Premier League Matchweek 28 Betting Preview
There will be two huge games in the Premier League this Sunday, with massive implications on the battle for European places. West Ham United will be looking to continue their unlikely challenge when they visit Old Trafford to face Manchester United. Meanwhile, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will clash in the second North London derby of the season.
Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur
A couple of weeks ago it looked as though Tottenham’s season was going to reach a less than dramatic conclusion. However, they have turned around their form over recent weeks, and look as though they are back in contention for a Champions League push.
Spurs will have two possible routes into the elite European competition this season, with the club still also in the Europa League. However, a finish in the top-four will remain the most likely route into the Champions League. Spurs are still five points off the pace, but they do have the added advantage of having a game in hand.
The most pleasing aspect for Jose Mourinho over the last couple of weeks would have been the long-awaited return to form of Gareth Bale. The Welshman has now scored four goals in his last three Premier League games.
Arsenal in Trouble
It has been a very different story for Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal side recently, as they look destined for a battle to finish in the top-half of the standings. The Gunners are just three points ahead of Leeds United, but ten points off fifth placed West Ham United. The Gunners were disappointing again last time out, as they drew 1-1 on the road to Burnley.
Spurs should come into this clash in good confidence, as they have won the last two North London derbies. It’s hard to ignore the good form that Bale and Harry Kane have been in, and that should spur them on to victory.
Manchester United vs West Ham United
Manchester United and West Ham United will meet for the third time this season at Old Trafford on Sunday night. The Red Devils have won both previous fixtures that have been played this season, which includes the 1-0 win that they got against the Hammers in the last round of the FA Cup.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping that his side can build on the win that they achieved against Manchester City last weekend, as the Red Devils were excellent at the Etihad when winning 2-0. Bruno Fernandes scored the first goal from the penalty spot, before Luke Shaw scored a brilliant counter-attacking goal to wrap up the points. United’s title aspirations may already be over, but they are in a prime position to finish as the best of the rest.
West Ham Hopeful
David Moyes must be among the front-runners to be named manager of the year this season, as he has done a remarkable job at the London Stadium. There would have been fears that the club would have been engaged in a relegation scrap after defeat on the opening day of the season. However, they instead find themselves in an unlikely challenge for the top four. They are two points off Chelsea at present with a game in hand, and could make it four wins from five games with a victory at Old Trafford.
West Ham have constantly impressed throughout the season, and were dangerous despite being beaten by Manchester City in their last away game. The Hammers will ask questions of the United backline in this game, and we could see both managers being appeased with a point.