Another Super Sunday, another delicious Premier League double. With record breaking Manchester City in action against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday evening, Manchester United could find themselves waking up on Sunday morning with a 14-point deficit at the top of the table.
Jose Mourinho’s men MUST win this weekend to stand any chance of a miraculous title triumph. But even with a City defeat this weekend, it might be wise for United to harness their efforts elsewhere - the top flight crown is City's to lose.
In Sunday’s later game, Liverpool will travel to Bournemouth for what tends to be one of English football’s most exciting fixtures. Goals are usually likely when these two clubs go up against each other and it could be an entertaining contest for the neutrals.
Jurgen Klopp’s side dropped points at home to West Bromwich Albion earlier this week and the Reds will be determined to avoid a similar slip-up here. Without further ado, here are my top tips for Sunday's Premier League double header...
WEST BROMWICH ALBION vs MANCHESTER UNITED
Alan Pardew was overjoyed with his Albion side after their goalless draw away at Liverpool earlier this week but another difficult test awaits here. Manchester United have struggled to inspire confidence in recent weeks but Jose Mourinho’s men are still second in the Premier League table and it would be foolish for the Baggies to expect a comfortable evening.
In fact, United may be looking to send out a statement of intent. The Red Devils, once again without midfield maestro Paul Pogba, have struggled to create chances in attacking areas in the Frenchman’s absence but goals look likely. The 3/4 available for over 1.5 away goals is a solid bet – West Brom have not won any of their last 16 games in all competitions.
With that in mind, it might prove prudent to look at the anytime goal scorer market for the visitors. Romelu Lukaku grabbed the only goal of the game in United’s 1-0 victory against Bournemouth on Wednesday night and he is 3/1 to bag the opener here. Or, if you’d prefer, the 6/5 available for a goal in 90 minutes is also a solid price.
For me, the best value is on a United win to nil. The Red Devils have the joint-best defensive record in the Premier League (11 goals conceded) whilst West Bromwich Albion have scored just 12 all season. Pardew will get the Baggies playing to an extent but they are always going to struggle for goals. 29/20 represents excellent value in the betting…
TIP: Man United to win to nil @ 29/20
CORRECT SCORE: Man United to win 2-0 @ 11/2
AFC BOURNEMOUTH vs LIVERPOOL
Bournemouth were under the cosh at Old Trafford on Wednesday night but a 1-0 defeat will sit well with supporters. United have been rampant on home soil this campaign and Eddie Howe was pleased with his side’s performance but attention now turns to Sunday’s contest with Liverpool – the Cherries are a 27/5 shot to emerge victorious.
The hosts have scored at least once in each of their last three Premier League games against Liverpool and punters will fancy that streak to continue this weekend. Jurgen Klopp’s side have been far from assured defensively and the 12/25 for Bournemouth to score over 0.5 goals is appealing, as is the 4/6 on offer for both teams to hit the back of the net.
Look no further than Liverpool for the win here. Klopp’s men slipped down to fifth in the top-flight table after their draw with West Brom earlier in the week but a win here would lift the Reds back into the top four. You can back Liverpool to win by at least two goals at 6/5 in our Premier League betting markets.
This one has all the makings of a modern classic. Liverpool should have enough to keep the Cherries at bay but it is almost impossible to back Klopp’s side to make a clean sheet. 19/10 for a Reds win and both teams scoring represents solid value. It could be a very high scoring affair if both teams go all out for the win.
TIP: Liverpool to win and both teams to score @ 19/10
CORRECT SCORE: Liverpool to win 3-1 @ 19/2
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*