Match Preview : Manchester United vs Bournemouth

Manchester United lifted the first trophy of the season after they beat Southampton 3-2 last weekend and now they finally have the chance to move up a place in the Premier League on a permanent basis after Liverpool lost 3-1 to Leicester on Monday. With Jurgen Klopp’s side due to face Arsenal this weekend, United can move up into fifth with a win here.

Bournemouth have been poor in 2017 and are still looking for their first league win of 2017. The Cherries have lost each of their last four matches and haven’t won since New Year’s Eve. Eddie Howe’s side lost 3-1 on their first trip to Old Trafford last season and the odds are stacked against them here. Place Bet on NaijaBet.com

United played terribly in the EFL Cup final and Jose Mourinho will need to ensure the players don’t get complacent this weekend as they plot their way up the table and into the top four.

Team News

Manchester United – Phil Jones has revealed he is fit and ready to return to first-team action but he may have to wait until the Europa League on Thursday to start.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is still a doubt after missing the EFL Cup triumph over Southampton on Sunday.

Match Preview : Leicester vs Liverpool

Leicester are only one point above the bottom three and the board have made the decision to sack Claudio Ranieri less than 12 months after they had won the Premier League title.

They have lost seven of their last nine matches in all competitions and now have 13 league games to stay in the Premier League.

Liverpool have had two weeks to prepare for this fixture and they should be ready to go following their 2-0 win over Tottenham last time out. Jurgen Klopp will hope their slump is over and they can get their season back on track and finish inside the top four. Predict on NaijaBet.com

It remains to be seen how Leicester will react to Ranieri’s sacking, but Liverpool should still have enough to win this match.

Match Facts

Leicester – Managerless Leicester City take on Liverpool after sacking Claudio Ranieri on Thursday and some changes are expected to the side. Demarai Gray is one of those that should be reinstalled into the starting XI in favour of Ahmed Musa.

Match Preview : Manchester United vs Southampton

Southampton are gunning for their first piece of cup silverware since lifting the 1976 FA Cup final and have had two weeks to prepare for this final, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be better off for it. Claude Puel’s side have only actually won one of their last four matches.

Manchester United are in great form and have only one defeat in their last 25 matches in all competitions. They are clear favourites here but injuries in key positions will make this final more difficult for Jose Mourinho’s side, as they bid to win the League Cup for the first time since 2010.

Mourinho has a sensational record in finals and it’s hard to bet against United. This will be the third time United have been to Wembley in the last 10 months and they triumphed in each of their first two visits. It will be a very tight affair but United should shade it, although might need extra time to overcome Southampton. Naija and Bet

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Manchester United – Michael Carrick is available after picking up a slight injury picked up on Thursday night, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan is ruled out. Jose Mourinho has confirmed Wayne Rooney will also be in the squad, while a late fitness test is required for Phil Jones.
Eric Bailly was sent off on Thursday in the Europa League but is free to play here. Mourinho must also decide who he starts at left back with Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Mateo Darmian all favourites over Luke Shaw.
Southampton – Martín Cáceres joined Southampton on a free earlier this month but hasn’t played competitively in more than 12 months and will be lacking match fitness. Claude Puel must decide whether to gamble on his fitness or trust 22-year-old Jack Stephens with Virgil van Dijk ruled out.
Sofiane Boufal sustained an ankle injury at the start of the month and only returned to training on Thursday. A late decision will be made whether he is included in the 18, with Nathan Redmond poised to start in his absence.
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As at this post Manchester United has 1.68 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Southamptom has  5.14 odd to win the match also,while the odd to draw the match is 3.58.

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Match Preview : Tottenham vs Stoke

Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday night and attention now turns to Premier League duties. Spurs have won just one of their last four competitive fixtures, though have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League outings and have dropped points just twice at home England’s top tier this term.

Stoke have lost their last two league meetings with Spurs 4-0, but have lost just one of their last five Premier League visits to White Hart Lane.

