Premier League Preview: Clear Winners Everywhere…Except In Sunderland vs. Burnley

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Premier League Preview: Clear Winners Everywhere…Except In Sunderland vs. Burnley

Sam Tighe

Crystal Palace vs. Watford: Palace Win (17/20, Ladbrokes)

Palace and Watford are two clubs who seem to be heading in different directions. While the former have picked up markedly, winning two on the bounce and three of their last six, the latter are struggling for traction and boast a paltry away record in the Premier League.

With The Eagles at home, finding their feet thanks to the introduction of Mamadou Sakho and Luka Milivojevic and the rejuvenation of Andros Townsend, it’s comfortable to back them outright. Add in the fact the Hornets have lost seven of their last nine away games, per WhoScored.com, and the decision becomes even easier.

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Hoping Christian Benteke proves a POINT this weekend. Geddit? (Source: The Mirror)

Everton vs. Hull City: Everton HT/FT (5/4, Ladbrokes)

Everton have won five straight at home in the Premier League, and names taken down include Manchester City (4-0), Southampton (3-0) and West Bromwich Albion (3-0). They’re a force with the Goodison Park crowd roaring them on.

In four of those last five games, they’ve taken the lead in the first half, with goalscoring threats Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas and Ross Barkley all doing damage. Pit this against a Hull City side who often lose all manner of composure away from home, having lost 12 of their last 13 games on the road and you’ve got what feels dangerously akin to a “dead cert.”

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West Brom vs. Arsenal: Arsenal Win (7/10, Ladbrokes)

West Brom hit the magical 40-point mark at the tail end of February, and although they are in no way in the midst of a relegation scrap, it’s possible they might have hit a mental barrier. Nine points off Manchester United in sixth and a whopping 16 above 18th…what’s left to play for?

The Baggies’ performances and Tony Pulis’ decisions certainly speak of a relaxing, with the squad rotated for the loss to Everton and the boss trying new things. It feels like the perfect bounceback game for Arsenal, who must now begin clawing their way back toward the top four.

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Sunderland vs. Burnley: Under 2.5 Goals (4/6, Ladbrokes)

Sunderland vs. Burnley is without doubt one of the most important, critical fixtures on the Premier League list this weekend, but it’s also likely to be last on Match of the Day.

Tight, gritty, nervy…add your similarly themed adjectives here to convey how difficult a watch this one’s going to be. Burnley away from home have been legitimately terrible, but Sunderland are rock-bottom and battling an injury list to rival a world war. Someone’s going to win this 1-0, but an Under 2.5 buffer gives you that extra security of a second goal.

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