There’s another Premier League program midweek, starting with four games this evening.
First up sees Sheffield United host West Brom, the bottom two clubs in the league. The Baggies did well to come back against Fulham last time out to claim a draw, but they have won just one of their past 11 league games. Time is running out of Sheffield United, they desperately need some points. The good thing is that they are starting to look like their old selves, beating Manchester United at Old Trafford and narrowing losing to Manchester City in their last two games. We’ll take the evens that the Blades win this game.
Next up sees Wolves take on Arsenal. The Gunners were solid against Manchester United on Saturday and are now unbeaten in seven in the league, while Wolves have now gone eight league games without a win.
Wolves have reverted to a three-man defence in the last two games, to try and change this poor run, and their last two fixtures yielded a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge and a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. We think this could be a very tight game, and will take a punt on a draw, at 23/10.
Manchester United take on Southampton in one of the later games, looking to overturn a recent blip in form. A week ago United were top of the league and looking to cement the position with a game against the bottom team Sheffield United. However, a loss there and a drab draw against Arsenal saw them fall off top spot.
That said, this game provides an excellent opportunity to get back on the winning trail as Southampton have only managed one win and three goals in their past eight league matches. How to play it – Marcus Rashford, Cavani and Bruno Fernandes are too short to be worthy of consideration as anytime goalscorers, so we’re going to take a punt on Harry Maguire scoring with a header. That’s a tempting 14/1 shot.
The final game sees Newcastle taking on Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park. The Magpies were impressive in beating Everton on the weekend, with striker Callum Wilson starring, while Palace have failed to score in 10 of their last 14 away league games. Wilson has scored 10 of Newcastle’s 21 goals this season, including two on Saturday. We’ll take him to open the scoring in what could be a tight game, at 4/1.
Sheffield United/West Brom: Home win at evens
Wolves/Arsenal: Draw at 23/10
Manchester United/Southampton: Maguire to score a header at 14/1
Newcastle/Crystal Palace: Wilson to score first at 4/1
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