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Aston Villa are preparing for a titanic English Premiership clash against Liverpool on Saturday, January 17, at Villa Park. The Villans are unbeaten in their last five home Barclays Premier League matches, but have drawn four of those and won one. Paul Lambert's side are coming from a disappointing narrow 1-0 loss away to Leicester City, but will take heart from their reverse fixture against the Reds in September, which  saw them beat the Anfield side courtesy of a single Gabriel Agbonlahor goal. Liverpool are starting to recapture their form they produced in 2013/14 which saw them move to within two points of the Barclays Premier League title, before being pipped to the trophy by Manchester City. Brendan Rodgers’s troops are unbeaten in their last seven matches since a 3-0 defeat at Manchester United and are eighth in the EPL standings.
 
Queens Park Rangers have a tricky tie when they entertain Manchester United at Loftus Road on Saturday, January 17. The Hoops are without a win in four league matches, their worst run since going five matches without a win in September and October. Harry Redknapp’s side lost 2-1 to Burnley last weekend, but will hope things change for the better against the Red Devils. The Old Trafford side on the other hand travel to Loftus Road in search of a first Premier League away win in over a month. Louis Van Gaal’s men suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Sunday at home ending a run of 10 league games unbeaten. This has seen them take just six points from their last five Premier League games, slumping to fourth position. United have not lost any of their last five away league matches, but have claimed three draws. Their last league defeat away from home came in the 1-0 loss to rivals, Manchester City, in the Manchester derby at the beginning of November.
 
Newcastle United will be looking for a much better performance when they host the in-form Southampton. The Magpies have lost just one of their last nine league games at St James' Park, and are unbeaten in 11 home games against Southampton in all competitions. However, they are currently sitting 10th on the Barclays Premiership table. Since Alan Pardew left the Tyneside for Crystal Palace, the club has since spiralled down. They have failed to score in their last two matches and have also lost Senegalese international striker, Papiss Cisse to African Nations Cup duty. The Saints are in brimming mood following their gutsy 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford. In the last two meetings between the two sides, Southampton have won 4-0 although both of those victories were at St Mary's. Ronald Koeman’s men are again aiming to clinch another three points away from home.
 
Barclays Premiership defending champions, Manchester City, are up against fifth-placed Arsenal, at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, January 18, in what has recently become one of the Premier League’s most important fixtures. City are undefeated in their last five Premier League meetings with Arsenal, and have lost just one of their last six league games with the Gunners at the Etihad. The two teams produced a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in September of 2014. The Gunners put Stoke City to the sword with a convincing 3-0 in their last league outing, and will look to carry the same momentum and possibly produce a sucker-punch for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
 
African Nations Cup favourites, Algeria, are looking to open their continental showpiece account in a fashionable manner when they host underdogs, South Africa, in their Group C opener on Monday, January 19, in Mongomo. The Desert Warriors, ranked number one in Africa, were among five African countries to take part in the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, where they reached the knockout stages, only to fall to eventual winners, Germany. Christian Gourcuff’s side are eager to make up for their World Cup failure by clinching a win against Bafana Bafana, having won all five of their African Nations Cup qualifying matches. South Africa on the other hand, who are currently on a 10 match unbeaten streak, heading into the tournament, have given a lot of teams a notice about them since the arrival of mentor, Shakes Mashaba. Though they are the lowest ranked team in Group C, Bafana have already ensured that defending African champions, Nigeria, lose out on defending their title at this year’s showpiece when they twice held the Super Eagles to stalemates (0-0 and 2-2) during the qualifying games. The 1996 African champions finished top of their group with a game to spare and, are hoping to cause a huge upset against “El Khadra”. 
 
