Watford V Everton:
Everton currently sits in eighth place in the Premier League table, but have only won once in their last nine league games. They have drawn with their opponents on five occasions this season, all five having a scoreline of 1-1.
The Blues will be without winger Yannick Bolasie who suffered a season-ending knee ligament injury against United last week. Bolasie has assisted the most league goals for Everton (4) and has made a total of 82 crosses, 55 more than any other Everton player. Watford has conceded a league high of 11 goals this season from opposition crosses. The absence of Yannick Bolasie’s dangerous crossing ability is a major let-off for the home side. Everton’s reliance on Romelu Lukaku is profound; he has scored 7 of their goals meanwhile the next best is two by Gareth Barry. Unless Lukaku can continue to amass goals, Everton will struggle. Watford are strong enough to win at home but to be certain, take the double chance of Watford/Draw.
Arsenal V Stoke City:
Arsenal are on a 14 game unbeaten streak and will head into the clash as warm favourites ($1.36). Alexis Sanchez is in some extraordinary form, having scored a hat-trick against West Ham last week. Stoke also bring some solid form into the match having won their last two games in the league without conceding a goal. It is worth noting that Stoke City have never managed to beat Arsenal on their home turf since being promoted to Premier League in 2008. I don’t see this changing; the Gunners will go on to claim the 3 points in front of their home crowd.
Burnley V Bournemouth:
Bournemouth shocked the league last week when they defeated title contenders Liverpool 4-3. Eddie Howe’s lads conceded two goals in the space of 22 minutes and were being dominated by the attacking likes of Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Divock Origi. The home side scored 4 second-half goals to earn a well-deserved victory over quality opposition. Bournemouth will go into the match against Burnley confident however they have proved inconsistent at times. The same goes for Burnley, they were victorious over Liverpool 2-0 but lost to the bottom of the table Swansea 1-0. Both teams should be able to score a goal in this match, 1.74 odds is generous.
Hull City V Crystal Palace:
Hull City have scored 11 goals in 14 matches, their inability to score goals sees them sit in 19th place on the Premier League table. On the other hand, Crystal Palace have had no trouble scoring goals. They have scored 7 goals in their last 2 league appearances and will pose a significant threat to Hull City. The return of Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye will be a handy addition meanwhile Hull will be without attacker Abel Hernandez. Hull City already have trouble in front of goal, the loss of another attacker will hurt them.
Swansea V Sunderland:
Swansea managed a 5-4 victory two weeks ago against Crystal Palace, claiming their second league win this season. Last week they were handed a 5-0 loss by a dominant Tottenham Hotspur side. Sunderland have won three out of their past 4 league matches and will be looking to get themselves out of the relegation zone. It is worth noting that David Moyes has never lost to Swansea in the Premier League, a trend that is likely to continue. Two bottom teams facing off against each other, I’ll be sticking with both teams to score in this clash due to un-predictability.
Leicester City V Manchester City:
Leicester have only won one of their last nine league matches (D3, L5) and they are without a win in five games. Leicester were able to claim 4 points off Manchester City last season, winning 3-1 away and drawing 0-0 at home. The Citizens will go into this clash without Nicolas Otamendi, Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero who have all received suspensions. It is worth mentioning that City have scored in all but one of their 14 league matches under Pep Guardiola, but they have kept a clean sheet in just two of those games. This match has over 2.5 goals written all over it.
Chelsea V West Brom:
Chelsea asserted their dominance over Manchester City last week by claiming an unexpected 3-1 victory away from home. They are on an eight-game winning streak and will be looking to further their lead in the Premier League table. Can’t see Chelsea losing to West Brom, great leg to include in your EPL multi.
Manchester United V Tottenham:
The Red Devils have struggled over the past two months, only managing to win one of their last eight league matches. Tottenham destroyed Swansea 5-0 last week and will bring some good form into this clash. Harry Kane has 7 goals in his last 6 league appearances and will pose a significant threat to the Manchester United defence. The United defence will be without Luke Shaw (match fitness) and Chris Smalling (toe injury). Both sides are coming off midweek European games, and I expect it to be a factor. The Red Devils will be hungry to get back on the winner’s list, but they face some strong opposition.
Southampton V Middlesbrough:
Southampton top scorer Charlie Austin will not take part in this clash after suffering a shoulder injury. Austin has scored 46% of Southampton’s goals this season, and his presence will be missed when they take on Middlesbrough. Southampton have allowed their opponents just 35 shots on target in the Premier League this season, the best record in the 2016-2017 season so far. Middlesbrough, on the other hand, have dished up a league-low 36 shots on target this season after 14 matches. This match has Unders written all over it!
Liverpool V West Ham:
Liverpool suffered their first league defeat since August last weekend. The shock loss to Bournemouth last weekend ended their 11 match unbeaten run in the league. The Reds will most likely bounce back against West Ham this week but at $1.26 it probably isn’t worth a punt. Liverpool have conceded 18 goals this season, the most out of the top 8 sides and will be missing several players through injury. This encounter will easily see 3+ goals fly into the back of the net.
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