In this post betting tips and previews of the 12th round of english Premier League matches: West Ham-Everton, Manchester United-West Brom, Aston Villa-Manchester City,
Arsenal-Tottenham and Liverpool-Crystal Palace.
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WEST HAM - EVERTON
- James Collins misses out through suspension following his straight red in the 2-0 defeat at Watford last weekend.
- Winston Reid is expected to come into the side and partner James Tomkins at the heart of the defence having recovered from a back problem, though Angelo Ogbonna is an option for Slaven Bilic.
- Diafra Sakho misses out with a thigh injury, meaning Andy Carroll will keep his place up top, while Alexandre Song is sidelined.
- Bryan Oviedo was forced off with a hamstring problem early on in the 6-2 win over Sunderland and will miss out here.
- Tom Cleverley, Muhamed Besic and Leighton Baines are among those who may miss the trip to Upton Park, but Steven Pienaar and Tony Hibbert have both been ruled out of the trip to Upton Park.
- Phil Jagielka will certainly sit this one out with a knee problem that could sideline him until the New Year.
West Ham's fine form was ended at Watford on Saturday, with the Hammers succumbing to just their third defeat of the season last weekend. In front of their own fans where they are unbeaten in three, the Hammers have every right to be confident of putting the 2-0 loss to the Hornets behind them.
Everton meanwhile bounced back from back-to-back league defeats with a comprehensive 6-2 thumping of Sunderland on Sunday. The Toffees have lost just one of their five away games this season and will hope to secure successive league wins when they travel to Upton Park this weekend.
West Ham have lost four of their last five league meetings with Everton at Upton Park, though a draw is on the cards here.
OVER 1.5 (1.26 Matchbook)
DRAW (3.50 Matchbook)
MANCHESTER UNITED - WEST BROMWICH
- Louis van Gaal should be able to welcome back Phil Jones (fatigue) and Morgan Schneiderlin (illness) to his plans for the starting XI.
- Matteo Darmian is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Crystal Palace last time out, so Ashley Young should keep his spot at right-back.
- Jesse Lingaard should be rewarded with another chance from the start after supplying the pass that led to United's winner against CSKA Moscow in midweek.
- Wayne Rooney's goal in that fixture will mean he lives to fight another day in the starting XI.
West Bromwich Albion
- Ben Foster will not return to face his old club, although he is edging closer to a return to first team football. Tony Pulis' only other injury concern will be Chris Brunt, who is a doubt having been forced off late on in their 3-2 defeat to Leicester at the weekend.
- Jonny Evans will feature against his former club for the first time since leaving over the summer. Darren Fletcher is also a former Manchester United player.
- Teams that have sat deep and soaked up all of United's possession-based football have got particular joy, so Pulis could revert to a 4-4-2 system here.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 8 of West Brom's last 9 away games in the Premier League.
Man Utd have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 matches in the Premier League.
Man Utd are undefeated in their last 6 home matches in the Premier League.
The first signs of cracks between Louis van Gaal and the Manchester United fans are starting to appear and the Dutchman could really do with a big performance from his players here. The Red Devils scored their first goal in nearly 7 hours against CSKA Moscow in midweek and Van Gaal will hope that will prove the springboard for more as the weeks go on.
However, they could find it hard to break down West Brom's resilient defence. In fact, only Van Gaal's men (7) have kept more clean sheets than the Baggies in 2015 (6). United have created the fewest chances of any team in the Premier League this season (81) and West Brom haven't proven much better (82), which means this game is likely to be decided by the odd goal. United have only scored one goal in the first 45 minutes at half time, so this match could very much aggravate fans.
Although, there have been 21 goals shared between the teams in their last five meetings, so perhaps this could prove a fixture where two dull teams actually enjoy a glut of goals.
HOME WIN (1.33, Sporting Bet)
UNDER 3.5 (1.28, Sporting Bet)
ASTON VILLA - MANCHESTER
- Remi Garde will take charge of his first game as Villa boss here so it remains to be seen what his favoured XI will be.
- Micah Richards is back available following a suspension, though Ashley Westwood (concussion) and Gabby Agbonlahor (calf strain) are both doubts having been forced off against Spurs.
- The likes of Ayew, Gil and Gestede will all hope to come into the side having made an impact from the bench last time out.
- Sergio Aguero is set to remain sidelined along with Pablo Zabaleta, and while Silva and Nasri are nearing fitness neither look likely to be risked.
- Kevin De Bruyne was rested in midweek but could regain his place in the side at the expense of Jesus Navas.
