Another big weekend coming up in the League……
Liverpool vs Swansea
Liverpool should go into this game well-rested after putting together a makeshift side for the 1-0 win over Plymouth. Philippe Coutinho had a useful 60-minute runout in that game, and will be relishing the prospect of netting his sixth goal of the season. In fact, all of Liverpool’s attackers – except maybe the off-form Daniel Sturridge – will be in confident mood against a Swansea side that have conceded more goals than any other Premier League side. Coutinho is at 4/1 to score a brace, and Divock Origi, despite his missed penalty against Argyle, is at 3/1 to score first.
Bournemouth vs Watford
Watford have been sliding dangerously since the turn of the year, so Bournemouth’s leaky defence must be relieved to be coming up against the misfiring Hornets. Neither is in brilliant form, Eddie Howe’s side having lost to lowly Hull last time out. Watford have managed just four goals in their last seven games, so all the indicators are that this is going to be a drab draw. The odds on that are 13/5.
Crystal Palace vs Everton
Everton will be confident of goals after beating Manchester City 4-0 last week. Sam Allardyce still hasn’t won a league game with Crystal Palace, so unsurprisingly the Toffees are favourites. Ronald Koeman’s men are at 6/1 to win be exactly two goals, as while Palace are shaky, they shouldn’t capitulate like City did last week at Goodison Park.
West Ham vs Middlesbrough
West Ham need to be careful they aren’t dragged back into trouble here. The bottom half of the table is incredibly tight, but at least the Dimitri Payet saga doesn’t seem to be affecting them on the pitch, as they won their last game 3-0 against Crystal Palace. Andy Carroll will be buoyed by his brilliantly acrobatic goal last week, and he’s at 25/1 to score first if the Hammers draw 1-1.
Stoke vs Manchester United
Stoke may have won their last two in a row, but United should still continue their unbeaten run here. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring first and United winning 2-1 is at 19/1, which looks like good value considering he’s netted 19 times in all competitions this season. Mark Hughes’ side should push the Red Devils all the way, though.
West Brom vs Sunderland
A draw between these two is at 13/5, and West Brom will have to be tentative after conceding four at Spurs last weekend. Sunderland, meanwhile, know they need to be winning games like this if they’re to have any hope of staying up. Jermain Defoe is at 6/1 as first goalscorer, so Sunderland will want to keep this as a low scoring game as they don’t have the players, other than the former England striker, who can put goals away.
Manchester City vs Tottenham
Harry Kane can follow up last week’s hat-trick with another goal at the Etihad. Spurs have an impressive record against City, and they were the team that ended Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten run in October. Spurs are at 5/2 to win, which is surprisingly high odds considering they did the double over the Sky Blues last season.
Southampton vs Leicester
The Saints have lost four games in a row in the Premier League, but Leicester’s away form is poor. Southampton might still be without Charlie Austin, but they have other goalscorers, as opposed to Leicester who could be hit hard by Islam Slimani’s absence. Claude Puel’s side are marginally favourites, but a draw seems better value at 12/5.
Arsenal vs Burnley
The rate at which Arsenal have been scoring seems to have gone under the radar because they’ve lost ground in the title race. The Gunners are still going along pretty steadily, and they’ve scored 11 in their last four games in all competitions. Arsene Wenger’s side are at 3/1 to win by exactly two goals.
Chelsea vs Hull
Chelsea have yet another chance to prove their title credentials and to show that they can move towards the title with or without Diego Costa. It’s still not clear whether the striker will be making an appearance after being dropped this weekend, but if Michy Batshuayi is finally given his chance, he’s at 1/1 to score at any time in the game.