 2017.

It’s 5/1 for there to be three goals in the first half, which seems a little ambitious, but the Cherries’ defence has been absolutely awful. Eddie Howe’s side have conceded 10 goals in their last three league games. Now they’ve got to face Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Swansea vs Burnley

Burnley are unfortunately a very different outfit away from home, but Swansea do find it difficult to keep clean sheets. We’re backing both teams to score, but a home win, which is at 3/1. The Swans are at evens to pick up a pivotal three points.

Leicester vs Hull

Leicester’s post-Ranieri revival began against Liverpool, and it’s set to continue against Hull. Jamie Vardy is back among the goals, and he’s at 9/2 to score first here – it usually hasn’t been worth backing him this season, but he showed last year just how much he thrives on confidence.

West Brom vs Crystal Palace

Palace’s main problem is that they just haven’t been scoring goals. Sam Allardyce’s men have found the back of the net just once in their last three games, but they’ve conceded five over the same period. A West Brom win with under 2.5 goals is at 11/4 and this isn’t likely to be a goalfest.

Watford vs Southampton

The Saints need to pick themselves up from their heartache at Wembley, but they haven’t been in great form in the Premier League. After his exploits in the cup final, a lot of people will be putting money on Manolo Gabbiadini, who’s at 4/1 to score first. The Italian is 6/1 to score alongside the Hornets’ top scorer Troy Deeney. Both sides should get on the scoresheet, and it could well turn into a score draw.

Stoke vs Middlesbrough

Stoke will be looking forward to facing Middlesbrough, who are the perfect antidote after letting four in last week against Spurs. Aitor Karanka’s defence might be solid, but they’ve scored just once in their last three games. In fact, ‘Boro have scored fewer goals this season than any other team in the top flight. Stoke with under 2.5 goals is at 9/4, as the Potters aren’t exactly world beaters right now.