Premier League Preview: Gameweek 315 min read
There are only eight rounds of fixtures left to play in the Premier League season, and attention turns to the bottom end of the table where just seven points separate Brighton in 12th place and second-from-bottom Stoke City.
Bournemouth can pull themselves further away from danger with a win over bottom side West Brom, while there is a real six-pointer at the Kirklees Stadium as Huddersfield Town host Crystal Palace.
Liverpool also have a chance to bounce back from their loss at Old Trafford as they entertain Watford at Anfield.
Bournemouth v West Brom
Both of these sides lost 4-1 at home last weekend and West Brom’s defeat at the hands of Leicester was probably their death knell as far as their Premier League status is concerned.
The Cherries played their part in a cracking game against Spurs on Sunday and I would be surprised if they did not get back to winning ways having scored in their last 11 league games.
Bournemouth to win at
Huddersfield v Crystal Palace
Palace were thrashed by Huddersfield at Selhurst Park on the opening day of the season and the Eagles find themselves back in the bottom three having lost their last four in a row.
The hosts start the day four points above the drop zone and a draw would not be the worst result in the world for the Terriers. Palace have only kept five clean sheets so far this season and I expect to see goals at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Both teams to score at
Stoke City v Everton
A massive game for Stoke City who have not won in their last three home games under Paul Lambert. The Potters were no match for City on Monday, but they will have targeted maximum points against Everton – this is a game they simply cannot afford to lose.
Everton have lost their last five PL away games and will miss the creativity of the injured Gylfi Sigurdsson, but Cenk Tosun has scored in his last couple of games for the Blues who I feel will take a point.
Game to finish in a draw at
Liverpool v Watford
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 17 home league games and I expect the Reds to return to winning ways after the disappointment of last weekend’s Old Trafford defeat.
Jurgen Klopp has never lost back-to-back in the PL and the Reds put six past the Hornets in the corresponding game last season. The sides shared six goals at Vicarage Road on the opening day of the season and I expect to see goals at Anfield – with Liverpool getting more than their fair share.
Liverpool to win and both teams to score at
My weekend wager:
Bournemouth, Manchester United and Liverpool at