West Ham vs Tottenham
David Moyes’ team’s outstanding season continued with a 3-0 win against Sheffield United on Monday night, and the Irons have now won six of their last eight league outings. It’s a fine record that’s seen the side climb to fifth in the league table.
West Ham host a Tottenham side who, in stark contrast, have lost four of their last five league matches. Jose Mourinho’s side haven’t even found the net in three of their last four league outings, though to be fair to the North London team, they’ve done okay scoring-wise in the FA Cup (where they lost 5-4 to Everton) and the Europa League (they won 4-1 against Wolfsberger on Thursday).
It’s Moyes vs Mou, the two former Man United managers each trying to salvage their reputations – and who would have believed at the start of the season that Moyes would be doing the better job of it? Particularly given Moyes has never once beaten Mourinho in 15 previous meetings as a manager.
That monkey on Moyes’ back might just be removed this weekend, with Spurs’ recent performances doing little to suggest the visitors are worth backing here. With Michail Antonio returning for the home side after a hamstring issue, the Irons have reason to be optimistic; I’ll take West Ham to win at 8/5. Antonio is 39/20 to score at any time.
Aston Villa vs Leicester
Villa are having a fine season – and have already beaten Leicester, winning by the only goal of the match at the King Power back in October. Prior to that though, the Foxes have seemed to have Villa’s number, winning 4-0 at home and then 4-1 at Villa Park last season.
Brendan Rodgers has an enviable record at Villa Park too, having won all of his five encounters at this ground as a manager to date. Can Rodgers keep that run going on Sunday?
I am going to duck that question in characteristically cowardly fashion, instead backing the under 2.5 goals at 11/10. In six of Leicester’s last five away games, the result has finished with two or fewer goals scored, and this could end up being more of the same.
Arsenal vs Man City
Mikel Arteta might have beaten old comrade Pep Guardiola in the FA Cup final last season, but that game aside, City have won the last nine encounters between these two teams.
City look certain to win the league, and Arsenal are still pretty hit-and-miss, so it will surprise nobody if I suggest the visitors take all three points here. After all, City have won an astonishing 17 consecutive games in all competitions. They’ve scored three or more goals in each of their last four matches, too.
The odds for a City win are not especially world-shaking, then. Maybe individual players can offer us a winning wager, though.
Raheem Sterling could be worth backing to score here; his record against Arsenal in recent encounters is impressive, with four goals in his last five league appearances against the Gunners. Sterling is 21/4 to find the opening goal here.
If Ilkay Gundogan is fit to play, he might be worth a look at 9/5 to score any time. The German has scored nine goals so far in 2021, including three braces in his last five Premier League appearances, remarkably.
Man United vs Newcastle
After a disappointing draw against West Brom last week, surely United can take all three points against Newcastle on Sunday. United blew Real Sociedad away 4-0 in the Europa League on Thursday, and may be in the mood to subject the Magpies to a similar experience.
Newcastle have generally been pretty toothless away from St James Park – even though they beat Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park last month, that result was very much an upset. Newcastle have also suffered away losses to Sheffield United, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Chelsea in 2021, failing to score a single goal in any of those matches. Man United to win to nil on Sunday is a 59/50 chance.
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