Manchester United v Liverpool
Just two points currently separate these most bitter of north-west rivals and Jose Mourinho has two games in four days here that will essentially define his season. The Reds have not won at Old Trafford for four years though and this looks a big ask against the Red Devils. The first game between the two teams this season was absolutely s**t, largely thanks to Mourinho setting his team up to spoil and pinch a point. This one has to be more entertaining with Jose asking his side to push the button, and for this reason Romelu Lukaku anytime at 7/4 looks big. Yes he’s been spouting cobblers in the press all week about being Don Jose’s “sergeant”, but he’s in the goals (28 so far for club and country) and proved against Chelsea he ain’t no flat-track bully.
Betting: Lukaku to score anytime at 7/4 (bet365)
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Everton v Brighton
Glenn Murray might look like a taxi driver from Walford but he’s been unreal for Brighton this season, to the extent that his odds for a shock England call-up to the World Cup have been smashed in to 20/1. That’s the same price as big Andy Carroll. Mind blown.
Betting: Murray to score first at 6/1 (Boylesports)
Huddersfield v Swansea
The Swans have shipped 12 goals in their last five away games so overs could be the call here, with the Terriers desperate to pick up three points at HQ.
Betting: Over 3.5 goals at 9/2 (Bet Victor)
Newcastle United v Southampton
Huge, huge game this. Southampton are sleepwalking towards relegation and would be in massive bother with a defeat. The Toon have been OK defensively at home and look a bet at better than 6/4 given the only team to beat them in their last five matches is Liverpool.
Betting: Newcastle to win at 37/20 (Marathon Bet)
West Brom v Leicester City
We’ve all got that one person at work who we’d have no issue swilling with a bucket of p**s, right? And the more I see and hear of him, I’m convinced I’d hate to work and socialise with Jamie Vardy. So in a weird kind of way, I’m pretty relaxed about the fact I’m not turning out for Leicester (or England), earning six figures a week and getting free stuff off Adidas.
Betting: Vardy to score first at 9/2 (Betfred)
West Ham v Burnley
Burnley’s win over Everton was their first in 12, but they have not won in eight on the road so the call here is for West Ham. It’s a tough one though, isn’t it? Both calling this game and life generally. Life being so fragile. I don’t care what you say, life was a better time when you got a free Vienetta ice cream with every bargain bucket at KFC.
Betting: West Ham to win at 13/10 (Betfair)
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
I’d have given Palace half a chance here if the irascible Wilfried Zaha was fit, but their form without him in the side is shocking this season. It’s difficult to see the Eagles creating much without him, so Chelsea to win to nil is the shout here.
Betting: Chelsea to win to nil at 11/10 (Bet Victor)
Arsenal v Watford
Arsenal pulled that 2-0 win over AC Milan from absolutely nowhere on Thursday but one wonders how they will tackle this with a return leg to come? The Gunners had won just four of their last 15 matches before silencing the San Siro, and have lost their last two at the Emirates. Arsene Wenger is surely not going to go on beyond the end of the season as Arsenal boss, so all eggs must be in the Europa basket now. The in-form Hornets have won three of their last four in the league too so tick plenty of boxes to spring a shock at bigger than 5/1.
Betting: Watford to win at 11/2 (bet365)
Bournemouth v Tottenham
I don’t really get the stick Mo Poch has been getting in the wake of Spurs’ Champions League defeat to Juventus. For over an hour of Wednesday’s clash they had one foot in the last eight. They were undone by some slick, if opportunistic, Juventus play and rather than being outclassed it was simply a case of one team taking their chances, and one team failing to. Heung-min Son was unreal for Tottenham, and on another night might easily have had a hat-trick. He’s one of the first names on the team sheet these days and looks a temper at 11/2 to score first against the Cherries.
Betting: Son to score first at 11/2 (Boylesports)