The second of Saturday's Premier League previews sees the 3pm fixtures in full flight.

Stoke vs Liverpool – Saturday 8th April 2017 – 15:00

Stoke are 3/1 with Peter Crouch, Marko Arnautovic and Saido Berahino at 8/1 to score first.

Stoke face Liverpool at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday, with Stoke looking to avoid four straight defeats.

Stoke come into this match on the back of a 1-0 defeat against Burnley, another poor result for Mark Hughes' side.

George Boyd (58) scored the winner for the Clarets, who eased their relegation concerns with a victory.

It was a tight encounter between the two sides as you'd expect, it was Boyd's first goal since December.

This result ensures that Mark Hughes side remain on a poor run of form, winning just one of their last six.

Consistency Needed

Their record in the last six has been poor, losing four matches against a variety of sides.

Given that the Premier League is the only thing they have left to play for, they should be putting in far better performances.

They will be looking to register their first win in five matches, which saw them defeat Middlesbrough 2-0.

The Potters find themselves in 12th position in the Premier League, they are one point off Southampton in 9th.

Stoke Underdogs

Mark Hughes' side come into this match as underdogs, despite enjoying home advantage.

Stoke will need to be far more clinical in front of goal, with just one goal in their last three matches.

The Potters will be looking to draw on last seasons result against Liverpool in the league cup, albeit they won on penalties.

Stoke Bet365

Reds Held

The Reds come into this match on the back of a 2-2 draw against Bournemouth, another poor result for Liverpool.

It was the perfect start for Bournemouth, with Benik Afobe (7) giving the Cherries a deserved early lead.

Phillippe Coutinho (40), equalised for the hostss on the stroke of half-time, and it proved to be a crucial intervention.

Divock Origi (59), scored his second goal in as many matches, with the Belgian enjoying an excellent run of form.

Liverpool's defensive frailties were again exposed late on, with Joshua King (87) equalizing for Bournemouth.

Mixed Season So Far

Liverpool started the season in excellent fashion, but they have struggled to beat the sides below them.

They were looking like the only realistic challengers to Chelsea at one stage, they now find themselves 3rd in the table.

The Reds are unbeaten in five matches, with their last defeat coming against Leicester at the King Power.

Key Match For Klopp

The match against Stoke is another key match for Liverpool, they go into the match as heavy favourites.

Liverpool have to find a way to win these types of games, they are without key players Mane and Lallana though.

Liverpool will be looking to continue their overall record against Stoke. They have won 53, drawn 27 and lost 19 of their 99 meetings.

Liverpool are 17/20 with Roberto Firmino at 4/1 to open the scoring.



West Brom vs Southampton – Saturday 8th April 2017 – 15:00

West Brom

West Brom are 2/1 with Salomon Rondon at 11/2 to score first.

West Brom welcome Southampton to the Hawthorns this Saturday, in a match that pits 8th against 9th.

West Brom come into this match on the back of a 2-0 defeat, away against struggling Watford.

The Hornets got the ideal start through M'Baye Niang (13), with a brilliant strike from outside the box.

On loan from AC Milan, Niang then provided a fine assist for captain Troy Deeney early in the second half (49).

It didn't go all Watford's way, with Miguel Britos sent off in the 65th minute for a second bookable offence.

It was another poor performance from the Baggies, who are now without a win in their last two matches.

Baggies Mixed

It has been a breakthrough season for West Brom, they have been absolutely phenomenal for the most part.

The club find themselves behind Everton, who are now seven points ahead of them in 7th.

Tony Pulis' side have a mixed record in the last six matches, with two wins, one draw and three defeats.

They come into this match in 8th place in the Premier League, which is an incredible position for the club to be in.

Baggies Underdogs

West Brom come into this match as underdogs, despite home advantage and their excellent season.

The Baggies face a challenge in the form of Southampton, they will be looking to avoid successive defeats.

Tony Pulis side will be targeting back to back wins against the Saints, having won 2-1 at St.Mary's.

West Brom

Saints Mixed

Southampton come into this match on the back of a great win, a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at home.

