Date for Suarez's Diary!
This week Super Sunday brings us two of the most anticipated clashes of the season so far, as Swansea take on Liverpool and Chelsea welcome Manchester City.
Brendan Rogers makes his first trip back to the Liberty Stadium for the first time since leaving the Swans for Anfield at the beginning of the season, with Liverpool (6/5) still fighting to get into the top half of the league. Since joining the Reds the under fire boss has hardly enjoyed the best of times at Liverpool but it seems to be looking a little more rosey as they have taken five points from their last l nine, are unbeaten since the 1-2 home defeat against Manchester United in September and 3 points on Sunday should see them back in the top half at the expense of their opponents.
Swansea (23/10, Draw 23/10), on the other hand, had an encouraging start to the season and are eyeing a top half place themselves. They should be back to strength and welcome back Ki Sung-yueng (14/1 first/last, 11/2 anytime) after recovering from his hamstring injury. Danny Graham (15/2 first/last, 9/4 anytime), Ben Davies (40/1 first/last, 14/1 anytime) and Luke Moore (9/1 first/last, 10/3 anytime) have been ill but should be available for selection also.
Liverpool can also welcome back the likes of Joe Allen (25/1 first/last, 8/1 anytime), Glen Johnson (20/1 first/last, 8/1 anytime) and Jose Enrique (10/1 first/last, 7/2 anytime) after sitting out the Young boys match in midweek and defender Andre Wisdom (40/1 first/last, 16/1 anytime) is expected to be fit after being substituted in that match with a knee injury.
An interesting clash will be that between Ashley Williams (33/1 first/last, 12/1 anytime) and Luis Suarez (4/1 first/last, EVS anytime) after this week's publication of Williams' book "My Premier League Diary". The Wales captain certainly didn't hold back when he talks of Suarez's "complete contempt" for opponents. He goes on to label him as "streets ahead of any other player I've truly disliked since we've been in the Premier League". Keep an eye on that one!
The head to head record between these two favours Swansea since they have been back in the Premier League, and are unbeaten in the last 3 games against Liverpool, recently enjoying a 3-1 win in the League Cup. Liverpool have lost 5 games against Swansea in their last 6 league matches and failed to score against them at all last season.
Mitchu to score and Swansea to win - 4/1
Suarez to score and Liverpool to win - 3/1
Worth a Punt:
Double Result Swansea/ Draw - 14/1
The second match of the day sees ex Anfield Boss Rafael Benitez take temporary charge of Chelsea in a proper six pointer at the top of the table. Both Chelsea (13/8) and Manchester City (9/5, Draw 21/10) had disappointing games in Europe this week and will be looking to bounce back against one of their main rivals for the Premier League title.
City travel to Stanford Bridge to take on a Chelsea side still reeling from the sacking of Roberto Di Mateo after a run of poor Champions league results. Chelsea seem to have put the perfect man in charge. Rafa Benitez, the ninth manager of Roman Abramavich's ownership of Chelsea, has lost just 1 of his 12 previous league matches against Manchester City.
Chelsea will again be without Captain John Terry, still out with the knee injury stained against Liverpool and Frank Lampard remains a doubt.
The stewardship of Benitez may spark new life into striker Fernando Torres who scored 56 goals in 79 appearances under Rafa at Liverpool and we go 6/1 for him to score the first or last goal and 6/4 to score at anytime.
The Londoners have not kept a clean sheet in the Premier League for seven games, so we go 11/4 for them to manage it against City, and they have conceded nine goals in their last five matches. They got off to a flyer winning seven games of their first eight but have faltered of late with no wins from their last four.
Man City, who crashed out of the Champions League this week after they could only manage a draw against Real Madrid, go into this game as the only unbeaten side in the football league this season. They are unbeaten in their last eighteen Premier League games but a worrying statistic for them would be the fact that they lost last years' unbeaten start to Chelsea in a 2-1 defeat at Stanford Bridge. We will give you 8/1 for history to repeat itself.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is hopeful Vincent Kompany (33/1 first/last, 12/1 anytime) will recover from a knee problem in time to face the Blues. Gael Clichy (50/1 first/last, 20/1 anytime) has recovered from his ankle problem and is available and Mario Balotelli (8/1 first/last, 11/4 anytime) may return following his recovery from a back problem.
Man City will be hoping to regain their place at the summit of the league, gained with last weeks' 5-0 win over Aston Villa and will be calling on Sergio Aguero (5/1 first/last, 5/4 anytrime) and Carlos Tevez (5/1 first/last, 5/4 anytime) to again get amongst the goals. They scored a brace each last week and Tevez loves playing Chelsea. The Argentine has scored six goals against them with only Shearer and Henry scoring more with eight goals each.
These two have not drawn against each since the 0-0 draw in 2005 we go 14/1 for that to happen again. Manchester City have won five of their last seven games in all competitions against Chelsea, including August's Charity Shield whereas Chelsea have won six of their last seven home league meetings with Manchester City. The only defeat was a 4-2 loss in February 2010.
Mata to score and Chelsea to win - 6/1
Aguero to score and City to win - 7/2
Worth a punt:
Over 2.5 Goals, Over 12 corners and over 6 cards - 22/1