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

Chelsea are away to Villa while there is a genuine Super Sunday to look forward to.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.
Image: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

All games kick-off Saturday 3pm unless stated otherwise

Hull v Man City (12.45pm)

HAVING BEEN ELIMINATED from the Champions League and the FA Cup in the past week, Manchester City must focus their efforts on the Premier League as they aim to add a second piece of silverware to the Capital One Cup.

They travel to the KC Stadium without Sergio Aguero for the afternoon kick-off as the Argentine striker has injured his hamstring again.

The Tigers booked their place in the last four of the FA Cup with a win over Sunderland last time out but, worrying, have won just once in their last seven league games at home.

Bet:  Man City @ 4/7

Everton v Cardiff

Seventh-placed Everton hope to move closer to the top four with a win at home to Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.

The Toffees were convincingly beaten by Arsenal in their FA Cup quarter-final and have fallen nine points off the Champions League places due to recent defeats Chelsea and Spurs.

Cardiff enjoyed a morale-boosting victory over Fulham last weekend but will need a couple more if they are to haul themselves out of the bottom three.

Bet: Everton @ 2/5

Fulham v Newcastle

Life for Fulham can’t get much worse right now. Without a win in nine league outings, they sit bottom of the table after a defeat to one of their closest relegation rivals and, in Felix Magath, have a manager who is still trying to come to terms with a new league.

Opponents Newcastle are without Alan Pardew at Craven Cottage as the Magpies boss begins his seven-match ban. They are up to eighth thanks to two consecutive wins (against Hull and Aston Villa) but the loss of leading goalscorer Loic Remy to injury is a significant blow.

Bet:  Draw @ 23/10

Southampton v Norwich

Chris Hughton will be glad to hear that Norwich have no injury worries ahead of their trip to St Mary’s.

The Canaries have put four points between themselves and the drop zone but looked nervous against Stoke last weekend despite picking up a point.

Southampton are comfortable in mid-table with an 11-point advantage over the side directly below them — West Ham.

Bet: Draw @ 14/5

Stoke v West Ham

Jon Walters begins his three-match ban after Stoke’s appeal was rejected by the FA during the week while Charlie Adam is also suspended.

The Potters, level on 31 points with West Ham, will see this as winnable game having beaten the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United in recent weeks.

Sam Allardyce was awarded Manager of the Month for February yesterday after the Hammers recorded four wins from four in the month and has Andy Carroll available again.

Bet:  Stoke @ 5/4

Sunderland v Crystal Palace

Two clubs who are far from safe meet at the Stadium of Light with Sunderland (19th) welcoming Crystal Palace (16th).

The Black Cats have been pre-occupied with cup competitions in recent weeks and hold a couple of games in-hand over the rest and Gus Poyet needs his team to pick up points against Palace, Norwich and West Ham this month.

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It’s just as important a game for the Eagles, who are four games without a win, however.

Bet: Draw @ 9/4

Swansea v West Brom

Gary Monk could give Michu his first appearance for Swansea in in three months as the Spaniard trained this week after returning from injury.

Neither Swansea nor West Brom have experienced a win in their last six games and when the sides last met back in September it was the Swans who came away with three points.

The Baggies are without Nicolas Anelka, who yesterday announced that he had left the club.

Bet: Swansea @ 19/20

Aston Villa v Chelsea  (5.30pm)

imageAston Villa’s Gabi Agbonlahor and Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea. Source: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Table-toppers Chelsea are on the road for Saturday’s evening game at Villa Park.

The Blues are seven points clear of Liverpool and Arsenal, who both play on Sunday, and haven’t been beaten in the league since December.

Villa last played a fortnight ago when Christian Benteke scored twice in a 4-1 victory over Norwich.

Bet: Chelsea @ 8/15

Man United v Liverpool (Sunday, 1.30pm)

Manchester United host Liverpool trailing their traditional rivals by a massive 11 points after what has been a truly disappointing campaign.

The 3-0 win over West Brom was encouraging albeit against poor opposition but do David Moyes’ side have enough defensively to stop Liverpool’s attacking talent?

When you consider the Reds have scored 15 goals in their last five games to go ahead of Man City as the league’s top scorers, it seems doubtful.

Bet: Liverpool @ 2/1

Tottenham v Arsenal (Sunday, 4pm)

The second game of ‘Super Sunday’ sees a North London derby at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham have endured a difficult week after Tim Sherwood’s public criticism of the players in the wake of the defeat to Chelsea was followed by a 3-1 loss at the hands of Benfica  in the Europa League.

Arsenal, meanwhile, could only draw with Bayern Munich and are out of Europe. The Gunners are without Mesut Ozil who suffered a hamstring injury on Wednesday night.

Bet: Arsenal @ 6/4

Accumulator:

A tenner bet will bring in €45,239.58.

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