PREMIER LEAGUE: 14th ROUND

In this post betting tips and previews of the 14th round of english Premier League matches: Manchester City - Southampton, Leicester - Manchester United, Tottenham - Chelsea, Norwich - Arsenal and Liverpool - Swansea.

In this post betting tips and previews of the 14th round of english Premier League matches: Manchester City - Southampton, Leicester - Manchester United, Tottenham - Chelsea, Norwich - Arsenal and Liverpool - Swansea.



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MANCHESTER CITY - SOUTHAMPTON

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Manchester City

  • Joe Hart was forced off in midweek with a hamstring problem and misses out here, meaning Willy Caballero will start between the sticks.
  • Manuel Pellegrini is without injured duo Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany, but David Silva and Wilfried Bony are available for the welcome of Southampton.
  • The City boss is also without Eliaquim Mangala, so Martin Demichelis will retain his place in the side, while Pablo Zabaleta is also sidelined.
Southampton

  • Ronald Koeman will be without the suspended Graziano Pelle for the trip to Manchester City, with Sadio Mane expected to come into the XI in his absence and Shane Long set to lead the attack as a result.
  • Fraser Forster, Jay Rodriguez and Florin Gardos all miss out through injury, though Koeman has no fresh concerns coming into this one.
  • Saints are not expected to make wholesale changes to their side, despite a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Stoke last week.

 

 

PREDICTION

 

  • A 1-0 defeat to Juventus means Manchester City have failed to win any of their last three competitive outings and need a victory here in order to get their campaign back on track. However, the Citizens have won each of their last four home league meetings with Southampton.
  • Saints will be keen to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Stoke. Koeman's side, though, are one of two teams yet to lose a game away from home in the Premier League this season, yet are without main striker Graziano Pelle for this one, which will hinder their chances of coming away with a positive result.
  • Nevertheless, City's strength should shine through in the end, with a win on the cards.

 

 

 

HOME WIN (1.60, Matchbook)

CITY DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (1.28, Matchbook)

OVER 2.5 (1.65, Matchbook)

 

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LEICESTER - MANCHESTER UNITED

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Leicester

  • Claudio Ranieri is unlikely to tinker with his starting XI too much, but he may be tempted to revert to a 4-4-1-1 formation to have an extra body in midfield.
  • Jamie Vardy is currently level with Ruud van Nistelrooy having scored in each of his last 10 league games and will be looking to break his Premier League record against Manchester United on Saturday evening.
  • Former United player Matt James is their only injury absentee for this fixture.
Manchester United

  • Marcos Rojo looked extremely tired towards the end of their 0-0 draw with PSV in midweek and may not be fit enough to start here, which could see Ashley Young revert to left back and Matteo Darmian retaining his spot on the right hand side of the defence.
  • Phil Jones, Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera are all still out for the trip to table toppers Leicester.
  • Jesse Lingard will have a late fitness test after feeling a tight hamstring after the draw against PSV, which could mean Memphis keeps his place in the starting XI despite struggling against his former club on Wednesday.

 

 

PREDICTION

 

  • In order to break Ruud van Nistelrooy's Premier League record, Jamie Vardy is going to have to find a way to score against the league's meanest defence (9 goals conceded all season). The England international's best bet may come from the penalty spot, with United on a staggering run of 14 hours without conceding a goal from open play in all competitions.
  • Leicester are bidding to become the first team outside the traditional top five teams to top the table at the start of December in 14 years, as they hold a slender one point advantage over United going into the weekend.
  • The Foxes have been unstoppable so far this season and their fine start has even left them dreaming of Europe, but they will quickly find out how realisitic those ambitions are with United, Swansea, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool and Manchester City to come in their next six league outings. But, for now, their run could continue.

 

 

 

HOME WIN (3.10, Sporting Bet)

LEICESTER DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (2.15, Sporting Bet)

 

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TOTTENHAM - CHELSEA

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Tottenham

  • Dele Alli is suspended for the welcome of Chelsea, with Christian Eriksen moving into the number 10 role as a result.
  • Alex Pritchard and Nacer Chadli both miss out for Spurs due to injury.
  • Erik Lamela is a doubt having missed the midweek win of Qarabag, but should be fit to feature here.
Chelsea

  • Thibaut Courtois and Falcao will both miss the trip to Spurs through injury.
  • John Terry will also sit this tie out after suffering an ankle problem against Maccabi Tel Aviv, meaning Kurt Zouma should start alongside Gary Cahill at centre-back.
  • Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a toe problem, but is likely to be fit to feature from the off, while Ramires will be assessed closer to kick off.

