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New Years Day Football Team News and Free bets as Manchester clubs battle for supremacy

The Festive fixture list continues to take its toll on all twenty Premier League teams this season, with the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City all dropping points over this crucial period so far as Paddy Power offer free £100 bets for the new year.

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Taking advantage of those slip ups were Tottenham and Manchester United, the only two sides of the top six to win in the Boxing Day fixtures, and both sides will be looking to further their own cases with three more points this weekend.

Man Utd go up against Blackburn in what could be perhaps the most one sided game of the season, although Sir Alex Ferguson has to contend with a growing injury list going into the game.

Chris Smalling will certainly miss out after being diagnosed with tonsillitis while Phil Jones and Rio Ferdinand are further worries at the back, with Ferguson describing both as doubts for the game.

While United will have the opportunity to secure top spot going into 2012, Spurs will look to round of what has been an impressive start to the season by keeping up the pressure on both Manchester clubs at the top of the table.

They travel to Swansea, boosted y the news that Michael Dawson has returned to full training, although the game may come too soon for the former Nottingham Forest man.

In the Friday kick off Liverpool have the perfect chance to bounce back from their disappointing 1-1 draw with Blackburn last week with a win over a Newcastle side that bought to an end a six game winless streak with a 2-0 win over Bolton.

Arsenal could move into the top four if results go their way with a win over QPR, with the Gunners requiring a slip up from Chelsea in their fixture against Aston Villa.

At other end of the table Bolton go up against Wolves in the latest relegation six pointer to befall the Trotters, while Wigan face a tough trip to the Britannia stadium to take on Stoke.

Manchester City may have to show their resilience if United crank up the pressure at the top when they play Sunderland a day later, although with the Black Cats undergoing something of a resurgence under new boss Martin O’Neill they will have to work hard for victory.

In the remaining fixtures West Brom take on Everton on Sunday while Norwich play hosts to Fulham at Carrow Road on Saturday.

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