Arsenal V West Ham United
On 134 occasions these two have met in the past and it is Arsenal that have the better record as you would expect, they have won 62 times. They have drawn on 38 occasions and West Ham have won 34 times.
Last time they met was back in December and it was a completely one sided affair, it was a 5-1 away win for the Gunners. Ozil put Arsenal ahead and a second half goal from Oxlade-Chamberlain and a second half hat-trick for Alexis Sanchez sealed the win for Arsenal, Andy Carroll did manage a late consolation goal.
Arsenal have been in poor form of late winning just 2, drawing 1 and losing 3 of their last 6 matches in all competitions. Last time out they did manage a 2-2 draw at home to Manchester City.
West Ham have been in terrible form recently losing 4 and drawing 2 of their last 6 games. They are currently on a 4 game losing streak including last time out when they lost 2-1 to Hull City away.
Arsenal are without defender Laurent Koscielny with an achilles problem and keeper David Ospina is also a doubt.
Aaron Cresswell is the Hammers only real injury doubt with other players set to return to the squad.
Arsenal go into this clear favourites and are best price with betway @ 9/20. The draw is best @ 17/4 with a couple of firms including Bet365 and West Ham are as big as 7/1 with a few firms including William Hill.
I think a home win would help the Arsenal board paper over some cracks and I think that is what will happen here.
Hull City V Middlesbrough
Hull have met Middlesbrough on 60 previous occasions and it is Boro with the better record winning 26, they have drawn 17 times and Hull have won 17.
Last time they met was in the reverse fixture in December and it was another win for Boro, this time it was a 1-0 win secured by a 60th minute Gaston Ramirez goal.
Hull have not been in great form of late winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 3 of their last 6 games. They did manage a very important 2-1 win at home last time out over West Ham United.
Boro have been in even worse form winning 1, drawing 1 and losing 4 of their last 6 games. They did manage to stop a 4 game losing run with a 0-0 draw away at Swansea last time out.
Tom Huddlestone is still suspended and on loan right back Omar Elabdellaoui is expected to miss his second game in a row.
Gaston Ramirez is a doubt for Boro and they are also without Callum Chambers, George Friend and Fabio.
This is a tough one to price up and it is the home side who edge favourtism and they are best price @ 5/4 with William Hill. The draw is @ 23/10 with most firms including Bet365 and Boro are @ 33/10 with Marathon Bet.
I fancy the draw here despite being a fan of Hull’s style of play since their manager took over.
Southampton V Crystal Palace
These two have met 103 times in the past and it is Southampton who edge it winning 43 times, they have drawn 22 times and Palace have won 38 times.
This will be the third time these two have met these season, the first was in the League Cup back in September and it was Southampton the victors but Palace got the better in December in the league last time when Christian Benteke got a brace and James Tomkins got another to seal a 3-0 win for the Eagles.
Southampton have been in pretty poor form of late winning 2 drawing 1 and losing 3 of their last 6. Last time out they managed a 0-0 home draw against Bournemouth.
Crystal Palace have been in better form of winning 4 and losing 2 of their last 6 matches. They are currently on a 4 game winning streak which they maintained last time with a fantastic 2-1 away win over league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Sofiane Boufal is a big doubt for Southampton and striker Manolo Gabbiadini is still out injured.
Palace do have some defensive woes at the moment with Scott Dann and Patrick Van Aanholt both out and James Tomkins is also out.
Despite Palace’s good recent form it is Southampton who are favourites and can be backed @ 43/50 with Marathon Bet. The draw is @ 11/4 with Paddypower and Palace can be backed @ 4/1 with William Hills.
I think the 4/1 is a good price for Palace and I would have a small bet on them.
Swansea V Tottenham
Swansea have met Tottenham 42 times and they have only managed 8 wins and 8 draws with Spurs winning the other 26 matches.
The last time they met at White Hart Lane it was a dominant performance for the home side with Spurs winning 5-0, a brace from Kane, a brace from Eriksen and a goal from Son sealed the win.
Swansea haven’t been in great form of late winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 3 of their last 6 games. Last time out they managed a 0-0 draw at home against Boro.
Spurs have been in very good form recently winning 5 and drawing 1 of their last 6. They are currently on a 5 game winning streak including last time when they went away to Burnley and managed a 2-0 win.
The only injury concern for Swansea is their star striker Fernando Llorente who is a major doubt with an ankle problem.
Spurs’ medical room has been busy of late and this game is no different, Victor Wanyama is a big doubt and Harry Winks is out for the season as well as Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela who are still out.
Even with all of their injury woes it is Spurs who are favourites for this one and you can back them @ 8/11 with most firms including bet365. The draw is @ 3/1 with a couple of firms including Bet365 and Swansea are @ 22/5 with Marathon Bet.
I can’t see past a Spurs win here so that is what my money will be going on.
Liverpool V Bournemouth (21:00 KO)
Liverpool have competed against Bournemouth on only 10 previous occasions in their history. Liverpool have won 7, drawn 2 and Bournemouth have won just the once.
The last time they met was in December and that was Bournemouth’s sole victory and it was a 4-3 thriller. In the first half Sadio Mane and Divock Origi put Liverpool 2-0 up. In the second half everything seemed to change Callum Wilson tucked away a penalty to pull one back but Emre Can looked to kill off any fight back Bournemouth may have had to make it 3-1 but the scoring didn’t end there Ryan Frazer pulled another back for the Cherries. Then two minutes later in the 78th minute Steve Cook grabbed the equaliser. The game looked like it may end honours even until a dramatic injury time winner from Nathan Ake secured a huge win for Bournemouth.
Liverpool have been in good form recently winning 4, drawing 1 and losing 1 of their last 6 games. Last time out they managed a huge 3-1 victory over their Merseyside rivals Everton.
Bournemouth have been in okay form of late winning 2, drawing 2 and losing 2 of their last 6. Last time is was a 0-0 draw away to Southampton and they are now 4 games unbeaten.
Liverpool’s only real injury concerns are for Mane who may be long term and Adam Lallana who is still out. Captain Henderson is also still a doubt.
Bournemouth are without suspended Tyrone Mings and Andrew Surman is out with a knee problem, they also await fitness updates on a few others.
Liverpool are clear favourites for this and are @ 2/5 with most firms including Bet365. The draw is @ 17/4 with a few including PaddyPower and Bournemouth are @ 8/1 with a few including William Hill.
I think Liverpool will follow up their derby win here with another 3 points.