Published on May 4th, 2013 | by Sportingly Better Tipster0
Premiership Predictions – 4-5 May
Champions League contenders Tottenham host Southampton at White Hart Lane on Saturday, knowing only three points will do after slipping to a 2-2 draw against Wigan last time out.
Elsewhere relegation threatened Wigan travel to the Hawthorns and Liverpool entertain Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.
Swansea (5.50) v Manchester City (1.70); Draw (4.00)
Manchester City took one step closer to securing second place with a 2-1 victory over West Ham last weekend, but a win on Saturday would almost guarantee the Citizens their second placed finish.
Away form has often been a sticking point for Roberto Mancini’s side this season and three defeats in their last five away matches highlights the club’s recent woes on the road this season.
Goalkeeper Joe Hart is a doubt with a back injury, so Costel Pantilimon could make a rare start in the Premier League, should the England international not be risked.
Hosts Swansea have yet to pick up any momentum since their 5-0 win over Bradford in the Capital One Cup final in February and the Swans continue to saunter their way through the rest of the season.
Manager Michael Laudrup has no injury concerns going into the match and the Danish manager could name an unchanged side, despite calls for changes to the starting line-up.
Swansea have won just two of their last 10 games in the Premier League and the League Cup winners run of poor form at both ends of the pitch shows no sign of relenting.
Swansea have conceded two or more goals in five of their last six matches in the Premier League. Back Manchester City to score over 1.5 goals at 1.66.
Visitors Manchester City could take a giant step towards securing a top-two finish with a win at the Liberty Stadium and Roberto Mancini’s side should secure all three points against their out-of-form hosts on Saturday.
Manchester City to win @1.70
Manchester United (2.20) v Chelsea (3.50); Draw (3.50)
After securing 3-1 win over Basel to qualify for the Europa League final on Thursday, Chelsea now have to focus on obtaining Champions League football at the earliest opportunity.
Chelsea have won six of their last eight games in the Premiership and the Blues go into the weekend one point clear of chasing contenders Arsenal and Tottenham with a game in hand.
Ashley Cole will return at left back following his suspension against Basel, with Juan Mata also returning to the line-up after being rested in the week.
Fernando Torres could keep his place up front after turning out an impressive performance on Thursday, but it’s Demba Ba who will likely be drafted in, following his exploits against Manchester United in the FA Cup earlier in the year.
Chelsea have managed just three clean sheets in their last 14 games in all competitions and the London side will need to address their porosity at the back, before the Europa League final with Benfica on the 15th May.
Chelsea have conceded at least two goals in five of their last six away matches in the Premier League. Back Manchester United to score over 1.5 goals at 1.83.
Hosts Manchester United have won 13 of their last 14 matches at home in the Premier League and despite having already landed the championship crown, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side remain fiercely competitive.
Nemanja Vidic will need to be assessed ahead of Sunday’s match and could replace Johnny Evans at the back, whilst Javier Hernandez could make a rare start for the Red Devils in attack.
Manchester United have scored in each of their last 23 games in the Premiership and that goalscoring run should continue against a fragile Chelsea defence.
The last six meetings between the two sides have produced 29 goals and with Chelsea’s pressing Champions League agenda, goals should be likely at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Over 2.5 goals (Manchester United v Chelsea) @1.70
Both teams to score (Manchester United v Chelsea) @1.57