Hull City vs. Swansea City: Both Teams To Score Yes (8/11, Ladbrokes)
The outcome of this match is incredibly tough to call as both are fighting tooth and nail to avoid relegation. In those situations, things get a bit desperate, with mistakes often creeping into games and deciding fates.
With that in mind, we’re steering clear of calling a winner, but opting for both to score. Fernando Llorente is sure to give Hull City’s injury-hit back line a torrid time, while the Swans have issues of their own at right-back. There are weak points in both teams and it’d surprise greatly if they weren’t exploited from each end.
Everton vs. West Brom: Everton Win, Both To Score (11/4, Ladbrokes)
West Brom have struggled to find a winning formula away from home, claiming victory in just one of their last six games away from The Hawthorns, per WhoScored.com. Given Everton’s home record is the sixth-best in the division, having taken 15 points from their last possible 18 at Goodison Park, it feels easy to back the home win here.
But odds of 8/13 for the outcome aren’t compelling, so to swing them back the right way, backing both to net but Everton still to win appeals. The Baggies may not gather too many points on the road but they’re only held scoreless by the best defences, and Ronald Koeman can’t claim to have one of those.
Liverpool vs. Burnley: Both Teams To Score Yes (11/10, Ladbrokes)
This fixture screams home victory, but I can’t be the only person to feel a certain reluctance in backing this Liverpool team in perceived “routine” home games. For every victory over Tottenham or Arsenal, there’s been a gutting loss to Hull or Leicester City just around the corner.
So I’m staying well clear of the result yet again.
And unless you’re willing to back Burnley in some fashion (and that’d be bold, considering they’ve accrued only two away points this season), that leaves you on BTTS again. That Liverpool defence could well cave against the physical threat of Sam Vokes or Ashley Barnes, and the speed of Andre Gray on the counter did so much damage when these two teams met early in the season.
AFC Bournemouth vs. West Ham: Bournemouth win (6/4, Ladbrokes)
Neck on the line time. As enticing as BTTS is, I literally couldn’t bring myself to tip it a fourth time. If I make this fence any more comfortable I’ll never get off it.
West Ham, structurally speaking, are a bit of a mess, key men are out of form and unless they change their right-back, goals will continue to be conceded. There’s only so much Darren Randolph can do to stymie opposing teams.
The Cherries haven’t exactly been rolling from an attacking perspective so this is a slight leap of faith, but with the hosts fighting for survival and the visitors essentially safe, motivation may come into play here and pave the way for three precious points for Eddie Howe.