Both the challenge for a place in the top four and the title race will take centre stage on Sunday afternoon, with Everton hosting Arsenal and then Liverpool travelling to West Ham. Here’s Mark Jones with his five best bets for a great day of Premier League football:
Everton vs Arsenal: Both Teams to Score – 1.63
Both teams have found the net in four of Everton’s last five matches, whilst both the Blues and the Gunners were on target when they met in December in the Premier League and last month in the FA Cup.
Keeping clean sheets at home hasn’t exactly been a specialty for Roberto Martinez’s men this season either, with six of the last eight league visitors to Goodison Park having found the net. Throw in the fact that the Gunners have failed to score in only two of their last 10 of their road and you might well have the banker of the day.
West Ham vs Liverpool: Over 3.5 goals – 2.14
There are usually goals when these two meet, with seven of the last eight meetings producing three or more strikes.
As has been apparent this season, Liverpool love getting involved in high-scoring matches, with last Sunday’s 4-0 win over Tottenham the 19th time that this over 3.5 goals bet would have come in on one of their Premier League games this season.
One of those fixtures was a 4-1 win at home to West Ham in December, whilst the Reds won this fixture 3-2 at Upton Park last season.
Goals are certainly on the agenda here.
Everton to win the second half – 2.67
Goodison Park regulars are used to seeing their team come on strong in the latter period of matches, with Everton having scored in the second half in 11 of their last 12 home games.
For better odds though, look at the fact that the Blues have won the second period in all of their last seven matches in front of their home fans, as their often patient approach finally reaps rewards and breaks visiting teams down.
In addition, Arsenal have won the second half in only one of their last seven away games.
Liverpool to score a penalty – 5.50
With 10, Liverpool have been awarded the most penalties in the Premier League this season, and six of those spot kicks have come inside their last six away games.
Although Steven Gerrard missed his third penalty attempt in the recent 3-0 victory at Manchester United, the Reds skipper is usually extremely reliable from the spot and if given the chance to beat Hammers goalkeeper Adrian from 12 yards he’s unlikely to miss the opportunity.
Everton v Arsenal Correct Score 1-1 – 6.50
The hosts will be desperate to win to get even closer to their opponents in the challenge for a top four spot, but Arsenal showed against Manchester City last week that they are prepared to dig in and fight for a place in the table which has become home to them under Arsene Wenger.
A tight game could ensue, and although nothing less than a win will probably do for Everton, the Gunners know that a point would put them in prime position to claim fourth place given the standard of fixtures they have remaining.