The Potters have lost four of their last five away league games, with their solitary win on the road in that time coming at relegation fodder Sunderland. NaijaBet.com

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will demand an instant response from his players and they could return to winning ways in the league here.

Team News

Tottenham – Erik Lamela and Danny Rose are again Mauricio Pochettino’s only injury concerns ahead of the welcome of Stoke.

Match Preview : Everton vs Sunderland

Everton are unbeaten in eight Premier League matches and should be looking to secure a big win over relegation threatened Sunderland this weekend.

Sunderland are rock bottom in the table and two points adrift of safety and David Moyes’ side will look to draw on the fact they won 4-0 the last time they played on the road. Place bet on weekend matches on NaijaBet

However, given Sunderland have lost nine of their 12 league away matches this season it looks like Everton will run out comfortable winners on Saturday. A repeat scoreline of 6-2 when the sides last met at Goodison Park may not actually be far off the end result.

Team News

Everton – Yannick Bolasie, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Muhamed Besic are still sidelined for Everton this weekend.

Ronald Koeman has confirmed Kevin Mirallas, James McCarthy and Romelu Lukaku are fit to feature this weekend.

Match Preview : Chelsea vs Swansea

Chelsea have the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 11 points when they kick off the weekend’s Premier League fixtures at home to Swansea.

They have won 16 of their last 19 in the Premier League and are favourites to continue their surge towards the title here.

Swansea have enjoyed a resurgence under Paul Clement and are now four points clear of the bottom three after winning three of their last four. The long break may actually disrupt Swansea’s momentum and make this an easier fixture for Chelsea. Predict and Win Big on NaijaBet.com

Team News

Chelsea – Thibaut Courtois pulled out of a television interview at the weekend after contracting an illness and his availability for Saturday’s clash with Swansea remains in doubt. Other than that Antonio Conte has a full squad to pick from this weekend and has no reason to make any real changes.

David Luiz, Nemanja Matic and Marcos Alonso were among the players to be given a rest last weekend and they will all be recalled here.

Match Preview : Bournemouth vs Manchester City

Manchester City are back in the top four after Gabriel Jesus’ late striker earned them a 2-1 win over Swansea. The summer signing has made a real impact since finally linking up with his teammates last month and City look in the groove, which is not good news for a struggling Bournemouth side.

Bournemouth are winless in six matches in all competitions and they are in slight danger of being dragged into the relegation fight if they are not careful. They are six points clear off the bottom three but need to get their act together quickly.

City have scored at least four goals in each of their last three meetings with Bournemouth and travel to the south coast with the Cherries really struggling for form. The signs suggest this match will only end one way.

Team News

Bournemouth – Simon Francis came off at half time in Bournemouth’s 6-3 defeat to Everton with a hamstring injury and isn’t expected to recover in time to feature against Manchester City on Sunday. With Charlie Daniels and Adam Smith also huge doubts Howe could have a real selection headache at the back this weekend. NaijaBet.com

Bournemouth started with a back three against Everton but Howe may scrap that formation after they went in at half-time 3-0 down before changing to a back four after the break.

Given their poor run of form, Howe may approach this game with some caution and use a flat midfield five to try and frustrate Manchester City.

Callum Wilson is ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering another serious knee injury. Reserve goalkeeper Adam Federici is also expected to miss the remainder of the season after suffering knee cartilage damage.

Manchester City – Pep Guardiola has a full squad to pick from other than long-term absentee Ilkay Gundogan.

Gabriel Jesus’ brace against Swansea could mean Sergio Aguero is benched for a third game in a row, although Guardiola has hinted the pair could play together. With such an array of attacking talent, Guardiola’s problem is getting them all in the same team.

This problem extended into midfield in the last match as Guardiola fielded Fernandinho at right-back. The City manager seems to have found a winning formula with his team and he may opt against making changes on this occasion.

