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Can Liverpool move back to the top of the league? Premier League tips

Ben Darvill 14 Mar 2019

Will West Ham add to Huddersfield's woes, can Brendan Rodgers' add another win to his time with Leicester, and will Liverpool backup their huge 3-1 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League by going back to the top of the Premier League? Read on for our 5 best bets for the games in the Premier League this weekend. 

West Ham vs Huddersfield (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

West Ham continue to be supremely inconsistent this season as the Hammers have not enjoyed what has been a toilsome run-in the league. 11 wins in 30 is not the most impressive of tallies, while they have drawn six times and lost a weighty 13 in a season in which they have struggled to remove themselves from the chasing pack. Indeed, their last game was a hugely disappointing 2-0 loss to a Cardiff side that had only won seven times prior to this. For the Hammers it has too often been a case of a win being followed by a loss, with extended runs of victory difficult to come by. Huddersfield meanwhile arrive with many already signing them off as relegated, and it is easy to see why. Just three wins in 30 have come along with five draws and 22 defeats, while they have scored just 15 goals, conceding 53 in that time. The 14 points they have picked up is simply not good enough, and they find themselves 16 points short of Burnley in 17th. With only eight games left to go, Huddersfield look like they will be playing Championship football next season. 

In this one, we feel the Hammers are the side to back despite their struggles for consistency. Seven wins, three draws and five defeats at home is a fairly good return, while it is far superior than Huddersfield’s one win on the road along with three draws and 10 defeats. While West Ham may have only won two of their last six games, they have remained unbeaten at home, winning twice and drawing once, while they have not lost since December 22, with three wins and two draws in this time. The Terriers on the other hand have not won an away game since November 25, with seven losses and one draw on the road in this time. Clearly, West Ham are the side to back here, but in order to add value to this bet, we are looking to back there to be over 1.5 goals as neither of the two sides have been good at keeping the goals out this season with both nearing the end of campaigns to forget. 

Burnley vs Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Burnley are just about keeping themselves out of the relegation zone as their celebrations of last year have disappeared to be replaced by the woes of a side battling the drop. Sean Dyche’s men are in desperate need of a number of wins as the eight they have is not enough. They sit just two points above Cardiff in 18th, with their last game ending in a 4-2 hammering at the hands of Liverpool as Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino both bagged braces. That defeat was their 16th of the season as they were absolutely dominated by a Reds side in a different league to them. Opponents Leicester arrive sitting in 10th in the league after a start that has seen them put 10 points between themselves and Cardiff in 18th, although that was clearly not enough for former-manager Claude Puel, as he was replaced by Brendan Rodgers. Last week saw the former-Celtic manager pick up his first win with the Foxes as they beat Fulham 3-1 at the King Power Stadium to move up to 10th. Despite the fact this is an away game, this is exactly the sort of contest Leicester have to win if they are going to climb up the table. 

Burnley have managed to pick up five wins at home this year along with two draws and seven losses, although their last game ended in a 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace, which was the second in a run of three-straight defeats. Leicester meanwhile got back to winning ways with a strong performance against Fulham, and we feel that the Rodgers’ effect will start to be felt by the side as they mould themselves to his new style. With Burnley’s struggles in mind along with the boost a new manager usually brings, we are backing the away side to win this one. 

Bournemouth vs Newcastle (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Bournemouth’s season has been an impressive one in parts, although they have also struggled at points throughout their campaign. Eddie Howe’s side have picked up 11 wins, four draws and 15 defeats which has helped them onto 37 points, meaning they are nine clear of Cardiff in 18th-place. The Cherries last match saw them come out on top in a 2-0 win over Huddersfield, and they desperately need to turn this into another win, as the side have been a bit too inconsistent of late, with relegation not totally out of sight yet. Newcastle arrive sitting in 13th-place after a fantastic run that has seen the side rise out of the relegation zone and towards safety. Rafael Benitez had come under huge pressure earlier in the season as the Magpies struggled with a threadbare squad. However, the Spaniard has worked his magic and they look like a side more-likely to survive in the league than the current bottom-three. There is currently a six point gap between themselves and Cardiff in 18th which was helped by their awesome 3-2 win over Everton in their last game which was sealed by a brace from Ayoze Perez as he netted in the 81st and 84th minute to take all three points. 

