Super Sunday double
Frank Monkhouse | 5 February 2017
We dissect Sunday’s live games
Sky Sports’ Super Sunday coverage is a real favourite with football fans, and this week’s instalment looks to be a cracker, with both halves of the Manchester divide in action, City at home and United on the road. We look to put a new angle on pay-per-view TV, more earn-as-you-view.
Man City vs Swansea
Scheduled for a 1.30pm start to bring the curtain up, Manchester City look to make home advantage count when hosting lowly Swansea City at the Etihad. Followers of the home team haven’t had an awful lot to cheer of late, and they go into this latest test in fifth-place, with just one win on the board from their last three starts.
That run includes defeat to Everton and a clumsy 2-2 finish with Spurs. Pep Guardiola would have expected at least four points from those fixtures – he ended up with one. The Citizens have, in fact, lost two of their last five, going down 1-0 to Liverpool on New Year’s Eve, and their title push is in tatters, a full 10 points off Chelsea.
Swansea have given themselves a fighting chance of staying in this league, beating Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Southampton, to break free of the drop zone. The Swans have won each of their last two, and victory here would make a hat-trick to be proud of.
I am giving my vote to City however, as they have already beaten the Welsh club twice this season, 2-1 in the EFL Cup and 3-1 in the league, both away from home. Swansea haven’t beaten City away since 1951. Doesn’t that stat make our 1/5 on Man City easy to back? Those looking for more could try 2-1 in the correct score market. That would’ve been a winning bet in each of the last two meetings between the pair at this venue. We go 17/2.
Leicester vs Man Utd
Last season’s title winners, this year’s Champions League contenders – and relegation-threatened hosts. It’s not half difficult to work The Foxes out. They have lost 12 of their first 23 league starts, and show -14 in the goal difference tally.
Ranieri’s boys are winless in four, and train for this one on the back of three defeats in-a-row, to Chelsea, Southampton and Burnley. The locals haven’t scored a goal in four matches, and have managed just one in their last six. That makes them impossible to trust.
United, on the other hand, have drawn each of their last three, but remain just four points off the top-four, and have rattled 15 goals in their last 10 league matches, conceding just six in the same period. Mourinho said his boys must rediscover their famous winning mentality, and they can take heart from a 4-1 cheer over Leicester back in September. Man Utd to win at 4/6 with Coral looks nailed-on.