Vincent Kompany is back at full fitness and could be recalled to the starting XI if Guardiola looks to make changes at the back.

Match Facts

Man City have scored at least 4 goals in their last 3 matches against Bournemouth in all competitions.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Man City’s last 5 games in Premier League.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Bournemouth’s last 8 games Premier League.

Man City have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 Premier League matches.

Man City have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches against Bournemouth in all competitions.

Bournemouth have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 5 matches in Premier League.

Man City have won their last 3 matches against Bournemouth in all competitions.

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Bournemouth have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Man City in all competitions.

Bournemouth have failed to win their last 5 matches (Premier League).

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As at this post Bournemouth has 7.85 odd to win the match on Naija and Bet while Manchester City has 1.40 has odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 5.20.

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Match Preview : Swansea vs Leicester

Swansea were desperately unlucky not to come away with a positive result at Manchester City having come unstuck late on. The Swans, though, have won three of their last five Premier League outings and come into the welcome of the Premier League champions as favourites.

Leicester’s title defence has been nothing short of a shambles. The Foxes are yet to score a league goal in 2017, and have the second worst away record in the Premier League this season, winning three of a possible 36 points on their travels this term.

Swansea, then, should be confident of back-to-back home wins in this massive fixture in their bid to stave off relegation.

Team News

Swansea – Luciano Narsingh could start in place of Wayne Routledge after impressing from the bench at Manchester City. NaijaBet.com

Other than that, Paul Clement could name a familiar side to the one that fell to a late 2-1 loss last Sunday.

Match Preview : Burnley vs Chelsea

Chelsea are arguably set for a tougher task this weekend when they travel to Burnley compared to their match against title rivals Arsenal last time out.

Burnley have turned Turf Moor into a fortress this season, winning each of their last five on home soil. In fact, only Chelsea (33) and Tottenham (32) have picked up more points on home soil this season than the Clarets (28).

Chelsea have won both of their previous two meetings away to Burnley but they would be foolish to underestimate Sean Dyche’s side this weekend. Antonio Conte would allow for standards to slip here, however, and the Premier League leaders should at least maintain their lead at the top of the table, although it will be hard fought.

Team News

Burnley – Jeff Hendrick starts his three-game ban this weekend, while St- even Defour, Dean Marney and Kevin Long are also absent. Naija and Bet

Deadline day signings Robbie Brady and Ashley Westwood are still waiting to make their full debut for the club and with Hendrick absent there will be a spot free in central midfield this weekend.

Chelsea – Antonio Conte has no reason to make changes as Chelsea continue their charge towards the title.

Pedro and Willian are the only two players that look to be competiting for a place in the team.

Match Facts

Chelsea have won 16 of their last 18 matches in Premier League.

Chelsea have been winning at both half time and full time in 7 of their last 9 matches (Premier League).

Burnley have won their last 5 home matches in Premier League.

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Chelsea are undefeated in their last 6 matches against Burnley in all competitions.

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As at this post Burnley FC has 8.37 odd to win the match on Naija and Bet while Chelsea FC has 1.42 has odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 3.27.

 

Match Preview : Liverpool vs Tottenham

Liverpool’s 2-0 loss at Hull means they have failed to win a Premier League game in 2017 and have won just once in all competitions this year. The Reds, though, are unbeaten in their last six against Spurs at home, winning four.

Tottenham fell to a 2-1 loss when these two teams met at Anfield in the EFL Cup earlier in the campaign, but will field a stronger XI here. They are unbeaten in the last four Premier League away games, winning two.

The north London side, though, could be held to a draw, prolonging Liverpool’s winless start to 2017 in the process.

Team News

Liverpool – Danny Ings, Marko Grujic and Ovie Ejaria are all sidelined for the hosts. Place your bet with the Champion on NaijaBet.com

Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren are both doubts, though should be fit to feature, with the latter set to replace Lucas in defence.