A mouthwatering Manchester derby heads up the action this weekend in the Premier League, with both City and Utd hitting a purple patch in recent weeks.
Elsewhere, it’s a big weekend for wobbling Chelsea. Frank Lampard will be hoping his side build on the momentum generated by an impressive midweek FA Cup win as they take on much-improved Everton.
Here’s our look at the latest Premier League betting as we cast our eye over all the action…
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LIVERPOOL VS BOURNEMOUTH, 12:30
Whisper it quietly… are Liverpool wobbling? It’s been Jurgen Klopp’s most testing fortnight of the season but his Reds side will be quietly confident they can get back on the front foot this weekend with a win at Anfield against struggling Bournemouth. The Cherries will simply be looking to improve on a record that has seen them lose their last five games against Liverpool by an aggregate score of 17-0.
Prediction: Reds to shake off a rocky week. 2-0.
ARSENAL VS WEST HAM
West Ham’s survival hopes received a significant boost last weekend as they finally ended their winless run with a convincing 3-1 win over Southampton. David Moyes might return to damage limitation mode in this fixture, with the Hammers losing all four of their most recent trips to the Emirates.
Prediction: Routine home win. 2-0.
CRYSTAL PALACE VS WATFORD
Derby day victory has never tasted so sweet for Roy Hodgson, with a 1-0 victory in last weekend’s M23 derby all but securing another season of Premier League football for Crystal Palace. Hodgson has been rewarded with a new contract for his efforts, while Nigel Pearson will surely be rewarded the freedom of Watford if he can use their 3-0 win over Liverpool as the result to reboot their season.
Prediction: All square at Selhurst. 1-1.
Best Bet: Score draw at 69/20 >
SHEFFIELD UTD VS NORWICH CITY
A hard-fought win over Leicester and a dramatic penalty win in the FA Cup against Tottenham Hotspur has handed Norwich just a glimmer of hope of turning around a difficult season. Can Daniel Farke’s side make it their best week of the season so far with a gritty win at Bramall Lane? The Blades might have other ideas, with Chris Wilder’s side unbeaten in five in all competitions.
Prediction: Blades to blunt Canaries’ recent bounce. 2-1.
SOUTHAMPTON VS NEWCASTLE UTD
An intriguing game awaits at St Mary’s, with a massive incentive for both sides to aim for all three points in this fixture. Both sides would break the 35-point barrier with victory on the South Coast, leaving them with probably enough breathing space to avert any last-day nerves. The Magpies won the reverse fixture 2-1.
Prediction: Scrappy win for the Saints. 1-0.
Best Bet: Under 1.5 goals at 139/50 >
WOLVES VS BRIGHTON
Wolves know a win here could place them firmly in Champions League contention, and the omens look good with Nuno’s side finding their goalscoring form in recent weeks with six goals in two league games. It’s not all bad news for the Seagulls – Wolves have failed to beat them in any top-flight match. Graham Potter will have his fingers crossed that trend continues on Saturday.
Prediction: Wolves to punish shot-shy Seagulls. 2-0.
Best Bet: Wolves to win to nil at 13/8 >
BURNLEY VS SPURS, 17:30
Forget the three-year rule, it’s looking more like the three-month for Jose Mourinho at Spurs with his reign suffering some early turbulence after yet another damaging result in midweek. Burnley can hit the magical 40-point mark with victory here, and won this fixture 2-1 at Turf Moor last February.
Prediction: More misery for Mourinho. 1-0.
Best Bet: Over 12.5 corners at 13/5 >
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CHELSEA VS EVERTON, 14:00
Master meets apprentice on Sunday as Frank Lampard comes up against his 2009/10 title-winning boss Carlo Ancelotti. The Chelsea boss saw his side end a frustrating run of games with a gutsy 2-0 win over Liverpool this week in the FA Cup, but the Blues have a patchy record against the Toffees in recent times. Chelsea will be aiming to end a two-game losing run against their opponents from Merseyside.
Prediction: Score draw at Stamford Bridge. 1-1.
MAN UTD VS MAN CITY, 16:30
We’ve been spoilt for Manchester derbies this season, and Utd and City meet for the fourth time this season at Old Trafford on Sunday with both looking to avoid any loss in momentum. City came flying out the block at the home of their rivals in the EFL Cup semi-final first legs, with their 3-1 lead ultimately proving too much for Utd to overturn in the second leg. A win here for City would see them beat Utd four times in a row at Old Trafford for the first time since 1931.
Prediction: City to snatch it. 1-2.
Monday night, 20:00
LEICESTER CITY VS ASTON VILLA
It’s a repeat of this year’s EFL Cup semi-final as Midlands rivals Leicester and Aston Villa meet at the King Power on Monday night. Brendan Rodgers’ side look secure enough in the Champions League spots but another defeat here would start to raise some doubts. Villa are looking for a first away league win against the Foxes since January 2004.
Prediction: Foxes to get back on track. 2-1.
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