After a weekend off to cater for the FA Cup 3rd Round fixtures, the Premier League is back. We last had a look at the Premier League on New Year’s Day, where we correctly predicted wins for Leicester and Manchester City.
It looks likely that those two teams will face each other in the Carabao Cup Final and battle it out for 2nd place in this year’s final standings. Three points should be no issue for either team this weekend, Leicester face Southampton while Manchester City travel to Aston Villa.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of this weekend’s key fixtures.
Manchester United vs Norwich
11th January 2020 10AM
Manchester United will look to get their season back on track with a win over Norwich at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon (3PM UK). Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are winless in their last three games across all competitions. A 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on New Year’s Day was followed by a goalless draw with Wolves in the FA Cup and a 3-1 loss to derby rivals City in the Carabao Cup. It’s fair to say that the pressure is on for Solskjaer to deliver, and quickly.
On paper, he couldn’t have asked for a better game to get a win under his belt. Norwich are bottom of the table and without star striker Teemu Pukki due to injury. However, injuries to Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay will most likely mean starting berths for Phil Jones and Fred. That doesn’t inspire confidence.
Norwich will come into this one in a positive mood too. Irish teenager Adam Idah replaced Pukki in the lineup for their FA Cup tie with Preston and bagged himself a hattrick on his second senior start. Idah linked well with Todd Cantwell and Marco Stiepermann and he could cause the United defence some trouble with his pace.
Ultimately, United should come out of here with the win but we’re backing Idah to score his first Premier League goal at Old Trafford. Back the young Irishman to score anytime with CanPlay.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool
11th January 2020 12:30PM
This is the highlight fixture of the weekend. This repeat of last June’s Champions League final has all the ingredients for a classic. José Mourinho vs Jurgen Klopp. 6th vs 1st. Pragmatism vs Enthusiasm.
The fortunes of these clubs have gone in opposite directions since Jordan Henderson lifted the Champions League trophy in Madrid. Liverpool have only dropped two points in the league, lifted the Club World Cup and manager Jurgen Klopp has signed a new contract. In London, feted manager Mauricio Pochettino was replaced by Jose Mourinho after a poor start to the season. Harry Kane’s recent injury has added to the general malaise around the club.
The fact that Liverpool are odds-on favourites for this shows the gulf that has developed between the two. The Reds have won their last five games in all competitions without conceding a goal and that run could continue on Saturday evening. Heung-Min Son should return to the starting line-up after his suspension but he will come up against a rested Virgil Van Dijk. The Korean has found himself in the referee’s notebook on a number of occasions this season and he is a reasonably priced +7000 to pick up another red card on Saturday.
Liverpool have been keeping clean sheets for fun this season and Mourinho is known for his defensive football so this could be a low-scoring affair. We’re tipping Liverpool to win and under 2.5 goals at +380 with CanPlay.