PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND 28: BETTING TIPS AND PREVIEWS

Premier League, round 28: Betting tips and previews for Tuesday's and Wednesday's matches.

Premier League, round 28: Betting tips and previews for Tuesday's and Wednesday's matches.


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LEICESTER - WEST BROMWICH ALBION

TEAM NEWS

Leicester
  • Danny Simpson returns from suspension and is expected to come straight back into the starting XI at right-back.
  • N'Golo Kante is injured for the welcome of West Brom, with Andy King tipped to replace the Frenchman in the middle of the park.
  • Leonardo Ulloa could be rewarded with a start having bagged a late winner against Norwich on Saturday.
West Bromwich Albion
  • Chris Brunt sustained an injury in the 3-2 win over Crystal Palace, with James Chester expected to start at left-back, with Jonny Evans also a doubt.
  • James Morrison and Callum McManaman both miss out for the Baggies once more through injury.
  • Tony Pulis could name a similar looking XI to the one that secured victory on Saturday, meaning Sadio Berahino would make just his 11th league start of the season.

PREDICTION


  • Leciester maintained their title pursuit with a narrow 1-0 win over Norwich on Saturday, though things don't get much easier for the Foxes here. West Brom are expected to sit back to soak up pressure, meaning they will be forced to take the game to the Baggies, which does not suit their style.
  • Back-to-back league wins has helped the Baggies move 11 points clear of the relegation zone and they should now be safe from the threat of the drop for another season. Tony Pulis, though, will be keen to not see his side rest on their laurels against the league leaders in midweek.
  • While Leicester will be forced to tinker with their approach, they have the means to secure the win here.

 

 

HOME WIN (1.70, Matchbook)

 

POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-0

 

 

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NORWICH - CHELSEA

TEAM NEWS

Norwich
  • Andre Wisdom misses out with a knee injury, while Sebastien Bassong and Wes Hoolahan are rated as 50/50 after picking up knocks in training.
  • Alex Neil could stick to a back five that held out until the dying embers against Leicester last time out.
  • Dieumerci Mbokani could come in for Cameron Jerome up front.
Chelsea
  • Baba Rahman's place is in doubt after he was hooked at half-time. His involvement will depend on John Terry's fitness. Alternatively, Guus Hiddink could start Kenedy, who replaced Baba against Southampton on Saturday.
  • Alexandre Pato is now fit to feature although not up to speed to play from the start. He will feature in the next two games, but in what capacity remains to be seen.
  • Pedro came off in the seventh minute in their 2-1 win over Southampton and will miss their next three matches. Oscar will come into the side in his absence.
  • Nemanja Matic will be pushing for a start, but Hiddink could stick with John Obi Mikel and Cesc Fabregas once more.

PREDICTION

 

  • Chelsea will make the trip to Norwich having strung together back-to-back league wins for the first time this season and a win here could push them into the top half of the table for the first time this season.
  • Norwich were unfortunate to lose 1-0 to league leaders Leicester at the weekend but the reality remains that Alex Neil's side are in deep trouble. The Canaries have lost six of their last seven league matches and are only above the relegation zone on goal difference.
  • Norwich haven't beaten Chelsea since 1994 although their last two meetings have been very close affairs. Their winless run should continue here.

 

CHELSEA DOUBLE CHANCE + UNDER 3.5 (1.56, Sporting Bet)

 

AWAY WIN (1.65, Sporting Bet)

 

POSSIBLE SCORE: 0-2

 

 

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WEST HAM - TOTTENHAM

TEAM NEWS

 

West Ham
  • Winston Reid is a doubt for the Hammers and will be assessed closer to kick off, though is unlikely to make the starting XI.
  • James Tomkins, Joey O'Brien and Enner Valencia all miss out for West Ham, but Diafra Sakho is back in training.
  • Slaven Bilic could rotate, with Victor Moses and Andy Carroll perhaps coming in for Michail Antonio and Emmanuel Emenike, while Pedro Obiang is pushing for a start.
Tottenham
  • Dele Alli is a doubt for Spurs having sustained a knock in the warm down following the 2-1 win over Swansea and may not be risked ahead of Saturday's North London Derby.
  • Nacer Chadli, Ryan Mason, Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies are all tipped to come into the side should Mauricio Pochettino opt to rotate.
  • The Argentine is again without Clinton N'Jie, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Tom Carroll due to injury.

