By News Team
23rd June 2020
The Premier League matches continue to come thick and fast this week, and as clubs battle to reach their end of season targets, Wednesday and Thursday’s games could prove pivotal.
We’ve taken a look at three of the most mouth-watering on offer below.
Liverpool out for revenge over Eagles
When Liverpool travelled to Selhurst Park in April of 2014, the contrast between their position to that of today is stark. Chasing leaders Manchester City with two matches to play, Liverpool’s capitulation in the second half meant the Premier League title was officially out of reach for the Reds.
Fast forward six years, and Liverpool need just five points to claim the title, sitting 20 points ahead of second placed City with eight matches left to play. They face Palace this time at Anfield on Wednesday.
It’s a chance for Liverpool to gain revenge on their south London opponents, albeit if Jordan Henderson remains the only squad player from the class of 2014. And the Reds are fancied to do just that against Palace at 24/100 for the victory, with the Eagles at 12/1.
This might be Liverpool’s last match before being crowned champions – should Liverpool win on Wednesday, and City fail to beat Chelsea on Thursday, the title will officially be heading to Merseyside.
Liverpool will be bolstered by the return of Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson, with the former noticeably missed in the 0-0 draw with Everton on Sunday. Salah, who has 16 league goals to his name this season, to score first on Wednesday is available at the enhanced odds of 3/1.
Sheffield United face tough trip to Old Trafford
Who would have thought Sheffield United’s trip to Manchester United on Wednesday would have had permutations for both clubs in the race for Europe at the beginning of the season?
Sheffield United and Chris Wilder were in sparkling form not too long ago, unbeaten in five and taking 11 points from a possible 15, but drew with Aston Villa and were put to the sword by Newcastle last week, with Steve Bruce’s side running out 3-0 winners at St James’ Park.
Manchester United struggled in the first half at Spurs on Friday evening but recovered well in the final 45 minutes and were perhaps unlucky not to take all three points on the balance of the match, settling for a draw.
Taking into consideration the performance of both clubs in their recent matches, it’s the Red Devils who will head into this one feeling the more confident – they are 42/100 for the win, with their opponents priced at 15/2.
That said, Wilder’s side are dangerous and will fancy themselves against any club when playing at their best. If they turn up on Wednesday, the draw at 10/3 could certainly be within their sights.
Chelsea to decide fate of title against Man City?
Judging by the performances of Manchester City in their two most recent fixtures against Arsenal and Burnley, they look to be the toughest side to beat at the moment.
Two victories, two clean sheets, eight goals scored, and to the delight of England fans across the country, Phil Foden has bagged three of them, earning himself the man of the match award against Burnley on Monday evening after a stellar showing.
Foden’s performances will have pleased Pep Guardiola, and with David Silva leaving the club this summer, he’ll be hoping to nail down a regular spot in the team over the coming weeks and heading into next season – continuing against Chelsea on Thursday, where he is 3/1 to score anytime.
As mentioned, failure by City to beat Chelsea could hand Liverpool the title, and they’ll no doubt be hoping that they can delay the Reds’ coronation for as long as possible. City are the 4/5 favourites to secure the victory here and prolong that wait.
Once again, it’s Chelsea who have the power to be title-makers in the title race, and just like at Stamford Bridge in 2016, when they handed the title to Leicester at the expense of Spurs, they could play their part again here. The Blues could well offer a helping hand to Liverpool and it’s 10/3 for both teams to score on Thursday night and the match to end in a draw.