West Ham vs. West Brom: Both Teams To Score Yes (8/11 with Ladbrokes)
Gone are the days, seemingly, where Tony Pulis’ West Brom prioritise clean sheets over goals. Ben Foster’s only kept five shutouts this season – a total bettered by no less than seven goalkeepers this season and more than doubled by Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois.
In place of the usual reductive approach is a genuine attacking one. Pulis has legitimate weapons in his arsenal and has recently tweaked his system to re-energise the midfield goalscoring threat of James Morrison.
Since October, the Hammers have only failed to score twice at home in the league – and that was to each of the Manchester clubs. Both to score here looks good.
Sunderland vs. Southampton: Jermain Defoe Anytime (13/8 with Ladbrokes)
After we enjoyed emphatic success with our Romelu Lukaku anytime goalscorer bet against AFC Bournemouth last week, we’re delving back into the same market for Jermain Defoe against Southampton.
Last weekend, the terraces watched on in shock as Andy Carroll sauntered in behind Maya Yoshida to convert West Ham’s equaliser at St. Mary’s Stadium. If a big, lumbering target man can do that, think what Defoe might manage at the Stadium of Light on Saturday?
Claude Puel knows he has a problem in defence – it’s why he’s trying to secure Martin Caceres’ signature – but the Uruguayan won’t receive clearance quickly enough to help out on Saturday even if he agrees a deal.
Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Under 2.5 Goals (17/20 with Ladbrokes)
Given the attacking star power on show, we wouldn’t blame you for predicting goals galore in this fixture. How could Harry Kane, Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Dele Alli, among others, combine for less than three?
Well, the football played when these two teams meet has been nothing short of breathless thus far. They’ve clashed four times since Jurgen Klopp’s inception as manager and on each occasion the press-heavy approaches have collided head on. There’s so little space and so little time on the ball, only once have three goals or more been managed, per WhoScored.com.
With the goals drying up for both sides recently, it wouldn’t surprise to see them nullify each other across the pitch and pave the way for a low-scoring affair.
Swansea City vs. Leicester City: Swansea Win (11/8 with Ladbrokes)
Until Leicester City actually win a game in the Premier League away from home, it only makes sense to continue betting against them on their travels. So that’s exactly what we’re doing.
The Foxes’ away record is the second-worst in the division (three points from 12 fixtures), and have been held scoreless at Middlesbrough, Southampton and Burnley in succession. These aren’t exactly stellar sides, so the fact Claudio Ranieri’s men have barely threatened in any of these fixtures is concerning.
Conversely, Paul Clement has Swansea trending in the right direction. They’re hard to beat thanks to rigorous defensive coaching, and added some nice pieces to compliment Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson in January.