Mourinho, Conte Set to Resume Hostilities in the Premiership

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Martin Green

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 2:42 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 2:42 PM UTC

Manchester United hosts Chelsea in another Premier League heavyweight clash as both teams seek to tighten their grip on a top-four place. There are other intriguing games to look forward to in Matchweek 28 as well. 

Man Utd v Chelsea

All eyes will be on Old Trafford on Sunday for this eagerly anticipated clash between former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho – now in charge of Man Utd – and his replacement, Antonio Conte. These two have been embroiled in a bitter war of words that has dominated the headlines over the season. They seem to genuinely hate one another, and it adds a bit of spice to what already looks like an intriguing clash.

Man Utd is three points above Chelsea in the Premiership, but both teams' form has been patchy of late. Man Utd lost to relegation-threatened Newcastle last time out to fall further behind leaders Man City, while the Blues recently suffered consecutive three-goal defeats against Bournemouth and Watford. But both sets of players will be highly motivated for this game. Man Utd has home advantage and it is the +115 favorite with Bovada, while the draw is +225 and Chelsea is +250. The Blues beat Man Utd 1-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier this year, but Man Utd won the last game between them at Old Trafford 2-0. It is likely to be a tight, tense battle with few chances as both managers will try to stifle the life out of the opposition. 'Under' 2.5 goals looks a good option at +102 with Pinnacle as that has paid off in seven of the last eight meetings between the two teams.

Free Soccer Pick: Under 2.5Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Arsenal v Man City

Man City is the -163 favorite to win this Carabao Cup final on Sunday, while Arsenal is the +450 underdog, which is a massive price on an elite team like the Gunners. It reflects Man City’s general superiority this season: It leads the Premier League by a healthy margin, it is 21 points above Arsenal in the table and it beat Arsene Wenger’s men 3-1 earlier in the campaign. It has an expensively assembled and supremely talented roster of players, from Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva to Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling. On paper, it has the better team with a more solid defense and a more dynamic offense.

But there are reasons for Arsenal fans to be optimistic. It defied the odds to beat Premiership champions Chelsea in last season’s FA Cup final and knocked out Man City in the semifinals. It has already beaten Chelsea to reach this final. It can unleash new $75 million signing Pierre-Emerick Aubmeyang against Man City. And the 3-1 defeat was closer than it sounds as Arsenal was in the ascendancy at 2-1, only to concede a goal that was shown in replays to be offside.

At a neutral venue, it should fare better. It is also worth noting that Man City will be dejected after losing to lowly Wigan in the FA Cup on Monday. The players looked tired after competing on four fronts this season, and Arsenal could capitalize, making the long odds attractive. If you are seeking a prop bet, both teams to score and over 2.5 goals looks good at -109.

The Rest

Tottenham looks well priced at -133 with William Hill to secure an away win against a Crystal Palace team that is bereft of star player Wilfried Zaha, who is out with an injury. The Eagles have struggled in his absence, while Spurs are flying with Harry Kane in tremendous form. Mohamed Salah is also on fire and looks good to score at any time in Liverpool’s game against West Ham at -160 with Bovada. Liverpool is in excellent form and an interesting bet would be Liverpool -1.75 Asian handicap at odds of -127 with Bet Victor.

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