Premier League Betting Tips
The busy Premier League fixture schedule culminates on New Year’s Day with a full list of fixtures in the top flight.
Second placed Manchester City take on Swansea in the day’s early kick off whilst the evening game sees Manchester United face Tottenham.
Swansea City v Manchester City
Manchester City travel to South Wales in hot pursuit of pace-setters Arsenal and are just one point behind them as it stands, having picked up 22 points out of a possible 24.
The hosts have to go back to December 4th for their last victory, a 3-0 win over Newcastle United, and have slipped to 11th after securing just three points from their last five matches.
Michael Laudrup has not been helped by the unavailability of Michu, Michel Vorm and Nathan Dyer although Angel Rangel and Wayne Routledge are both close to full fitness and could make the starting eleven.
Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City came through a nervy 1-0 win against strugglers Crystal Palace but the result made it four consecutive wins.
Sergio Aguero, Martin Demichelis, Stevan Jovetic and Micah Richards remain injured but Joe Hart will be available despite a heavy collision in the Palace match which required five stitches in his eye. David Silva is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.
The match is live on Sky Sports 1 from 12:45pm.
Southampton v Chelsea
The pick of the 3pm kick-offs sees this season’s surprise package Southampton take on another title chasing side, Chelsea.
Following their impeccable start to the campaign, the Saints have now slipped down to ninth position after winning just one of their last eight matches.
Mauricio Pochettino has midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin back from a one game ban but could be without Dani Osvaldo who missed Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Everton through illness.
Chelsea come into the game fresh off the back of an excellent 2-1 win over Liverpool at the weekend and are just two points away from the summit after winning six out of eight in the league.
Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic are both ruled out after picking up injuries on Sunday’s victory. David Luiz is also unavailable through suspension but Ramires is back in the fold following a one game ban.
The match is live on BT Sport from 3pm.
Manchester United v Tottenham
Both these sides will be hoping 2014 brings more success than the past few months of 2013 have brought them, with both sides off the pace in the race for the Champions League.
It’s easy to forget that United took the title back in May following their slippery start to the David Moyes era but there has been signs of stabilization in recent weeks, following four straight wins over the festive period.
Wayne Rooney is a doubt after missing Saturday’s match with a hamstring injury whilst Robin van Persie remains sidelined.
Spurs are also unbeaten in the league following the departure of Andre Villas-Boas with two wins and a draw under Tim Sherwood.
But the North Londoners received a hammer-blow today with the news that Paulinho could be out for up to four weeks with an ankle injury. Kyle Walker will be available following suspension but Jermaine Defoe is doubtful with a hamstring problem.
The match is live on BT Sport 1 from 5:30pm.
Elsewhere at 3pm, there’s a couple of all-important relegation six-pointers as Crystal Palace face Norwich City and West Ham travel to Fulham whilst table-toppers Arsenal take on Cardiff.
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