Chelsea visit Spurs, Vardy faces De Gea and Liverpool welcome troubled Swansea to Anfield. There are so many possibilities in this weekend’s Premier League fixtures, you might need a little help with predicting what will happen. So, here are some tips to aid your weekend’s betting. Remember to bet carefully and responsibly.
There were five goals in Manchester City’s last game at the Etihad against Liverpool, and we could be seeing a similar tally again this weekend when Southampton visit. City need to bounce back to reignite their title challenge, while Southampton will be confident of exploiting the Citizens’ leaky defence. Manuel Pellegrini’s side could concede a goal in six successive league matches for the first time since late 2009, while City have found the net in 23 of their last 24 league fixtures at the Etihad. Sergio Aguero’s return to full fitness could contribute towards a potential goal fest; the Argentine’s last 11 league goals have come at home.
Huge odds on this one, but it’s actually a very logical tip. Bear with me. Jamie Vardy is seemingly unstoppable and, arguably, everything has come together for him to break Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record this weekend. If he scores against Manchester United, Van Nistelrooy’s former club, he will become the first player to score in eleven consecutive Premier League appearances. Vardy’s first Premier League goal came in this fixture last season. He’s sure to score, but that doesn’t mean the game will go Leicester’s way. United have lost just one of their last nine league matches, and are a completely different outfit to the side that lost 5-3 to Leicester last term. They’ve conceded just once in their last five league games, too.
We’re all hoping for a repeat of New Year’s Day 2015 as Chelsea return to White Hart Lane for the first time since that incredible 5-3 victory for Spurs. Harry Kane scored twice that day, the first goals of an incredible year in which the striker has netted 24 goals in the Premier League - more than any other player. Kane has scored seven goals in his last four league appearances, and nine in his last six in all competitions. If he does score, he’ll have netted in five consecutive Premier League appearances, something only four players have done before in a Spurs shirt: Teddy Sheringham, Robbie Keane, Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale.
With the pressure growing on Swansea manager Garry Monk, a big defeat to Liverpool could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. I expect the players will come out fighting for their manager, but it might not be enough against a revitalised Liverpool side fresh from thrashing Manchester City last weekend. The Reds are unbeaten in 14 home league games against Swansea, winning 11 and drawing three. Additionally, Liverpool have scored at least four times in each of their last three league meetings with the Swans at Anfield. Monk will be hopeful his side can avoid failing to score in consecutive away league games for the first time since February last year.
Aston Villa vs. Watford - DRAW
Bournemouth vs. Everton - AWAY WIN
Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle - HOME WIN
Manchester City vs. Southampton - HOME WIN
Sunderland vs. Stoke - AWAY WIN
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