Sunday’s Sky Sports action is what every football fans’ dreams are made of. There are four cracking games for all to get stuck into and Manchester United kick off the proceedings at Loftus Road.
United look a near certainty against QPR and although Sir Alex is having to contend with an ever growing injury list, his side should still be far too strong. Wayne Rooney looked back to his old self against Wolves and as we’ve seen in the past he could now go on a long scoring run following a quiet few weeks.
Darren Fletcher’s illness is really unfortunate and it leaves United in a difficult position where the only players that can fit in centrally is a 38 year old Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick. Sir Alex will likely be planning a January raid for a new midfielder, but until then he’ll have to make do.
The goals have dried up for QPR and that makes things very tough for Neil Warnock. I’m more than happy to give the hosts a goal start and still pile in on United.
Next up is Liverpool’s trip to Villa Park and Kenny Dalglish’s side look to have a tough afternoon ahead of them. The Reds have struggled on the road in the league and were beaten 1-0 at Craven Cottage at the start of the month, albeit with ten men after Jay Spearing was sent off.
Villa did well to get a win at the Reebok last time out and although they haven’t been winning regularly at home, they remain tough to beat. Darren Bent and Charles N’Zogbia will need to dig out their shooting boots, as Villa have looked uninspired in that department of late. Liverpool cannot concede further ground on the sides above, but Villa have the ability to frustrate them and snatch a point.
Fresh off the back of their first defeat of the season, Manchester City face Arsenal at home and they could be in second place by the time they kick off.
Managers watching Monday night’s defeat in West London will have seen that you cannot chase and harass City up field, otherwise they will pick you off at ease with the quality they have in the side. When Chelsea let them have the ball at the back and sat deeper, they closed the space in the attacking third and Chelsea were able to deal with the threat far easier.
Arsenal have the exact skills to cause City troubles with an abundance of pace on the counter-attack. The Gunners were fantastic against Borussia Dortmund playing on the break and I expect Arsene Wenger to adopt the same system here.
Roberto Mancini has had a tough few games and he may have to settle for a point here.
Betting on BETDAQ – Alan’s Punts:
QPR v Man United: back United with -1.5 Asian handicap at 2.11
Aston Villa v Liverpool: back the draw at 3.45
Man City v Arsenal: back the draw at 3.85
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