Premier League Weekend Betting Preview: Title race hots up

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As another full schedule of Premier League fixtures await us, we take a look at the bets you should be considering ahead of the weekend action.

This is the last round of matches before yet another international break – do they ever end? – as the 20 top flight sides do battle.

Last weekend offered up plenty of interesting action, with Liverpool’s 4-2 win at Crystal Palace keeping them level on points at the top of the table with Man City and Arsenal, who also won.

There were home draws for Man United and Tottenham, Everton got the better of the West Ham at Goodison Park and Chelsea secured victory at Southampton.

There is a plethora of entertainment to look forward to in the coming days – here are the some of the standout odds provided by freebetsmate.com from the 10 Premier League games.

Current Top-Four

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 29, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp waves to the travelling supporters after his side's 4-2 victory over Crystal Palace during the FA Premier League match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The title race looks set to be very tight this season, with City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea sitting in the current Champions League places, just one point apart.

Leaders City have what should be a routine afternoon at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday, with Pep Guardiola’s side 2/9 to add three more points to their tally.

Backing the hosts to win both halves (11/20) looks better value-for-money, though, and is likely to come in.

Arsenal take on Spurs in an eagerly-anticipated north London derby on Sunday lunchtime, with a win for either side ensuring bragging until their next league meeting in the spring.

The Gunners are the 19/20 favourites to get the better of Mauricio Pochettino’s slightly under-performing side, with the visitors 11/4 for the win.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 29, 2016: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Crystal Palace during the FA Premier League match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool are expected to overcome Watford at Anfield on Sunday (2/7), and backing Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho to score anytime, at 11/10 and 5/4, respectively, looks a good bet.

Equally, selecting over 3.5 goals in the game (11/8) would be a shrewd decision, given the Reds’ brilliance in front of goal, and rather leaky defence.

Chelsea have won their last four matches in the Premier League, not conceding in that time, but they should be given a stern examination by Everton on Saturday evening.

The Blues are 11/20 to seal a win at Stamford Bridge, but Everton‘s odds of 5/1 look tempting, even though they have been woeful away to the top teams in recent years.

The draw is 3/1, which is also very reasonable value.

Other Premier League Matches

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Boxing Day, Saturday, December 26, 2015: Leicester City's manager Claudio Ranieri before the Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Man United have made a surprisingly poor start to the season, with Jose Mourinho not having the impact many expected him to have.

Liverpool’s bitter rivals face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, with odds of an away win currently 8/11. For all their current struggles, that looks worth a punt, given the fact that Swansea are 19th in the table.

Should you feel that United will lose again, however, Bob Bradley’s hosts are 4/1 for the victory, with the draw 11/4.

Bottom-of-the-table Sunderland visit an ever-improving Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon, with the Black Cats one of the poorest Premier League sides in history.

It seems hard to see anything other than a home win for Eddie Howe’s men, and 4/6 is very generous when you consider Sunderland have drawn two and lost eight of their 10 league games so far this season.

Burnley‘s clash with Crystal Palace is a tough match to predict, so not betting on the actual result is probably a wise move.

Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke

Instead, backing former Reds striker Christian Benteke to score first (5/1) makes more sense.

West Ham have made a poor start to life at the London Stadium, and they must start picking up wins there, starting on Saturday against Stoke City.

The east Londoners are 21/20 to win in front of their increasingly frustrated fans, while Mark Hughes’ Potters side are 3/1 to heap more misery on them.

Southampton will be buoyant after their Europa League triumph over Inter Milan, and they visit relegation-threatened Hull City on Sunday.

A Saints win is to be expected, regardless of their efforts on Thursday evening, so get your money on an away win (7/10).

The weekend action finishes at the home of the champions, as Leicester City (5/6) entertain West Brom (4/1). Claudio Ranieri’s side should have too much for the Baggies.

Jamie Vardy is due a goal, having only scored twice in the league in 2016/17 to date, and backing him to score (9/2) first or anytime (8/5) should not be ignored.

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