Premier League Matchweek 23 Betting Preview
The Premier League schedule is looking more similar to the programme that you would see in the NBA at present, and the relentless fixtures keep coming this weekend, as there will be two huge games at the top of the league table.
Manchester United vs Everton
Manchester United’s season turned around with a 3-1 win at Goodison Park earlier in the season, and few could have expected the Red Devils to be in the position that they are heading into the return game at Old Trafford on Saturday. United will be looking to keep up with Manchester City at the top of the league table, which means that only a win will do for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Reds Running Riot
There is no doubt that confidence will be high coming into this game, as United enjoyed a memorable outing at Old Trafford in midweek, as they matched the Premier League record for the widest winning margin. Southampton were helpless, as the Red Devils ran riot and scored nine unanswered goals at the Theatre of Dreams.
The most pleasing aspect for Solskjaer would have been the fact that there were seven different scorers on the night. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Edinson Cavani, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Daniel James all got their names on the scoresheet.
European football will still be the aim for Everton this term, and they currently sit six points off the pace being set by Leicester City. Europa League qualification may be more attainable for the Toffees, but that will still be a competitive fight until the final day of the season. Everton’s away form has been more consistent than their record at Goodison over recent weeks, as they have won their last three on the road before coming to Old Trafford.
United’s confidence will be the essential factor coming into this game, as they look back to their best after wobbles against Sheffield United and Arsenal. Solskjaer will expect three points from this game.
Liverpool vs Manchester City
The big game of the weekend takes place at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, as Liverpool will be looking to reassert their position in the title race this season. They come up against a formidable foe in the form of Manchester City, who have been in excellent form over their last 13 fixtures.
Liverpool Can’t Afford to Lose
The pressure will be mostly on Liverpool for this fixture on Sunday afternoon, as they are in desperate need of closing the gap between themselves and top spot. There is no doubt that the title race won’t be as one-sided as it was last season, and defensive issues have forced Jurgen Klopp to dip into the transfer market. It appears unlikely that he will hand Ozan Kabak or Ben Davies debuts in this fixture, which means that Jordan Henderson could continue as a makeshift central defender.
Can City Extend the Lead?
Manchester City went under the radar for a long time in the title race this season, but there are fears among neutrals that they could now pull away from the chasing pack. City still have at least a game in hand over the majority of their rivals, which means a Liverpool win is essential to ensure that the gap doesn’t open up.
Pep Guardiola has managed to get the best form from his side when it has really mattered, as they haven’t looked like dropping points recently. City also have a newfound grit in their game, and that was on display as they edged to a 1-0 win against Sheffield United last weekend.
This is a game where the team that defends best will likely come out on top. The blossoming partnership between John Stones and Ruben Dias holds the key, as City take three huge points away from Anfield.