Back the might of Manchester in a 13/8 double
David Moyes sent out a reminder to everyone this week, and his message couldn’t have been clearer. Write us off at your peril.
Manchester United, who are 40/1 rank outsiders to finish in the top four this season, have been resurgent in recent games. They ruthlessly killed off Aston Villa at Old Trafford 4-1 last time out; while against Bayern Munich in midweek, it was evident that resilience was returning.
Their next opponents, Newcastle United, have their eyes set on a Europa League place, and are 50/1 to secure one, though were recently torn apart by Southampton. A marked improvement is needed against a team that is on the ascendency, and historically know how to win when the heat is on.
With midfielder Moussa Sissoko adding to Newcastle’s lengthening injury concerns, Alan Pardew’s list of replacements is growing thin. They are 3/1 for the match with Coral; long odds when considering they are at home.
Moyes’s men are odds on at 10/11, boosted by the fact that they have the best away record in the league this term. Defenders Jonny Evans, and Chris Smalling are doubts, though the Scot’s biggest concern will be whether to rotate his team, with the Champions League quarter-final second leg in mind, away at Bayern after the trip to Tyneside.
Title contenders Manchester City have been quietly going about their business confidently of late, despite dropping two points at the Emirates Stadium against stubborn Gunners resistance.
They are set to welcome back star striker Sergio Aguero for the match at home against Southampton, though he is expected to start from the bench. He is 3/1 to score first, along with fellow attackers Alvaro Negredo, and Edin Dzeko.
Before conceding to Arsenal in their last game, City had gone nine hours and 21 minutes without conceding a goal in the Premier League, and will be keen to get back to clean sheets sooner rather than later.