Premier League | Manchester City set to add to West Ham’s woes

There are just four Premier League fixtures this weekend. However, the good news is that all four are live on the box and there’s sure to be some cracking clashes.

With West Ham, Bournemouth, Watford and Brighton all in action, it looks set to be a big weekend for clubs looking to do their best to stay in the division next season.

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Eagles can soar away with a point

Just three points separate Everton and Crystal Palace in the table yet the hosts are priced up at 8/13 to land the victory. A quick look at their recent home form suggests why with three wins and two draws from their previous five.

However, a 2-2 draw at home to Newcastle, their last game at Goodison Park, isn’t exactly a huge confidence booster when it comes to taking the short price on offer. Especially as Crystal Palace are no mugs on their travels.

They may not have won on the road in their last five attempts. But they have come away with at least a share of the spoils on four of those occasions, including at Manchester City last time out.

There’s no value in backing Everton and certainly, no assurances of ‘which’ Everton will turn up. Instead, the draw looks value at 14/5.

All square at the Amex

A lot can be read into Brighton’s draw against West Ham last weekend. After all, they came from behind twice to snatch a point at the London Stadium despite the Hammers leading both 2-0 and 3-1.

You could argue that it showed true character and belief from everybody in a Seagulls shirt. But anybody who was at that game could see that in truth it was a capitulation from West Ham that handed them a share of the spoils.

Though they didn’t lose, Brighton fans must be worried that they conceded three goals against a side who sit in the relegation zone and the majority of other teams in the division would have used their experience to see the result out.

Seeing the result out was also an issue for Watford last week, with the Hornets themselves blowing a two-goal lead only for Theo Walcott to tap the ball home late in the day to seal all three points.

A defeat would drag both towards the foot of the table and although both will see it as a must-win and a winnable match, they also know a defeat could be the first step to the Championship, so at 12/5 the draw is the best bet.

Blades to slice through Cherries

Five points off the Champions League qualifications spots – not bad for a Sheffield United side tipped by many to go straight back down following their promotion to the Premier League.

It has been a season to remember for Blades fans and though they are likely to fall short when it comes to qualifying for the competition, a Europa League spot is well within their capabilities as we head into the business end of the season.

Three points in their Sunday clash with Bournemouth would give their chances a boost and it’s difficult to see them losing against a side which has taken just four points from a possible 27 on the road in recent months.

Eddie Howe’s men sit only two points above the dreaded drop zone and they could find themselves inside come the end of the weekend unless they can score their first away goal in three games having netted just one on the road in their last five.

Though not a big price, Sheffield United to win at 7/10 looks the banker of the weekend.

City can Hammer Moyes and Co

West Ham are desperate for three points as they look to evade relegation, so a trip to the Etihad Stadium to take on a wounded Manchester City is the last thing David Moyes’ outfit need this weekend.

Having been dubbed ‘too good to go down’ during the 2003 Premier League season with players such as Jermain Defoe, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick in their ranks, the Hammers duly went down and the players are doing their very best to repeat history.

Things looked a whole lot rosier at half-time of their game against Brighton last weekend when 2-0 up. That is until they capitulated and threw away two goals (twice) and two points ahead of unenviable consecutive away fixtures against both City and Liverpool.

Though beaten by Tottenham last time out and with little to play for in the league with Liverpool 22 points clear, it’s difficult to see anything other than a one-sided affair in Manchester this weekend.

The Hammers have won just three of their previous 19 outings in the Premier League and have lost their previous 10 games against Manchester City. In that time, the Citizens have netted an incredible 35 goals, including 5-0 earlier this season.

Unsurprisingly, Manchester City to win is 1/12 so back the home side to score over 3.5 goals at Evens instead.




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