Two teams in excellent form face off in the match of the weekend on Sunday as Liverpool host Manchester City. This and other games previewed and tipped below

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Liverpool and Manchester City to draw at 5/2 Ladbrokes

West Brom to beat Southampton at 5/2 Ladbrokes

West Ham to beat Crystal Palace at 21/20 BetVictor

Liverpool v Manchester City

Liverpool have won 8 out of the their last 10 in the league and are now two points off fourth. Quite the turn-around from the inconsistencies of earlier in the season, brought about by tactical changes from Rodgers that have seen Can placed into a back three, a place found for Markovic, Coutinho in a free role and Sterling as a false number nine. Now Sturridge is returning to add the  side, used sparingly so far, to add the goal threat that the team was lacking so much in the early part of the season.

Manchester City meanwhile finally have all their major players fit and available. First and foremost of course Yaya Ture, back from AFCON and vital to their chances and with Aguero scoring goals again and Bony to come into the side they look well placed to make a run at Chelsea through to the conclusion of the season

In terms of  prices on this game Manchester City 6/4 looks on the short side, Liverpool 2/1 more reasonable but in what should be a very close game the draw at 5/2 with Ladbrokes makes most appeal

WBA v Southampton

West Brom now have one defeat in Tony Pulis’s nine games in charge and with defensive organisation they have become very difficult to beat, and haven’t conceded a goal in their last three games, winning two of them at home.

Southampton at home is a tough game of course with the team under Koeman defying expectations of a “reversion to the mean” in their results all season. 

However we are getting 5/2 on the home side here, a well organised side that aren’t leaking goals which makes the odds attractive especially when we consider that Southampton are as short as 5/4

West Ham v Crystal Palace

The early game on Saturday sees West Ham at greater than even money (21/20 William Hill) to win this London derby. On their form this season, including being unfortunate not to win at White Hart Lane last weekend, West Ham should be too good for Palace who have improved under Pardew without recent results to show for it, albeit losses to Arsenal and Liverpool reflect a tough run of games

West Ham have scored 15 headed goals in the league this season, six more than any other side in the league but that belies an approach of more attractive football and greater scoring firepower through the team compared to prior seasons as reflected in a comfortable top half position

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Liverpool and Manchester City to draw at 5/2 Ladbrokes

West Brom to beat Southampton at 5/2 Ladbrokes

West Ham to beat Crystal Palace at 21/20 BetVictor