The Premier League returns after a long week of International Football and this preview will cover the Merseyside derby, Leicester vs Stoke and Watford vs Sunderland.

Liverpool vs Everton – Saturday 1st April 2017 – 12:30 - Sky Sports 1

Liverpool are 8/13 with Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Sadio Mane at 9/2 to score first.

Liverpool welcome Everton to Anfield in a huge Premier League match, kicking off the weekend perfectly after the international break.

Jurgen Klopp's men come into this match on the back of a 1-1 draw against Manchester City, they are now three matches unbeaten.

James Milner (51) opened the scoring for Liverpool, with the former City midfielder scoring from the penalty spot.

Sergio Aguero (69) levelled for the hosts just 18 minutes later, converting Kevin de Bruyne's fine cross.

The result means that both sides have a minimum of 27 points left to play for, City are 12 points behind the leaders and Liverpool remain in fourth.

Top Streak

It was another excellent display from Liverpool against a top six side, they also have an excellent record against Everton.

They have been beaten by Bournemouth, Burnley, Swansea, Leicester and Hull City who are all currently occupying five of the bottom six spots.

They had endured a miserable 2017, winning just two Premier League games but their last three matches have put them back in contention.

Liverpool's record against the top six sides has been impeccable, they have yet to lose a match against a top six rival.

Reds Favourites

Liverpool head into this fixture as the favourites, with home advantage and their excellent record against the Toffees informing the odds.

They will move level with second place Tottenham with a win, albeit having played two games more than their rivals.

The Reds will be looking to continue their overall record against Everton, with Liverpool winning 73, drawing 61 and losing 52 of 186 fixtures.

anfieldToffees In Excellent Form

The Toffees come into this match on the back of a 4-0 win against Hull, an excellent result for Ronald Koeman's side.

Dominic Calvert Lewin (9) opened the scoring in the first ten minutes, with the 20 year old putting Everton ahead.

Tom Huddlestone was sent off in the 73rd minute for Hull, with his sending off the catalyst for what was to come.

It took until the 78th minute for Everton to double their lead, with Enner Valencia making it 2-0 with 12 minutes to go.

Romelu Lukaku (90+1, 90 +4) adding another two goals to his excellent tally this season, to make it 4-0 on the day.

Toffees In Great Form

Koeman's side are in a rich vein of form, with four wins, one draws and one defeat in their last six matches.

They are now without Seamus Coleman for the remainder of the season, with the defender suffering a leg break in the Wales fixture.

Everton are looking to make the step up in the coming seasons, they will have to beat Liverpool to achieve these dreams.

They find themselves in 7th place, level on points with Arsenal, but having played two games more.

Everton Underdogs

Ronald Koeman's side come into this match as underdogs, they haven't beaten Liverpool in 14 matches.

This will be a tough match for the Toffees, with Liverpool also in excellent form and seemingly recovered from their recent dip.

Everton will be looking to register their first win against Liverpool at Anfield in nearly 20 years.

Everton are 17/4 with Romelu Lukaku at 11/2 to open the scoring.

 

 

Leicester vs Stoke – Saturday 1st April 2017 – 15:00

Leicester

Leicester are 1/1 with Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy at 9/2 to score first.

Leicester welcome Stoke to the King Power this Saturday, with the team continuing their resurgence under Craig Shakespeare.

The Foxes come into this match on the back of a 3-2 win against West Ham, with the Foxes on a four-game winning streak.

Riyad Mahrez (5) opened the scoring for Leicester, with the Algerian rediscovering his form of last season.

Robert Huth (7) doubled the advantage just two minutes later, with West Ham's fragile defence ruthlessly exposed.

Manuel Lanzini (20) pulled one back for the hosts, with a fantastic free-kick to give the hosts something to cheer.

Jamie Vardy (38) scored his first and Leicester's third, with the visitors going into half time with a commanding 3-1 scoreline.

Andre Ayew (63) restored some respectability to the scoreline for the Hammers second, but Leicester registered their first away win this season.

Life Without Ranieri

Leicester have been in excellent form since Ranieri's sacking, with players such as Mahrez and Vardy rediscovering their form.

They are unbeaten in their last four matches in all competitions, they are the only English side left in the Champions League as well.

Wins against Liverpool, Hull and West Ham have seen them rise to 15th in the table, they are six points clear of the drop.

