In this post betting tips and previews of the 10th round of english Premier League matches: Aston Villa-Swansea, West Ham-Chelsea, Arsenal-Everton, Manchester United-Manchester City and Liverpool-Southampton.
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ASTON VILLA - SWANSEA CITY
- Tim Sherwood will hope to have both Gabby Agbonlahor and Ciaran Clark back available for the visit of Swansea, while the likes of Ilori, Okore and Gardner are all nearing match fitness.
- The under fire manager made the bold decision to leave Jordan Amavi out of his line-up at Stamford Bridge and he praised both Kieran Richardson and Jordan Ayew, who will both be hoping to start once more.
- If Clark and Agbonlahor are both fully fit they may well return to the starting XI, with Joleon Lescott having made a slow start at Villa since a move from West Brom.
- Garry Monk has a fully fit squad to choose from and after defeat to Stoke last time out may make some changes.
- Gylfi Sigurdsson is likely to return to the side at the expense of Modou Barrow, while Ki Sung-yueng will vie for a place with Jack Cork.
Aston Villa have lost their last 5 matches in the Premier League. Aston Villa have seen under 2.5 goals in their
last 4 home matches against Swansea in all competitions. Swansea have won their last 3 matches against Aston Villa in all competitions.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Aston Villa's last 6 home games in the Premier League.
Swansea have failed to win their last 5 away matches in the Premier League.
Reports suggest that this could be a make or break game for Tim Sherwood, while his opposite number Garry Monk is also enduring his worst period as Swansea manager.
The hosts have lost each of their last 5 league matches, with Swansea picking up just 2 points from a possible 15 over the same period, so both sides are in desperate need of a positive result.
Villa haven't beaten Swansea in any of the last 5 meetings between the sides, losing the last 3, and while at present it's hard to see them picking up a win, a game against a side in a funk of their own could at least end the home side's losing streak.
UNDER 2.5 (1.65 Matchbook)
DRAW (3.30 Matchbook)
WEST HAM - CHELSEA
- West Ham will be without Alex Song for the reception of the Premier League champions and the former Arsenal midfielder will be joined on the treatment table by Winston Reid, who is suffering from a back injury that forced him off in their 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the start of the month.
- Victor Moses will also be watching on from the stands with the winger unable to line up against his parent club due to the terms in his loan agreement. This chould see Enner Valencia come back into the starting XI for the first time in the league this season.
- Slaven Bilic may also be tempted to give Andy Carroll a start, given Chelsea's well-documented weaknesses at the back.
- Angelo Ogbonna is also pushing for a start for the first time in over a month.
- Thibaut Courtois and Branislav Ivanovic are the expected absentees for the short trip across London to West Ham at the weekend. They could also be joined by Pedro and Loic Remy if they duo fail to recover from respective knocks in time and prove their fitness.
- Rumours of discontent have emerged from camp Eden Hazard suggesting the Belgian star wants to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. The Chelsea No.10 returned to the starting fold in the Champions League on Tuesday and should retain his place even though all doesn't appear well between Jose Mourinho and himself. Though that could change should Pedro be passed fit.
- Two clean sheets in a row would suggest John Terry will retain his spot at the heart of Chelsea's defence with Kurt Zouma likely to stay at right-back.
- Ramires wasn't particularly effective midweek and Cesc Fabregas could drop back alongside Nemanja Matic, with Oscar coming in to the 10 role.
Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in their last 5 matches against West Ham in all competitions.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Chelsea's last 6 away games in the Premier League.
West Ham have scored at least 2 goals in their last 7 matches in the Premier League.
Chelsea have been winning at both half time and full time in 6 of their last 8 matches against West Ham in all competitions.
Chelsea are undefeated in 18 of their last 19 matches against West Ham in all competitions. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of West Ham's last 8 games in the Premier League. Chelsea
have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 5 away matches in the Premier League. West Ham have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Chelsea in all competitions. West Ham are
undefeated in their last 6 matches in the Premier League.
Following a terrible start on all fronts, Chelsea find themselves only five points off the top four coming into this fixture and with a chance to string together back-to-back wins in the league for the first time since the start of May. They haven't kept consecutive clean sheets in the league since mid April and they will attempt to record the feat against a West Ham side that are averaging more than two goals a game in the league thus far.
Slaven Bilic's side have been somewhat of a surprise package this season having recorded victories away to Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Crystal Palace already this season. Not many expect them to keep up their current form for the rest of the season and they will fail to do so unless they can replicate their incredible away form at Upton Park.
They've only won one of four home games this season and will need to overcome the record books to beat Chelsea this weekend. The Hammers have lost 19 of 25 meetings with Chelsea in all competitions since the turn of the century, but if they had to pick a time to face Chelsea, then this woud be it.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.65, Sporting Bet)
OVER 2.5 (1.73, Sporting Bet)
ARSENAL - EVERTON
- Aaron Ramsey suffered a hamstring problem in Arsenal's 2-0 home win over Bayern on Tuesday night and will sit this one out, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain expected to come into the XI.
- He joins Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck, while David Ospina is a doubt for the hosts, while Alexis could be rested here.
