With a handful of midweek matches in the football Premier League, BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen is here to provide his best bets ahead of the action.
Manchester United to win
Manchester United v Leicester City (Tuesday 18.00) 1-0
Manchester United welcome Leicester to Old Trafford after yet another win on the road, this time at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon. That stretched the Reds’ unbeaten run in the Premier League to 14 games (25 away), however, Ole Gunnar Solkjaer may be forced to make changes here with the visit of Liverpool just 48 hours after this match.
Friday night’s defeat to Newcastle means that Leicester are in a real battle for a top four spot. They are in the box seat just now, but with Liverpool at their heels, it’s set to be a nervy run-in for the Foxes.
That said, they are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 away Premier League matches.
I think this could be tight. Both like to play on the counter, so I think it will be a tactical affair. There is a real chance United will make some changes, but I do feel, at the moment, they are the side playing the better football. It’s a narrow home win for the Red Devils for me.
Southampton to win
Southampton v Crystal Palace (Tuesday 20.15) 1-0
Both these sides are safe; however, Southampton come into this having lost 13 of their last 17 Premier League matches. It’s been a tough start to 2021 for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side, and you get the impression that he will be looking forward to his squad getting a much needed break over the summer.
Palace won at the weekend in a 2-0 victory against relegated Sheffield United. That ended a three game losing run for the Eagles, so that’ll have done their confidence no harm at all.
This is another match I’m expecting to be tight. On paper, there’s not much between the two, however, I have watched enough of Southampton this season to believe if they’re at their best, they should have enough.
Chelsea to win to nil
Chelsea v Arsenal (Wednesday 20.15) 2-0
Chelsea continued their magnificent run under Thomas Tuchel with a 2-1 win against Manchester City, making it back-to-back wins against Pep Guardiola’s side.
With an FA Cup and Champions League final to look forward to, it could be about to get very interesting for Chelsea fans.
Arsenal bounced back from their Europa League exit with a win against relegated West Brom at the Emirates. It’s been a season to forget for Gunners’ fans, with the gap between themselves and the top four becoming more alarming as the season goes on.
Chelsea may have one eye on the FA Cup final; however, organisation has been key for Tuchel, and I don’t see his side taking their foot off the gas just yet. It’s 2-0 to the Blues for me.