FA Cup: Aston Villa – Bournemouth 25th January 2015

Championship leaders Bournemouth FC visits Birmingham in the FA Cup 4th round on 25 January looking to apply more pressure on Villa’s manager Paul Lambert.

The PL team will surely have great home advantage but Aston Villa’s run of form can mean that the guests will feel confident of causing quite an upset.

Aston Villa – who have won the Cup 7 times in the history – are still the worst scorers in the top 4 leagues in England with only 11 goals after 22 fixtures and have not won in Premier League since December 2014.

Eddie Howe’s guests stay at the other spot of the spectrum, with most season goals than any other team in England – 57 – on the road to the top of the Championship table.

The FA Cup has given to Villa brief respite and eased the pressure on Lambert – although a 1:0 victory in a game against Blackpool didn’t give any morale boost for which a lot would have hoped.

Nevertheless, Shay Given is confident that victory on 25th January will give Aston Villa a kind of injection of confidence which they need to turn the season around.

“Football is a matter of breeding confidence,” he explained to the FC’s official web site. “If you are able to pick up victories in cup competitions, you are searching for that to filter into the EPL.

“We hope to get the right result this Sunday and after that we’ll take it into the Premier League campaign.

“We have pleasant memories of the FA Cup; the competition has a long history and many people around the world watch it. I’ve played in many games. It has a big history and we have a tremendous feel about it. You can’t stop loving playing in the FA Cup.”

The goalkeeper Given will start the game, having made his rare appearance in the 3rd round. The young player Jack Grealish may also play with Ciaran Clark back after a period of suspension. The hamstring injury seems set to rule out Joe Cole but the player Carles Gil may be handed his first start after being signed from Spanish Valencia.

Bournemouth’s progress under Howe has been great. Since taking charge, he has led them from the very bottom of League 2 to the Championship’s top – although with an unsuccessful match at Burnley.

Howe refuses to enjoy praise go to his head, although, and is fully concentrated on continuing to improve, starting with the visit to Villa Park.

“I won’t bracket myself a good boss; that is for others to decide,” he told the BBC Sport. “In managing you have to keep reproving yourself – I may share that thought improvement – because, the moment you begin thinking you’re all right, it can unravel very quickly.”

Bournemouth stay 1 point clear of Middlesbrough FC and Ipswich in the Championship just after 27 gameweeks but have lost 2 of the last three matches. That includes a 1-0 defeat to Leeds at Elland Road last Tuesday.

Prediction for Aston Villa – Bournemouth: both teams to score.

Manchester City – Arsenal 18th January 2015

The Manchester City’s forwards have recovered from injuries

Last week the MC made a misfire and played a draw with the weak Everton (1: 1). In such a way, the team of Manchester let the leading Cehlsea off 2 points. Now the side of Manuel Pellegrini have 47 points after 21 games. Southampton, have 39 points and take the 3rd position. As you can be seen, Manchester City feels confident on the 2nd position, while actively fighting imposes team from London.

Good news for Man City came from their hospital: their forwards Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko have recovered from the injuries. By the way it’s an amplification of the attack: the Argentinian has scored 14 goals in 15 matches while Dzeko has scored twice in 11 matches.

Just recently, the “citizens” have signed the Swansea forward Wilfried Bony, who have scored 9 goals in 20 Premier League matches. Now, however, the Ivorian is in his national team and is preparing for the upcoming African Cup of Nations. The transfer cost 28 million pounds.

Can recovered Ozil give impetus to the attack?

Last match the Gunners had no problems with Stoke City (3:0). All the goals were the result of Alexis Sanchez’s actions: His double and an assist. To tell the truth, the Chilean is the main strike force of the Arsene Wenger’s side.

The victory allowed Arsenal to gain 36 points and climb to 5th place. The 4th Manchester United have only one point more (37), and the third Southampton have 39.

In the above-mentioned match Arsenal’s defender Mathieu Debuchy was injured: he was diagnosed a dislocated shoulder. The French will definitely not play in the fixture. In general, there are many injured players among the Gunners. And this trend is repeated from year to year. According to statistics, in 10 seasons out of the last 11 Arsenal has had the highest number of injured. This year alone, 25 players has been in the hospital, no other team in the league has such figures.

