Manchester United to beat Queens Park Rangers @ 9/20
Manchester United looked more like their usual selves in victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend and can expect to get the better of Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.
A win for the Red Devils will see them go back to the summit of the Premier League (for a couple of hours at least) and they will take great encouragement from Rangers’ dodgy home form.
Neil Warnock’s side have only won one home game all season, an incredibly fortuitous 1-0 victory over nine-man Chelsea. True, they have lost just one as well, a 3-2 reverse against Manchester City, but four draws against Newcastle, Blackburn, Aston Villa and West Brom with just four goals scored hardly suggests they are in the form to hold the champions, despite any injury problems boss Sir Alex Ferguson may have.
In fact, QPR have won just one of their last 11 fixtures at Loftus Road, a run that stretches back to last season in the Championship. By contrast, United are yet to lose away in the league this term and have conceded only three goals, a divisional best. They have won all four games away to teams currently in the bottom half – their Achilles heel last term – and can make it five on Sunday.
Celtic to beat St Johnstone @ 1/2
Celtic are well and truly back in the hunt for the SPL title and can continue their pursuit of Old Firm rivals Rangers with a win against St Johnstone.
At one point 13 points behind the Gers at the top of the table, Celtic now lie just seven points adrift with a game in hand. The Hoops travel to McDiarmid Park top of the form guide, winning their last six league matches by an aggregate score of 13-2 and with such a fantastic record against the teams in the bottom half – five wins from five this season – that they will expect to beat a St Johnstone team who might just be losing their way.
The Saints have had a good campaign so far and sit in fourth position in the table, but have lost two home matches in the last week, the second of which was a dire defeat to Aberdeen, and should have no answer to Celtic’s extra quality.
Juventus to beat Novara @ 11/50
Top of the Serie A table plays the team second from bottom, so you’d expect the odds to be short, but there is still little in the form guide to suggest Juventus won’t secure a routine win at home to Novara.
Unbeaten Juve are 21 points ahead of their opponents on Sunday and a case simply can’t be made for the visitors, who are yet to win in seven away games this season, losing on five occasions. Novara have not kept a clean sheet home or away in 14 games in the league and have conceded 14 goals in their seven away trips – only Parma have let in more.
Juventus have won five of their seven home games and have scored at least two goals in 11 of their last 12 fixtures at the Juventus Stadium. Whatever way you look at it, this appears tto be every inch the banker home win.
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