Berbatov makes Premier League predictions including bold Manchester derby pick

Dimitar Berbatov has cast his eye over the weekend’s Premier League action and made his prediction for each game.

The weekend’s showpiece clash is Sunday afternoon’s Manchester derby, with Pep Guardiola’s City side aiming to make it 22 wins in a row with victory over their local rivals.

The last league meeting between the two Manchester clubs ended in a dull 0-0 draw in December, while City eased to a 2-0 win at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup semi-finals the following month.

It hasn’t been the most thrilling fixture so far this season – but Berbatov thinks that’s about to change.

Berbatov has made his scoreline predictions for the weekend's Premier League action
Berbatov has made his scoreline predictions for the weekend’s Premier League action

The former United striker backed his old side to claim the bragging rights after a high-scoring affair with a 3-2 victory at the Etihad.

Berbatov told The Metro: “I don’t want to see a boring game like the last time these two sides met in the Premier League, I almost fell asleep for that.

“I want United to put and end to this City winning streak.

United and City played out a dull stalemate in December
United and City played out a dull stalemate in December

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“I think it will be on the minds of the City players and United can take advantage of that, so I am going to go with them.”

Turning his attention to the first fixture of the weekend, Berbatov backed Burnley to take advantage of a “shaky” Arsenal defence to win 1-0 at Turf Moor.

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He also tipped Southampton to win 2-1 at Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Wolves to battle to a 1-1 draw in the Midlands and Brighton to edge Leicester with a 2-1 win on the south coast.

In Sunday’s lunchtime game, Berbatov believes Newcastle will clinch a 1-0 victory to pile more misery on West Brom, and he predicts Liverpool will have “a bit too much for Fulham ” with a 2-1 win in the 2pm kick-off.

The day’s action ends with Crystal Palace’s trip to Tottenham, with Berbatov predicting a heavy 3-0 defeat for the Eagles at the hands of their London rivals.

There are two games on Monday night and Berbatov can only see a 1-1 draw between Chelsea and Everton before a resounding 4-1 victory for West Ham at home to Leeds.

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