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Remy stands out at 11/4

Loic Remy to score anytime against Everton headlines our tips for Saturday's action in the Premier League.

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Loic Remy: Worth a bet to score at 11/4

Loic Remy: Worth a bet to score at 11/4

We've tips in three of the four other games too, with both teams to score at the Emirates and Liverpool to win by three or more at Reading among them.

Finally, West Ham look overpriced as they bid to consolidate their position in mid-table at Southampton....

Arsenal v Norwich

This looks like be an entertaining affair with three points vital to both as Arsenal try and keep pace for fourth place and Norwich look nervously over their shoulder to the teams involved in the relegation battle. The Gunners have lost just once at the Emirates since December 1 while the Canaries have managed one paltry success in their last 16 Premier League outings - hence the Gunners are as short as 2/9 with one bookmaker. This is not a totally lost cause for Chris Hughton and his side though as they did manage to roll over Arsenal at Carrow Road earlier in the season while this fixture produced a 3-3 outcome last year. Arsene Wenger's rearguard has been a source of frustration for much of the campaign and 20 goals at home in the league is the most conceded in the top eight and and second most in the top 13. Norwich are just four points clear of safety and will probably be more keen to get points out of games with Reading and Aston Villa in the coming weeks as they try and reach the magic 40. But that does not mean to say they will go down with a whimper here and Coral's 11/10 that both teams score is interesting. A home win ultimately but you just can't trust the hosts' defensive concentration for 90 minutes.

Verdict: Arsenal 3 Norwich 1 (DJ)


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Aston Villa v Fulham

If QPR hadn't defended like a Sunday League team in their first half against Fulham they would've been convincing winners and since then the Cottagers lost 1-0 at Newcastle thanks to a last-gasp strike from Papiss Cisse. Safe in the middle of the table on 39 points, Martin Jol's side have the look of a team that might just lose out to teams fighting for their lives in the closing weeks of the season. Aston Villa's young side come into that category and they've been beating the teams around them in recent weeks, with victories over Reading, QPR and Stoke propelling them out of the relegation zone. They've plenty of work to do yet if they are to remain in the top tier but the signs are good and odds of 13/10 about them beating Fulham are fair. Christian Benteke has been their main man with 15 Premier League goals this campaign and as he's the most likely man in either side to break the deadlock the 11/2 Coral offer about him for the first goal is worth considering. However, the prices about Villa and Benteke are only fair and for that reason we'll sit this one out.

Verdict: Aston Villa 2 Fulham 1 (BL)


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Everton v QPR

QPR looked dejected to say the least following Wigan's late leveller last week and it's getting to the stage where they will have to win most of their remaining games if they're to have any chance of staying up. A trip to Goodison, then, where Everton have lost just one game all season, isn't the ideal place to begin a miracle run. The Toffees are still hopeful of claiming the fourth Champions League place so they'll be focused on getting the three points here, and though a home win is the most likely outcome the 4/9 on offer against a team that is scrapping for survival is not for me. In fact, none of the prices in the win market appeal as a draw is no good for either side and it's hard to envisage QPR pulling this one off, such is Everton's prowess in front of their own fans. Instead, the goalscorer markets could offer the best value and Phil Jagielka is worth considering each-way for the first goal at 25s. He scored against Spurs last week, no side has scored more headed goals than Everton this season (13) and QPR can defend like a lower-league side at set-pieces. However, a much more solid bet is Loic Remy anytime at 11/4. He's scored four in his last five, highlighted his class with a sublime strike against Wigan last weekend and even if QPR can't win this game, they're sure to give it a good go. The French striker is by far their most lethal marksman and almost 3/1 about him scoring looks too big.

Verdict: Everton 3 QPR 2 (BL)


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Reading v Liverpool

Reading have lost eight in a row which explain their 13/2 quotes for the visit of Liverpool. It's a price that will be tempting to some given the Royals are fighting for survival and the Merseysiders are fighting only for pride. It's a cocktail that would normally make me want to get the underdogs on side but watching Reading they look like a team resigned to their fate. The appointment of Nigel Adkins basically said they're planning for next season's promotion push and so miserable is their losing streak I would find it difficult to recommend them as a bet to anyone. Liverpool's inconsistency is as frustrating for punters as it is for their fans and they have the ability to blow Reading away, but a performance in front of goal like last week against West Ham could easily see them suffer another defeat. Apart from their loss at in-form Southampton, though, Brendan Rodgers' side have been playing well on the road for a good while and it could be worth chancing the ruthless Reds will turn up. With Reading desperate and fragile, Luis Suarez and company could punish them as they have so many sides in the bottom half throughout the season and Sky Bet's 3/1 about Liverpool winning by three or more is worth an investment.

Verdict: Reading 0 Liverpool 4 (BL)


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Southampton v West Ham

Southampton are on a real roll after victories over Liverpool, Chelsea and Reading in their last three games but at odds-on they've been over-estimated to beat West Ham. Both teams are on 37 points in the table and so similar are they in overall ability that I'd have their prices much closer together - 7/2 about the Hammers is too big to ignore. It's not long ago West Ham won away at Stoke and in their last two games they've beaten West Brom and drawn 0-0 at Anfield where Sam Allardyce's plan to defend deep and frustrate the Reds worked to perfection. If they can defend as well in the first half an hour at Southampton they will set themselves a solid platform in the game, though they will have to as the Saints have been quick out of the blocks in recent matches. Allardyce says one more win will see his side safe and with games against Manchester United and Manchester City coming up he'll want those three points sooner rather than later. At 7/2 it's worth chancing they can end Southampton's hot run of victories and get them on Saturday.

Verdict: Southampton 0 West Ham 1 (BL)


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