Kenny Dalglish heads back to Anfield for his first home match in charge of Liverpool and for the small matter of a Merseyside derby showdown against Everton.
With home advantage, the Reds are 888sport’s 5/4 favourites while David Moyes’ side are underdogs at 13/5 courtesy of Partybets, but consecutive victories against Tottenham and Scunthorpe have boosted morale in the Toffees camp and a high proportion of punters, neutral ones at least, are expected to back the draw at 23/10 with Totesport.
Nevertheless, the Dalglish factor could give the hosts a lift on their own turf and they’re worth considering at 5/2 (888Sport) to shade it by a one-goal margin.
Table-topping Manchester United remain unbeaten after 20 matches but they face a huge test of their title mettle on Sunday as they head to White Hart Lane to face fourth-placed Tottenham. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are Betdaq’s 2.5 (6/4) favourites but Spurs, a 2/1 shot at bet365, haven’t lost at home since they were edged out by Wigan in August and as United have drawn seven out of nine on the road, Coral’s 9/4 chalked against the stalemate is just about the most attractive match bet.
The best value however, is to be found elsewhere. Firstly, as Tottenham haven’t failed to score in any competition since their October trip to Old Trafford and United possess plenty of attacking quality, it looks like a match in which both teams will get on the scoresheet (8/11, William Hill).
Sticking with goals, the visitors are an enticing 5/4 with bet365 to notch twice, a wager made more enticing by the probable return of Wayne Rooney although it’s a player at the other end that catches the eye in terms of finding the net. Spurs’ Dutch master Rafael van der Vaart, has struck nine times in 15 Premiership appearances and he’s a tasty 11/5 at Stan James to add to that tally at some stage.
There are two other derbies on Sunday and both can end in home wins. Firstly, quote Birmingham at 7/5 to get the better of Aston Villa at St Andrews and Sunderland are 11/10 courtesy of Ladbrokes to see off neighbours Newcastle.
At Upton Park, Paddy Power price Arsenal at 4/7 to collect three points at West Ham’s expense, Manchester City are a home banker at 2/7 (Betfred) against Wolves and look a decent bet at 20/21 with bet365 to prevail by at least two clear goals while Chelsea should keep their faint hopes of forcing their way back into the title race alive, by beating Blackburn at Stamford Bridge, a result chalked up by Totesport at 3/10. A treble of wins for Carlo Ancelotti’s troops, the Gunners and City, comes in at 17/10 thanks to Paddy Power.
Finally, Betfred offer 9/4 for Stoke and Bolton to share the spoils at the Britannia Stadium, 888Sport make West Brom and Blackpool 5/2 to do likewise at the Hawthorns and a draw (9/4, Coral) could also be on the cards as Wigan entertain Fulham.