Match Preview : Liverpool vs Manchester City

Liverpool overcame a slight scare at home to Stoke to run out comfortable 4-1 winners in the end on Tuesday night.

They have the current longest unbeaten streak of any Premier League side in all competitions (16 matches) and should be high on confidence when they welcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Saturday evening.

City are only one point behind Liverpool in the league but Guardiola’s side aren’t in the best of shape at the moment.

They are still trying to rediscover the type of performances they started the season with and this would be the perfect opportunity to make a statement against one of their direct title rivals. Naija and Bet

Saturday’s encounter marks the first time Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have faced off since both arrived in England, renewing their rivalry from the Bundesliga when both managers where in charge of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

Klopp is one of just two managers that have beaten a Guardiola managed side on more than two occasions and the Liverpool boss may get the edge in their head-to-head record with another win here.

Team News

Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho has lost his race to be fit in time to face Manchester City on New Year’s Eve, which is a real blow for the home side.

Joel Matip is also ruled out after failing to shake off an ankle injury that has kept the defender out of their last three matches.

Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge are vying for recalls to the starting XI and may be selected ahead of Georginio Wijnaldum and Divock Origi, respectively.

Manchester City – Sergio Aguero has served his four-match ban and is available for Manchester City’s must win encounter with Liverpool on New Year’s Day. He should slot straight back into the starting XI here.

John Stones was forced off after 18 minutes of City’s win over Hull on Boxing Day with a knee injury and will certainly miss the trip to Merseyside on Saturday. This should mean Aleksandar Kolarov plays at centre-back alongside Nicolas Otamendi, while Gael Clichy keeps his place at left-back.

Yaya Toure may drop to the bench in favour of Fernando, who would bring more energy to their midfield against Liverpool’s dynamic midfield three.

Match Facts

Liverpool have seen over 2.5 goals in 10 of their last 11 matches against Man City in all competitions.

Liverpool are undefeated in their last 16 home matches in Premier League.

Liverpool are undefeated in their last 15 home matches against Man City in all competitions.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Man City’s last 9 away Premier League games.

Man City have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 9 away matches in Premier League.

Liverpool have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 home matches (Premier League).

Man City have won their last 3 matches (Premier League).

Liverpool have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 home matches against Man City in all competitions.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Liverpool has 2.35 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Manchester City has 3.03 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 3.52.

Match Preview : Manchester United vs Middlesbrough

Aitor Karanka faces off against Jose Mourinho for the first time as a manager, having served under the Manchester United boss during their stint at Real Madrid.

United finally look to be clicking after winning four straight league games in a single season for the first time since April 2015 – where they won six games in a row – and will be looking to extend that run when they welcome Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Middlesbrough have lost three of their last four in the league and are winless away from home in the each of their last eight, although five of those matches have ended in a draw.

Only five teams have conceded fewer goals in the Premier League this season than Boro, so United cannot afford to be wasteful, as they have throughout the season, on Saturday.

Team News

Manchester United – Wayne Rooney has a thigh injury and will miss United’s game here, as he did on Boxing Day.

Match Preview : Chelsea vs Stoke

Chelsea made it 12 league wins in a row with a comfortable 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Boxing Day and they will equal the record for the most amount of consecutive wins in a single campaign if they beat Stoke on New Year’s Eve.

Stoke made a bright start against Liverpool but crumbled to a heavy 4-1 defeat. Things don’t get much easier as they travel to Premier League leaders Chelsea next to cap a gruelling run of fixtures on the road, which also saw them lose to Arsenal before Tuesday’s match.

The Potters are actually unbeaten in their last three meetings with Chelsea and the Blues have only managed to score a single goal in four of the last six meetings between the sides at Stamford Bridge. However, it’s hard to see Stoke stopping the Chelsea juggernaut, who could extend their lead to nine points at the top of the table by the end of the weekend.

Team News

Chelsea – Chelsea are boosted by the return of Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante, who both missed their 3-0 win over Bournemouth through suspension. Pedro, however, is ruled out due to an accumulation of yellow cards.

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Match Preview : Southampton vs Tottenham

A win over Bournemouth at the weekend means Southampton have lost only one of their last six Premier League games. Claude Puel’s side have lost just once on home turf in England’s top tier this term as they look to haul themselves closer to Manchester United.

Victory at Burnley’s expense means Tottenham have won three of their last four as they look to get back on track in the race to secure a top-4 finish.

Spurs have lost just one of their last six league meetings with Saints and haven’t lost at St. Mary’s since the south coast side’s return to the Premier League.

