The draw for the third round of the FA Cup decided that against each other should play the leaders in the Premier League standing, the team from Manchester – United versus City.

This match, except that it will determine which team will continue in the race for the Cup will have huge psychological impact in the battle for the title.

Manchester United conceded two consecutive losses and this match is a convenient option to prove that they are not in a crisis.

Only the permanently injured Nemanja Vidic is going to miss the match, but precisely his absence is connected with the huge number of goals suffered by United lately. The numbers show that United allowed six goals in the last two matches.

The goalkeeper also seems to be a problem lately. Alex Ferguson replaced De Hea with Lindegard but the Dane is notit wasn’t the best decision in the match against Newcastle.

In the champions’ midfield are also expected some changes. Ashley Young is expected to start since he is a good option to make some diversity. However, it is hard to predict who will start as strikers. Rooney is in poor shape, Hernandez and Welbeck also don’t score goals while Berbatov was replaced early against the Magpies.

United plays poorly lately and the management should make some steps for buying new players, which was easy to be seen in the matches from the group stage of the Champions League.

The situation in the hosts tonight City is much better. They beat Liverpool and now everyone is optimistic. The problem for Mancini is the fact that Toure brothers won’t be able to take part in the match and will join their national team for the Cup of Africa.

All other City players are available and ready to make another great match against United, just like they did in the autumn when United was crashed with 6:1.

The match is difficult for betting prediction because City are in good shape and are expected to take win, but on the other hand Alex Ferguson managed to lift his team in much worse situations.

However, if you decide to bet on this one, bet it for City.

The teams of Newcastle and Manchester United will give us an another opportunity to make some bets on a match from the English Premier League. Both teams suffered losses in the previous round and now will be extremely motivated to get the three points.

If Newcastle take the victory tonight they will catch up once again the teams of Liverpool and Arsenal which both loss in this round. United are three points behind Manchester City, while Tottenham is just few points back them.

In the previous round the “Reds Devils” surprisingly lost against the last in the current standings – Blackburn. Alex Ferguson rested Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs, so that they can be in good shape for the match tonight and despite the two goals from Dimitar Berbatov, the champions had to come out of this match pointless.

The big Ace in Ferguson cards is exactly Dimitar Berbatov. The Bulgarian scored six goals in the last three games for his team and once again showed to everyone that he has the needed qualities to start in every match.

The partner of Berbatov in the attack in this match will be Wayne Rooney, which automatically means that the defence of Magpies will experience severe minutes of their St. James Park. It is absolutely sure that Alan Pardew will pay attention to his player for the rapid wings attacks United do and the subsequent dangerous crosses.

The hosts hope Demba Ba to score and to take at least a draw from this match. The chances for victory for the team of Alan Pardew are minimal and even the draw seems too difficult for achieving.

You can surely bet for an away win in this match, even though the odds are not particularly attractive. However, this match could be a combined with others for achieving the desired result.

You can also use the good form of Dimitar Berbatov and to make a bet for new goals on his account.

Everton is going to play with Bolton on Goodison Park in the last match for this round of the Premier League.

Right now, the hosts are on the eleventh position in the standings while their opponents is on the last one. However, Everton has two games less than the teams around them and if they win tonight and take something from the delayed match against Tottenham, they will significantly improve their position.

Bolton has just thirteen points from nineteen matches with the curious fact that they have achieved three away wins and just one at home.

The players of Owen Coyle cope relatively well in attack, but the Bolton’s defence is the weakest in the league. Probably the reason is that they are the the team which has received five red cards this season, more then any other team in the league.

In the last three rounds Bolton has a win, a draw and a loss, while the hosts from Everton has two wins and a draw. From this results is clear that the boys of David Moyes will enter in this match in good shape.

The Blues from Liverpool can’t count on a goalscorer this season, but nine players have scored goal for the team so far.

It will be interesting whether the motivation of the team for which each point is vital will be able to gain something from a team like Everton, which is away from the relegation zone, but there is no chance to reach the Europe zone.

The expectations of all professional bettors are for a new success for the hosts, which is normal given the rise Everton has in the final rounds.

Personally, I think that the guests have the strength to reach a draw in this match, which is evaluated with very good odds by the bookmakers and definitely worth the risk.

Ivan Klasnic and Kevin Davies are in good shape and can be bet for the first goal scorer in the match.

Wigan will try to beat the visiting team of Sunderland and thus to get out of the relegation zone in this match from the first round of English Premier League for 2012.

The hosts are on the eighteenth place in the standings with fifteen points but an eventual victory would move them above the line.

In the previous home matches the “lactis” did two prestigious draws against the teams of Chelsea and Liverpool, but tonight the only goal for the team is the win. However, it won’t come easily as Wigan has been victorious just once this season at home.

Sunderland will start this match with better mood as they got wins against Manchester City and QPR and they made a draw with Everton.

