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Hazard to be first off the mark and 5 Premier League bets to consider this weekend

We’ve gone for Liverpool to win by one and plenty of goals in the Manchester derby.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Chelsea v Stoke City - Stamford Bridge Hazard: We're backing him to score first. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Treble: Swansea v Everton (11/5), Tottenham v Aston Villa (3/1), West Ham v Stoke (11/5) to all draw

Everton have won their last three Premier League matches but lost 3-0 to Swansea at the Liberty Stadium earlier in the season and drew 0-0 when the sides last met in November.

Over at White Hart Lane, Tim Sherwood has a tough task as he brings his Aston Villa team to the home of his former club, while we think it will be all-square between the Hammers and the Potters, who are level on 42 points, at Upton Park.

Away days: Arsenal to beat Burnley (4/7) and Crystal Palace to beat Sunderland (7/4)

Since losing out in the North London derby back in February, the Gunners have knuckled down in the Premier League and won their last seven on the bounce. If they play as well as they did in the 4-1 victory over Liverpool, 19th-placed Burnley won’t get near them.

Meanwhile, Alan ‘Pardiola’ and Palace have really clicked into gear recently and they could bring Sunderland, who have been beaten six times at the Stadium of Light this season, back down to reality after the Tyne-Wear derby win.

Eden Hazard to score first v QPR (9/2)

Chelsea go into Sunday’s game against relegation candidates QPR without top scorer Diego Costa, who will miss the next four games with a hamstring injury.

The champions-elect won’t be too worried as they have got fine replacements in Loic Remy and Didier Drogba, while Eden Hazard has netted 17 times for the club in the current campaign.

Incredibly, the little Belgian, who will make his 100th league appearance this weekend, has been first goalscorer a whopping nine times this season and you would have to fancy him — especially when you consider he is on penalty duty too.

Over 2.5 goals in the Manchester derby (8/11)

The most recent derby may have ended in a 1-0 win for the current champions but we’re expecting goals at Old Trafford on Sunday as seven of the last eight meetings prior to that saw three or more goals scored.

Then there were the two goal-fests — a 6-1 to Man City in 2011 and the 4-3 to Man United in 2009. Could we be in for another?

Liverpool to win 1-0 against Newcastle (6/1)

The Reds have been struggling to find the back of the net in recent weeks with Daniel Sturridge still not firing on all cylinders and Raheem Sterling without a goal since February. Brendan Rodgers’ side have managed a solitary goal in each of their last four matches while the Magies have lost by the odd one in three of their last four.

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