Man Utd v Everton: Man Utd to win and over 2.5 goals – 13/8
Have Manchester United rediscovered their early form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, or is this yet another instance of the Red Devils turning it on against the big boys and then reverting to type against relegation fodder?
If United have serious ambitions of turning their season around then they have to collect maximum points from their next four games against Everton, Watford, Newcastle and Burnley – no questions asked.
However, these are the sort of teams they have struggled against all season.
Against the current top seven, Solskjaer’s men boast an impressive undefeated record of four wins and two draws. Against the bottom 13 though, United have won just twice in ten games – losing four.
They were superb against City last weekend though and should realistically have too much for the Toffees on Sunday to, regardless of their much-improved performance against Chelsea last weekend.
Revenge will surely be high on United’s agenda following the 4-0 drubbing – arguably the most chastising of Solksjaer’s tenure – that the Toffees handed out last April.
Irrespective of their apparent upturns in form, both clubs boast less than desirable recent defence records. Everton, who were in the bottom three as recently as last week, have not kept a clean sheet in each of their last seven league games, recording just one in their last 14.
Meanwhile, Champions League-chasing Manchester United have failed to keep a league shutout since their September victory over Leicester, a run stretching over some 11 games.
Expect a few goals in this one!
Wolves vs Tottenham: Draw – 12/5
It is difficult to gauge where Tottenham are at under Jose Mourinho.
They certainly haven’t played like a typical Mourinho-team anyway, considering that they conceded two goals in four of his six games to date. Spurs only really turned it on once – against Burnley – but have otherwise been their mediocre selves under the Special One.
Wolves, meanwhile, have gone from strength to strength since a wobbly start to the season and they came agonisingly close to topping their Europa League group on Thursday, only for Slovan Bratislava to completely implode and allow eventual winners Braga into top spot.
They won’t be too bothered though and have now stretched their unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions.
Their record of one defeat in their last 18 is particularly impressive, seeing as they played a second-string side in the solitary defeat to Aston Villa in the League Cup.
Wolves are incredibly hard to beat and have lost just two league games this season, a record only bettered by runaway leaders Liverpool.
Tottenham were much improved in their last league outing against Burnley, however, meaning that this could end in stalemate.
* All odds correct at time of posting.