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Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea (12:30pm Saturday)
The first game of the Premier League weekend, see’s Brighton entertain draw specialists Chelsea, at the Amex Stadium, with the home side looking to avenge the 2-0 defeat in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day.
Brighton sit just three points above the drop zone, but Chris Hughton can find some solace in his sides run of two defeats in the last seven games, although they were beaten 2-0 at West Brom.
Chelsea’s penalty shootout win over Norwich in the cup, meant that the Blues have drawn their last five games and have scored just once in the last four matches. Despite the draws, Chelsea are unbeaten in eleven and have conceded just five goals in that period.
Chelsea beat the Seagulls 2-0,as mentioned on Boxing Day and despite home advantage, it’s difficult to see Brighton breaking down the Chelsea defence. An away win looks most likely, with a similar scoreline on the cards.
Chelsea To Win -1 Goal Handicap @15/8
Manchester City v Newcastle United (Saturday 5:30pm)
Manchester City take on Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium, looking to immediately bounce back from their first domestic defeat of the season at Liverpool.
Man City’s 4-3 loss at Anfield, if anything posed questions about Pep Guardiola’s defence more than anything else, as the forward line fought to the end, to get something out of the game, however with a twelve point lead at the top, it’s not quite panic stations yet for the mega rich, Manchester club, but a central defender must be a priority for the Citizens.
Visitors Newcastle, have found some form recently, despite the financial issues currently ongoing, with one defeat (to Man City) in the last six games and four without defeat currently, although Rafa Benitez was disappointed with his sides inability to hold off Swansea at the weekend.
The last two visits by Newcastle to the Etihad, have resulted in a 6-0 and 5-1 hammering, with another heavy scoreline feasible, however the performance in the 0-1 loss to City over Christmas, does bode well for the Magpies.
Man City To Win And Under 3.5 Goals Scored @31/20
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur (4:00pm Sunday)
On Sunday afternoon, a free falling Southampton are the next side to try and stop a Harry Kane lead Tottenham, in what should be an entertaining match at St.Mary’s.
Southampton have won just once in the last eleven games played, beating Fulham in the FA Cup, as the south coast side find themselves a point above the relegation zone, with manager Mauricio Pellegrino under intense pressure.
Tottenham by contrast have lost just once in their last eleven games and are scoring plenty of goals, with thirty scored in that period. Last weekend’s 4-0 win over Everton, was easily one of their best performances of the season’
The two sides met on Boxing Day, with Spurs running out 5-2 winners at Wembley. The visitors enjoy their games at St.mary’s winning two of the last three and scoring eight in that time. After the last meeting, expect a more defensively responsible Saints side, but Spurs to pick up another win.
Tottenham To Win And Both To Score @5/2
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