Arsenal have the chance to gain ground on Liverpool and Manchester City when they visit Bournemouth tonight.
Anything less than three points for Arsene Wenger’s side could be disastrous in their pursuit of their first title since 2004, while Crystal Palace and Swansea have even bigger concerns at the end of the table when they meet at Selhurst Park.
Bournemouth vs Arsenal
Olivier Giroud is Arsenal’s man of the moment, and he’s at 5/1 to score a header. That could be difficult, however, as Bournemouth like to keep the ball on the ground just as much as Arsenal, and aren’t intimidated when they come up against free-flowing football. Alexis Sanchez to score first and the Gunners to win 2-1 is at 20/1, and with the Chilean’s record this season, that looks a far more decent bet. Bournemouth have only failed to score in one of their last nine matches, and that was against Chelsea, so both teams to score and Arsenal to win is also a sensible punt at 21/10.
Crystal Palace vs Swansea
Sam Allardyce’s men need to bounce back from defeat at Arsenal and this is the perfect place for them to grab their first win under the new manager. Obviously, it’s best to go for Palace by some margin; Swansea have conceded 13 goals in their last four games, losing 3-1, 3-0, 4-1, and 3-0. Palace are at 5/1 to win by three or more goals, or at 4/1 for exactly two goals.
Stoke vs Watford
Watford can’t possibly perform any worse than they did against Spurs, but they’re still outsiders. Peter Crouch is among the favourites to score first after finding the back of the net against Chelsea, but it’s best not to get carried away with the former England international – that was the 35-year-old’s only Premier League goal of the season. Likewise, Troy Deeney may have recently scored his 100th goal for the Hornets, but that was just his fourth of the season in all competitions, even if his playing style is going to make him trouble for Stoke.