Bruno Fernandes on target in Man Utd vs City, and Firmino to end Anfield goal drought – The Sun

THIS week’s Premier League fixtures offer up a host of tasty fixtures.

Battles at both ends of the table are intensifying week on week, with our three feature matches coming from Anfield, Old Trafford and the King Power Stadium.

 Deeney was sensational in Watford's 3-0 win

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Deeney was sensational in Watford’s 3-0 winCredit: Getty Images – Getty

We’ve betting tips to bring you from all the matches that matter this weekend, starting off with the Cherries on Merseyside…

Liverpool vs Bournemouth, Saturday 12.30pm

WELL, who saw that coming at Vicarage Road?

Definitely not us, as Liverpool’s unbeaten record went up in smoke after a horror-show against the Hornets.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side were lethargic, limp and lifeless against Watford, the complete opposite to how they’ve been pretty much every game this season.

And they weren’t much better as they crashed out of the FA Cup against Chelsea on Tuesday night.

Bournemouth arrive at Anfield with two wins in their last five games, which has given them a strong chance of avoiding the drop.

The shock victory for the Hornets last week though, coupled with a West Ham win over Southampton, has put them back in the bottom three.

Their unbeaten record might be gone, but Liverpool have continued to smash records for the past two years on home soil.

Anfield remains a fortress and odds of 8/1 on a Bournemouth victory aren’t tempting enough to chase – despite their uncanny ability to conjure shocks out of thin air.

We’re looking at you, Chelsea.

 Liverpool were left stunned by Watford last week

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Liverpool were left stunned by Watford last weekCredit: Reuters

When these sides meet, there’s always goals – and unfortunately for the visitors, never seemingly at their end.

The last five H2H’s read like this: 3-0, 3-0, 4-0, 3-0, 4-0.

That’s 17-0 to the Reds and we can only see the pattern continuing on Saturday when the wounded hosts take out their frustrations on Eddie Howe’s side.

Liverpool to win without conceding is evens and one of our favourite bets of the weekend.

While a 3-0 home win – the scoreline in the last two meetings at Anfield – is also tempting at 13/2.

We’re all about value in this column and if you’re looking for a goalscorer bet, you don’t want to be lumbered with an odds-on pick.

Mo Salah and Sadio Mane are both too short to back, so go instead for Roberto Firmino who is a much juicer 8/5.

He’s getting the chances to end his Anfield hoodoo and with odds that big, don’t miss out for when he does.

If you’re brave, 9/2 on him opening the scoring isn’t bad either.

SunSport’s best bets

Liverpool to win to nil: evens

Reds to triumph 3-0: 13/2

Roberto Firmino to end recent goal drought: 8/5

 Firmino's last Anfield goal was way back in April 2019

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Firmino’s last Anfield goal was way back in April 2019Credit: Reuters

Man Utd vs Man City, Sunday 4.30pm

ALL of the sudden, there’s more than just bragging rights at stake in the Manchester derby.

City’s dramatic European ban has effectively removed them from the top-four race, opening the door for their cross-town rivals to steal in and potentially book a Champions League berth for next season.

It would be some achievement for United if they could do that considering how much of a shambles this campaign has been.

Recent weeks have given fans reason for optimism though, with new-boy Bruno Fernandes leading the charge up the table.

Ole’s men are unbeaten in four league games and they’ve conceded just once in that time – a David De Gea clanger last time out at Everton.

City meanwhile are now marooned in second, the players powerless to affect matters off the pitch.

Pep Guardiola‘s side were made to sweat in the Carabao Cup final and at the back John Stones’ error-strewn performance showed just how much they’re going to miss Aymeric Laporte in this one.

United are 7/2 to win the game and that’s fair enough considering they’ve lost the last three meetings at Old Trafford.

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You have to go way back to 2015 for the last time the red half of Manchester were victories on their own patch.

But in four of the last five meetings here they’ve netted – and with that City defence not as watertight as it should be, both teams to score is the safest play of Super Sunday.

That’s a generous 2/3, while we’re happy to recommend a play on Utd double chance.

City don’t have the swagger of last season and Old Trafford is a much happier place after two thumping victories over Club Brugge and Watford.

Okay, they’re not in the same class – but 11/10 to avoid defeat? Go on then.

If you want a goalscorer, United is where to look for the value.

Fernandes is proving a huge hit on and off the terraces and bagged his first goal from open play last week for the club – he’ll also be the main man for United’s freekicks and penalties on the day.

The Portuguese star is a massive 3/1 to net anytime with whistle-happy Mike Dean in the middle. Get on.

SunSport’s best bets

Both teams to score at Old Trafford: 2/3

Man Utd to avoid defeat: 11/10

Bruno Fernandes to find the net: 3/1

 Bruno Fernandes scored the equaliser against Everton in a 1-1 draw.

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Bruno Fernandes scored the equaliser against Everton in a 1-1 draw.Credit: AFP or licensors

Leicester vs Aston Villa, Monday 8pm

DEAN SMITH is on a fox hunt under the King Power lights.

These two know each other very well and it’ll be their fourth meeting this term after clashing in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

Ever since defeat at Villa Park, Leicester just haven’t been their usual selves.

The Foxes are currently four Premier League games without a win although their 1-0 loss at bottom club Norwich did come after another VAR controversy.

Even so, a team wanting Champions League football can’t go on runs like these and they have to bounce back soon.

Villa will have to prove they don’t have a hangover from that 2-1 defeat to Man City, which saw them miss out on added time by the width of Claudio Bravo’s right-hand post.

They’re on a horrible little run of form at just the wrong time and haven’t won on their travels in the league since New Year’s Day.

Infact, the visitors have the second worst away record in the division, with just eight points taken from a possible 42.

With Villa, Watford, Everton, Brighton and Palace to come in the next five for Leicester, there’s a real chance for Rodgers side to secure that coveted Euro spot – which they’ve deserved for much of the season.

 The Aston Villa captain was hoping to lead his side to their first major trophy for 24 years

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The Aston Villa captain was hoping to lead his side to their first major trophy for 24 yearsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 Ben Chilwell is attracting interest from the Premier Leagues top clubs

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Ben Chilwell is attracting interest from the Premier Leagues top clubsCredit: Getty – Contributor

The three games played already this term suggests that there’s little between the teams on paper – one Leicester win, a draw and a Villa victory.

But take your mind back to December’s 4-1 thrashing at Villa Park and you’ll begin to discover just why there’s 25 points separating this pair.

Leicester are just 4/11 to win the game over 90 minutes – £13.63 back for your tenner. No thanks.

Their home form has been patchy of late but when they have won at the King Power this campaign, they’ve tended to do it without a clean-sheet.

So instead take Rodger’s side to win, but with both teams to score – that’s a far more tempting option at 7/4.

And in a game which promises goals – 10 of Villa’s 14 away games have featured three or more goals – over 2.5 goals is a steal at 8/15.

With Jamie Vardy a doubt, it’s over to the supporting cast to provide the firepower.

Kelechi Iheanacho is odds-on, so steer clear of him despite his disallowed strike against the Canaries.

Instead take a punt on James Maddison, who has six Premier League goals this season but is without one in 10 games.

He was lively against Norwich too and represents terrific value at 23/10.

SunSport’s best bets

Leicester to win and both teams to score: 7/4

Over 2.5 goals at the King Power: 8/15

James Maddison to find his scoring touch: 23/10

*Odds from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication

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