Leicester City lost away at Arsenal last time out and hope to get their improbable (at the start of the season) title charge back on track at home to struggling Norwich.
Arsenal have the tougher game away to Manchester United at Old Trafford. This is a tough game to call as Arsenal have a poor record at Old Trafford but United are wracked by injuries and Thursday night in the Europa League apart, struggling to find the net.
Well who would have believed it? Leicester City, who have lost just twice in 25 Premier League games, remain clear at the top of the Premiership after humbling Manchester City 1-3 at the Etihad last weekend. On Sunday, Valentine's Day, they face Arsenal and another win on the road could really get us all believing their name is on the trophy.
Focus this Boxing Day is on Manchester United's game at Stoke City. The Red Devils have lost their last three games and desperately need a win to ease the pressure on under-fire manager Louis van Gaal, who walked out of a press conference at Old Trafford earlier in the week when questioned about his future.
Chelsea's 2-1 loss to league leaders Leicester in the Monday night game meant the end for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, as Chelsea's season went from bad to worse with last season's champions now only one point above the drop zone. Guus Hiddink looks set for his second term in charge as caretaker until the end of the season.
The Premiership continues on after the final week of regular Euro 2016 qualification games.
In the Premiership Jurgen Klopp will be in charge of Liverpool in his first match away at Spurs. Brendan Rogers was sacked before the international break which is so often the case for managers on the edge.
At this stage in the season the 2014-2015 Premiership title race seems to have boiled down to just two clubs: current leaders Chelsea and second place Manchester City. There is little to choose between the two squads and both their games against each other have ended in 1-1 draws. Chelsea are slight favourites as they have the cushion of a five point lead and coach Jose Mourinho has never lost a championship when his team had the lead at the turn of the year.
Arsenal v Manchester City and Liverpool v Spurs are this week's big Premier League games as the season reaches its climax at top and bottom. On Monday Sunderland face the Hammers at the Stadium of Light and we predict a nailed-on nil-nil as Big Sam parks a very big bus. Everton should be too good for Fulham and Chelsea to edge Palace in other games affecting the bottom of the Premiership.
George is back with a few tasty tips for this weekend's Premiership action. With only around a dozen games to go things in one of the most keenly contested Premier league seasons in years are hotting up at both ends of the table. We tip Pepe Mel's WBA team to record their 4th 1-1 home draw against a Felix Magath-inspired Fulham.
George has some sure-fire tips for the full round of Premiership fixtures on Boxing Day. Manchester City, undefeated at home, take on leaders Liverpool in the tie of the round. George is going for a high-scoring draw with Luis Suarez to get his name on the score sheet.
Thursday 26 December 2013
Hull City 1 v Man United 2 Everton 2 v Sunderland 1 Newcastle 2 v Stoke City 1 Norwich City 1 v Fulham 0 Aston Villa 2 v Crystal Palace 0 Chelsea 2 v Swansea City 0 Tottenham 2 v West Brom 0 West Ham 0 v Arsenal 2 Cardiff City 1 v Southampton 1 Man City 2 v Liverpool 2
Sensational Suarez 2/1 To Break PL Goalscoring Record
bet365 make Luis Suarez 2/1 to surpass Alan Shearer and Andrew Cole's record Premier League goals tally of 34 during 2013/14.
The first big match of the Premier League season takes place tomorrow evening when Manchester United and Chelsea meet (even if United boss David Moyes can't believe the fixture computer dared to throw this one up so early in the new campaign). So, we'll scour the major betting sites looking for the best bets ahead [.
Liverpool completed the Â£9 million signing of Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet earlier this week. A decent signing, we can probably all agree. The Belgian has acquitted himself very well in his time at the Stadium of Light. The 25-year-old has gone from Black Cats benchwarmer to one of the best keepers in the Premier League [.
In recent years Arsenal seem to have done the majority of their summer shopping towards the end of the transfer window, most notably two years ago which saw five players sign with the club in a desperate deadline day. In fact it turns out that three out of the five signings that day have actually gone on to become good servants for the club.
Sir Alex Ferguson is odds-on to step down as Manchester United manager before the end of the week. Both bookies and the rumour mill are confident that Fergie will end his 26-year reign at Old Trafford. The rumours seem to have their source with information leaking out of a United players versus coaches golf day [.
