- Manchester City to beat Tottenham Hotspur - 3/10 with Bet365
- Liverpool to win to nil against Cardiff City - 9/10 with BetVictor
- Everton vs Manchester United: Both teams to score & over 2.5 goals - 11/10 with William Hill
Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur
Just three days after their epic Champions League clash, Manchester City and Tottenham have to do it all again at the Etihad Stadium. That thrilling 4-3 ‘win’ for Pep Guardiola’s men will have taken a lot out of both sets of players, but neither City nor Spurs can afford to allow their focus to slip. The reigning Premier League champions know that a single slip-up between now and the conclusion of the campaign could hand Liverpool the title, while Tottenham are locked in an equally tight tussle for the two remaining Champions League qualification spots.
Bouncing back could prove testing for City, who will understandably feel deflated despite the fact that a domestic treble is well within their grasp. The visitors may not find it easy to go again after such an emotionally draining encounter, however, and it is worth bearing in mind that City did actually win Wednesday’s match despite exiting the competition.
There probably won’t be quite as many goals this weekend, but – at least in terms of the speed of play – we could be in store for another quick start. Due to their attacking quality and home advantage, back City to come out on top.
Cardiff City vs Liverpool
The Champions League was the main midweek event in the world of football, but Cardiff fans had eyes only for their crunch clash with Brighton. Must-win is at times an overused phrase, but there was no doubt that nothing less than a victory would do on Tuesday night. Cardiff duly obliged, recording a 2-0 triumph and moving to within two points of their opponents in 17th spot. Neil Warnock would have hoped for a kinder fixture to follow that pivotal six-pointer than an assignment against Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side overcame their toughest remaining challenge last weekend, beating Chelsea 2-0 to banish the ghosts of Steven Gerrard’s slip in 2013/14. Their four remaining matches are all eminently winnable and another 12 points could be sufficient to bring them a first championship crown since 1990.
Cardiff have collected 20 of their 31 points in front of their own fans, but Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have all left south Wales with maximum points this term. Go for an away win to nil in this one.
Everton vs Manchester United
It is probably nothing more than a coincidence, but Manchester United’s performances and results have dipped since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as the club’s manager on a permanent basis. Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat by Barcelona was evidence of the gulf in class between the two teams and that cannot be blamed on the Norwegian, but United’s recent Premier League displays against Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United were certainly substandard.
Everton have been inconsistent in the last few weeks, with last Saturday’s 2-0 loss to already-relegated Fulham bringing their positive run of form to an abrupt and unexpected end. Marco Silva has come under fire at times this season but a seventh-place finish would represent a respectable first season at the helm for the former Watford and Hull City boss. Battling home displays in the goalless draw with Liverpool and victory over Chelsea in recent times were a boost to the Portuguese, and a repeat against Manchester United on Sunday would further improve his standing among the Goodison Park faithful.
United have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 games in all competitions, and they are unlikely to end that run here. Go for over 2.5 goals divided between the two teams.