Sunday Night Premier League Best Bets - Week 36
Burnley v Man City – Sunday 11:05 pm
At the risk of sounding like a contrarian, has this season’s title race has become a little…dull?
The achievements of Manchester City and Liverpool this season are simply staggering, but with neither side looking likely to drop any points for the remainder of the season, will this all end in anti-climactic fashion? Where’s the jeopardy?
Well, one gravelly-voiced geezer who loves a bit of jeopardy is Sean Dyche. The Burnley manager has the opportunity to blow this season’s title race wide open, and preventing Manchester City from winning on Sunday would do just that.
The Clarets played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Monday, and considering City have just one win from their last three visits to Turf Moor, a huge, league-defining upset cannot be totally ruled out.
Many believe City’s efficient victories against Spurs and Manchester United have pretty much confirmed the destination of this year’s title, but Pep Guardiola will have made sure feet are firmly planted on the ground ahead of this trip to Lancashire.
I think City will do it, but I don’t expect it to be particularly comfortable. Burnley is unbeaten in four, and they have the capability to frustrate the champions.
City scores a lot of early goals, but $4.60* for a draw at half-time and an away win at full-time does look fairly tempting.
Man Utd v Chelsea – Monday 1:30 pm
Despite Manchester United’s recent ineptitude, they’re still very much in the hunt for the top four—primarily due to the equally patchy form of Arsenal and Chelsea—and victory against Maurizio Sarri’s men at Old Trafford would put United in an incredibly strong position, particularly with Huddersfield and Cardiff their two remaining fixtures.
This one is very hard to call. Despite losing seven of their last nine matches, I do think United are my favourites to win, and their performance against Manchester City on Wednesday—despite the hysterical post-match criticism—was actually competitive, especially in the first half.
And while United have been poor in general since that incredible night in Paris, Chelsea’s away form has been simply atrocious. The Blues have lost five of their last seven on the road in the Premier League (the two wins coming against Fulham and Cardiff – the latter of which they deserved to lose), all of which without scoring; that’s not top four form.
For this reason, I’m going to back Manchester United to win. United have won their last two matches against Chelsea at Old Trafford, and it’s easy to forget that prior to the City defeat, the hosts had won seven of their last nine at home in the league.