Premier League Odds, Previews & Match Tips: Jan 19 – Jan 21 2013

by Thomas

The Premier League action looks like entertaining once more this weekend with a number if big fixtures at the top of the table and a local derby taking place.

January can be a month where titles are won and lost and relegation places are decided, so let’s take a look at which teams are locking horns on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Liverpool v Norwich City – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Draw @ 4/1

Daniel-Sturridge-Jan19Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from their defeat at Manchester United last time out with all three points at home to a Norwich City side that haven’t won in five Premier League matches.

The Reds know they are in for a tough afternoon here, but should feel confident of coming out on top, especially with this match being at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers’ side put in arguably their best performance of the campaign in the return fixture this season as they thrashed Norwich 5-2 at Carrow Road.

Chris Hughton’s men have come on a lot since then though, but have hit a dip in form over recent weeks.

Last time out against Newcastle, they ended their losing streak, but would have been disappointed not to take all three points. Captain Grant Holt could return, which would be a massive boost for the Canaries.

Manchester City v Fulham – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Manchester City @ 1/4

Manchester City can move within four points of Manchester United with a victory at home to Fulham on Saturday and with the way that the champions are playing at the moment, you would expect them to claim all three points.

Last time out, City went to Arsenal and won 2-0, which was a fantastic result. Although the Gunners were down to ten men for the majority of the match, Roberto Mancini’s men showed their quality in front of goal.

A routine win is expected here, but they cannot afford to be complacent.

You never quite know what you are going to get with Fulham, especially on their travels. The Londoners have to be at the very top of their game if they are to take anything from this one.

Martin Jol’s men have moved away from the bottom three in recent weeks, but know they are still far from safe.

Extra Tip – Manchester City to win 3-0 @ 15/2

Newcastle United v Reading – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Draw @ 13/5

Jimmy-Kebe-Jan19This encounter at St James’ Park is a big one in terms of the relegation battle as Newcastle, who sit just two points away from the bottom three take on Reading, who are in 19 th position right now.

Alan Pardew would have been happy with the 0-0 draw at Norwich on Saturday, but knows that a win is needed here, or his side could be in real trouble.

Yohan Cabaye might come back into the starting line-up, which is massive for the Toon as he is the man that makes them tick.

As for Reading, they come to the North East full of confidence after a stunning comeback against West Bromwich Albion saw them win 3-2.

Brian McDermott should send his side out to win this one and knows that an early goal could really rattle their opponents.

It should be an enthralling 90 minutes of action.

Swansea City v Stoke City – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Swansea City @ 11/10

Two teams that play contrasting styles of football meet at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea City take on Stoke City.

The Swans are all about getting the ball down and playing great football, but they have added a different dimension to their game this season and have the ability to grind out a result.

They sit in the top half of the table and will be delighted with their position at the moment. Another win here could move them into seventh, which would be a remarkable achievement.

As for Stoke, they are well known for their direct play and they are sure to pile balls into the box on Saturday afternoon.

A big performance is needed as well after the 4-0 home defeat to Chelsea last weekend. It was the Potters’ biggest defeat on home soil in the top flight, something Tony Pulis would not have been happy about.

Extra Tip – Swansea to win 2-1 @ 15/2

West Ham United v Queens Park Rangers – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Draw @ 5/2

Ji-Sung-Park-Jan19West Ham sit on 26 points at the moment, so they don’t look like being in a relegation battle, but if performances don’t improve, they could be dragged into the fight.

The Hammers went down 3-0 at Sunderland on Saturday and never really turned up for the 90 minutes.

It was a display that would have infuriated Sam Allardyce and now, only three points will do at home to the team that sit bottom of the league.

Queens Park Rangers have taken four points from matches against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, so should be happy with their start to the New Year.

They have to keep accumulating points if they are to claw their way out of trouble though and results at places like Upton Park are a must.

With this also being a London derby, it should be a game that really entertains.

Wigan Athletic v Sunderland – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Sunderland @ 13/5

On paper, this doesn’t look like being the most enthralling encounter, but both of these sides are capable of scoring goals, so it could be the surprise fixture of the weekend.

Wigan only sit out of the bottom three on goal difference, so need to take something this weekend, especially as they are at the DW Stadium, whereas Sunderland have moved six points clear of the drop zone.

The Latics are another very inconsistent side that can be a match for anyone on their day, but also have the tendency to be awful for 90 minutes.

Sunderland look as though they are turning a corner under Martin O’Neill and players such as Adam Johnson are really starting to show their worth, which will delighted the Black Cats’ boss.

They will come to Wigan in search of all three points and fancy their chances of doing just that.

West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa – Saturday 5.30PM – Pick: West Bromwich Albion @ 4/6

Romelu-Lukaku-Jan19The evening kick-off on Saturday is a Midlands derby between West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa.

These two sides have very different ambitions for the campaign with West Brom searching for a European place and Villa fighting for their lives at the bottom.

The Baggies have now lost their last three Premier League matches, which will not please Steve Clarke at all. He knows a win is a must here to try and keep the pace with the top six.

As for Villa, manager Paul Lambert is under a lot of pressure after yet another defeat at home to Southampton last time out.

If the Villains go down again here, then questions over the Scotsman’s future are sure to arise.

Villa have produced performances from nowhere this season and if ever all three points were needed, it is at the Hawthorns on Saturday evening.

Extra Tip – West Brom to win 3-2 @ 22/1

Chelsea v Arsenal – Sunday 1.30PM – Pick: Draw @ 13/5

The start of another enthralling Super Sunday sees two London rivals, Chelsea and Arsenal, lock horns.

Both look like being in a battle to finish in the top four this campaign and nothing else, so this is a huge encounter for each side.

Chelsea will of course be the favourites as they are on home soil, but have to be at their best to beat a strong Arsenal side that need a victory.

The Gunners have blown hot and cold this term and will count themselves unlucky with some decisions that have gone against them in recent weeks.

They are now six points adrift of Tottenham in fourth place, so some big results are needed to try and close that gap.

This has the makings of a superb match and when you consider that Arsenal won 5-3 here last season, we should be in for a cracker.

Extra Tip – Demba Ba to score first @ 5/1

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United – Sunday 4PM – Pick: Manchester United @ 11/10

Nemanja-Vidic-Jan19Two of the best sides to watch in the Premier League right now meet at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon as Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester United.

Spurs will come into this one confident that they can take something and they must try and attack their opponents.

When the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon are on form, then the North Londoners are a match for anyone in the Premier League, so they have to get the balls out wide and take the game to the league-leaders.

United have been the best side in the top flight this campaign though and have an excellent record at the home of Tottenham, so confidence will be sky high for this one.

Sir Alex Ferguson will hope that goal machine Robin van Persie is on top of this game once more and that his men can claim a comfortable victory here on Sunday.

Extra Tip – Man United to win 2-0 @ 12/1

Southampton v Everton – Monday 8PM – Pick: Southampton @ 13/5

Rounding off the Premier League action on Monday evening is a game between two sides with different ambitions for the season.

The Saints are in an expected relegation battle, but recent performances have shown they are capable of beating the drop.

Nigel Adkins will be aware of the threat that Everton have, but also be confident that his team have the personal to cause a few problems on Monday night.

The Toffees have fallen off the pace a little bit in recent weeks and know they need a run of wins to move back into top four contention.

It is going to be tough but in truth, only three points at St Mary’s will do.

Both sides like to play attacking football, so we could be in for a cracking 90 minutes here as the curtain closes on another week in the Premier League.

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