Relegation risk sides Burnley, Leicester and QPR all in action
As the Premier League returns from international recess, Coral previews the betting for Saturday’s 3pm fixtures, featuring relegation candidates Burnley, Leicester City and QPR.
Nigel Pearson’s Foxes will try to scramble to safety by downing visitors Sunderland, whilst Newcastle United host Harry Redknapp’s QPR, and the Clarets travel to face Stoke City.
Leicester v Sunderland
Hosts Leicester (11/10 with Coral to win) just edge the head-to-head record against the Black Cats with 30 victories to the visitors’ 29. However, recent history tips the balance in favour of Gus Poyet’s boys, as Sunderland have been just defeated once in their last five encounters with the Foxes.
This battle will be the first time these two teams have clashed in the top tier since 2002 and the Black Cats, who are 11/4 to win, will fancy their chances.
Poyet’s side are the in-form team, having racked up a crucial four points from their last two league outings, whilst Nigel Person’s Foxes have lost five of their last six games.
Sunderland, who have tasted triumph on their last two visits to the King Power Stadium, have been boosted by news that Scotland striker Steven Fletcher has returned to training.
After bagging two braces this term, in-form Fletcher is his sides’ top scorer, making him 7/4 to pounce anytime, or 9/1 to fire home two or more again. As the Foxes have failed to find the net in their last four matches, back the Black Cats at 11/2 to win to nil.
Newcastle v QPR
After a shaky start to the season, Alan Pardew has seen his side propelled to the top half of the table. The Magpies are odds-on favourites at 4/5 to continue their fine form by beating relegation candidates QPR.
Harry Redknapp’s Hoops are 7/2 to take a surprise scalp at St James’ Park, or 5/2 to split the spoils after snatching a draw against Manchester City last time out.
However, Newcastle have won all of their last eight encounters with QPR and are currently on a rampant run of five wins in all competitions.
Spanish starlet Ayoze Perez is 5/1 to strike first after netting three in his last three games, but Pardew does have injury issues in defence.
Centre backs Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor are both likely to miss out, but as Redknapp’s Hoops have the second worst goal difference in the league, the Magpies should still have too much to be troubled by their visitors.
Stoke v Burnley
Mark Hughes’ men have lost just once in their last four Premier League games, with five different players chipping in to help them score six in their previous three outings.
Mame Biram Diouf is the Potters’ most potent threat, and is 6/5 to net anytime, against the Clarets, who have conceded a dismal nine goals in their past three games.
Despite Burnley recording a triumphant first league win of the season against Hull City last time out, they have netted just once in their five away encounters, so should not threaten Stoke’s rearguard too much.
After showing they can take points from big-guns such as Tottenham and Manchester City, the Potters are odds-on favourites at 8/11 to school Sean Dyche’s stuttering side.