Our football expert looks at this weekend’s English Premier League matches which sets us up some of the most fascinating battles of the season so far with the EPL classic between Liverpool and Manchester United grabbing the attention of almost every fan in the country and 2 financial titans meeting amongst others
Manchester City v Newcastle
The early kick off on Saturday sees two teams that at the peak of their powers look almost unbeatable, but have suffered from relatively poor form in the last two weeks.
While this is unlikely to be the blockbuster tie it will surely become in future seasons, as Manchester City acclimatise to their new signings and Newcastle continue to establish themselves as top six regulars, it certainly holds a lot of weight. The Sky Blues are eagerly chasing down league leaders Arsenal albeit currently 5 points behind, whilst Newcastle remain keen to put a stop to their poor run and take a first win in four matches.
Whilst City have struggled recently, they always the favourites to win against almost every team in the world and this remains true here as the Cityzens will go into the fixture with leading odds of 1.45
City have talent in abundance in every area of the pitch, and the pace and outcome of the game could be decided by any of their star-studded squad. The one who captured the headlines in the week was Phil Foden, who scored two goals as City defeat Bristol City to advance to the FA Cup quarter finals.
Newcastle may struggle to hold a clean sheet, but will likely also have joy in piercing a leaky Manchester City defence of late. This is one is likely to go in City’s favour looking at recent form but if you want to back Eddie Howe’s men theyre at 6.58
Wolves v Tottenham
Another big match for Spurs in the top four race and equally critical one for Wolves, who bid to retain their status as a Premier League side for next season.
Again, both of these teams have had relative struggles in the last few months; Spurs’ inability to maintain momentum after good performances and Wolves’ difficulty in winning matches despite playing well sets this up as an unpredictable clash.
The odds make fourth-place Tottenham the favourites at 2.22 with Wolves at 3.26. In normal circumstances Spurs, would be expected to win this comfortably looking at Wolves’ league position, but Manager of the Month nominee Antonio Conte’s men have struggled to put together a good run of form for the best part of the season.
One man that has been consistent though is Harry Kane, scoring 18 premier League goals this season and countless more in his illustrious Spurs career. If he doesn’t do the business for Spurs Wolves could be in with a shout as Kane has been the one scoring and making the lion shares of Spurs goals this season. Wolves have always got a threat with Raul Jimenez at to score anytime but don’t bank on it as their maybe a chance to not score at all!
Liverpool v Manchester United
Arguably the biggest game of this side of the new year, Liverpool versus Manchester United has been one of the most anticipated football matches in Europe for decades.
Their recent form has been up and down and of course Manchester United are ahead on that front currently, but that doesn’t seem to have affected the odds as Liverpool find themselves favourites at 2.40 .United come in at 2.80 and we think this could be way to go as under Erik ten Hag team have looked closer to their former glory of the early 2000’s than any other time in the last 10 years. Despite Klopp’s success he is currently under fire for the teams recent performances he really needs the likes of Gakpo and Salah to start firing in the goals more to lift them from the risk of near mid table mediocrity
Whatever the result is we expect this one to be a high scorer as neither side will let this one go lightly, and both are more than capable of getting a great result against a top side.
This season’s big games have come down to the star players on a number of occasions and this one won’t be any different. Marcus Rashford and Darwin Nunez, who looks to be slowly finding his form, look like they should be on the score sheet if given the chances
**Odds subject to change**
All Premier League Fixtures:
Saturday 4th March
Manchester City v Newcastle United
Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United
Chelsea v Leeds United
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton v Leicester City
Sunday 5th March
Nottingham Forest v Everton
Liverpool v Manchester United
Monday 6th March
Brentford v Fulham