The Premier League returns this weekend, with three excellent fixtures to kick us off in this preview.

The first fixture sees Arsenal take on Hull at the Emirates, with the Gunners enduring a week to forget in the Premier League. The defeat against Chelsea has all but ended any hopes of winning the title and they must bounce back to retain their top four status.

Hull have enjoyed a renaissance after the appointment of Marco Silva, with Hull performing admirably in their last two matches against Liverpool and Manchester United, they'll be hoping its third time lucky in this match.

Arsenal vs Hull – Saturday 11th February 2017 – 12:30 - Sky Sports 1

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Arsenal welcome Hull to the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League, with Arsenal looking to avoid three successive defeats.

The Gunners come into this match in poor form, with a shock defeat against Watford followed by a defeat at Chelsea.

Marcus Alonso (13) opened the scoring for Chelsea, showing far more desire to win the ball than Hector Bellerin to make it 1-0.

Eden Hazard doubled the advantage in the 53rd minute, shaking off an incredible five Arsenal players to score an incredible solo goal.

Former Gunner Cesc Fabregas completed the route (85), after a horror mix up from Petr Cech that left the Spaniard with an empty goal to aim at.

Olivier Giroud (90+1) pulled one back for the Gunners, but this defeat means their title chances are now over for another year.

Gunners Down And Out

The Gunners now desperately need to get back on track, a defeat here could see them drop out of the top four.

Poor results against Chelsea and Watford now mean they have lost two of their last six matches.

Arsenal's priority will now move away from the league, the FA Cup is their only realistic shot at silverware.

They have a twelve-point gap to make up, with just 14 games left that is a bridge too far for Arsenal.

Gunners Favourites

Arsenal come into this match as the favourites, with home advantage decisive with the bookies.

The Gunners will be looking to avoid three defeats, although Hull are in excellent form.

Arsenal will be looking to continue their overall form against Hull, they have lost just one of their 14 meetings.

Arsenal are 2/7 with Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez at 6/1 to score first.

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The Tigers come into this match on the back of a 2-0 win, against Liverpool at the KCOM Stadium.

It was an excellent response from the away side, who had lost captain Michael Dawson to injury in the warm up.

Alfred N'Diaye (44), opened the scoring for the Tigers just before half time, with Simon Mignolet making an error.

Oumar Niasse (84) scored a great counter attacking goal six minutes from time, to give Hull hope of avoiding relegation.

Marco Silva has been a revelation since arriving at Hull, the defeats to Fulham and Chelsea are his only blemishes so far.

Hull Need Wins

The Tigers have found wins hard to come by, but they have looked like a side resurgent under their new manager.

They are now 18th in the Premier League, just one point behind Middlesbrough, Leicester and Swansea City.

Only Sunderland were among the winners at the weekend, so this is an excellent result for Silva and Hull.

Tigers Underdogs

Despite their resurgence, Hull come into this match as underdogs, with Arsenal a wounded animal at the moment.

They will be looking to continue their excellent run of form, securing their fourth win in seven matches.

Hull will be looking to register only their second win against Arsenal, it would be their first win in 14 encounters.

Hull are 9/1 with Abel Hernandez and Dieumerci Mbokani at 9/1 to open the scoring.

 

The second fixture sees Manchester United take on Watford at Old Trafford, with United looking to secure a place in the top four by the close of play Saturday.

United are in excellent form and are unbeaten since their defeat against Chelsea in October, during this unbeaten streak they have remained in 6th place but a win here could see them finally break into the top four.

Watford have won back to back matches against Burnley and Arsenal, they will be looking for a third consecutive win and a domestic double over the Premier League giants.

Manchester United vs Watford – Saturday 11th February 2017 – 15:00 

Manchester United welcome Watford to the Theatre of Dreams in the Premier League, with both sides enjoying weekend wins.

United come into the match on the back of a 3-0 win away against Leicester, with United doing the double over the reigning Champions.

It was another excellent result for Mourinho's men, who are now within touching distance of the top four.

Henrik Mkhitaryan (42) opened the scoring for United, with a superb counter-attacking goal and giving United the lead.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (44) added to his impressive tally just minutes later, dealing Leicester a cruel blow.

Juan Mata (49) ended the contest in the second half, with a fine finish to end what was an excellent afternoon for United.

United Back To Winning Ways

Manchester United have been on an excellent run since the Chelsea defeat, they haven't been beaten in the Premier League since then.

Despite immediately returning to winning ways, United will be delighted with the response to the Hull game.

Jose Mourinho's side will be looking to build on a good run of games, where they face Watford, Bournemouth and Middlesbrough.

Wins in those matches combined with a few results going their way, could see them end up in the top four.

United Favourites

Manchester United come into this match as favourites, after their emphatic result against Leicester.

This will be a tough fixture for Jose Mourinho's side, with Watford winning their last two fixtures.

