European endeavours have created a rather stacked day of Premier League action on Sunday with four games crammed into the afternoon. Armchair spectators rejoice.
That’s good news for punters too as rather than having to make do with one or two matches to cream some profit from, we get to pick from a decent slate with plenty of potential.
So, here are the pick of Sunday’s Premier League betting tips:
Watford vs Manchester United (12pm)
A crunching blow was dealt to Manchester United in the Mancunian derby last week; a number of their key players went missing, and Jose Mourinho will not take kindly to that.
One good thing about the Special One is that, historically at least, he has been able to galvanize his troops after a crushing loss, and he will need to do that against a Watford side that are more than capable of handing out defeats of their own.
The Hornets stung West Ham at Olympic Park last week in a 4-2 romp, and that was the third time in four outings that they had played their part in an Over 2.5 Goal thriller following 1-2 and 1-3 defeats to Chelsea and Arsenal.
But we do like this United side, last weekend’s defeat notwithstanding, and going forward they really do possess a lot of interesting and mercurial talents.
This fixture really could be a high-scoring rollercoaster or United could meter out some instant retribution; either way, Over 2.5 Goals looks the smart play.
Over 2.5 Goals at 10/11 with Coral
Crystal Palace vs Stoke City (2:15pm)
The impact that Christian Benteke will have on his new Crystal Palace teammates was clear for all to see in his match-winning performance in the Eagles’ 2-1 win over Middlesbrough last week.
The Belgian was a colossus in attack, scoring one and creating absolute havoc with his power and aerial ability. Finally, the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Jason Puncheon and Andros Townsend have an outlet for their incisive play.
Benteke will surely prove to be a thorn in the side of a Stoke City outfit that has kept just two clean sheets in 2016. They’ve shipped ten in four this term and 26 in their last 10, and that will be of huge concern for Mark Hughes.
We’re not ones for doom-mongering but the fact that there is no speculation about the Welshman’s future at the club after a run of one win in eleven (eight defeats) is surprising, and the Potteries outfit are rivalling Palace for the worst Premier League side of 2016.
But the Eagles are flying high thanks to their new talisman, and they should condemn Stoke and Hughes to even more misery here.
Crystal Palace to Win at Evens with Paddy Power
Tottenham vs Sunderland (4pm)
It could be a long, hard season for Sunderland, and the size of their task on Sunday is highlighted by the fact that Tottenham have beaten the Black Cats in five of their last six meetings at White Hart Lane.
Spurs will be gutted with their 1-2 loss against Monaco on Wednesday; that’s a game they really should be winning, and clearly the atmosphere-less Wembley is going to hinder, rather than help, their chances of reaching the last 16 of the competition.
Back on more familiar territory here though at White Hart Lane, and they will be licking their lips in anticipation at facing a Sunderland side that is conceding at average of two goals er game at the moment and, quite frankly, offers very little going forward.
Home win is the investment here, and we fancy Spurs to triumph without conceding too.
Tottenham to Win to Nil at 21/20 with Stan James