English Breakfast: Premier League betting cheat sheet

Jan 18, 2014 |
The 22nd round of fixtures in the Barclays Premier League continues with a pair of intriguing matchups Sunday.

Swansea v Tottenham Hotspur (+210, +240, +145)

Why bet Swansea: Fueled by injuries to some key players, the Swans have plummeted down the league table. They've lost four of five and are winless in seven and have the enviable task of getting a positive result against one of the best road sides in the league. On the plus side, striker Wilfried Bony is finding a bit of form and turned in a man of the match-type performance against Manchester City earlier in the month. If Swansea is to get points, Bony must have some say.

Key players out/doubtful: Michu, José Cañas, Pablo Hernández

Why bet Tottenham: With 22 points from 10 matches away from White Hart Lane, Spurs are the second-best side in the league in terms of away form. Tim Sherwood has 13 points from a possible 15 to start his managerial career in North London. His familiarity with the U-21 side has given him confidence in some of Spurs' burgeoning talent. This includes 19-year-old midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, who has been very impressive in his three appearances and could display his composure on the ball in the middle of the park Sunday.

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

Previous meeting result: Spurs 1, Swansea 0

Key betting note: Spurs have beaten Swansea in the last four meetings in all competitions.

Chelsea v Manchester United (-133, +280, +425)

Why bet Chelsea: The Blues have been on a tear since Nov. 9, losing just once in the 11 matches since that date. The side is also unbeaten at Stamford Bridge this season with nine wins and one draw through 10 matches. The wealthy club also scored in the transfer window, signing Nemanja Matic from Portuguese club Benfica. The Serbian more than likely won't feature Sunday, but it's a statement that Chelsea is determined to make a serious run at the league title.

Key players out/doubtful: Branislav Ivanovic, Marco van Ginkel

Why bet Manchester United: The depth of the Red Devils will be tested as a host of star players will miss out in this gigantic fixture. Despite some panic amongst the fanbase, the side has performed admirably for some time. They've won five of six and sit seventh in the table and held Chelsea to a scoreless draw in the previous fixture back in August.

Key players out/doubtful: Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Fabio, Marouane Fellaini, Nani, Ashley Young

Previous meeting result: United 0, Chelsea 0

Key betting note: United has never scored at Stamford Bridge when the Blues have been managed by Jose Mourinho.

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