Sunderland – Everton
. Sunderland managede to win their last game against Crystal Palace, which means they now have put the 8-0 loss against Sunderland behind them. Everton had a good chance to take the win against Swansea, after the Welsh side was down to 10 men, but the Toffies just couldn’t break their defense. Meanwhile they continue to impress in Europe, having won in Thursday’s clash against French side Lille. The visitors are favorites for this game, but by all means it won’t be an easy one for them, seeing that the last four games between them have finished with only one goal difference for the winner. Sunderland would like to keep as far as possible from the relegation zone and I think this time it will be a draw.
Tip: X @ 3.50
Tottenham – Stoke
Spurs clearly aren’t performing as well at home as they would have liked to. They lost three from their last four Premier League matches at White Hart Lane, but their opponents aren’t playing especially well away from home. They have only one win outside The Britannia Stadium and their recent form is pretty bad, even though they faced good teams. Tottenham were fortunate with their comeback against struggling Villa last round and they will be tired after playing in the Europa League, even though they fielded a weakened side. Stoke have been unlucky this season and deserved to have more points, so I think they will take some away from White Hart Lane.
Tip: X2 @ 2.20
Swansea – Arsenal
Both teams have many injury problems, but this won’t stop them from producing quality football on Sunday. The games between them have always been unpredictable – Swansea have two wins, same as Arsenal, and one game finished as a draw (Premier League only). The hosts are missing Leon Britton, Jordi Amat, Ashley Richards, Dwight Tiendalli and Rory Donnelly because of injuries, and Jonjo Shelvey is suspended after picking up a red card against Everton last round. Arsenal are having defensive problems, with both Debuchy and Koscielny sidelined for the match, it looks like Nacho Monreal will play as a center half. Arsenal are undefeated in 14 of their last 15 matches in the Premier League, but they managed to throw away a three goal lead against Anderlecht in the Champions League and it will surely affect their confidence. Swansea’s current form isn’t the best, but the team is in no means in a crisis. They are only two points away from Arsenal and will be looking to close the gap.
Tip: 1X @ 1.73
Paris SG – Marseille
Maybe the most exciting game this Sunday will be the French derby between PSG and Olympic Marseille. Bielsa will try to pull an upset here, even though his team is first in the league table at the moment. PSG haven’t lost a match this season and have won the last six games when these two sides met, which is the longest winning streak in their rivalry. The Parisians haven’t found it easy to score goals – in two of their last three games they couldn’t score more than one goal. Bielsa will play offensively, no matter where, when and against which opponent. His 3-3-3-1 could leave a lot of free space for the quick PSG strikers, if the team manages to keep up with the tempo. The home team fans hope, that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be fit for the game, but the Swedish striker is still a doubt and probably won’t play, meanwhile Thiago Motta and Gregory Van der Wiel are suspended. For the guest side their star man Andre Ayew will miss out because of suspension, which isn’t good news for El Loco, but if there is one man, who can stop PSG’s winning streak against OM, it’s him
Tip: X2 @ 2.3
Cagliari – Genoa
This is a game between the teams with the third worst home defense against the third best away attack in the league. Last round Cagliari conceded 4 and scored two against Lazio, while Genoa won the hearth stopping match against Udinese with the same result. Four out of the last five games between these two sides have finished with more than 2.5 goals in them, so I think that the conclusion from these stats is clear.
Tip: Both teams to score @ 1.62