Manchester City and Liverpool are both short odds at home while Tottenham travel to Mauricio Pochettino’s old club Southampton.
Brendan Rodgers will fancy his chances of a first win when Fulham visit Leicester while Crystal Palace and rivals Brighton get things going in Saturday’s early match.
Here’s our game-by-game guide – kick-offs Saturday 3pm unless stated.
Crystal Palace v Brighton – 12.30pm Saturday
Some might call this one a ‘derby’ but when a team with just won point from their last six away games heads to the Premier League ground that has seen the fewest goals this season, the chances of a classic encounter appear slim. So, maybe not one for the neutral but on current form, the Palace fans will probably have an enjoyable afternoon. Brighton’s first league win of 2019 finally arrived last weekend – against lowly Huddersfield – on the same day Palace won 3-1 at Burnley. You can only beat what’s in front of you but the Eagles deserve credit for that result and they’ve now lost just one of their last eight in all competitions. Wilfried Zaha was on target at Turf Moor meaning he’s been involved in six goals (scoring five) in his last six games having gone the 13 before without a goal or assist. He also loves playing Brighton as against no team as he bettered his return of five in nine. He’s 11/2 for the first goal, 13/5 in the score-win double while the hosts are a shade under evens with several bookies for the win.
Wilfried Zaha (right) is no stranger to a goal when Crystal Palace play Brighton
Cardiff v West Ham
Cardiff’s hopes of staying up, and they were slim in the first place, took a huge hit last week when Sol Bamba was carried off on a stretcher during the defeat at Wolves and ruled out for the season. They’re in the bottom three, two points from safety and still with Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United to play in the final nine games of the campaign. It’s not looking good. And they won’t welcome the sight of West Ham arriving, having lost seven in a row to them (all competitions) and lost two on the spin at home – to Watford and Everton, 5-1 and 3-0, before going down at Molineux. The Hammers have won at Everton, Newcastle, Fulham and Southampton this season and should be backed here. Bet Victor’s 5/4 is as good as it gets.
Huddersfield v Bournemouth
There can’t be many experiences more miserable than following Bournemouth away from home. It’s normally a bit of a trek and the last nine in a row in the league, NINE, have ended in defeat. Each time they’ve conceded at least twice, 28 goals in total, and scored just four. However, if they can manage just one at the John Smith’s Stadium, it should be enough for a point. Huddersfield haven’t scored more than once in any of their last 20 league games on their own patch and 1-1 here is 11/2.
Leicester v Fulham
Scott Parker insists it’s not mission impossible as he tries to keep Fulham in the Premier League despite them being 10 points from safety with nine games remaining. They’ve also lost five in a row. Parker picked the positives from their 2-1 defeat by Chelsea last weekend and was pleased with the response of his players but it’s hard to see any other outcome than them going down fighting. Starting at Leicester. There’s a gulf between Fulham and most of the teams in the division and Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is presented with an opportunity for his first win. The Foxes are 8/13 or 9/4 to win with both teams scoring.
Newcastle v Everton
Newcastle fans are due something to celebrate in this one but they could be kept waiting a bit longer. The Magpies have won just one of their last 12 Premier League encounters with the Toffees – on Tyneside back in 2014. They will fancy their chances at home as over the last six games on their own patch, only Arsenal, Liverpool and the two Manchester teams have taken more points than Newcastle. But, away from home, Everton trail only Man United, Palace, Spurs and Man City in points won over the last half dozen. Marco Silva’s side are also coming off the back of putting a big dent in Liverpool’s title hopes with a derby draw last weekend. A second stalemate on the spin looks the best bet here and any score draw is 18/5.
Southampton v Tottenham
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is fuming at being handed a two-match touchline ban for his ref rant at Burnley but there’s plenty going on that should please him. Harry Kane is back firing again after a quiet comeback initially and Spurs have a Champions League quarter-final to look forward to after finishing off the job in Dortmund in midweek. That brought an end to a three-match winless run ahead of their trip to the south coast. Pochettino’s former club have only lost one of five at St Mary’s this year – weirdly to Cardiff – and will make it tough but Spurs can be backed at 13/5 to win with both teams scoring.
