Swansea v Arsenal
Arsenal were not involved in the fourth round of the FA Cup, so they should be feeling fresher than Swansea, who were held to a 1-1 draw by League Two Notts County on Saturday. For punters, it is hard to look beyond a Gunners victory, but Swansea recently beat Liverpool at home, and they are no pushovers under the stewardship of new manager Carlos Carvahal. Arsenal have won 12 times in the Premier League this season, while Swansea have only won five. The Gunners’ away record shows that they have won only three Premier League games away from home in 2017/18, and have lost five times.
That kind of record should give the Swans some hope, although they have lost four of their last five home Premier League games against the Gunners. Under the management of Carvahal, City have taken seven points from their last four Premier League games, sign of real improvement, after taking the same amount of points from 12 games before Caravahal took over from Paul Clement.
Arsenal will be boosted, though, by new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who arrived in north London as part of the deal which took Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United. Mkhitaryan only scored once this season in 15 starts and four substitute appearances for Manchester United, though, so it may take a while for him to settle. William Hill have Arsenal at 1/2, on the 1X2 market, with the Swans at 6/1. If you fancy the draw, that is priced at 10/3. New boy Mkhitaryan to score, and Arsenal to win, is priced at 7/4, if you expect the new boy to make an immediate impact.
West Ham v Crystal Palace
West Ham were ignominiously knocked out of the FA Cup by League One Wigan at the weekend, and Hammers gaffer David Moyes will want to see an immediately positive reaction against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace on Tuesday.
Palace’s last game was the 4-1 Premier League defeat away at Arsenal, as they also did not play in the Cup at the weekend. The Eagles have lost three out of the last six matches in all competitions, but that string of games includes two games against Arsenal (both lost), and an FA Cup defeat away at Brighton. They have also drawn 0-0 with Manchester City in that period, and beaten Burnley at home and Southampton away.
This could be a testing game for the Hammers, then, whose defeat at Wigan was their first for five games in all competitions. The east Londoners also have a decent recent Premier League record, having not lost in the league since their 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Newcastle United on December 23. Since then, they have drawn with Bournemouth home and away, beaten West Brom at home, thrashed Huddersfield 4-1 away, and drew 1-1 at Spurs.
Palace are at 8/5 to win with Betway, with West Ham at 19/10, and the draw at 23/10. Palace to win and both teams to score is at 17/4, which looks a good bet. A draw with both teams scoring is at 16/5, with West Ham to win and both teams to score at 19/4.