The work of Martin O’Neill began to take effect and certainly the owners and the supporters are happy with him on the board.

Sunderland’s defence is very stable and it was easily visible in their match against the “millionaires” from Manchester City, but the real good news for all fans of the team is that besides Nicholas Bendtner, the other players started to score goals quite more often.

It seems that both teams will lead a fierce battle in the midfield and most probably which team manage to prevail there as well as the concentration of the players in the final stage of the game, will resolve the question who will take the three points.

Undoubtedly, the guest’s team look a bit better. Even more a proven professional like Martin O’Neill will be able to get the most out of his players, which give better chances for Sunderland and makes me think that the home team would fail in their task to reach another victory at home.

However, the question is whether the visitors will be able to get the whole three points or the draw would be the final results of this match.

I will go for the second option, as I don’t expect many goals in this match and the odds for draw are better.

“Spurs” welcomes West Brom at White Hart Lane in their fight for the title in the Premier League with the teams from Manchester.

Tottenham is on the third place in the standings with six points less than City and United, but Harry Redknapp’s team have a match in hand, which makes the team a hidden favorite for the title.

In their last three matches, Tottenham recorded one win and two draws (Tottenham vs Chelsea 1:1, Norwich vs Tottenham 0:2 and Swansea vs Tottenham 1:1), but despite the two draws, Spurs play really good.

Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Rafael Van der Warth are probably the best midfield in the league and in the attack they can use Emmanuel Adebayor. He is really convincing this year and already has nine goals in the Premier League.

In defense, the team is also very stable and generally if we exclude the first three rounds of the championship (the postponed match with Everton and the two losses from the leaders City and United) there is no doubt, Tottenham is one of the pleasant surprises of the season.

West Brom in turn are on the fourteenth place with twenty two points and if they keep their results they will not have troubles to book their place in the Premier League. The team is in progress and in the last four games recorded two wins, one draw and only one loss. In the tonight’s match WBA’s manager can use all his players.

Despite WBA strong play and the good results they have in their recent matches, it is hard to predict anything but another victory for Spurs in this match. We believe they will preserve their chances for the title and will wait for a new misstep of the leaders in the games tomorrow.

This is why our betting prediction for the match between Tottenham and WBA is a home win.

In perhaps the most interesting match of this Premier League round, the leader in the current standings Manchester City welcomes the sixth one – the team of Liverpool.

City are very strong this season while the reds from Liverpool amaze everyone with their great success rate against the strongest teams in England and the poor results against the teams in the bottom of the standings.

Roberto Mancini’s team records bunch of famous victories in the autumn, but in the last round they lost away to Sunderland. This one which could be added to the previous round’s draw against WBA would most probably lead them to the second place if they failed to win tonight. The team has no injuries among the starting eleven, and David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli should be ready to play as they were leaved to rest in the previous round.

The Reds from Liverpool have another controversial season where the huge number of missed goal attempts cost them a better place in the standings. The defence plays really well as we can see from the statistic that Liverpool has less allowed goals than any other team in the Premier League. Lucas Leiva is permanently injured and will miss the match, but Luis Suarez will be able to take part in the match after his ban of one match is already over.

The good news for Liverpool’s fans are connected with Steven Gerrard’s return after a long absence from the field.

Against Newcastle the strikers for Liverpool were Craig Bellamy and Andy Carroll nad given the good form of the Welshman he would most probably be the partner of Suarez tonight.

The problem for Liverpool this season is that the endless crosses on the wing couldn’t always lead to positive results. The fast attacks with just a touch or two are not common in the Liverpool’s style of play and therefore they do not have the sharpness and aggression of front of the goal.

The match between Manchester City and Liverpool would be definitely difficult to predict and the all three outcomes are quite possible. However, if you have to make a betting prediction for this one the draw would be most likely and you can bet on it.

With three draws in the last three rounds Wolverhampton meets Chelsea which is far from convincing in the last few matches.

Right now, the Wolves are on the sixteenth place with small difference in points with the teams behind them. This is a position which could hardly be comfortable for the hosts. In turn, Chelsea missed an excellent chance to get closer to the leaders in the standings and conceded home loss from Aston Villa on the last day of the old year. Although Roman Abramovich stand behind the manager so far, it wouldn’t be huge surprise if the poor results continue the manager to be fired.

Currently, Chelsea looks like an exhausted team which is empty of ideas. Michael Essien is injured, Didier Drogba and Salamon Kalou won’t play for Chelsea in the next month because of commitments to the national team, Frank Lampard and Fernando Torres are in poor shape.

From all these problems which Chelsea has Wolves can benefit and take something from this match. Probably a fourth consecutive draw is on the way or may be even a victory.

The match between the two teams last year on Stamford Bridge ended with a classic victory for Chelsea and the only point that “wolves” won against a team in the top ten is against Arsenal in two rounds ago.