- Fabian Delph is back fit and in line to return to his former club and is bound to receive a frosty reception to say the least.
Aston Villa have lost their last 7 matches in the Premier League. Man City have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 away matches in the Premier League. Man City have won 5 of their last 6 matches against Aston Villa in all competitions. Aston Villa have seen under 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 home matches against Man City in all competitions. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Man City's last 6 games in the Premier League. Man City have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches against Aston Villa in all competitions. Aston Villa have lost with a 1 goal margin in 5 of their last 6 home matches in the Premier League.
This is the start of a new chapter for Villa, who made the bold move to ignore the opinion of many that Premier League experience was a must in a new manager to appoint Remi Garde.
The new boss has already stated that he won't show favouritism to any players in the squad, French or otherwise, but a number of the summer signings left out in recent weeks could return.
Manuel Pellegrini's side have coped relatively well in the absence of both Silva and Aguero for the first time so should have too much for the hosts, whose fans will just want to see a stronger performance given their heavy underdog status.
AWAY WIN (1.44, Betfair)
OVER 2.5 (1.70, Betfair)
CITY DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (1.72, Betfair)
ARSENAL - TOTTENHAM
- Arsene Wenger can welcome back Mikel Arteta and David Ospina following injury here, though his main concerns come in defence.
- The Arsenal boss is without right-back Hector Bellerin, while Laurent Koscielny will face a late fitness test.
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey remain sidelined, with Joel Campbell set to keep his place in the side.
- Tottenham's injury problems have begun to ease, with summer arrival Heung-min Son available for selection following his return on Thursday night, though he may not be rushed back into action.
- Nabil Bentaleb has returned to training, however he could be unavailable until after the international break.
- Alex Pritchard and Nacer Chadli both remain sidelined, but Danny Rose and Clinton N'Jie should be available.
Arsenal are undefeated in 35 of their last 38 home matches in the Premier League. Arsenal are undefeated in 19 of their last 20 home matches against Tottenham in all competitions. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal's last 5 games in the Premier League. Arsenal have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 home matches in the Premier League. Arsenal have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 matches in the Premier League. Tottenham are undefeated in their last 10 matches in the Premier League. Arsenal have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 3 home matches against Tottenham in all competitions.
Arsenal will be looking to bounce back quickly following their 5-1 defeat to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich on Wednesday and reaffirm their title credentials at the expense of their north London rivals. The Gunners are unbeaten in each of their last five home competitive meetings with Spurs, winning four.
Mauricio Pochettino's side are currently on a 10-game unbeaten run, the longest of its kind in the Premier League. Back-to-back league wins over lowly Bournemouth and Aston Villa will have boosted confidence ahead of the North London Derby as they look to put themselves within touching distance of their rivals.
ARSENAL DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (1.58, PaddyPower)
EVERTON - SUNDERLAND
- Jurgen Klopp took a full-strength squad to Russia on Thursday night so there could be some tired legs among the players.
- The Liverpool boss could go with the same 4-3-2-1 formation that served his side well against Chelsea last weekend, but there could be changes in personnel with Christian Benteke likely to return to the starting fold. Roberto Firmino would drop back in behind alongside Philippe Coutinho.
- Daniel Sturridge isn't likely to be fit enough to start, but he could feature on the bench.
- Alan Pardew can finally recall upon the services of Connor Wickham for the trip to Anfield. The former Sunderland striker hasn't featured since the end of August and Palace have struggled without a presence leading the line.
- Papa Souare missed the 0-0 draw with Manchester United last weekend but Pardew has confirmed he will return to the starting XI this weekend.
- Dwight Gayle has picked up a knock in training and is a doubt for the trip.
Liverpool have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 6 matches against Crystal Palace in all competitions. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Crystal Palace's last 7 games in the Premier League. Liverpool are undefeated in their last 6 matches in the Premier League.
The Liverpool players may struggle to adhere to Jurgen Klopp's relentless pressing game having made the 5,000 mile round trip to Russia on Thursday.
Crystal Palace will have felt aggrieved not to have beaten Manchester United last weekend, but should sense a real opportunity to end Klopp's unbeaten run as Liverpool manager. They've had a full week to prepare for this fixture and the return of Connor Wickham should give them a greater presence up front.
The Eagles did the double over Liverpool last season and should be confident of coming away with at least a point.
LIVERPOOL DOUBLE CHANCE + UNDER 4.5 (1.44, William Hill)
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