Crystal Palace 2.85, the draw 3.25, Everton 2.62
Last weekend’s victory in the FA Cup makes it four wins in four for Palace and the Pardew era has enough momentum to take the points against a struggling Everton side. In fact, this market goes against current form when you consider that Roberto Martinez’s men are level on points with the Eagles and have failed to win in nine.
However, four straight Everton draws – if you include the cup replay with West Ham – reinforces my first reaction that a share of the points is the most likely outcome.
Best Bet: Both teams to score 1.79
Score Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-2 Everton 15.00
Liverpool 1.66, the draw 4.00, West Ham 5.30
This is another game where the outsiders look a little undervalued: West Ham are a point above Liverpool and while they may just be losing touch with the top four, form in opposing camps is pretty even.
Liverpool may also have to battle the ‘fatigue factor’ following their lengthy league cup escapades in the week. Once again, the draw looks tempting with an anytime goal from Andy Carroll adding a delicious irony at a time when the Reds are struggling to replace Luis Suarez.
Best Bet: Andy Carroll to score anytime 3.70
Score Prediction: Liverpool 1-1 West Ham 7.50
Manchester United 1.30, the draw 5.65, Leicester City 10.50
Expect odds to come in at around the 350.00 mark if you want to see a repeat of the 5-3 scoreline that the Foxes inflicted on United earlier in the season. That result actually proved to be the catalyst for a slump that took Leicester to the bottom although Nigel Pearson’s men have improved recently.
In contrast, Manchester United have been shedding points and might look vulnerable but a home win is a more sensible option.
Best Bet: Angel Di Maria to score anytime 3.10
Score Prediction: Manchester United 3-1 Leicester City 11.00
Stoke City 1.63, the draw 3.95, QPR 5.75
The Britannia used to be a fortress that kept Stoke in the Premiership but while the Potters are more beatable at home, Rangers’ away form suggests that this market is spot on. Stoke will be without Bojan who added craft to the overstated physicality but that shouldn’t affect Mark Hughes’ men here.
QPR’s away record reads played 10 lost 10 and while that has to end sometime, Harry’s side will have to wait a little longer.
Best Bet: Jon Walters to score anytime 3.35
Score Prediction: Stoke City 2-1 QPR 9.50
Sunderland 2.17, the draw 3.35, Burnley 4.00
The Black Cats will consider themselves unlucky to have lost their last three games to Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester City by one goal margins but by this point in the campaign the table has ceased to lie.
Burnley may be behind Sunderland on goal difference but despite a defeat to Palace last time out, Sean Dyche’s men look the bigger threat and are too good to turn down at 4.00.
Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals 2.20
Score Prediction: Sunderland 1-2 Burnley 12.50
West Brom 2.90, the draw 3.32, Tottenham 2.52
There has been some serious value across these six games and the Baggies are another team who could upset the market. The Pulis effect is already in evidence with the side unbeaten in five and then you have Spurs…
I’m never convinced by Tottenham and their cup performances in the past week back up my scepticism. League form is better but I’m taking the home win while ‘hedging’ slightly with an anytime goal from Christian Eriksen.
Best Bet: Christian Eriksen to score anytime 4.20
Score Prediction: West Brom 2-1 Tottenham 10.50