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Can City claim derby bragging rights to go top? Get midweek Premier League tips

Leigh Copson 22 Apr 2019
Will Man City win the derby? (credit:Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images)

Premier League predictions for the midweek games on Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24. Can Manchester United stop the rot to damage Manchester City’s title challenge, and can both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur boost their bids for top-four finish? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion (Tuesday 19:45 BST)

Tottenham Hotspur go into the match on the back of consecutive defeats at the hands of Manchester City, but they are hardly on a downer having dumped Pep Guardiola’s men out of the Champions League before going down to a narrow Premier League defeat at the Etihad Stadium over Easter Road. That 1-0 loss could have been a major setback in Spurs’ push for a top-four finish, but they were let off the hook as Arsenal and Manchester United both lost and they will now be eager to ensure that they do not give their rivals another sniff of their top-four spot between now and the end of the season. Next up for them is the visit of Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday night and it must be said that the visitors are heading to North London in miserable form. They did manage to hold Wolves to a goalless draw at Molineux this past weekend, keeping themselves out of the bottom three in the process, but they have now gone six games without a win in all competitions, losing five times and failing to score a single goal. They also boast one of the worst away records in the top flight with only three wins and 12 points coming on the road, so all of this does not bode well for a meeting with a Tottenham side who are loving life at the new stadium. Spurs have won all three of their games at their new home without conceding a single goal, and the statistics suggest we will see more of the same when Brighton come to town on Tuesday night.

Watford v Southampton (Tuesday 19:45 BST)

Watford’s aided their top-seven bid with a 2-1 victory at Huddersfield Town this past weekend and they will now look to record back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since early February. It has been a rollercoaster run for the Hornets over the past few months, but this looks like being a pretty successful debut season for Javi Gracia, who was one of the favourites to be the first top-flight boss to lose his job prior to the start of the campaign. Watford have a FA Cup Final date with Manchester City coming up next month and they will want to go into that match in the best form possible, so can they finally string together a couple of league wins on Tuesday night? Paying a visit to Vicarage Road are a Southampton side who have managed to boost their battle against the drop with three wins in their last five games. However, they were beaten 3-1 by Newcastle United this past weekend and despite a couple of surprise results on the road this season they have not been great travellers. Therefore I am going to back Watford to claim the spoils here.

Wolves v Arsenal (Wednesday 19:45 BST)

Arsenal appeared to overcome their ‘travel sickness’ last week as they recorded a much-needed Premier League win at Watford before booking their place in the semi-finals of the Europa League with a victory at Napoli. But while that ‘sickness’ was perhaps cured last week, that seven day period also showcased the fragility of this Arsenal side as they went from the high of beating Napoli on their own patch to crashing to a 3-2 defeat at home to Crystal Palace in the Premier League. Defeats for Tottenham and Manchester United had presented the Gunners with an opportunity to strengthen their grip on a top-four berth, but instead they produced a sloppy performance that result in a disappointing loss and that means there is added pressure on them to get back to winning ways in midweek. However, they face a very tricky task because they are taking on a Wolves side that have impressed during their first season back in the top flight. Their recent form has not been all that great, but this is a team who have beaten Manchester United (twice), Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea over the course of this season and held Manchester City to a draw at Molineux back in August, so they have certainly shown that they can, on their day, be a match for the big guns, and I would not be shocked to see them spring an upset here. Arsenal may have notched a couple of away wins recently, but I am not completely convinced that they have solved their issues on the road, and last weekend’s loss to Palace has many once again wondering if they have the stomach for the fight in the race for the top four. Wolves could really dent their chances here and if you are not quite as confident as I am, Wolves Draw No Bet is available at a decent price. I am going all in though!

Manchester United v Manchester City (Wednesday 20:00 BST)

Manchester City put their Champions League heartbreak behind them this past weekend, gaining a measure of revenge for that European exit as they beat conquerors Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in the Premier League, and that means they are just two points behind league leaders Liverpool, with a game-in-hand. That game-in-hand comes on Wednesday night when City make the short trip across Manchester to face United, and they would love nothing more than to down their rivals and move into pole position in the title race. Their hosts have ambitions of their own though. United remain firmly in the race for a top-four finish that would guarantee Champions League football for next season, but it really does feel like their season is threatening to fall apart at the seams. Several weeks ago Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could do no wrong, so much so that he was handed the manager’s job on a permanent basis. But to say the last few weeks have not been kind to the Norwegian would be an understatement. They were dumped out of the FA Cup by Wolves before exiting the Champions League at the hands of Barcelona, and they have now lost six of their last eight games in all competitions. Last weekend’s 4-0 humiliation at Everton has sparked debate about whether or not United have blundered in handing Solskjaer the reins on a permanent and he could certainly do with a positive derby result to quieten some of the chatter. But how can we have any confidence in United right now? They are in woeful form and the two wins they have managed over the past several weeks have not been remotely convincing. City, on the other hand, have now won 17 of their last 18 matches in all competitions, losing just once, and despite that recent European exit they are still in the hunt for a domestic treble. I believe they will help their cause with a huge Manchester Derby win on Wednesday night and I would not be surprised to see them win it with some room to spare.

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