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Chelsea v Stoke
Well, at least Andre Villas-Boas can watch a Chelsea game without the fear of being sacked this weekend. He probably won’t though. The question will then be whether the Chelsea players can rally around Roberto Di Matteo to get their season back on track. He should get at least one more decent performance from them before they turn on him. A home win but not an impressive one.
Sunderland v Liverpool
If Liverpool were taking part in a woodwork striking and penalty missing competition they’d be laughing. They’re not though and if they don’t get their act together soon, that Carling Cup win may not be enough to safeguard Kenny Dalglish’s job. They defend well and work hard but the end product simply isn’t there. Sunderland have become a different animal under O’Neill but they will be without the influences of Cattermole and Sessegnon for this game. Absences which could prove crucial. The Reds have won more games away from home but are a risky bet at evens. Luis Suarez has scored in his two previous appearances against the Mackems and is 9/2 to open the scoring.
Everton v Tottenham
Harry Redknapp is looking a little less certain for the England job each week as Spurs go through a sticky patch. They’ve managed just one win from their last six away games and have conceded nine goals in their last three games. The Toffees on the other hand have been boosted by Osman and Coleman returning from injury and are currently on an eight game unbeaten run. Everton are the team to back at 7/4. 2-1 at 17/2 is a solid looking bet.