The Canaries were leading 1-0 at Arsenal before being pegged back in the final five minutes, although their match against Reading looks like an ideal chance to bag three points.
Meanwhile, Stoke City travel to Loftus Road in desperate need of points, while Sunderland will feel confident of beating Everton after that amazing 3-0 win in the derby.
Fulham v Arsenal 3pm
Martin Jol felt that Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat at home to Chelsea was not an accurate reflection of the match, with Fulham having battled valiantly in the first half without getting a reward.
“I thought we were great in the first half. We should have scored in the second minute but didn’t and then we didn’t close Luiz in midfield. It was a great shot but we could have closed it down” said Jol.
The Cottagers have another tough London derby on Saturday when Arsenal make the short trip to West London and the Gunners are a best price 3/4 (BetVictor) to compound Fulham’s misery by claiming victory at the weekend.
Arsene Wenger’s team were frustrated on Tuesday night by an Everton team who defended resolutely, although they will be looking to stretch five points clear of Tottenham by landing the spoils ahead of Spurs’ tough home match against Manchester City.
Perhaps Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will start the game and the England youngster has looked dangerous during cameo appearances against Norwich City and Everton, with Ladbrokes offering an enticing 10/1 about the winger scoring the first of this contest.
Fulham are a best price 4/1 with Sky Bet to win the game and that is perhaps an overreaction to the defeat by Chelsea, especially with the players surely determined to make life difficult for their opponents.
Dimitar Berbatov is an 8/1 chance with Paddy Power to score first and let’s not forget that Fulham really served it up to the same opponents at the Emirates when drawing 3-3, with odds of 29/10 available that the game ends all square.
We’re fancying a few goals to be scored in this match and the best odds about Over 2.5 Goals is 4/6, with a 2-2 draw available to back at 16/1 and we can see an open game between two teams both going for a win.
Norwich City v Reading 3pm
It has got to the stage where Reading could be relegated if results don’t go their way at the weekend, with the Royals ten points adrift of safety and Nigel Adkins already starting to plan for life in the Championship next term.
Not that it’s the manager’s fault they have been relegated, having only recently taken the reins after the odd decision to dispense with the services of Brian McDermott. However, the visitors can potentially adopt a carefree attitude for their trip to Carrow Road and we have seen dafter bets than the 4/1 (Paddy Power) about an away win.
Norwich were hard done by at the Emirates when leading 1-0 until the 85th minute when the referee spotted something innocuous and gifted Arsenal a way back into the match. It does leave City just four clear of the drop zone and three points is surely a must for their survival hopes.
Ladbrokes go 3/4 about a home win for the Canaries although they have won just six of their sixteen matches in front of their own supporters, while just one win has been recorded during the team’s last thirteen games.
BetVictor go 29/10 about the game finishing all square although perhaps we will see Norwich edging matters by a solitary goal, with the same bookie offering 7/1 about a 1-0 win which would virtually confirm the east Anglian team remain a top flight entity.
QPR v Stoke City 3pm
Rangers need a minor miracle to stay in the Premier League following last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park which could have seen Everton score six. Harry Redknapp looks as though he’ll stick around to manage the club in the Championship next term and will now tell his players that new contracts depend on bright performances.
QPR have barely improved since Mark Hughes was sacked and Redknapp installed as his replacement, with the west London side having won just four matches in the top flight all term, although they played pretty well in their last game at Loftus Road despite being reduced to ten men against Wigan.
Rangers are the 5/4 favourites (BetVictor) to claim victory on Saturday against a Stoke team who are in a spot of bother themselves, with Sunday’s defeat against Manchester United leaving the team 16th in the table and just three points clear of safety.
One bright note for QPR has been the scoring form of Loic Remy and the forward could be a prized commodity during the summer if the Hoops drop down to the second tier, with the Frenchman 9/2 to add more value to his transfer fee by breaking the deadlock in this match.
How Tony Pulis could do with a player like Remy considering how toothless the Stoke attack has been all season, with City now scrapping with Aston Villa and Wigan to avoid an infamous return to the Championship having stayed afloat in the Premier League for several seasons.
Scoring goals has been a big problem for the Potters in recent months and that explains why Paddy Power are prepared to go 12/5 about City claiming the spoils in this match, with Stoke likely to be satisfied with a point and Coral go 12/5 that the game ends all square.
Sunderland v Everton 3pm
Paolo Di Canio was a surprise appointment at the Stadium of Light a fortnight ago, although the Italian saw his Sunderland team narrowly beaten at Chelsea before they tore Newcastle apart during last weekend’s derby which means the new Head Coach has a high approval rating with the season drawing to a close.
The Black Cats appear to be rejuvenated under Di Canio and victory on Saturday would see the Wearside team slink towards mid-table with four games remaining. You would have to say that 5/2 (William Hill) about a home win looks pretty big based on that derby win, with the team carrying lots of momentum into this match.
