Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester United in Premier League action
Top six hopefuls Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea; more than likely to be guaranteed to finish in the Premier League’s top two, are in action with the Blues two points clear at the top of England’s top flight.
QPR v Man Utd
Louis van Gaal will be hoping his side can turn it around after losing at home to Southampton last time out, as they visit Loftus Road to take on QPR. Man Utd are overwhelmingly odds-on with Coral at 8/13 to claim three points. Radamel Falcao could be re-installed into the squad having been omitted last time out due to “tactical reasons”.
The Colombian is 9/2 to break the deadlock against Harry Redknapp’s side, who United beat 4-0 in the reverse fixture earlier this season. Angel Di Maria came back from injury for the defeat against Saints, and after a full week in training should be a bit sharper than he was on his return. Having dispatched earlier in the match at Old Trafford, the Argentine is 5/1 to open the scoring.
Swansea v Chelsea
A Wilfried Bony-less Swansea host top of the league Chelsea, who are odds-on at 4/7 to take advantage of their hosts recent loss. Likely to replace the now Manchester City striker is Bafetimbi Gomis, who is a tantalising 2/1 to score anytime, after being so unlucky not to be credited with the goal against West Ham when his header went in off Mark Noble.
For Chelsea, Diego Costa appears to be back in form after striking the initial goal in the Blues’ 2-0 victory over Newcastle previously, and is 7/2 to repeat that at the Liberty Stadium. Oscar is perhaps the club’s best player right now and, after his goal and superb assist against the Magpies, he is 7/4 to net again anytime.
Spurs v Sunderland
Tottenham entertain Sunderland, and Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping his side can string together some consistency, after losing to Crystal Palace in their last Premier League game. Despite this, if results go their way, they can move into fourth place.
Spurs are odds-on at 8/13 to win, with prolific striker Harry Kane priced at 7/2 to net first, replicating his achievement against the Eagles. Nacer Chadli, who has been impressive recently, is great value at 2/1 to score anytime, while Christian Eriksen, who is always a set piece threat, is 5/1 to break the deadlock.
It remains to be seen if Jermain Defoe will be signed in time by Gus Poyet to play against his former club. The Black Cats still have hitman Steven Fletcher either way, who is 11/4 to make the net bulge anytime.