Stoke can get something at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, although Manchester City likely to steamroller Southampton
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Manchester City and Chelsea are both in the Premier League title race and have home matches on Saturday to put pressure on Liverpool before the latter’s trip to Upton Park.
However, while we’re expecting Manuel Pellegrini’s side to run out as easy winners against the Saints, Chelsea might experience a few problems against a Stoke side enjoying a rich vein of form right now.
Manchester City v Southampton, 12.45pm
Saints are exciting to watch but they have a weak underbelly from a defensive point-of-view and this is likely to be exploited by a City side who have Yaya Toure, David Silva and Fernandinho probing away in midfield.
Manuel Pellegrini knows that his team can’t afford any more dropped points if they are to win the title and City can get their noses in front early against a team who conceded three times at White Hart Lane on their last road trip.
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Aston Villa v Fulham, 3pm
Christian Benteke is missing for the Villans for the rest of the season although the Midlands side might still have too much for a Fulham side who look nailed-on to be relegated.
What will the Cottagers’ tactics be here? Perhaps to defend like soldiers and try to nick a goal on the counter attack or from a set piece and a low goal count seems likely considering both teams have a distinct lack of firepower.
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Cardiff City v Crystal Palace, 3pm
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are scoring lots of goals at the moment although they could in short supply against an Eagles team who will be going to South Wales for a draw as they look to keep clear daylight between themselves and the bottom three.
Cardiff need wins on the board although they face a Palace side who beat Chelsea last weekend and Tony Pulis is likely to achieve his aim of leaving with something.
TIP: Draw @ 23/10 with Ladbrokes
Hull City v Swansea City, 3pm
The Tigers are capable of keeping things really right in this game, having beaten West Brom before playing their hearts out with ten men against West Ham and then losing by a single goal against in-form Stoke.
It’s probably too risky to back them to win this game against a Swansea side who recently collected a point at the Emirates, although Nikica Jelavic’s absence in attack points to a tight encounter and we’ll go for a low goal count.
TIP: Under 2.5 Goals @ 4/6 with Ladbrokes
Newcastle United v Manchester United, 3pm
The Red Devils have won nine of their sixteen matches on the road and can be backed at even money to claim victory at St James’ Park. This outcome looks probable considering how hapless Newcastle have been recently, although there will be people who won’t back United considering their fingers have been burnt on several occasions.
However, Wayne Rooney seems to come alive in these sort of fixtures and should find the Magpies defence accommodating considering that they shipped four goals at St Mary’s last weekend.
TIP: Wayne Rooney to score @ 6/5 with Winner
Norwich v West Brom, 3pm
The Canaries have been rock solid at Carrow Road recently and we have no qualms in backing Norwich to beat a West Brom side whose week has been dominated by in-fighting following the 3-3 draw with Cardiff last weekend.
Chris Hughton has done a steady job this season and he will steer City to survival without his strikers giving him much help, although Robert Snodgrass chips in with plenty of goals from out wide and the defence are fairly sterling in front of their own fans.
TIP: Norwich to win @ 29/20 with William Hill
Chelsea v Stoke City, 5.30pm
Chelsea are way too short to win this match, even if Jose Mourinho does boast an excellent record at Stamford Bridge. The Blues had a tough game in Paris on Tuesday night and the players still have the manager’s criticism ringing in their ears.
Mourinho might make changes to his striker-less team for this encounter and Stoke beat Chelsea at the Brit by a 3-2 scoreline, while they have suffered just one defeat in the last nine games. It points to them getting something from the game.
TIP: Stoke on Draw No Bet @ 11/1 with Betway