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Foxes to edge Hammers, Arsenal to down Palace and Liverpool can carry on form

| 17.04.2016

Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | April 15, 2016

Leicester v West Ham United

  • Premier League
  • Sunday, April 17th
  • Kick-off: 13:30 BST
  • King Power, Leicester
  • Live on Sky Sports 1

Another 2-1 on the cards for Foxes?

Premier League leaders Leicester City have beaten top four chasers West Ham United 2-1 in each of their last three meetings, and are fantastic 15/2 shouts with Coral to win by that scoreline once more to further enhance their title hopes.

The Foxes (10/11 match favourites) are now within touching distance of lifting their maiden top-flight trophy, and best finish since coming second by a point in the 1928/29 season, being seven points ahead of Tottenham with just five games to go.

Leicester clubman Andy King may not have featured in as many games as he’d hoped this season, but has a great scoring record against the Hammers, getting four in six appearances. The Wales international is almost guaranteed not to start, but is an enticing 6/1 to net anytime, or 16/1 to strike last.

Sunderland v Leicester City - Barclays Premier League - Stadium of Light

In-form Hammers to give Foxes a tough test

However, West Ham (14/5 for victory) are on an unbeaten run of seven in the league, and are a wounded animal after losing to Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals. The east Londoners are 5/2 to get a fourth successive draw, though.

Andy Carroll and Dimitri Payet have been the key men for Slaven Bilic in recent weeks, and are both 11/4 shouts in the anytime market.

For the hosts, though, usual suspects Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are even-money and 5/4 to strike anytime and increase their incredible goal tallies this term. Yorkshireman Vardy will be hoping to overtake compatriot Harry Kane, being one behind on 21, while Mahrez has 16.

A tempting price to take for this match is 29/10 on Leicester winning and both teams scoring.

Arsenal v Crystal Palace

  • Premier League
  • Sunday, April 17th
  • Kick-off: 16:00 BST
  • Emirates, north London
  • Live on Sky Sports 1

Arsenal to gun down plummeting Eagles

In the other live fixture of the day, Arsenal too have beaten Palace 2-1 in each of their last three meetings, so you can also back them at 15/2 to win by that scoreline again.

The Gunners have defeated the Eagles in their last six duels as well, which is why they are the odds-on 4/11 match favourites.

Palace (15/2 chances), on the other hand, are in shocking form, though have improved slightly recently having not lost in three to virtually drag themselves to Premier League safety, being just two off the 40-point mark. A draw at 15/4 is perhaps their best hope at the Emirates.

Arsenal v Watford - Premier League match -  Stadium

Gunners still aiming to overtake Spurs

With Arsenal now 13 points off the top of the table, it seems that their only aim now this season is securing a top three finish and getting above their bitter north London rivals Spurs.

They certainly aren’t short of goals, getting 11 in their last four matches, and the likes of Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez are all even-money to strike anytime. Their newest starlet Alex Iwobi, though, is a more enticing 15/8 shout.

As for Palace, they have an array of talent in attack too, with forwards such as Emmanuel Adebayor (10/3), Yannick Bolasie, Bakary Sako, Wilfried Zaha (all 5/1) and Jason Puncheon (11/2) all available.

Bournemouth v Liverpool

  • Premier League
  • Sunday, April 17th
  • Kick-off: 13:30 BST
  • Dean Court, Bournemouth

Can Reds carry on soaring?

Liverpool will be high in confidence after their thrilling 5-4 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League quarters on Thursday evening, and are 23/20 chances to beat Bournemouth.

The Cherries (12/5) have never defeated the Reds in eight previous attempts, but have drawn twice and are on a decent run in the league, gaining four victories in their last six, so a share of the spoils once more is 23/10.

Origi hoping to carry on fine form

Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Europa League - Quarter Final - Second Leg - Anfield

Divock Origi has been a revelation for Jurgen Klopp recently, scoring four in his last three in the top flight and in Europe, so is 5/4 to net anytime at Dean Court.

Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge have also been impressive, and are respective 7/4 and 6/5 chances in the same market.

For the hosts, Joshua King (2/1), Glenn Murray (11/4) and Junior Stanislas (10/3) have got the goals this term, while Callum Wilson is now back from injury and is 13/2 to strike last – most likely off the bench.

Coral’s top tip: Arsenal are a brilliant 15/2 price to beat Palace 2-1 for the third time in succession.


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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.