Makeshift Liverpool still too strong for Stoke

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The Premier League action continues this weekend and Saturday’s early match can set the tone as Liverpool entertain Stoke.

The Reds were irresistible at times as they defeated Roma 5-2 in the Champions League on Tuesday, but it is likely to be a team more like the one which drew 2-2 at West Brom last Saturday that features at Anfield.

That could be good news for the 19th-placed Potters, who have won just once under Paul Lambert and have not always gained the points their performances have deserved.

A makeshift side including the likes of Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez, Alberto Moreno and Danny Ings may cause Liverpool to struggle to find their rhythm although they should have enough to seal the home victory to zero at 6/5.

Of Saturday’s three o’clock games, Crystal Palace’s clash against Leicester could give punters the most joy. The Eagles are six points clear of the bottom three and have taken five points from their last three outings, meaning they hold plenty of value at 21/20.

This week’s talk about the Foxes has largely surrounded Claude Puel’s plans for next season and they already look like they are on the beach. It should be a good day for the Eagles and Wilfried Zaha’s 7/5 in the Anytime Scorer market can provide plenty of joy.

Newcastle also look good to beat West Brom at home on Saturday at 10/11 while Chelsea should have far too much for Swansea, with a Blues win to zero 6/5.

On to Sunday and Manchester City scored nine goals in their two trips to West Ham last term and, with the Hammers not exactly pulling up trees, over 3.5 goals may well be the bet here at 13/10.

Finally to Sunday’s late match and what may turn out to be the final Premier League meeting between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger.

Manchester United and Arsenal will walk out at Old Trafford with differing priorities, especially the Gunners, who have Europa League matters on the agenda. Wenger will have to make changes, something that could cost his side, and the home win to zero comes in at 7/5.

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