MIDWEEK madness is back as the Premier League continues its match schedule.
After the FA Cup takes center stage this weekend and Liverpool fans celebrated their title victory in style, the 20 teams are back in action over a hectic four-day period.
Arsenal vs Norwich (Wednesday, 6 p.m.)
He heads to the last chance lounge for Norwich.
The Canaries are six points from the end of the table and have lost each of their Premier League games since the start of the season.
Although the teams directly above them fail to shoot too, the worn side of Daniel Farke wobbles over the edge.
Arsenal meanwhile finally delivered after a fairly miserable first week back in action, striving for a 2-0 triumph in Southampton.
As for their European push, it could be too little, too late for Mikel Arteta.
There will be a massive overhaul at the end of the season and for the Spaniard it is just a matter of collecting positive results by July 26.
Norwich has a dismal record on the road in north London and his last victory against Arsenal was at Highbury in 1992.
They forced overtime in a 2017 EFL Cup clash, but other than that, their last three visits to the PL ended in defeat.
We don’t trust Arsenal in the 1/2 win market – they are just too inconsistent to be supported at this price.
But in what should be in an open game, with Norwich fighting for their lives, the two teams to score are much more attractive at 4/5.
The Canaries have scored for Liverpool, Spurs, Leicester and Everton this season, so there is no reason why they cannot find their way past this weak Arsenal baseline.
We like the idea that Arsenal find visitors a nut that is hard to break, so supporting the double chance on Norwich to reach halftime either at the level or at the head is tempting at 2/3.
The games are getting thick and fast for the Gunners right now and rotation is the key.
Eddie Nketiah seems to have outstripped Alexandre Lacazette in the attacker’s second option and is a formidable price of 13/10 for a net at all times.
Wait for the news from the team of course, but he has found the net against Southampton and can make a big profit for you if you trust the 21-year-old to do what he does best.
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West Ham vs Chelsea (Wednesday, 8:15 p.m.)
How are your nerves, Hammers fans?
David Moyes’s team is plunged into a relegation battle after two defeats since its return from the forced coronavirus rupture.
They barely put a glove on the Wolves and Tottenham, with just four shots on target in those two games. Dismal.
Chelsea, meanwhile, started as a train and now has four straight wins in all competitions, including against Man City and Liverpool.
Frank Lampard has his side well pierced and with a good mix of experience and youth, the best bet to overtake Leicester in third place.
The Hammers have not had a bad record at home in recent years against the Blues, with home winners in three of the last five games.
But confidence is at a low level in West Ham camp as they falter on the verge of falling into the bottom three.
With Newcastle, Burnley, Norwich and Watford coming up, you could say that this is not an inevitable victory, but instead everything would be a bonus.
As such, we expect the Moyes team to prioritize these six big pointers and the Blues for a third consecutive win.
Seize 3/5 on a Chelsea win, while supporting them to score two or more for the fifth away game.
It’s tidy 4/7 and represents good value when you consider the number of goals scored by Lampard’s men on their travels this season.
Christian Pulisic has made leaps and bounds this season, looking like an up-and-coming Premier League star.
The American was unhappy with an injury in a stop and go season but has scored two goals in his last three games with the Blues.
If he starts this one, he’s the man anytime for a 3/2 goal – and if you’re brave, 5/1 on the opener shouldn’t be ignored either.
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Man City vs Liverpool (Thursday, 8:15 p.m.)
In August, this was presented as a potential title maker.
Instead, Liverpool rocked the M62 with the Premier League trophy already in the bag after a remarkable campaign.
Jurgen Klopp’s team not only won the crown this season, it completely rolled the competition – including Pep Guardiola’s City, who launched it TWENTY THREE adrift.
This is a remarkable amount given that the hosts propelled Liverpool to the title by a single point in the last campaign.
City will give the Reds a well-deserved honor guard at the Etihad – and we expect both sides to put on a show.
With the title finished and the saga of the champions of the League of hosts which continues to rumble, the barriers are removed.
Part of the reason the government wanted football back was to boost the morale of nations after the foreclosure.
This could be a potential classic, even for neutrals.
It’s too bad Sergio Aguero has to sit down, but there’s so much talent on both sides that it’s hard to see him go breathless in a draw with nothing really.
So where to bet?
He has to be on base – and expect the net to roll more than three times on Thursday night.
You have to go back to 2015 for the last time Liverpool beat City here in a high profile game, while Pep’s men took the boot 2-1 in their Eastlands game last season.
Seven of Etihad’s last eight games have scored more than 2.5 goals.
It is 8/15 and a banker on our mind, but if you are brave and take more than 3.5 goals, we think it is a wise decision.
The mentality of this Liverpool team is second to none and they will not want to be turned over by the team they replace as champions.
11/5 on a Reds win is £ 32 for your tenner – on a team that has been worthy of champions and one of the most beautiful to have ever risen to the top, you take that.
We always look for value with our goalscorer bets and look no further than Mo Salah.
The Egyptian wizard has four career goals against City and is 3/2 to score at all times in this one.
He – along with Sadio Mane – should be at stake in every Liverpool game. To take advantage of.
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