Super Sunday football takes the limelight in this preview, with four fixtures from the Premier League today. Watford host Manchester United looking to replicate their incredible win last weekend against West Ham. Crystal Palace face Stoke in the another televised game, with Stoke desperate to record their first win.

Watford vs Manchester United  – Sunday 18th September 2016 – 12:00 - BT Sport 1

Can United bounce back against Watford and avoid three defeats in a week?
Can United bounce back against Watford and avoid three defeats in a week?

Watford welcome Manchester United to Vicarage Road on Sunday lunchtime, with Watford looking to make it back to back wins under Mazzarri.

The Hornets come into this match on the back of an excellent 4-2 win against West Ham last weekend.

Walter Mazzarri's side produced an excellent comeback, having found themselves 2-0 down after just 33 minutes.

Michali Antonio continued his excellent form for club, with two goals inside 33 minutes to give West Ham the lead.

Watford came back in emphatic fashion, with goals from Odion Ighalo (41) and captain Troy Deeney (45+2), ensuring that the Hornets went into the break on level terms.

Two second half goals from Etienne Capoue (53) and Holebas completing an incredible comeback at the London Stadium.

Mazzarri Revels In Huge Win

Walter Mazzarri has enjoyed a tough start to life as a Premier League manager, with just five points from his opening four games.

During that time they have only left the capital once, with tough matches against Chelsea, West Ham and Arsenal after an opening day draw against Southampton.

Like many clubs this season Watford have struggled up front, with strikers Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney yet to register a Premier League goal this season.

That unwanted record was put to rest in the game against West Ham, with four different goalscorers combining.

Much More To Come

Mazzarri will be hoping there is plenty more to come from this Watford side, they find themselves in tenth place as it stands.

Their goal difference is -1, so they have dramatically increased their standing in the Premier League inside one game.

They haven't beaten Manchester United in a league game in over 20 years, with a 1-0 win in the 1986/87 season.

Watford will be looking to improve on their overall record against Manchester United, and claim back to back wins this season.

Watford are 17/4 with Odion Ighalo at 9/1 to open the scoring.

Can Watford make it back to back wins in the Premier League?


Manchester United come into this match on the back of a home defeat to Manchester City, with the Blues registering a 2-1 win at Old Trafford.

United followed that up with a 1-0 defeat against Feyenoord in midweek, with the Dutch side handing Mourinho back to back defeats as United manager.

Jose Mourinho will look to use these matches as a chance to test the rest of his squad, with Marcus Rashford confirmed to start.

The likes of Michael Carrick, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling did nothing to impress the new manager Mourinho.

Domestic Dominance The Target

The main challenge for Manchester United will be to win the title, a run in the Europa League is the motivation for the fringe players at the club.

Mourinho will be desperate to get United's title run back on track, with a win against Watford the ideal tonic for back to back defeats.

He will be desperately wanting to avoid three defeats on the spin, and will look to keep United's exceptional record against Watford intact.

United Favourites

Manchester United come into this tie as heavy favourites, with their pedigree and form this season informing those odds.

They will be looking to get back to winning ways, they will also be looking to provide a response in the Premier League after the City defeat.

United will be looking to continue their excellent record against Watford, with 13 wins, 2 draws and 4 defeats in 19 games.

United are 8/13 with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at 100/30 to score first.


Crystal Palace vs Stoke – Sunday 18th September 2016 – 14:15 - Sky Sports 1

Can Stoke register their first win of the season?
Can Stoke register their first win of the season?


Crystal Palace welcome Stoke to Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon, with Palace looking to make it back to back wins this season.

Alan Pardew's men come into this match on the back of an excellent 2-1 win against Middlesbrough.

After enduring a tough start to the season Pardew will be delighted with his side's opening win.

New signing Christian Benteke opened the scoring on 16 minutes, with Wilfried Zaha with the decisive goal in the 47th minute.

Daniel Ayala equalised in the 38th minute, it was little more than a consolation for Aitor Karanka's men.

Things Looking Up For Pardew

The signing of Christian Benteke for a club record fee of £32 million is a huge show of faith, he will be key for Palace this season.

Along with the delivery from Andros Townsend they have plenty of quality in the final third.

Wilfried Zaha is another player who can only enhance the attacking threat of the side, they will need to improve defensively.

Palace Look To Banish Last Seasons Memories

In 2016, Palace have lost an incredible 16 games out of 21 played and although Pardew is an Eagle through and through, this dismal run cannot continue.

They have arrested that to a certain degree with last weeks win, they will be looking to build on that excellent performance at home though.

Palace find themselves in 11th place, with four points from their opening four games.

Crystal Palace will be looking to maintain their overall and recent record against Stoke, in 37 matches they have won 20, lost 10 and drawn 7.

Palace are 21/20 with Christian Benteke to score first at 9/2.

Crystal Palace
Can Palace make it back to back wins this season?


Stoke come into this match on the back of a 4-0 drubbing at home against Tottenham, it is the second heavy defeat at home this season.

Goals from Son Heung-min in the 41st and 56th minute, along with goals from Dele Alli (59) and Harry Kane (70) completed the route.

Mark Hughes will be alarmed by his side's start to the season, especially given the calibre of players at his disposal.

Stoke have yet to win a game, with an opening day draw against Middlesbrough and a 4-1 drubbing at home, with Pep Guardiola's Manchester City dispatching them with ease.

Rock Bottom

Their last match prior to the international break, saw them lose 1-0 away against Everton, with an unfortunate own goal from Shay Given enough for the Toffee's.

A foul from Phil Bardsley on Ashley Williams was enough for referee Michael Oliver to point to the spot.

Leighton Baines stepped up and missed but the ball ricocheted off the goalkeeper's head into his own net.

Stoke have a goal difference of -8, with Hughes' side struggling at both ends of the pitch and they desperately need a win.

They find themselves bottom of the Premier League, with just one point from four games and three successive defeats.

Palace An Opportunity

Stoke will need to be far more clinical in front of goal, the signing of Wilfried Bony will go a long way to solving that problem.

They have scored just two goals this season and they will need to vastly improve.

Marko Arnautovic, Jonathan Walters, Bojan and Xheridan Shaquiri have yet to fire this season and there is plenty of scope for them to improve, starting with this game.

The signing of Bruno Martins Indi will provide Stoke with solidity at the back, with the Dutch international an excellent signing.

Their record against Palace is very poor, with five defeats and a draw in their last six matches.

Stoke are 11/4 with Wilfried Bony to open the scoring at 13/2.


Betting Tips

Tip 1: Ibrahimovic to score first @ 100/30 and United to win 3-1 @ 12/1

Tip 2: Benteke to score first @ 9/2 and Crystal Palace to win 2-1 @ 15/2


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