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Hammers host Villans, Man Utd meet Stoke in Tuesday tussles

| 02.02.2016

Holly Thackeray | February 1, 2016

There is a terrific Tuesday evening televised Premier League match to keep customers entertained midweek, as West Ham United welcome Aston Villa, while Bournemouth travel to Crystal Palace, Manchester United meet Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion encounter Swansea City. Games galore and brilliant betting markets in store…

West Ham United v Aston Villa

  • Premier League
  • Kick off: 19:45 GMT
  • Upton Park, east London
  • Live on BT Sport 1

West Ham have been more than able to hold their own against the big-guns since Slaven Bilic took over in summer, highlighted by the Hammers holding Liverpool and Man City to draws in their last two outings.

So, at Upton Park, the Irons are odds-on 5/6 favourites to win this wrangle between two claret and blue clubs, despite rock bottom Villa’s recent revival.

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West Ham have, at times, struggled against teams in the bottom half of the table, preferring to break clubs down on the counter. This means playmaker Dimitri Payet (7/4 to strike anytime) will be important for picking holes through Remi Garde’s wobbly rearguard, with partner in crime Enner Valencia (4/1 to draw first blood) in fine form plus Victor Moses and Michail Antonio to provide width.

As for Aston Villa, they have not been in target in two across all competitions, with Jordan Ayew and co receiving scraps for service, making Bilic’s boys nifty at 9/5 to win to nil.

Crystal Palace v Bournemouth

  • Premier League
  • Kick off: 20:00 GMT
  • Selhurst Park, south London

Bournemouth tend to do well on the road, while Palace have lost all of their last four league frays, meaning the Cherries a tempting pick at 21/10 for an away win.

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The Eagles did overcome Stoke last time out in the FA Cup, but are still struggling for strikes, though mercurial marksman Emmanuel Adebayor may make his debut at Selhurst Park, and is 5/1 to have the final say.

While, the south coast guests have plenty who can perform to ensure they pinch three points on the day, with dangermen Glenn Murray and Benik Afobe value punts at 6/4 and 11/2 to notch anytime and first respectively.

Manchester United v Stoke City

  • Premier League
  • Kick off: 20:00 GMT
  • Old Trafford, Manchester

Stoke will make the short trek to Manchester after two cup exits in a row, but the Potters will be buoyed having already beaten the Red Devils in the reverse.

Though, in Man Utd’s favour, Stoke have failed to come away with victory at Old Trafford in any of their last 15 attempts. Louis van Gaal is odds-on at 7/10 to receive another reprieve with glory here, though a draw at 5/2 is worth a flutter considering both clubs’ recent woes.

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Skipper Wayne Rooney has found the spring in his step again after striking six in as many of his last matches, is 7/1 to bag a brace or better. While Spanish plotter Juan Mata’s found the net against Stoke last season and was on hand to dispatch a tidy finish last time out, so is excellent at 11/4 in the anytime market. While, for the Potters, Bojan is a brilliant identical price in the same market.

West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City

  • Premier League
  • Kick off: 20:00 GMT
  • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich

New gaffer Francesco Guidolin appears to have the golden touch, with two wins on the trot for the Swans under his tutelage. Now clambering calmly away from the relegation wrangle, back the Welsh club at 2/1 to get the better of the Baggies.

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West Brom are struggling to kill off games but, if Saido Berahino stays and it brought back into the fold, the striker is 7/4 to score anytime and build on his weekend brace. Though, for a result, Albion are still best priced for a 19/10 draw than and 8/5 triumph, with Andre Ayew (2/1) back in electric form for Swansea and new boy Alberto Paloschi (6/4) a potential ace up Guidolin’s sleeve.


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Coral’s top tip: With Villa drawing blanks again, back Bilic’s Hammers at 9/5 to win to nil!

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Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.