By News Team
2nd March 2021
With Manchester City seemingly cruising to another Premier League title, all eyes turn to the race for the top four, especially on Thursday as Liverpool host Chelsea at Anfield.
Here is our preview heading into another action-packed midweek in the English top-flight…
Man City to equal their record?
Tuesday evening sees Wolves travel to the Etihad as they get ready to face one of, if not the most in-form team in European football right now, in Manchester City.
City are currently unbeaten in 27 games in all competitions, just one off their all-time club record of 28 which came between April and December of 2017. After beating West Ham on Saturday, the Citizens have now won a stunning 20 games in a row in all competitions and became just one of three sides in European football history to win 20+ consecutive games alongside Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. Pep Guardiola’s side are 2/9 to defeat Wolves and add to that tally this week.
Last season, Wolves defeated City 2-0 at the Etihad and if they manage to pull off a shock win this time round, it will be the first time they have won back-to-back away games against City since 1960. The standout man for the visitors at this time is Pedro Neto. Neto has been involved in more Premier League goals than any other Wolves player this season and is the only player to register as many as 10 goal involvements before turning 21 in a single Premier League campaign for Wolves. The Portuguese talisman is 11/2 to score anytime on Tuesday evening.
Man United to stumble at Selhurst?
Coming off the back of a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Manchester United travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace on Wednesday with the hope of leaving with all three points.
United have been exceptional away from home this season with the Red Devils currently on a 20-game unbeaten streak. Only four clubs in English top-flight history have had a longer unbeaten away run than this. Given their incredible run, United head into this fixture as clear favourites at a price of 2/5 for victory.
Bruno Fernandes, meanwhile, has 40 goal involvements in his 40 Premier League appearances so far. However, three of the last four matches in which the Portuguese has failed to register a goal or assist have been in London. How will he fare in the capital this time around?
Palace have won two of their last three league meetings with United, as many as they had in their previous 27 against them, and they will be looking to complete a league double over their opponents on Wednesday for the first time in their history. Roy Hodgson’s side are currently priced as 7/1 underdogs, but you can never count out the Eagles to cause a surprise.
Can Chelsea widen the gap on Liverpool?
An all-time Premier League classic is ready to take place at Anfield on Thursday evening as Liverpool host Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in a crucial race in the top-four battle.
Liverpool have won each of their last four Premier League meetings with Chelsea, scoring 11 goals and conceding only four along the way. In fact, Blackburn Rovers are the only side in Premier League history to win five consecutive league games against the Blues.
Sadio Mane is currently priced at 2/1 to score anytime on Thursday and he seems to enjoy playing Chelsea, with the attacker having scored seven goals in 16 meetings in recent years, but will he be on the scoresheet this time round?
Tuchel is currently unbeaten in his first nine matches as Blues boss in all competitions with only José Mourinho (10) and Luiz Felipe Scolari (12) having longer unbeaten starts as Chelsea managers. Tuchel also became the first Chelsea manager in history to keep four clean sheets in his first four home league games as well as becoming only the second manager in Premier League history to complete his feat. Chelsea are sat as 21/10 underdogs to conquer Anfield on Thursday evening.