Romelu Lukaku backed to strike as Manchester United face Liverpool

The column took a hit in midweek largely thanks to PSG's shock defeat to Real Madrid, while Liverpool and Tottenham also failed to do the business during what was a tough few days for both English clubs and odds on punters. We hope to get back in the green from this this weekend's Premier League fixtures though, including Manchester United's crunch clash with Liverpool.

Running total: -£79.33

The Home Banker

The winner of Saturday's showdown at Old Trafford will surely fancy their chances of nailing down second spot in the Premier League. It's currently advantage United and Jose Mourinho knows avoiding defeat against Liverpool is a must this weekend. However he came in for some merciless stick over his exasperatingly negative team selection at Anfield earlier in the season and will surely have to be more expansive here. For this reason we think Romelu Lukaku to score anytime at 7/4 is the bet. The Belgian shrugged off suggestions he is a flat-track bully by grabbing a goal and an assist against Chelsea recently and he's bagged four in his last four games.

Selection: £4 on Lukaku to score anytime at 7/4 with bet365

The Tasty Treble

Newcastle could be worth siding with at 13/8 to beat a Southampton side who are drifting dangerously towards the bottom three. The Saints look short up front while the Magpies have only lost only once, to Liverpool, in their last five league outings. Elsewhere, both teams to score is a 7/10 shout when Spurs visit Bournemouth. Tottenham will be nursing a Champions League hangover while Bournemouth are unbeaten in six at home since Christmas and during that sequence have scored two or more goals on each occasion. Both teams to score (10/11) also looks the way to go when West Brom face Leicester. The Baggies have not drawn a blank at home in any of their last five matches while Leicester will always have goals in them as long as Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy are on the scene. The treble looks solid and is paying better than 15/2.

Selection: £2 on the treble at 7.51/1 with bet365

The Euro Wager

Napoli lost 4-2 at home to Roma last time out and they could be wobbling in their duel with Juventus for the Serie A title. The Partenopei have led the title race for so long this season but as we approach the business end of proceedings you wonder whether they have the mental fortitude to finish the job. Inter are still very much in touch to finish in the Champions League spots and look genuine value here at the San Siro at 14/5.

Selection: £2.50 on Inter to win at 14/5 with bet365

The Wildcard Tip

Watford look a cracking punt at 5/1 against a laughably unpredictable Arsenal side. The Gunners have won just four of their last 15 matches and have lost their last two at the Emirates. Arsene Wenger is surely reaching the end of the road as Arsenal boss while the in-form Hornets have won three of their last four in the league.

Selection: £2 on Watford to win at 5/1 with bet365

The Bookie Basher

Dwight Gayle could be the man to get with at 5/1 to score first for Newcastle against Southampton. Backing him in a first goalscorer double with Harry Kane to notch first against Bournemouth with bet365 pays just shy of 20/1 and looks tasty.

Selection: £1 on Gayle-Kane first goalscorer double at 19.39/1 with bet365

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