Sunday’s Premier League action focuses on the upper echelon of the table. Arsenal visit Leicester as they look to undo a nightmare week, Manchester United aim to do the same as they host Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Manchester City, playing nearly 48 hours after Liverpool, will be looking to return to the summit when they visit Turf Moor.
LEICESTER CITY vs ARSENAL
A home loss to Newcastle and a disappointing draw with West Ham have been setbacks for Brendan Rodgers after a great start to his Leicester tenure.
The Foxes are still in with a shout of finishing seventh, despite dropping to 10th. They are only three points behind Wolves, who face Watford on Saturday afternoon.
Arsenal have hit a rough patch at the worst possible time. Three defeats in four matches have seen the Gunners drop to fifth even with Chelsea faltering.
A loss on Sunday and a Manchester United win at Old Trafford will see them drop to sixth and make them outsiders for a top four berth. Their away form is dire over the last two campaigns, making the 31/20 price look way too short.
The vulnerable Arsenal defence could struggle against Leicester’s pacey attack. Goals are to be expected at the King Power.
TIP: Over 3.5 goals @ 31/20
PREDICTED SCORE: Leicester 3-2 Arsenal (Priced at 19/1 with 888sport)
Burnley vs MANCHESTER CITY
Burnley have had an up and down season. A resurgence early in 2019 was ended with a blip that pulled them back into the relegation scrap.
Since then, though, Sean Dyche’s side have picked up 10 points in four matches and are only three points behind 11th-placed West Ham. Drawing at Chelsea last time out will have given the Clarets confidence, but two 5-0 defeats to Manchester City this season are fresh in the memory.
Turf Moor has not been a happy place for City, who have only won one of their last three trips. Having won 11 straight in the league, however, Pep Guardiola’s side are flying high.
Kevin De Bruyne remains unavailable, and while that’s obviously a concern, it is unlikely to have too much of an impact here. City played Manchester United off the park in midweek and are overwhelming 2/15 favourites to win against Burnley on Sunday afternoon.
Raheem Sterling was named in the PFA Team of the Year this week and continues to produce in the final third. The England international is a price worth considering at 6/1 to score and assist in 888Sport’s Premier League betting.
City know Turf Moor is a tough place to go. Guardiola’s side are rolling right now, though, and should win this comfortably.
TIP: Manchester City to win (-1) @ 4/11
PREDICTED SCORE: Burnley 0-3 Manchester City (Priced at 11/2 with 888sport)
MANCHESTER UNITED vs CHELSEA
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s record since taking over as Manchester United on a permanent basis is woeful.
The stuttering form of Arsenal and Chelsea has remarkably kept them in the top four race, but this match is a must-win for Solskjaer, who is already coming under pressure. United have lost four of their last six in the Premier League.
Maurizio Sarri is in a similar situation. Chelsea will be fourth at Sunday lunchtime, but they could be down in sixth if they lose at Old Trafford and Arsenal win against Leicester.
A home draw with Burnley was a missed opportunity for the Blues and did little to convince Chelsea fans that Sarri should be manager next season. Injury to Callum Hudson-Odoi is a major blow, though the experienced Pedro is a capable replacement.
This will be a very competitive, and perhaps hard to watch, match. Chelsea’s away record of late is poor, with Sarri’s side struggling to score on the road. Manchester United have been dysfunctional again. Under 2.5 goals at Evens is probably the best bet.
TIP: Under 2.5 goals @ Evens
PREDICTED SCORE: Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (Priced at 27/5 with 888sport)