Premier League preview: Sunday’s action including Man City vs Newcastle
Arsenal vs Leeds
The Gunners have enjoyed playing Leeds since their return to the Premier League. In each of their last two meetings, Arsenal have put four past the West Yorkshire side.
Leeds seem a tougher nut to crack under Jesse Marsch than with the previous coaching set-up, though. The American has overseen clean sheets in his last two away games. Leeds were beaten 4-0 by Man City last week though – and the side are in real relegation jeopardy.
Leeds are fighting for survival; Arsenal for a Champions League place. Neither side seem entirely reliable. But the Gunners have won their last three matches and surely have the wherewithal to conquer this opposition.
You won’t get a whole lot of joy out of just backing the hosts, alas. But Leeds depleted squad could leave gaps for Arsenal to exploit. Arteta’s side have nine goals in their last three outings, and may have plenty of opportunity to rack up some more on Sunday. Combine Arsenal to win and over 2.5 goals at 10/11.
Leicester vs Everton
Leicester have been disappointing all season, but they are nonetheless unbeaten at the King Power in their last 10 games in all comps. Everton have finally started to show some fight – but they have been abysmal on the road, losing their last seven away games in the Prem.
Lampard might arguably have instilled a bit of spirit in this team during a tough run of fixtures. But all the evidence suggests Everton don’t know how to get the job away from Goodison Park.
On this occasion, though, perhaps the visitors will benefit from the Foxes’ defeat to Roma in the Europa Conference League on Thursday night. With little left to play for, Leicester may be a touch lethargic. Which could mean an impasse; you can back the draw at 23/10.
Norwich City vs West Ham
The Canaries are down and out, West Ham are simply downcast after a Europa League exit that saw red cards for Aaron Cresswell and manager David Moyes.
With Norwich’s fate already sealed, perhaps the players will cast off the doom and gloom that’s been most of their season and let off some steam. West Ham have lost their last four matches, and may lack motivation after Thursday night’s disappointment. Norwich are 17/5 to win.
Man City vs Newcastle
Are City strong enough to put their astonishing Champions League exit behind them and stay on track for the Premier League this weekend? Yep.
In both the 18-19 and the 17-18 season, City were knocked out in the latter stages – and went on to win their next Premier League match.
The defeat to Real Madrid may be more painful than previous losses, largely since City were in control for almost the entirety of the tie. Yet outcomes that strain the warp and weft of reality have always been part of football – painful as it might be for Guardiola, the City coach knows his team have to refocus now.
And City have enough character to do that. This game has been understandably identified as a significant opportunity for Liverpool to steal ahead of their title rivals. But City playing Newcastle at home is hardly the most onerous test imaginable, even under the current circumstances.
As good as Newcastle have been at St James Park, in the last two months alone, the Magpies have lost on the road to Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton.
Jurgen Klopp spoke earlier this week about the need for his side to be “mentality monsters”. Pep Guardiola has the exact same requirement on Sunday, and I believe his side will prevail here. Back City to win and Over 3.5 goals in a double at 13/10.
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