With the FA Cup quarter finals taking place this weekend there is a much reduced set of fixtures in the Premier League on Saturday to take us into the international break. Indeed due to the cup matches there are just four fixtures on the day.
Usually we would have three kick off times to enjoy the action with but the early game comes in the FA Cup so in terms of the Premier League we have just three games at 3pm and one late match. We’ll go through them in kick off order.
Bournemouth vs West Brom
You could say that West Brom are drinking at the saloon of the last chance but in truth that hostelry closed its doors to the Baggies a while back and now it is just about who they are going to take down with them. Bournemouth will be hoping it isn’t them when they host Alan Pardew’s side on Saturday.
Bournemouth have gone four matches without a win although in that run they did manage to get a draw at Leicester and I don’t think they have been as bad as their results have suggested, one complete shambles at Huddersfield aside. West Brom on the other hand certainly have been and in truth they look like they’ve given up at times.
I’m surprised we can get 5/6 on Bournemouth to win this one. They might not be in the best form right now but this is the chance to get the three points they need to move onto the edge of safety. That is a chance I don’t think they will pass up.
Huddersfield Town vs Crystal Palace
Two sides deep in the mire at the wrong end of the table meet in a big match at the John Smith’s Stadium when Huddersfield Town, three places above the drop going into the game host Crystal Palace who occupy the final relegation place. Only three points separate these two which highlights the importance of this match.
Huddersfield have been a mighty tough side to call this season and I would imagine that difficulty is only going to get stronger while Crystal Palace remain without a load of injured players. Palace have lost their last four matches but the last three, against Tottenham, Man Utd and Chelsea respectively, they have been very competitive.
This offers a much more comfortable test for Roy Hodgson’s men and if they weren’t favourites to win I would probably have backed them but alas the odds look about right to me.
Stoke City vs Everton
Stoke City are the other side at the lower end of the table who are in action on Saturday afternoon when they play host to an inconsistent and to be honest quite frustrating Everton side.
Stoke go into this game off the back of being given a right run-around by Manchester City on Monday night while Everton had a rare win last week which might have given them the confidence to produce a decent spell of form over the remainder of the season.
This feels like a tight match which might not have much in it over the course of the 90 minutes so I would want some extreme value in order to get involved. There is none of that though so I’ll happily sit this one out I think.
Liverpool vs Watford
The final match of the day is the late game which comes from Anfield as Liverpool play host to Watford in a match that is significantly more important for the home side than it is for the visitors.
Liverpool are the only side in the top six in the table who are in action this weekend so you feel they need to capitalise on that with three points in this contest. Watford can play with freedom which has made them dangerous on their own patch but largely vulnerable away from home in recent times.
As ever when Liverpool play I’m going to wade into the goals in this match. Liverpool generally entertain and I don’t expect Watford to be able to contain them but Watford will certainly have chances going the other way. The pair played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road earlier in the season and I expect the goals to flow again here too.
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WON – Back Liverpool vs Watford – Over 3.25 goals for a 4/10 stake at 1.85 with Unibet
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