Coronavirus fears has forced this weekend’s Premier League games behind closed doors but there is still a full fixture list scheduled to go ahead.
The Merseyside Derby on Monday is the highlight of Matchday 30.
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United
15th March 11:30AM
Prior to Man United’s Europa League clash against LASK on Thursday night, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were on an impressive ten-game unbeaten run. They’d conceded just two goals in this period. Conversely, Tottenham are in wretched form. They meekly slumped out of the Champions League midweek to RB Leipzig and have failed to win any of their last six games in all competitions.
Spurs’ side is ravaged by injuries and has not been helped by Jose Mourinho’s characteristic criticism of his own players. As such, the odds on an away win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium look extremely enticing at +120 with CanPlay.
Spurs have scored just four times in those last half a dozen games and are sorely missing the firepower of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. With Christian Eriksen departed and January signing Steven Bergwijn added to their injury list it is difficult to see where their goals will come from. A United win to nil – and they’ve produced four of these in the past month alone – looks a great bet at +220.
Solskjaer has masterminded two wins against Spurs during his reign at Old Trafford and both have been by one-goal margins. A repeat on Sunday can be backed at +260, while a 1-0 win for The Red Devils comes in at +675.
Everton v Liverpool
16th March 3PM
When you want to stop your Merseyside rivals from winning their first league title in 30 years, a record of no wins in your last twenty-one meetings with them isn’t exactly reassuring. To be honest, coronavirus probably has more chance of stopping Liverpool winning their first Premier League than Everton.
Carlo Ancelotti, however, can take heart from Liverpool’s recent form. Their 3-2 loss at Anfield on Wednesday night to Atletico Madrid was their fourth defeat in just six games – in stark contrast to their imperious form for most of this season. Ancelotti, of course, was the first manager to inflict defeat on Jurgen Klopp’s side earlier in the season, when in charge of Napoli – a feat he also pulled off last season.
Klopp will be eager to put the Premier League title to bed, before a possible halt to the season due to COVID-19. It makes this one of the most fascinating Merseyside Derbies in recent years.
The last two meetings between these sides have finished scoreless but we don’t anticipate another bore draw here with so much at stake. With Alisson out injured, The Reds’ defence have looked uncharacteristically porous and we expect the home side to score. Everton have been quite prolific in front of goal in recent weeks, scoring eleven in their last six games and both teams to score certainly looks worth backing at -145 with CanPlay.
Despite Liverpool’s shaky form we expect them to take on more step to their inevitable title. An away win and both teams to find the net looks attractive at +195 with CanPlay.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has score just one fewer league goal than Player of the Year contender Sadio Mane and is in fine form, scoring in three of his last four appearances. He looks good value at +150 to add to that tally on Monday and +400 to score first.