The Red Devils will be looking to avenge the 3-1 loss earlier in the season, that was their first defeat in 11 matches.

Manchester United are 1/4 with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at 11/4 to score first.

Old Trafford Stadium, insideHornets In Great Form

Walter Mazzarri's men come into the match on the back of a 2-1 win, this time it was home against Watford on Saturday.

This is the Hornets second successive 2-1 victory, along with the win against Arsenal on Tuesday evening.

Burnley's cause wasn't helped when Jeff Hendrick received the first red card of his career, with a shocking challenge on Jose Holebas.

Troy Deeney (10) opened the scoring for Watford, with the Hornets getting off to an impressive start.

M'Baye Niang (45+2) doubled the advantage late in the first half, with the Hornets in cruise control.

Ashley Barnes grabbed a consolation goal late on for the Clarets from the penalty spot (78), it wasn't enough for Dyche's side though.

Hornets Looking To Move On

Watford's only prior win came against Burton Albion, in the third round of the FA Cup.

Their Premier League form had been poor in the last six, they have now ended a run of three defeats and two draws.

Hornets Favourites

Watford come into this match as underdogs, with United's excellent home form informing the bookies.

This will be a tough fixture for Walter Mazzarri's side, with United unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League fixtures.

The Hornets will be looking to better their overall record against United, they will be looking to add to their three wins.

Watford are 11/1 with Mauro Zarate and Troy Deeney at 12/1 to open the scoring.

 

The third and final fixture sees Middlesbrough take on Everton at the Riverside, with the home side in desperate need of wins as they are hovering dangerously towards relegation.

Boro are just two points above the relegation zone and despite their narrow defeat at Tottenham, the harsh reality is they haven't scored enough goals and must start finding the net to survive.

Everton come into this match in excellent form, having seemingly rediscovered their early season form. A thumping win against Bournemouth will have given them belief but they will need to tighten up defensively if they are to catch the sides above them in the league.

Middlesbrough vs Everton – Saturday 11th February 2017 – 15:00 

Middlesbrough welcome Everton to the Riverside Stadium in the Premier League, with both sides at opposite ends of the table.

Boro come into this match in mixed form, especially after losing 1-0 away against Tottenham.

Harry Kane (58) opened the scoring for Spurs in the second half, with Kane converting from the penalty spot.

It was Kane's 16th goal of the season, which isn't bad when you consider he was out for a long period at the start of the season.

This result leaves Middlesbrough perilously close to relegation, with just one point separating them and Hull.

More Wins Needed

Despite that result, it means Boro still haven't won a game in their last five fixtures, a frustrating statistic.

Aitor Karanka's side have scored just six goals in their last six matches, they desperately need a goal scorer.

Boro will be looking to take advantage of more scoring opportunities, they just haven't been clinical enough in front of goal this season.

Boro Underdogs

Middlesbrough come into this match as underdogs, with Everton in excellent form this season.

Boro have conceded just five goals in their last six matches, they will have to discover the art of scoring more goals if they are to win matches.

Middlesbrough will be looking to continue their overall record against Everton, they have won 31, drawn 28 and lost 57 of their 116 meetings.

Middlesbrough are 14/5 with Alvaro Negredo at 6/1 to score first.

Middlesbrough

Toffees In Great Form

Ronald Koeman's side come into this match in great form, winning an epic nine-goal contest 6-3 against Bournemouth.

Romelu Lukaku (1,29,83,84) scored two goals in each half, moving into pole position for the golden boot award.

James McCarthy (23) scored Everton's second goal, with Ross Barkley (90+4) completing the route for the Toffees.

Joshua King (59 and 70) grabbed a brace for the Cherries, giving Bournemouth a lifeline and take it to 3-2.

Harry Arter (90) also managed a late goal to make it 5-3, before Ross Barkley completed an epic encounter.

Everton Need Results

They appear to have finally turned the corner, they had a flying start to the season but have found life tough at times.

Ronald Koeman's side are 7th place in the Premier League, 5 points behind 6th place Manchester United.

A 7th place finish would represent a great season for Everton, especially given the strength of the sides above them.

That win means that they have won four of their last six matches in the Premier League, an excellent return to form.

Toffees Favourites

Everton come into this match as the favourites, with their excellent form winning out.

This will be a tough fixture for Ronald Koeman's side, with Middlesbrough in the midst of a relegation battle.

The Toffees will be looking to continue their recent record against Middlesbrough, having won their last 4 meetings.

Everton are 1/1 with Romelu Lukaku at 7/2 to open the scoring.

 

Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Sanchez to score first @ 6/1 and Arsenal to win 2-1 @ 8/1

Tip 2 – Rashford to score first @ 4/1 and United to win 3-1 @ 10/1

Tip 3 – Lukaku to score first @ 7/2 and Everton to win 2-1 @ 8/1

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