Football Betting Tips
Sunderland who are currently sat in 14th place on the Barclays English Premier League standings could move into 12th place above Aston Villa when they host the inconsistent Liverpool on Saturday, January 10, at the Stadium of Light, provided other results sway their way. Sunderland have only claimed a single victory of the last four times they have hosted Liverpool, losing two and managing a single draw. The Black Cats come off a 3-2 loss at Manchester City and will be hoping to turn their fortunes around with the arrival of the Kop side. In their last league outing, Liverpool threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against bottom-dwellers, Leicester City at Anfield. The Reds have lost just one of their last eight league matches, which was the 3-0 defeat away to Manchester United back in December, and will be aiming to get back to winning ways against Gus Poyet’s troops.
Barclays Premier League leaders, Chelsea, are looking to avenge the defeat they suffered against Newcastle United in the two sides’ last league outing in November when they were shocked with a 2-1 loss at St. James’ Park. The Blues will entertain the Magpies at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, January 10, in an attempt to pull away from Manchester City whom they are tied at the top of the table with 46 points. Jose Mourinho’s charges also come off a humiliating 5-3 defeat at White Hart Lane to Tottenham Hotspur in their last league match. They did however return to winning ways against Slavisa Jokanovic’s Watford in the FA Cup last weekend with a convincing 3-0 win. Newcastle United are looking to achieve a rare Premier League double over the title chasers, and will hope for the return of inspirational shot-stopper, Tim Krul back between the sticks. The Tyneside club face a stern test against the mega-rich London club as they have earned only one league victory at Stamford Bridge since 1986.
Everton entertain defending league champions, Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday, January 10. The Toffees are on a run of four straight league defeats that has seen them drop to 13th in the Barclays Premiership table, however signs of recovery have started to show following Tuesday evening's 1-1 FA Cup draw with West Ham, in which Romelu Lukaku scored an injury-time leveller. The champions on the other hand are on quest to complete a league double over Roberto Martinez’s side. The Etihad side narrowly beat Everton 1-0 at home early in December, and a victory could see Manuel Pellegrini’s charges overtake Chelsea at the top of the table if the Blues slip up in their tricky fixture against Newcastle United. The Citizens are oozing with confidence following their come-from-behind 2-1 FA Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday last Sunday.
Arsenal host Stoke City at Emirates Stadium on Sunday, January 11. The Gunners have been boosted by the return from injury by key squad members in Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil and striker, Olivier Giroud who returns following suspension. In their last league outing, Arsenal were made to chase shadows as they trailed The Potters 3-0 within 45 minutes, eventually losing the match 3-2. Arsene Wenger’s side have lost just one of their last 27 Premier League games at the Emirates, and will see this as a plus to avenge last December’s defeat. Stoke manager, Mark Hughes, will want to see his fortunes change for the better as he has never won a Premier League game away at Arsenal as an opposition coach, losing all seven visits while at five different clubs.
Manchester United return to Barclays Premier League duty on Sunday, January 11, when they welcome Southampton to Old Trafford almost six weeks after they walked away 2-1 winners over Ronald Koeman's men. The Red Devils have recorded two back-to-back draws since they last thumped Newcastle United 3-1 on Boxing Day at the Theatre of Dreams. Louis Van Gaal’s men are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League matches against Southampton, winning six and drawing two. The Saints' visit at Old Trafford is met with a positive mood after they won three of their last four league matches, defeating Everton and Arsenal, and holding Chelsea to a draw.
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SUNDERLAND V LIVERPOOL
League position: Sunderland 14th and Liverpool 8th
Useful facts: Sunderland are adept at parking the bus and frustrating bigger name teams. They then counter-attack, trying to exploit opponents on the break. It was something they successfully used to miraculously survive relegation last season. On the other hand, Liverpool have been temperamental, although there have been signs that something of an improvement is starting to slowly occur. Raheem Sterling’s switch to lead striker has certainly helped the situation. Nonetheless, going to freezing cold Sunderland is never going to be easy and this one could be a tight affair.
Henrico Botes: Liverpool will get the three points away from home.
CHELSEA V NEWCASTLE UNITED
League position: Chelsea 1st and United 10th
Useful facts: Chelsea have stumbled slightly in recent weeks as the Premiership’s runaway league leaders. A 5-3 hiding against Tottenham Hotspurs must have shaken Jose Mourinho’s foundations to some degree. Nonetheless, the Blues are still fighting on all fronts in different competitions and will likely consider that result a blip on their otherwise solid radar. This means visiting Newcastle will be under the cosh when they come to Stamford Bridge.
Henrico Botes: Chelsea win at home.
EVERTON V MANCHESTER CITY
League position: Everton 13th and City 2nd
Useful facts: Everton are on an alarming run that has seen them lose four out of five of their last five league matches played. They have started to plummet down the table and questions are starting to be asked about Coach Roberto Martinez. Meanwhile, City are approaching their best form and seem capable of beating anyone on their day. Expect the Sky Blues to be bubbling with confidence at Goodison Park.
Henrico Botes: City for the win. Everton are really struggling.
ARSENAL V STOKE CITY
League position: Arsenal 6th and Stoke 11th
Useful facts: Arsenal appear to be rekindling the kind of form that will once again see them challenging for a top four finish come the end of the season. A recent 2-0 defeat to Southampton will have knocked their confidence, yet there’s little doubt that the Gunners have the firepower to challenge at the top end of the table. A physical and combative Stoke will have to be on top of their game at the Emirates Stadium in the majestic city of London.
Henrico Botes: Arsenal will win for sure.
MANCHESTER UNITED V SOUTHAMPTON
League position: United 3rd and Southampton 4th
Useful facts: Surprise packed Southampton continue to defy the doubters by maintaining a top four challenge in the English Premiership. Ronald Koeman is producing virtual wonders with his rather workman-like squad. United aren’t quite hitting their best form of late, meaning the Saints may fancy their chances at Old Trafford.
Henrico Botes: I’m a Red Devil, so a win for United at Old Trafford.