Anfield angst for Arsenal

After going through the first half of the season unbeaten, Liverpool can get the second half of their campaign underway in style by beating Arsenal at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have only failed to win three of their top-flight matches so far this term, but one of those was against the Gunners at the beginning of November, when Alexandre Lacazette’s late equaliser ensured the clash finished 1-1.

Arsenal may have improved under Unai Emery this season, but they still have defensive frailties and Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Brighton means they have only won two of their last five matches, while they have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 encounters.

They have few problems at the other end of the pitch though and have scored in every Premier League match since losing 2-0 at home to Manchester City on the opening weekend of the campaign.

They may struggle at Anfield though where Liverpool have conceded just two goals in nine games, so a narrow 1-0 victory for Klopp’s team represents good value at 10.50.

In-form Foxes to keep run going

Several teams can lay claim to having had excellent weeks, but Leicester City may have had the best of the lot as they have upset the form-book to post back-to-back victories against Chelsea and Manchester City.

It had been suggested that Claude Puel’s job was on the line but, for all their inconsistency, on their day the Foxes continue to show they can live with the best.

However, they have a different problem to come to terms with this weekend as Cardiff City are the visitors to the King Power Stadium.

Neil Warnock’s side ground out a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Wednesday, just four days after the Eagles had beaten Manchester City.

That point was only the second the Bluebirds have won on their travels in nine attempts but it has helped to keep them out of the relegation zone.

It may be asking too much of them to take anything from Leicester though and a draw at half time and a Foxes win after 90 minutes can be backed at 4.10.

Seagulls can frustrate Everton

Like Leicester, Everton have been very inconsistent this season, exemplified by their results this week. A 6-2 home drubbing by Tottenham was followed up three days later by a 5-1 thrashing of Burnley at Turf Moor.

Wednesday’s triumph was only the second away victory of the season for Marco Silva’s side and they are coming up against a Brighton team that continue to impress on home soil – the 1-1 draw with Arsenal means they have only lost twice in nine games at the Amex Stadium this season.

Another 1-1 draw at 6.55 could be the outcome of this weekend’s encounter.

Toothless Terriers to lose again

Fulham will still be kicking themselves after failing to hold on to their narrow lead against Wolves on Boxing Day and having to settle for a 1-1 draw.

At least Claudio Ranieri appears to have instilled a measure of defensive solidity to his team, although Romain Saiss’ late equaliser at Craven Cottage was the 43rd Fulham had conceded in the first half of the campaign.

Wednesday’s draw lifted Fulham off the foot of the table and elevated them above this weekend’s opponents, Huddersfield Town, who have lost their last six matches.

The Terriers have only won two matches all season, but one of those was a 1-0 triumph against Fulham in November.

However, Ranieri’s side can gain some revenge for that setback by beating Town by a one-goal margin (3.40).

No stopping free-scoring Spurs

Tottenham have scored 11 goals in their last two matches and taken maximum points from their last five encounters since losing 4-2 at Arsenal earlier this month.

The 5-0 Boxing Day drubbing of Bournemouth lifted Spurs up to second in the table and, although they may have to settle for a slender victory this weekend, Mauricio Pochettino’s team can make it 18 points from six games by beating Wolves at Wembley.

Christian Eriksen is good value at 8.00 to score the first goal, after bagging the opener on Boxing Day.

Stumbling City to get back on track

Manchester City thrashed Southampton 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium last month, but Saints are a different beast now under the stewardship of Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Few people predicted that City would lose three games this season, let alone three in 18 days. It is true that Pep Guardiola has a lengthy injury list to contend with, but he will be concerned that his side have conceded eight goals in their last four games.

Another defeat on the south coast could leave City 10 points behind Liverpool, but they should be good enough to return to winning ways this weekend with a two-goal victory for Guardiola’s side available at 3.90.

Benitez to enjoy rare double

Rafa Benitez has suggested that it would be a miracle if Newcastle United stayed up this season but, even after the 4-0 drubbing at Liverpool, they are five points clear of the drop-zone.

The Magpies have scored 14 goals this season – only Huddersfield have found the net fewer times – but they did register a 1-0 victory against this weekend’s opponents Watford at St James’ Park last month.

Watford are a difficult side to gauge and it may be worth looking at odds of 4.45 on the Magpies competing the double over the Hornets and winning at Vicarage Road.

Chelsea can enjoy derby triumph

Goals have been at a premium at Selhurst Park this season, where Crystal Palace have only scored five times in nine matches but conceded just eight.

Chelsea have won their last two away matches 2-1 and are 9.00 to triumph by the same scoreline on Sunday.

Burnley to get back to basics

Burnley’s demise this season has been hard to believe, but the facts show that they have let in more goals in the first half of this season (41) than in the whole of the 2017/18 campaign (39).

They had conceded just 15 goals at this stage last term and had 20 more points.

After losing 5-1 at home to Everton, Sean Dyche will be keen to get back to basics and a grim goalless draw against West Ham at 10.50 may be worth looking at.

Ole can secure another home success

Finally, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s favourable run of fixtures continues with a home clash against a Bournemouth team that have slipped into the bottom half of the table, after losing seven of their last nine matches.

A routine 2-0 win for United at Old Trafford can be backed at 8.25.