Can Solskjaer Maintain Man Utds Amazing Run?


Man Utd vs. Brighton

January 19, Saturday, 10 a.m. EST

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has led Man Utd to six straight wins since taking over as caretaker manager following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal. The last one, a 1-0 victory over high-flying Tottenham, was the finest of the lot and it suggested the Norwegian could be the real deal.

He should be able to extend that fantastic winning run against a dogged but technically limited Brighton side at Old Trafford. The Seagulls have lost seven out of 11 on the road this season and they lack the attacking prowess to cause too many problems for the Man Utd defense. The Red Devils have Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford in great form, and they deserve their status as heavy favourites. For more value, Man Utd half-time-full-time is -120 with Bet365 and -109 with Ladbrokes, while Man Utd and under 3.5 goals is +110.

Watford vs. Burnley

January 19, Saturday, 10 a.m. EST

Burnley have also lost seven out of 11 away from home and Sean Dyche’s men are sitting just three points above the relegation zone. This will therefore be a difficult trip to Vicarage Road to face seventh placed Watford, who are unbeaten in four games. They picked up a strong 2-1 win away at Crystal Palace last time out, so they will be surging with confidence ahead of this game. They also beat Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor earlier in the season, so they should fancy their chances of securing victory once more. At home, they are a bit of an all or nothing team: they have won five, lost five and draw just once. They will really go for the three points in this contest and they should be able to secure them, so the -150 at Pinnacle on a home win looks interesting.

Arsenal vs. Chelsea

January 19, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. EST

The biggest game of the weekend sees fifth placed Arsenal host fourth placed Chelsea in a massive six-pointer. If Chelsea win, they will move nine points clear of Unai Emery’s men, and it would be all but impossible for the Gunners to overtake them. But an Arsenal victory would reduce the deficit to just three points and hand them plenty of momentum in the battle to finish in the top four. Yet Arsenal are in dire straits at present after losing 1-0 to West Ham last time out. Emery does not know his best team, the selections are becoming increasingly chaotic, the reserves coming into the side are poor, they concede too many goals, they start sluggishly and they badly lack creativity in the absence of Mesut Ozil. Chelsea are inconsistent, but they could well capitalise on Arsenal’s shortcomings after beating them 3-2 at Stamford Bridge near the start of the campaign. Eden Hazard loves playing against Arsenal and he ripped them apart that day, while former star Olivier Giroud could come back to haunt the Gunners. A Chelsea win is +142 with Pinnacle.

Fulham vs. Tottenham

January 20, Sunday, 11 a.m. EST

This is a huge game for Spurs, who need to bounce back quickly following their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Man Utd last time out. They now trail Liverpool by nine points in the title race and they can ill afford any further slip-ups. They could be without star striker Harry Kane, who was injured in that game, while the dynamic Son Heung-Min is away on international duty. Tottenham will therefore have to rely on Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura, Dele Alli and Fernando Llorente for goals, which is not a bad forward line at all. Claudio Ranieri’s appointment has failed to galvanize Fulham and they lie in 19th place, very much in relegation danger. They lost 2-1 to fellow strugglers Burnley last time out, and it would be embarrassing for Spurs to lose this. They should be able to get the job done and a Tottenham win will be a popular bet. Tottenham and under 3.5 goals might appeal at +140, as this is unlikely to be a high-scoring game if Kane misses out.