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Arnautovic to come back to haunt Stoke

Arnautovic to come back to haunt Stoke


David Moyes has added some steel to the West Ham side and they should be good enough to beat Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

The Hammers were abject when losing 4-0 at Everton just over a fortnight ago, but since then they have troubled Manchester City before eventually losing 2-1, beaten Chelsea 1-0 and drawn 0-0 with Arsenal.

Moyes’ team are 13/5 to keep a third successive clean sheet when they play a Potters side that have the worst defensive record in the top-flight.

Mark Hughes’ team have lost four of their last five matches and can be backed at 4/1 to be relegated this season.

Marko Arnautovic will be particularly keen to get on the scoresheet following his £24million summer switch to West Ham from Stoke.

The 28-year-old Austrian endured a poor start to life in the capital but has played well recently, netting his first goal for the club last weekend against Chelsea. He is available at 53/20 to score at any time against his former team on Saturday.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Arsenal return to the home comforts of the Emirates Stadium following disappointing draws on the road at Southampton and West Ham.

Those results have left the Gunners seventh in the table but seven of their nine league victories have come on home soil and they should swat troubled Newcastle aside.

Rafa Benitez’s outfit are 5/2 to be relegated this season after picking up only one point from their last eight matches while no Magpies player has managed to score more than three goals in the first 17 outings of the campaign.

Arsene Wenger’s team are 11/2 to beat Newcastle from behind and 17/2 to win the match 2-1.

Leicester City are one of the form teams in the Premier League with Wednesday’s impressive 4-1 triumph at Southampton extending their recent run to just one defeat in 11 matches.

They can make it five wins in a row by defeating a Crystal Palace side that have still failed to score a goal away from Selhurst Park in eight games this season.

Shinji Okazaki is 7/4 to score at any time for the Foxes but Palace can end their dismal away form by at least scoring a goal at the King Power Stadium with Leicester to win and both teams to score available at attractive odds of 11/4.

Brighton can bring their six-match winless run to an end by edging to victory against a Burnley side that have triumphed in six of their last 10 games.

A Seagulls victory by one goal is available at 27/10 while Chris Hughton’s team are 6/4 to keep a clean sheet.

Southampton will be smarting after their midweek drubbing by Leicester, who are managed by their former boss Claude Puel.

However, they could not have asked for a much harder fixture this weekend than a trip to Stamford Bridge to play a Chelsea side that, despite a few wobbles, remain well-placed to secure a top-four finish.

Saints have won just one match away from St Mary’s this term and do not have the quality to trouble Antonio Conte’s side who are 20/21 to keep a clean sheet in the match and 33/4 to win it 3-0.

Watford have lost their way recently and have been defeated in six of their last 10 games including back-to-back setbacks in the last week at Burnley and Crystal Palace.

Only Stoke and West Ham have conceded more goals than the Hornets this term but Marco Silva’s side can return to winning ways by triumphing against a Huddersfield team that have only managed to find the net 12 times this season.

The Terriers have lost six of their eight away games and are 10/13 to lose again on Saturday with Richarlison 17/4 to score the first goal in the encounter.

Manchester City appear to be unstoppable and, although Tottenham will provide them with a stern test, Pep Guardiola’s team are playing with such verve and confidence that they should be able to get the better of their fourth-placed opponents.

Spurs drew at the Etihad last season and claimed a 2-1 victory in Manchester in 2015/16 but this City side are an entirely different proposition. A 2-1 City victory appears to be good value at 8/1 while a win for Guardiola’s team from behind can be backed at 11/2.

On Sunday West Brom can build on the surprising point they picked up at Liverpool on Wednesday by holding Manchester United to a draw at The Hawthorns.

Albion remain outside the bottom three despite failing to win any of their last 15 Premier League matches but they remain hard to score against with only Bournemouth outside the top seven conceding fewer than them.

The Baggies have drawn four of their last five encounters and Alan Pardew’s team can frustrate a United side that continues to flatter to deceive.

A draw is available at 3/1 with Albion good value at 15/4 to keep a clean sheet.

Liverpool can return to form by winning at Bournemouth although it may be tight at the Vitality Stadium.

The Cherries have only scored 15 goals and conceded 20 in their first 17 games of the campaign so it may be worth looking at odds of 9/2 on there being one goal scored in Sunday’s match with a 1-0 victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side available at 8/1.

Finally on Monday, Everton should be able to continue their recent revival by seeing off rock-bottom Swansea City.

The Toffees have surged into the top half of the table less than a month after seemingly being embroiled in a battle to avoid relegation after taking 10 points from a possible 12.

The Swans have only conceded 22 goals but they have managed to score just nine themselves with Wednesday’s 4-0 home drubbing by Manchester City leaving them two points away from safety.

Goals could be at a premium at Goodison Park but one could be enough for Sam Allardyce’s team to secure the three points with a 1-0 Everton victory available at 5/1.

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Mark Race Having worked in the media for nearly 30 years, Mark knows his sport inside out and at all levels. An avid football fan, Mark also has serious knowledge of the tennis world and is quick to point out value bets in a number of other sports.