By News Team
24th December 2020
Christmas might be over, but for football fans there are a still a host of presents to open with some brilliant action over the festive period. Here’s our take on a couple of the Premier League football fixtures we think are worth keeping an eye on.
Have Man United turn the corner?
It had been very much the opposite of home comforts for Manchester United at Old Trafford with a series of below-par performances which had really stunted their progress so far this term. However, they were back to their imperious best last weekend against Leeds. A 6-2 drubbing, which could have easily been more empathic, was much more like the United we are used to at home and if they can continue that form, you’ve got to say they are title contenders.
The proof is in the pudding, though, and they’ll want to show that Leeds victory wasn’t a flash in the pan by registering another three points against Wolves here. The Red Devils are 4/7 for the win.
They take on a Wolves side who are becoming incredibly tough to predict. There’s the side that came back to beat Chelsea impressively or there’s the one that wilted against Burnley last time out. Such inconsistency makes them a very hard proposition here, but we all know the quality they have, and the hosts won’t be taking the side from Birmingham lightly. Wolves, who haven’t won in four games against their opponents, a 5/1 to come away from Manchester with a win.
Given they are so hard to predict, Wolves can be backed in the draw no bet market at 10/3 here. We’ve seen the frailties that United have and if the likes of Pedro Neto and Adama Traore can get in behind their defence, they have more than enough to hurt them.
Everton another stumbling block for Man City?
It’s been a stronger couple of weeks for Man City, with victory over high-flying Southampton away from home in the Premier League, and not least their 4-1 drubbing of Arsenal to keep hopes of a fourth consecutive League Cup title intact.
But Monday’s match against Everton will be another test to see whether Pep Guardiola’s side have any chance of wrestling the league title back to Manchester this season, after overseeing a poor start to the campaign by their own standards.
The visitors have won on all of their last three visits to Goodison Park and have five of their last meetings with the Toffees in the Premier League, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side have proven they can be a real force when they get going.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s resurgence under the Italian has been a joy to behold, while Michael Keane and Lucas Digne have put in memorable defensive performances throughout the campaign so far, and with Man City struggling for goals this season, it could be a long evening for the Guardiola and his team.
Despite all of Everton’s efforts, they come into this tie as heavy underdogs at 11/2, whilst you can get Man City at just 1/2 to win. The match result with both teams to score prices are 8/1 for Everton, and 7/4 for Man City.