In this post betting tips and previews of the 10th round of english Premier League matches: Chelsea-Liverpool. Swansea-Arsenal, Crystal Palace-Manchester United, Manchester
City-Norwich and Everton-Sunderland.
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CHELSEA - LIVERPOOL
- Thibaut Courtois and Branislav Ivanovic both miss out once again through injury, with Asmir Begovic and Kurt Zouma expected to deputise in goal and at right-back, respectively.
- Diego Costa is a doubt having sustained a rib injury in the midweek Capital One Cup defeat to Stoke, but should be fine to feature, while Pedro is touch and go as to whether he returns to fitness.
- Nemanja Matic could come straight back into the starting XI having missed the loss at the Britannia Stadium through suspension.
- Kolo Toure suffered a hamstring problem on Wednesday night and joins Jon Flanagan, Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Danny Ings and Jordan Rossiter on the sidelines.
- Daniel Sturridge is still working his way back to fitness, though is unlikely to start here.
- Christian Benteke missed the 1-0 win over Bournemouth with a minor knock, but will train on Thursday and should start against the Blues.
Chelsea are undefeated in 35 of their last 38 home matches in the Premier League. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 13 of Liverpool's last 16 away games in the Premier League. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 10 of Chelsea's last 12 games in the Premier League. Chelsea have drawn their last 3 matches against Liverpool in all competitions. Liverpool have drawn their last 3 matches in the Premier League. Liverpool have been drawing at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches in the Premier League. Chelsea have conceded at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches in the Premier League. Chelsea have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Liverpool in all competitions.
Chelsea are on a poor run of form and have won just two of their last six Premier League games. The Blues need to shake themselves out of this rut as they welcome rivals Liverpool, with manager Jose Mourinho under increasing pressure to turn their fortunes around.
A 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday night was Jurgen Klopp's first as manager and ended a run of five consecutive competitive draws. Klopp has traditionally out-performed Mourinho, though it remains to be seen how his side will fare at Stamford Bridge, with the Reds failing to win each of their last five competitive meetings with Chelsea in the capital.
Both managers are under pressure for different reasons and will be eager to avoid defeat. This should end in a draw.
UNDER 3.5 (1.28 Matchbook)
DRAW (3.50 Matchbook)
SWANSEA - ARSENAL
- Garry Monk's side will have benefitted from not having to exert themselves in the Capital One Cup in midweek and they have a fully fit squad available for the reception of Arsenal.
- Jack Cork could return to add more defensive steel in front of their back four.
- Arsene Wenger has a real selection headache ahead of the trip to Swansea with Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out injured.
- The Arsenal manager could push Santi Carzola higher up the pitch and promote Mathieu Flamini to the starting XI, or, alternatively, he could put Alexis Sanchez on the right and start Kieran Gibbs on the left flank, which is something Wenger has done late in games this season.
Arsenal have won 9 of their last 11 away matches in the Premier League. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal's last 4 games in the Premier League. Arsenal have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches.
Arsenal slipped to a shock 3-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday in midweek and Arsene Wenger will be looking for a reaction if they are to prove to people they are title contenders. To make matters worse, they lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott to injury and are likely to be without the duo for at least three weeks.
This will be a real test of their resolve with changes likely to be made.
Swansea, on the other hand, will hope they've now turned a corner having endured a terrible run of form prior to their win against Aston Villa at the weekend, which was their first win since
beating Manchester United at the end of August.
Garry Monk's side came out winners in both of their league meetings last season and they could sense a vulnerability in Arsenal after their shock cup exit.
AWAY WIN (1.75, Sporting Bet)
OVER 1.5 (1.25, Sporting Bet)
CRYSTAL PALACE - MANCHESTER
- Alan Pardew has a number of injury concerns ahead of the reception of Manchester United. Yohan Cabaye, Jason Puncheon, Pape Souare all missed the midweek defeat in the cup to Manchester City through injury and all remain doubts for Saturday's clash.
- The Palace boss will also hope he will have James McArthur available after he missed the defeat away to City for the birth of his child.
- Connor Wickham remains a doubt and Marounane Chamakh is stilllacking match fitness, leaving Pardew potentially thin for options.
- Wilfried Zaha will line up against his former side.
- Louis van Gaal will make multiple changes from the sidea that crashed out in the cup in midweek with Juan Mata, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, David de Gea, Wayne Rooney, Antony Martial, Phil Jones and Ander Herrera likely to come back into the starting XI.
- Antonio Valencia, Paddy McNair are almost certaintly ruled out, whereas Memphis is also a doubt after picking up a knock in the cup defeat to Middlesbrough.
