EPL: Week 31 Preview

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With the FA Cup Quarter-Finals this weekend, there are six Premier League fixtures postponed and just four matches taking place, with all ties played on Saturday.

Bournemouth will look to pull further away from relegation when they host bottom side West Brom, while Huddersfield host Crystal Palace in a relegation six-pointer in the fight to avoid the drop.

Everton travel to the bet365 Stadium to take on 19th-placed Stoke, before Liverpool welcome Watford to Anfield.

Saturday 17 March

Bournemouth 17/20
Draw 5/2 
West Brom 32/10 
Bournemouth will be targeting their first win in five matches when they host bottom side West Brom on Saturday. Eddie Howe's side suffered a 4-1 defeat at home to Tottenham last time out, ending a five-game unbeaten run at the Vitality Stadium. The Cherries will see this game as a good opportunity to get back to winning ways. 

West Brom look set to go down this season as they are eight points from safety with just eight rounds remaining. Their 4-1 home defeat against Leicester last weekend was their seventh loss in a row and they’ve won just once on the road this season from 15 matches, losing 10 times. The home win is tipped. 

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Huddersfield Town 7/4 
Draw 21/10 
Crystal Palace 33/20 
Huddersfield are winless in their last two matches, losing 2-0 away to Tottenham before last weekend’s goalless draw at home to Swansea. The Terriers have recorded just one win at home in their last nine games (incl. FA Cup), losing four times. Crystal Palace suffered a fourth straight league defeat as they lost 2-1 away to Chelsea. 

The Eagles were outclassed by Antonio Conte’s side in the first half and were lucky to still be in the game. But Roy Hodgson’s decision to bring on Wilfried Zaha in place of the struggling Christian Benteke paid off as the former Manchester United prospect caused the Blues defence all kinds of problems and almost helped his team steal a point. Hodgson will be pleased to have Zaha back from injury and Palace always fancy their chances when he is in the side. I’m backing Palace to come away with maximum points. 

Stoke City 14/10
Draw 43/20 
Everton 2/1
Stoke are 19th in the Premier League and winless in their last six matches. The Potters were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City at the bet365 Stadium on Monday. But prior to that, Paul Lambert’s side were unbeaten in their last three matches at home. 

Everton, who recorded a 1-0 win over Stoke at Goodison Park in August, will see this game as a good opportunity to return to winning ways after losing back-to-back games away to Watford and Burnley. The Toffees’ 2-1 loss against the Clarets last weekend was their sixth straight defeat on their travels. The draw looks likely. 

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Liverpool 2/11
Draw 6/1 
Watford 13/1
Liverpool will look for the perfect response after losing 2-1 away to Manchester United last weekend. Jurgen Klopp’s side, who had won three in a row prior to that defeat, are unbeaten at Anfield this season, winning nine of their 15 games. 

Watford’s two-match winning streak came to an end as they were thumped 3-0 away to Arsenal last time out. Both of those wins came at Vicarage Road Stadium with the Hornets winless in their last nine travels, losing eight times. In that run, they only managed to find the net twice. The home win is a banker bet, but with the odds too short, take Liverpool to Win to Nil at 17/20.

Quad tipped at 27/1
Bournemouth Win 17/20
Crystal Palace Win 33/20
Stoke vs Everton Draw 43/20
Liverpool Win to Nil 17/20


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