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5 Premier League bets to consider this weekend

The current top four are paired off against each other this Sunday, while we’ve backed wins for Man United and Liverpool.

Leicester's in-form winger and Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal.
Leicester's in-form winger and Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal.
Image: Paul Harding

1. Arsenal and Leicester to both score and draw (7/2)

AS LUCK WOULD have it, the Premier League’s top four all meet in a genuine Super Sunday and first up is the visit of unlikely leaders Leicester City to the Emirates.

The Foxes, beaten only twice all season, have been a breath of fresh air playing their no-frills style of football under Claudio Ranieri and the 3-1 destruction of Manchester City suggested they really can do the unthinkable and win the title.

Third-placed Arsenal claimed a slightly flattering 5-2 win when the teams last met and the Gunners will provide an even sterner test than last weekend’s ahead of a run of very winnable games for Leicester.

2. Harry Kane to score two or more goals (9/1)

It’s the turn of fellow Champions League spot occupants Manchester City and Tottenham to face off later on Sunday afternoon.

Outgoing City boss Manuel Pellegrini will want a reaction from his players after being rattled by the loss to Leicester last time out, but in Spurs they are up against league’s most in-form side, who come into the game on the back of four straight wins.

The Londoners claimed a 4-1 victory in the reverse fixtures back in September with Harry Kane among the goalscorers.

In the 15 matches Kane has scored this season, he has bagged two or more goals on four occasions so we’ve back the England striker to do something similar here .

3. Two draws – Crystal Palace v Watford (11/5) and Bournemouth v Stoke (23/20)

Both sitting in mid-table, neither Crystal Palace nor Watford have enjoyed a particularly fruitful 2016 thus far.

Palace have amassed four points from a possible 24 since the turn of the year, while the Hornets have done the very same during that period.

Meanwhile, Stoke City are going through a difficult patch of their own — they’re on a three-game winless run and without a goal in four.

Mark Hughes’ men are away to a Bournemouth team who have looked resurgent of late with wins over Crystal Palace and Norwich thanks to the goals of January signing Benik Afobe.

4. Over 3.5 goals in Everton v West Brom (11/5)

Britain Socccer Premier League Lukaku scored twice against the Baggies in September. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Only Leicester and Manchester City have scored more goals than Everton this season (46) and the Toffees have won their last three fixtures in all competitions by a 3-0 scoreline.

Roberto Martinez could be without goalkeeper Tim Howard and centre-half John Stones for the visit of West Brom — a team they beat 3-2 earlier in the season.

With 20 goals already during the current campaign, Romelu Lukaku will fancy his chances of scoring against the club he spent a season on loan with, while deadline day signing Oumar Niasse will be keen to impress if he makes his debut.

5. Away win double – Manchester United (4/5) and Liverpool (17/20)

Man United are at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon to face a Sunderland team no doubt buoyed after rescuing a draw at Anfield last weekend.

The Black Cats have battled hard in an attempt to drag themselves out of the relegation zone over the past couple of weeks but Sam Allardyce is without several first team players for the fixture.

Having gone out of the FA Cup in extra-time during their fourth round replay with West Ham in midweek, Liverpool turn their attentions back to climbing the league table when they take on relegation favourites Aston Villa on Sunday.

The Reds can once again call upon Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi, while Villa boss Remi Garde will have breathed a huge sigh of relief after securing a rare win against Norwich last weekend.

Which bets do you fancy this weekend? 

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