There’s two big derbies to look forward to this weekend in the Premier League – and they don’t come any bigger than Manchester United vs Manchester City, which will hopefully prove just as exciting as recent renewals as both teams try to gain an edge in the battle for the title. At the other end of the table, the Geordie Derby may also have a say in which one of Sunderland or Newcastle will be relegated this season.
Read our analysis of this weekend’s two big derbies, and also Villa vs Swansea, and Arsenal vs Everton, below.
Villa vs Swansea (Saturday 3pm)
The wheels have come off Swansea’s season in their last few matches, and they’ve failed to score in 4 of their last 5 Premier League matches. Meanwhile, Villa’s home record so far this season is abysmal with losses to Stoke, West Brom and Man United, a solitary point against fellow relegation fodder Sunderland, and just 2 goals in those 4 games. The previous 4 renewals have also produced no more than 2 goals in any game – and the 11/8 for their to be less than 2.5 goals looks a no-brainer!
Less than 2.5 goals @ 11/8 (BetVictor)
Arsenal vs Everton
Unexpected dominant performances against Manchester United and Bayern Munich have got the Arsenal faithful expecting great things from this season, but 4/9 still looks incredibly short against a team that is unbeaten on their Premier League travels so far this season. It could be that Arsenal’s current form is too good for Everton but, as 2 of the last 3 renewals have been draws, the 43/10 for another draw just smacks of value whether it collects or not.
Draw @ 43/10 (Marathon Bet)
Sunderland vs Newcastle
Both teams will do well to avoid relegation this season, but winning this Geordie Derby could offer either team an early survival lifeline. Newcastle are probably shorter than they should be after hitting form against Norwich, and I’d much sooner back Sunderland who will be up for this fixture as usual, and have also won the last two.
Sunderland @ 7/4 (Coral)
Man United vs Man City
It’s too early for this to be a title decider but both teams will want their fans to have the bragging rights come Sunday afternoon. United won 4-2 last year, however City won the previous 3 in impressive fashion. The result is a tough call, but the standout statistic is that there has been at least 3 goals in the last four renewals.
More than 2.5 goals @ 7/8 (888, Unibet)