Harry Kane was the Tottenham scorer in midweek against Borussia Dortmund
Man City v Watford – Saturday 5.30pm
Manchester City will drop points before the end of the campaign – just not yet. For now at least, they’ve stopped hammering teams and their second 1-0 league win of the season (against West Ham) was quickly followed by their third, against Bournemouth last Saturday. The same again is 11/1 with a few bookies but, now they’re back on top, Pep Guardiola might fancy putting the foot down. Watford have only lost one of their last six in all competitions but that was 5-0 at Liverpool and they now head for the Etihad Stadium where City have won 14 of 15, scored 50 and conceded just 11. They are 3/1 to win by a couple and 7/2 to win by three.
Liverpool v Burnley – Sunday 12pm
The Liverpool wobble that has allowed Man City to reclaim pole position has been built on draws with four of their last six league games finishing all square. Oh how Burnley would love to make it five from seven. The Clarets have a rotten return from Premier League games against Liverpool – four points from a possible 27 – although they did come away with a 1-1 on their most recent visit to Anfield last season. Backing Liverpool to win last week at Goodison was a mistake. Taking Burnley’s Ashley Barnes against Palace wasn’t. He’ll find it much harder this week as Liverpool haven’t conceded in five games since February 4 but Barnes is an attractive 9/2 with bet365 in the anytime market. As for the Reds, they’re 2/1 to win with both teams scoring.
Liverpool and Mohamed Salah had a frustrating afternoon last weekend against Everton
Chelsea v Wolves – Sunday 2.05pm
Wolves were snapping at the heels of the top six earlier in the season and at present are the best of the rest in seventh place, although they are 13 points behind Chelsea having played a game more. They will head for Stamford Bridge without fear though, having beaten the Blues in the reverse fixture and drawn in away games with Arsenal and Manchester United before beating Tottenham at Wembley. They were easy to back at home against Cardiff last weekend but the same could be said about Chelsea this week. Maurizio Sarri has now won three on the bounce since losing the League Cup final, with victory over Dynamo Kiev almost guaranteeing Europa League progression, and a steady but unspectacular fourth in a row looks likely here. Chelsea are 4/7 to win or 13/8 to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1.
Arsenal v Man United – Sunday 4.30pm
Romelu Lukaku did the business last week at 15/2 to score two or more against Southampton and he just can’t stop. Another brace against PSG means he’s the first United player since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2006 to claim doubles in three straight games. Four in a row? He’s 11/1 to do it again against an Arsenal team beaten 3-1 away at Rennes on Thursday night. United enjoyed their trip to France much more, with that amazing result in the capital. Earlier in the week a draw in this one was jumping off the page. Then we had Paris, ANOTHER away win, then Arsenal losing, then Ole’s contract and everything else adding to the feelgood factor at Old Trafford, and it would’ve been easy to get carried away and pile in to the 21/10 on offer for a United win. But they’ve still got injuries and there’s still a fight on for the top four. Get on the draw with both teams scoring. It’s 7/2.
Romelu Lukaku is looking to score a double for the fourth straight game
BEST BETS FOR THE WEEKEND
HOMES: Chelsea, Palace, Leicester, Colchester, Barnsley 15/1 several bookies
AWAYS: West Ham, Tottenham, Sunderland, Exeter 25/1 several bookies
DRAWS: Huddersfield v Bournemouth, Newcastle v Everton, Derby v Sheff Wed 35/1 widely available
Both teams to score in first half: Celtic v Aberdeen, Bristol City v Leeds 26/1 Coral/Ladbrokes
ANYTIME SCORERS: Zaha, Kane, Vardy, Lukaku 30/1 bet365