In this post betting tips and previews of the 22nd round of english Premier League matches scheduled on 16 and 17 January 2016.
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TOTTENHAM - SUNDERLAND
- Clinton N'Jie once more misses out for Tottenham, while Alex Pritchard and Ryan Mason both remain doubts for the hosts.
- Mousa Dembele may come in for Tom Carroll, in what could be Mauricio Pochettino's only change to his starting XI for the welcome of Sunderland.
- That would see Heung-min Son start on the bench once more.
- Sebastian Larsson, Adam Matthews and Younes Kaboul are all ruled out for the trip to Tottenham through injury.
- DeAndre Yedlin is expected to miss out for Sunderland due to loan stipulations.
- Nonetheless, his availability will unlikely have made any difference to Sam Allardyce, who could name the same XI that romped to a 4-2 win at Swansea on Wednesday night.
- Tottenham fell to their third Premier League defeat of the season to Leicester at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night and will be keen to bounce back with victory in Saturday's early kick off. Despite the loss in midweek, Spurs still boast the third best home record in the Premier League this term, though need to get back on track if they are to secure Champions League football.
- Sunderland's 4-2 win at Swansea was just their fifth in the league this season, with back-to-back wins lifting them to within a point of the Swans in 17th. The Black Cats, however, have failed to win at Tottenham since 2008 and come into this fixture as underdogs.
- Mauricio Pochettino will demand an instant response from his players on Saturday, with a win expected for the hosts.
HOME WIN (1.38, Matchbook)
MANCHESTER CITY - CRYSTAL PALACE
- Eliaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany will all miss out for Manchester City against Crystal Palace, with Martin Demichelis and Nicolas Otamendi set to feature at the heart of the defence once more.
- Wilfried Bony and Fernandinho are both doubts for Manuel Pellegrini's side and will be assessed closer to kick off.
- David Silva may come into the starting XI in place of Jesus Navas after starting the 0-0 draw with Everton on the bench, while Aleksandar Kolarov could replace Gael Clichy at left-back.
- Kwesi Appiah, Yannick Bolasie and Dwight Gayle all miss out for Crystal Palace here as they face title hopefuls Manchester City.
- Alan Pardew has a goalkeeping issue on his hands, with Julian Speroni perhaps coming into the starting XI in place of Wayne Hennessey after his error at Villa Park.
- Connor Wickham may also start, with Joe Ledley dropping out as a result.
- Manchester City lost ground in the title race with a 0-0 draw with Everton on Wednesday night. Nevertheless, the Citizens still boast the best home record in the Premier League this season, though could struggle against a Crystal Palace side that impresses away from home.
- The Eagles may have fallen to defeat at Aston Villa on Tuesday night, but are dangerous when penned back by the opposition. However, they have failed to win any of their five competitive meetings with City at the Etihad Stadium and have lost nine of the last 10 encounters between the two teams.
- Manuel Pellegrini will demand his players get their title charge back on track on Saturday, with a victory on the cards for the home side.
HOME WIN (1.40, Sporting Bet)
HOME WIN + OVER 2.5 (2.10, Sporting Bet)
AGUERO TO SCORE ANYTIME (2.00, Sporting Bet)
CHELSEA - EVERTON
- Guus Hiddink's will be without Eden Hazard once more.
- Pedro's position could be under threat after he was hooked at half time against West Brom, with Kenedy an option to replace him on the wing.
- John Obi Mikel could continue to start alongside Cesc Fabregas here, with Nemanja Matic remaining on the bench.
- Roberto Martinez is likely to have to play John Stones at right-back once again with limited resources available at present.
- Leon Osman could be deployed on the right once again as Martinez continues to looks to improve their defensive solidity. The Toffees 0-0 draw with Manchester City on Wednesday means they've now kept back-to-back clean sheets on the road coming into this fixture at Stamford Bridge.
- Osman would certaintly add better protection defensively than Arouna Kone, which could give him the edge here if he can manage two games in three days. Tom Cleverley would be the ideal player, but he is a doubt for the away side.
