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Chelsea v Spurs
“‘Arry for England” is a less regular chant at White Hart Lane of late as Spurs have slid out of the title race and are now in danger of sliding right out of the Champions League places. A win for Chelsea will bring them within two points of Spurs but a Spurs win will give them an eight point gap over Chelsea. This is one of those games Sky Sports can legitimately hype up as being some kind of decider. Chelsea are in better form, winning four-in-a-row before their midweek defeat to Man City, and with home advantage they could further restrict Harry’s future job prospects with a win at 17/20.
Arsenal v Aston Villa
Aston Villa haven’t been terrible of late but they sure haven’t been good enough and are now seven games without a win. Sitting 10 points clear of the drop-zone, Alex McLeish’s side don’t need to start panicking about relegation just yet but occupying 15th place in a 20-team league doesn’t make for encouraging reading for the fans.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have hit a rich vein of form and are establishing themselves as the comeback kings. That probably won’t come in to play in this game. The Gunners are the 4/11 favourites for a reason and Robin Van Persie being the 12/5 favourite to score first has a lot to do with it.
Stoke v Man City
Man City are unbeatable at home but on the road they can be tamed. They’ve lost their last two away games to Sporting Lisbon and Swansea, both by a scoreline of 1-0. If you’re a fan of patterns or alliteration, then Stoke are a sure shot to match Sporting and Swansea by beating City 1-0 at 13/1. City did show some real battling spirit to come from a goal down to beat Chelsea midweek so don’t write of the 8/13 favourites too easily.