Sunday Premier League | 23rd October 2016
Man City v Southampton – Sunday 13:30
Remember a month ago? Manchester City had just beaten Swansea 3-1 in the Premier League to rack up their 10th successive victory. They looked invincible. They weren’t.
Since then it’s been a humbling few weeks for City. It all began during a raucous night in Glasgow when Celtic held them to a 3-3 draw in the Champions League.
That was followed by a comprehensive defeat to Tottenham in the league, a home draw with Everton and then a 4-0 spanking by Barcelona in Europe’s premier competition. Hell, they have something to prove on Sunday against Southampton eh?
The temptation is to expect some sort of kickback from City but on paper Southampton look one of the least best sides to fill that victim role.
Claude Puel’s side have kicked on from a poor start to the campaign to record an unbeaten of seven matches. Or well that was until Thursday when they unluckily lost in the San Siro to Inter in the Europa League.
Thursday’s defeat to Inter must have been dispiriting as Saints had plentiful chances to win that match and they should arrive in Manchester a little subdued on Sunday.
City would have been a fair bit shorter than 1.48 if this match was played four weeks ago but now it looks too big with anger pulsing through their veins.
This match provides the perfect platform to get back to business and they should be backed conceding 1.5 goals at decent odds of 2.29.
Chelsea v Manchester United – Sunday 16:00
Jose Mourinho will once again be the centre of attention on Sunday as he goes back to Stamford Bridge to hurt the fans who once adored him.
The Portuguese hits West London with his inconsistent Manchester United side in search of three points to tart up their inconsistent start to the season.
It’s been a humbling six weeks for the Old Trafford outfit with a convincing defeat to their city rivals precipitating a drop off in form that has seen them drop out of the Top 6 of the division.
Thursday night’s emphatic win over Fenerbahce in the Europa League has bled some hope into the club and Mourinho will find defeat unpalatable here.
As for Chelsea they’re still quite hard to define up in fifth place. ComprehenExpetc sively beaten by Arsenal and Liverpool last month they’ve only slipped up in one other game this season (an away draw against Swansea).
But in truth they’ve been fairly unspectacular with soft wins over bottom half sides the main gist of their season so far and at 2.17 they make little appeal.
Despite their inconsistencies Manchester United look a much stronger side than the Blues and that should come to the fore on Sunday.
It’s a game Mourinho won’t lose and if Chelsea’s defence remains erratic there will be lots for his side to feast on. Backing them off 0 on the Asian Handicap at 2.47 looks a sound option.
Expect Antonio Conte’s side to receive a rude awakening from the former king of Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Chris Graham’s Best Bets
Man City -1.5 (2.29)
Man Utd +0 (2.47)