In this post betting tips and previews of the 24th round of english Premier League (2 and 3 February). Arsenal - Southampton, Leicester - Liverpool, Sunderland - Manchester City,
Manchester United - Stoke City and Watford - Chelsea.
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ARSENAL - SOUTHAMPTON
- Arsene Wenger is still without Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla and they were joined by Tomas Rosicky, who was injured on his return to first-team action at the weekend. Danny Welbeck is back in training but is short of match fitness.
- Francis Coquelin is in line to make his first Premier League appearance since November after coming through the FA Cup win over Burnley unscathed. Wenger, however, may be anxious to start him twice in three days after such a serious injury.
- Alexis Sanchez should make his first start in a league game since November here.
- Southampton will be without Steven Davis, Florin Gardos and Jay Rodriguez for the trip to Arsenal, whereas Maarten Stekelenburg and Graziano Pelle remain doubts.
- Charlie Austin is in contention to make his first league start for Southampton after coming off the bench to score the winner against Manchester United last time out
- Southampton thrashed Arsenal 4-0 in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day December and come into this fixture having kept a clean sheet in each of their last three matches. Ronald Koeman's side have been very inconsistent this season and the Dutchman will be hope they have now turned a corner until the end of the season.
- Arsenal, on the other hand, have their sights set on the Premier League title and they could finish Tuesday top of the table if other results go their way. The Gunners have only won once in their last four, however, and they will need to iron out these kind of inconsistencies in order to land their first title in over a decade.
HOME WIN (1.90, Matchbook)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-1
LEICESTER - LIVERPOOL
- Claudio Ranieri is without injured duo Jeffrey Schlupp and Matthew James for the welcome of Liverpool.
- Ritchie de Laet is a doubt for the home side and will be assessed closer to kick off.
- Nevertheless, Ranieri could name an unchanged side from the one that secured a 3-0 win over Stoke last time out.
- Jordan Henderson is a doubt for Liverpool and will be assessed closer to kick off, though is expected to start for the Reds. Joe Allen, however, is on standby should he fail to recover in time.
- Jurgen Klopp remains without seven players through injury, but Philippe Coutinho is closing in on a return to training.
- Christian Benteke is set to drop to the bench following a disappointing outing against West Ham, with Roberto Firmino recalled to the squad.
- A 3-0 win over Stoke last time out means Leicester top the Premier League table ahead of a tough run of games that could determine the outcome of their season. Nonetheless, they should be confident of a positive result at home, given they are unbeaten in their last seven league meetings at the King Power Stadium, winning four.
- Liverpool played out a highly entertaining 5-4 win over Norwich in the Premier League last time out. The Reds, though, have won only two of their last five league games away from home, losing the other three.
- Leicester have the ability to secure maximum points in what could be an entertaining encounter.
LEICESTER DOUBLE CHANCE (1.50, Sporting Bet)
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.85, Sporting Bet)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 3-2
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SUNDERLAND - MANCHESTER CITY
- Sam Allardyce could throw new signing Wahbi Khazri straight into the starting XI for the reception of Manchester City. Other than that, no major changes are expected from his usual XI.
- Kevin de Bruyne is out for more than 10 months with a knee and ankle injury, which means Jesus Navas should come into the starting XI for him.
- Kelechi Iheanacho scored a hat-trick in the cup at the weekend, but Sergio Aguero will return here.
- Fernandinho, Fernando and Fabian Delph are vyying for a start in midfield here.
- Sunderland are four points adrift of safety having failed to win in either of their last two matches and their next four matches make for grim reading (City, Liverpool, United, West Ham).
- City are three points behind league leaders Leicester and they will need to iron out their inconsistent form if they are to overtake them and see of Arsenal in their quest for the league title.
- Manuel Pellegrini's men have won both of their last two encounters with Sunderland 4-1. In fact, the two teams have shared 28 goals (4.7 per game) over the last six matches and more could be on offer here.
AWAY WIN (1.57, Betfair)
OVER 2.5 (1.75, Betfair)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 0-3
MANCHESTER UNITED - STOKE CITY
- Michael Carrick made his comeback in the 3-1 win over Derby on Friday and should come into the starting XI here.
- Guillermo Varela could continue at right-back if Phil Jones fails to recover in time.
- Mark Hughes is short in defence with Ryan Shawcross, Marc Wilson and Geoff Cameron out injured and Marc Muniesa only recently back from a long-term injury lay off.
- Xherdan Shaqiri has been struggling with an injury in recent weeks but he should be okay to start here, as should Marko Arnautovic.
- Manchester United advanced into the FA Cup fifth round to relieve a bit of pressure on Louis van Gaal, but a second defeat to Stoke in the space of a just over a month would ramp the pressure back up once more.
- Morale in the Stoke camp would have taken a knock in recent weeks after following up their League Cup semi-final exit with defeat in the FA Cup at the weekend. The Potters have now lost their last three matches in all competitions, but can take confidence from the fact they beat United comfortably on Boxing Day.
- The loss of Ryan Shawcross is a blow and that could help United overcome them here as they try to claw their way back into the top 4.
MANCHESTER UNITED DOUBLE CHANCE + UNDER 3.5 (1.54, PaddyPower)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-0
WATFORD - CHELSEA
- Nathan Ake cannot face off against his parent club, which is a blow for Watford. The Hornets have a full strength squad available to them, other than usual absentees Joel Ekstrand and Tommy Hoban.
- Nordin Amrabat and Jurado are vying for the role in behind the two strikers here. Jose Holebas will deputise in the absence of Ake. Nyom should also return at right-back.
- Alexandre Pato could make his first-team debut, although it is likely he will make this from the bench that a start.
- Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy are injury doubts but may also no longer be at the club when this fixture comes around.
- Willian picked up a foot injury in their win over FA Cup MK Dons at the weekend, but is expected to line up away to Watford.
- Watford put an end to two straight defeats in the Premier League with a solid 2-1 win over Newcastle last time out, but will face a different kettle of fish against a resurgent Chelsea on Wednesday.
- The Blues are yet to taste defeat under Guus Hiddink this season and, although there have still been too many draws, the mood has certainly lifted. Eden Hazard scored his first goal for Chelsea since May 2015 in their FA Cup triumph over MK Dons at the weekend, which will give him further confidence coming into this fixture.
- This will be the first match these two have played against each other at Vicarage Road since 2009, when Chelsea ran out 3-1 winners. They drew the reverse fixture 2-2 on Boxing Day and it could be another tight game here.
CHELSEA DOUBLE CHANCE + UNDER 3.5 (1.58, William Hill)
AWAY WIN HANDICAP DRAW (-1.0) (3.60, William Hill)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 0-1
NORWICH - TOTTENHAM
AWAY WIN ---
WEST HAM - ASTON VILLA
HOME WIN --- UNDER 2.5
EVERTON - NEWCASTLE HOME WIN --- EVERTON DC + OVER 1.5
CRYSTAL PALACE - BOURNEMOUTH BOURNEMOUTH DOUBLE CHANCE --- UNDER 2.5
WEST BROMWICH - SWANSEA
DRAW --- UNER 2.5
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