The beauty of European gameweeks is two-fold: one, punters get a cavalcade of matches to watch and bet on in midweek. Secondly, the Sky Sports Super Sunday will finally live up to its billing.
This week’s should be a belter: we’ve at least four sides here with claims on challenging for the title, plus the defending champions and a Southampton side that are lovely to watch.
Bring it on….here are our Premier League betting tips for Sunday.
Manchester United vs Stoke City (12pm)
Panic over: that’s how Manchester United fans must be feeling after their side dismantled Leicester last Saturday. Okay, so the Foxes committed hari kari with their woeful defending, but United had the confidence and ability to punish them. Paul Pogba flourished, as did Juan Mata, and Marcus Rashford appears to be getting better and better with each passing week. Good news for Jose Mourinho.
It’s a measure of the doom and gloom surrounding Stoke that a point against West Brom can be heralded as a good result, but it stops the rot a little and, in truth, they deserved all three against the stubborn Baggies.
But a trip to Old Trafford is a different affair completely, and with the Red Devils having a relative stroll in midweek in their Europa League tie, they will be fit, fresh and firing come Sunday lunchtime.
The most likely recipient of an upswing in form for United is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who seemingly scores when he wants. Against a Stoke side that has conceded 15 goals in six starts, he is unlikely to be short of chances.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Score Anytime at 10/11 with Coral
Leicester City vs Southampton (2:15pm)
This must be a bit of a rollercoaster time for Leicester fans at the moment: excellent in the Champions League, they have lurched from the sublime to the ridiculous in the Premier League and the campaign is only six weeks old.
They will certainly relish being back on home soil (W2 D1 L0) than on their travels (W0 D0 L3 GA10) here, but must not underestimate a Southampton side who are really starting to find their feet under Claude Puel.
The introduction of Charlie Austin ahead of Shane Long was overdue, while in midfield Dusan Tadic is establishing himself as one of the premier orchestrators in the division. With two clean sheets on the bounce, every department is firing for the Saints.
Expect the Foxes to let a few of their players put their feet up here – Islam Slimani and Danny Drinkwater could do with a break given their emotional rollercoaster of a week – and so the draw looks a distinct possibility.
The Draw at 5/2 with BetVictor
Tottenham vs Manchester City (2:15pm)
Top versus second at White Hart Lane, and with both sides missing their talismanic figurehead this could turn into a turgid, tactical affair.
Sergio Aguero gets plenty of plaudits for his goalscoring heroics at Manchester City, and rightly so, but you often feel that it is Kevin de Bruyne who deserves the hero worship and adulation. He is an outstanding footballer, and his injury ill-timed for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Mind you, Harry Kane’s absence for Spurs is equally catastrophic. Son Heung-Min is doing his best impression of a man possessed at the moment, but the loss of Kane will be harshly felt here.
With two of the brightest attacking talents in the country watching from the comfort of their homes, expect this to be a low-scoring encounter.
Under 2.5 Goals at 11/10 with Paddy Power
Burnley vs Arsenal (4:30pm)
The Gunners are firing at the moment, but this fixture bears all the hallmarks of the classic ‘derailer’.
Actually, the Champions League has come along at an awkward time for Arsenal, who would have wanted to keep their momentum for domestic action as they rack up the points. They may need to make changes for this clash should things go awry on Wednesday night, and that will play into the hands of Burnley very nicely.
The Clarets have won their last two at Turf Moor – Liverpool and Watford are no mugs either, and even the suspension of Andre Gray hasn’t been too badly felt. In fact, with an extra body in midfield, it will probably help them here.
This is a tough match to predict, and so by taking a plunge in the Asian Handicap market we can allow the Gunners to win by a solitary goal and still pocket a profit.
Burnley +1.25 Asian Handicap at 21/20 with BetVictor