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Well, what a menu we have in store on Sunday. For starters, at midday, it’s Palace v Spurs from Selhurst Park. The main course is Man United v Chelsea, 14:05 kick-off, before the League Cup Final for dessert at 16:30- Arsenal v Man City.
All of the games are on Sky Sports, so get your bets on, park on the sofa and enjoy a real belter of a Sunday afternoon.
Palace are currently decimated by injuries and if the Spurs turn up at all, they should be far too strong for their hosts. No fewer than twelve potential first-teamers are unavailable with Cabaye, Zaha, Dann, Puncheon and Loftus-Cheek among the notable absentees. William Hill and Betfair Sports both go 13/10 Spurs win by 2 or more and that looks a decent bet to get Sunday rolling.
If you’re looking for first goalscorer action, you could do a lot worse than Kane at 5/2 with William Hill– he’s absolutely on fire again this term. Bet365 are a stand-out 17/2 on Eriksen, and that is certainly too big. The Dane has been in superb form and represents good value at the price.
On to the main event- United v Chelsea. After Liverpool’s win on Saturday, it’s actually third v fourth in the Premier League with United three points above the Blues. United will be without Herera and David Luiz is still out for Chelsea but otherwise both sides will be operating at full strength.
With both having played out tough draws midweek in the Champions League, another draw would be no surprise at all here. United have conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League this season and Chelsea are conceding less than a goal a game.
No Goalscorer is a favourite bet for this column when the 0-0 scoreline suits Mourinho. Fresh from a bus-parking masterclass in midweek away at Seville, we’ve got some money to play up here. With the Manchester derby looming, Jose would probably settle for a draw.
It’s unlikely we’ll see an open game as losing against his old side would be a hammer blow and, assuming Spurs do the business at Palace, would see just two points separating second and fifth in the tightest battle for the Champions League places in living memory.
Under 2.5 goals is 8/11 (general) and that looks to be a sensational bet with two such tight defences. Chelsea have been playing without a striker recently and if United do get their noses in front they are far more likely to shut up shop than to send the cavalry forward in search of a second. No Goalscorer is 17/2 with William Hill and that looks plenty big enough. We’ll be backing both.
Finally, on to dessert. After what was hopefully a dull game in Manchester we should have some money in our pockets for the Cup Final and we are expecting a far more open game. Let’s have a look at the team news. Sterling is struggling to be fit in time for City, which would be a blow considering how good he’s been this season. Gabriel Jesus should be available again following a couple of months out on the sidelines. Fabien Delph is suspended.
Arsenal though, given their relative lack of squad depth, will feel the loss of their absentees more keenly. Lacazette is out with a knee injury and Henrikh Mkhitaryan is cup-tied. It looks like Ozil is going to win his fitness race- which is certainly a boost for Wenger.
One bit of news which should send the goal expectancy up is that Guardiola has confirmed that Claudio Bravo will continue in goal. The man is a liability, pure and simple. He’s not in the same class as Ederson and it’s a gamble that is sure to give Pep a sweat or two if the Gunners can put the City defense under pressure.
City are, of course, the much better side on paper but 8/13 to win the match and 4/11 to lift the trophy are certainly skinny enough and we certainly won’t be backing them at those prices. After Wigan Athletic FC snuffed out City’s quadruple flame last week, everyone’s talking about the treble- but if City play like they did at Wigan they won’t be leaving London with any silverware on Sunday night. Bet365 go 9/2 the Gunners and that’s a shade of value on neutral turf.
It’s certainly more of a home game for Arsenal than it is for City. One bet we’ll definitely be having is Over 3.5 goals at 27/20– with such attacking talent on show, some creaky defenses, and Claudio Bravo running for us, that looks nearer to evens. Bet365’s 9/1 Kevin De Bruyne scores the first goal is a little bigger than it should be. The Belgian appears to have Footballer of the Year sewn up and could help City get their first trophy of the year in the cabinet with another virtuoso display.
Have a cracking, and hopefully profitable, Sunday afternoon everyone.
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