Aston Villa, Swansea and Tottenham in hot home treble
Coral are offering 5/1 on three home Premier League wins as Aston Villa take on Norwich City, Swansea face Crystal Palace and Tottenham entertain Cardiff City.
Aston Villa v Norwich City
Paul Lambert welcomes his former employers to the West Midlands as Aston Villa take on Norwich City.
Both sides currently have 28 points and sit in 13th and 14th places respectively, meaning a win for either side would be massive in the context of their seasons.
Lambert has enjoyed the four meetings between Villa and the Canaies that have occurred since he left his role at Carrow Road less than 18 months ago, having drawn the first and won the last three.
Only Fulham possess a worse home record than Villa so far this season, having picked up just 11 points from their 13 games at Villa Park. They are a market best 23/20 to gain just their fourth home league victory of the campaign.
The Canaries’ problem has been a lack of goals having scored just eight from their 13 away league games, which has seen them win just twice on their travels at Stoke and West Brom. They are 13/5 to pick up their third.
It is 23/10 for a repeat of last season’s outcome: a 1-1 draw.
Villa striker Christian Benteke may have failed to live up to the hype of last term, having scored just eight goals this campaign, but he is 9/2 favourite to open the scoring.
Summer signing Gary Hooper is the away side Notwich’s top scorer, with seven, and the former Celtic man is 13/2 to net first.
Swansea v Crystal Palace
Knocked out of the Europa League by Napoli during midweek, Swansea return to Premier League action against Crystal Palace.
Gary Monk’s men played well in Naples, but crashed out after two late goals saw the Italians progress 3-1 on aggregate.
They must put that disappointment behind them though as they look to take another step towards safety with three points against Tony Pulis’ Palace.
The Swans currently sit in 13th place with 28 points, four points above the relegation zone, with Palace in 16th on 26.
Welsh outfit Swansea have won their last two Premier League home games, beating rivals Cardiff 3-0 and Fulham 2-0, and are 17/20 to win a third.
Although many will be surprised to find the Swans involved in the relegation race, it is no shock to see the Eagles there. Palace have never stayed up in the Premier League era and have been favourites for the drop since earning promotion via the play-offs.
Under Ian Holloway, the Eagles looked like continuing that trend of going straight back down to the Championship but, since Pulis came in, they have shown some good form and look like they have a fighting chance of survival.
Palace have won three of their last five games, with the two defeats coming against Manchester United and Arsenal, and are 7/2 to pick up another three points at the Liberty. The draw is at 13/5.
They have still struggled on the road though, having won two and lost ten of their 12 away games, scoring just five goals in the process.
Wilfried Bony is certainly adapting to Premier League life now after scoring four goals in his last four home games and 19 in all competitions. He is 5/4 to continue his good run and 5/1 to score first.
As already mentioned, scoring goals has been Palace’s trouble on the road but, having bought well in the January transfer window in the form of Tom Ince and Joe Ledley, it has given them more options. Those two are 2/1 and 9/2 respectively to net anytime.
Tottenham v Cardiff City
With 56 minutes on the clock at White Hart Lane in their last outing, Tottenham looked to be heading out of the Europa League.
Trailing 2-0 on aggregate and conceding an away goal, Spurs managed to rally and find the three goals needed to advance to the last 16 and set up a tie with Benfica.
Tim Sherwood’s attention must now switch back to the Premier League though as they take on Cardiff City, looking to claim three points to help in their quest for European qualification for next season.
Having lost 1-0 to Norwich City last time out, Tottenham’s challenge for a top-four spot has become a whole lot harder as they now sit seven points behind Manchester City, who also have a hand on them (and two after Spurs play the Bluebirds).
Sherwood will ensure Tottenham keep plugging away until the end of the season though, and will surely fancy their chances of beating a struggling Cardiff side here. They are just 4/11 to claim the three points.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s start to life as a Premier League manager has not gone to plan after claiming just one win from his first seven matches.
The Bluebirds boss was also embarrassed last time out after suffering a 4-0 loss at home to Hull City, leaving his side in 19th place and odds-on favourites at 3/10 to go down.
Cardiff also possess the worst away record in the league after picking up just six points from their thirteen matches, scoring a mere seven goals.
Their sole away success came at Fulham after Jordon Mutch’s 92nd minute winner gave them all three points. They are 8/1 to gain an unlikely victory at the Lane and 4/1 to share the spoils.
Ever since he was brought back into the fold, striker Emanuel Adebayor has been in great goalscoring form.
Another two in the Europa League win extended his run to 11 goals in his last 14 appearances in all competitions, and the Togo frontman is 8/13 to find net again here and 5/2 to score first.