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Can Roberto Firmino (left) score against his former club?
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Liverpool aren't expected to slip up when they take on Southampton later - check out our best bets for Sunday's Premier League action.

Premier League recommended bets

3pts Bournemouth to beat Huddersfield at 6/4

1pt Junior Stanislas to score first in Huddersfield v Bournemouth at 10/1

2pts Liverpool -1 v Southampton on handicap at 11/5

2pts draw in Newcastle v Man United at 3/1

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Huddersfield v Bournemouth (1200 GMT, BT Sport)

Bournemouth have every right to be looking up the table with a view to reeling in Burnley and Leicester over the next few months and this looks a fine opportunity for them to keep up the good work.

Eddie Howe's side are being richly rewarded for their consistently positive approach and head to Yorkshire unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games.

The undoubted highlight from their point of view was the 3-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but I was equally impressed by the comeback win at home to Stoke last weekend and there’s got to be a lot of happy players in the camp on the back of that one.

Huddersfield are at a low ebb and can’t be recommended to bounce back here, though punters do appear to be putting faith in the Terriers.

They're just not good enough at the back to keep an in-form Bournemouth at bay and it's not hard to see a sixth straight league defeat for David Wagner's side.

The other potentially significant factor is that Huddersfield's Tuesday FA Cup replay went to extra-time and, while they eventually came through against Birmingham, now have a pretty exciting fifth-round home clash with Manchester United to look forward to next Saturday.

All things considered the away win looks fantastic value against a side who are really starting to struggle in the top flight and failed to muster a shot on target at Old Trafford last weekend.

I’m keen to supplement a bet in the match market with a pot-shot at the first goalscorer with Junior Stanislas standing out at the prices.

He's been used a little more sparingly this season by Howe but, after getting seven in all competitions last year, has remained a threat whenever he's on the pitch - scoring at Stoke and Chelsea this term - and his overlapping runs could cause Huddersfield all kinds of problems.

I expect the visitors to dominate possession and if Stanislas is given the nod for the third consecutive game, he’s worth backing at 10/1 to set the Cherries on their way to a fourth away win of the season.

Prediction: Huddersfield 1-3 Bournemouth (Matt Brocklebank)

Best Bet: Huddersfield to win at 6/4

Alternative: Junior Stanislas to score first at 10/1


Newcastle v Manchester United (1415 GMT, Sky Sports)

Newcastle need results - and fast.

Rafa Benitez's Magpies are without a win in their last four Premier League outings and they sit just a point above the bottom three with 12 games remaining.

So, what better game to follow than a home clash with Manchester United?

They welcome a Red Devils side essentially battling for runners-up spot, which they currently look good for with a five-point lead over Liverpool.

Jose Mourinho – whose side are understandably odds-on favourites for the St James' Park clash – may be tempted to rotate his side ahead of the Champions League last-16 meeting with Sevilla on Tuesday.

They have lost just one of their last 10 in the Premier League and Huddersfield are the only side outside the top six to have beaten them this term.

Benitez, who has had a lot to deal with this season both on and off the field, has often gone with a defensive approach against the top sides, which explains why they are yet to beat any of them yet this season. They need to start this game well in order to keep the home crowd on side.

The Magpies have been short of firepower all campaign and it has seen them fall short in recent weeks – drawing four of their last six games - and it looks worth backing them to grind out another point here.

Newcastle identified the need to strengthen and recruited in January. Loan addition Kenedy has shown promise, providing extra width and proving a real danger going forward, while another loan signing in Islam Slimani could be available to make his debut against a side without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind and Marouane Fellaini.

Mourinho has never won on Tyneside in the Premier League and Newcastle are taken to ensure that run continues given that their opponents could be a shade more vulnerable than the odds imply.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Manchester United (George Pitts)

Best Bet: Draw at 3/1

Alternative: Both teams to score at 21/20

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Kenedy has made a positive start in a Newcastle shirt

Southampton v Liverpool (1630 GMT, Sky Sports)

This should be pretty entertaining but I fear for the Saints.

Third-placed Liverpool, who were seconds from victory over Tottenham last week before conceding deep into injury time, really need three points to be sure of keeping their place in the top four.

Mauricio Pellegrino's Southampton, meanwhile, go into the weekend just two points clear of the bottom three and a win would go some way to easing their faint relegation fears.

The task of survival was made even tougher last month when they sold Virgil van Dijk to Sunday's opponents and the Dutchman is expected to start against his former club.

The defender scored on his Liverpool debut, a late header to beat Everton in the FA Cup, and he will be hoping to repeat that topical strike on his return to St Mary's. He can be backed at 15/2 anytime to score and 19/10 to help Liverpool keep a clean sheet.

With Mo Salah still in sensational form, it is hard to see anything but a victory for the Reds on the south coast. The Egypt international, with 21 goals in 25 league appearances, is pushing Harry Kane for the Golden Boot and I can see him adding to his impressive tally again here. That, of course, is dependent on whether he features, as Jurgen Klopp takes their busy schedule into consideration.

The German boss has rotated his squad more regularly this season and he might consider Wednesday's first-leg round of 16 clash at Porto in the Champions League. It would be slightly surprising to see Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all starting this one with that in mind.

Southampton should in theory be confident after a 3-2 victory at West Brom last time out. Midfielder Mario Lemina – the scorer of their stunning first goal – ran the show at the Hawthorns and he will be key to them getting something here, too.

It was an important win over the Baggies, as Southampton need to beat teams around them, but this one will be a considerably tougher task.

Although Liverpool can often slip up in fixtures they're expected to dominate, I don't think Saints will get anything positive from Sunday's meeting and the visitors should be backed conceding a goal start on the handicap.

Prediction: Southampton 0-3 Liverpool (George Pitts)

Best bet: Liverpool -1 v Southampton on handicap at 23/10

Alternative bet: Mo Salah to score two or more goals at 13/2

Posted at 1535 GMT on 09/02/18.

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