Sunday Premier League fixtures, odds and free bets

There are seven Premier League matches taking place on Sunday, with Manchester City travelling to Tyneside in a bid to stay ahead of rivals Manchester United following the former’s 1-0 derby win on Monday night

It won’t be easy against a Newcastle side fresh from winning at Chelsea on Wednesday, while the Red Devils have a much easier game on paper against Swansea City.

Newcastle v Manchester City 13:30 BST
Just when you thought that Newcastle had experienced all the highs of a brilliant season, they go and win at Stamford Bridge, a result that will have delighted Sir Alex Ferguson.

That’s because the Magpies are very in the hunt for a Premier League top four finish and they will be hungry for another three points against a Manchester City team who have not been convincing on the road in 2012.

Newcastle have lost just two games at St James’ Park this season and they are overpriced at 21/5 (Sky Bet free £10 bet) to claim victory against Roberto Mancini’s men, just as they did against Manchester United and Liverpool previously.

The Tyneside club will have the in-form striker on the pitch, with Papiss Cisse being nothing short of a revelation since his arrival from Freiburg and the Senegal star has scored an unbelievable 13 goals in the 12 games he has played since joining United.

Cisse is a 7/1 chance to break the deadlock and some of his goals have been practically impossible to defend against, something which has seen Demba Ba drift out to the flank as a result.

Nevertheless, Manchester City are hot favourites at 8/11 (bet365 free bets) to claim victory and take a huge step closer to their first ever Premier League title, despite winning just 50% of their away games this term and losing five on the road.

Sure enough, City’s squad is brimming with quality although their last two away games were at Norwich and Wolves, with Alan Pardew’s side sure to provide a far sterner test as they aim to join the Citizens in the Champions League next term.

Mancini is likely to continue with Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero in attack, with Yaya Toure and Cheik Tiote sure to have a ding-dong battle in midfield, although the City midfielder could rise to the occasion and he’s an 11/1 chance to score the first of this match.

Manchester United v Swansea City 16:00 BST
Come 4 o clock on Sunday afternoon, Manchester United’s chances of winning a 20th league title could very strong or very weak. It entirely depends on whether Newcastle take anything from their match against Manchester City, something which will see Sir Alex Ferguson glued to his screen.

The Red Devils simply didn’t turn up on Monday when losing 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium and their two defeats in Manchester derbies looks like costing them the Premier League crown.

Ferguson went for a defensive line-up against the Citizens, although we can be sure that United will be all guns blazing in this contest and they are a best price 1/5 (Boylesports bookmaker) to claim a 15th home win of the season.

Wayne Rooney was an isolated figure for much of the game against City and the England striker will be determined to get back among the goals in this contest, with a best price of 10/3 (Betfred free bets) that he opens the scoring against a Swansea team who conceded four at home to Wolves last weekend.

Brendan Rodgers’ side can arrive at Old Trafford in a relaxed frame of mind and it’s hard to believe how well they have done this season considering they were lining up for the play-off final against Reading just twelve months ago.

Swansea recently beat Manchester City and you can get mammoth odds of 16/1 (bet365) that the Welsh side pull off a giant-killing which isn’t totally out of the question when you consider they will attack the Red Devils.

Aston Villa v Tottenham 14:00 BST
Aston Villa have been flirting with the relegation zone for most of the season without unduly troubling the bottom three places in the Premier League, although defeat in this match could see them teetering above the trapdoor.

It has been an uncomfortable campaign for Alex McLeish who might well stand down in the summer considering that just seven wins have been achieved from 36 matches, a ratio that is clearly not good enough for a club of Villa’s stature.

It is hard to see the Villans getting anything more than a point from this contest with their defence at least able to keep clean sheets as the Midlands club has proven in recent matches against Sunderland and West Brom. Odds of 11/4 (bet365) are available that this match ends all square.

Even so, Tottenham ran riot at the Reebok Stadium on Wednesday night to beat Bolton 4-1 and Harry Redknapp’s team have come back into form as the season draws to a close, something which will see them well backed at odds of 10/11 (Stan James £10 free bet) to claim another win on the road.

Spurs are desperate to be back in the Champions League next term, something which will mean the likes of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric are likelier to stay at the club, with the former available at 15/2 to score the first goal.

However, the Welshman has been more an assist machine recently and it is Emmanuel Adebayor who has rediscovered his scoring touch after a brace of goals against Bolton Wanderers.

Bolton v West Brom 14:00 BST
The new England manager will be at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday, with Roy Hodgson taking his place in the away dug-out for the last time as the gaffer of West Bromwich Albion.

It has been a short but sweet adventure for Hodgson at The Hawthorns, having improved fortunes when replacing Roberto Di Matteo last season before steering the club to another creditable finish this time around.

The 64-year-old will want to sign off with a couple more wins to help the Albion finish as high up the table as possible and odds of 11/4 (bet365 £200 free bets) look pretty big about a team that have collected seven away wins this season.

