Cheeky Punt: Arsenal to end United’s ‘Invincibles’ run

Date published: Friday 5th May 2017 1:35

West Ham v Tottenham
The Hammers’ form against the big boys this season has been absolutely honking. A return of just two points from ten meetings against the current top six doesn’t bode well for a game against Spurs, the form side of the entire division. It’s nine league wins off the belt currently for Mauricio Pochettino’s men who look absolute stick-ons here. Back Harry Kane – five goals in five starts against the Irons – to open the scoring at the London Stadium and don’t rule out Tottenham winning this by a cricket score.

Betting: Kane to score first at 3/1 (Bet Stars)

 

Manchester City v Crystal Palace
The Citizens have lost just once at the Etihad all season so won’t be sweating a clash with Palace, whose decent form has fallen away in recent matches. The Eagles have won at Chelsea and Liverpool in recent weeks but I can’t see them upsetting the odds again here. The one thing Big Sam’s defence doesn’t like is pace, so Leroy Sane could be the man to get with in the first goalscorer stakes.

Betting: Sane to score first at 6/1 (Sky Bet)

 

Bournemouth v Stoke City
Bournemouth’s relegation fears have eased after a couple of crucial wins at HQ and they’ve already beaten Stoke away this season. Mark Hughes’ men have looked jaded in recent weeks, especially away from the bet365 Stadium and may already have one eye on that lads holiday to Ayia Napa. I bet Sparky looks quite the part with those thighs in a pair of tight shorts and some red flossys.

Betting: HT Draw – FT Bournemouth at 5/1 (totesport)

 

Burnley v West Brom
The Baggies have scored just 12 away goals this season and their recent form has been horrific. A 2-0 home win for Burnley looks genuine value at 10s under the circumstances.

Betting: Burnley to win 2-0 at 10/1 (Paddy Power)

 

Hull City v Sunderland
If you’d said Hull would have been 4/9 to beat anyone in the Premier League this season at Christmas you’d have been laughed at. That’s the scenario we have on Saturday though with the Tigers massive favourites in the betting to see off an already relegated Sunderland. A win would make it seven victories in eight matches at the KCOM to give their survival prospects fresh impetus.

It remains to be seen how the Black Cats will approach this with confidence low and a massive question mark hanging over the future of boss David Moyes. In stark contrast Marco Silva hasn’t lost a home game as a manager since March 2014 when he was bossing Estoril. In that time he’s won 34 and drawn seven of 41 home games. Madness.

Betting: Hull City to win and both teams to score at 5/2 (Bet Stars)

 

Leicester City v Watford
When weighing up a wager here you have to factor in two things above all else. Firstly, Leicester’s recent home results have been tidy. Secondly, Watford have won just once in 13 away games. Watford have also gone 15 matches against the Foxes without keeping a clean sheet. Still fancy the away win? Get in the f**king sea.

Betting: Leicester (-1) to win at 17/10 (Paddy Power)

 

Swansea v Everton
Paul Clement’s men are fighting for their Premier League lives and will take solace from the point they earned at Old Trafford last week. Fans might also be encouraged by the fact they’re unbeaten in five league meetings against the Toffeemen. It should be a cracking game in front of the BT cameras but both heart and head here says draw.

Betting: Both teams to score and draw at 7/2 (Bet Victor)

 

Liverpool v Southampton
In three matches this season Liverpool have yet to score against the Saints. The Reds need a win to keep up their push for a top four finish but a combination of nerves and a resolute Southampton back line could mean minimal onion bag action at Anfield.

Betting: Under 2.5 goals at 5/4 (Bet Stars)

 

Arsenal v Manchester United
Arsene Wenger has suggested he is ready for “peace” with managerial counterpart Jose Mourinho but it remains to be seen whether the prickly Portuguese boss will accept Wenger’s olive branch this weekend. Incredibly Wenger is still waiting for his first league win against a team managed by Mourinho but might not get a better chance than this Sunday, with United set to ring the changes with a return Europa League semi-final second leg with Celta Vigo just days away. The Red Devils are unbeaten in 25 matches but that run, dating back to October, has only yielded 13 wins and they are where they are in the league due to drawing a crazy amount of matches this season. Arsenal have won 11 and drawn three of 16 league matches at the Emirates this season and look the sensible pick here.

Betting: Arsenal to win and both teams to score at 3/1 (Bet Stars)

 

Degsy Bilton

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