The 6 Best Bets for Sunday’s Premier League matches


Sunday could well be a pivotal day in the Premier League title race, the battle to make into the top four and the fight to avoid relegation, with three matches taking place which will have a large say in all of them.

Title-chasing Liverpool head to Carrow Road to face a Norwich side who are trying to pull away from the relegation zone, before a dress rehearsal for the FA Cup final as Champions League hopefuls Arsenal go to Hull, and then David Moyes returns to Goodison Park for the first time as his Manchester United side take on Everton.

Here’s Mark Jones’s best bets for the afternoon:

 

Norwich v Liverpool: Luis Suarez to score at any time 1.63

We could get a little more ambitious here given that the PFA Player of the Year-elect Suarez has scored a staggering 11 goals in his last four matches against Norwich, including hat-tricks on his only two visits to Carrow Road.

The Uruguayan could be considered fortunate to be available here given that he narrowly avoided a red card against Manchester City last weekend, and with Daniel Sturridge potentially missing through injury then he is likely to assume a central role in the Liverpool attack.

The Reds – who have scored exactly five goals on each of their last three meetings with Norwich – will be looking to find him at all times, and so for short-priced backers the prospect of Suarez finding the net could well be the banker of the day.

 

Hull v Arsenal: Arsenal to win 1.82

Having seen Everton lose at home to Crystal Palace in midweek, Arsene Wenger will know that now is the time to strike and make certain of the fourth place in the Premier League that he has come to crave.

The Gunners had to come from behind to beat West Ham on Tuesday night, but ultimately they looked comfortable enough and they should also have enough to beat a Hull side who would, given the choice, much prefer to beat the Gunners at Wembley next month.

Backing Arsenal to win anywhere is never really for the faint-hearted, but their extra experience and their desire to put pressure on Everton should see them overcome this test.

 

Everton v Manchester United: Everton to score over 1.5 goals 2.10

Even in defeat to Crystal Palace, Everton managed to score at least two goals in a home Premier League match for the 10th time in their last 12 Goodison Park games.

United have conceded 19 goals in the 11 league matches they’ve played against the six clubs above them this season, keeping only three clean sheets, and with the Blues determined to make this a miserable homecoming for Moyes, Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney, you can expect the hosts to come out firing from the beginning.

Romelu Lukaku – one of only four men to have scored a Premier League hat-trick against United – is a great shout for an anytime goal at 2.80, but with so many goal threats in the Blues side then this wager could be safer.

 

Everton v Manchester United: Marouane Fellaini to be carded 3.20

The big Belgian returns to Goodison Park for the first time since switching to Old Trafford in the summer, and although it will be Moyes who is on the receiving end of the rougher reception, Fellaini is likely to be targeted by the home crowd and players.

Everyone knows about the flying elbows by now, but more important here could be the flying threats from Everton’s midfield, with Fellaini unable to keep up with the pace of many of them.

Whereas once the Blues would have dreaded a Fellaini card, they’ll be actively encouraging one on Sunday.

 

Hull v Arsenal: Lukas Podolski to score at any time 3.30

German international Lukas Podolski managed to complete 90 minutes in the Premier League for only the second time all season in midweek, and he responded with two goals against West Ham.

The Arsenal forward should start again as the Gunners travel to the KC Stadium, and when he’s in-form his finishing ability and desire to often shoot on sight add something that is often missing to Wenger’s men.

Podolski might not be everyone’s cup of tea but he’s certainly effective, and he can be again here.

 

Norwich v Liverpool: Liverpool to score a penalty 5.00

The Reds have been awarded eight penalties in their last seven Premier League games, with Steven Gerrard scoring all but one of them – the third of three in the win at Old Trafford.

Gerrard scored from the spot twice in Liverpool’s last away game at West Ham, and although the law of averages might dictate that the Reds’ run of spot kicks will stop, the fact that they are likely to be on the front foot at Carrow Road is sure to force Norwich deeper and deeper, with an error from the home defence then becoming all the more likely.