This game is an incredibly interesting one as Bournemouth have been strong at home, winning seven, drawing four and losing four and, while they have not won either of their last two home games, these came in a draw with a strong Wolves outfit and a loss to reigning-champions Manchester City. Prior to that, Bournemouth had managed to win four of their previous six home matches. Newcastle meanwhile have been fantastic at home this year, winning all of their last five games. Where they have struggled is on the road, where they have not won since December 15, with six games resulting in four defeats and two draws in this time. If this was being played at St James’ Park then we would back the Magpies, but we feel they are a different side on the road, and that the Cherries will come out on top, and they offer good value at 23/20.  

Fulham vs Liverpool (Sunday, 14:15 GMT)

Fulham continue to toil in the league as they have fallen to a massive 21 defeats this season and, with only four wins and five draws in 30, they have picked up a mere 17 points in this time. While they are three points clear of Huddersfield at the bottom of the table, they are a massive 13 behind Burnley and safety, with their Premier League status likely to be taken away from them at the end of the season. They had a big chance to get something out of the game against Leicester in their last match at 1-1, but they let themselves down as Jamie Vardy netted twice in eight second-half minutes to win the game for the Foxes and deal a hammer blow to Fulham’s hopes of avoiding relegation. Liverpool meanwhile arrive in great form with 22 wins in 30 along with just one defeat in this time. With Manchester City a point ahead of them, the Reds know they simply have to win this one against a relegation threatened side, and we think they will do just that.

Form wise, all four of Fulham’s wins this season have come at home, but they have drawn three times and lost seven, while they have lost every single one of their last six games. Liverpool meanwhile have nine wins on the road along with five draws and a single loss. It should be kept in mind that Liverpool’s last three away games have ended in draws, but two of these came against Manchester United and Everton, while we feel Liverpool’s huge 3-1 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday will have buoyed the side, and that they will return to their big scoring ways with a comfortable win against a Championship bound Fulham. 

Everton vs Chelsea (Sunday, 16:30 GMT)

Despite all of the recent investment in Everton, the club still find themselves sitting in the bottom-half of the table after 30 games which have resulted in just 10 wins, seven draws and 13 defeats. The 37 points they have picked up means they are currently a massive 23 points short of Arsenal in fourth, where the Toffees want to be. Too often the side have been guilty of dropping points, and they did just that last week as the let a 2-0 lead slip as Newcastle came back to win 3-2 in a contest they simply had to win, but didn’t. Everton’s problems have spanned the whole season, and they will have to wait until next year to try to challenge for a European spot. Chelsea on the other hand have renewed their hunt for a Champions League place after a big of a wobble after the turn of the year. 57 points from their 29 games is a decent total, and while they are a point short of Manchester United in fifth and three behind Arsenal in fourth, the Blues have a game in hand, and so could rise above their rivals and take fourth-place if they win their game in hand. What was most disappointing for Chelsea and their fans was the fact the side were held to a 1-1 home draw by Wolves last time out as the Blues dominated but simply could not find a way to defeat their opponents. 

At Goodison Park, Everton have been fairly inconsistent, winning six, drawing four and losing five times while, importantly, they have only won once in their last six, losing four and drawing one, while only one of their last eight games has resulted in a win. Chelsea on the other hand have not been great on the road this year, winning eight, drawing one and losing five, while they have only won one of their last four games on the road. Positively for the side is the fact they are unbeaten in their last three, beating Tottenham and Fulham before drawing with Wolves. In this one, we think the two will butt heads in a stalemate that does not really benefit either side but, with their 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, we believe the misfiring sides will draw yet again. 

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