Manchester City versus Tottenham Hotspur, Saturday, January 21
Everton managed to score four goals from four shots on target against Manchester City at Goodison Park last Sunday, effectively ending the Sky Blues’ Premier League title challenge, if manager Pep Guardiola is to believed. Centre half John Stones continues to carry the can for City’s ragged back four, but Nicolas Otamendi, Gael Clichy and Yaya Toure all made individual mistakes that cost their side dearly against Everton.
Spurs, on the other hand, arrive at the Etihad Stadium on the crest of a wave, having won all six Premier League fixtures since a 1-0 reverse against Manchester United at Old Trafford in mid-December. Mauricio Pochettino’s side has scored 19 goals and conceded just three in that period and can, once again, expose the Sky Blues’ defensive frailties and lack of threat going forward.
Tottenham make no little appeal at 3.6 with Bet365, but Pep Guardiola has questions to answer, so let’s try Tottenham -1 in the handicap market at 8.0 with Ladbrokes.
Selection: Tottenham -1 (8.0 with Ladbrokes)
Manchester United versus Liverpool, Sunday, January 15
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp freely admitted that his side was lucky to come away from St. Mary’s with just a 1-0 deficit after a shocking performance against Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday. That said, the Reds have lost just twice in the Premier League all season and currently lie second, five points ahead of sixth-placed United. Indeed, both sides have been in cracking form in the Premier League in recent weeks; United have taken 24 points out of the last 30 available, including 18 out of the last 18, while Liverpool have taken just three fewer.
Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho should be able to welcome back top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic so, hopefully, a repeat of the uneventful goalless draw at Anfield in the reverse fixture back in October seems unlikely. Interestingly, United have conceded just six goals in the first half in their 20 Premier League fixtures so far this season so, for a little variety, let’s try Draw/Manchester United at 5.8 with 188Bet in the Half Time/Full Time market.
Selection: Draw/Manchester United (5.8 with 188Bet)