Wolves manager will rely mostly on Steven Fletcher to continue to score against Chelsea. Most probably he will be actively assisted by Kevin Doyle and Stephen Hunt.

The Blue from London hope “El Nino” finally to show his class and with Daniel Sturridge to form a good tandem in the attack.

In the middle of the pitch Frank Lampard, Romelu, Meireylesh and Juan Mata will try to connect the game for Chelsea.

The match certainly emerged as one of the most interesting in this round and certainly Chelsea despite its class, are no favorite for the three points.

A home will would be too bold betting prediction, so I’ll bet for a draw in the match and a goal scored for Chelsea by Torres.

This time we will try to make a betting prediction for the match between two teams from the bottom half of the table in English Premier League. QPR welcomes Norwich in its first home match this year.

The victory is very important for the hosts as they are just a place above the relegation zone with two points ahead of eighteenth in the standings – Wigan.

The last home win for QPR was in November, when they managed to beat Chelsea. Since this win they have three draws and seven losses. It is obvious that the team experienced difficulties in both phases of the game. They concede goals easily and find it too difficult to score.

In the attack of Queens Park Rangers except the Icelander Heydar Heguson, the other strikers demonstrate weak success. This is something Neil Warnock well understood and he will do everything possible to bring a quality striker at Loftus Road in this transfer window with the idea to help the team in its battle for surviving in the Premier League.

Norwich are on the eleventh position with twenty-two points with their goal to finish in the middle being closer and closer.

Norwich unlike K.P.R. have a very good success rate in their attack, but the team allowed too many goals. On this indicator they are one of the last places in the league.

Another characteristic for the team of Paul Lambert is that they have good results as host. Away from home Norwich has only one win and it was over the last in the standings – Bolton.

Both coaches don’t have any problems with injured and suspended players and will be able to put on the field the best which they have at the moment.

From the analysis of the statistics and the form of both teams we can assume that a possible draw is the most logical outcome of this match, although it will be rather disappointing for the hosts.

However do not forget that exactly matches like this are the most difficult to predict and the three outcomes are possible.

After the surprising victory against Chelsea in the previous round Aston Villa is going to face a much easier challenge at home against Swansea.

The mood in the Alex McLeish’s team is great and competitive and all players are motivated to record another victory to their account. During the season the team from Birmingham is inconstant and bad result always come after some good matches, but it seems that the team has already found its play and do what the managers wants – a closed game in the defence and fast counterattacks.

Currently the team is on the tenth position with twenty-three points and are on the same number of points distance from the relegation zone and from the teams from Europe.

There are no injuries in the team squad with the only question is the captain Stiliyan Petrov, who received a growth in the match with Chelsea. Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor are in very good shape and when we add to them Stephen Ireland and Stiliyan Petrov it becomes clear that Aston Villa can create problems against much more serious teams than Swansea.

The guests in this match recorded three draws and one loss in their last four meetings and right now are on the fifteenth place in the standings.

It should be noted that both teams have achieved most draws of all teams in the Premier liga – both are with eight.

Brendan Rodgers’ team has solid defense, but they struggles to score goals. It is proved by the fact that the teams strikers Leroy Lita, Luke Moore and Stephen Dobi have made a total of only three goals. The most effective are the midfielders Danny Graham and Scott Sinclair.

Definitely the guests would be happy if they manage to get another draw in this visit, but given the class of both teams and the current form, it is far more logical the victory to be for the hosts.

Our betting prediction is a victory at Aston Villa with at least two goals margin. We believe the strikers Gabriel Agbonlahor and Darren Bent will probably increase their goal amount.

Chelsea will have a difficult task when trying to beat the tough team of Aston Villa in this round of English Premier League. In the following lines we will present you our betting tips about this match.

After a series of bad results Chelsea fell behind the other teams contending for the title this year. Now, Chelsea is far behind the teams from Manchester and it seems that they will pursue the third place and participation in the Champions League next year. However, even that one seems to be a hard task with the perfect form demonstrated by Tottenham.

Fernando Torres continues to be in poor shape and all blue supporters started already to ask when the Portuguese manager of the team will put him on the bench. However, Didier Drogba and Daniel Sturridge are the players who won the majority of points the team has this season and they are the strikers the fans want to see on the field.

Right now, Aston Villa is twelfth in the standings and the team still can not find their best form this season. They suffered by the departure of some key players in the summer and Alex McLeish’s team has won only five points in the last seven games. Their major problem seems to be the strikers moreover, Emile Heskey is injured and will not participate in the match against Chelsea.

After everything we mentioned so far, we can conclude that we can expect a match without many goals scored. Chelsea will be the team which will be the more dangerous and most probably they will create more scoring opportunities.

A draw is also a quite logical in this match, given the statistics between the two teams in the previous seasons.

Our betting prediction for this match is a draw with a maximum of two goals in the game. The goals would most probable come from Didier Drogba for Chelsea and Gabriel Agbonlahor for Aston Villa.