Make the Most Out of a Shortened Premier League Weekend

Everton Players

Stuart Woodrow

Friday, March 10, 2017 9:13 PM GMT

Due to the presence of a number of Premier League sides in the FA Cup we have a much-shortened fixture list this weekend. With just 4 matches taking place we have the chance to look at each game in a little more depth than we normally can.

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Bournemouth v West Ham is the first of three games that all kick off at the same time on Saturday. There is an obvious bet here but unfortunately, it’s so obvious that the bookies are all over it. With both sides struggling to keep a clean sheet Both Teams To Score (Yes) seems like it would be a great bet. At odds of 1.56 with bet365 it is too low though for me to seriously consider it. Over 2.5 goals is a potential selection and the slight increase in expected goals also gives us better odds (1.76 with Pinnacle). Bournemouth have a number of players either injured or suspended and their defensive area does look weak. West Ham could also be missing Winston Reid after he picked up a knock against Chelsea. All of that gives me even more reason to think this game could go over 2.5 goals and with a match odds market that could go in any direction, that will be my bet for this game.

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Everton are being offered at odds of 1.7 for them to beat West Brom with a number of bookies. William Hill are in that group and I’ll be taking advantage of that offer to get an early bet on. Everton got beaten last weekend and although the scoreline looks like it could have been a fairly close game, the reality is that it wasn’t. Everton were comprehensively beaten and Ronald Koeman will be looking for a reaction from his players after that game. Tony Pulis will be looking for a similar reaction after his side lost to Crystal Palace last weekend. This should be an interesting game as two committed sides come head to head. The better quality of player could be the determining factor though and Everton have that in my book.

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For a while, it looked as though Hull City were going to be the ones to go on a charge and get out of the relegation area. Instead, it is their opponents this weekend that have done that as Paul Clement has led his charges up to the heady heights of 16th. Hull won the reverse fixture 2-0 away from home earlier in the season but I think fortunes can be reversed in this one and at odds of 3.1 (BetVictor) the odds for a Swansea win are excellent as well.

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The last Premier League game of the weekend is between Liverpool and Burnley (editor's note: at press time, no lines were available) and is the only Premier League match on Sunday. Burnley have been very poor away from home this season but Liverpool have been difficult to judge at times this season. They can be excellent in one game and then lose the next with a very poor display. The only bet I was thinking about was Both Teams To Score (No) but the odds aren’t good enough to tempt me into that and so I’m skipping this one, leaving me with just 3 bets from this weekend’s 4 games.