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Premier League predictions for GW 29 as Man Utd and Man City prepare for derby day

By Steve Jennings

Premier League predictions Man Utd vs Man City

Published: 13:57, 6 March 2020

After a midweek round of FA Cup action, the Premier League is back in full force this weekend boasting a standout fixture of Manchester United vs Manchester City.

Liverpool are looking to get themselves out of their slump when Bournemouth travel to Anfield on Saturday lunch-time before Tottenham face a tricky trip to Burnley in the evening.

Sunday could be the more entertaining day, though, with Chelsea hosting Everton and the small matter of a Manchester derby at Old Trafford.

As ever, two of our writers have predicted the result of each match below. There are also percentile odds, based on the SBK sportsbook app, for every result possible.

Liverpool vs. Bournemouth

Steve Jennings: Having lost three of their previous four matches – and edging past West Ham in their last league outing at Anfield – Liverpool are due a response. Bournemouth could be for a hiding here, though their own situation might cause them to dig in somewhat. Still, a home win is surely the only outcome. Liverpool 2-0 Bournemouth.

Ben Green: Jurgen Klopp’s side are experiencing a bit of a wobble at the minute, and with one eye firmly fixed on Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Atletico Madrid, Bournemouth could capitalise on a distracted Liverpool. That said, it’s highly unlikely the Reds will come up short again, particularly at Anfield. Liverpool 3-1 Bournemouth.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Mohamed Salah has never failed to score against Bournemouth in his five appearances against them, during which he has seven goals overall.

SBK odds:

Liverpool win: 78.12%
Draw: 14.29%
Bournemouth win: 6.90%

Arsenal vs. West Ham

SJ: Arsenal responded to their painful Europa League defeat by progressing to the FA Cup quarter-finals. It’s now time for them to properly put their name in the hat for Champions League qualification by beating West Ham. David Moyes’ men have shown some resolve in recent games but the Gunners should get through this one.  Arsenal 3-1 West Ham.

BG: Arsenal are finally starting to generate momentum in the Premier League under Mikel Arteta, with his side unbeaten in seven and entering this London derby with successive wins. The Hammers put up a good fight during their travels last time out, against Liverpool no less, but one win in 12 years at the Emirates isn’t a good omen for the claret and blue camp. Arsenal 2-0 West Ham.

PLAYER TO WATCH: If West Ham are to leave with a point they will be reliant on Pablo Fornals, who has been directly involved in three of their last five league goals.

SBK odds:

Arsenal win: 62.11%
Draw: 21.74%
West Ham win: 15.62%

Crystal Palace vs. Watford

SJ: After slipping back into danger, Watford gave themselves more than a fighting chance by beating Liverpool last weekend. The Hornets must take that same attitude to Crystal Palace, where they are more than capable of picking up a point against the low-scoring Eagles. Crystal Palace 1-1 Watford.

BG: It would be so typical of football if Watford were to suffer defeat against Palace just a week after thrashing the champions-elect, such is the madness and unpredictability of the sport. But, Nigel Pearson has his side well-orchestrated at the minute and will certainly fancy his chances against the Roy Hodgson’s men. Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Only Gerard Deulofeu has completed more take-ons (61) than Ismaila Sarr (31) for Watford in the Premier League this season.

SBK odds:

Crystal Palace win: 37.31%
Draw: 29.85%
Watford win: 32.26%

Sheffield Utd vs. Norwich

SJ: Norwich looked completely zapped of energy by the end of extra-time against Tottenham in the FA Cup on Wednesday, but will their shootout victory inspire a positive attitude at Bramall Lane? Regardless, Sheffield United are fighting for Champions League football, which is enough motivation to secure the points. Sheffield Utd 3-1 Norwich.

BG: Bramall Lane has proven an ominous venue for travelling teams this season. The Blades have lost just once on home turf in seven games — and that was against Man City — but Daniel Farke’s side have been firing on all cylinders this past week, with giant-killings over Leicester and Spurs, which should stand them in good stead. Sheffield Utd 2-2 Norwich.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Only three players have made more interceptions than Sheffield United centre-back Chris Basham (58) in the Premier League this season.

SBK odds:

Sheffield Utd win: 58.14%
Draw: 25.00%
Norwich win: 15.62%

Southampton vs. Newcastle

SJ: Two of the Premier League’s most unpredictable sides face off here. Both have been on the right and wrong side of embarrassing scorelines this term, but it is Newcastle who are arguably more in need of the points at St. Mary’s. They will leapfrog Southampton with a win, but a draw is a more likely result. Southampton 1-1 Newcastle.

