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Burnley are backed to make it consecutive victories when they face West Ham in our betting preview of Saturday's seven Premier League matches

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1pt Burnley to beat West Ham at 27/10

1pt draw in Newcastle v Southampton at 11/5

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Manchester United v Liverpool (1230 GMT, Sky Sports Main Event)

Saturday's early kick-off is the mouth-watering tie of the Premier League weekend, with old rivals Manchester United and Liverpool meeting at Old Trafford.

Liverpool come into the clash having lost just one of their last ten away games, a 5-0 demolition of FC Porto in the Champions League being the highlight of that run.

Jose Mourinho's Manchester United have won their last four at Old Trafford and will have to contain Liverpool's impressive attack if they are to add to that run.

The two played out a 0-0 draw when they met at Anfield back in October, and you'd expect another close game with both sides battling it out for second place in the Premier League standings.

United have conceded just once in their last five home matches but will have to be at the top of their game to keep out the influential trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah.

Besides runaway leaders Manchester City, Liverpool are the highest-scoring Premier League side having found the net 67 times in 29 games, that's 11 more than Manchester United.

Despite the attack, the defence has leaked goals previously and they've conceded the most out of the top five sides. When it comes to looking for value, goals would be the obvious place to look but United have shown that under Mourinho they can 'park the bus' and focus on defence.

Under 2.5 goals can be found at even money which may be a likely outcome if it ends up being the close encounter that we've come to expect.

Salah is battling Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero for the Premier League Golden Boot after a storming season on his return to England. The Egyptian is in fine form having scored seven goals in as many games. He can be found around the 6/4 mark to net anytime.

Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool (Sky Bet odds - 5/1) (Tom Carnduff)

Best bet: Under 2.5 goals at evens

Alternative bet: Mo Salah to score anytime at 6/4


Everton v Brighton (1500 GMT)

In-form Brighton & Hove Albion travel to Merseyside on Saturday to face Sam Allardyce's Everton with both sides sitting comfortably in mid-table.

Chris Hughton's men are unbeaten in their last seven in all competitions, with five wins in that run including a 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Amex Stadium last time out.

Despite back-to-back defeats in recent weeks, Everton can take confidence from consecutive victories at Goodison Park and the fact that they have lost just two of their last ten games at home.

Everton will be without Ashley Williams after he was shown a straight red card in last week's defeat to Burnley. The 33-year-old has been a regular feature of the the Toffees' back-line this season, featuring in 34 games in total.

With Everton's good decent home record under Allardyce, and with Brighton on a great run of form at the moment, I'd be looking towards a draw for the likely outcome in this one. Both sides to secure a point can be found around the 11/5 mark.

When it comes to goalscorers, Glenn Murray has 13 goals this season and sits as Brighton's top scorer. He's also scored five goals in as many games for the Seagulls and looks good value at 12/5 to find the net again on Saturday.

This is one of those games that could go either way, but I'd be expecting both sides to leave with a point at the end of play.

Prediction: Everton 1-1 Brighton (Sky Bet odds - 9/2) (TC)

Best bet: Draw at 58/25

Alternative bet: Glenn Murray to score anytime at 27/11


Huddersfield v Swansea (1500 GMT)

Huddersfield Town host Swansea City at the John Smith's Stadium with both sides looking to avoid the drop to the Sky Bet Championship.

The Swans are on a great run of form which has seen them lose just one of their last ten in all competitions, that coming in the 4-1 hammering away at Brighton. For Huddersfield, they've lost six of their last ten games and won just one of their last eight at home.

Both sit three points above the relegation zone and they know that whoever wins will be taking a massive step in the right direction to safety.

Swansea have seen a huge revival under Carlos Carvalhal as they seemed all but relegated before he took over. They come into this one as 9/4 outsiders which seems a big price given their recent run of form.

Both teams have scored in seven of Swansea's last ten away games and you'd be looking at both teams to find the net given the importance of the fixture at this time of season. That can be found as big as 11/10 which might be worth exploring.

For Town, Aaron Mooy is a doubt as he's missed their recent games with a knee injury. Elias Kachunga also misses out as he's on the long-term injury list. Carvalhal will be without Wilfried Bony, Leroy Fer, Angel Rangel and Renato Sanches for the trip to West Yorkshire.

Jordan Ayew has scored in his last two outings and will be eager to find the net again to help Swansea secure victory. He's 3/1 to find the net anytime which looks good value to me given how he currently sits as their top scorer with ten in all competitions this season.

It should be a close encounter despite Swansea's huge victory over West Ham last time out, but it's one that they will be aiming to secure another three points given the run they find themselves on.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 1-2 Swansea City (Sky Bet odds - 11/1) (TC)

Best bet: Jordan Ayew to score anytime at 3/1

Alternative bet: Swansea City to win at 9/4


Newcastle v Southampton (1500 GMT)

If there was such a thing as a six-pointer then this would be it as Southampton make the long trip to the North East to face Newcastle with both sides standing nervously on the edge of the Premier League abyss.

There’s only one place, one point, and a goal difference of one between these two, with Newcastle just above the Saints but by no means safe in what’s turning out to be a real scramble to beat the drop.

Even in form purposes they’ve both won just once in six and, while Southampton have lost just once in the last 10, they’ve had a league-high 13 draws this season, including seven 1-1 stalemates – that scoreline is a 9/2 shout.

