Premier League preview for 4th, 5th and 5th of February 2012.
Saturday 4th February
Stoke City v Sunderland Live on Setanta Ireland
Sunderland escaped with a draw from their FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough last weekend (tipped in this column at 11-4) and this game has a similar feel to it. An impressive home victory over Norwich in midweek lifted the Black Cats into the top half of the Premiership but Stoke are no pushover. The 12-5 on offer with William Hill for a draw looks worth a wager, as does the 9-1 freely available for a 0-0 result. Bet through the banner up top to get some nice free bets!
Manchester City v Fulham Live on ESPN HD
City stuttered to a 1-0 defeat at Everton in midweek to surrender their points advantage at the top of the league and are now set for a title scrap with rivals United. A few weeks ago they would have been relishing the prospect of a visit from Fulham but things are looking quite different now. A win is essential but Fulham should not be underestimated. 5-1 for Fulham to snatch a draw seems insulting to the Cottagers and it could be worth taking a punt at 25-1 about a 2-2 scoreline. Clint Dempsey is good value at 12-1 to open the scoring.
Also; Arsenal v Blackburn Rovers, Norwich City v Bolton Wanderers, Queens Park Rangers v Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City, Wigan Athletic v Everton
Sunday 5th February
Newcastle United v Aston Villa Live on Skysports HD1
Newcastle were shocked by Brighton in the Cup last week but they were unfortunate and quickly bounced back to take all three points at Blackburn on Wednesday night. Aston Villa should have closed out Arsenal in the Cup but squandered a certain victory. They looked suspect against QPR in midweek, this time rescuing a point in a 2-2 thriller. Newcastle can see off Villa in some style here and look a solid bet at 11-10 for the win. 16-1 is on offer about a 3-1 home win. Leon Best continues in good form and could be the man to open the scoring at 7-1.
Chelsea v Manchester United Live on Skysports HD1
Chelsea have not really improved since their 3-1 defeat at United earlier in the season. They had chances there, notably an absolute sitter for the hapless Torres, but their defence continues to leak goals. United are hoping to be back near full-strength and will be desperate to keep the pressure on City at the top of the table. United are 19-10 to win and 11-1 to emerge 2-1 winners. Ji-Sung Park could open the scoring at 14-1 for United.
Monday 6th February
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur Live on Skysports HD1
Liverpool have been struggling to score goals in the league but their cup victories over Manchester City and Manchester United have given them a shot in the arm. They looked like a different team when defeating Wolves 3-0 and will provide a stiff test for Spurs. Nonetheless, it could be worth taking the 11-4 about a Spurs victory with a 2-1 away win rated a 12-1 chance by Bet365. Gareth Bale did this column a couple of favours earlier in the season and can unlock the Reds defence here at 10-1.