Fri, Feb 9, 3:04am by Staff Writer
Manchester United face a must-win round of the Premier League this weekend if they are to have any chance of keeping their slim premiership hopes alive, while fending off an in-form Tottenham.
United trails a seemingly unstoppable Manchester City by 13 points heading into the 27th round, with Liverpool fast gaining momentum in third spot, just five points behind.
United ground out a 2-0 victory over Aeon Mooy’s Huddersfield Town on the weekend, and a trip to Newcastle should not pose too many problems.
Jose Mourinho’s side have won four of their past five matches with one loss, while Newcastle has just one victory in as many matches.
United is Sportsbet’s $1.62 favourite to take the points this weekend with $5.50 for a loss and $3.75 for a draw.
After a lapse of concentration allowed Burnley to claim a 1-1 draw last week, Manchester City will be looking to make amends when they host Leicester City on Sunday (AEDT).
Leicester has been much improved since Claude Puel took over as manager in October and will look to stake its claim as the seventh-best club in the league by overtaking Burnley.
But with 22 wins, three draws and just one loss this season, the Citizens are on just $1.20 to return to their winning ways, with a whopping $14 for a Leicester victory and $7 for a draw.
There is plenty at stake for Liverpool when it heads to Southampton this weekend after a 2-2 draw with Tottenham last week left it just two points inside the top four.
Southampton beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 last week but is still just two points outside the relegation zone.
The Reds are expected to hold onto their spot at the top of the table, paying $1.72 for a win, $4.33 for a loss and $4 for a draw.
If Liverpool falters, the north London derby between fifth-placed Tottenham and sixth-placed Arsenal could take on added significance.
Spurs are four points ahead of Arsenal and one behind a fourth-placed Chelsea that is beginning to look shaky toward the business end of the season.
Arsenal outplayed Tottenham 2-0 at home in November and downed Everton 5-1 last week, but Spurs have looked impressive in the last two games and are the $2 favourite to win at home with $3.60 for a loss and $3.75 for a draw.
After a 4-1 loss to Watford, pressure is mounting on defending champion Chelsea and manager Antonio Conte will look to silence his critics against bottom-of-the table West Brom this week.
While Chelsea has won just two of its last 10 matches and has lost three of its last four West Brom has not won away from home since August.
Chelsea is on $1.33 to earn some breathing space with a win this week, with $10 for West Brom and $5 for a draw.
Huddersfield finds itself in dire need of a win as it prepares to host Bournemouth after five straight EPL losses.
Socceroos midfielder Mooy looked impressive as he helped out on the last goal of the Terriers’ 4-1 FA Cup win over Birmingham this week to set up a fifth-round clash with Manchester United.
Huddersfield’s $3 for a win will tempt plenty of Aussie punters this week, with $2.30 for Bournemouth and $3.20 for a draw.
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