Aston Villa pursue points at Newcastle as Burnley battle Swans
As the relegation scrap intensifies, Aston Villa travel to St James’ Park aiming to topple Newcastle United, as Stoke City welcome spirited Hull City and embattled Burnley try to sink Swansea City.
Newcastle United v Aston Villa
The Magpies have not lost to Villa since 2011, making them odds-on favourites at 19/20 with Coral to triumph at home.
In front of the passionate Toon Army, Newcastle have lost just three outings across all competitions at St James’ Park this season, and claimed the scalps of giants Chelsea and Liverpool.
A drubbing at the hands of title chasers Manchester City last time out may have shocked interim coach John Carver, but Newcastle will be keen to make amends.
The Tyneside team have a fantastic chance to take all three points and are a 2/1 chance to win to nil against a Villans side that has netted just four times on their travels this term.
Poacher Papiss Cisse and energetic Moussa Sissoko were two of few players to emerge with reputations intact at the Etihad. Back the talented duo to have better luck on home turf, where they are 11/2 and 8/1 to net first and last respectively.
City-owned wingman Scott Sinclair has grabbed two in his first two games for Villa and is 10/3 to be on target anytime again. Christian Benteke remains the visitors’ biggest threat up front and is 13/2 to find form under Tim Sherwood and strike first.
Stoke City v Hull City
Steve Bruce’s boys have the opportunity to make it three wins on the bounce at the Britannia Stadium, so back them at 7/2 to sweep Stoke aside.
The Potters are odds-on favourites at 10/11 to win at home but have been vulnerable of late, conceding 10 times in four outings since sturdy skipper Ryan Shawcross was sidelined.
Stoke sit safe in 10th position and have little to play for, which should play into Hull’s hands. The visiting Tigers are battling for Premier League survival and should have the stomach for this tough tussle.
After holding Hughes’ side to a draw earlier this term, back Humberside outfit Hull at 9/4 to end the game on even terms again at least.
Ex-Everton star Nikica Jelavic (13/2 to net first) is the Tiger’s all-time top Premier League scorer and has led the club’s recent revival with two goals in his past two outings. Dame N’Doye also looks to have been a shrewd winter window signing and is the same price to hit home last.
Should Stoke step up, Tigers old boy Jon Walters (7/1 to score two or more) could damage his former club, while striking pair Mame Biram Diouf (5/1 to fire home last) and Peter Crouch (5/4 in the anytime market) could also dash Hull’s hopes.
Burnley v Swansea City
The Clarets pulled off the seemingly impossible last time out against league leaders Chelsea by drawing with them, so are a nifty shout at 9/4 to split the spoils again with Swansea.
Garry Monk’s men do arrive at Turf Moor after a similarly morale-boosting triumph against Manchester United, however, so are 19/10 take all three points themselves.
Swans striker Bafetimbi Gomis initially struggled to fill departed Wilfried Bony’s shoes, but looks like he may have turned a corner after scoring the winner last time out. The French forward is 2/1 to build on that and net anytime.
Meanwhile, midfield talents Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ki Sung-Yueng have also been grabbing crucial goals this campaign and are 8/1 and 12/1 to be on target first and last respectively.
For Burnley, much sough-after attacker and top scorer Danny Ings is 5/1 to draw first blood and give the home side a boost as Sean Dyche’s side look to mount a great escape.