EPL Betting Preview – November 10/11 2012

November 8th, 2012 | Posted by in 2012/2013 EPL Season

EPL football action for the round beginning  Nov 10 with a couple of big games on Saturday including Manchester City and Tottenham as well as Chelsea and Liverpool. Below we have Sportingbet Australia EPL betting preview of some of these big games this weekend including Manchester City and Tottenham as well as Chelsea and Liverpool. Click below on the game for this weekend’s EPL Betting odds from leading UK and European bookmakers.

Wigan vs West Brom
Stoke vs QPR
Southampton vs Swansea
Everton vs Sunderland
Arsenal vs Fulham
Reading vs Norwich
Aston Villa vs Man Utd
Man City vs Tottenham
Newcastle vs West Ham
Chelsea vs Liverpool

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur – Etihad Stadium – Saturday 10 November 2012

It is of course still way too early in the season to be talking about must-win games, but there’s no denying that Manchester City desperately need to beat Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

Between last Saturday’s disappointing goalless draw at West Ham and the midweek draw with Ajax that all but ended their Champions League hopes, it’s not been a good few days for the men in sky blue.

And the mood of manager Roberto Mancini won’t have been helped by strong rumours that the club have already sounded out former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola regarding a move to the Etihad.

Throw in that he and Mario Balotelli again exchanged heated words when the latter was substituted at Upton Park and it’s little wonder that his hair seems to be going greyer by the day.

In fairness to City, an excuse can be found for their poor Champions League performance in that they have again found themselves in an extremely tough group and it should also be pointed out that they do still remain unbeaten in the league.

But the reigning champions have drawn four of their ten games to date and been fortunate to win several of the others, leaving many pundits to conclude that they will struggle to retain their hard-won title.

Mancini shuffled his pack yet again against West Ham, fielding three out-and-out attackers at one point and yet still failing to break down the Hammers defence and it will be interesting to see what approach he takes against a Spurs side who have the pace out wide to trouble a City defence that has looked far from watertight whenever they have come up against quality opposition this term.

Joleon Lescott should be available for the hosts after recovering from a back problem and David Silva could also return having been sorely missed since picking up a hamstring strain while away on international duty last month.

Fellow-hamstring injury victims James Milner and Jack Rodwell, however, are both likely to miss out and Micah Richards won’t be back until well into the New Year after undergoing knee surgery.

Sergio Aguero, meanwhile, is pressing to start ahead of Balotelli up front and Pablo Zabaleta could also return at full-back.

Despite their recent troubles, City’s fine home record will inevitably see them installed as strong favourites to win on Saturday, but they will be wary of a possible backlash from a Spurs side which slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Wigan at White Hart Lane last time out.

And the most worrying aspect of that defeat for manager Andre Villas-Boas would have been the fact that his charges were not the victims of some fortunate smash-and-grab raid, but were actually outplayed by the Latics for most of the game.

The Portuguese coach’s baffling decision to take off top scorer Jermain Defoe with more than half-an-hour still to go saw him incur the wrath of the home fans and after enjoying great success back in September, Spurs are starting to look like a side that has lost its way.

The ongoing absence of Moussa Dembele is undoubtedly a major blow given his barnstorming form during the early part of the season, but although the powerful midfielder won’t feature against City, he should be back for next weekend’s derby clash with Arsenal.

In other injury news for the visitors, Sandro is expected to recover from the calf injury that ruled him out of Thursday night’s Europa League clash with Maribor and the club have confirmed that long-term absentee Scott Parker should be back in action before the end of the month.

Emanuel Adebayor, meanwhile, is likely to feature on the bench against his former club this weekend after Villas-Boas denied reports that the Togolese frontman is poised to leave the Lane on either a temporary or a permanent basis.

Given the club’s chronic lack of striking options, they are surely in no position to let Adebayor go even if he is keen to move on and as the 28-year-old has made a habit of coming back to haunt his former employers throughout his career, he may well add to the drama at the Etihad this weekend.

Neither side have inspired much confidence with their performances in recent weeks and the fact that their last six meetings at the Etihad have produced three wins for City and three for Spurs doesn’t provide much of a form guide either.

There won’t be much in it, but home advantage should just enable the champions to scrape a vital win.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Chelsea v Liverpool – Stamford Bridge – Sunday 11th November 2012

Considering how November has become such a month of gloom for Chelsea in recent seasons, their midweek Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk could prove hugely significant not only at a European level, but also domestically.

The 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge all but secured a place in the knockout stages for the Blues and helped gloss over the disappointment of last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Swansea.

And bizarre as it may sound bearing in mind that Chelsea are the reigning champions of Europe and currently sit just one point behind Manchester United in the EPL table, the result also eased the pressure on manager Roberto Di Matteo.

Like his fellow-countryman Roberto Mancini, Di Matteo could hardly have failed to notice reports linking Pep Guardiola with a move to England and with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich a self-confessed huge admirer of the Catalan coach, he wouldn’t have found the news especially reassuring.

Next up for the Blues is a home clash with Liverpool, a side they know particularly well having played them no fewer than 32 times in all competitions in the last eight seasons.

And having seen his charges labour to a lack-lustre draw with Swansea last weekend, Di Matteo has some interesting selection decisions to make.

Ashley Cole looks likely to start despite missing the Shakhtar game due to a hamstring strain, while Oscar may well replace Victor Moses even though the former Crystal Palace midfielder has scored twice in his last two appearances.

A calf injury, meanwhile, looks set to rule Frank Lampard out, but John Terry could reclaim his place at the heart of the defence having now completed his domestic suspension.

As for the Blues’ attacking options, although Fernando Torres’ goal against Shakhtar may just prove enough to secure his place in the run-on side for the clash with his former club, reports linking the West Londoners with a January move for either Hulk of Zenit St Petersburg or Falcao of Atletico Madrid suggest that the Spaniard’s days at the Bridge could well be numbered.

Liverpool, meanwhile, also picked up a draw in their most recent league outing against Newcastle, a game they really should have won comfortably having dominated for long periods.

Their inability to turn draws into wins was a major issue last season, however and having shared the spoils on five occasions already this term, manager Brendan Rodgers will be desperately hoping his side can get in touch with their clinical side sooner rather than later.

Making the arduous return journey to Dagestan for Thursday’s Europa League clash with FC Anzhi will hardly have helped the Reds’ preparations for the Chelsea clash and given the relatively limited squad resources at his disposal, Rodgers will be praying that the likes of Luis Suarez, Joe Allen and Daniel Agger come through unscathed.

A run of six league games unbeaten, however, suggests that things are looking up for the men from Anfield and while they will inevitably head to the Bridge as major underdogs, they are capable of causing the Blues some problems.

The pace of Raheem Stirling will undoubtedly trouble Chelsea’s less than pacy backline, while Suarez has scored three in the last three games to take his tally for the season to ten.

And although the unsavoury side of the Uruguayan’s character continues to be revealed all too often, there is no denying that his effort against Newcastle last weekend was pure class.

On the injury front, meanwhile, Glen Johnson could be in line to face his former club having recovered from a muscle spasm, but the Merseysiders will again be without long-term absentees Lucas, Fabio Borini and Martin Kelly.

While there may be some encouraging signs of Liverpool making progress under Rodgers, they have still managed to keep only one clean sheet in the league this season and their propensity for defensive errors will not go unpunished by a Chelsea side bursting with attacking flair.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 Liverpool

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