CRYSTAL PALACE vs NEWCASTLE, Saturday 3pm
Crystal Palace @ 19/20
Newcastle @ 14/5
Draw @ 13/5
It ended up 1000 and out for Steve Bruce, who was swiftly removed by Newcastle’s new Saudi consortium this week after reaching the milestone, with Graeme Jones left temporarily in charge. The new owners are however powerless until the January transfer window at least, and their new purchase is in serious danger of relegation. The return of Callum Wilson was good news for Newcastle, and they’ll need their number 9 to step up alongside Allan Saint-Maximin if they are to climb from 19th place.
They travel to Crystal Palace this week, who are unlikely to be over their 95th minute heartbreak on Monday night, with Patrick Vieira seconds away from snatching three points off his old club on Monday. The Eagles showed they can still be dangerous without Wilfried Zaha, as Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard found the back of the net, however their Ivorian talisman is expected to return, and Palace will be looking to start turning their draws into wins to climb the table.
Callum Wilson to score and Newcastle to avoid defeat @ 11/4
Christian Benteke or Odsonne Edouard to score any time @ 11/10
MAN UTD vs LIVERPOOL, Sunday 4:30pm
Man United @ 2/1
Liverpool @ 5/4
Draw @ 13/5
Mo Salah really is in the form of his life and will look to have more success against Man United this Sunday, hoping to score in his tenth consecutive game. The Egyptian winger has been almost untouchable this season so far, netting another two in midweek against Atletico Madrid in Liverpool’s thrilling 3-2 Champions League victory, following screamers against both City and Watford in consecutive Premier League games. The Salah-Mane-Firmino trio is starting to show signs of their 2018 form again, scoring 22 between them so far this year in all competitions, and if this continues, Jurgen Klopp’s side will certainly be huge title contenders. Liverpool are now unbeaten in 18 league games, with their 22 league goals the highest by some distance; if they get Virgil van Dijk to start playing like an actual defender again rather than a mannequin, they could be the ones to beat.
9pm on Wednesday was a worrying time for the Red half of Manchester, as Atalanta led 2-0 at half time in the Champions League, and Ole may as well have started packing his suitcase. Incredibly, United turned it around and a late Cristiano Ronaldo winner came to the rescue yet again to save Ole’s job. It seems Solskjær really is the cat with nine lives; United fans must be starting to wonder if they really can win the title with him in charge? The fitness of Bruno Fernandes is up in the air for Sunday, which is a blow for United, but the sight of Marcus Rashford offers a boost, with his goal that ignited Wednesday’s comeback his second in successive games since his return from injury. Ronaldo has only netted three times in 11 appearances against Liverpool, an unusually poor return for his standards, but it is clear the Portuguese relishes the big stage, and this historical rivalry is definitely that.
Six of the last ten league meetings between the sides have ended in a stalemate and with a lot on the line this is sure to be a tight and feisty affair. Neutrals will be hoping for a Sunday afternoon cracker full of goals, and with 21 goals scored in these sides’ last 180 minutes combined, goals could very well be on the menu.
Mo Salah to score a penalty @ 7/2
Cristiano Ronaldo or Mo Salah to score first @ 7/4