It is finally here. December 10th could be one of the biggest and most eagerly anticipated days of Premier League football this season and plenty of punters will be looking forward to getting involved. Liverpool, fresh from their 7-0 mauling of Spartak Moscow on Wednesday evening, will host Sam Allardyce’s rejuvenated Everton in what looks set to be an enthralling encounter at Anfield.
Following on from the Merseyside derby, it is Manchester United vs Manchester City at Old Trafford. Pep Guardiola’s men are looking to secure a record 14th consecutive top flight win but United will be keen to end that run. The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last 40 games on home soil and Jose Mourinho will be confident of extending that record. Something HAS to give – and it so often does when England’s top clubs go head to head…
LIVERPOOL vs EVERTON
How do you stop this Liverpool front four? That is the difficult question facing new Toffees boss Sam Allardyce ahead of Sunday’s clash. Between them, Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have scored 46 goals so far this season – and we are not even midway through December yet. With that in mind, over 3.5 home goals looks tasty at 5/2. Liverpool could go for the jugular here…
Defensively, Liverpool appear to have sorted their issues at the back. Five clean sheets in their last six home games would certainly suggest that is the case at Anfield anyway, and the 6/5 available for a home win to nil shouldn’t be sniffed at. We know that Klopp’s front four are capable of scoring goals but a clean sheet victory on Derby Day will go down well with the fans.
Allardyce will have a plan though; you can be sure of that. Everton, already knocked out of the Europa League, will have already turned their attention to Sunday’s contest and another positive performance could be on the cards. The Toffees have a long way to go but a decent effort will keep supporters onside. Expecting an away win would be foolish but Everton may be worth considering at 29/10 to win or draw in our double chance market.
Wayne Rooney notched a hat-trick in Everton’s victory over West Ham United at the end of November and he could be the difference maker again this weekend. Likely to receive a cold reception from the Anfield faithful, Rooney tends to find his best form against Liverpool and the Toffees man could be laughing come Sunday afternoon. He will be fired up and the 5/2 on offer for Rooney to be carded represents excellent value.
CORRECT SCORE: Liverpool to win 3-0 @ 7/1
MAN UNITED vs MAN CITY
United will fancy their chances on home soil but Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho will be wary of a City onslaught this weekend. In years gone by, United’s “noisy neighbours” have fared relatively well in this fixture and Pep Guardiola’s side will be raring to go – the hosts won’t be having everything their own way by any means. City are capable of going to Old Trafford and winning; the Blues have won four of their last seven trips at the Theatre of Dreams.
Marcus Rashford was the hero against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday evening and he played a key role for United away at the Etihad Stadium last season. The Manchester-born star could make all the difference for Mourinho’s men if given the nod ahead of Anthony Martial. At the time of writing, you can back the youngster to score during 90 minutes at 29/10 in our Premier League betting markets.
Guardiola’s side were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this week but that shouldn’t dent their confidence too much. City are on the verge of securing a 14th Premier League win in a row – which would see the Blues equal Arsenal’s record for successive top flight victories. A Manchester Derby clash with United probably isn’t the ideal fixture for such an occasion but the chance to equal the record at Old Trafford may spur the Blues on.
It would take a brave man to back against City on current form and we could be set for an intriguing affair at Old Trafford. Paul Pogba’s suspension may force Mourinho to rethink his plan of attack and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see United adopt a relatively defensive approach. The Red Devils are there for the taking and City, priced at 9/4 to score in both halves, can continue their excellent run of form.
TIP: Manchester City to score in both halves @ 9/4
CORRECT SCORE: Manchester City to win 2-1 @ 7/1
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*