Mesut Ozil has finally recovered from the bad injury. He has trained with the team. It is known that he will be able to play in the next match. However, Arsene Wenger has not yet announced if the German comes on the field.

Individual games

This season the teams have met twice: in August in the final of the Super Bowl Arsenal won an overwhelming victory 3:0. A month later, there was a draw 2:2 on the Emirates.

Arsenal – Stoke City 11th January 2015

Arsenal meet Stoke City on 11th January. In one of the EPL 21 Gameweek matches Arsenal hosts Stoke City. Gunners ranks sixth in the three points from the zone of the Champions League, although they could approach the upcoming game in a much better position. However, in the last Gameweek Arsene Wenger on the road lost Southampton 0:2, allowing them to stay ahead. Prior to that, Arsenal have won three of four matches without losing a single time. As for home games, they lost only one match from the previous 27 at 18 wins and eight draws. With such statistics in a game against Stoke City Arsenal, will surely be a favorite.

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Manchester United — Southampton 11th January 2015

Manchester United continue to improve this season from game to game. Louis Van Gaal has finally managed to built a certain axis in the center of the field, and now we have to wait until the players get used to each other.

Southampton had much less time to build the team. Ronald Koeman brought a galaxy of very interesting players and added a history of Pochchetino’s game balance, and received a club, which now is taking the 34th position in the EPL.

The both teams had quite enough time to organize a proper preparation for the fixture. The Manchester United faces a very big problem. Louis Van Gaal faces a difficult choice when thinking of players to be used in the wings of the defense. Valencia and Rafael are injured and the left winger Luke Shaw has just recovered. This is the place where the Saints may use their advantage.

We believe that the game is supposed to be fun and full of goals as both teams comprise the players who can easily use the moments.

Both teams to score.

Chelsea – Newcastle 10th January 2015

At the end of the January’s first decade in London Chelsea will meet with Newcastle United. In early December, the Londoners were beaten by Alan Pardew’s with a score of 2: 1. It should be reminded that Newcastle was the clear underdog in that match despite the host status. The probability of their winning was only 15%, according to bookmakers. Will Chelsea lose twice in a row this season? Let’s find out the possible variants?

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Ladbrokes experts: Raheem Sterling may help Liverpool win Arsenal this Sunday

Despite the fact that Liverpool won the English League Cup quarter-finals on Bournemouth the deep pain from defeat in the match against Man United has been simmering in the Reds funs’ hearts. Yet these two games give some cause for optimism. The main reason is Raheem Sterling’s playing. If he continues in the same vein, he will be the perfect solution to the Rodger’s main problem at Anfield.

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Paddy Power mobile sport – the most popular site in Ireland.

Paddy Power mobile sport is one of the most well thought out mobile betting sites that was launched by a company well-known for its love of mischief.  A company that prides itself on making waves (remember Rodman in North Korea?).

Founded in 1988 by three Irish blokes with a penchant for fun, the underdog of online betting has quickly become the most popular site in Ireland.  They were the first to have a dedicated app for gambling in the App store and essentially revolutionized betting on mobile phones in 2013 when they launched PP Messenger which lets customers bet by phone, text or via their mobile apps.

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Liverpool – Basel

Champions League group stage is coming to its finish line, so the most interesting matches are usually played at the final round.  Liverpool is currently on the third position and they have only four points. In five games the team was able to win only once, so they significantly reduced the chances for “playoff” before the last round.

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Arsenal – Southampton

Arsenal could finally win while Southampton finally lost last Premiership gameweek. The Gunners made their win after the return of Giroud and Koscielny. Everything will be easier for Arsenal. Now they have options when choosing attacking players and the reliability of defense has also increased.

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Tottenham Hotspurs – Everton

Both clubs are approaching the match in a very good mood. They both secured their place in the Europa League “playoff” and will continue representing England in this tournament. Tottenham sits on the 10th position in the Premiership standings and they show quite an unstable football. They have had only two wins in the last five matches.

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Our prediction for the West Brom – Arsenal 29 November

Arsenal’s two defeats in a row with the same score 1-2 should pique the players and the coaches of the London team. If you are not able to win at the expense of class and tactics, do it at least through their awakening of conscience and self-esteem. We suppose that it is in this Gameweek Arsenal gets angry at themselves and highly motivated which helps them to break anyone.

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