QPR have little hope against Man City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester City look bankers at a general price of 1.2 to beat QPR at the Etihad.
They won the the title in this fixture last season, becoming the first team to ever be losing a
Premier League game at 90 minutes and come back to win the match, and everything suggest they will
come out on top once again.
Colombia: From Coffee Growers To World Cup Dark Horses - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
With just over a fortnight until the 20th FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil, teams across the globe are putting their final preparations into training camps as the squads are whittled down to the 23 men that will compete when June 12th comes around in Sao Paulo.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez reckons he got a bargain when he signed Gareth Bale from Spurs. The deal was drawn out while Perez and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy haggled over the figures. Despite breaking the world transfer record, Perez thinks he paid under the odds for the 24-year-old. He told a Spanish radio station: [.
Legendary Real Madrid striker Raul has indicated that he believes his former club is being asked to pay over the odds for Tottenham star Gareth Bale. The 24-year-old is widely expected to move to the Bernabeu this summer, but Raul has expressed his concern about the transfer fees being quotes. He told the official website [.
The USA celebrated a historical win over Mexico beating them for the first time in Mexico about
three weeks ago. Today, it was the Reggae Boyz recording their first win ever against the USA in
nineteen meetings as they took advantage of a midfield without Michael Bradley and his potential
link up with the men on top.
People say that the form book goes out of the window in a local derby, although the last two games between Arsenal and Tottenham have been remarkably similar, with the Spuds taking the lead, getting a man sent off and losing 5-2. There would be a lot of happy Gooners if that was to happen for an amazing third derby in a row.
Arsenal take on London rivals, Chelsea, at the Emirates on Saturday in a game that is already the proverbial "six pointer" at the top of the table. After five games, Chelsea sit top of the Premier League on 13 points, unbeaten, with four wins and a draw to their name. Arsenal are also unbeaten but having only won two and drawn the other three, they are four points behind their opponents.
TweetManchester United will travel to Anfield on Sunday afternoon looking to compound Brendan Rodgers miserable start to life at Liverpool, who are without a win in the former Swansea manager's first four games at the helm. Despite a return of just two points from a possible 12, it would appear that bookmakers are finding it [.
This morning I woke from a dream in which I was living in a dystopian future where the only food
available to man was caviar which came in 15kg sacks, like dog food. There were fierce battles to
procure said deliciousness and when I arrived at my place of 'work' one bag short the man in charge
put a gun to my head and made me go through sewers and tunnels to get it.
Leicester City are clear at the top of the Premiership and beginning to dream of an improbable title. The favorites remain Manchester City in second place who The Foxes face at the Etihad in the big game this weekend with Spurs and Arsenal also still in the race.
In the chasing pack, Manchester United, who are now fifth, take on Guus Hiddink's Chelsea in a Sunday game at Stamford Bridge, in a match they must win to have any chance of reigniting any fading hopes of challenging for the title themselves for which they are now placed at 33/1 with the bookies.
An Irish bookmaker has slashed its odds on Sir Alex Ferguson being appointed as the Republic of Ireland manager after a flurry of bets. Boylesports has cut the former Manchester United boss' odds of replacing Giovanni Trapattoni from 66/1 to 20/1 after a series of bets were placed this afternoon. Martin O'Neill was thought to [.
Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet, two of the early favourites to replace Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager, are both set to rule themselves out of contention for the post. The Guardian reports that the pair both plan to spurn any approach from the Black Cats, with "Di Matteo, especially, and Poyet apparently lukewarm" [.
Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has been forced to train on his own following a row over the club's shirt sponsorship deal with payday loan company Wonga. The Senegal international says the company's business practices are at odds with his Muslim faith and refuses to wear its logo. He only returned from an extended summer break [.
SEATTLE, Wash. - They play the games for a reason, and for 88 minutes Saturday afternoon
swooning Chivas USA (7-12-7)Â looked likeÂ it might defy the odds and earn a draw with the Seattle
But this late in the season there areÂ also reasons why some teams are fighting for the
Supporters' Shield while others watch their playoff hopes dwindle away.
Finally! We started publishing the odds over a month ago and since then the same roster of 10
playoff teams have been favored to make the playoffs, and by a pretty good margin. In the first
edition I pointed out that the best chance at a shakeup was Columbus displacing Chicago.