Everton, Chelsea and Arsenal form tempting treble
Coral offer an enhanced 3/1 on a Premier League treble of Everton to beat West Ham and away wins for Chelsea, who make the short trip down the King’s Road to Fulham, and Arsenal who travel to Stoke City.
Everton v West Ham
The Toffees will hope to get their challenge for European football back on track as they take on West Ham at Goodison Park and are 1/3 to claim three points.
Roberto Martinez’s side have slipped to seventh following three losses from their last four league games, which have all come against sides above them in Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool.
A few weeks ago this game would have looked a sure-fire home banker with the Hammers languishing in the relegation zone, but they now find themselves in 10th following four successive victories.
West Ham do, however, have a poor recent record against Everton, having failed to win any of the previous 12 meetings, with their last victory coming back in 2007. They are 6/1 to beat Martinez’s men here and 3/1 to claim a draw.
The Toffees have continued to enjoy good fortunes at home this season, with the 1-0 Boxing Day defeat to Sunderland being their only loss in 21 Premier League matches.
Martinez should recall striker Romelu Lukaku, who has been out for over a month with an ankle injury. The Belgian is 7/2 to open the scoring, with fellow International Kevin Mirallas at 5/1, whilst in-form Kevin Nolan is at 9/1 for the visitors.
Fulham v Chelsea
Top meets bottom at Craven Cottage as Fulham take on Chelsea in the west London derby.
A last minute Frank Lampard winner against Everton ensured Jose Mourinho’s side remained at the summit of the Premier League, with the Blues boasting an unbeaten record of eight victories and two draws in their last 10 matches.
They are 4/9 to claim their seventh away league win of the season and will be looking to extend their unbeaten record to 17 games against their neighbours.
Fulham’s last win against Chelsea came back in 2006 when a Luis Boa Morte goal was enough to defeat the ten-man Blues 1-0.
It remains their only victory in 35 years, though, and the Cottagers are 13/2 to end that run in Felix Magath’s first home game in charge. The draw is 3/1.
Samuel Eto’o is expected to come back into the starting line-up after coming off the bench against Galatasaray. The Cameroon striker is 9/2 to score first.
Midfielder Eden Hazard is the only Chelsea player to reach double figures so far this season, and the Belgian is 11/10 to add to his tally of 12 and 6/1 to net the opener.
Stoke v Arsenal
Arsenal make one of their toughest trips of the Premier League season as they face Stoke City.
The Gunners have managed just one win from five outings at the Britannia Stadium, which came back in 2010.
On that occasion Arsenal won 3-1, with Cesc Fabregas and Thomas Vermaelen both netting in stoppage time, although the game will be best remembered for the horrific injury sustained to Aaron Ramsey following Ryan Shawcross’ horror tackle.
The Welshman will again be missing because of a thigh injury, although record signing Mesut Ozil should return after recovering from a hip problem.
Arsene Wenger’s side are still very much in the hunt for the title, but they must ensure that there are no familiar slip-ups in fixtures such as this. They are odds-on at 8/13 to leave with three points.
Stoke may lie in 15th but they still possess a strong home record, having only lost on two occasions (Liverpool and Norwich) from their 13 top-flight matches.
The Potters have already beaten Chelsea and Manchester United at the Britannia this season and are 9/2 to add Arsenal to their list of success. A draw is priced at 11/4.
Olivier Giroud’s brace against Sunderland moved the Frenchman on to 16 goals in all competitions, and he is 4/1 favourite to score first here.
Tomas Rosicky was also on target during that 4-1 victory. The Czech midfielder impressed despite his advancing years against the Black Cats, and he is 7/2 to score again here with the returning Ozil also available at 2/1.