- Chelsea maintained unbeaten under Guus Hiddink in his second spell as interim manager after drawing 2-2 with West Brom at home on Wednesday. They are slowly but surely climbing the table but they can't afford too many draws if they are to somehow finish in the top four this season.
- Everton, though, are perhaps the worst team the Blues could want to face right now. The Toffees have drawn more legaue games than any other team in the Premier League this season (10), with six of those coming away from home, including in four of their last six league matches on their travels.
- Roberto Martinez's side have played some fantastic football this season but results do not reflect that. They are a point off the top 10 going into this fixture, with Chelsea only four behind them in 14th.
- Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six league meetings at home to Everton and have won the last four of those. Everton did, however, win the reverse fixture earlier this season, making this one hard to call.
DRAW (3.75, Betfair)
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.80, Betfair)
LIVERPOOL - MANCHESTER UNITED
- Steven Caulker could be in line to make his first start for Liverpool since making the shock loan switch from QPR at the start of the week. He could partner Mamadou Sakho at the back with Dejan Lovren still out injured.
- Roberto Firmino could lead the line at Christian Benteke's expense once more, with Joe Allen pushing for a start in midfield.
- Louis van Gaal has confirmed Bastian Schweinsteiger remains a huge doubt for the trip to Anfield, but Michael Carrick is out injured. This means that Marouane Fellaini or Ander Herrera could partner Morgan Schneiderlin in front of the back four.
- Juan Mata was dropped to the bench in that fixture after playing in a lot of matches in quick succession and is likely to return to the starting XI, although Jesse Lingard could have something to say about that.
- Adnan Januzaj could make the bench.
- Manchester United were certainly exciting in their last outing but they threw away a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Newcastle on Tuesday night. Fortunately for Louis van Gaal, their draw went largely unpunished as most of their top four rivals dropped points as well. This is a huge fixture for Van Gaal's future, with defeat likely to mean the end of his reign as United manager.
- Liverpool haven't been entirely convincing under Jurgen Klopp thus far, but they remain unbeaten against three of last season's top four with United next in his sights. Those three matches have included two imperious displays against Chelsea and Manchester City and more of the same can be expected against an often lethargic United team.
- Klopp also has the added benefit of triumphing in two of his last four meetings with Van Gaal, although they haven't faced off against each other since 2011, when Klopp managed Dortmund and Van Gaal was Bayern Munich head coach.
- The last five meetings between these two sides have all resulted in at least three goals being scored, with United winning the last four. However momentum would appear to favour Klopp's Liverpool, and that could be the final nail in the coffinf for Van Gaal.
LIVERPOOL DOUBLE CHANCE (1.38, PaddyPower)
HOME WIN (2.30, PaddyPower)
STOKE - ARSENAL
- Mark Hughes has confirmed that Xherdan Shaqiri is likely to miss out once more having been ruled out of the game against Norwich with a hamstring injury.
- Jonathan Walters will likely keep his place in the side along with Joselu, both of whom scored in midweek.
- If Geoff Cameron remains sidelined Ibrahim Afellay should keep his place in a more withdrawn role in midfield alongside Whelan.
- The main positive for Arsenal is that Alexis Sanchez is nearing a return to action, though Wenger may resist throwing the Chilean into action in a fixture that has become heated in recent years.
- Given that Joel Campbell has performed admirably in Sanchez's absence the Frenchman may well be right to err on the side of caution.
- As a result the team may well remain unchanged from the 3-3 draw at Liverpool.
- Matches between these two sides have not been without incident or controversy since the Potters were promoted to the top-flight and this game promises to be no different.
- Mark Hughes' side have put a poor start behind them at home to pick up 4 wins in their last 5 at the Britannia and are unbeaten in as many matches at home against the Gunners.
- Arsenal must prove to be up for the fight in matches like this in order to strengthen their title credentials but have struggled a little on the road of late
ARSENAL DOUBLE CHANCE + UNDER 3.5 (1.75, William Hill)
NEWCASTLE - WEST HAM WEST HAM DOUBLE CHANCE
BOURNEMOUTH - NORWICH DRAW / BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
SOUTHAMPTON - WEST BROM HOME WIN / UNDER 2.5
ASTON VILLA - LEICESTER AWAY
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