Welcome to another week of fantastic UK football including one of the most important matches on the Premier League calendar, top versus bottom in Scotland, plus will this weekend spell the end for Ole?
Everton V Manchester United
The Toffees haven’t won in three matches but still go into this match in better form than their visitors this Saturday lunchtime.
The Blues are still unbeaten at home this season, while Manchester United haven’t won at home this season. We are now seven games in, and the table is starting to take place with United occupying 15th place.
Defeat in his last two games has only increased the mounting pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and I don’t see Carlo Ancelotti doing him any favours here.
Last time they met the Toffees ran out 4-0 winners and there is absolutely no way that couldn’t happen again.
Everton to win and over 2.5 goals.
Sheffield Wednesday V Millwall
Bottom placed Sheffield Wednesday take on 8th placed Millwall on Saturday with the visitors enjoying some decent form, avoiding defeat in eight games from ten.
The home team though are also coming off the back of a win, one that put an end to a run of four straight defeats.
In their most recent matches, Wednesday beat Bournemouth 1-0, while Millwall drew 0-0 against Norwich City. Typically these have not been two high scoring teams so I wouldn’t expect a glut of scores.
If Sheffield, who this week had their points deduction for breaching EFL spending rules halved from 12 to six, are improving then they may avoid defeat but Millwall haven’t typically shown any form in this fixture either.
On that note, I will opt for a 0-0.
Chelsea V Sheffield United
The steel city’s other team Sheffield United make a visit to inform Chelsea for the Saturday evening kick-off.
Chelsea are seven games unbeaten in all comps and have even started adding clean sheets to their accomplishments, something that looked unthinkable just weeks ago.
Blades on the other hand look incapable of matching the heights of last season and find themselves winless and in the relegation zone.
Sheff Utd won 3-0 the last time they met but that Chelsea are a different beast this time around and should take all three points.
Chelsea win and over 2.5 goals.
Motherwell V Celtic
Sunday’s midday kick-off in the Scottish Premier League sees Celtic visit Fir Park to take on Motherwell.
The Well have won their last two but will not relish a visit from the Bhoys who themselves are looking to reign in Rangers’ advantage in the Premiership standings.
Celtic have been hit hard by the current pandemic but that is beginning to ease a bit now and French star Odsonne Edouard should be back to make the difference.
Away win is likely and over 2.5 goals.
Rangers V Hamilton
Table topping Rangers are running away with it this season, on a run of 13 wins in 15 games and sitting nine points clear.
Steven Gerrard’s men are also the top scorers in the division and have conceded only three goals from their 13 league fixtures.
As for their visitors Hamilton, they are winless in 11 and find themselves propping up the league and with the highest amount of goals conceded.
The contrast could not be bigger.
With this in mind, expect a big Rangers win this Sunday.
Manchester City V Liverpool
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has called this fixture the “ most difficult game in world football” and he’s probably not wrong.
In previous years, the losers of this fixture could well go away thinking that their chances of lifting the title are over, such is the level that these two have set.
This year though both teams have disappointed and a lower tally should be required come the end of the season.
Right now, Liverpool look unlike themselves and are still reeling from the loss of Virgil van Dijk who will be sorely missed in this fixture.
That said, since his last game they have gone clear at the top and posted a 100% record in the Champions League, all but guaranteeing qualification.
Their opponents on Sunday probably look the most un-Guardiola like that they have looked since he walked through the door. But you still wouldn’t back any other of these two teams to win the title.
While these big fixtures can so often disappoint, this has been a season of many goals and these two expansive teams could well share a goal feast come Sunday afternoon.
I’m still not brave enough to pick a winner though.
- Saturday 12:30: English Premier League: Everton V Manchester United, Everton to win and over 2.5 goals
- Saturday 15:00, EFL Championship: Sheffield Wednesday V Millwall, 0-0
- Saturday 17:15: Chelsea V Sheffield United, Chelsea win and over 2.5 goals
- Sunday 12:00, Scottish Premier League: Motherwell V Celtic, Celtic and over 2.5 goals
- Sunday 15:00, Scottish Premier League: Rangers V Hamilton, Rangers and over 3.5 goals
- Sunday 16:30: Manchester City V Liverpool, over 3.5 goals