The Premier league is back following the FA Cup third round fixtures last weekend and as ever there are a few tasty matches on the bill.
Chelsea face a very tricky trip to Hull City on Saturday lunchtime, Manchester United face Swansea City again and Manchester City travel to Newcastle on Sunday.
Hull City v Chelsea
The early kick-off on Saturday sees Chelsea visit the KC Stadium for a tough looking tie against Hull City.
Steve Bruce’s side currently sit 10th after a more than credible return to the top flight and one of their biggest strengths is their mean defensive record at the KC, having conceded just six goals all season.
That’s enabled them to pinch wins from the likes of Liverpool whilst last time out they dished out a 6-0 drubbing to relegation-troubled Fulham.
Paul McShane is the only fresh absentee for Hull who is ruled out with an ankle injury while Sone Aluko and Robbie Brady remain sidelined.
Chelsea were made to work hard for their 2-0 victory when they hosted Hull on the opening day of the season although their recent league form speaks for itself with only one defeat in their last ten games.
However experienced due Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic remain side-lined for the Blues.
Chelsea are favourites for the match with Bet Victor, amongst others, offering the best odds of 8/13 although I think there’s definitely value on the hosts.
The game is live on BT Sport 1 from 12:45pm.
Manchester United v Swansea City
Then at 5:30pm it’s a repeat of last Sunday’s FA Cup fixture as Swansea travel to Manchester United, who will be hoping to come out with a win this time.
Following a promising December, things have nose-dived for David Moyes again this week with the FA Cup defeat being followed by a 2-1 loss at Sunderland in the League Cup on Tuesday.
Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney remain absent for the Red Devils and Johnny Evans is a doubt after picking up a back injury on Tuesday.
Swansea’s FA Cup win was their first in all competitions since December 4th and they’re not quite safe from relegation yet, just four points above the bottom three.
Boss Michael Laudrup remains without goalkeeper Michel Vorm as well as wingers Pablo Hernandez and Roland Lamah who are all injured.
The game is live from 5:30pm on Sky Sports 1.
Newcastle United v Manchester City
Following their 6-0 thrashing of West Ham in the League Cup on Wednesday, Manchester City face a much sterner test when they travel to Newcastle United on Sunday.
Two straight league defeats mean the Magpies have dropped to eighth and boss Alan Pardew will have to re-shuffle his back line with Mathieu Debuchy suspended whilst Fabricio Coloccini is injured. Tim Krul should return in goal and Yohan Cabaye returns following an Achilles injury.
City go into the match in great form having not lost any of their last nine Premier League matches and Manuel Pellegrini is boosted by the news that Yaya Toure, Jesus Navas and Micah Richards are all available following various injury issues.
Sergio Aguero is close to returning to action following his calf injury but will not feature and neither will Stefan Jovetic or Jack Rodwell.
You can catch this one live on Sky Sports 1 from 2:05pm on Sunday and it is followed by Stoke City v Liverpool from 4:10pm.
There is also one match on Monday evening as Arsenal travel to Aston Villa. This one is live on Sky Sports 1 from 8pm.
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