Premier League odds and previews: Sun 1 April

There are two Premier League matches being played on Sunday, with Newcastle looking a big price for their match against Liverpool

Newcastle United v Liverpool: 13:30 BST
Fair play to Bet Victor for offering odds of 21/10 about Newcastle United beating Liverpool on Sunday. That’s the Newcastle side who are eight points better off than their opponents after 30 games played, having lost just two games at St James’ Park all season.

Perhaps the Magpies have punched above their weight this season and perhaps the Reds have underachieved but does the Premier League table really lie after 30 matches played? Alan Pardew’s team recently ended a four game winless run with victories against Norwich and West Brom which means they come into this game with confidence.

Hatem Ben Arfa is only just starting to show the Toon Army his full potential and the young midfielder was outstanding at The Hawthorns, having a hand in all three goals and he is probably a player that Liverpool would like on their books rather than the expensive mistakes in the squad.

The player is a tasty 14/1 (Stan James free bets) to score the first goal of the game and this looks a big price, although perhaps he will be providing the supply line for two Senegalese strikers who have both settled down well on Tyneside.

Demba Ba might not have scored in recent matches, although the former West Ham forward has been a revelation for Newcastle this term, while Papiss Cisse has adjusted straight away to the Premier League and notched twice against West Brom. They are both a 6/1 shot to break the deadlock.

As for Liverpool, Ladbrokes are prepared to take them on with a 6/4 quote and the bookies should probably be braver considering that the Merseyside team come off the back of defeats against QPR and Wigan, with the Reds showing little killer instinct when it comes to playing the lesser teams.

Steven Gerrard is someone who often picks his team up by the lapels to get a result although it seems that fundamental changes will need to be made in the summer, while Luis Suarez is a 13/2 chance to score first.

Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City 16:00 BST
Both of these teams have performed above expectations in the Premier League this season which is quite something when you consider that at least a dozen clubs will not feel happy about their final league placing.

Tottenham supporters would have been hopeful rather than expectant when it came to a Champions League slot, although Harry Redknapp’s side aren’t too far from landing that top four place and victory against the Swans could potentially take them eight clear of Chelsea and Newcastle depending on other results.

Never mind finishing above Arsenal, Spurs should simply be glad to get back into the European elite club competition and they are hot favourites at 4/9 (Boylesports) to claim victory against a Swansea team who have been looking pretty tasty on their travels in recent months.

Both of these sides like to serve up entertaining football and the Swans were full value for the 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium in December which saw them nab a late equaliser which has helped them build a tally of 39 points from 30 games.

One more win will see Brendan Rodgers’ team break through the 40 point barrier and you can get 17/2 (Bet Victor free bets) about an away win at White Hart Lane, something which looks slightly more likely when you consider Tottenham were in FA Cup action during the week.

Nathan Dyer is back from suspension although the speedy winger might struggle to get back into the team when there are such bright lights as Gylffi Sigurdsson charging forward and bet365 offer a generous 14/1 about the Icelandic talent scoring the first goal of the game.

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