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Dublin: 14 °C Tuesday 29 July, 2014

Premier League preview: how to fill out your midweek football accumulator

Arsenal are away to Southampton, Man City take on Spurs and there’s the small matter of the Merseyside derby.

Everton's Kevin Miralles catches Liverpool striker Luis Suarez when the sides met in November.
Everton's Kevin Miralles catches Liverpool striker Luis Suarez when the sides met in November.
Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tonight (7.45pm kick-off unless stated)

Manchester United v Cardiff

HAVING BEEN BOOSTED by the arrival of Juan Mata from Chelsea, Manchester Unite could also call upon fit again Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Marouane Fellaini after all three returned to training this week.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to Old Trafford for the first time as a manager and will be hoping to work some magic against his former club by claiming his first points in the league.

Bet:  Man United @ 1/4

Norwich v Newcastle

Mid-table pair Norwich and Newcastle both recorded victories over the weekend with the Canaries edging out Hull and the Magpies beating West Ham 3-0 at Upton Park.

Chris Hughton welcomes the club he managed between 2009-2010 to Carrow Road in the knowledge that his job could be again on the line if they lose out.

Bet:  Draw @ 23/10

Southampton v Arsenal

League leaders Arsenal are on a five-game winning streak in the league while Southampton have ten points from their last four since going down 3-0 to Chelsea on New Year’s Day.

The Gunners, who announced a major kit sponsorship deal with Puma yesterday, had Olivier Giroud to thank for their victory over Saints back in November after he scored twice at the Emirates and the Frenchman, who has 13 goals this term, should return tonight after being rested in their FA Cup win.

Bet:  Arsenal @ 19/20

Swansea v Fulham

On 21 and 19 points respectively, Swansea and Fulham are hovering just about the relegation places. Fulham only played on Sunday when they were held by League One side Sheffield United while the Swans had a narrow win away to Birmingham.

Wilfried Bony, who scored both goals after coming off the bench in that win, is the man Michael Laudrup will be looking to in attack here.

Bet: Draw @ 11/4

Crystal Palace v Hull, 8pm

Tony Pulis will recall a host of players after sending a second-string side out in the FA Cup defeat to Wigan on Saturday.

The Crystal Palace manager recorded a 1-0 win over his old club Stoke in their last league outing. Hull, meanwhile, have lost (and failed to score in) their last three Premier League games. A home win would see Palace move level on points with tonight’s opponents.

Bet: Crystal Palace @ 6/4

Liverpool v Everton, 8pm

Anfield hosts the 222nd Merseyside derby with just two points separating Liverpool and Everton.

Their meeting earlier in the season produced an entertaining 3-3 draw at Goodison Park with Daniel Sturridge scoring a late equaliser after Romelu Lukaku’s double had given the Toffees the advantage.

Roberto Martinez has ruled out Seamus Coleman due to a hamstring injury while Joe Allen and Mamadou Sakho are doutbs for the Reds.

Bet: Draw @ 13/5

Tomorrow (7.45pm kick-off unless stated)

Aston Villa v West Brom

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West Brom’s Gareth McAuley (left) and Gabi Agbonlahor of Aston Villa. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

On Wednesday, Midlands clubs Aston Villa and West Brom clash at Villa Park.

Paul Lambert will have been encouraged by their draw away to Liverpool last time out while Pepe Mel’s first game in charge against Everton ended 1-1.

Former Real Betis boss Mel experienced plenty of battles against rivals Sevilla during his time in Spain but this will be his first derby since arriving in English football earlier in the month.

Bet:  Aston Villa @ 6/4

Chelsea v West Ham

Sam Allardyce made a double swoop to secure the services of Antonio Nocerino and Marco Boriello from Serie A as he looks to pull West Ham out of the bottom three.

Their 2-0 win over Cardiff on 11 January aside, the Hammers have been on the receiving end of a number of heavy defeats and they could be starring another one in the face against the in-form title contenders.

Bet: Chelsea @ 1/5

Sunderland v Stoke

Bottom side Sunderland head into their meeting with Stoke in decent form after an FA Cup win over Kidderminster, their penalty shootout triumph against Manchester United to book a place in the Capital One final and a draw with Southampton.

When the sides met last in November, the Potters (who went down 1-0 to Chelsea on Sunday) defeated the Black Cats in controversial circumstances when Wes Brown was wrongly shown a red card.

Bet:  Draw @ 23/10

Tottenham v Manchester City

When Tottenham last faced Manchester City, then manager Andre Villas-Boas claimed he was “ashamed” of his team after they were hammered 6-0. Two months on, current boss Tim Sherwood welcomes the Premier League’s top scorers to White Hart Lane with Spurs unbeaten in six league matches.

Bet:  Man City @ 21/20

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