PREDICTION

 

  • West Ham continued their quest for a top-5 finish with the 1-0 win over Sunderland in Saturday's early kick off. The Hammers haven't lost at home since August in a 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth and will be confident of maintaining their good performances at Upton Park against an in-form Spurs outfit.
  • Mauricio Pochettino's side have won their last six league games to maintain their Premier League title pursuit, though will likely need a win to continue their quest for domestic honours. Spurs are unbeaten in their last three league meetings with West Ham, with Pochettino's first league game at the Spurs helm resulting in a 1-0 win in east London in August 2014.
  • Both teams will be keen to take all three points in the final meeting between the two teams at Upton Park, but this could result in a draw.

 

 

DRAW (3.60, Betfair)

 

POSSIBLE SCORE: 1-1

 

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LIVERPOOL - MANCHESTER CITY

TEAM NEWS

 

Liverpool
  • Mamadou Sakho is unlikely to recover from the head injury he picked up in Liverpool's Capital One Cup final defeat to Manchester City, adding to Jurgen Klopp's woes at the back, with Steven Caulker and Martin Skrtel still struggling with injuries. Dejan Lovren is available, however, and should partner Kolo Toure or Lucas at the back.
  • Daniel Sturridge struggled with cramp and fatigue at the end of their penalty shoot-out defeat on Sunday and probably won't be risked here. Adam Lallana should replace him as a result, although Divock Origi and Christian Benteke are also pushing for game time here.
Manchester City
  • Manuel Pellegrini may make some changes from the side that featured in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday, although that will be dependant on how players recover.
  • Joe Hart will return between the sticks despite Willy Caballero's penalty shoot-out heroics, while Aleksandar Kolarov will also be vying for contention after missing out in the starting XI to Gael Clichy on Sunday.
  • Jesus Navas will also hope to get some playing time, although Fernandinho has done well in an unothordox right wing position and may continue here.

PREDICTION

 

  • Manchester City will be in buoyant mood when they make the trip to Anfield on Wednesday just three days after beating Liverpool at Wembley in the Capital One Cup final. Liverpool fans can expect to be reminded of their Wembley outing by the travelling City fans throughout.
  • It will be interesting to see whether City will use the feeling of success in the League Cup as a platform to resume their title challenge in the league. They cannot avoid to lose this fixture, with city rivals Manchester United now three points behind them in fifth.
  • On the other hand, it will be interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp's side will react after losing the final on a penalty shoot-out. You wouldn't be surprised for Liverpool to come out firing following a strong motivational speech from Klopp, but it remains to be seen whether they can sustain that throughout the match, or indeed if that will be enough to seriously trouble City.
  • Liverpool triumphed 4-1 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and Klopp would love for a repeat scoreline to avenge some of the ill-feeling from the aftermarth of their cup anguish.

 

 

MANCHESTER CITY DOUBLE CHANCE (1.55, PaddyPower)

 

BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (1.75, PaddyPower)

 

POSSIBLE SCORE: 1-2

 

 

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OTHER MATCHES

ARSENAL - SWANSEA

 

HOME WIN

 

ASTON VILLA - EVERTON

 

EVERTON DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5

 

AWAY WIN

 

BOURNEMOUTH - SOUTHAMPTON

 

SOUTHAMPTON DOUBLE CHANCE

 

OVER 1.5

 

SUNDERLAND - CRYSTAL PALACE

 

SUNDERLAND DOUBLE CHANCE

 

STOKE CITY - NEWCASTLE

 

HOME WIN

 

MANCHESTER UNITED - WATFORD

 

HOME WIN

 


 

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