Most of the English sides involved in the Champions and Europa Leagues sent out their strongest squads, and so theoretically there could be some tired legs around.
It’s the Europa League boys you feel most sorry for, with a fixture on Thursday and then Sunday it really is difficult to maintain intensity for two games in less than 72 hours. At least Tuesday evening’s Champions League contestants have plenty of time to recover ahead of their Sunday league dates!
With all of the above in mind, who represents the best value in this Sunday’s Premier League betting tips?
Chelsea vs Arsenal (Sunday, 1:30pm)
Chelsea have only lost one of their last ten Premier League encounters with Arsenal, and given how the Gunners have started this term that record is unlikely to be altered at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The Blues have really hit their stride of late, and the return to full fitness of Eden Hazard and Tiemoue Bakayoko – plus Gary Cahill’s suspension coming to an end- ensures they are in great shape.
Arsenal….not so much. Yes, they beat Bournemouth 3-0 last time out, but the Cherries have been awful so far this term. When really tested the Gunners have been found wanting, with a 0-4 demolition at the hands of Liverpool backed by a lucky 3-4 victory over Leicester and a derisory performance in the 0-1 loss at Stoke.
There really is no need to look anywhere else but a Chelsea victory here.
Chelsea to Win (4/5 with PaddyPower)
Manchester United vs Everton (Sunday, 4pm)
It appears as if last week’s 2-2 draw with Stoke was nothing but a blip for Manchester United, who returned to winning ways with a 3-0 hammering of Basel in the Champions League on Tuesday.
That’s 15 goals in five games for Jose Mourinho’s side, and even without the injured Paul Pogba they will still have plenty of firepower available on Sunday.
You have to feel sorry for Everton at the moment. The fixture list has had something of a joke at their expense so far it seems, with games against Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham now followed by this trip to Old Trafford less than 72 hours after they travel to take on Atalanta in the Europa League.
The shot data in Everton’s games so far speaks volumes: they lack any attacking impetus whatsoever, and that means that United should stroll to another comfortable victory here.
Manchester United -1 Handicap (6/5 with Betfair)