Midweek European action and the Carabao Cup final mean the Premier League fixture list has a disjointed look to it this weekend.
However, with a number of teams not having played for a fortnight due to their early elimination from the FA Cup, they will be raring to go.
West Ham to win to zero @ 23/10
The action kicks off on Friday when there are two games, including a London derby as West Ham take on struggling Fulham.
After a record-breaking December, the Hammers have dropped off in 2019, with their only Premier League win coming at home to Arsenal on January 12th.
They have drawn their last two outings 1-1 but are the favourites to beat a Fulham side treading water in 19th and without a win all season on the road.
Claudio Ranieri seems to be running out of ideas and having lost to Friday’s opponents 2-0 at Craven Cottage in December, a similar result is likely.
Another 2-0 to the Hammers is 29/4 and they should have too much for a Fulham side destined for the drop.
Watford to win @ 7/5
The other match on Friday comes from the Cardiff City Stadium where Watford are the guests.
The eighth place Hornets booked their FA Cup quarter-final place last Friday with a 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers and life seems good under Javi Gracia.
Watford were also the 1-0 winners against Everton in their last Premier League game and are 23/4 to repeat that scoreline against a Cardiff side who have won their last two matches.
Like him or loathe him, Neil Warnock knows how to get results and his nous will be key to their survival hopes.
However, Friday’s opponents are a quality outfit and I think they may have too much. More positive punters may take up the 33/10 for the away win and BTTS.
Tottenham to win to zero @ 9/5
In Saturday’s early game, Tottenham head to Turf Moor and know a win could see them close the gap on their title rivals.
With Liverpool taking on Manchester United and Manchester City playing in the Carabao Cup final, a Spurs victory in Lancashire may well see them finish the weekend just two points shy of the leading pair.
Burnley are a team in form, with a run of seven unbeaten helping them move away from the relegation zone after a miserable opening part of the campaign.
All good things must come to an end though and with Spurs having the extra boost of Harry Kane being set to return to the squad, they should frustrate the Clarets.
Newcastle to win to zero @ 31/20
There are two games at three o’clock on Saturday and at St James’ Park, Newcastle look likely to claim another three points against rock bottom Huddersfield.
New Terriers boss Jan Siewert has attempted to keep spirits up over the last fortnight but there is no hiding from the fact they have not won since November and their tally of 14 goals in 26 games is simply not good enough.
Newcastle won 1-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium earlier in the season and have succeeded in their last two league outings on their own patch.
With under 2.5 goals in the last three meetings, do not expect a classic, but, with record signing Miguel Almiron set for a first start, they Toon look too good for the visitors.
Wolves to win @ 8/5
The other three o’clock game sees in-form Wolves travel to Bournemouth with Nuno Espirito Santo’s men aiming to punish the out of form Cherries.
Last weekend’s 1-0 victory at Bristol City saw Wolves into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and with them sitting seventh in the league, they are enjoying an impressive return to the top flight.
Bournemouth made a fine start to the season but have won only four of their last 16 and will again be without Callum Wilson and David Brooks on Saturday.
While Eddie Howe’s men are unbeaten in four at home, goals could be an issue and an away win is on the cards.
Leicester v Crystal Palace – Over 2.5 goals @ 23/20
The late game could be a cracker as two teams who prefer to attack, Leicester and Crystal Palace, meet at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester have a talented squad but sit 12th in the table having not won in five but their showing in the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham was encouraging, most notably the way in which new boy Youri Tielemans knitted things together in midfield.
The Eagles could hand his Belgium team-mate Michy Batshuayi a first start and head into the game unbeaten in five and through to the last eight of the FA Cup.
This has the potential to be a really fun fixture with goals on both sides and more positive punters may like to push the envelope and get on the 3/1 for over 3.5 in the fixture.
Manchester United to win @ 21/10
The game of the weekend undoubtedly comes from the Premier League as Manchester United host Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.
After Tuesday’s 0-0 draw against Bayern Munich, the Reds head into this game knowing they can steal a march on Manchester City in their game in hard.
United will be buoyed by beating Chelsea 2-0 in the FA Cup on Monday and having seemingly been outthought against Paris Saint-Germain, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got his tactics spot on at Stamford Bridge.
Virgil van Dijk is set to return for Liverpool after missing the game against Bayern and will have a big influence.
However, United will relish their role as potential party poopers in the title race and with the visitors having won only one of their last four on the road, the Red Devils could pounce.
Arsenal to win and both teams to score @ 9/5
Last but not least to the Emirates where Arsenal host Southampton and revenge will be on the Gunners’ mind.
Saints were the 3-2 winners when these two met before Christmas but the Gunners have been exceptional at home in the league in 2018-19, unbeaten on their own patch since losing to Manchester City on the opening weekend.
That run has included six straight wins but Sunday’s visitors have also been going well, currently unbeaten away from home under Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Something’s got to give but it is hard to look past the Gunners but while they should get the points, they do tend to leak goals, keeping one clean sheet in four in the league at home.
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