By News Team
29th January 2021
The Premier League continues this weekend with Arsenal hosting Manchester United in the pick of the fixtures.
Elsewhere, Manchester City bid to extend their lead at the top of the table against Sheffield United.
Read on for our preview and odds for both fixtures below.
Arsenal in the ascendency under Arteta
Before Christmas, Arsenal had taken just 15 points in 14 games under Mikel Arteta this season, and many were tipping the Spaniard to be sacked before the end of 2020.
But the board’s persistence with Arteta has seemed to pay off, as the Gunners have managed to take 16 points in their six games following their baron run before the festive period. They will go into their grudge match against Manchester United on Saturday brimming with a new lease of life.
Despite sitting second in the table and hot on the heels of Manchester City, defeat to Sheffield United in midweek will have dampened the mood in the United camp, squandering the chance to head into the weekend at the top of the table.
The last time these two sides met, Arsenal left Old Trafford with all three points and, despite their turbulent form this season, the Gunners will have the chance to secure a Premier League double over United for the first time in the last 14 seasons.
Green light for Man City to make title charge
Could Pep Guardiola have asked for a more favourable fixture than bottom of the table Sheffield United at home on Saturday, in order to extend their lead at the top of the pile?
Well, that was before the Blades pulled off their spectacular victory at Old Trafford in midweek, but even so, there is an aura about Manchester City in their current vein of form that spells danger for the rest of the teams challenging for the title.
Phil Foden, Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez, Joao Cancelo and John Stones have all found form at a crucial time for the Sky Blues in recent weeks, and with new addition Ruben Dias proving an immovable object at the heart of defence, it looks like City have all the attributes to put together an uncompromising run before the end of the season, to wrestle the title back from Merseyside.
It’s Sheffield United and Burnley before their clash with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on 7th February, and three consecutive victories for City could see the Reds out of the title race for good.
It’s some motivation for Guardiola’s men heading into a key period of fixtures given the form that they are currently in, and City to walk away with all three points this weekend is priced at 1/7.
Cancelo has become one of the first men on Guardiola’s team sheet in recent weeks, popping up with important assists and goals when needed, and he is 10/1 to score anytime on Saturday.