Everton will adopt a different approach to the one which saw them manfully claim a point at the Emirates Stadium, with David Moyes eyeing this fixture as one that they can win, even if it’s a bad time to be travelling to the Stadium of Light.
The Toffees have only lost four on the road all term although they have not really enjoyed the winning habit away from home since the early weeks of the season where facile victories at Villa and Swansea were recorded.
Ladbrokes’ 5/4 about an away win looks a bit on the skinny side based on the stats, with Di Canio set to enjoy a rapturous reception before the match kicks off and suddenly it doesn’t appear a concern that Lee Cattermole and Steven Fletcher are out injured.
Stephane Sessegnon is a 10/1 chance with BetVictor to score the first goal and Adam Johnson could also be a touch of value at 14/1, while Kevin Mirallas looks the pick of the bunch for Everton.
Swansea City v Southampton 3pm
Swansea supporters will be looking forward to next season after Cardiff City bagged promotion on Tuesday night which means two south Wales derbies will take place for the first time in the Premier League next term.
It’s been a vintage year for the Swans who have lifted the Capital One Cup and are now trying to secure a high finish in the top flight to demonstrate that they are the country’s top dogs, having claimed 41 points from their 32 matches this season.
BetVictor offer a best price 11/8 that City win Saturday’s match and it’s high time that Swansea returned to winning ways after four games without a victory, although the team have enjoyed a fortnight’s break since a 2-2 draw at Norwich which should stand them in good stead.
Michu continues to score goals for the Swans and Coral go 5/1 that the Spaniard scores the first of this encounter against a Southampton team who are enjoying a good run of form which means the Saints are virtually safe from relegation.
They have even started to win on the road with a 2-0 triumph at Reading being sandwiched by wins against Liverpool and Chelsea, something that means the visitors can actually go level on points with Swansea if they win this encounter.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are unbeaten in their last five matches and 21/10 (bet365) about an away win looks reasonably attractive, while you can also get odds of 5/4 with Paddy Power that the Saints win on the Draw No Bet market which means money back if the game ends all square.
West Brom v Newcastle 3pm
Alan Pardew was celebrating with the Toon Army after a recent 1-0 win against Fulham, although the Newcastle manager made a hasty exit down the tunnel after Sunday’s derby humiliation against Sunderland which saw the Black Cats win 3-0 at St James’ Park.
It means that the Magpies are once again left looking over their shoulder, sitting 13th in the table and the fact that they have won just one match on the road all term means we can’t be confident they will get a positive result from Saturday’s trip to The Hawthorns.
Perhaps Newcastle will end up paying for that Europa League campaign which saw them recently go out at the quarter final stage, with the north-east side having lost on their last four road trips in the Premier League and they appear to also have a difficult run-in.
Bet365 go 11/5 about an away win on Saturday, with Pardew likely to set his team up to defend in numbers and get a point that would restore some pride and see United inching towards safety, although West Brom might be in an unforgiving mood.
Steve Clarke was actually assistant manager to Ruud Gullit back in 1998 while the Scot took charge of the Magpies for one game before leaving for Chelsea. He will have been delighted by his team’s performances this term and BetVictor go 13/10 about a home win to gain revenge for the 2-1 defeat at St James’ Park earlier this term.
The Baggies are without a win in their last three matches, having lost at home to Arsenal most recently although they had previously claimed victories against Swansea and Sunderland, with Romelu Lukaku potentially coming back into the team for this encounter.
West Ham v Wigan Athletic 3pm
The Latics remain three points adrift of safety after Wednesday’s narrow defeat at the Etihad Stadium which saw Carlos Tevez score a late winner when it looked as though Wigan might secure a valuable point.
Roberto Martinez’s team now head south hoping that they don’t get relegated in the same season that the club appear in their first ever FA Cup final, with the visitors available at 11/5 with bet365 to claim victory at Upton Park and significantly improve their chances of staying in the top flight.
Wigan have been playing well in recent weeks and will draw confidence from their performance against Manchester City despite losing the match, although they will have to achieve something that Manchester United failed on Wednesday night, with the Red Devils only able to muster a draw at the Boleyn Ground.
The Hammers played really well against the champions-elect and felt a sense of injustice after an offside Robin van Persie snared a late equaliser after goals from Vaz Te and Diame had twice given the home team the lead.
Mohamed Diame used to be on the books at Wigan and odds of 22/1 look fairly tasty about the Senegalese midfielder breaking the deadlock against his former club, especially after scoring a brilliant goal against United during the week.
West Ham are a best price 5/4 with Coral to win this Premier League contest and their physical might could prove too much for their opponents, especially with Andy Carroll playing well and throwing his weight about. The on-loan striker is 11/2 to score the first of Saturday’s contest.
The teams drew 0-0 in the reverse fixture at the DW Stadium and perhaps we will see a similar scoreline at the weekend considering both teams were in action midweek. Coral go 12/1 about No Goalscorer and if you fancy the visitors to nick this by the odd goal, odds of 11/1 are available.