Leicester Favourites

The Foxes come into this match as favourites, with home advantage crucial in this match.

Leicester come into this match in excellent form, winning four successive matches in all competitions.

Leicester will be looking to better their overall record against Stoke, they have won 17, drawn 19 and lost 22 of 58 meetings.

LeicesterBack To Business

Stoke come into this match on the back of a 2-1 defeat against league leaders Chelsea, a narrow defeat.

Willian (13) opened the scoring for the league leaders, ensuring Chelsea got off to the perfect start.

Jonathan Walters had other ideas, with the Republic of Ireland striker scoring from the penalty spot in the 38th minute.

The game looked to be meandering to another draw, but Gary Cahill (87) popped up with a crucial winner late on.

Phil Bardsley (90+5) was sent off late on, to add salt into the wounds of Mark Hughes and h

Consistency Needed

The manager will be demanding greater consistency from his players, they are in mixed form in the last six matches.

Wins against Palace and Middlesbrough have been cancelled out, with defeats against Chelsea, West Brom and Tottenham.

The Potters find themselves in 9th position in the Premier League, seven points behind West Brom in 8th.

Stoke Underdogs

Mark Hughes' side come into this match as underdogs, with their recent dismal record informing the bookies.

Stoke will need to be far more clinical in front of goal, and resolute in defence against a resurgent Leicester side.

The Potters will be looking to draw on the 2014/15 season, when they won 1-0 at the King Power Stadium.

Stoke are 14/5 with Saido Berahino and Peter Crouch at 15/2 to open the scoring.

 

 

Watford vs Sunderland – Saturday 1st April 2017 – 15:00 

WatfordWatford are 17/20 with Troy Deeney at 4/1 to score first.

Watford welcome Sunderland to Vicarage Road this Saturday, with both sides desperate for a win.

The Hornets come into this match on the back of a 1-0 defeat against Crystal Palace away from home.

Troy Deeney (68) scored what proved to be the only goal of the game, with the forward scoring at the opposite end of the pitch.

Chances were few and far between, with Deeney's comical gaffe costing his side another crucial three points.

Walter Mazzarri now comes into the match under some pressure, with his plummeting down the table.

Mazzarri looking for win

Walter Mazzarri has enjoyed a mixed start to life as a Premier League manager, but his side are in poor form.

Their last win came against Burnley, that was at the start of February nearly two months ago.

Watford come into this match in 14th position, they are eleven points ahead of Sunderland who are rock bottom.

Mazzarri's side are only two points off a top ten finish, they will have to start by winning this match though.

Home Side Favourites

Watford come into this match as the favourites, despite their poor recent form home advantage has proven decisive.

The Hornets will be looking to produce their 9th win of the season, and move up to 10th place with a win.

Watford will be looking to better their overall record against Sunderland, they have won 6, drawn 8 and lost 9 of their 23 meetings.

vicarage_road_rous_and_sw_corner_2012

Black Cats Running Out Of Time

Sunderland come into this fixture on the back of a 0-0 draw, at home against Burnley a fortnight ago.

It was another sorry performance from the hosts, with Sunderland remaining rock bottom of the Premier League.

Burnley will have been the happier of the two sides, given that they missed a hatful of great chances.

Ben Mee was named man of the match, which will give you an indication as to the quality of the match.

Tough Season So Far

David Moyes side have had a tough season, but they are now running out of time to pull off another miraculous escape.

They come into the match in poor form, with three defeats in their last four matches they are all but doomed.

Moyes and his men will have been deeply disappointed, their last win was the 4-0 win against Crystal Palace.

Sunderland find themselves bottom of the Premier League on 20 points, they are seven points from safety.

Big Test For Sunderland

The Black Cats come into this match as underdogs, with home advantage decisive.

The match against Watford will be a huge challenge for Sunderland, with just 30 points left to play for.

Sunderland will be looking to draw on their last result against Watford, with the Black Cats winning 1-0.

Sunderland are 100/30 with Jermain Defoe at 5/1 to open the scoring.

Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Mane to score first @ 9/2 and Liverpool to win 2-1 @ 7/1

Tip 2 – Vardy to score first @ 9/2 and Leicester to win 2-1 @ 15/2

Tip 3 – Defoe to score first @ 5/1 and Sunderland to win 2-1 @ 14/1

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.