Weekend BPL snapshot

Published by on January 14, 2017

The Premier League returns this weekend after a brief hiatus for the FA Cup.

The latest round of fixtures offer up a number of games which will be close to call, but let’s take a look at the best odds in each.

Tottenham vs West Brom

After beating Chelsea in their last league outing, Tottenham’s next challenge is to avoid their annual 1-1 draw with West Brom. Yet, however good Tony Pulis may be at thwarting anyone who tries to play attacking football, Dele Alli’s still at 11/1 to score a brace for his fourth game in a row.

Swansea vs Arsenal

Paul Clement will be under no illusions as to the magnitude of the task on his hands at Swansea. Unsurprisingly, you’re not going to get good odds on Arsenal here, but there is value in the exact scoreline. The Gunners are at 7/1 to make it either 2-0 or 2-1. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente scoring at any time are both at 5/2.

Watford vs Middlesbrough

Watford are marginally favourites at 7/5, but it’s easy to envisage this being a stalemate, which is at 6/1. The Boro have only scored one goal in their last three league games, while Watford have a similarly miserable return of two in five. It’s not likely to be the headline-grabber this weekend.

West Ham vs Crystal Palace

West Ham have enough on their plate handling the Dimitri Payet saga. The Frenchman’s strike means he won’t be appearing this weekend, and it could well have an effect on his side’s overall mentality. Ordinarily, the Hammers should beat Crystal Palace, but this could be the perfect chance for Sam Allardyce to get his first win. The Eagles are at 21/10.

Leicester vs Chelsea

Chelsea should use this opportunity to extend their lead, the main question being who’ll get the goals. Diego Costa and Eden Hazard both scoring is at 7/2, which seems likely as Leicester haven’t kept a clean sheet against a top six side since they held Arsenal in August.

Burnley vs Southampton

Burnley haven’t always got the results they’ve deserved in recent weeks. The Clarets put in good shows against Tottenham and Manchester City over the Christmas period, and they can overtake Southampton with a win here. Although Sean Dyche’s men are underdogs at 5/2, they shouldn’t be as Southampton have lost their last three league outings in a row.

Hull vs Bournemouth

The last thing Hull needed was more injuries, but that’s really all they took from their League Cup semi-final against Manchester United in midweek. Bournemouth will be hugely disappointed if they don’t get a win here, and they’re at a decent price of 6/1 to do it by exactly two goals.

Sunderland vs Stoke

Jermain Defoe has scored two goals in his last three league games, and he’s at 9/2 as first goalscorer here. A draw with both teams to score is at 3/1 which seems fair, even if Stoke are seven places higher than Sunderland. These were the two out-of-form teams at the start of the season with both Mark Hughes and David Moyes having come under pressure, but they’re now both scrapping.