The highlights from this Super Sunday’s Premier League football comes from Old Trafford and the Stadium of Light as we’re treated to the Manchester and Tyne-Wear derby matches of United v City and Sunderland v Newcastle. Both matches are historically thrilling games and with the form of all four sides this season we’re confident of more in the top and bottom of the table matches respectively.
These two games are joined by Bournemouth v Tottenham and Jurgen Klopp’s first home game in charge of Liverpool against the difficult to beat Southampton in an amazing day of football. We preview all four of these matches with online sportsbook Unibet.com to provide our EPL picks of the day.
Manchester United v Manchester City: 2.55 – 3.45 – 2.90
The Manchester derby will capture the imagination of the entire world as two of the biggest sides currently in the Premier League go head to head at one of, if not, the most football stadia in the world in Old Trafford. The last four matches at this ground have seen three wins for City, with United claiming their first home win over their local rivals since 2011 last season, and there have been 19 goals scored. Both sides avoided defeat in the Champions League during the week as United drew 1-1 in Moscow and City defeated Sevilla 2-1 with a last minute winner so both teams have been both scoring and conceding goals, so are we due to plenty more goalmouth action this Sunday afternoon?
United did bounce back from the 3-0 defeat away at Arsenal before the international break a couple of weekends ago with a fine defeat of Everton last weekend by the same scoreline, but despite missing David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Fabian Delph through injury the win over the Spanish side during the week will see City come into this match full of confidence. Only two points separate both teams coming into the game, with City ahead, but with home advantage we see this being a closer match than the more recent clashes have been.
However, despite this we can see match being a high scoring game as both sides go all out to overthrow Arsenal at the top of the EPL.
Our top Manchester derby tip is back +2.5 goals @ 1.87 in the Unibet Sportsbook!
Sunderland v Newcastle: 2.57 – 3.35 – 2.92
The away side at Stadium of Light this Sunday afternoon will arrive at their closest rivals full of confidence after they doubled their number of goals scored this season as they thumped Norwich 6-2. While the Manchester Derby sees both of the sides looking to move to the top of the table, the Tyne-Wear derby sees both sides in the relegation zone with Sunderland bottom having collected just three points and Newcastle can escape with victory to drop Norwich into the bottom three if Bournemouth can get something against Tottenham.
Both sides have fully fit squads for this local derby, although the home side do have doubts over Fabio Borini, but the recent history of this tie has seen Sunderland do the much better. They come into this weekend’s match having won five Tyne-Wear derbies and they are unbeaten in seven clashes with their biggest rivals, and with them having looked much better in their last game, despite losing 1-0 at West Brom, as Sam Allardyce took charge of the side they will fancy their chances in this game.
The formbook is always torn up when a derby match is played as both teams battle for the local bragging rights and while this game could go either way we’re backing both of these sides to take advantage of the poor defensive records this season and see goals in this game as well as the other derby match.
Back both teams to score at the Stadium of Light at odds of 1.73 with Unibet.
Bournemouth v Tottenham: 3.45 – 3.40 – 2.24
The Vitality Stadium hosts the first ever league meeting between Bournemouth and Tottenham – and just the second ever meeting between the two sides following a 3-1 win for the home side this weekend in the FA Cup 1957 – but with the home side ten places and six points behind the North Londoners coming into this match will Eddie Howe’s men be able to repeat that victory of 58 years ago?
The Cherries are without a win in three matches having lost away at Stoke and Manchester City, but after losing 1-0 to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season they have been impressive in front of their own fans. They have drawn with Leicester and Watford as well as securing a 2-0 win over Sunderland. They are, however, missing several players through injury with goalkeeper Artur Boruc the latest to join long term casualties Tyrone Mings and Callum Wilson.
Tottenham need to bounce back after losing 2-1 away at Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday night and as they have drawn their three previous games they are still without a win in October. They have beaten only Sunderland away from home in all competitions this season and with Bournemouth having looked good so far this season whilst last season’s top scorer Harry Kane managing to score just one goal.
We expect a close game this Sunday afternoon and our money is being placed on the sides to share the spoils.
Our best Bournemouth v Tottenham bet is back the draw @ 2.40.
Liverpool v Southampton: 2.06 – 3.50 – 3.85
These two teams have been equal so far this season as they arrive at Anfield with 13 points and sat in the middle of the table despite the fact that Southampton have scored almost twice as many goals as their hosts this Sunday evening. They will believe that they can outscore the home team this weekend, but with Liverpool playing their first game on home soil under Jurgen Klopp as they look for a fourth successive win over The Saints they too will fancy their chances.
Liverpool were unable to defeat Rubin Kazan on this ground on Thursday night in the Europa League despite the Russian side having been reduced to ten men on 36 minutes and this saw them record four back to back draws in all competitions. They come into this game with eight unbeaten games behind them in all competitions, but seven of those have finished level with their only win coming at home to Aston Villa. They do welcome back Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino after a month out injured, but they do have massive doubts over Daniel Sturridge for this game. Will Benteke be enough to see them outscore their guests?
Southampton have beaten Swansea and Chelsea as well as drawing 2-2 with Leicester in their last three games and they are putting a slow start to the season that saw them win just one of their first six games. They have conceded two more goals than Liverpool this season, including six in their last four, and with Benteke back and likely to start for Liverpool we can see both of these sides finding the net at Anfield this Sunday evening.
Our money is on +2.5 goals in this Liverpool v Southampton match at odds of 2.00 at Unibet.com.