Premier League Preview: Who Cares Less About This Weekend, Bilic or Hughes?

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Premier League Preview: Who Cares Less About This Weekend, Bilic or Hughes?

Sam Tighe

Stoke City vs. West Ham: Over 2.5 Goals (4 / 5, Ladbrokes)

There have been over 2.5 goals in each of Stoke City’s last three home matches in the Premier League, and we’re back them to extend that streak to four.

The Potters have had an incredibly strange season which, in many ways, has been absolutely terrible, and almost every player right now (bar the obvious few) seem to be playing for their futures.

Mark Hughes is as grumpy as ever, but his opposite number for the day Slaven Bilic could give him a good run for his money in the sulking department. His squad have all been largely rubbish too (again, bar the obvious few) and here’s hoping it all combines to form a begrudged, chaotic display of goals.

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

Crystal Palace vs. Burnley: Both Teams To Score Yes (10/11, Ladbrokes)

Premier League football comes back around fast, huh? That’s what Crystal Palace, will be thinking as they gear up for their third game inside the space of seven days. The crammed nature of these recent fixtures makes fatigue the No. 1 enemy of Sam Allardyce right now, and to lose Mamadou Sakho on a stretcher against Tottenham was rotten luck.

Palace’s sheen of invincibility of late has, largely, been predicated on the very presence of Sakho, who has transformed this team since arriving on loan. Without him it might just be the hosts become fallible again, and they come up against a team who could really use a point here.

Burnley winning away? It doesn’t happen, but they have scored in all but two of their last 10 away games, according to WhoScored.com.

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Everton vs. Chelsea: Both Teams To Score Yes (4/6, Ladbrokes)

OK, it’s not the greatest value bet out there this weekend, but you know those incredibly dangerous words – “printing money” – that sometimes pop into your head when you see a bet you love? Yeah, that’s BTTS Yes in this fixture.

Everton, and more specifically Romelu Lukaku, are phenomenal on Goodison Park turf, and Chelsea haven’t kept a clean sheet in the league for more than three months. It seems obvious that miserly streak will continue.

Of course, Chelsea have plenty of firepower themselves, and with Diego Costa remembering how to play football on Tuesday, the Blues look more ominous than ever in front of goal themselves.

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Can't see past this chap getting a goal or two at the weekend. (Source: SkySports)

Tottenham vs. Arsenal: Spurs HT/FT (11/5, Ladbrokes)

Spurs HT/FT has rarely led us down a dark path this season, though this is a particularly risky time to pull the trigger on it. No matter how obviously better Tottenham are than Arsenal, derbies are horrible to predict so this is a bold call.

Still, you get the impression Spurs will just treat it like any other game and attempt to run over their opponents as usual, overwhelming them early, scoring early and taking up a commanding position in the game. Arsenal are not Chelsea on a Saturday afternoon at Wembley; they will wilt.

Spurs have won their last 12 games at home in the Premier League. Ridiculous.

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