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Premier League preview: how to fill out your weekend football accumulator

Chelsea play host to Liverpool and United face Norwich among other big games over the next two days.

David Moyes saw his side come from two goals down to beat Hull on St Stephen's Day.
David Moyes saw his side come from two goals down to beat Hull on St Stephen's Day.

All games kick-off at 3pm unless stated otherwise

West Ham v West Brom (12.45pm)

Both these sides have been struggling for confidence of late, however both also produced encouraging displays on St Stephen’s Day, with West Brom drawing with Spurs and West Ham providing a stiff test for Arsenal.

On the basis that games involving teams near the bottom of the table are invariably cautious affairs, a draw appears to be the most likely outcome here.

Bet: Draw @ 11/5

Aston Villa v Swansea

Villa go into this match in a dire run of form, having lost four games in a row.

Consequently, Swansea appear to have caught Paul Lambert’s erratic team at a good time. Nevertheless, the hosts will take comfort in the fact that the Welsh side have lost eight of their last nine league games at Villa Park.

Bet: Draw @ 11/5

Hull v Fulham

12th placed Hull were unfortunate not to beat United the other day, having gone 2-0 up.

They will naturally be far more confident against Fulham, who remain in the relegation zone despite securing a vital late win over Norwich the other day.

Bet: Hull @ 11/10

Man City v Crystal Palace

Vincent Kompany described Man City’s recent win over Liverpool as the toughest home game they have played all season, yet they are unlikely to face as stern a test against Crystal Palace.

That said, the Selhurst Park outfit have looked much improved under Tony Pulis, securing nine points from their last six matches in the process.

Bet: Man City @ 1/7

Norwich v Man United

The Canaries are hovering near the relegation zone again, having been beaten 2-1 by Fulham thanks to a late Scott Parker goal.

United, on the other hand, showed impressive resilience to fightback from 2-0 down against Hull. That result should consequently provide David Moyes’ side with the confidence to take all three points today.

Bet: Man United @ 4/7

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Cardiff v Sunderland (5.30pm)

Manager-less Cardiff take on Sunderland in a game with two of this season’s most likely relegation candidates.

Sunderland will be boosted by their shock 1-0 win over Everton, though the Bluebirds have looked impressive at home on occasion this year.

Bet: Draw @ 11/5

Everton v Southampton (Sunday, 1.30pm)

Southampton finally managed to arrest their losing run in comprehensive fashion on Thursday, comfortably beating Cardiff.

Everton were unfortunate to lose against Sunderland, having had Tim Howard sent off owing to a moment of madness. Hence they should have enough to just about secure a victory tomorrow.

Bet: Everton @ 17/20

Newcastle v Arsenal (Sunday, 1.30pm)

League leaders Arsenal face a Newcastle side who have won seven of their last nine games.

The Gunners, though, will be buoyed by the fact that the Magpies have won just one of their last 12 league matches against them.

Bet: Arsenal @ evens

Chelsea v Liverpool (Sunday, 4pm)

Another tough game for Liverpool following their unfortunate loss to Man City.

Brendan Rodgers’ side’s title credentials are being severely tested of late, while Chelsea have been efficient without being in anyway spectacular under Jose Mourinho. Hence, all signs point to a draw.

Bet: Draw @ 23/20

Tottenham v Stoke (Sunday, 4pm)

Tottenham’s home form is unusually poor — they have won three of their nine games at White Hart Lane this campaign.

Yet they’ve only lost two of their last 38 home league games with Stoke, so they’re still unquestionably the favourites to prevail in this encounter.

Bet: Tottenham @  1/2

Accumulator

A successful €10.00 accumulator on the above results would leave you €22,634.07 better off. Not too shabby.

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