- Gabriel is available after missing the 3-0 win at Watford followung surgery, but is unlikely to start.
- Tom Cleverley is closing in on a return to fitness, though the trip to Arsenal is expected to come too soon for the midfielder.
- Leighton Baines, Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar and Muhamed Besic will all miss out for Everton here due to injury.
- Gerard Deulofeu could start in place of Aaron Lennon on the right flank.
Arsenal are undefeated in 35 of their last 38 home matches in the Premier League. Arsenal are undefeated in their last 18 home matches against Everton in all competitions. Arsenal have won with
at least a 3 goal margin in their last 3 matches in the Premier League. Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 matches in the Premier League. There have been over 2.5 goals scored
in Arsenal's last 3 games in the Premier League. Arsenal have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches against Everton in all competitions. Everton are undefeated in their last 5 away
matches in the Premier League.
Arsenal appear to have turned a corner, with the home defeat to Olympiakos proving to be the shot in the arm required. The Gunners have won their last three competitive outings, scoring eight without reply, with the 2-0 win over Bayern this week perhaps their most impressive of the season so far.
Everton were thoroughly underwhelming at home to Manchester United last weekend and have now won just one of their last four league fixtures. A trip to the Emirates against an in-form Arsenal side is not what they will have wanted as they look to close the gap on the top four.
Arsenal are flying at present and they should maintain their winning run against Everton in Saturday's evening kick off.
HOME WIN (1.44, Betfair)
OVER 2.5 (1.53, Betfair)
MANCHESTER UNITED - MANCHESTER
- Louis van Gaal could turn to Michael Carrick to partner Morgan Schneiderlin at the base of his midfield having not started a game since United lost to Arsenal 3-0 before the international break.
- Juan Mata is likely to come back into the starting XI having been rested for the first time this season away to CSKA on Wednesday.
- Changes are also expected in defence with Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo likely to start again.
- Manchester City will still be without Sergio Aguero, Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy for the first Manchester derby of the season, but they will have Aleksandar Kolarov available after he returned to training midweek and David Silva could also make a surprise return, although he remains a huge doubt for the trip to Old Trafford.
- Vincent Kompany should return to the starting fold having been benched for recent matches as he returns to full fitness.
Man City have won 13 of their last 15 matches in the Premier League. Man Utd have seen over 2.5 goals in their last
7 home matches against Man City in all competitions. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Man
Utd's last 6 games in the Premier League. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Man
City's last 4 games in the Premier League. Man City have scored at least 2 goals in their
last 4 away matches against Man Utd in all competitions.
Man Utd are undefeated in 11 of their last 12 home matches in the Premier League.
Despite it only being October, there is a lot riding on the outcome of the first Manchester Derby of the season. Defeat for the home side would cast serious questions over their progression under Louis van Gaal and extend the gap between them and City to five points. United are also looking to bounce back from their turgid 1-1 draw away to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.
The loss of Sergio Aguero is a massive blow for City and while Wilfried Bony scored two goals at the weekend he is no Aguero. However, the expected return of captain Vincent Kompany to the starting XI should balance out the absence of Aguero.
There have been 23 goals in the last six league meetings between the sides, including the 4-2 win in this corresponding fixture last season, so goals can be expected once again on Sunday.
OVER 2.5 (1.80, PaddyPower)
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.65, PaddyPower)
LIVERPOOL - SOUTHAMPTON
- Jurgen Klopp is without long-term injured trio Jon Flanagan, Joe Gomez and Danny Ings, while Jordan Henderson and Jordan Rossiter will both miss out.
- Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino both made their respective returns from injury in Thursday's 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan and both could start here.
- Dejan Lovren and Daniel Sturridge may also be involved, though are unlikely to start against Saints.
- Maarten Stekelenburg is a doubt with a back complaint that forced him out of the 2-2 draw with Leicester, though should be fit to feature at Anfield.
- Fraser Forster, Florin Gardos and Shane Long are all sidelined for Saints, however better news saw Jordy Clasie make his first Premier League appearance for Ronald Koeman's side last weekend.
- The Dutch manager, though, could name an unchanged XI for the trip to Liverpool.
Liverpool have been winning at both half time and full time in 5 of their last 7 home matches against Southampton in all competitions.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Southampton's last 4 games in the Premier League. Liverpool have won their last 3 matches against Southampton in all competitions.
Southampton have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches in the Premier League.
Liverpool's 1-1 stalemate with Rubin Kazan on Thursday made it four consecutive draws for the Reds and they will looking to return to winning ways with the welcome of Saints. The Reds have traditionally impressed against the south coast side, winning four of their last five home league meetings with Southampton.
Ronald Koeman will have been disappointed in the manner with which his side threw away all three points last weekend and he will demand an immediate response from his well-rested side on Sunday.
Saints are one of four teams yet to lose away from home in the Premier League this season, with their most recent game away from home the memorable 3-1 win at Chelsea before the international break.
This a tough one to call given both side's recent runs of form, though Liverpool could sneak the win at Anfield.
LIVERPOOL DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (1.80, William Hill)
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