Norwich City v Liverpool, 5.30pm Saturday 15th February
It’s top versus bottom in the Premier League on Saturday evening as leaders Liverpool face a Norwich City side a massive fifty-five points below them.
To make matters worse for the visitors, they haven’t won in twenty-six years against Liverpool and have lost eleven of the thirteen meetings since. It’s extremely difficult to see anything but another three points for The Reds, which is justifiably around the 3/10 mark.
Jurgen Klopp’s side won the reverse fixture 4-1 at Anfield on the opening day of the season and a repeat of that score-line comes in at 14/1. We fancy a bigger drubbing for The Canaries though, who’ve conceded more than anyone else in the top flight.
A Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool hammered Chris Hughton’s Norwich 5-0 during the title run-in seven years ago, playing some sublime football. We’re plumping for the same result here, at a decent looking 25/1. The league leaders have only conceded one league goal since early December but if you do fancy Daniel Farke’s side to nick one, get on a Liverpool win and both teams to score at 9/5. We just don’t see it, though, from a side that have scored fewer league goals this season than anyone but Crystal Palace.
Virgil Van Dijk scored in their meeting on the season’s opening day and is always good value for a goal. He’s scored four times in this league campaign, more than any Norwich player bar Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell. The Dutch central defender is worth a shot at 7/2 to score another at Carrow Road and 12/1 to open the scoring.
Chelsea v Man United, 8pm Monday 17th February
It’s probably safe to say that this one won’t end like the meeting at Old Trafford on the season’s opening day, which Manchester United somehow won 4-0. The result flattered Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and certainly hasn’t been reflected in both sides’ performances since.
It’s Frank Lampard’s team that sits higher in the table, six points clear of their visitors in fourth place. That’s not to say his young side haven’t been inconsistent themselves, dropping points in over half their league games so far.
The Blues, who announced the summer signing of Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech during the week, are 5/6 to take all three points on Monday night, with United 10/3 to win their first league game at Stamford Bridge since Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge. We think this one has a draw written all over it, though, at around 27/10.
Their two league meetings last season finished in score draw and it’s 7/2 for both teams to score and share the spoils again here. In fact, we’re going for a repeat of the 1-1 stalemate at Old Trafford in April, which can be backed at around 6/1.
Bruno Fernandes will be eager to get going after the winter break and the Portuguese midfielder is 5/2 to net his first United goal. Fellow new boy Odion Ighalo should play some part in proceedings and the Nigerian striker 13/8 to get his first Premier League goal since his departure from Watford in 2017.