We hope that you haven’t made any plans this Sunday…unless those plans involve watching football! It just so happens that this Sunday is packed with some of England’s most intense football rivalry, on the very same day.
First up we have a fiery London derby between relegation battling Crystal Palace, and Tottenham who have picked up the chase for second spot in the table. This game is followed up by one of the most classic battles in English football – Manchester United against Chelsea.
These games alone would make up a rather glorious English football Sunday, but this Sunday is rather special. Right after the end of these games, we go straight to Wembley, to see Arsenal battle league leaders Manchester City for this year’s League Cup title.
In this article, we will give you the low-down for all 3 games. Each game is played right after one another, so what better day to place a bet or two and saddle up for an almost never-ending Sunday football adventure?
Crystal Palace – Tottenham
First up are two teams from the same town, but from opposite parts of the football universe. Tottenham have finally picked up the pace and now find themselves in 5th place in the league table, just 1 point behind Chelsea in place number 4. Crystal Palace on the other end, find themselves just one place above relegation, and only goal difference separates them and 18th placed Swansea. A victory however, could send them up to 13th place, in this legendary close relegation battle.
With 12 players on the injury list and facing the team who’s taken more points this year than any Premier League side, Crystal Palace will have to dig up something truly special to come away with anything from this game.
This is a derby however, and with every single player giving 100% in this game, anything can happen!
Manchester United – Chelsea
One high-octane game is followed by another – it may not be a derby in its literal sense, but when these two teams are faced against each other, almost anything can happen.
Both teams have been involved in two fierce Champions League battles earlier during the week. Worthy of note however, is that Chelsea have gotten 1 more day of rest, compared to United. Both teams were involved in two very close games, both ending in a draw. That 1-day extra rest might prove to be quite an advantage on the day.
In the league table, United currently find themselves in 3rd place, just 3 points ahead of Chelsea in 4th. This time around, Chelsea has a golden opportunity to close this gap. United have quite a few key players missing due to injury, such as Hererra, Ibrahimovic, Rojo, Jones and Fellaini. Chelsea are not completely injury-free, but their problems do not seem to be anywhere near as severe as the problems Mourinho are faced with, when choosing their best 11 on the day.
Worthy of note is that Chelsea have a crushing record against United – United have only managed to win 1 out of the last 14 competitive games against the London club and Antonio Conte have won 3 out of 4 meetings against his counterpart, Jose Mourinho.
As the players enter Old Trafford tomorrow, hearts will be pumping, and fists will be thumping. This is not just any game. Not for the players, the fans nor the clubs – this is something truly special!
Arsenal – Manchester City
This legendary English football Sunday will finish off with a grand finale…literally! It’s time for the final of the Carabao Cup, or as most people know it, the League Cup.
City have been absolutely outstanding this season, but Spanish coach Guardiola recognizes that it will all be forgotten if they don’t win any titles. Arsenal, who’ve left many fans disappointed so far this season, now have a golden opportunity to bring a smile on to the faces of their fans, during a season with so much negativity surrounding the north Londoners.
Arsenal will come in to this game a little tired perhaps, having played just 3 days ago in the Europa League against Swedish side Östersund. However, the Gunners had a 3-0 lead from the first meeting against the Swedes and did manage to rest most of their first team players, so it’s possible that the advantage for City will be minimal.
I expect a truly magical game, between two star-packed sides, who both like to play possession football and commit plenty of players in attack.
We truly hope you will enjoy this truly magical-looking Sunday – we sure will!