After the majority of the Premier League action on Saturday focused on the top four and relegation battles, today’s football is all about the title race as Leicester and Tottenham are both in action. The league leaders have the easier of the two games this Sunday as they are away at relegation threatened Sunderland, compared to Tottenham’s home game against Manchester United, and if they can win and see Tottenham falter they will have a ten point lead.
Is this how things will play today? We preview these two matches, as well as the clash of Liverpool v Stoke at Anfield, with online sportsbook 10Bet.com.
Sunderland v Leicester: 3.50 – 3.30 – 2.20
After two 0-0 draws last season between these teams it was a surprise to see the match between the sides explode into a goal frenzy on the opening day of the season as The Foxes set out their stall for the early part of this season with a 4-2 win that saw two goals from Riyad Mahrez and one from Jamie Vardy, with Marc Albrighton adding the last. Things have changed for Leicester in recent times as they are scoring and conceding less goals as Claudio Ranieri has them playing a tighter brand of football and it appears to be working as they are seven points clear at the top of the EPL thanks to five 1-0 wins in their last six, including winning all of their last four matches by a single goal margin.
Sunderland, on the other hand, are in the relegation zone, and with Norwich winning matches recently while they have managed to collect single point hauls from their last four games, the gap to safety is growing each weekend. They will be boosted by their dominant performance here against West Brom last weekend, even though they could not find a way past Ben Foster in The Baggies goal, and they will approach this game knowing exactly what they must do to return to winning ways.
Neither side has any further injuries from last weekend and are likely to start in the same fashion as last time around. Unfortunately for the home team in this match, this means that we can only see the league leaders claiming all three points at The Stadium of Light this Sunday afternoon.
Our top Sunderland v Leicester tip is back the away win at odds of 2.20 with 10Bet.com.
Tottenham v Man United: 1.90 – 3.50 – 4.30
This match is the biggest event of the day as if Tottenham fail to defeat the 20 time English champions at White Hart Lane they could find themselves ten points off the pace with just five games to play, so they know that the pressure is building and is on them to perform. This is especially true as they dropped two points in the title race last weekend at Liverpool and they have begun to falter a little with only wins against Aston Villa and Bournemouth in their last five EPL clashes. They will need to pull themselves together if they are to close the gap to the methodical Leicester team above them, and they are likely to be boosted by the return of defender Jan Vertonghen after three months on the sidelines and Erik Lamela who missed last weekend with a knock. Will they strengthen the side to return to winning ways?
Although Man United are nine points behind Tottenham in fifth place in the league they do have a long and distinguished record at White Hart Lane as they are 14 games unbeaten here having not lost since 2001. United have won eight and drawn six of these matches at WHL, but with just two wins in their last nine away EPL clashes we believe that this game will not be so easy for them to make it 15 unbeaten. However, these two away wins have come against Liverpool and Man City so they have shown that they can step things up against the bigger and better teams in the league.
Louis van Gaal will be happy that Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young all return from injury for this game and all three will need to be at their best to keep the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen from scoring. Unfortunately for this returning trio we feel that Tottenham have too much ability within their ranks and they’ll be the ones that end this awful winless streak on home soil against United by claiming all three points.
We are backing Tottenham to beat Manchester United @ 1.90 in the 10Bet Sportsbook!
Liverpool v Stoke: 1.58 – 4.05 – 5.95
These two sides arrive in this final game of the weekend side by side in the EPL table with Stoke ahead of Liverpool by two points and, after the home side played a gruelling 90 minutes of football in Germany in the Europa League on Thursday night, Mark Hughes will be confident of extending that to five points. The sides have already met on three occasions this season as Liverpool won 1-0 at The Britannia Stadium in the EPL before both sides won 1-0 away in the Capital One Cup semi finals that saw Liverpool move into the final on penalties. Both teams know each other well by this stage of the season and we’re expecting another tight and cagey match between the two.
Both sides are badly affected by missing players as Liverpool lost captain Jordan Henderson for the rest of the season in the Europa League clash on Thursday while Emre Can is suspended for this visit of The Potters. Stoke will miss goalkeeper Jack Butland and striker Jon Walters, while Marko Arnautovic and Glenn Whelan are both doubtful too. Captain Ryan Shawcross and Xherdan Shaqiri are both available again after injury to provide some positive news however.
Form wise, Liverpool have won just three home EPL matches since the end of September and with the Europa League offering their best chance of European football next season is Jurgen Klopp going to focus on that competition instead? Stoke have won two and drawn one of their last three away games as they look to end the season on a high note, but with them not having kept an away clean sheet in 2016 we feel that there will be goals at Anfield this Sunday.
Our best bet on this Liverpool v Stoke match is back Both Teams to Score – Yes at odds of 2.00 at 10Bet.