Goals may be of short supply, Rafa Benitez’s side have scored just 12 at home all season, while Saints were booed off after a 0-0 with Stoke last time out – nether side have been playing adventurous football and this could be a game filled more with nerves than quality.

Newcastle are still missing Jonjo Shelvey and Islam Slimani, while Southampton are without Charlie Austin and Mayo Yoshida.

With confidence visibly low for both sides it’s hard to see just where goals will come from apart from mistakes, under 2.5 goals at 8/13 seems a near certainty while 6/4 on a goalless first half is a sensible option.

First goal could be the winner, but there have been enough draws from both sides of late to indicate that both could find the net – even if it doesn’t result in three points.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Southampton (Sky Bet odds - 9/2) (Paul Higham)

Best bet: Draw at 21/10

Alternative bet: No first half goal at 6/4


West Brom v Leicester (1500 GMT)

It looks more a case of ‘when’ West Brom will be relegated now rather than ‘if’ – so this seems like the perfect opportunity for Leicester to end their five-game winless run.

The Foxes will be boosted by Riyad Mahrez recent comments about feeling good and focused at the club despite after his failed move to Manchester City – he scored a stunning free kick to rescue a point last week and is 5/2 to find the net again this weekend.

Five straight defeats looks to have condemned the Baggies to life in the Championship, despite Alan Pardew insisting they have deserved better in some games – nine points from safety with nine games left looks far too big a gap to bridge.

West Brom have only won three games all season and have drawn the second-most in the league (11) – while the Foxes have 10 stalemates themselves so the draw (at 9/4) might look like the way to go.

However, a draw is no good for West Brom while Leicester have nothing to lose in eighth place but really could do with a win even just to boost their confidence ahead of their FA Cup tie with Chelsea.

If Shinji Okazaki is fit enough to play he’ll offer a boost of energy up front for Leicester, while Gareth Barry is a doubt and if he misses out he’ll join Daniel Sturridge, Nacer Chadli, James Morrison and Hal Robson-Kanu on the injury list.

Nothing seems to be going right for West Brom of late and it’s hard to see this game being the one to offer them a glimmer of hope – especially given Leicester’s run of three straight wins at The Hawthorns..

Prediction: West Brom 0-2 Leicester (Sky Bet odds - 10/1) (PH)

Best bet: Leicester to win at 6/4

Alternative bet: Riyad Mahrez to score in 90 minutes at 5/2


West Ham v Burnley (1500 GMT)

The Hammers have been hammered 4-1 in consecutive away games that have drawn them back towards the relegation zone as they prepare to welcome Burnley to the London Stadium.

The Clarets, in contrast, are on a high after ending their 11-game winless run with a comeback victory over Everton last week, and sit in a lofty seventh place in the table, ten points above of West Ham.

David Moyes’ side are just three points above the drop zone ahead of two crucial home encounters – with Southampton up next – that could well decide their premier League status.

Moyes has huge headaches in defence, with Winston Reid and Sam Byram lost for the season and James Collins and Angelo Ogbonna struggling, it could be another makeshift defence on show.

Andy Carroll, Edimilson Fernandes and Pedro Obiang are also long-term absentees and Arthur Masuaku remains suspended – it really does look like a desperate time for Moyes.

Sean Dyche does have injury problems of his own – Scott Arfield is a doubt while Steven Dafour, Jonathan Walter and Robbie Brady are injured, but that win over Everton makes life a lot more comfortable and there’s no doubt who will be more confident.

Prediction: West Ham 1-2 Burnley (Sky Bet odds - 11/1) (PH)

Best bet: Burnley to win at 27/10

Alternative bet: Over 2.5 goals at 11/8


Chelsea v Crystal Palace (1730 GMT, BT Sport 1)

Two of the Premier League's out of form sides meet in Saturday's late kick-off as Chelsea take on Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's hopes of a top four finish are fading away by the game and they now find themselves five points away from Spurs who occupy the final Champions League spot.

They've seen back-to-back defeats in recent weeks having lost to both Manchester United and Manchester City whilst managing to secure a draw against Barcelona in their European first-leg tie.

For Palace, they're currently on a run of of just one win in their last five away games, that coming in the 2-1 victory over Southampton in their first game of 2018.

Roy Hodgson's side are one of the worse teams in the division when playing away, picking up just two wins away from Selhurst Park and ten points in their 14 games on their travels.

Despite their form, they have been able to find the net away. They've scored in their last six away games in all competitions, despite most ending in defeat. For me, given Chelsea's attacking power and Palace's ability to score away, goals may be the market to explore.

Both Teams to Score can be found at 6/5 which may be the way to go in finding value in a market that is heavily in favour of the home side.

Despite struggling, as did most of his team, in last week's defeat to Manchester City, Eden Hazard remains as Chelsea's top scorers and netted a brace in their last Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge, that coming in the 3-0 victory over Palace's relegation rivals West Brom.

The Belgian can be found at 11/10 to find the net at anytime, with odds of 7/2 available on him to score the first goal of the evening.

Another market to look at may be corners. Four of the last five meetings between these two sides has seen 12 or more corners taken. Over 11.5 corners can be found as big as 6/4.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace (Sky Bet odds - 8/1) (TC)

Best bet: Both Teams to Score at 6/5

Alternative bet: Over 11.5 corners at 6/4

Posted at 1630 GMT on 08/03/18

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