Premier League Betting Preview 18/01/14
With so little between the clusters of teams at the top and the bottom of the table, there’s a real sense that this could be one of the most exciting climaxes to the Premier League for many years.
Chelsea v Manchester United is the highlight of this weekend’s fixtures but there’s plenty of other important Premier League fixtures taking place over the next few days.
Liverpool v Aston Villa (Saturday)
Liverpool have responded from their mini-blip with back to back wins over Hull City and on Sunday and entertaining 5-3 goal fest over Stoke City which has helped them keep pace with their race for Europe next season.
Daniel Sturridge is expected to start for The Reds after marking his return from injury with a goal from the bench in the Stoke win. Joe Allen and Mamadou Sakho are both available after missing the last three games with injury.
Villa have picked up just four points out of a possible 21 in the league and although they remain in a fairly stable position of 11th, more points will be needed in the coming weeks if they are to remain out of the drop-zone.
Grant Holt, loaned from Wigan Athletic and Ryan Bertrand, loaned from Chelsea, could both make their debuts for Paul Lambert’s side on Saturday.
Catch this game live on Sky Sports 1 from 5:30pm on Saturday evening.
Chelsea v Manchester United (Sunday)
Then on Sunday afternoon, it’s the game of the weekend as title hopefuls Chelsea take on Manchester United.
So often in the past, this is the kind of game that could decide the title race but on this occasion United are desperate for the points to join the race for next season’s Champions League.
Chelsea are in formidable form and are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games and go into the match in third. Jose Mournho has confirmed recent recruit from Benfica Nemanja Matic will not feature but Frank Lampard could be recalled after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Visitors United aren’t in bad form in the league, with the New Year’s Day defeat to Tottenham being the only blot in the last six matches.
But David Moyes’ plans continue to be scuppered with the injuries to Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney who both remain sidelined. Rafael serves the last of his three-match ban.
This game is live from 4pm on Sunday afternoon Sky Sports 1, immediately after Swansea City v Tottenham which kicks-off at 1:30pm.
West Brom v Everton (Monday)
Everton continue their pursuit of Champions League football as they travel to West Brom on the Monday Night Football fixture.
The hosts currently lie 14th, just three points above the drop-zone, but are fairly decent form, with just one defeat in their last five in the league.
Roberto Martinez’s Everton have won four of their last six Premier league matches which have kept them in the running for European action next season. However the Toffees will be without Ross Barkley who has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken toe.
It finished as a goalless draw when these sides last met in August, and Bet Victor provide the best odds on another draw. Everton are 13/10 favourites with William Hill whilst Bet 365 price a Baggies win at 5/2.
This game is love on Sky Sports 1 from 8pm.
BET OF THE DAY: Crystal Palace home win against Stoke City on Saturday afternoon with Paddy Power at 11/8.
Elsewhere on Saturday, leaders Arsenal host Fulham whilst Manchester City play Cardiff City in the pick of the 3pm kick-offs. Keep up to date with the latest odds from all of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures with BritBets by clicking HERE.
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