It’s Derby day in the Premier League, with two mouthwatering clashes lined up for the viewing public.
First off is the Merseyside version, with Everton hosting the neighbours from across Stanley Park, Liverpool.
The red half of the city have tended to have the bragging rights of late, with Everton’s last victory in this fixture occurring in October 2010.
Liverpool are clearly still the better side, but the fixture list has conspired against them. They come off an enthralling Champions League tie against Manchester City in which their midfield players, in particular, had to work so hard. Throw in a couple of key injuries and the return Champions League fixture next week and it’s very doubtful the Reds will be at full strength.
Everton, keen to end this derby drought, are likely to tear into their opponents (yellow/red cards should also be considered), and we at Lap of the Odds think the around 3/1 on offer for a home win offers value.
The second match sees Manchester United traveling to the Etihad Stadium to take on champions-elect Manchester City.
City can win the Premier League title this evening in record time if they collect the three points. But they too have come off a very difficult European match and are likely to rest players ahead of the key return fixture.
They face an United side with little else to play for, apart from making sure they are not embarrassed by their neighbours. In Jose Mourinho, United have a manager that can set up a defensive structure better than most, and we think the most likely result at the Etihad is a draw.
Everton to beat Liverpool, 1 pt, at 29/10, SkyBet
Manchester derby to end in a draw, 1 pt, at 3/1, Betfair
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