Man Utd have won their last 4 matches against Crystal Palace in all competitions.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Man Utd's last 4 away games in the Premier League. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Crystal Palace's last 6 games in the Premier League.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will be demanding a reaction from his team after they suffered further embarrassment to lower league opposition in the cup. The Red Devils are now without a win in their last three matches in all competitions and will have to buck the trend at one of the most vibrant grounds in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace haven't fared too well themselves, either. They've lost their last three in all competitions and the 5-1 defeat to Manchester City in midweek will surely have knocked confidence in the camp.
United have won 10 of the last 12 Premier League meetings between the sides, but the last two were much closer affairs and Palace will surely feel they can take at least a point from Van Gaal's side, particularly if they get all their star players back in the starting XI.
MANCHESTER DOUBLE CHANCE + UNDER 4.5 (1.50, Betfair)
MANCHESTER CITY - NORWICH
- Pablo Zabaleta was stretchered off in the victory over Palace in midweek and is unlikely to feature so the back four that started against United last weekend is likely to be restored.
- David Silva could be back in contention, while Raheem Sterling should also be available having sat out of the cup game on Wednesday.
- With Aguero still sidelined Kelechi Iheanacho will be vying for a start with Wilfried Bony up front, with both players scoring in midweek.
- Alex Neil may well have a fully fit squad to choose from, with Dieumerci Mbokani likely to be back available following illness.
- The manager may make changes once again having fallen to their third successive league defeat last weekend, with the likes of Brady, Martin and Tettey all rested in midweek.
Man City have won 11 of their last 12 home matches in the Premier League. Man City have scored at least 2 goals in 11 of their last 12 home matches in the Premier League. Norwich have failed to win 15 of their last 16 away matches in the Premier League. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Man City's last 3 home games in the Premier League. Man City have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 home matches against Norwich in all competitions. Man City have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 home matches against Norwich in all competitions. Man City are undefeated in 9 of their last 10 matches against Norwich in all competitions.
Having returned to winning ways in midweek Manuel Pellegrini will hope his side can improve on their performance from the game against United, though the back four were particularly solid last weekend.
Norwich are going through a tough period at present so a trip to the Etihad is far from ideal, suffering a 7-0 defeat on their last visit to Eastlands in what is traditionally a high scoring fixture.
City have scored 5 or more goals three times already this month and it wouldn't be hard to see them putting Norwich to the sword again on Saturday.
OVER 2.5 (1.55, PaddyPower)
HOME WIN (1.29, PaddyPower)
HOME WIN + OVER 1.5 (1.58, PaddyPower)
EVERTON - SUNDERLAND
- Fatigue could play a part having been taken all the way to penalties on Tuesday by Norwich in the League, so changes are expected to be made for the reception of Sunderland.
- Tim Howard is expected to return to the starting XI despite Joel Robles' impressive performance against the Canaries.
- Gareth Barry will return to the starting XI having missed their penalty shoot-out triumph through suspension. This fixture may, however, come too soon for a returning Tom Cleverley.
- Leighton Baines and Mo Besic have returned to training but this fixture could come too soon for them both with Seamus Coleman also a major doubt with a stomach bug, which means Tyias Browning could start here.
- Roberto Martinez hasn't found two consistent performers to occupy the wide spots this season and that will be a concern for him.
- Sam Allardyce is sweating on the fitness of a number of first-team regulars for the trip to Merseyside. Younes Kaboul, John O'Shea and Ola Toivonen all picked up knocks in their 3-0 win over Sunderland in their last outing and remain doubts for this match.
- Elsewhere, Adam Matthews, Jack Rodwell and Fabio Borini are also facing a race to make the grade.
- Former Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates could start at the heart of the defence should O'Shea or Kaboul fail to recover in time.
Everton have seen under 2.5 goals in 9 of their last 11 matches against Sunderland in all competitions. Sunderland have failed to score in their last 3 away matches in the Premier League. Sunderland have lost 5 of their last 6 away matches in the Premier League.
Sunderland ran out 3-0 winners in the Tyne-Wear derby, but the performance was far from convincing. Sunderland fans came away with the bragging rights, but there are still a number of problems that need to be addressed by the Black Cats' manager.
Everton have hit a slight blip in recent weeks having failed to win any of their three Premier League matches, albeit they were against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United. They were taken all the way in the League Cup by Norwich so they might feel fatigue in their legs as this match goes on.
Some key players were rested by Roberto Martinez and the likes of Ross Barkley should provide the injection of energy that should see them over the line here. Everton need to address their in different home form and they should manage that against a Sunderland side that is still searching for their first win away from home in the league this season.
EVERTON DOUBLE CHANCE + UNDER 4.5 (1.44, William Hill)
HOME WIN (1.50, William Hill)
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