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Plenty of goals at Anfield and the Premier League bets to consider

We’re also backing Romelu Lukaku to come back to haunt his former club and Arsenal to draw with Stoke.

Ander Herrera scored when United and Liverpool met at Old Trafford in September.
Ander Herrera scored when United and Liverpool met at Old Trafford in September.
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Updated at 07.15

1. Draw double – Bournemouth v Norwich (5/2) and Southampton v West Brom (12/5)

BOURNEMOUTH AND NORWICH City are two of the clubs hovering just above the relegation zone heading into their meeting at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Harry Arter’s first Premier League goal couldn’t prevent the Cherries from going down 3-1 to West Ham on Tuesday and they are winless in the league for the past month.

Two points above them in 15th are the Canaries, who lost out by the same scoreline to Stoke in midweek.

Shane Long was on target as Southampton got back to winning ways at the expense of Watford after a run of three straight defeats but they won’t have it easy against an in-form West Brom side.

2. Lukaku to score first for Everton against Chelsea (11/2)

Back in August 2011, Chelsea paid €12 million for a raw 18-year-old who they hoped would one day replace the aging Didier Drogba.

After loan spells at West Brom and Everton, however, Jose Mourinho allowed Romelu Lukaku to leave permanently for the Toffees two years later.

With 19 goals this season, the Belgian striker looks set to record his most productive season in front of goal since arriving in English football.

And Lukaku would be only too happy to capitalise on the Blues’ suspect defence when he faces his old club.

3. Over 3.5 goals in Liverpool v Man United (11/4)

Both Liverpool and Manchester United took part in a thoroughly-entertaining 3-3 draws during the week, but could they produce something similar at Anfield on Sunday?

For United, Tuesday’s share of the spoils with Newcastle was the first time they had scored three times since October and captain Wayne Rooney finally appears to be rediscovering something like the form that is expected from him with four goals in his last three appearances.

A late volley saw Liverpool claim a deserved point at home to Arsenal with Roberto Firmino bagging the other two.

The reverse fixture ended in a 3-1 win to the Red Devils back in September, but it’s likely to be close and we think there will be goals.

4. Arsenal v Stoke draw and both teams to score (7/2)

In the not too distant past, the physical nature of Tony Pulis’ Stoke would have given some of the Arsenal players nightmares.

Current Potters boss Mark Hughes is doing a fine job in his own right, as their league position in seventh suggests, but their attacking game has evolved with the arrival of technical players like Bojan, Shaqiri, Afellay and Arnautovic.

They have already shown they can still mix it with the big boys with wins over Man City, Man United and Chelsea and this will be a tough test for the current league leaders.

5. Watford to win -1 against Swansea (6/1)

Swansea chairman Hew Jenkins must be questioning his decision to sack Garry Monk after failing to bring in a replacement and settling with Alan Curtis for the remainder of the season.

Since Monk left on 9 December, the Swans have won once in six league outings and crashed out of the FA Cup to League Two Oxford United last weekend.

Watford have fallen to tenth in the table after three league losses on the trot but with Player of the Month for December Odion Ighalo in their team they have more than enough to prevail away at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night.

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