Norwich to pick up points at Bournemouth is one of five Premier League bets on Saturday afternoon.
Bournemouth v Norwich
Bournemouth have scored just once in their last four games and while they’ve played well for spells this season they’ve struggled for consistency and have won only twice at home. Norwich were also beaten in midweek but they were just about edging things at Stoke until they were reduced to 10 men. They’ve lost six of their last seven away matches but their only defeat in their last five games against teams currently in the bottom half was at Chelsea as they’ve recorded three wins to nil. Norwich won the first meeting between these teams this season 3-1 and also won at the Cherries in the Championship last term so they look to have a great chance of getting something from this trip.
Chelsea v Everton
Everton drew again in midweek and they face another difficult trip here, where a point will represent a decent result. Then again they’ll probably fancy all three against this Chelsea side. Guus Hiddink might remain unbeaten but home draws with West Brom and Watford won’t be getting the Blues into the top-half anytime soon and they’ve won just seven of their last 24 matches while being beaten nine times. In contrast Everton have lost only one of their last 11 away matches – at leaders Arsenal – and have won three of their last four trips to middle-third sides.
Man City v Crystal Palace
Palace look to be running out of steam after four consecutive games without scoring. It’s no coincidence that Bolasie missed all those matches, all of which were against teams in the bottom seven, and he remains out of contention. Man City have also been below their best though as they’ve struggled with injuries and with Sergio Aguero searching for his best form. While Palace have not been scoring they have done OK defensively and it was only a keeper error that allowed Villa to score on Wednesday. Their five defeats in their last 20 away games have all been 1-0 scores and while City should win Palace can certainly cover the handicap here.
Newcastle v West Ham
Newcastle upset the odds in midweek to claim a point against Man Utd but they now face an arguably tougher test against in-form West Ham. The Hammers have won their last three games, aided by the return to fitness of key players, and are unbeaten in eight. Payet’s return certainly adds an attacking threat and in his 12 starts the Hammers have scored 23 times while in the eight he’s missed they’ve managed just seven and, as a result, Over 2.5 Goals has landed in 67% with him but just 25% without. Despite their late comeback against Man Utd in midweek no side has a worse second-half goal difference this season than Newcastle while only Man City have a better one than West Ham so it could pay to back the away side in-running.
Southampton v West Brom
Southampton got a welcome win in midweek and that’s now two in a row at home. However, the Baggies are also in decent form having taken seven points from their last three games. Pulis’ side are not a team to take lightly and the Saints have failed to score in their last three meetings with West Brom, while the last five clashes have all seen fewer than two goals. Eight of Pulis’ 19 away games in charge of West Brom have finished all-square and we’d avoid the Saints at odds-on. Those 19 matches have seen just 38 goals in total and eight have had fewer than two strikes so with the temperature dropping the maxim that ‘cold kills goals’ could be true in this game.