Watford 2 v 2 Tottenham – Saturday 18 January – Premier League - Both Teams to Score (1.65)
A month ago it would have been hard to think that Watford could get any points here, but things are different now. They’ve won four of their last five league games and, although they’re still only point above the relegation zone, Nigel Pearson has made them appear formidable. In contrast, Tottenham’s form has dropped after Jose Mourinho’s successful start. They have lost three of their last five league games and haven’t won on either of their last two visits to Vicarage Road. Considering these sides drew 1-1 in October, I think Spurs could struggle.
Arsenal 1 v 1 Sheffield United – Saturday 18 January – Premier League - Both Teams to Score (1.80)
How are Arsenal going to cope without Aubameyang? He’s suspended for the Gunners’ next three games and they weren’t exactly strong when he was in the team. Mikel Arteta’s side are tenth and have only won one of their last seven home league games. They’re up against Sheffield United, to whom they lost earlier this season in disappointing fashion. The Blades have only lost two away games this season, against Liverpool and Manchester City, and I don’t see Arsenal winning this one. I’m backing a Draw.
Real Madrid 2 v 0 Sevilla – Saturday 18 January – La Liga - Real Madrid Win (1.60)
These sides are both in the top four of La Liga but the hosts are in much better form. This is their first games after having lifted the Super Cup and they’ve only conceded once in their last five games. In fact, they haven’t lost any of their last 16 games in all competitions (winning ten), and are unbeaten at home all season. They have won all of their last 12 games against Sevilla at the Bernabeu and on their current form I expect them to win again.
Burnley 1 v 3 Leicester – Sunday 19 January – Premier League - Over 2.5 Goals (1.85)
Leicester have had a few bad results of late. They’re still third in the Premier League though, and they’ve won six of their last seven away games. Burnley have lost their last four league games and aren’t as threatening as they’ve been in recent years. They’ve conceded 37 goals this season, the fourth-highest total in the league, and I think Leicester’s attack will take advantage of their poor defending. I’m going for an Away Win and Over 2.5 Goals, which has happened in seven of Leicester’s 11 away games this season.
Liverpool 2 v 0 Man United - Sunday 19 January – Premier League - HT/FT: 1/1 (2.05)
Considering this is the biggest derby in England, these teams aren’t exactly evenly matched. Manchester United did prove that they can still cause the league leaders problems in October, when they became the only Premier League side to avoid defeat against them this season. I don’t foresee a repeat at Anfield, though. The Reds have won 20 of their 21 league games and have been winning at half time in 16 of those, including each of their last eight. United have only won three of their 11 away league games this season and I have to back a Home Win.