The final day of action in the Premier League prior to the next international break sees the game of the season among the three fixtures taking place up and down the country over the course of Sunday afternoon.
There is no doubt that the game at Anfield between the top two heading into the weekend is the highlight of the card but that doesn’t mean the two support acts are anything to be dismissed without second thought.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Aston Villa (14.00)
The first-half of the televised double header sees the two midlands clubs meeting in a local derby when Wolverhampton Wanderers go up against Aston Villa in a match I’m sure both will be wanting to win to go into the break on a high.
Wolves had a slow start to the season but they have caught fire in all competitions in recent times with their only blemish coming in the Carabao Cup when they fielded a weaker than weak side, ironically against Aston Villa. There have been signs recently that Villa have warmed to the task and they should have beaten Liverpool last week which is a sign of their quality. Throw in the derby nature of the contest and this is just too close to call so I’ll sit this one out.
Manchester United vs Brighton and Hove Albion (14.00)
There is one match on Sunday which is not on TV in the UK and it comes from Old Trafford where Manchester United will look to deliver a positive performance and result against a Brighton and Hove Albion side who shouldn’t be underestimated.
I would expect Manchester United to win this match but the days where they can be relied on to win such a fixture has long gone and actually Brighton have the pace on the counter attack to threaten them. Something tells me this will be a high scoring match but the truth is you just can’t be sure with United these days so this is a pretty easy one to swerve.
Liverpool vs Manchester City (16.30)
The biggest match of the season so far, and potentially the biggest there will be this term, rounds off a fine day in the Premier League when Liverpool host Manchester City in the first league meeting between the two best sides in England this term.
Liverpool head into the match with a six point advantage over their main title rivals so the first question is do they feel this is a match they need to win or will they be happy enough with a draw? I suspect the latter is the answer whereas City know they need to win this if they are going to intensify the pressure on their rivals. They will also know their record at Anfield in recent times is terrible.
My gut feeling is Guardiola will find a way to come through here but the much safer bet is to take over 2.75 goals. There is too much fragility in both defences for this not to be a genuine runner. This may be cagey at certain points but I just have no faith in the containing potential of either side so we should get a game that opens up at some point. Three goals has to be extremely likely and I wouldn’t be surprised if there is even more than that. Over for me.
WON – Back Liverpool vs Man City – Over 2.75 goals for a 4/10 stake at 1.75 with BetVictor