The latest chapter in Norwich’s survival hopes sees the team host fellow relegation candidate West Ham. The Hamers can move closer to a place in next season’s EPL while defeat for the home side will all but relegate them to the Championship after just one season in the top flight. It’s one of five matches set for Saturday beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET. I’ll be highlighting some of the best bets available for these games below.
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Norwich looks to capitalize on West Ham weakness
It’s 14 league matches and counting since Norwich last scored in both halves and this game against West Ham would be the perfect time to end that run. Norwich needs goals. With two goals in the past 10 games and one in the past six, it’s hard to see how Norwich can suddenly find a way to score the goals needed to keep the team in the EPL. The good news for the Canaries is that West Ham has not kept a shutout in its past 14 EPL games. West Ham has conceded nine goals in the final 30 minutes of its past eight, so if Norwich can stay in the game, the team might get its rewards in the latter stages.
Bet: Both teams to score (-148)
Watford aims to beat Newcastle to boost chances of staying up
Newcastle can look forward to another season in the EPL and Watford can take a big step closer to joining Newcastle if the team can win at home for the second time in five days. Goals have been a regular feature in games involving both sides lately. Over 2.5 total goals has occurred in Watford’s past three at Vicarage Road while three of Newcastle’s past four league matches have produced a minimum of three total match goals. And for good measure, the past six meetings between these two sides have seen three or more total goals scored. Watford showed great character to come from behind to beat Norwich, which was the first time this campaign the team has won from a losing position. Newcastle has yet to come from behind to win a league game this season.
Bet: Over 2.5 total goals (+104)
Will Burnley’s wait for a win at Liverpool continue
The last time Burnley won at Anfield was in September 1974 and the wait for a rare win is expected to continue this weekend. There won’t be too many times Burnley has gone to Liverpool in the rich vein of form the team is currently in. The Clarets are unbeaten in the past four games in which they have taken 10 points from a possible 12. Liverpool has a number of Premier League records in its sights while star striker Mohamed Salah is in with a chance of winning another Golden Boot award. In the past 20 matches, Liverpool has scored 23 first-half goals to Burnley’s five while conceding just five times before halftime, whereas Burnley has given up 15 goals before the interval. Both sides have a tendency of scoring the first goal in recent matches. Liverpool has done so in its past two home league games while the visitors have opened the scoring in the past four. Whoever scores the first goal, will be expected to go on and win the game.
Bet: Liverpool HT/FT double (-150)
Chelsea looks to edge closer to third spot with victory at Sheffield United
Both Sheffield United and Chelsea need to win this game to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for European football next season. Chelsea has its sights set on Champions League while United is currently in one of the spots for Europa League. This could well be an entertaining encounter, especially if this is as open as Chelsea’s previous EPL matches. The team’s past eight league games have all seen over 2.5 total goals, just as the first meeting did earlier this season, which ended 2-2. Chelsea has scored first in seven of its past eight, including the past four while Sheffield United has scored first in its past four home league games. Chelsea opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge and led 2-0 at halftime thanks to a brace of goals from Tammy Abraham before the Blades rescued a point with a Kurt Zouma own goal a minute from time.
Bet: Both teams to score (-104)
Man City aims to cruise to victory at Brighton
City’s 5-0 demolition of Newcastle on Wednesday was the eighth EPL contest this season in which Pep Guardiola’s side scored four or more goals. And one of the other games was when City beat Brighton, 4-0, at the Etihad with two goals in each half. The omens are not good for Brighton, which was beaten, 4-1, in this fixture last season. Three of the past four meetings have seen over 2.5 total goals scored and recent results suggest there could be three or more goals scored in this fixture. City’s easy victory over Newcastle was the fifth time in six EPL games in which over 2.5 goals has paid out, while Brighton’s past three home games have produced three goals or more against Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool. City will be favorites to open the scoring, having done so in four of its past six league encounters while the home side has not scored the first goal in its past five home matches. Because of Brighton’s slow starts at the Amex Stadium, the team has not led at halftime in its past five.
Bet: Manchester City to score over 2.5 total goals (+110)
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