Man United Moves On Without Moyes

It is shaping up to be a massive week in the English Premier League at both ends of the table. There isn’t much time left in the season, so get ready for a wild weekend of betting.  

Norwich City @ Manchester United – Saturday, 12:30 PM ET

Soccer Betting Odds: Manchester United -275, Norwich City +750, Draw +375

David Moyes took the fall for a dreadful season on Tuesday. Ryan Giggs was tabbed to take over for the rest of the season after United were thumped 2-0 at Everton (Moyes’ old club). The defending champions are now six points behind Tottenham for the final Europa League spot but even had they gotten there, Moyes was likely to be fired anyway. Norwich is two points above the drop zone after losing 3-2 at home to Liverpool and with games against Chelsea and Arsenal, the Canaries will find it tough to stay up. 

United has won the last three meetings between the two, including outscoring Norwich 5-0 in two games this season (one in the Capitol One Cup), and they will be favored on the road here. 

Cardiff City @ Sunderland – Sunday, 7:00 AM ET

Soccer Betting Odds: Sunderland -110, Cardiff +300, Draw +240

The loser of this match will see a near-fatal blow handed to their chances of avoiding relegation as Cardiff sits on 30 points in 18th place, while Sunderland is one point back in last place. Sunderland has shown some fight recently with a draw at Manchester City and a shock win at Chelsea, while Cardiff hasn’t won in seven matches, so you would have to think that Sunderland will be favored at home. 

Cardiff also has a table-low two wins on the road this season, and even though Sunderland isn’t great at the Stadium of Light, they’ve been playing like a team desperate to stay in the Premier League; not to mention, three of their last four games are at home. The two drew 2-2 at Cardiff back in December.

Chelsea @ Liverpool – Sunday, 9:05 AM ET

Soccer Betting Odds: Liverpool -125, Chelsea +300, Draw +240

The heavyweight tilt of the weekend takes place at Anfield, where Liverpool has 15 wins and a draw in 17 matches. Liverpool may be catching Chelsea at the right time as the Blues lost at home for the first time ever under Jose Mourinho, and to Sunderland at that. Then they have to travel to Atletico Madrid for the first leg of the Champions League semifinals on Tuesday, so their focus might not even be on closing their five-point gap behind Liverpool, along with protecting second place from Manchester City. This bodes well for the leaders, who are so close to their first title since 1990, and this is really their last final test before they can bring the championship back to Anfield. 

They’re going to be the favorites on Sunday at home, and Liverpool will also be out for revenge after losing 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in December. Chelsea’s last win at Anfield came back in 2010, and they will need a monster effort to pick up three points on Sunday.