The Premier League weekend continues on Sunday afternoon with the race for the title and the battle for Champions League football very much in the spotlight as two matches take place in the two big cities in England.
As ever on a Sunday both of the matches are live and in full on the TV for us in the UK to enjoy so there is no reason not to sit back on the couch and enjoy what appear to be two competitive games of football.
West Ham United vs Arsenal (14.00 – Sky Main Event & Sky Premier League)
The opening match of the afternoon is a London derby as West Ham United go in search of a third win in the campaign against an Arsenal side who will be hoping to follow up what was an important win over Liverpool last weekend.
Anything but a win for Arsenal here would cut the impact of that victory in half but they have already been to the London Stadium this season in the Carabao Cup and come up short and can’t afford a repeat of that here. West Ham haven’t actually won since they came out on top in the Boxing Day fixture list at the Emirates Stadium and they will be keen to end that run. The Hammers tend to play up and above themselves against the big boys and I suspect they will give Arsenal a challenge in this one. I do think the Gunners might well have too much for West Ham but they are not firing on enough cylinders for me to get involved in them. I’ll leave this one alone.
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Aston Villa vs Manchester United (16.30 – Sky Main Event & Sky Premier League)
The second match of the afternoon comes from Villa Park where two sides who will be eyeing up Champions League football next season meet as Aston Villa, in fourth spot heading into the weekend, host Manchester United.
Villa have had a storming season so far but they have just come off the top of their form in recent times which will give plenty of encouragement to Man Utd here. That decline might well have begun at Old Trafford on Boxing Day when Villa surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2. They haven’t been quite right since then and their home form, which was impenetrable at the time, has suddenly deserted them so this is a big match for the Villans. It is a big game for United as well though. Their away record against the better teams under Erik ten Hag is very poor and were they to lose this they would drop 11 points behind Villa and Champions League football next term would look very unlikely. I’ve a hunch that Man Utd will get something from this game but I think the better bet is for the visitors to notch over 1.5 goals. In the last three home league games, Aston Villa have conceded to goal shy Sheffield United, twice to Burnley and three times to a poor travelling Newcastle side and an equally weak Chelsea team scored three here in the cup in midweek. Villa’s defence has suddenly left them and with this high line they play against the nippy wide players of Man Utd it could be a recipe for disaster for Villa. United aren’t exactly free scoring on their travels but they scored four in their last away league game at Wolves and are value at odds against to find the net at least twice here.
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