Today we have a preview of the weekends football action and Premier League football tips from Tipster Warehouse…
Premier League Preview
This Sunday the first silverware of the season is decided as Sunderland take on the might of Manchester City in the Capital One Cup Final at New Wembley. Of course all the smart money will be on a convincing win for City but you have to keep in mind that Gus Poyet has really got his team fired up for the cup competitions this season and perhaps just maybe there might be a surprise on the cards.
Either way it is a one off match and as a neutral it’s always fun to watch a major match at the home of football.
Back in the Premier League the other clubs in the top four Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all face tricky away ties.
Chelsea travel the short distance to local rivals Fulham. Although they may be poles apart in terms of their respective spending power these matches always have an extra spicy flavour to them and new Fulham boss Felix Magath will be hoping to call on all his experience and outfox Jose Mourinho.
In their last outing against West Brom the Cottagers looked good value for a narrow win before the Baggies equalised and Magath will be expecting his side to at least put up a good fight even if they do succumb to an expected loss.
With his side languishing at the foot of the table he really does need to get points on the board as soon as possible but I fear it will be too much to ask of his side this weekend. I expect a clear Chelsea win by 2 or more goals.
Arsene Wenger takes his gunners up to the Potteries in what has proved in previous years to be a very difficult place for him to get any points. But with Tony Pulis no longer in charge of Stoke it could just be that he has put that hoodoo to bed now and they will face an easier task.
As for Stoke they are very much in the middle of the relegation dogfight and sit just three points clear of safety. Another loss with good results for the clubs around them could see them fall inexorably into the Championship with a whimper in the coming months.
The Stoke of old would fall back onto their strengths – the long throws, combative midfield dominance and sheer guts but I’m not so sure that this Stoke side possess that. Just one win in their last ten league games tells a story. I expect the Gunners to continue their fine form against the lower sides in the league and dispatch them quietly and efficiently by the odd goal in 3.
Liverpool have the advantage of playing in the early evening match on Saturday and will know how their main rivals have fared. They face a tricky but manageable trip to the south coast as they take on Southampton. Following on from their superb start to the season the Saints have faltered as they settled comfortably into mid table. With the dual strike partnership of Suarez and Sturridge on fire at the moment I would expect the Reds to march on once more and snatch all three points.
At the other end of the table just 7 points separates nine clubs from a place in the relegation zone.
This weekend we see a couple of big six point matches as Aston Villa play Norwich and Swansea play Crystal Palace.
With Villa and Norwich both on 28 points and just four points from 18th spot this should be a really keenly fought game. Both clubs will know that they have the opportunity to propel themselves into mid table with one good result.
They will only need to glance up and take a look at West Ham to see how a short run of good form can transform their season for a little motivation. If they are unable to inspire a little enthusiasm into their game then they could be dragged down at a rate of knots into the bottom three. I suspect that this match has a draw written all over it or perhaps a narrow win but to be honest it’s just too close to call.
Swansea will play a rejuvenated Crystal Palace side led by the experienced Tony Pulis. This is a man who has held the reins at Stoke City for a long time and faced many a relegation struggle. He knows how to get his sides scrapping for every point on offer and I wouldn’t bet against him firing his side up so much that they sneak a win in deepest Wales this weekend.
Palace have won three of their last five games with two losses coming against Arsenal and Manchester United. On a playing field which is reasonably even, Palace have proven time and again that they can do the business. I expect them to snatch all three points and continue their fight for Premier League survival.
Double Tip this weekend
It’s an obvious one I know but why not cash in as the two top clubs continue their march on to the Champions League. Both Chelsea and Arsenal are odds on favourites to win at 4/9 and 4/6 respectively for a reason and should cruise to victory this Saturday. If you fancy a cheeky punt on a longer shot I’d consider Crystal Palace to win at Swansea at 4/1.
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