Premier League Preview: Don’t Expect Clean Sheets; Even Boro-Burnley Will Be Swamped With Goals

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Premier League Preview: Don’t Expect Clean Sheets; Even Boro-Burnley Will Be Swamped With Goals

Sam Tighe

Manchester City vs. Hull City: Over 3.5 Goals (1/1, Ladbrokes)

Marco Silva is rightly drawing praise for the work he’s done with Hull City since taking the reins from Mike Phelan; he’s got the Tigers picking up points, scoring goals and looking formidable on home soil.

But one thing he hasn’t fixed is their struggles on the road; they’ve got the second-worst record away from home, picking up just five points and scoring just seven goals. Headed to the Etihad Stadium to take on a Manchester City side in dire need of victory, this can’t be fuelling confidence.

City find clean sheets hard to come by so Hull might be good for a goal, but they’ll also be soundly beaten. In a game difficult to extract betting value from, Over 3.5 at evens is a little out there, but you can see it coming in.

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Middlesbrough vs. Burnley: Over 2.5 Goals (11/8, Ladbrokes)

Under Aitor Karanka, Middlesbrough were an Under 2.5 Goals machine; rarely did they exceed a goal scored themselves, and they squeezed the life out of games to prevent the opposition racking them up too.

But under Steve Agnew, and given their current situation, this is changing. The caretaker manager is encouraging them to push forward and attack more, giving Stewart Downing his place back in the side and Adama Traore license to move around and dribble forward.

This opens holes at the other end, and Burnley’s Andre Gray will take full advantage. We’re not expecting a 4-2 scoreline such as the one we saw in midweek, but when things get desperate down the bottom, goals tend to flow.

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Stoke City vs. Liverpool: Both Teams To Score Yes (8/11, Ladbrokes)

Liverpool travel to Stoke in a fragile spot. Having thrown points away against AFC Bournemouth AGAIN in midweek and with the absence of Sadio Mane on everyone’s minds, confidence will be low.

But fortunately for them, the Potters’ confidence levels likely won’t be any higher. They’ve lost three in a row, Mark Hughes is drawing the ire of the supporters with his strange team selections, and many of their key players are in a rough patch of form.

With a Liverpool win (17/20) a not too dissimilar price to BTTS Yes (8/11), cover yourself in an unpredictable matchup by opting for goals at both ends.

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AFC Bournemouth vs. Chelsea: Over 2.5 Goals (8/11, Ladbrokes)

Chelsea are seen as a steely, stubborn side who give up no quarter, but have you checked when they last kept a Premier League clean sheet? January 22, against Hull City at home. That really doesn’t paint the picture of a team who are simply shutting opponents down at will.

The Blues have been frequently forced to score two or more to win games – hardly an issue for them, given they have goals coming from all angles and the two outstanding attacking players this season playing for them – and this does open the door for a shock result here and there.

While we’re not tipping the Cherries for a momentous victory against the champions-elect, it is feasible Josh King continues his remarkable streak of form and forces the Blues to strike twice.

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