PREMIER LEAGUE: 16th ROUND

In this post betting tips and previews of the 16th round of english Premier League matches.

In this post betting tips and previews of the 16th round of english Premier League matches.


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MANCHESTER CITY - SWANSEA

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Manchester City

  • Manuel Pellegrini will have to make do without Pablo Zabaleta, Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany through injury.
  • Fernando and Martin Demichelis are both doubts are will be assessed closer to kick off.
  • Wilfried Bony may start after impressing from the bench in midweek.
Swansea

  • Swansea are without Franck Tabanou, who is still suffering with a thigh injury.
  • Striker Eder is a doubt for the visitors with an ankle problem.
  • The Swans made the decision to sack Garry Monk on Wednesday.

 

 

PREDICTION

 

  • Manchester City bounced back from their 2-0 defeat to Stoke with a 4-2 win over Gladbach in the Champions League in midweek and will be keen to get their title pursuit back on track against Swansea. City have won their four home league meetings with Swansea since the latter's promotion to the Premier League.
  • Managerless Swansea are on a dire run of form having won just one of their last 11 league games that has seen them plummet down the table, which on Wednesday cost Garry Monk his job. The Swans now sit just one point above the relegation zone and they are not expected to come away with a positive result here.
  • This should be a routine home win for City.

 

 

HOME WIN (1.30, Matchbook)

OVER 2.5 (1.80, Matchbook)

 

 

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BOURNEMOUTH - MANCHESTER UNITED

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Bournemouth

  • Manchester United's injury concerns will grab the headlines, but Bournemouth are arguably worse off with a number of their best players out for the rest of the season.
  • Eddie Howe will, however, be hoping to recall upon the experience of Sylvain Distin, who missed their victory over Chelsea through illness.
  • Glenn Murray came off the bench to score the winner against Chelsea and could be rewarded with a starting berth against United.
Manchester United

  • Louis van Gaal has huge problems ahead of a must win match against a confident Bournemouth. Crashing out of the Champions League group stages was a disaster and it came at a greater cost with Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian picking up injuries leaving them very thin for options at the back.
  • Guillermo Varela has impressed in his last two outings and will continue at left-back, while Paddy McNair and Ashley Young are favourites to complete the back four alongisde Daley Blind. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is also pushing for a start ahead of Young at left-back.
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger will begin his three-match ban for elbowing Winston Reid here. Morgan Schneiderlin missed out in midweek and will return to partner Michael Carrick in front of the back four.
  • Wayne Rooney's spell out of the team may even continue here, leaving Juan Mata to start in his prefered 10 role once more.

 

 

PREDICTION

 

  • Manchester United fans will be demanding an emphatic response from Louis van Gaal and the team after inexplicably crashing out of the Champions League group stages. However, United are now down to their bare bones at the back and could find it very difficult to claim all three points against a Bournemouth side in their best moment of the season.
  • Eddie Howe's men followed up their dramatic 3-3 draw against Everton with the biggest result in the club's history at reigning Premier League champions Chelsea (a 1-0 win). They are also without key players, but that hasn't dented their confidence as they look to beat the odds and avoid the drop.
  • Bournemouth famously knocked United out of the FA Cup in January 1984 when they were just in the old third division. They've got a real chance to repeat those heroics here or at least get 1 point.

 

 

 

UNITED DOUBLE CHANCE + UNDER 4.5 (1.55, Sporting Bet)

DRAW (3.40, Sporting Bet)

 

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LIVERPOOL - WEST BROMWICH ALBION

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Liverpool

  • Jordan Henderson is set to start in a midfield three with Emre Can and Lucas Leiva.
  • Christian Benteke is unlikely to start, with Roberto Firmino expected to spearhead the attack for the home side.
  • Jurgen Klopp is without Jon Flanagan, Joe Gomez, Danny Ings, Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Sturridge.
West Bromwich Albion

  • Ben Foster and Stephane Sessegnon are both sidelined for the Baggies here.
  • Claudio Yacob returns from suspension for Tony Pulis' side and he should start in midfield with Darren Fletcher and James Morrison.
  • Saido Berahino is likely to miss out on a starting spot once more.

 

 

PREDICTION

 

  • Liverpool secured top spot in their Europa League group in midweek, which will have boosted morale after a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Newcastle last weekend. A win here will put them right back in the mix for a top-4 finish this season.
  • A 1-1 draw with Tottenham means West Brom are now unbeaten in their last three league outings, securing one win and two draws. The Baggies have won two of their last four league meetings with Liverpool at Anfield.
  • The home side are favourites coming into this fixture, but may be forced to work for all three points.

 

 

HOME WIN (1.40, Betfair)

 

 

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TOTTENHAM - NEWCASTLE

 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Tottenham

  • Mauricio Pochettino welcomed Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli back to first team action on Thursday night and the pair are available for selection.
  • Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier are minor doubts for the hosts, but are expected to start for the hosts.
  • Alex Pritchard and Ryan Mason both miss out through injury.
Newcastle United

  • Steve McClaren still has a huge number of injuries ahead of the trip to Spurs, though the Newcastle boss has no fresh concerns to worry over.
  • The Magpies boss could name the same starting XI from the one that secured a 2-0 win over Liverpool last weekend.
  • That would see Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic start on the bench once more.

 

 

PREDICTION

 

  • Tottenham are currently on a 14-game unbeaten run and sit just three points off fourth placed Manchester United coming into this week's round of fixtures. A 4-1 midweek win over Monaco will have boosted morale ahead of the welcome of Newcastle, a fixture which they come into as favourites.
  • The Magpies landed a commendable 2-0 win over Liverpool last weekend, though they sit in the relegation zone on goal difference. Newcastle have won their last two league visits to White Hart Lane, though they do boast the joint-worst away record in England's top tier this term.
  • Newcastle will have been buoyed by the performance and win over Liverpool, but Spurs have what it takes to secure a routine win here.

 

 

HOME WIN + OVER 1.5 (1.60, PaddyPower)

 

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ASTON VILLA - ARSENAL

 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Aston Villa

  • Remi Garde will welcome a number of players back into the fold this week, with Ciaran Clark available following a suspension and captain Micah Richards also pushing to be back fit.
  • Elsewhere Jack Grealish has returned to training with the first team but will likely need to bide his time to come back into the starting XI.
  • Jores Okore and Tiago Ilori have both had playing time of late so there is serious competition at centre-back, with the rest of the side likely to remain largely unchanged.
Arsenal

  • With so many injury concerns the Arsenal side almost picks itself, particularly following an impressive win in Greece in midweek, with confidence likely to be high.
  • As a result the team is set to remain unchanged, with fit again Theo Walcott favoured over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right.
  • Flamini and Ramsey will keep their place in midfield in the continued absence of Coquelin and Cazorla respectively, with Joel Campbell deputising for Alexis Sanchez.

 

 

PREDICTION

 

  • This match may well be billed as the student vs the mentor as Remi Garde goes head-to-head with Arsene Wenger, who holds the Frenchman - his first signing as Arsenal manager - in very high esteem.
  • Aston Villa picked up a decent result at Southampton last time out but dropped points once more having taken the lead and their recent meetings with Arsenal suggest this could be a very one sided affair in their bid to secure a first win since the opening day of the season.
  • The Gunners scored 12 goals without reply in the three meetings between the sides last season, but may be a little fatigued and without key players things should be more competitive this time around.

 

 

 

AWAY WIN (1.57, William Hill)

 

 

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