We’re getting to that time of year again when the pressure starts to tell on the teams at the bottom of the Premier League table and for this reason, I am confident that struggling Sunderland, Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic will all be on the end of defeats when they travel to face Manchester United, Liverpool and Norwich City respectively.
Both Wigan and Villa have scored just four goals on the road all season and so should be easy pickings at Carrow Road and Anfield, while Sunderland haven’t even scored against Man Utd in any of their last five meetings.
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Man Utd to beat Sunderland @ 9/50
Robin van Persie’s injury-time winner against Manchester City last Sunday sent Manchester United six points clear at the top of the Premier League and firmly established them as title favourites.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have won 13 of their 16 league games so far and have the best home record in the division, having averaged nearly 2.6 points per game at Old Trafford this season. Their only defeat on home soil came way back in September and their last home defeat to Sunderland came as far back as 1968.
The Black Cats haven’t even scored against Man Utd for five consecutive matches and have lost their last three on the bounce to the Red Devils.
On top of that, they have lost eight of their last 13 games in all competitions, winning just twice, and sit just one point above the relegation zone despite Tuesday night’s home win against Reading.
United should put a halt to any thoughts Sunderland have of an imminent revival. A home win is as good as certain.
Liverpool to beat Aston Villa @ 17/50
Struggling Aston Villa have won just two of their last 12 Premier League games and face an uphill struggle at Anfield on Saturday despite a brilliant 4-1 win at Norwich in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.
Paul Lambert’s men have managed just one away win in the league all season, picking up a measly five points and scoring just four goals.
They have the equal worst goalscoring record on the road in the league, matched only by Wigan, and the second-worst goal difference on their travels, weighing in at -11.
Liverpool’s home record leaves a bit to be desired this campaign but they have won their last two home league games without conceding a goal and are four unbeaten at Anfield in all competitions.
As well as that, they go into Saturday’s game on the back of three successive wins – their best run for more than a year – and will be on a high after picking up their first away win in the Premier League since September at West Ham last week.
Brendan Rodgers’ men should continue their ascent up the table with another home win here.
Norwich to beat Wigan @ 11/10
Norwich started the season poorly but they have recovered to go on a run that has seen them undefeated in the Premier League since October 6th, winning five and drawing four.
That run includes four consecutive home wins in the league over Arsenal, Stoke, Man Utd and Sunderland, with the first three of those results yielding clean sheets for Chris Hughton’s men.
Wigan, on the other hand, have lost five of their seven away matches so far and share the worst record for goals scored on the road with Aston Villa.
They are three without a win in all competitions and have never beaten Norwich at Carrow Road, losing two and drawing one of the three previous meetings.
Expect Wigan to remain in the relegation zone after this one.