THE English Premier League returns this weekend after a brief hiatus for domestic cup action.
Liverpool and Manchester City are the headline act on Sunday afternoon, while the rest of the top six all have good chances to further their UEFA Champions League aspirations.
At the other end of the table, West Brom and Brighton face off in a battle of the Albions that could have big implications in the relegation equation.
Here are our best bets and value picks for the 23rd week of Premier League 2017-18.
EPL Accumulator of the Week
- Chelsea to beat Leicester – -400
- Crystal Palace and Burnley to draw – +225
- Man City to beat Liverpool – +120
- Arsenal to beat Bournemouth – -138.89
Chelsea vs. Leicester City: The Blues have not lost in over a month and are blessed with an empty treatment room. Leicester are dangerous yet inconsistent and could be without Riyad Mahrez, who is angling for a move to Liverpool. Expect a comfortable win for the Londoners, even if Alvaro Morata continues to misfire.
Crystal Palace vs. Burnley: The Eagles are on the up and up with only one defeat in their last 11 games. Burnley remain the best team outside the top six despite going winless in five games. The Clarets are remarkably competitive on the road, however, so another gutsy draw could be the order of the day.
Liverpool vs. Manchester City: These are the two form teams in the EPL. Liverpool are dealing with some significant personnel changes as they look to extend their unbeaten run to 14, and that alone could hand the advantage to a rampaging City side that smashed the Reds 5-1 at the Etihad earlier in the season.
Bournemouth vs. Arsenal: Five points in three games have breathed sweet oxygen into a gasping Bournemouth outfit. Arsenal haven’t lost since the first week of December, but they also haven’t gained ground on the five teams ahead of them. Despite prior missteps at Dean Court, the Gunners should have this.
Player focus: Roberto Firmino odds
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Mohammed Salah and Philippe Coutinho have hogged all the limelight at Liverpool this season.
But perhaps the most important man in the Merseyside club’s fabled forward-line is the least flashy of the bunch.
Roberto Firmino has well and truly answered any questions about whether he can hack it in the Premier League.
Not only does the Brazilian score and assist on a regular basis, he works his tail off as the first man in Jurgen Klopp’s fast-pressing defence.
The Reds will need every ounce of Firmino’s hustle and bustle if they are to reap revenge on Man City this weekend.
He should be hungry after three games without a goal.
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