We've got all the best bets from around tonight's Premier League grounds.
Aston Villa v Everton
After picking up eight points from their first six matches of 2016 (half of their total points this season) Villa have suffered back-to-back defeats to keep them firmly rooted to the bottom of the table. Due to the League Cup final, Everton had a break at the weekend and were last seen when progressing to the FA Cup last eight after a 2-0 victory against Bournemouth. The Toffees have been the model of inconsistency this season having picked up consecutive victories just once. Although Villa have lost five of their seven home matches against middle-third opposition this season, we are unwilling to back an Everton side that have drawn five of their last seven away fixtures and three of their last four visits to bottom-six clubs. Instead we prefer the goals market as the blue half of Merseyside have had at least three goals in five of their last seven clashes with bottom-six opponents, as have eight of the last 10 meetings between these two.
Leicester v WBA
Leonardo Ulloa’s 89th minute goal meant Leicester picked up what could be a significant three points against Norwich come the end of the season. With City faltering, Arsenal dropping points and just Spurs keeping on the pressure they could extend their gap at the top to five points by the close of play as their title rivals all play on Wednesday. West Brom got off to a flyer on Saturday going 3-0 up after just half an hour before holding off a second-half Palace comeback. As a result they’ve maintained an impressive record of only conceding five goals before the break in their last 11 matches. The Foxes have kept five consecutive clean sheets in a row at home and have only conceded four first half goals all season while only scoring four themselves since the opening day. The league leaders struggled to break down Norwich on Saturday, so against a Baggies side under Pulis that specialise in being tough to open up we expect more of the same.
Norwich v Chelsea
Norwich continued their spiral down the league table with defeat against Leicester. They’ve now picked up just one point from their last seven outings and only remain out of the drop zone on goal difference. Chelsea meanwhile are somewhat revitalised under Hiddink and remain unbeaten in the league with three of their four victories coming away from home. A leaky defence has been the Canaries problem this season as only Sunderland have conceded as many goals and as a result they’ve lost nine of their 15 matches this season by more than one goal. The Blues have started to find the net more regularly since Mourinho’s departure scoring 30 goals in 12 matches in all competitions since the turn of the year, while five of their last eight league wins have been by at least two clear goals.
Sunderland v Crystal Palace
Sunderland lost narrowly on the weekend at Upton Park to remain in the bottom three while Palace lost again to make it just one point from a possible 24 so far in 2016. The Black Cats record against bottom half opposition so far this season reads W5-D3-L5, but what is promising for them is that each of those five successes have come since Allardyce took the reins and at home against the same opposition they’ve won three and drawn one under Big Sam. Palace sit just above the bottom-six and their record against the teams below them so far this season is W3-D3-L3, with no win in five and five of the last seven seeing U2.5 goals. Six of Sunderland’s last eight home matches have also had fewer than three goals so this has every chance of being a low scorer but at 1.76 we happier to side with Sunderland given their recent home form and Palace’s struggles of late. They’ve lost seven of their last eight.