After a weekend full of FA Cup shocks, the Premier League returns over the next two nights as the fixtures continue to come thick and fast for a number of sides.
After an extended break Liverpool will look to maintain their push for the title against Leicester City, while Arsenal need to bounce back from their Cup exit to Man United on Friday when hosting Cardiff City
Both Wolves and West Ham suffered poor results in the FA Cup and both will be eager to return to winning ways.
Here our Premier League betting expert previews the games and picks out the best bets.
Arsenal v Cardiff City
On paper this should be a straightforward success for Unai Emery’s side, though the Gunners will be smarting from their Cup loss to an in-form Man United.
Emery’s charges had gone into that game on the back of a solid 2-0 home league win over a below-par Chelsea, so will keen to get back to winning ways.
Cardiff come into the match fresher having been knocked out of the FA Cup by League One side Gillingham in the third round. and while that will be a boost for the Welsh outfit, they are likely to be outclassed in north London.
The Bluebirds may prove tough to breakdown in the first half, but I fancy the Gunners to come through so a half time-full time bet on a draw-Arsenal win can be backed at 10/3.
Wolves v West Ham
Wolves won the corresponding fixture earlier in the season with a late Adama Traore strike sealing the three points for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side at the London Stadium.
The Molineux side may have made six changes for their FA Cup match against League One side Shrewsbury Town at the weekend, but still should have come through that game, and it was only a late Matt Doherty goal which earned them a replay.
West Ham will be smarting from their surprise FA Cup defeat to League One’s bottom team AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, and Manuel Pellegrini will definitely be after a massive reaction from the Hammers.
They’ have received the boost of Marko Arnautovic signing a new deal to stave off any late January fears of the Austrian making a move away from the London Stadium.
He is the man of the moment and it is hard to see him being too far away from the headlines in his first game back, so a bet on him to score anytime at 2/1 looks appealing
Liverpool v Leicester City
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will hope to keep their title charge on course with victory over Claude Puel’s Leicester City on Wednesday.
Both teams should have no excuses for tired legs in this one after both had a weekend off having been knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round to Wolves and Newport County respectively.
Of the 17 times Liverpool have broken the deadlock in the Premier League this season, they are yet to taste defeat and it is hard to see them coming up short here at Anfield, and they are 2/9 favourites to come out on top.
Leicester are no slouches though and proved that when beating the Reds’ title rivals Man City 2-1 at the King Power Stadium at the tail end of 2018.
Though I expect them to get turned over here, I fancy them to get on the scoresheet so a bet on Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 15/8 looks attractive.
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