Premier League: Betting tips and previews for the 30th round. 5 matches are postponed due to the concomitance of FA Cup Quarterfinals.
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BOURNEMOUTH - SWANSEA
- Harry Arter is a doubt for the home side with a calf problem and his conditions will be monitored in the next hours.
- Mings, Stanislas and Wilson are all unavailable for the Cherries.
- It is likely that Howe will name the same XI that that obtained the 3 points vs Newcastle in the previous round.
- An impressive 3-1 win at Newcastle last week means Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last three league games, winning two. Now 11 points above the relegation zone, the Cherries should be safe from relegation and can begin to focus on next season.
- Swansea have lost only two of their last eight Premier League games and will be keen to make it three consecutive league wins for the first time this season. Bournemouth boast the joint-third worst home record in the league this term, so Swansea could be confident of another win.
- However, given Bournemouth's recent good form, they should have what it takes to put another three points on the board.
HOME WIN (2.00, Matchbook)
BOURNEMOUTH DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (1.65, Matchbook)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-1
STOKE CITY - SOUTHAMPTON
- Ryan Shawcross and Charlie Adam are both doubts for the home side here and will be assessed closer to kick off.
- Mark Hughes, though, is without injured quartet Shay Given, Glen Johnson, Marc Wilson and Phil Bardsley.
- Mame Biram Diouf may be preferred in attack after netting the equaliser at Chelsea last week.
- Jose Fonte is suspended, as is Victor Wanywama, with Maya Yoshida expected to partner Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the defence.
- Florin Gardos, Jay Rodriguez and Charlie Austin are all absent for Southampton, but Shane Long is available and could start behind Graziano Pelle.
- Steven Davis may drop in alongside Oriol Romeu in the middle of the park, while Cedric Soares could come into the XI.
- Stoke are now unbeaten in their last four league games, three of which have resulted in wins, as the Potters look back on track to mount a late challenge for a European finish. They will be confident of maintaining this good run against an out of sorts Saints side.
- The south coast outfit have failed to win their last three league games, falling to defeat in two. It took a late Virgil van Dijk goal to resuce a point at home to Sunderland last week, with Saints needing to turn their form around sooner rather than later.
- The Potters are expected to make home advantage count here to make it 13 points from a possible 15.
NORWICH - MANCHESTER CITY
- Alexander Tettey misses out for Norwich here, with Gary O'Neil and Jonny Howson expected to start alongside one another in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
- Andrew Wisdom, Robbie Brady, Sebastien Bassong and Steven Naismith are all carrying knocks and will be assessed closer to kick off, though may struggle to be fit in time.
- Patrick Bamford could make his first league start of the season here, while Cameron Jerome is expected to once again get the nod in attack.
- Manuel Pellegrini has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit to Norwich, with Samir Nasri, Kevin De Bruyne and Fabian Delph his only absentees.
- Pellegrini could name an unchanged XI from the one that romped to a 4-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend.
- That would see Raheem Sterling start on the bench once more, while Wilfried Bony would partner Sergio Aguero in attack.
- Norwich's dire run of form continued at Swansea last week, with the Canaries now without a win in their last nine league games, falling to defeat in eight. The hosts have lost four of their last six competitive meetings with Manchester City, including a 3-0 defeat in the FA Cup at Carrow Road back in January.
- The Citizens returned to winning ways in the Premier League last weekend following a run of three successive defeats, with Pellegrini now eager to see his side push on against lowly Norwich. City, however, have won only two of their last 10 away league games, with their form on the road cause for concern.
- Nonetheless, against a poor Norwich side, this should be a City win.
AWAY WIN (1.60, Betfair)
OVER 2.5 (1.70, Betfair)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 1-3
ASTON VILLA - TOTTENHAM
- Jack Grealish, Carlos Sanchez and Libor Kozak will all be hoping to return to contention following injury problems.
- Remi Garde has experimented with a back three lately but conceding 7 goals in 2 games may see the manager revert to a more traditional set-up.
- Changes are likely, but it's hard to know who will come in with Garde still unaware of his best available XI, with the likes of Cissokho, Gana and Ayew perhaps the only players certain of a starting berth at present.
- Dele Alli missed out on the trip to Dortmund through suspension but is an injury doubt for this weekend, along with Danny Rose, who has a calf problem.
- Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele were rested on Thursday so should return, with Kyle Walker coming back into the XI at the expense of Kieran Trippier.
- Harry Kane will be back in the side to lead the line, flanked by two from Lamela, Son and Chadli.
- Aston Villa are cut adrift at the bottom and the only reason they are yet to be relegated is the lack of quality from the sides above them in the drop zone. A win against title chasing Spurs is a must.
- Tottenham will be feeling the effects both physically and mentally following disappointing results against Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund so this game may not be the rout it might have a matter of weeks ago.
- That said, given Villa's woeful defending the visitors should win at a relative canter unless the hosts start to show a little fight and pride in what is fast becoming mission impossible in their battle against the drop.
AWAY WIN (1.60, PaddyPower)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 0-2
LEICESTER CITY - NEWCASTLE UNITED
- Claudio Ranieri will go with his strongest possible XI as they close in on the Premier League title.
- Newcastle have sacked Steve McClaren and Rafa Benitez has been appointed as his successor.
- The Magpies will be hopeful of having captain Fabricio Coloccini and Chancel Mbemba back in time for the visit to the King Power Stadium.
- Leicester's gap at the top of the Premier League could be cut down to two points by the time they play Newcastle on Monday night.
- Newcastle have finally severed ties with Steve McClaren and they could relinquish some of the pressure on the players. They have, however, only scored seven goals away from home in the league this season, which is the fewest of any team in England's top-four tiers this season.
- The Foxes cantered to a 3-0 win in the reverse fixture earlier this season and Newcastle have failed to score in their last three visits to the King Power Stadium.
HOME WIN (1.60, 5 Dimes)
LEICESTER DOUBLE CHANCE + UNDER 3.5 (1.60, 5 Dimes)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 2-0
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