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Sleeping giants to serve up stalemate

I’M still coming to terms with the fact that we’ve somehow ended up with a title battle between Spurs and Leicester, but I suppose we should instead be looking forward to a clash between two sleeping giant has-beens from yesteryear.

The only competition Chelsea and Manchester United are likely to win this season is the one to decide which team plays the least interesting football.

The Blues have picked up a bit since they got rid of Mourinho but they’re still a long way from anything special, while United still seem to be earning plaudits predominantly for beating a woefully out-of-form Derby in the FA Cup.

Chelsea’s home record is uglier than the club’s planned redevelopment of Stamford Bridge, which looks like a hastily built treehouse.

So I can’t have any faith in Guus Hiddink’s side getting three points at the prices and the draw looks a solid bet. These sides played out a diabolical 0-0 draw at the end of December and I don’t believe much has changed.

Apart from, I suppose, the fact that Spurs and Leicester are now looking like the Premier League’s answer to Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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Match in Focus

19:45 Tu 9Feb BT2

West Ham v Liverpool

Home Win Draw Away Win
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  • West Ham are unbeaten in their last ten home games
Expert verdict
Liverpool have already played 11 matches this year and that workload may contribute to a defeat to West Ham in their FA Cup fourth-round replay at Upton Park. Jurgen Klopp has been making wholesale changes for FA Cup ties and some of his younger players impressed in the goalless draw against the Hammers but it is likely to be a different story on the road.