By News Team
Last Updated: 12th February 2021
Following their convincing win at Anfield last weekend, Pep Guardiola’s Premier League runaways host Jose Mourinho’s low on confidence Spurs at the Etihad on Saturday evening.
Liverpool, meanwhile, will aim to bounce back immediately as they visit the King Power stadium to take on former manager Brendan Rodgers and his high-flying Leicester City side.
The pick of Sunday’s action sees Leeds United make their first Premier League trip to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal. We preview all the action below.
Leicester v Liverpool: Can Rodgers haunt is former club?
A third straight home defeat for Jurgen Klopp’s men seemed a laughable concept only a few months ago, but the champions have hit a wall in their attempts to retain their Premier League crown and must now break down that wall to ensure they are playing Champions League football next season.
A win at 11/10 against third place Leicester on Saturday lunchtime would certainly represent a strong start to doing just that. While their home form has taken a turn for their worst, they are looking for a third consecutive away win in the Premier League, as well as a third consecutive away win at the King Power.
Leicester, meanwhile, have lost just one of their 13 in all competitions and are once again hoping to put some of the supposed ‘big-six’ under pressure for a Champions League place this season. Landing a win in this one at 13/5 would certainly be a statement of intent if they are to succeed where they fell away last campaign.
Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino scored in the reverse fixture back in November and is 27/10 to score anytime on Saturday.
Man City v Spurs: 16 in a row for the Citizens?
There’s arguably not a more in-form team in world football than Guardiola’s Manchester City, who have racked up 15 wins on the spin in all competitions – a new top-flight record. Perhaps more remarkable, though, is that they’ve conceded just three goals in their last 14 league games as Pep appears to be building his success from the back, with the Ruben Diaz and John Stones partnership continuing to flourish.
Perhaps there is also no worse time for Spurs to play Saturday’s in-form opponents. Their record at the Etihad makes for grim reading too, having won just once in their last 10 visits. They have however won both matches against City since Jose Mourinho took over, which should give them some confidence of landing a victory at 15/2.
City though look to be hitting top gear, with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden taking considerable plaudits for their recent performances. Sterling is 21/20 to get on the scoresheet again this week, with Manchester City 1/3 to win a 16th game in a row.
Arsenal v Leeds: Arteta and Bielsa lock horns
Sunday’s hosts, Arsenal, will be looking to go above Leeds in the table. A position Marcelo Bielsa likely would have bitten your hand off for had you offered it to him at the beginning of the season. Although Leeds are yet to do so in the Premier League, they did visit in a 1-0 FA Cup defeat last season.
Whilst Arsenal’s form has undoubtedly improved as the season has progressed, back-to-back defeats against Wolves and Aston Villa have stagnated that progress somewhat. Granted, defensively only Spurs and Man City have conceded fewer goals than the Gunners this season, but only the bottom four sides in the division have failed to score in more games (nine) than Mikel Arteta’s side. A return to form for captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang with a goal anytime at 23/20 will go a long way to a much-needed Arsenal win at 10/11.
Leeds’ stop-start form this season has hampered what could potentially have been a European challenge – with recent defeats against Brighton and Everton sandwiching impressive wins against Newcastle, Leicester and Crystal Palace. They’ve failed to score in both of their games against Arsenal under Bielsa so far, so will need top-scorer Patrick Bamford to step up and get a goal anytime at 29/20 if they’re to pick up a huge away win in this one at 3/1.