Sheffield United host West Brom in the pick of the Super 6 fixtures this evening.
It doesn’t look promising for the Blades, who are now 13 points off safety after Brighton’s victory over Tottenham on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Baggies sit nine points below 17th and know three points is a must at Bramall Lane as time starts to run out.
Elsewhere, an improving Arsenal visit out-of-form Wolves, Manchester United host Southampton hoping to get their title bid back on track, and Palace head to Newcastle.
A couple of tasty Championship fixtures complete this week’s selections for Super 6.
Here, we pick through Sky Sports’ chosen matches and offer you tips and predictions based on the latest Opta data and Sky Bet odds.
Sheffield United 1-1 West Brom
The Blades have turned a corner with four victories in all competitions in January and welcome a Baggies team who have now leaked 50 goals in 21 Premier League matches. However, Chris Wilder’s men have kept just one clean sheet all season and aren’t scoring enough at the other end. The Premier League’s lowest scorers (12), Sheffield United have managed more than one goal in a game just twice this term (both Manchester United) while West Brom are averaging exactly a goal a game on the road. Bet on a 1-1 draw at a price boost 13/2.
Wolves 1-2 Arsenal
Wolves are now eight Premier League games without a win ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Molineux. Meanwhile, the Gunners have the second-best defence in the league and are unbeaten in seven, winning five. Add to that Wolves’ misery in attack this season and the outlook is bleak for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. They have managed just nine goals from open play all season and only two teams have missed more clear-cut chances. That said, they have scored in each of their last four home games and it is hoped Willian Jose will inject some much-needed attacking flair. Arsenal to win 2-1 is a price boost 8/1.
Manchester United 1-1 Southampton
Southampton have lost three successive games for the first time this season and head to Manchester having picked up just four points from a possible 18 against the current top six. Saints must be cautious of United’s pace and sharp passing against the high press, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will not have it all their own way. United have already lost twice as many at home this season than they did last, and basement club Sheffield United exposed their frailties at Old Trafford just last week. Southampton certainly won’t run riot – they average 0.38 goals per game in the last eight matches – but you can expect the visitors to pose a few questions. Danny Ings to score first and either Draw 1-1 or Southampton to win 2-1 is an enticing 50/1.
Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace
The Magpies looked a different animal in their impressive 2-0 win away at Everton on Saturday as the pressure was eased on manager Steve Bruce. Their games with Palace are almost always settled by the odd goal. In fact, Newcastle’s 2-0 win at Selhurst Park in November was the first time either side has scored more than one goal against the other in eight meetings (and both of those came after the 88-minute mark). Palace have the second-leakiest defence in the division and lack a reliable frontman in the mould of Callum Wilson at the opposite end. Wilson to score first is a price boost 4/1.
Bournemouth 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Bournemouth are having a wobble. The Cherries are without a win in four and have lost three on the spin ahead of tonight’s game against relegation-threatened Sheffield Wednesday. Perhaps the visit of the Championship’s most sterile attack will help the Cherries bounce back from a miserable run. Usually freescoring, Jason Tindall’s men have managed just two goals in their last four and will not need reminding that they lost at Hillsborough earlier in the season. Meanwhile, Wednesday have lost just once in six as they bid to climb away from the Championship trap door. We’re tipping Bournemouth to edge a cagey affair. Bournemouth are 9/2 to win 1-0.
Roterham 0-2 Derby
Roterham edged past Derby at Pride Park last month as Wayne Rooney suffered defeat in his first game as permanent boss. But the Millers have just one home win in six Championship matches at the New York Stadium and Derby head into Tuesday’s meeting as favourites. Only three teams have picked up more points than Rooney’s men over the course of the last eight games, plus they’re generally better on the road this season. Derby are among the lowest scorers in the Championship but they won’t need many if they maintain a recent habit for clean sheets. The Rams are 11/1 to win 2-0.
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