Premier League picks: Manchester United and Chelsea to come out on top in big weekend
The way the Premier League is set up at the moment, nearly every week seems like a big one.
Only 10 points separates the top six clubs, and all of those will feel they have a genuine chance of winning the title coming into the final 18 matches of the season.
We’ll know a lot more about which of those six will lift the trophy after this weekend, with matches between champions old and new, rivals, and plenty more beside.
Here’s Sportsbet.io’s top tips for this Premier League weekend.
The rivalry between Manchester and Liverpool isn’t new — supposedly dating back to the building of the Manchester Ship Canal in 1894.
Since then Manchester United and Liverpool established themselves as England’s top two clubs, often trading blows and titles. Liverpool pulled ahead before Sir Alex Ferguson knocked them off their perch.
The pair remain in title contention this season, and this game could go a long way to proving their credentials.
Liverpool’s victory over Manchester City on New Year’s Eve showed their class, but without Sadio Mane (at the African Nations) they’ve struggled in their three games since. They went scoreless at both Plymouth and Southampton in cup ties in the past week.
United on the other hand are in their best run of form since Ferguson’s departure — they’ve won nine on the bounce. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has 10 goals in his last 10 appearances.
Liverpool’s downfall this season has often been their defence, and I can’t see them keeping Zlatan out at Old Trafford.
Add to that their difficulty in finding the net with Mane missing, and I’m happy to back United at 2.09 with Sportsbet.io.
Last season’s champions meet this year’s leaders at the King Power on Saturday evening, with Leicester 19 worse off than this stage last year, with Chelsea 26 points ahead of where they were after 20 games.
The difference could well be N’Golo Kante, signed by Chelsea in the summer, who is the beating heart of a Blues team who have only failed to win four matches all season.
One of those was the defeat to Tottenham in their last league game, but with Leicester struggling, I don’t think the Foxes can repeat the trick.
Chelsea are 1.65 to win with Sportsbet.io, which I like the look of.
Before Manchester face Liverpool on Sunday, Liverpool play Manchester as Everton take on Man City.
These two drew 1–1 when they met at the Etihad, as Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero incredibly both had penalties saved.
Three of the last four league meetings between these two have been draws, and I think the points will be shared once more.
That is 3.79 with Sportsbet.io, which I recommend backing.