Back Draw or Away in Southampton v Watford at 1.9520/21
Anyone watching Southampton destroy Arsenal on Boxing Day would have been forgiven for thinking Ronald Koeman's men were in the title race but it seems to have just been a one-off Christmas present for suffering Saints fans rather than a springboard for improvement, having been quickly followed by three defeats on the bounce.
It's now eight losses in ten for Southampton, a run that has seen them crash out of both cups and slide down to 13th in the Premier League table.
Wednesday night sees Saints facing one of the success stories of the season in Watford, who have lost just one of their last five away trips, including wins at Stoke and Sunderland and an impressive draw at Guus Hiddink's Chelsea.
A price of 4.3100/30 on Quique Flores' men is mighty tempting, but I'll play it safe and get the draw onside, at just under even money.
Dan Thomas 2015-16 P/L: +£9.90
Back the draw @ 3.65 in Bournemouth v West Ham
I've long been a fan of backing the draw but it's been a while since I played it in the Battle. The time has finally come, however, with West Ham's trip to Bournemouth.
Both sides are in good form - the Hammers haven't lost since a visit to Spurs in November, putting together an eight game unbeaten run (three wins, five draws) in all competitions; Bournemouth's form over the same eight games is almost equally impressive with just one defeat at Arsenal blotting a record of three wins and four draws.
Looking at the season as a whole, Eddie Howe's side have drawn four of their nine home matches, the same number West Ham have achieved from their 10 away games.
I think these two are closely matched and competitive, neither are particularly heavy goalscorers and it wouldn't surprise were it to finish 0-0. I'll cover my bases with a simple back of the stalemate at what looks a generous 3.65.
Joe Dyer 2015-16 P/L: +£8.70
Back Man City -1 @ 2.47/5 to beat Everton
Man City away from home and Man City at the Etihad are like chalk and cheese right now so I'm happy to ignore the Citizens' 2-1 loss at Goodison Park last week when assessing this fixture.
Manuel Pellegrini's men have won 10 of their last 11 in front of their own fans, scoring a very impressive 37 goals in the process which is - no great maths required here - an average of 3.7 goals scored per victory.
They now host an Everton side that have conceded two to Sunderland, three to Bournemouth, three to Leicester, and four to Stoke in recent months, so I'm fairly confident Man City can score three or four of their own on Wednesday night if they are on song.
It's also worth reminding people that the only league victories Everton have achieved since September were against Villa, Sunderland, and Newcastle, the three bottom clubs in the Premier League, so we could argue that Roberto Martinez's men are slightly over-rated. Man City to win this with ease is the call.
Mike Norman 2015-16 P/L: -£4.40
Back Crystal Palace to beat Aston Villa at 2.568/5
Aston Villa are one of the worst teams in Premier League history on current evidence. They haven't won in the league since the opening day of the season and have only picked up two wins in total in all competitions. What's more, their season appears to be getting more chaotic by the week - serious fan unrest was in evidence after the draw with Wycombe in the FA Cup, and club captain Micah Richards had to try to calm things down.
It's sad to see a club of Villa's size and history in such disarray, and they are surely set for at least a season in the second tier whatever happens from now until May. But for the purposes of trying to find a winner in this damn competition, I'm going to back a decent-enough Crystal Palace to win at Villa Park on Tuesday night.
Palace's record away from home isn't too bad - they've won at Anfield, St Mary's in the cup and at Stoke. It shouldn't be beyond them to beat the league's worst team at a generous odds-against price.
Luke Moore 2015-16 P/L: -£50.70
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