 

 

PREDICTION

 

  • Spurs' 4-1 thumping of West Ham last time out saw them extend their unbeaten run in the league to 12 games. After a hard-fought 1-0 win over Qarabag on Thursday night, confidence in the camp is high coming into this London derby.
  • Chelsea look to have turned a corner following a dismal start to the season. Back-to-back victories will certainly boost morale coming into this fixture, though for the first time in a long time, the enter the encounter as underdogs.
  • However, given Spurs' current run, they have what it takes to secure all three points, even after a lengthy trip to Azerbaijan in midweek.

 

 

TOTTENHAM DOUBLE CHANCE (1.54, Betfair)

 

 

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NORWICH - ARSENAL

 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Norwich

  • Russell Martin missed the defeat to Chelsea for personal reasons and it is not sure whether he will return here. Alexander Tettey was also absent from their last outing and could miss out again here.
  • Wes Hoolahan was rested last weekend after featuring in Ireland's Euro play-off triumph and should be recalled here.
Arsenal

  • Francis Coquelin is ruled out for at least three months, but there was some good news for Arsene Wenger as he confirmed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had returned to full training after missing their last five matches through injury.
  • Aaron Ramsey also marked his return from injury with a sub appearance in their midweek Champions League win having been out for a similar timeframe to Oxlade-Chamberlain.
  • The Arsenal boss revealed Alexis Sanchez is on the brink of suffering from a serious hamstring injury, but is relcutant to rest him.

 

 

PREDICTION

 

  • Arsenal coped without Francis Coquelin in their Champions League win in midweek but there will be sterner tests to come in the Premier League. They could be as many as five points off the pace by the time this game kicks off on Sunday, so there will be pressure on them.
  • Norwich are also desperate for a win having lost five of their last six matches in the league to leave them only three points above the drop zone.
  • Arsenal have won seven of the last nine Premier League meetings between the sides and should overcome Alex Neil's team here despite their injury concerns.

 

 

AWAY WIN (1.62, PaddyPower)

AWAY WIN + OVER 1.5 (2.05, PaddyPower)

 

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LIVERPOOL - SWANSEA

 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Liverpool

  • Lucas Leiva is suspended for the home side, with Joe Allen expected to come into the XI to face his former club.
  • Philippe Coutinho is a doubt for Liverpool, though should be fit to feature here after missing out in midweek.
  • Elsewhere, Jurgen Klopp is without seven players through injury, with Daniel Sturridge sidelined with a foot problem.
Swansea

  • Jonjo Shelvey is suspended for Swansea so will play no part in the meeting with his former employers.
  • Garry Monk may call on Federico Fernandez, Jack Cork, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jefferson Montero and Bafetimbi Gomis after the quintet were left out of the starting XI against Bournemouth last week.

 

 

PREDICTION

 

  • Liverpool bounced back from their 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace prior to the international break with a romping 4-1 win at Manchester City last Saturday. The Reds secured their place in the next round of the Europa League on Thursday night, so confidence is high among the players.
  • Swansea's form continues to undermine their good start to the season. The Swans have failed to win any of their last three league games, coming from behind to snatch a point at home to Bournemouth last week.
  • The Reds have won their last three home meetings with Swansea and should continue this run on Sunday.



HOME WIN (1.44, William Hill)

OVER 2.5 (1.80, William Hill)

 

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SUNDERLAND - STOKE CITY

AWAY WIN

STOKE DOUBLE CHANCE + UNDER 3.5


ASTON VILLA - WATFORD

DRAW

UNDER 2.5


BOURNEMOUTH - EVERTON

AWAY WIN

EVERTON DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5


CRYSTAL PALACE - NEWCASTLE

DRAW

UNDER 1.5 1st HALF


WEST HAM - WEST BROMWICH ALBION

WBA DOUBLE CHANCE

UNDER 3.5


 

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