I’m not quite sure if “Super” is the word that I would use to describe Sunday’s two Premier League fixtures but they could be intriguing nonetheless. Newcastle United, now practically safe from relegation, host Arsenal – fresh from their unconvincing Europa League exploits against CSKA Moscow in Russia.
In Sunday’s later game, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United take on Championship-bound West Bromwich Albion. The Red Devils will be looking to build on last week’s 3-2 victory at Manchester City and the Baggies may be up against it at Old Trafford. Check out our top tips on Sunday’s action below…
NEWCASTLE UNITED vs ARSENAL
Rafa Benitez’s side have been superb in 2018. The Magpies, now 10th in the Premier League table, are on a three-match winning streak and plenty of punters will like the 9/4 available for a home win with 888sport.
Newcastle cannot compete with Arsenal on a player-by-player basis but the St James’ Park faithful will be quietly confident of success this weekend. The Gunners have struggled away from home all season and this is a difficult place for any visiting side.
Arsene Wenger’s men laboured into the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday night; CSKA Moscow were on the verge of an incredible comeback before the Gunners stepped into gear in the second half.
Aaron Ramsey got his name on the scoresheet late on and the in-form Welshman is well priced at 3/1 to score on Sunday. Arsenal will create opportunities and Ramsey could be the main beneficiary – he has been in fine form in recent weeks.
For me, the under 2.5 goals mark is in play here. Newcastle will want to keep things tight in the opening exchanges whilst Arsenal may be tired after their efforts in Russia. The selection has landed in the last three matches involving these sides and 6/5 is a very good price.
TIP: Under 2.5 goals @ 6/5
MANCHESTER UNITED vs WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Did anyone predict a Manchester United revival in the second half at the Etihad Stadium last weekend? The Red Devils were dead and buried before Paul Pogba inspired the visitors to three goals in the space of 17 crazy second half minutes.
The Frenchman scored twice before Chris Smalling snatched a third and Pogba could be the man to watch again this weekend. When confidence is flowing, he is sensational and plenty of punters will be keen to take the 7/1 for Pogba to score AND assist a teammate.
A clean sheet looks likely here but you never know with Manchester United. West Brom will be looking to keep this one respectable and it would be a huge surprise to see the Baggies push in the final third. With that in mind, the win to nil at 16/25 comes into play.
West Brom are already preparing for life in England’s second tier. Alan Pardew has gone and fan favourite Darren Moore has no time to lead the Baggies out of trouble. This could get out of hand if the visitors arrive at Old Trafford with the wrong mindset.
For me, the 4/5 on offer for United to score in both halves is the bet of the day. Mourinho’s men have been criticised for playing defensively in recent months but that cannot be the case here. West Brom are there for the taking; United could score a hatful if they go for the throat.
TIP: Man United to score in both halves @ 4/5
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*