Manchester United are gaining momentum having won six on the spin in all competitions but they come up against a Tottenham side looking much improved themselves since Tim Sherwood took charge in what should be an entertaining affair at Old Trafford.
Home advantage means that David Moyes’s charges are odds-on favourites at 5/6 with BetVictor and their form means they should ultimately justify, although Spurs’ attacking improvement suggests that both teams should score (7/10, Ladbrokes) and that lends appeal to Coral’s 5/2 about United both prevailing and conceding.
Chelsea impressed as they saw off Liverpool last time out but they have found the going tough on the road this term and that could cause them problems at Southampton, who have the quality to dent the Blues’ title ambitions by snaring a point. Betfred post 13/5 against the stalemate on the south coast, where a score draw is 15/4 at Boylesports.
At 2/9 with bet365, Arsenal should retain top spot by beating Cardiff and the Gunners stand out in Stan James’s handicaps at 4/6 when starting a goal behind, while Liverpool, who face Hull, are also a handicap banker from a goal back courtesy of the same firm at 4/5. Those prices combine in a double at 2/1.
Having recovered from the Boxing Day upset against Sunderland by beating Southampton, Everton are 11/10 (Paddy Power) to nick the points at Stoke but away victories could be hard to come by across the remaining games.
BetVictor quote Sunderland at 6/5 to edge out Aston Villa and Crystal Palace (7/5, Hills) get the nod as they entertain Norwich. Meanwhile, it’s 12/5 via Skybet to be inconclusive as West Brom host Newcastle and Coral quote Fulham’s home clash with West Ham to all end all square.
Man Utd to beat Spurs and both teams to score – 5/2 (Coral)
Southampton and Chelsea to draw – 13/5 (Betfred)
Handicap double on Arsenal (-1) and Liverpool (-1) – 2/1 (Stan James)
Double on Sunderland and Crystal Palace – 4/1 (William Hill)