The reason why you can get such a big price is down to the perception that a team needing the points more will perform to a higher level. By rights, Bolton should not be even money to win a Premier League match at home considering they have just four victories at the Reebok Stadium all term.

The 4-1 reverse at the hands of Tottenham on Wednesday exposed the team’s limitations and nothing less than victory is required from this game if Owen Coyle’s side are going to remain in the top flight.

Perhaps it’s a case of digging deep and rolling sleeves up, with Bolton available at odds of 8/1 to grind out a 1-0 victory. Kevin Davies was recently on the scoresheet with a brace at Sunderland and perhaps he’s the man to dig the Lancashire club out of a hole.

Fulham v Sunderland 14:00 BST
An end-of-season contest between two mid-table sides, with Fulham and Sunderland having enjoyed satisfactory seasons which could see the Cottagers and Black Cats finish in the top half of the table.

Martin Jol has been absent for his team’s recent dalliances on Merseyside where Fulham were thrashed 4-0 at Goodison Park before beating a Liverpool B team on Tuesday night thanks to a Martin Skrtel own goal.

It was just their fourth away win of the season, although the west London side have been pretty solid on home soil, winning nine of their 18 games at the Cottage and they will be confident of signing off with a win on this occasion.

The bookies aren’t prepared to offer any odds-against quotes and Paddy Power offer a best price 10/11 that Jol returns to watch Fulham claim three points, something which would move them ahead of Liverpool in the table.

Pavel Pogrebnyak looks likely to sign for the club during the summer following a successful loan spell from Stuttgart, while Clint Dempsey will be a hard player to keep on the books after the American showed further improvement to install him behind Rooney, Van Persie and Aguero in the standings.

Sunderland are running out of puff, having worked their way out of trouble a few months ago under Martin O’Neill who will be looking to make several changes to the squad during the summer.

The Black Cats have failed to win in any of their last seven games, although five of these matches have ended in a draw, with odds of 13/5 (bet365 free bets) available that this game ends all square.

The Republic of Ireland squad will be announced on Monday and James McLean will be hoping to impress his national manager with a signature performance here.

QPR v Stoke City 14:00 BST
For the last time this season, Queens Park Rangers season-ticket holders will descend on Loftus Road and they have witnessed the Hoops beating Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool in Shepherd’s Bush this season.

Nevertheless, these scalps have also been offset by some truly woeful away form and 13 defeats from 18 away games means that Mark Hughes’ side only sit outside the relegation zone by virtue of having a better goal difference than Bolton Wanderers.

One of QPR’s away wins did come at the Britannia Stadium and Rangers are firm favourites to complete a Premier League double over Stoke on Sunday, with a best price of 10/11 (William Hill free £25 bet) available that they take a huge stride towards survival.

The Hoops have won their last four games at home which suggests they could be too strong for a Potters side who are running out of gas after a long and exhausting season which saw Stoke reach the knockout stage of the Europa League before losing to Valencia.

Tony Pulis recently admitted that City’s away form has suffered as a result of their European adventures, although they have taken something from eight of their Premier League games on the road and wouldn’t it just be typical of Stoke to be party poopers at Loftus Road.

You can odds of 10/3 (Boylesports) about the Potters winning the game and 11/4 that this one finishes all square which looks a reasonably good shout, with QPR coming off the back of a 6-1 drubbing by Chelsea which saw them defend like a Sunday pub team.

Peter Crouch started out at Loftus Road many moons ago and he will be out to continue finding the net and prove to Roy Hodgson that a place in the England 23-man squad is merited.

Wolves v Everton 14:00 BST
Wolverhampton Wanderers have been comfortably the worst team in the Premier League this season, amassing 24 points from 36 games and Mick McCarthy therefore suffers the ignominy of being in charge of two relegated clubs from the top flight.

The Yorkshireman was sacked several weeks ago and Terry Connor has not managed to steer Wolves to victory since that 5-1 home reverse to West Brom which effectively saw morale dented to such a degree that only three points have been collected in 12 matches.

Even so, two of Wolves’ last three games have finished in a draw and that outcome can be backed at 31/10 (Bet Victor free bets), with the Black Country side showing great character to come back from 4-1 down at Swansea to draw 4-4 last weekend.

There will be several talented players leaving Molineux in the summer and that is likely to include Matt Jarvis, the winger who managed a brace against the Swans and can be backed at 16/1 to score the first goal.

It would be no surprise to see Jarvis sign for Everton in the summer considering that Joleon Lescott made an identical move a few seasons ago, with the Toffees looking to recruit some cut-price players in the summer to try and ensure they don’t get off to that customary sluggish start.

David Moyes’ team have been pretty impressive in recent weeks, putting four past Sunderland, Manchester United and Fulham which means they sit 7th in the table, a position that they will cement with victory in this game.

Everton are a best price 8/11 (Blue Square bookmaker) to win the match and it’s hard to see them not scoring considering that Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic are in such excellent form.

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