BG: A proverbial six-pointer if ever there was one. Southampton and Newcastle have kept a safe distance from the drop zone for the majority of 2020, but the tide can change in any moment and both are in danger of being dragged into a relegation dogfight. Expect a cautious stalemate. Southampton 1-1 Newcastle.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Only Marcus Rashford (10) and Mohamed Salah (13) have scored more home goals in the Premier League than Danny Ings (8) this season.

SBK odds:

Southampton win: 58.14%
Draw: 23.81%
Newcastle win: 17.24%

Wolves vs. Brighton

SJ: Brighton haven’t won in nine and are at major risk of being relegated despite hovering above the bottom three for much of the campaign. A trip to in-form Wolves is the last thing they need; anything other than a comfortable home win would be a surprise here. Wolves 3-0 Brighton.

BG: Wolves haven’t allowed European football to quell their ambitions this season and they’re in good form going into this match. Thirteen goals in their last four matches across all competitions will not whet the appetite for Brighton, who have not won in nine games. Wolves 3-1 Brighton.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Diogo Jota has been directly involved in seven goals across his last three games in all competitions, scoring six and assisting one.

SBK odds:

Wolves win: 58.82%
Brighton win: 16.13%

Burnley vs. Tottenham

SJ: It’s difficult to see Tottenham winning at the moment. Their attacking problems – with Son Heung-min and Harry Kane still sidelined – are matched by their defensive issues, and Burnley have the ability to make things tough for the Londoners at Turf Moor. There is a good chance the Clarets will be above Spurs in the table by the end of Saturday. Burnley 2-1 Tottenham.

BG: Four consecutive defeats for Spurs has sparked concern on the terraces and the pressure is really starting to build on Jose Mourinho already. Only a win will keep the critics quiet, but as Arsenal and Leicester will attest to in recent weeks, Turf Moor is not an easy place to play, particularly when the chips are down. Burnley 1-1 Spurs.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Chris Wood has scored two of Burnley’s last three league goals against Spurs.

SBK odds:

Burnley win: 35.71%
Draw: 28.99%
Tottenham win: 34.48%

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Chelsea vs. Everton

SJ: Chelsea face their second Merseyside opponent of the week after beating Liverpool in the FA Cup on Tuesday. Everton have been unfortunate in taking just one point from promising performances against Arsenal and Manchester United of late, and that pattern may well continue at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea 2-1 Everton.

BG: The hosts have a number of injury problems approaching this game, but Frank Lampard has more than enough depth to field a strong XI, plus he’ll be in good spirits following his side’s win over Liverpool on Tuesday. Everton meanwhile have been superb under Carlo Ancelotti but results away from home in 2020 have largely flattered to deceive. Chelsea 1-0 Everton.

PLAYER TO WATCH:  Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored five goals in 16 career appearances against Chelsea.

SBK odds:

Chelsea win: 52.91%
Draw: 25.00%
Everton win: 21.74%

Man United vs. Man City

SJ: Debatably fortunate to leave Goodison Park with a point last weekend, Manchester United will have to up their game against the champions. Of course, we know they are able to do that having seen the Red Devils win at the Etihad earlier this term. This time, though, expect City to take revenge. Man Utd 1-3 Man City.

BG: Man Utd have already claimed two scalps from Man City this season, so it’s unlikely they’ll clinch a hat-trick of wins, with perfectionist Pep Guardiola a shoo-in to get his tactics spot on in such a big game. Man Utd 1-3 Man City.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in five goals across his first six Man Utd appearances.

SBK odds:

Man Utd win: 17.86%
Draw: 22.22%
Man City win: 59.17%

Leicester vs. Aston Villa

SJ: Villa ended up overpowering Leicester in the Carabao Cup semi-finals. Now, having lost the final to Manchester City, it’s up to Dean Smith’s side to show they have the quality to stay in the Premier League. Leicester haven’t been themselves of late, but they are capable of blowing anybody away if they are on it. With all of that in mind, a narrow home win could be on the cards. Leicester 2-1 Aston Villa.

BG: Cracks have started to emerge in Leicester’s season after such a promising start. The gap between third and fifth remains relatively wide for now, but Brendan Rodgers will be desperate for his side to further consolidate their standing in the top four. Without a win in four, surely Leicester won’t lose to another relegation-threatened side? Leicester 2-0 Aston Villa.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Only four players have created more chances than Jack Grealish (69) in the Premier League this season.

SBK odds:

Leicester win: 69.44%
Draw: 18.52%
Aston Villa win: 11.11%


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