By News Team
15th January 2021
The headline act of the Premier League weekend is at the top-of-the-table clash where Liverpool renew their rivalries with Man Utd at Anfield.
With a whole host of matches elsewhere still on show up and down the country, we take a look at the pick of the fixtures.
Brighton travel to Elland Road in need of points
Leeds look to bounce back from their FA Cup shock against struggling Brighton at Elland Road. Marcelo Bielsa was fuming on the touchline as League Two Crawley stunned the Yorkshiremen 3-0 last time and now he faces a Seagulls side who have been playing some nice football but are short on victories.
A Leeds success is 21/20 and you can see why, as Brighton have managed just two wins this season. They haven’t picked up three points since November when they were good value for a 2-1 win at Aston Villa but showed lots of heart in going down just 1-0 at Manchester City in midweek. That might explain their odds of 5/2, but they need to start taking their chances. The draw is on offer at 13/5 which might tempt a few given Brighton have finished all square a whopping eight times this season.
As for Leeds, they are the Premier League’s entertainers this season and have even scored more goals than Manchester City so far. They do have problems at the other end, though, and have conceded 33 times which is only bettered by struggling West Brom. Unsurprisingly then, both teams to score is just 8/15.
London derby at Craven Cottage
Fulham are big underdogs in their second London derby of the week as they host Chelsea at Craven Cottage. Scott Parker’s men, who have been busy after their battling 1-1 draw at Tottenham on Wednesday, are 6/1 to grab a win at home. Cottagers fans will hope that effort hasn’t taken too much out of them, but you could argue they are the form team in this west London showdown.
Fulham are unbeaten in five league games – the problem is they have all been draws. But getting a point off Spurs, Liverpool and Southampton in that run takes some doing.
At the same time, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is coming under pressure with just one win in their past six Premier League clashes. That makes their odds of 4/9 look potentially on the skinny side given that they have lost their past three away games. The Blues have managed just three away wins in the league all season and a draw is priced at 17/5.
Leaders United travel to the champions
Man Utd will be desperate to underline their title credentials in what should be an explosive showdown at Anfield on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have been in fantastic form with six wins and two draws from their past eight Premier League outings. They are grinding out results like their recent 1-0 success at Burnley in a way Sir Alex Ferguson himself would be proud of.
Liverpool are having somewhat of a slump by their recent high standards with just one league win in their past four outings. Being held to a draw by struggling West Brom and Newcastle was followed by a tepid defeat at Southampton last time.
United would move six points clear of the champions with a win here and they have a fantastic away record this season with seven wins and a draw from eight road trips. We all know about Liverpool’s unbeaten home record that dates back to 2017 and given United’s impressive away form, this is a really hard one to call.
The home side are even money with the visitors 5/2 and the draw 14/5. It might only be January, but the result of this one could go a long way to telling us where the Premier League title might end up.