Pogba 4-1 to star for Man United at Bluebirds 

By James Milton

MANCHESTER UNITED start life after Jose Mourinho at Cardiff on Saturday and United fans will be hoping that the regime change sparks midfield star Paul Pogba into action.

The France World Cup winner had a frosty relationship with Mourinho but interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a fan of Pogba, who is 15-2 with Betfair and Paddy Power to score first in the Welsh capital.

Hills make him their 4-1 favourite to be named man of the match while Mesut Ozil, another star midfielder who seems to have fallen out of favour with his manager, is 7-1 with Betfred to win the individual award when Arsenal take on Burnley in the early Premier League game.

Ozil has struggled to nail down a place in the starting 11 under Unai Emery and didn’t feature in the midweek EFL Cup defeat to Tottenham.

However, Emery confirmed that the German will be in the squad against Burnley, saying: 

“I spoke with him, telling him what we need from him and he has the commitment to help us and the quality and the characteristics to help us.”

Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri is desperate for defensive improvement from the top flight’s bottom club, declaring: “I need a clean sheet like I need bread, like I need pasta.”

It’s 18-5 with 188Bet that Ranieri gets his wish away to Newcastle.

Sky Bet Championship strugglers Sheffield Wednesday are expected to confirm the departure of Jos Luhukay with the Owls 18th in the table.

Wednesday are 5-1 to be relegated to League One and 13-1 to finish in the top half. They are 9-4 for today’s home game against Preston.  

Match in Focus

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Man City v Tottenham

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  • Man City have lost only once at home in the Premier League this season.
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Following their Champions League humdinger, Manchester City and Tottenham reconvene in the Premier League and the game is unlikely to be anywhere near as pulsating. With City not needing to press for early goals, they can play their usual free-flowing game and make it seven wins in nine matches against top-six opposition this season. Only one of those eight meetings so far have featured over 4.5 goals and punters should expect a narrow win for Pep Guardiola's side.

 

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