A new round of Premier League fixture start this evening, starting with West Ham‘s visit to south London to take on Crystal Palace.
West Ham are in great form – they have not lost since before Christmas and have won their past three league games. They have also done well away from home, with wins at Everton and Leeds and a draw at in-form Southampton. Palace, by contrast, have just one victory in their last nine outings, that came against Sheffield United.
However, Palace welcome back Wilfried Zaha back, and the team will be fresh having not played since losing to Manchester City well over a week ago. We look for Palace to get something out of the game, and expect Zaha to score during the game, at 2/1.
Next up is the clash between Newcastle and Leeds. Newly-promoted Leeds have been one of the most entertaining sides of the Premier League season, but they have lost three in a row, failing to score in any of them. Fatigue may have caught up with them, which is just as well that they have just had a 10-day break!
Newcastle are in awful form – without a win in 10 games in all competitions, with seven defeats and only four goals in that period. We have to side with Leeds, and we’ll take a punt that winger Raphinha scores a goal at 5/2.
Southampton take on Arsenal at St. Mary’s Stadium this evening, in a repeat of Saturday’s FA Cup clash. The Saints won that tie 1-0, but they were hanging on at the end and they have only won one of their last six Premier League matches.
Arsenal made seven changes on the weekend, and are likely to bring fresh legs into their side while Southampton look likely to stick with the same time. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is missing, but this means Alexandre Lacazette will likely start for the Gunners, and we fancy him to score tonight, at 7/5.
The evening’s final match sees West Brom take on Manchester City at the Hawthorns. New Baggies’ manager Sam Allardyce has dragged some good performances out of his team since his return to the managerial hotseat, but these have mainly been away from home. His first three home matches have yielded heavy defeats against Aston Villa (3-0), Leeds (5-0) and Arsenal (4-0).
We think this trend is likely to continue tonight given the incentive of a win sending City to the top of the league, even if they are missing star midfielder Kevin de Bruyne through injury.
Ilkay Gundogan is likely to assume a leadership role in the midfield in de Bruyne’s absence. He has scored in City’s last two league games, and we’ll take a punt that he scores again tonight, at 13/8.
Zaha (Palace), Raphinha (Leeds), Lacazette (Arsenal) and Gundogan (Man City) all to score anytime, 4 trebles and a four-timer (prices from Paddy Power)