EPL Sunday Night Best Bets - Matchweek 25
Leicester City vs. Manchester United - 1:00am
It’s hard to know what to say about Leicester City. After losing to League Two Newport County in the FA Cup their season is essentially over. And then there’s their Premier League form: since the start of December, they’ve beaten Chelsea and Manchester City; lost to Cardiff, Newport, Southampton and Wolves – and then went and drew at Anfield.
Will they turn up against United? Goodness knows, but I’m still backing Solskjær’s boys to emerge with the three points.
On the whole, Leicester has been unimpressive at The King Power – losing three of their last four at home (admittedly the exception was beating City), and I believe this United side have the minerals to bounce back and push closer to the top four.
I like the value for a United win, and unless they catch Leicester on a good day – and they’ve had more bad days than good recently – I can’t see any other result, particularly considering United have beaten Leicester in five of their last six meetings.
Manchester City vs. Arsenal - 3:30am
While Arsenal has been nigh untouchable at The Emirates – barring their 2-0 opening day defeat against Sunday’s hosts – Arsenal have been pretty awful on the road. The Gunners have just two away points from their last five matches, with defeats to Southampton, West Ham and Liverpool (an absolute hammering) thrown in there.
I believe they’ll continue this barren stretch at The Etihad. While City has started slipping-up on a more regular basis, it’s noticeable that only two of the six sides to have taken points off them this season are in the top six (Chelsea and Liverpool); it’s likely a matter of complacency as much as anything.
City has also won their last four meetings with Arsenal – scoring 11 and conceding just once – which is cause to believe they’ll raise their game and register an important victory.
Arsenal’s away games average a whopping four goals each, and that’s why I’m backing a City victory and over 2.5 goals in the match. Pep Guardiola’s side still score for fun at home, and I’m expecting their Newcastle debacle to be rapidly put behind them.