I’m covering the Arsenal game for Sky on Saturday lunch-time and I cannot wait for the contest. With the Gunners’ defeat at home to Wigan last Monday, this game has even more significance for the race for Champions League places.
Chelsea rode their luck at times on Wednesday, but in the end they fully deserved their 1-0 win over the European champions. Barcelona had nearly all the possession and defending without the ball for 90 minutes is tough. The Blues head to the Emirates tomorrow and my concern is just how much Wednesday took out of Roberto Di Matteo’s players.
Baring the Wigan defeat, Arsenal have been immense at home and they thrive on playing the big clubs in North London. The Gunners outplayed Man City a couple of weeks back and I fancy them to do the same here to a tired Chelsea.
Both Manchester clubs are in action on Sunday and it’s United that go first. Following the defeat at Wigan, the lead at the top is down to five points and Sir Alex Ferguson knows he cannot afford any slip ups with a trip to the Etihad Stadium next.
United put Villa to the sword last Sunday in a must win game after City hit Norwich for six. The penalty marred an otherwise very good performance from United and it was good to see Wayne Rooney back amongst the goals. Rooney is now only two off his record league haul and three behind Robin van Persie.
Everton were disappointing against Liverpool in their cup semi-final and David Moyes will be hurting. It would be fantastic if they could bounce back against United and finish above their Red rivals before the season is out. Unfortunately they have a terrible record at Old Trafford and they don’t score enough goals to trouble the champions – even with Nikica Jelavic. Darron Gibson will be hoping for a big performance in front of his old manager, but United should win this comfortably.
Manchester City then travel to Molineux to take on doomed Wolves. If Terry Connor’s job wasn’t already difficult enough, he’s having to come to terms with the fact that Wayne Hennessy will be out of action for six months with a cruciate injury.
Carlos Tevez scored a hat-trick at Carrow Road last week and at last City fans will get a chance to see their Argentine strikeforce in action. Sergio Aguero scored a brace and although Wolves kept a clean sheet at the Stadium of Light, I cannot see them keeping out City. I’m more than happy to give Wolves a two goal start and still get with Roberto Mancini’s side.
Betting on BETDAQ – Alan’s Punts:
Arsenal v Chelsea: Back Arsenal at 2.05
Man United v Everton: Back Man United with -1.5 Asian handicap at 2.04
Wolves v Man City: Back Man City with -2 Asian handicap at 2.12
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