Man City to bounce back vs. Arsenal? Pogba to score first for Man United?


After Man City’s shock 2-1 defeat at Newcastle, our ESPN FC crew discuss the fragile side of Pep Guardiola’s team.

Chelsea’s embarrassing 4-0 defeat against Bournemouth damaged their top four push and also ruined our midweek treble, while Liverpool’s surprise draw with Leicester City also cost us. There’s another busy weekend coming up including a huge game for Manchester City against Arsenal.

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The Banker

With just 14 games to play, Manchester City face an uphill task to retain their Premier League crown following Tuesday’s shocking loss against Newcastle. Liverpool’s failure to beat Leicester will have given them a boost but realistically wily Spaniard Pep Guardiola will know City simply cannot afford any further slip ups from here. The good news for them is they face an Arsenal side on Sunday who’ve lost their last four games against the Etihad outfit. The Gunners are also struggling in defence with Hector Bellerin out and Laurent Koscielny a doubt. Arsenal have been very erratic over the past two months and before Tuesday’s shocker on Tyneside Guardiola’s men had kept six consecutive clean sheets in all competitions. With this in mind 6/4 for a home win here without conceding looks tasty.

Selection: £4 on Manchester City to win to nil at 6/4 with bet365.

The Tasty Treble

Manchester United’s winning run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be over but the Red Devils can keep their Champions League qualification dream alive by winning at Leicester. United (17/20) are a different beast under Solskjaer and, having scored 11 goals in their last four away games, they can blast past an erratic Foxes. Elsewhere Crystal Palace (4/5) look worthy favourites to beat Fulham, the only side in the top flight this season without an away win. The Cottagers have been leaking goals away from home and Palace have enough quality up front to claim a crucial win. Finally the draw looks a big price at 7/2 when Newcastle head to Tottenham. The Magpies’ tails will be up after that stunning win against Manchester City and they can take advantage of facing a Spurs side still beset by injury problems by claiming a point at Wembley. The threefold is available at just under 14/1 with bet365 and looks well worth a punt.

Selection: £2 on the treble at 13.98/1 with bet365.

The Euro Wager

Juventus have picked up an incredible 31 points from 11 home games so far this season but host a Parma side who won’t be intimidated by a trip to Turin. Roberto D’Aversa’s men have won five Serie A away games so far this season and won’t park the bus against Juve, so goals look assured.

Selection: £4 on both teams to score at 6/4 with bet365.

The Wildcard Tip

It’s first versus second in the Championship on Saturday evening as Leeds United face Norwich City. The Yorkshire giants are tough to beat at Elland Road, where they have won six of their last eight at home in the league. Indeed they’ve taken an impressive 30 points from 14 home games so far and, guided by the brilliant Marcelo Bielsa, can move clear at the top by outscoring the Canaries.

Selection: £2.50 on Leeds United to win and both teams to score at 13/5 with bet365.

The First Goal Flutter

Paul Pogba has scored six goals in his last seven games so looks a big price at 6/1 to score first when Manchester United take on Leicester City at the King Power. His midweek goal against Burnley means this is already the best goal scoring season of his career to date and the Frenchman looks a player reborn since United said au revoir to Jose Mourinho.

Selection: £2 on Pogba to score first at 6/1 with bet365.

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