The busy festive period continues for the Premier League with some clubs playing their second game in 48 hours on Saturday afternoon.
Cardiff City face Sunderland in a crucial relegation match-up at tea-time whilst on Sunday Arsenal travel to Newcastle United and Chelsea host Liverpool.
Cardiff City v Sunderland
The Malky Mackay saga finally came to an end on Friday when he was sacked by controversial owner Vincent Tan after a turbulent few months at the Cardiff City stadium.
The Bluebirds go into the game just a point above the relegation zone in 16th place after picking up just one win in their last eight games.
Mackay’s assistant David Kerslake is expected to be in charge for Saturday’s game and he’ll be without Craig Bellamy who has a knee injury but midfielder Gary Medel could return after missing the Southampton defeat with flu.
Sunderland have endured mixed fortunes since the appointment of new boss Gus Poyet but they remain bottom of the Premier League table. That said, they picked up an excellent win at Everton on Boxing Day, albeit assisted with an early red card for Tim Howard.
They’re unbeaten in three now and a win could pull them out of the bottom three. The Black Cats will be without the suspended Wes brown whilst a shoulder injury is likely to keep John O’Shea out.
Catch this on live on Sky Sports 1 from 5:30pm on Saturday night.
Newcastle United v Arsenal
The first of the ‘Super Sunday’ games sees table toppers Arsenal face a tricky trip to St. James’ Park to face an in-form Newcastle United.
Newcastle have won seven of their last nine Premier League games, with Boxing Day’s 5-1 win over Stoke City seeing them climb to sixth place.
Boss Alan Pardew has no fresh injury concerns and has midfielder Cheick Tiote available again after missing the Stoke match through suspension.
Arsenal picked up a much needed 3-1 win at West Ham on Thursday, their first for three games, to see them move back to the summit.
Theo Walcott is in excellent form for The Gunners having scored four in the last three games and Arsene Wenger will also be able to select Jack Wilshere following the Englishman’s suspension. However Aaron Ramsey is ruled out with a thigh injury sustained against West Ham.
Arsenal are favourites for victory with Paddy Power offering evens but I suspect the Magpies will have enough to avoid defeat. Therefore my BET OF THE DAY is on a draw with Bet Victor offering odds of 27/10, whilst Bet 365 offer the best price on a Newcastle win at 3/1.
The match is live from 1:30pm on Sky Sports 1.
Chelsea v Liverpool
Then it’s third v fourth as Chelsea take on Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are in good form having lost only one of their last eighth fixtures in the league.
Ramires picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 1-0 Boxing Day win against Swansea so is suspended for the match but Jose Mourinho is expected to bring both Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta back into the fold.
Liverpool will be looking to return to winning ways on Sunday following their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Thursday. Steven Gerrard, Jose Enrique and Daniel Sturridge remain out until the New Year whilst Jon Flanagan remains a doubt with a hamstring injury.
The two meetings last season ended in draws and Stan James offer decent odds on the points being shared at 13/5. Chelsea are 6/5 favourites with Paddy Power whilst Ladbrokes offer the best odds on a Liverpool win at 5/2.
This match is live on Sky Sports 1 from 4pm.
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