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The FA Cup has been and gone, and we're back into the hurly-burly of the Premier League. It's a midweek bonanza for week 25, with Swansea hosting Arsenal, Crystal Palace traveling across London for a derby against West Ham, and The Terriers welcoming Liverpool to the John Smith's Stadium.

Three intriguing clashes, but who'll prevail? Our man runs the rule over the teams in our preview below, and suggests a cheeky treble that could have us singing in the street!   

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SWANSEA 1 V 2 ARSENAL

ALL MATCH ODDS | Arsenal with a late swansong

Swansea may still be rock bottom, but any side that can prevent Liverpool from scoring surely has an chance of still being in the Premier League come next August. That said, they’ll need to be as Arsenal showed there is life after Sanchez, blitzing Palace in an opening 20-minute salvo that saw four scored and none conceded. That they’ve looked more solid since Carlos Carvalhal took over goes without saying: they have us once defeat in just one defeat in the seven matches since he took over and have  kept a clean sheet in each of their three home wins in the Premier League so far this season. If they can ignore what will be a fervent home clamour to get forward, keep it tight and perhaps nick one or two, then the Swans definitely have a chance. Can they?

Arsenal have won four of their last five Premier League meetings with Swansea City (L1), including the last three in a row, but Wenger's men have won just one of their last seven away matches in all competitions. They will target this match as the one in which they can get their away record back on track, and with a place in the league Cup final sewn up the Gunners will look to rack-up as many points as possible in the League as they look to solidify a top-four position and Champions League football next season. Wenger could welcome Henrikh Mkhitaryan to the side and it’ll be interesting to see how he Armenian slots in; he’ll certainly feel he has a point to prove. 

Renato Sanches misses this one with a tight hamstring, joining on-loam Tammy Abrahams on the sidelines. Fabianski and Bartley could both face their former club. Danny Welbeck is a major doubt and with reports suggesting Giroud is on his way out, the French International may not be risked. Santa Cazorla remains a long-term absentee.

What We Sayin’?

Arsenal have struggled on the road, whilst Swansea are improving leaps and bounds under theoir new manager. At first glance this seems a straight-forward away win, but Arsenal will be made to work for this one. However, we can see Wenger's side leaving The Liberty with all three points, thanks to a late surge.  

  • BTTS - Yes | 5/6
  • BTTS, Over 2.5 goals | 6/5
  • Arsenal to win both halves - NO | 3/10
  • Mkhitaryan 1st GS | 4/1
  • Mkhitaryan anytime GS  | 13/10
  • Arsenal to win 1-2 | 7/1

WEST HAM 2 V 2 CRYSTAL PALACE

ALL MATCH ODDS | Honours even in this all-London affair

West Ham host Crystal Palace in a London Derby just days after bowing out of the FA Cup, losing 2-0 to lower league Wigan. If that wasn’t enough, the hammers come into this game with seven injuries weakening their squad, a fact that hasn’t been lost on manager David Moyes, nor the fans. Having said that, Moyes has made them difficult to beat in the league, and a derby could be just the short in the arm they’ll need after the dispiriting FA Cup loss. To be fair to West Ham, the 2-0 defeat at the DW Stadium was a first loss in eight games for David Moyes’ men, who have won four and drawn four of their last nine league fixtures.

Palace are looking to dodge their third consecutive away day loss, having been thrashed 4-1 by Arsenal, and losing the M6 derby 2-1 to Brighton. That they scored will give manager Roy Hodgson heart, but he’ll now they need to shore it up at the back if they are to keep churning over the points. The Eagles have only lost three of their last fifteen games, all London derbies (Arsenal twice, Spurs once). 

Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid are all out for the Hammers. Roy Hodgson will have to make do without Sakho, Dann, and Loftus-Cheek. 

What We Sayin’?

West Ham United are unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches against West Ham United are unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches against Crystal Palace, winning three and drawing two. Moyes will demand a response from his troops after Saturday’s shambles. The last seven meetings between the two has produced 24 goals, and we can see another high-scoring affair tonight. 

  • BTTS - Yes | 5/6
  • BTTS, Over 2.5 goals | 6/5
  • West Ham to score in both halves - YES | 7/2
  • Zaha 1st GS | 5/1
  • Zaha anytime GS  | 2/1
  • 2-2 draw | 12/1

HUDDERSFIELD 1 V 3 LIVERPOOL

ALL MATCH ODDS | The Red Machine to crank into gear

The Terriers welcome Liverpool to the John Smith’s stadium knowing full well they could be on the receiving end of a Liverpool backlash. David Wagner’s side, yet to lose back-to-back Premier League matches are not enjoying the best of runs, however, and the ex-Mainz star knows his former team-mate Klopp will have his charges gee’d up for this one. The FA Cup draw against Birmingham halted a worrying run of losses for the Terriers, and Wagner will be hoping they can bring that solidity into tonight’s match.  

Liverpool opened the scoring through Roberto Firmino against West Brom before shipping three against a low-scoring Baggies side. That result, coming just five games after the defeat to bottom club Swansea has seen the knives come out for Klopp’s side, who ended Man City’s unbeaten run in a seven-goal thriller. Going forward, Liverpool can be unplayable, but there are real problems at the back, despite the acquisition of £75million Van Dijk.    

Elias Kachunga and Jon Stankovic are both long-term absentees for The Terriers, who should be able to recall Tom Ince to face his former employers. Centre-back Ragnar Klavan and midfielder Adam Lalana could both feature for the Reds. Nahaniel Clyne is out, and Sturridge, linked with a move to Newcastle, will probably be ‘rested’.

Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid are all out for the Hammers. Roy Hodgson will have to make do without Sakho, Dann, and Loftus-Cheek. 

What We Sayin’?

Some things are meant to be: Tom Ince scoring against his former club could be just that. Liverpool will demand a response and whilst Huddersfield on a cold, wet Tuesday isn’t ideal, we’ve a feeling Liverpool will revert to winning ways, especially with Spurs breathing down their necks.

  • BTTS - Yes | 11/10
  • BTTS, Over 2.5 goals | 6/4
  • Liverpool to score in both halves | 11/10
  • Firminho 1st GS | 3/1
  • Ince anytime GS  | 7/2
  • 1-3 | 11/1

 

Stan's Tasty Treble: 

A £10 treble on our score casts: Swansea 1 v 2 Arsenal, West Ham 2 v 2 Crystal Palace, and Hudds 1 v 3 Liverpool, potentially returns £12,480.00!*

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