Week eight of the Premier League is all set to be another blockbuster – with a triple-header Super Sunday including one of the clashes of the season.
Most of the focus will be on Anfield – and after getting a full house of predictions last week, our football betting expert has some tips for this weekend’s action.
Liverpool v Manchester City
The two pre-season favourites for the Premier League meet at Anfield on Sunday in what promises to be an absorbing tie.
Liverpool and Manchester City sit level at the top of the table on 19 points each – both winning six of their seven games. Who will end the weekend on top remains to be seen.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool come into this game on the back of a late defeat to Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday – meaning they are now winless in three.
The big games are coming thick and fast for the Reds, after a pulsating 1-1 draw against Chelsea last Saturday, where Daniel Sturridge’s late equaliser kept them unbeaten in the league.
There’s no respite here against a side they have beaten three times in 2018 – a 4-3 thriller in the league in January, before two Champions League wins in April.
Liverpool have been City’s Achilles’ heel in recent times, and Pep Guardiola will be keen to get City’s first win at Anfield since 2003.
His side have been in fine form in recent weeks, with a late European win over Hoffenheim their fourth in a row.
However, despite their recent dip in form, I think Liverpool will roar back on Sunday.
Klopp has developed the perfect gameplan to beat Guardiola, and City seem to have mental block over what is turning into a bogey team.
It should be a real classic – and I’m backing Liverpool to do the business at 6/4.
Manchester United v Newcastle
Not too long ago, Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez were going toe to toe against each other in Champions League semi-finals, as managers as two of Europe’s elite clubs. The same can’t be said now.
Benitez is boss of a Newcastle side yet to taste victory in any competition this season, while Mourinho’s United seem in disarray.
The Red Devils fell to a 3-1 defeat at West Ham last week where they were outfought and outthought by the Hammers, and there seems to be mutiny in the air at Old Trafford.
Still, Newcastle have been wretched so far this term, and haven’t really looked like winning any of their eight games. Mutiny may not be too far away with more discontent between Benitez and owner Mike Ashley.
Despite being on a poor run, United should still have enough to get victory in Saturday’s game. It may not be pretty, but I think they can get a low-scoring win.
Both 1-0 and 2-0 United victories are available at 5/1, and either would be good value.
Leicester v Everton
Readers of the blog last week will have profited if they backed my suggestion of Leicester winning at Newcastle with Jamie Vardy to score first – and I’m getting behind the Foxes once again this weekend.
They are taking on an Everton side who will have been buoyed by their home victory over Fulham, but still look shaky on the road.
The Toffees have conceded twice in each of their three away games, and could be vulnerable against a fired-up Leicester attack including Vardy and new England man James Maddison.
I like the look of the Foxes in their new diamond formation with Maddison given a starring role, and think they can put Everton to the sword on Saturday.
Back a Leicester win with over 2.5 goals at 5/2.