English Premier League: Round 26 - Betting tips and match previews. Match clou is Arsenal-Leicester.
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SUNDERLAND - MANCHESTER UNITED
- Duncan Watmore is expected to miss the fixture after coming off with an ankle injury in their 2-2 draw against Liverpool last weekend. Adam Johnson is expected to deputise in his absence.
- Fabio Borini remains a doubt after missing his return to Anfield through illness. Jeremain Lens is also a question mark with a muscle injury.
- Jan Kirchoff (apart from his debut) and Lamine Kone have been impressive since joining in the January transfer window and should continue from the start here.
- Phil Jones stepped up his return to the first-team for the Manchester United Under-21's on Monday and is expected to feature in the matchday squad here.
- Adnan Januzaj and Guillermo Varela came off with injuries in the U21's 7-0 win over Norwich and are doubts here.
- Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young are all still sidelined.
- United should be unchanged from the side that drew 1-1 with Chelsea on Sunday.
- Sunderland's gruelling run of fixtures is set to continue against United in Saturday's early kick off. The Black Cats haven't won in four and are four points adrift of safety, although they will come into this fixture with some confidence after coming from two goals behind to draw 2-2 with Liverpool in their last outing.
- Manchester United have not won back-to-back games since November and were unlucky to come away with only a point from their encounter with Chelsea last weekend. The draw leaves them six points off the top four and means Louis van Gaal is still under pressure.
- The Red Devils have ran out relatively comfortable winners in their last two encounters with Sunderland (five goals scored and none conceded), but this fixture has proved relatively difficult in recent history. In fact, United haven't tasted defeat at the Stadium of Light since October 2010 and this looks set to be another difficult afternoon for Van Gaal's men.
AWAY WIN (1.75, Matchbook)
MANCHESTER UNITED DOUBLE CHANCE + UNDER 3.5 (1.70, Matchbook)
CHELSEA - NEWCASTLE
- Gary Cahill will return to the starting XI for the rest of the season with Kurt Zouma out for six months with a knee injury sustained in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.
- Eden Hazard's return has been managed carefully by Guus Hiddink, but it remains to be seen whether the Chelsea interim manager will be judged fit enough to start here.
- There have also been no signs that Hiddink will relent from his conservative approach of fielding John Obi Mikel and Nemanja Matic in front of the back four.
- Steve McClaren has a combined 15 players struggling with injuries or out through suspension injury for the trip to Stamford Bridge.
- The Newcastle manager could go with the same XI that beat West Brom 1-0 last time out, which means Henri Saivet will have to settle for a place on the bench.
- Seydou Dombia could get a start ahead of Aleksandar Mitrovic, if McClaren looks to use pace against John Terry and Gary Cahill.
- Chelsea preserved their unbeaten run under Guus Hiddink with a dramatic late equaliser at home to Manchester United on Sunday. The Blues haven't won back-to-back games since May when they were crowned league champions and they are still drawing way too many games - they've drawn their last four home games.
- Newcastle are also far too inconsistent to be completely ruled out of the relegation dog fight and they could return to the bottom three if they lose against Chelsea and results go against them.
- Chelsea have often come understuck against Newcastle on the road, but they are usually comfortable winners at Stamford Bridge. In fact, Newcastle haven't scored on their last three trips to Chelsea.
CHELSEA DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (1.50, Sporting Bet)
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.90, Sporting Bet)
EVERTON - WEST BROMWICH
- Tim Howard and John Stones are expected to be available for selection, but the latter may have to settle for a place on the bench following Phil Jagielka and Ramiro Funes Mori impressive performance against Stoke last time out. It will, however, come too soon for Muhamed Besic.
- Aaron Lennon and Tom Cleverley have also impressed of late, which should see Arouna Kone and Gerard Deulofeu start from the bench.
- Tony Pulis may be forced to rotate his squad after his team were taken all the way to penalties in their FA Cup replay with Peterborough on Wednesday night. However, he will be unable to bring in fresh legs at the back with a number of absentees in defence.
- Gareth McAuley was forced off after 20 minutes against the Posh and is unlikely to have recovered in time to feature here, adding to Pulis' woes. James Chester should continue as a result, but Pulis will also be hoping Craig Dawson can recover in time in feature.
- Victor Anichebe should return to the team after Rondon and Berahino featured in midweek.
- Everton come into this fixture having won back-to-back league games for the first time this season. They will be hoping to make it three straight wins in the league for the first time since April. They should have a good chance of doing so against a West Brom outfit that has struggled for any real consistency this season.
- Tony Pulis' side have only won one of their six league games in 2016 and they have now slipped to within six points of the bottom three. The last two meetings between these two sides at Goodison Park have finished 0-0, but West Brom haven't managed to taste victory away to Everton since November 2010.
HOME WIN (1.57, Betfair)
MANCHESTER CITY - TOTTENHAM
- Manuel Pellegrini is sweating on the fitness of David Silva and is without creative midfielders Samir Nasri, Kevin De Bruyne and Jesus Navas.
- City are also without Eliaquim Mangala, Wilfried Bony and Vincent Kompany.
- Despite the 3-1 loss to Leicester, Pellegrini may be forced to use a similar system for the welcome of Spurs, with Kelechi Iheanacho starting alongside Sergio Aguero.
- Mauricio Pochettino is without only Clinton N'Jie and Jan Vertonghen for the trip to Manchester City.
- Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier are expected to keep Danny Rose and Kyle Walker on the bench following the former duo's impressive showing against Watford.
- Erik Lamela may also start, though Hueng-Min Son is also an option on the right.
- Manchester City lost ground in the title race with a 3-1 home defeat to Leicester City at the weekend. The Citizens may boast the best home record in the league, but have won only one of their last three Premier League fixtures at the Etihad Stadium and have looked wholly unconvincing of late.
- Spurs, meanwhile, sit second and one point above City coming into this crucial fixture. The north London side are on a four-match winning run and are unbeaten in their last six league games away from home, winning four.
- The City fans will be hoping they can bounce back with a victory here, but Spurs could sneak their first win at the Etihad Stadium since 2010.
- 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.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.65, PaddyPower)
OVER 2.5 (1.75, PaddyPower)
TOTTENHAM DOUBLE CHANCE (1.75, PaddyPower)
ARSENAL - LEICESTER
- Gabriel should be preferred to Per Mertesacker in defence, as his extra pace will be vital against Leicester's attack.
- Francis Coquelin's return has been managed carefully up to now, but he should replace Mathieu Flamini as the shield in front of the back four.
- Arsene Wenger could keep the faith with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after he scored against Bournemouth last time out.
- Arsenal ended a run of four league games without a win to beat Bournemouth 2-0 last time out, but they will need to be much better if they are to take three points of league leaders Leicester.
- The Foxes have extended their lead at the top of the table to five points after winning their last three matches. Claudio Ranieri's men have only lost two league games this season, with one of those coming in this reverse fixture earlier in the season when Arsenal ran out 5-2 winners.
- Leicester could provide a real dent in Arsenal's title ambitions with a win on Sunday, and with Manchester City and Spurs to face off later on the same day, this could prove a real decisive weekend in the destination of the title.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.70, PaddyPower)
DRAW (3.80, PaddyPower)
OVER 2.5 (1.80, PaddyPower)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 3-3
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