English Breakfast: Premier League betting cheat sheet

Dec 21, 2013 |
Four intriguing clubs take the pitch in Premier League action Sunday. Tottenham Hotspur will play its first league match after the dismissal of manager Andre Villas-Boas following an humiliating 5-0 loss at home to Liverpool one week ago. Meanwhile, Everton will look to extend a nine match unbeaten streak in the league.

Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur (+150, +240, +200)

Why bet Southampton: The Saints have been sinking like a stone following a sparkling start to the campaign. They sit ninth - three points behind Sunday's opponent - and have left a rotten three-match losing skid behind them as they've mustered a pair of draws in their last two efforts. Both of those draws were in tough fixtures - home to Manchester City and away to Newcastle. The Saints will be licking their chops to get a piece of a Tottenham Hotspur side that has had a very rough week. Spurs are riddled with injuries and were knocked out of the League Cup by West Ham midweek.

Key players out/doubtful: Artur Boruc, Victor Wanyama, Guly

Why bet Tottenham Hotspur: The sacking of AVB means that the hunt for a new manager is on in North London. For the time being, however, U-21 boss Tim Sherwood takes over. Sherwood sent out a 4-4-2 formation in the Cup loss to West Ham earlier this week and for a good portion of the game, Spurs looked motivated going forward. A new boss means new tactics and it can usually spark a struggling club. Spurs are a much better side away from White Hart Lane with 16 points from eight matches to show for their efforts on the road.

Key players out/doubtful: Paulinho, Andros Townsend, Sandro, Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul

2012-13 fixture result: Southampton 1, Tottenham 2

Key betting note: Spurs have won their last two Premier League matches away from home.

Swansea v Everton (+200, +240, +150)

Why bet Swansea:
Things are getting much better for the Welsh outfit which lost four of its opening seven matches to the season. The Swans have just one loss in their previous six Premier League games. A 3-0 thumping of a very good Newcastle side highlights a decent run of form for the club. They haven't been very good at home, however, and sit 14th in the table in home form with just 10 points from eight matches. A lot was expected from Swansea this season, with manager Michael Laudrup a hot commodity in the managerial ranks. A home victory over Everton will do wonders for this side heading into the busy holiday footy season. News is not good, however, as star player Michu could face up to three months out with an ankle injury.

Key players out/doubtful: Michu, Angel Rangel, Nathan Dyer, Leon Britton

Why bet Everton: The Toffees are still hanging with the big boys in the League and sit fifth in the table on 31 points. They've lost just once in the league, which is the lowest of any club. Manager Roberto Martinez proved at Wigan he was a star-manager in the making and he has fulfilled that promise this season. Star striker Romelu Lukaku is as feared as any in the league and is a handful for any defense. Star LB Leighton Baines could return to the starting XI, but if not, Bryan Oviedo has filled in admirably and the Toffees have not missed a beat.

Key players out/doubtful: Gerard Deulofeu, Arouna Koné, Darron Gibson

2012-13 fixture result: Swansea 0, Everton 3

Key betting note: Swansea hasn't scored in any of its four Premier League clashes with Everton.

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