The visitors took the lead throughChristian Benteke midway through the first half (31), with the Belgian scoring his second in as many games.

Southampton equalised just before half time, with Nathan Redmond (45) scoring in the dying minutes of the first half.

Claude Peul's side left it late to win the match, with Maya Yoshida scoring the Saints second just six minutes before time (84).J Ward-Prowse (85)

James Ward-Prowse made it 3-1 just a minute later (85), with Palace completely capitulating.

Saints Looking For Back To Back Wins

Claude Puel will be delighted with their performance, especially on the back of the draw at the weekend.

Manolo Gabbiadini, the signing from Napoli has been a revelation, will be missing from this match meaning Long and Rodriguez will have to take up his mantle.

They will now be looking for as high a finish as possible, with 9th place the minimum target.

Saints Favourites

Southampton come into the match as favourites, with their recent form and results dictating the bookies odds.

Claude Puel's side will be looking to build on that excellent win, and finish the league season in style.

The Saints will be looking to register their first win at the Hawthorns in three seasons, when they won 1-0.

Southampton are 7/5 with Shane Long at 5/1 to open the scoring.



West Ham vs Swansea – Saturday 8th April 2017 – 15:00

West Ham are 21/20 with Andy Carroll at 9/2 to score first.

West Ham welcome Swansea to the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with West Ham in poor form.

Slaven Bilic's side come into this match on the back of another defeat, this time a 3-0 loss against Arsenal.

The first half was a quiet affair, with both sides evenly matched and no goals scored.

It took until the 58th minute when Mesut Ozil opened the scoring for the Gunners, with the German slotting past Darren Randolph.

Arsenal doubled their advantage 10 minutes later through Theo Walcott (68), who scored his second goal in as many matches.

Olivier Giroud (83) made it 3-0 with seven minutes to go, it was the final act in another dismal chapter for West Ham.

Home Comforts

The London Stadium hasn't been the happiest of hunting grounds for the Hammers this season.

West Ham come into this match in poor recent form, it was the Hammers fifth straight defeat, they are in freefall.

This run has seen them go from a position of strength to the verge of relegation, with just five points separating them and Hull.

Slaven Bilic has come in for immense criticism as well, with the owners rumoured to be running out of patience.

Massive Fixture

West Ham face a tough challenge against Swansea, they come into the match as favourites though.

Slaven Bilic's side face a resurgent Swansea side, with Paul Clement having a great impact at the Liberty.

The Hammers will be looking to draw on the result earlier in the season, when West Ham won 4-1 at the Liberty.

West Ham

Swansea Drop Down

Swansea come into this match on the back of a narrow 3-1 defeat against Tottenham, with Paul Clement's side unlucky.

Wayne Routledge (11) opened the scoring for Swansea, who were looking to register a crucial win in their relegation battle.

They led for the next 77 minutes in the match, but they conceded three goals late on to suffer a sickening defeat.

Dele Alli (88) levelled the scoring to continue his impressive season, which has seen him linked with Bavarian Giants Bayern Munich.

Heung-Min Son (90+1) gave Spurs the lead just three minutes later, with Christian Eriksen (90+4) completing the miraculous win.

Upturn In Fortunes

Swansea come into the match with a poor recent record, they have suffered four defeats, one win and one defeat in the last six matches.

Clement has done a phenomenal job at Swansea, but they do appear to have run out of steam and will need a much-improved performance.

They have dropped into the relegation zone after that recent defeat, with Hull now ahead of them by two points.

Swans Underdogs

Swansea head into this fixture as the underdogs, with poor recent results informing the bookies.

They will be looking to register their ninth win of the season, and to better recent results.

The Swans will be looking to avenge the 4-1 defeat earlier in the season, and gain a crucial result in their relegation battle.

Swansea are 12/5 with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente at 7/1 to open the scoring.


Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Firmino to score first @ 4/1 and 2-2 draw @ 12/1

Tip 2 – Rondon to score first @ 11/2 and West Brom to win 2-1 @ 10/1

Tip 3– Baston to score first @ 17/2 and West Ham to win 2-1 @ 15/2

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *