Manchester United v Burnley
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United are 8 wins from 8 and they look like they’re only gaining momentum but tonight they face a task against Sean Dyche’s Burnley who’ve picked up 10 of a possible 12 points in their last 4 Premier League fixtures.
Burnley suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat in the FA Cup on Saturday at the hands of Manchester City but that is to be excused as the priorities clearly lie in the league, with their recent form elevating themselves out of the relegation zone. Despite a recent boost in form, the six fixtures the Clarets have played against the current top six they haven’t picked up a single point, conceding 18 in the process and only scoring twice. Injury concerns for Burnley include Phil Bardsley who has been present during their four game unbeaten run and Johann Berg Gudmonsson who is Burnley’s top assister this season.
Manchester United have been excellent with Victor Lindelöf finally starting to look like the prospect they once signed from Benfica and has been a key member of the back four, with that being said United have only kept three clean sheets in this eight game winning streak and their success has come through the offensive strength of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford. Rashford has been a part of ten goals in Ole’s first eight fixtures and is in the form of his life and based on both team’s form, there’s going to be very little chance of Burnley putting up much of a resistance.
It’d be shocking to see anything other than a comfortable win for United this evening, with consistent defensive issues in the Burnley camp and United only flourishing at the moment, a straight forward 3-0 win with at least one goal from Marcus Rashford would be my prediction for the game.
Tottenham v Watford
After being knocked out of the EFL and FA Cups, Tottenham are looking to bounce back in a fixture where they’ve had bounds of previous success. In all home Premier League fixtures Tottenham have played against Wednesday’s opponents Watford they have come away victorious.
The question is to be asked, will Tottenham have Heung-Min Son fit or will he need a few more days rest for the Newcastle game at the weekend? After being knocked out of the Asia Cup, he played games for South Korea on the 22nd and 25th and he’s come back to a Tottenham side in a rotten patch of form and they’ll have to seriously buck their ideas up otherwise they’ll drop from their very well deserved top 3 position. Christian Eriksen is on track for his lowest goalscoring season for Spurs yet, but with the lack of true goal scorers currently in the side, it will be his time to take the centre role and try bag the goals he’s really been lacking.
Watford have lost every game against the top six so far this season with exception of their home fixture against guess who, Tottenham. Despite a poor record against the top six, Tottenham have clearly got some issues ongoing so it’d be a perfect time to capitalise for The Hornets. Like many of the teams outside of the top six, Watford haven’t got a true goal scorer with their top goal scorer this season being Troy Deeney with merely six.
Even with Tottenham’s current woes offensively they should still be slightly too much for Watford who will more than likely still cause issues but it’s hard to pinpoint where the threat will come from. I’d expect a tight Tottenham win with both teams scoring.
Wolves v West Ham
Surely for this evening’s clash at Molineaux there’ll be plenty of excitement around the reappearance of Marko Arnautovic who recently put pen to paper for a contract extension despite endless allegations of his suspected move to China.
West Ham were thumped 4-2 in the week by bottom of League One, Wimbledon and will be expecting a revival after such a woeful performance where Felipe Anderson broke a six game goal drought. There’s slight positivity taken from the Anderson goal despite also playing a near-full strength side but the defensive duo of Diop and Ogbonna will more than likely be kept due to the ongoing injury to Balbuena. Wolves will look to take advantage of what seems like a lacklustre partnership.
Similar to Felipe Anderson who scored in the week off the bench, Raul Jimenez did the exact same to bring his team back from a 2-0 deficit against Shrewsbury to rescue a replay in last weekend’s FA Cup game. Jimenez has scored six Premier League goals this season with five of them coming in home fixtures which will bode well in tonight’s fixture where a win would see Wolves move up to 7th position with Watford playing Spurs tomorrow evening. Diogo Jota bagged himself his first Premier League hat-trick in Wolves’ previous Premier Leaguefixture (4-3 v Leicester) where he also became the 2nd Portuguese player in the league’s history to score one, but that would also lead you to believe he’d retain his spot in the starting XI tonight and will only add to the multitude of forces West Ham will have to attempt to deal with.
Unfortunately for the Irons I can’t see around a Wolves win barring an exceptional Arnautovic return and the bookies agree aswell with Wolves sitting at just above even money.
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