The Premier League continues tonight with two more matches, starting with Manchester City hosting Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium.
City are on a roll. They the first top-flight team to win five successive league games this season when they dispatched Crystal Palace on the weekend, keeping five clean sheets in their last six games. Three points tonight would take to the top of the table, at least until their cross-City neighbours play later this evening.
Villa have struggled with a Covid-19 outbreak at their training ground, meaning that their first team has not played a competitive game since they went to Old Trafford on New Year’s Day, the best part of three weeks ago. Will they be match fit?
We can’t see anything other than a home win tonight, and it could be emphatic. Kevin de Bruyne provided his 100th assist for City in all competitions against Crystal Palace on Sunday. The midfield star is playing as well as ever, and we’ll take the 5/2 on offer that he has over one shot on target during the game.
The late games comes from Craven Cottage, as Fulham take on Manchester United.
Fulham were a touch unlucky against Chelsea on the weekend, as they appeared to be holding their own before Antonee Robinson’s red card. Prior to that, they looked on course for their sixth draw in a row. This suggests that they are now a lot harder to beat than was the case earlier in the season.
However, they now face an United side that has recorded seven wins and two draws in their last nine games on the road, including Sunday’s goalless draw at Liverpool. Fulham will have to be very good to get something out of this game.
One thing that we have noted over the last few games has been the improved form of Paul Pogba. The French midfielder looked a peripheral figure at Old Trafford for much of the early part of the season, but he now looks a man reborn. He nearly won the match at Anfield on Sunday and scored a great goal from range at West Ham recently. If Fulham defend deep he may be forced to shoot from distance, particularly if Bruno Fernandes is given a break. We’ll take a punt he scores from outside the area.
Man City/Aston Villa: De Bruyne to have over one shot on target, 1 pt, at 5/2, William Hill
Fulham/Man United: Pogba to score from outside the penalty area, 1 pt, at 14/1, SkyBet