All your betting tips for the Premier League weekend here…
Everton v Arsenal
A loss here for the Gunners could do irrevocable damage to their title dreams and it will be interesting to see how the players cope after a tough few weeks. The bookies can’t split them with each available at a best price 17/10 but the bet surely has to be Romelu Lukaku (five goals in his last four games) notching again. He was sensational against Chelsea in the FA Cup and will be licking his lips at the prospect of getting stuck into an Arsenal side who are a model of inconsistency just now.
Betting: Lukaku to score anytime at 6/4 (Coral)
Chelsea v West Ham
Another game with the potential to be a cracker and I couldn’t really back against West Ham on current form. They are bigger than 4/1 to win the match which looks a big old price in itself and you can actually get better than evens about them not losing at Stamford Bridge, which looks a cracking punt all things considered.
Betting: West Ham (+1) to win at 23/20 (Coral)
Crystal Palace v Leicester City
These are golden times now if you are a Leicester City fan and on paper odds of 6/4 about them beating a very mediocre Palace side look huge. However, for the first time this season I thought they looked nervous during that 1-0 win against Newcastle, as though they’ve started to understand the enormity of what they might be about to pull off. Every game now will bring added pressure and I reckon the Eagles could put the cat among the pigeons by claiming a share of the spoils here.
Betting: Draw at 12/5 (bet365, ranked 4.25/5 after over 500 rating on LCB)
Watford v Stoke
The Hornets played brilliantly to dump holders Arsenal out of the FA Cup last season and if they can turn up in the same mood here they look a great bet at 6/4. Stoke are a decent side but can struggle sometimes away from home. Home win.
Betting: Watford to win at 6/4 (Paddy Power)
West Brom v Norwich
The Canaries need to pull something out of the bag here to beat a side who have not lost at home in eight matches. If they are to get anything from this fixture Patrick Bamford has to fire. He’s plenty good enough and might be worth a dabble at 7s to score first.
Betting: Bamford to score first at 7/1 (Paddy Power)
Swansea v Aston Villa
The defeats continue to pile up for Villa, who will be put out of their misery soon enough when relegation is mathematically confirmed. Swansea look safe enough now but will see this as a massive opportunity to move further away from the dogfight raging below them.
Betting: Swansea (-1) to win at 15/8 (Stan James)
Newcastle v Sunderland
It’s being billed as the biggest Tyne-Wear derby of all-time and you only have to look at the table for confirmation the stakes could not be higher. The Mags are 6/5 favourites to win but that price looks poor value considering they’ve lost four on the spin and been absolutely bobbins for most of the campaign to this point. Under the circumstances I would much rather be on Jermain Defoe at 7/1 to score first.
Betting: Defoe to score first at 7/1 (Betfair Sportsbook)
Southampton v Liverpool
Liverpool’s focus will surely be on the Europa League now and they could be vulnerable against a Saints side who have beaten some good teams this season. I wouldn’t like to call the outcome here will any degree of certainty but both teams to score at a shade under evens looks a tempter.
Betting: Both teams to score at 20/21 (Boylesports)
Manchester City v Manchester United
This is quite simply do or die for the hosts, who can’t afford to drop another point all season if they are to stand any chance of winning the league. Both teams are missing key men but all things considered I reckon City can be trusted to claim the win and reclaim local bragging rights.
Betting: Man City to win and both teams to score at 3/1 (bet365)
Tottenham v Bournemouth
After recently calling out UFC bass ass Conor McGregor on Twitter, Harry Kane is clearly not short of confidence at the minute and I’m backing the man in the mask to shoot Spurs to glory here and keep the pressure on Leicester.
Betting: Kane to score and Tottenham to win at 13/10 (Ladbrokes)