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Premier League: Potential relegation battlers all in action

| 24.10.2015

Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | October 23, 2015

Premier League Saturday 3pm kick-offs

The Premier League returns following midweek European action, and Coral preview three Saturday 3pm fixtures, all of whom could be potential relegation battlers near the end of the season.

Stoke City are at home to newly-promoted Watford, play-off winners Norwich City host West Bromwich Albion while form-lacking Aston Villa entertain Swansea City.

Stoke v Watford

  • Premier League
  • Saturday, October 24th
  • Kick-off: 15:00 BST
  • Britannia Stadium, Stoke

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Stoke City v Leicester City - Britannia Stadium

This will be the two teams’ first meeting since the 2007/08 Championship season, but this fixture rarely sees goals.

In five of the last six head-to-heads, not including Watford’s anomaly 3-0 away win in 2005, just three strikes have been seen, therefore take tempting odds of 17/10 for the match total to be under 1.5. The last two duels in fact, finished 0-0, so odds of 7/1 are available for that scoreline once more.

Stoke, though, are in good form of late, after a poor start to the season, having won their last three in the league, which is why they are the 21/20 favourites to beat Watford (11/4).

Mame Biram Diouf and Jon Walters have got most of the Potters’ goals this term, with three apiece, and are both 6/4 shouts to net anytime here. Odion Ighalo has five of the Hornets’ six strikes this term and is a 7/4 chance.

Norwich v West Brom

  • Premier League
  • Saturday, October 24th
  • Kick-off: 15:00 BST
  • Carrow Road, Norwich

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - West Bromwich Albion v Everton - The Hawthornes

The Canaries have got the better of West Brom in recent clashes, winning five of the last seven, and are therefore even-money favourites.

Tony Pulis’ men (14/5), though, triumphed last time out against Sunderland to spoil Sam Allardyce’s debut, while Norwich haven’t tasted victory in their last four, losing the previous two.

Despite his early season troubles, Saido Berahino has managed three goals for the Baggies so far, and is an enticing 7/4 chance to score anytime again. For Norwich, Nathan Redmond has found the net four times, and is 15/8 in the same market.

Aston Villa v Swansea

  • Premier League
  • Saturday, October 24th
  • Kick-off: 15:00 BST
  • Villa Park, Birmingham

Soccer - Pre-Season Friendly - Swansea City v Deportivo La Coruna - Liberty Stadium

Swansea have loved playing Villa in recent seasons, having won the last three and are undefeated against them in five. With the hosts in dire form, losing their last five in the league, back Garry Monk’s men for victory at 13/8.

Although the Villans (15/8 shouts) have lacked points, Rudy Gestede and Scott Sinclair have managed nine goals between them and are respective 7/4 and 2/1 chances to score anytime.

Summer signing Andre Ayew (7/4) and Bafetimbi Gomis (6/5) have four strikes apiece, while the former could be up against his brother Jordan, who is a 2/1 shout.


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Coral’s top tip: Stoke and Watford rarely get goals when they meet, so take odds of 17/10 for the match total to be under 1.5



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.