On Monday, January 19, Everton will face West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park, in what should be a mouth-watering clash. Roberto Martinez’s side managed to hold defending champions, Manchester City, to a 1-1 draw in their last league outing and will come with confidence when they entertain the Baggies. The Toffees have been dealt a huge blow with news that, winger Aiden McGeady will miss the tie after being sent off in the FA Cup defeat at West Ham. West Brom come off a morale-boosting 1-0 win over Hull City and star striker, Saido Berahino, has been in scintillating form, netting six times in his last three games for the Baggies in all competitions.
 
If you are a betting person, here are tips ahead of the fixtures brought to you by Soccer 6 and Bidvest Wits midfielder, Dillon Sheppard. 
 
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 ASTON VILLA V LIVERPOOL
 
League table: Villa 13th and Liverpool 8th
 
Useful facts: Villa are having more trouble scoring than Kingston Nkhatha in front of a gaping goal. The Villans have scored a paltry 11 goals in 21 matches, and, as the old adage goes, they don’t seem to be able to hit a donkey’s backside with a banjo at the moment. This could mean a slightly resurgent Liverpool may fancy their chances at Villa Park. 
 
Dillon Sheppard: I’m a Liverpool fan – win for my team! 
 
QPR V MANCHESTER UNITED
 
League table: QPR 19th and United 4th
 
Useful facts: Harry Redknapp appears to be putting together a side potentially capable of avoiding the dreaded drop. Although his side are in 19th position, they have a striker in Charlie Austin who is capable of scoring goals in the Premiership. Meanwhile, Man United suffered a shock home defeat at Old Trafford recently and will want to bounce back in the often rainy surrounds of the ‘big smoke’, London. 
 
Dillon Sheppard: Man U will be too strong. Win for United.
 
NEWCASTLE UNITED V SOUTHAMPTON 
 
League table: United 10th and Saints 3rd
 
Useful facts: Newcastle may take time to adjust to the loss of previous manager, Alan Pardew, who seemingly grew sick and tired of the boo-boys and left to join Crystal Palace. The Magpies are in tenth place and will want to fly up the table as soon as possible. With that said, visiting Southampton are having a season of note and the Saints are, from virtually out of nowhere, top-four contenders. This could be an entertaining affair at Saint James’ Park.
 
Dillon Sheppard: This one looks like a draw. 
 
MANCHESTER CITY V ARSENAL 
 
League table: City 2nd and Arsenal 4th
 
Useful facts: City dropped two valuable points in their quest to retain their English Premiership crown against Everton. They won’t want to lose further ground when they take on Arsenal at home. The Gunners are on the rise and seem to be doing one of their typical late charges for a top-four finish. However, Arsene Wenger’s men have shown they have a glass chin against the top sides in recent seasons. This means City will be strong favourites in this clash. 
 
Dillon Sheppard: City will be pushing for the win to stay in touch with Chelsea. They should win this one. 
 
ALGERIA V SOUTH AFRICA
 
CAF ranking: Algeria 1st and SA 12th
 
Useful facts: This game could determine the trajectory of Bafana Bafana in the AFCON. Algeria are the number one ranked side in Africa and even pushed Germany all the way at the 2014 World Cup. This was something even Brazil couldn’t manage in the semi-final against the Eagles, where they received a good spanking and were left sobbing at the final whistle. This indicates the resolve and strength of Algeria. Will the bubble burst on Shakes Mashaba’s time in charge in this crucial Group C game? The SA public will certainly hope not! 
 
Dillon Sheppard: I think a draw against the number one ranked side in Africa will be a good result for us. 
 
EVERTON V WEST BROM
 
League table: Everton 12th and West Brom 14th
 
Useful facts: Everton are dropping down the table faster than a brick in a swimming pool, and frankly Roberto Martinez’s men are just playing poorly at both ends of the pitch, yet a recent, rousing 1-1 draw with Man City might have given the Toffees a bit more confidence. Watching West Brom is about as offensively exciting as putting bread in a toaster and then waiting for it to pop, so Everton could well fancy their chances in this encounter.   
 
Dillon Sheppard: Everton win. 

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