Burnley vs Manchester City – Sunday 2.05pm
They may overcome what, on paper, looked to be their two hardest tasks left after defeating Tottenham and Man United without conceding a goal, but City can’t afford to overlook any opponents as they bid to be the first team to retain the Premier League in the last decade.
They will be relived that the point won by Burnley against Chelsea on Monday secured their survival leaving them with little to play for after a difficult season.
The strong form of Sean Dyche’s settled team will worry Pep Guardiola who now has injuries to key midfielders Fernandinho and Kevin de Bruyne to deal with.
But even accounting for that, their strength in depth is unmatched and the motivation a step higher after their dramatic elimination from the Champions League leaves them with ‘only’ a domestic treble to play for.
Sergio Aguero is due a league goal having not scored in his last four and is 11/4 (Unibet/Betfred) to score first. City have a real propensity for early goals, and you can get timecast odds of 4/1 (Ladbrokes/Coral) about them scoring in the first 10 mins.
Manchester United vs Chelsea – Sunday 4.30pm
A key match in the fight for third and fourth – a battle that more closely resembles a play fight between a group of kittens with none of the four sides keen to grab the initiative.
United were flying into contention after the sacking of Jose Mourinho, but their wings have been clipped since losing to Wolves in the FA Cup and they look an incoherent mess in every area of the pitch.
They have played for over eight hours without scoring from open play and in less time than it took him to earn the manager’s job on a permanent basis, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must suddenly be worried about his long-term future.
After a troubling run of form where Maurizio Sarri barely clung onto his job, Chelsea have steadied themselves and as favourites for the Europa League they have two possible routes back to the top table of European football.
Much like United’s great form at the beginning of Solskjaer’s tenure couldn’t last, neither can this run of bad results.
If they can shackle Eden Hazard they have a chance but I’m tempted to back the draw at odds of 5/2 (BetVictor/Bet365)