PREMIER LEAGUE: 23rd ROUND

In this post betting tips and previews of the 23rd round of english Premier League matches scheduled on 24 and 25 January. Norwich - Liverpool, Crystal Palace - Tottenham, Leicester - Stoke, Everton - Swansea and Arsenal - Chelsea.

In this post betting tips and previews of the 23rd round of english Premier League matches scheduled on 24 and 25 January. Norwich - Liverpool, Crystal Palace - Tottenham, Leicester - Stoke, Everton - Swansea and Arsenal - Chelsea.


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NORWICH - LIVERPOOL

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Norwich
  • Gary O'Neil is supended for the welcome of Liverpool, but is Alex Neil's only absentee for Saturday's early kick off.
  • Steven Naismith is in line to make his debut following his big money move in midweek, with the Scot expected to lead the attack.
  • Other than that, Neil is not expected to make wholesale changes for this one.
Liverpool
  • Jon Flanagan made his return to competitive action following a lengthy absence on Wednesday night and is available for selection.
  • Connor Randall and Dejan Lovren are both being assessed and are classed as doubts.
  • Jurgen Klopp remains without Joe Gomez, Danny Ings, Martin Skrtel, Divock Origi, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Rossiter and Daniel Sturridge through injury.

 

 

PREDICTION

 

  • Back-to-back defeats leaves Norwich just two points above the relegation zone, with results elsewhere not going in the Canaries' favour. Norwich have traditionally struggled against Liverpool, losing their four home league meetings with the Reds.
  • Liverpool's Premier League form has stuttered of late, with the Reds now without a win in their last three league games. However, a 3-0 midweek FA Cup win will have boosted morale following a 1-0 home loss to rivals Manchester United coming into the trip to Carrow Road.
  • Norwich will be hopeful of worsening Liverpool's woes, but the visitors should return to winning ways here.

 

 

AWAY WIN (2.00, Matchbook)

 

 

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CRYSTAL PALACE - TOTTENHAM

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Crystal Palace
  • James McArthur could miss out having been subbed off during the 4-0 defeat to Manchester City, with the Scot classed as a doubt.
  • Dwight Gayle is closing in on a return to fitness, but is unlikely to feature, while Bakary Sako, Kwesi Appiah and Yannick Bolasie miss out through injury.
  • Alan Pardew could name a similar looking side to the one that lost to City last weekend.
Tottenham
  • Clinton N'Jie misses out for Spurs through injury, while Alex Pritchard and Ryan Mason are doubts for the away side.
  • The visitors could name an unchanged XI from the one that overcame Sunderland 4-1 last time out in the Premier League.
  • That would see Heung-min Son start from the bench once again, despite his superb showing at Leicester in the FA Cup in midweek.

 

 

PREDICTION

 

  • Crystal Palace's form has nosedived having failed to win any of their last five league games, losing three. The Eagles have failed to score in those five matches, with the lack of goals hindering their chances of securing an European finish.
  • Tottenham bounced back from their disappointing league defeat to Leicester last week with a resounding 4-1 thumping of Sunderland. After their FA Cup exploits in midweek, Mauricio Pochettino's side will be brimming with confidence ahead of the visit to Selhurst Park.
  • Palace will hope to put their poor form behind them, but Spurs could secure all the spoils here.

 

 

AWAY WIN (2.15, Sporting Bet)

TOTTENHAM DOUBLE CHANCE + UNDER 4.5 (1.65, Sporting Bet)

 

 

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LEICESTER - STOKE

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Leicester
  • Claudio Ranieri will recall upon the services of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, N'Golo Kante, Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton after resting them for their League Cup replay defeat to Spurs in midweek.
  • Jeffrey Schlupp and Matt James are the only injured players for the Leicester manager.
Stoke
  • Mark Hughes may be without Xherdan Shaqiri once again, with the Swiss star struggling with a hamstring problem.
  • As a result, he may stick with the same team that drew with Arsenal last weekend.

 

 

PREDICTION

 

  • Leicester have hit a slump in form but are still managing to grind out results and keep tabs with their title rivals. The Foxes have only won one of their last five league matches but are still level on points with Arsenal at the top of the table. They could be four points clear had Riyad Mahrez converted both of his spot kicks against Aston Villa last time out and Bournemouth two games prior.
  • Stoke have been in mixed form in recent weeks. They've beaten Everton and Manchester United in their last six matches, but slipped to defeats against West Brom and Crystal Palace in that time as well. They fought hard to draw 0-0 with Arsenal last time out but need to get back to winning ways if they are to keep tabs with the likes of West Ham, Spurs and United in the race for a European spot.
  • The Foxes cannot avoid to drop any more points in this fixture, with Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal to come in their following three matches. Jamie Vardy hasn't scored a goal in his last 7 matches in all competitions and Riyad Mahrez is also five games without finding the back of the net. The The Foxes haven't beaten Stoke at home in the league since 2006 and will need both of the aforementioned players to be on top form to win here.

 

 

STOKE DOUBLE CHANCE (1.80, Betfair)

BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.80, Betfair)

 

 

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EVERTON - SWANSEA

 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Everton
  • With Coleman and Browning both injured Bryan Oviedo was forced to play at right-back last weekend but he too picked up an injury and is a doubt.
  • John Stones could move to right-back if the Costa Rican is not fit to play, while Ramiro Funes Mori should return having come on to score at Stamford Bridge.
  • Elsewhere Aaron Lennon and Gerard Deulofeu are vying for the starting berth on the right wing.
Swansea
  • Francesco Guidolin will be in the dugout for the first time since his appointment as head coach at Swansea.
  • With the Italian having the final say on the line-up it will be interesting to see if any changes are made from the 1-0 win over Watford.
  • Bafetimbi Gomis will hope for a chance to prove his worth, but elsewhere it should be a similar XI.

 

 

PREDICTION

 

  • Everton were left heartbroken by yet another late goal last time out and will know that they need to be winning these sort of matches to have any chance of keeping their European hopes alive.
  • Swansea are about to embark on a new era under former Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin but may take time to adjust having struggled to create chances for some time now.
  • The Toffees have a poor home record and are without a win in 4 but should be able to record three points this weekend.

 

 

 

HOME WIN (1.70, PaddyPower)

OVER 2.5 (1.95, PaddyPower)

 

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ARSENAL - CHELSEA

 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Arsenal
  • Alexis Sanchez is likely to be in the squad for the first time since his injury, though it remains to be seen if he will be thrown into action from the start.
  • Francis Coquelin is also back in training but is still likely to be a week or so away from a return.
  • Mohamed Elneny could be in line to make his debut, but Arsene Wenger may avoid making too many changes to his side for this one.
Chelsea
  • Eden Hazard is back in full training and should return to the side at the expense of Pedro.
  • Diego Costa should also be fit enough to start the game having had such a big impact on the reverse fixture.
  • Nemanja Matic may lose his place in midfield after a poor showing last time out, with Fabregas moving further back and Oscar returning to the line-up.

 

 

PREDICTION

 

  • 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 (1.65, William Hill)

 

 

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OTHER MATCHES

 

SUNDERLAND - BOURNEMOUTH                  SUNDERLAND DOUBLE CHANCE   ---    OVER 2.5

 

WATFORD - NEWCASTLE                                  NEWCASTLE DOUBLE CHANCE   ---   OVER 1.5

 

MANCHESTER UNITED - SOUTHAMPTON    UNITED DOUBLE CHANCE + UNDER 3.5

 

WEST BROMWICH - ASTON VILLA                  DRAW   ---   UNDER 2.5

 

WEST HAM - MANCHESTER CITY                    DRAW   ---   BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE

 


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