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Huge 3-1 win for Swansea at the Liberty Stadium against Arsenal last night and they had to do it the hard way coming from 1-0 down. The win lifts them out of the relegation zone on goal difference with third from bottom Stoke, who may relegate the Swans back to the relegation zone tonight as they have a winnable match against fellow strugglers Watford at the BET365 Stadium. Mid-table West Ham and Crystal Palace played out a 1-1 draw at the London Stadium and Liverpool were too good for struggling Huddersfield at the Kirklees winning 3-0 thanks to strikes from Can, Firminho and club top-scorer and star man Salah who netted the third via the penalty spot.

There are seven Premier League games tonight and the feature is the 8pm kick-off between Spurs and Manchester United at Wembley. Spurs won the last two corresponding fixtures 2-1 and 3-0 and United last beat Spurs in this corresponding fixture back in 2012, the other three games were drawn. I’m sure this will be a hard fought and highly entertaining with all of the attacking flair on show and new signing and ex Arsenal player Sanchez is certain not to receive a warm welcome from the home fans. In terms of the outcome and based on form this season I think Spurs can edge this one if Kane and his supporting cast upfront can fire on all cylinders and this could be a high scoring affair with all the attacking flair and quality available for both teams.

Chelsea could level the gap between them and second placed Manchester United if they beat Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge tonight and United lost across London at Wembley against Spurs. Chelsea should win this one as Bournemouth have not won any of their last eight competitive away games while Chelsea are unbeaten at Stamford Bridge since the 30th September and won the last two corresponding fixtures 2-1 and 3-0. Leaders Manchester City face a resurgent West Brom, who have only lost one of their last seven overall, at the Etihad tonight but history is not on the Baggies side as they lost the last eight corresponding fixtures and seven of these games ended with more than 2.5 goals scored. I think the Baggies will put up a good fight tonight and I can see them netting a goal or two as they are more offensive under new boss Pardew but ultimately, I see this being a high scoring win for City.

The game between Everton and Leicester will hopefully be as entertaining previous corresponding league encounters as six of the last nine ended with more than 3.5 goals scored. There’s not much between the two in terms of previous corresponding encounters and Everton won three and drew four, while Leicester won two. I think the best strategy for this match is going for goals and backing Both Teams to Score and Over 3.5 and if you are looking for a better return you could consider backing the match double Leicester to Win and Over 3.5 Goals.

Stoke can record their first back-to-back wins since August 2017 at home to fellow strugglers Watford tonight and under the leadership of new manager Lambert they have a great chance of surviving the drop this season. Newcastle face Burnley at a good time as the Tykes have not won any of their last eight competitive games overall and away from home they’ve not won any of their last six. A win would be a massive boost at this stage of the season for Newcastle considering their league position and I think they can sneak this one given Burnley’s poor recent form.


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