Plenty to discuss after last weekend’s English top-flight action. Liverpool finally lost a Premier League game after going 44 games unbeaten. Surprisingly it was relegation candidates Watford who put Jurgen Klopp’s side to the sword with Ismaila Sarr bagging two as The Hornets won 3-0.
Elsewhere, Manchester City picked up the first domestic trophy of the season beating Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup Final. At the foot of the table, Watford and Aston Villa’s relegation rivals Norwich and West Ham picked up wins. The final nine weeks of the season will be very interesting at the bottom of the table as teams battle for survival.
This week’s big game sees Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United face Manchester City at Old Trafford.
Arsenal vs West Ham
Saturday 7th March 10AM
The Emirates Stadium is the scene of one of Saturday’s two London derbies with Crystal Palace hosting Watford in the other. Here we’ll see Arsenal take on David Moyes’ West Ham in a big game for both teams.
Arsenal are just about hanging on the outskirts of the battle for European places in 10th position. The tight nature of this year’s Premier League means a win for Mikel Arteta’s side could lift them above their North London rivals Spurs into 7th place.
Similarly, West Ham, who are still stuck in the mire at the bottom end of the table, could finish Saturday only seven points off Arsenal if they manage to cause an upset.
Arsenal are the favourites at -175 at with CanPlay. West Ham are maybe slightly overpriced at +485 and could be worth a look. They have shown decent form over their last three games. A 2-0 defeat to Man City at the Etihad is par for the course but the pushed Liverpool to the pin of their collar in a 3-2 loss at Anfield while new signing Jarrod Bowen combined well with Sebastian Haller in their 3-1 win over Southampton last week.
West Ham (+1) catches our eye in the handicap betting. Arsenal haven’t exactly been setting the world alight and a West Ham win isn’t completely out of the question. Back the Hammers (+1) at +140 with CanPlay.
Manchester United vs Manchester City
Sunday 8th March 11:30AM
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to do the league derby double over their Manchester rivals on Sunday. United gave a masterclass of counter-attacking football in their previous encounter – winning 2-1 at the Etihad in December. They beat them again at the Etihad in the Carabao Cup semi-final 2nd leg although a 3-1 reversal at Old Trafford put paid to their hopes of progression.
The Red Devils are building up a bit of momentum going nine games unbeaten in all competitions. They are fighting on three fronts. They face LASK in the Round of 16 in the Europa League and they have been drawn to face Norwich in the quarter-final of the FA Cup. Also, they are three points behind Chelsea in 4th place in the Premier League.
The mood around the team has definitely lifted with the arrival of Portuguese Bruno Fernandes. The former Sporting Lisbon player bring his own efficient creativity to the team and they look like a different prospect with him pulling the strings.
Of course, Manchester City haven’t exactly been in bad form themselves. They hold the advantage in their Champions League tie with Real Madrid and they just lifted the EFL Cup trophy at Wembley on Sunday. The league is out of reach at this stage but they will be hoping to complete a cup treble with Champions League and FA Cup victories.
We’re going to go out on a limb and tip United to win again on Sunday. They are a big price at +405 with CanPlay. Old Trafford may not be the fortress it used to be Manchester United are still capable of putting in a big performance at home. City will be up against it.