While Spurs’ good record in Southampton is likely to continue, a draw is on the cards.

Team News

Southampton – Jeremy Pied, Matt Targett, Jake Hesketh and Charlie Austin are all ruled out for Southampton.

Match Preview : Liverpool vs Stoke

Liverpool left it late to beat Everton in the Merseyside Derby on Monday and will be high on confidence for the reception of Stoke on Boxing Day. Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in seven home league games this season and have scored an average of 2.6 goals in those matches.

Stoke will be kicking themselves after they let a 2-0 lead against the 10 men of Leicester slip to only come away with a point from their last match. The Potters are now winless in three matches, although they have only lost one of their last five on the road.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last four home league matches against Stoke and have kept a clean sheet in three of those matches. They should have no problems in dispatching Stoke on Boxing Day to keep pace with league leaders Chelsea. Naija and Bet

Team News

Liverpool – Daniel Sturridge returned to first-team action in the Merseyside Derby and made a positive impact from the bench to help Liverpool steal a late 1-0 win. He is in line to start his first league game since the 0-0 draw against Manchester United back in October.

Match Preview : Hull vs Manchester City

Hull are bottom of the Premier League after losing 10 of their last 13. They were unfortunate to lose 1-0 to West Ham last time out and now have the task of hosting Manchester City on Boxing Day.

Despite the fact Pep Guardiola’s side are not in the best of shape, this will be a massive challenge for Mike Phelan’s side. The Tigers are unbeaten in three matches on home soil, which they will need to use to get confidence from ahead of this match.

City have won two on the spin having failed to win three in a row before that. They are seven points behind league leaders Chelsea and cannot afford to drop any more points if they want to win the league this season.

They have the perfect team to keep their resurgence going but must cut out the defensive errors that are undermining any serious progress under Guardiola.

Team News

Hull – Ryan Mason missed the 1-0 defeat against West Ham with a knock but is back in the squad for the reception of Manchester City on Boxing Day. Mike Phelan is still expected to be without his usual absences.

Match Preview : Manchester United vs Sunderland

Manchester United finally look to be clicking into gear under Jose Mourinho and should now be looking to finish 2016 on a high.

They have won three consecutive matches in the Premier League for the first time since August, but haven’t managed four straight wins in the same campaign since April 2015.

Sunderland picked up a valuable 1-0 win over Watford at the weekend but have been dire on the road this season.

They have lost six of their eight Premier League away matches this season and have failed to score in each of their last two away from home, shipping seven in the process. In fact, they have only managed to score in one of their last six away league matches. Naija and Bet

In order to keep on the tails of their rivals, United should expect nothing else other than six points from their next two matches at home to Sunderland and Middlesbrough. Given Sunderland’s abysmal away form, it may not be a happy return to Old Trafford for David Moyes.

Match Preview : Leicester vs Everton

Leicester did remarkably well to fight back from 2-0 down to drew 2-2 with Stoke despite being reduced to 10 men for more than an hour.

Claudio Ranieri will want to use that fighting spirit shown to kickstart their league campaign and a return to the King Power Stadium should help them with that having only lost one game there all season in the league.

The manner of Everton’s 1-0 defeat Monday’s Merseyside Derby would have been a bitter pill to swallow for Ronald Koeman’s side. It was their first league defeat at Goodison Park since March (vs Arsenal) and now they must quickly turn their attentions to Monday’s clash with Leicester as they bid to get back on track. In truth, the January transfer window cannot come soon enough for Koeman.

Everton have lost five of their last six on the road in the Premier League and could be set for further misery this festive period with another defeat away to Leicester.

Match Preview : Chelsea vs Bournemouth

Chelsea made it a club record 11 straight wins with a third 1-0 victory in a row this time at the expense of Crystal Palace.

They now have Arsenal’s record of 14 wins in a row in their sights but must overcome Bournemouth without key players N’Golo Kante.

Bournemouth have only won one of eight away games this season although they will be happy with their first half of the season. The Cherries are midtable but 16 of their 21 points have come on home soil so little is expected of them here.

Team News

Chelsea – N’Golo Kante and Diego Costa are suspended for Monday’s game against Bournemouth after both picking up their fifth yellow cards of the season. Cesc Fabregas and Michy Batshuayi should profit as a result of their absences. Naija and Bet

Eden Hazard has spent the first part of the week at Cobham to recieve treatment on a minor knee injury and is a doubt for the Boxing Day match at home to Bournemouth.