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Football Tips 17.01.2015 – Premier League, Ligue 1, Championship, Serie A

Aston Villa – Liverpool. Villa have disappointed Liverpool many times over the last few seasons and they would like to hurt them again on Saturday. Both teams need the points as Liverpool would like to continue their good for and The Villains are dangerously close to the relegation zone. They will be without Cieran Clarke who is suspended and the injured Ron Vlaar and Philipe Senderos, which means that Nathan Baker will partner Jores Okore in the hearth of the defense. The good news is the return of Fabian Delf after serving a suspension. Adam Lallana and Steven Gerrard are doubts for this game and may not be risked. The Red’s striker Daniel Sturridge has returned to training recently and probably will be on the bench for this game. Aston Vila’s last six games in the Premiership have seen less than 2.5 goals in them and two of the last three meetings between these two sides had only one goal in them and seeing as the match is very important for both teams, they wouldn’t want to risk it. Tip: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.73

Lens – Lyon

The surprising leaders so far Lyon meet relegation candidates Lens in the 21th round of the Ligue 1. The visitors have many missing players and may have some problems if their replacements don’t perform on a good level. Clément Grenier is injured and Yoan Gourcuff probably isn’t fit enough to start this game, which means Rachid Ghezzal most likely will be in the playmaker spot. Young centre-half Lindsay Rose will replace the injured Milan Bisevac. Lyon haven’t lost in 20 of their last 22 games in all competitions against Lens but the hosts were the only team who managed to beat the current leaders at their home this season. Alexandre Lacazette is in terrific form and is looking to hurt Lens’ inexperienced defense and even though the home team aren’t going to give up easily, Lyon have enough quality to win all three points. Tip: 2 @ 1.85

Derby – Nottingham Forest

The win against Ipswich extended Derby’s unbeaten run to five games in all competitions and the Rams are level on points with the current leaders Bournemouth. Forest, on a completely different note, have fallen down to the 13th place and are now closer to the relegation zone than the playoffs. The last time Stuart Pearce’s travelled to Derby they lost with the humiliating 5-0 and don’t want a repeat of that again. Nottingham don’t have a win in their last eight matches in all competitions but a derby game like this always has a different atmosphere around it. The visitors shouldn’t be underestimated but given Derby’s amazing home record so far this season this game is theirs for the taking. Tip: 1 @ 1.73

Empoli – Inter

Empoli’s run of four draws in a row was ended last round against Sampdoria and seeing as they failed to score in five of their last six home league fixtures, they don’t look like a real threat for Inter. Roberto Mancini’s side won against Genoa and will be looking to extend their good form. They have scored at least twice in five of their last six away games against this opponent who will most likely approach this game with a defensive strategy. New signing Xherdan Shaqiri will probably start from the bench and Andrea Ranocchia returns to the squad following his suspension. Empoli will most likely sit back and hope for the best but I don’t think they’ll be able to cope with Inter’s attacking force in the likes of Icardi, Podolski and Kovacic. Tip: 2 @ 2.20
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