Another big round of fixtures coming up this weekend…
Arsenal vs Hull City
Hull haven’t beaten Arsenal in their last five attempts, but they’ve taken four points from their last two games against Liverpool and Manchester United. All that suggests an upset isn’t out of the question, especially as the Gunners have lost their last two games against Watford and Chelsea. We’re backing Alexis Sanchez to score first, as he has in the last three meetings between these two sides.
Sunderland vs Southampton
Few sides fall into the ‘one-man-team’ bracket quite like Sunderland. We’re backing Jermain Defoe to score, but it’s hard to see the Black Cats keeping a clean sheet. Southampton new boy Manolo Gabbiadini will fancy another, and the pair both getting on the scoresheet is 9/2.
Manchester United vs Watford
United will be out for revenge after their emphatic defeat to the Hornets earlier this season. That game piled the pressure on Jose Mourinho, but his side are looking much healthier now. That’s largely thanks to top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and he’s at 20/1 to score and United to win 2-1, which aren’t bad odds given that Watford have some attacking talent in Troy Deeney and Etienne Capoue.
Liverpool vs Tottenham
We’re backing both teams to score given that Tottenham will be missing Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen. Harry Kane to score first is at a decent 6/1, with the England striker scoring Spurs’ only goal in last season’s trip to Anfield. That 1-1 draw was a massive dent in the Lilywhites’ title chances, and if Mauricio Pochettino’s side don’t win again, they’re in real danger of slipping out of the race again.
Stoke City vs Crystal Palace
Stoke are at evens to win this one, but that looks promising given Palace’s abysmal performance against Sunderland last weekend. Any team losing 4-0 at home against David Moyes’ side have got big problems, and they’re set to continue here. If the table was decided on goals scored, Palace would be joint-ninth, so it’s worth backing their top scorer Christian Benteke at 11/2 to net first. Unfortunately, for Sam Allardyce, it doesn’t work like that, though, so they’re not likely to keep a clean sheet – we’re going with both teams to score.
Middlesbrough vs Everton
Everton to win with over 2.5 goals is at 5/2, and although ‘Boro restricted Spurs to just the one goal last weekend, the Toffees are in brilliant attacking form. Romelu Lukaku stole the show in their 6-3 win over Bournemouth, and he’s at 7/2 as first goalscorer again.
West Ham vs West Brom
All the odds suggest this will be a close one. They’ve scored exactly the same number of goals this season (32), so it could be worth backing a draw with under 2.5 goals at 3/1. West Brom will be relying, as always, on Salomon Rondon, who’s at 13/2 to score first, while for the Hammers, Andy Carroll is in great form – he’s at 10/1 to score and draw.