Clear your schedule; you won’t want to miss Super Sunday this weekend. Starting with Real Madrid’s conquerors Tottenham Hotspur at home to Crystal Palace, football fans should be prepared for one of the biggest Sunday’s of the Premier League season. Later, Manchester City will host Arsenal before Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge for what may be a fiery affair at Stamford Bridge.
So without further ado, let’s get stuck into some of the top tips and betting advice ahead of the weekend. With it being Bonfire night, will we 'remember remember, the 5th of November' or is it going to be a damp squib? Check out my thoughts on the action below...
TOTTENHAM vs Crystal Palace
Spurs fans were in dreamland on Wednesday night – Mauricio Pochettino’s men ran out 3-1 winners against 12-time European Cup champions Real Madrid. On their day, Tottenham are capable of slugging it out with the best teams in the business but the hosts must be wary of complacency.
Assuming that Palace will roll over and encourage Spurs to tally up a cricket score would be foolish to say the least; the visitors will be tough to beat. Spurs will be riding high on Wednesday's win but they cannot afford to take the Eagles lightly.
Roy Hodgson has failed to inspire confidence during his brief Palace tenure but there have been some positive signs for Eagles supporters. Victory over Chelsea in October gave fans a much-needed confidence boost but the 4-1 defeat to Championship side Bristol City in the Carabao Cup shattered all momentum.
It is hard to see Palace getting anything here if Spurs bring their A-game; the 5/4 for a Tottenham win and clean sheet represents solid value.
TIP: Spurs to win to nil @ 5/4
MANCHESTER CITY vs Arsenal
Pep Guardiola’s side are starting to look unbeatable. It may be a little early to compare City to Arsenal’s “Invincibles” side just yet but the Blues are certainly a class above their rivals in terms of talent, guile and desire.
With so much attacking talent on display, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see City rack up plenty of goals. Prior to last month’s goalless Carabao Cup clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers, City had bagged 19 goals in their previous five home games...
A positive result here could act as the catalyst for Arsenal to go on and rebuild their season after a sub-par start to the campaign. Yes, they are still well in contention for the Champions League spots but defeat in this fixture would see the Gunners drop even further behind City in the title race.
Arsenal are worth considering given City’s perceived aura of invincibility – the Blues will go through a difficult patch at some stage this season. It won’t be here though, the 13/10 for a City win with goals at both ends of the pitch is my best bet of this encounter.
TIP: Man City to win and both teams to score @ 13/10
CHELSEA vs MANCHESTER UNITED
And then in the final game of Super Sunday, we have the big one. Jose Mourinho, Chelsea through and through for so long, will take his Manchester United side down to Stamford Bridge for what could be a fiery encounter.
Antonio Conte’s side have struggled to inspire confidence so far this campaign and supporters will be nervy after Chelsea conceded three goals away at Roma earlier this week – hardly an assured defensive performance and very uncharacteristic of the Blues side that won the Premier League title last year.
United know that defeat is not an option here; Mourinho won’t stand for it. The Red Devils were humiliated 4-0 in the corresponding fixture last term and Chelsea fans were quick to jump on Jose’s back.
A win here, especially with Paul Pogba side-lined, would send out a statement of intent to United’s title rivals, especially those “noisy neighbours” at the Etihad Stadium. Their record at Stamford Bridge isn’t great though and the draw looks well priced at 43/20 given Mourinho’s hesitant approach in the big games.
TIP: Match to be drawn @ 43/20
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*