United to Make Citizens Wait

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Manchester United aim to make rivals City wait a little longer for a title party

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jurgen Klopp match up at Old Trafford.

All eyes will be on events at Old Trafford on Sunday with a defeat for Manchester United against arch-rivals Liverpool sealing the Premier League title for Manchester City.

It could be worth backing United to keep City waiting a while longer to be crowned Premier League champions, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side looking overpriced at 9/5 to get the better of Liverpool in what would be a deflating defeat for the Merseysiders as they aim for a Champions League finish.

The game at Old Trafford matters more for Liverpool as they desperately try to force their way into the Premier League’s top four, however, United are simply in better form.

United Form a Serious Factor

The Red Devils have lost just one of their last 27 Premier League games and recent results have included away wins at City and Spurs as well as a resounding 6-2 thrashing of Roma in Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg.

Fatigue is unlikely to be too much of an issue and given their advantage, United should be able to focus on this match with the return in Italy presumably a formality.

Only City have accumulated more Premier League points than United’s 37 from 18 games in the calendar year with Liverpool having earned 16 points fewer from 17 fixtures.

Much has been made of Liverpool’s defensive injury problems this season, but two thirds of their famed front three have failed to fire for a sustained period.

Roberto Firmino has one goal in 2021 and Sadio Mane has two Premier League strikes to his name this year which puts huge pressure on Mohamed Salah to deliver and he is 7/5 to score at anytime.

Newcastle Value Against Misfiring Gunners

The Premier League day starts with Arsenal’s trip to Tyneside and Newcastle could be worth an interest at 51/20 to see off the misfiring Gunners.

Arsenal’s whole season rests on whether they can win the Europa League and with the second leg of their semi-final coming at home on Thursday against Villarreal expect Mikel Arteta to rotate his team.

Newcastle, who have drawn with Liverpool and Tottenham as well as beaten Burnley and West Ham in the last four matches, are showing much more ambition these days with Allan Saint-Maximin turning on the style for Steve Bruce’s hosts.

A potentially safer bet than taking Newcastle to win is the 20/29 offered about both teams scoring. It has happened in ten of Newcastle’s last 11 at home.

Gareth can Bale out Tottenham

Tottenham are red-hot 3/10 favourites to see off relegated Sheffield United at home and they should bounce back from the disappointment of last week’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.

The Blades have lost 14 of their 16 away league games this term and this looks a nice opportunity for Gareth Bale to continue his recent form at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Bale has scored five goals in his last three home starts and is 13/5 to score first. If you want bigger odds he is 13/2 to score from outside the box.

*All odds correct at time of writing

Mark is the Racing Post’s football betting expert and he is also a regular pundit on talkSPORT and the Guardian’s Football Weekly.

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