Concerns surrounding the Covid-19 virus have caused the cancellation of the Burnley/Fulham match, but there are still a couple of games for us to get our teeth into this Sunday.
First up, Newcastle take on Leicester at St. James’ Park. The home team come into the match fresh off a hard-earned point against Liverpool, and it will be interesting to see whether their energy levels have recovered after giving so much on Wednesday. Leicester have had two days extra to recover, and go into the match deserved favourites.
Leicester won both league meetings last season, scoring eight goals without reply. They will be able to bring star striker Jamie Vardy back into the starting lineup after he was confined to the substitute’s bench against Crystal Palace. Vardy has already scored 11 Premier League goals this campaign, of which nine have come in away matches. We look for him to score the opener today.
The late game is the day’s highlight, as Chelsea host Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
The home team are going through a bad spell at the moment. having won just twice in seven Premier League games since mid-November. Their tame defeat to Arsenal on Boxing Day prompted manager Frank Lampard to criticise his players, a move that didn’t go down well judging by the tepid response in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Monday. Things are not going to get easier with today’s visit of City.
Manchester City have also had their problems this season, but enter this match fresh after their clash with Everton was postponed on Monday due to complications surrounding the Covid-19 virus. Their position in the league is thus artificially low given their games in hand – win them all and they would be one point off the lead.
It’s true City are still nowhere near the swashbuckling side that has taken the league by storm over the last few years, but they have improved a lot defensively. That said, they can still rely upon the genius that is Kevin de Bruyne to provide some magic. The bigger the occasion the better the Belgian midfield star tends to play. We’re tempted with the 7/2 on offer that he is named man of the match, but instead will take the 11/1 that he scores from outside the penalty area.
Newcastle/Leicester: Vardy to score first, 1 pt, at 11/4, William Hill
Chelsea/Man City: De Bruyne to score from outside the penalty area, 1 pt, at 11/1, SkyBet