This Town aint big enough for the both of us: Tyne and Wear and Manchester Derby Betting Preview
First up, at 1:30pm (GMT) Newcastle United play host to Sunderland in the battle of the North East with both sides understandably desperate for points given their perilous league positions at this late stage of the season.
Then, at 4pm Manchester City welcome their old foes Manchester United to the Etihad Stadium with more than just pride on the line with both sides vying for European qualification in the Premier League.
Newcastle United v Sunderland – Can Rafa the gaffer bring back the laughter?
Newcastle fans need not be reminded of the dismal losing streak their side are currently in the midst of in games against their rivals from Wearside in recent times.
Since the 14th of April 2013, Sunderland have won every single Premier League match they’ve played in against the Magpies and with the head-to-head formbook so resoundingly in their favour(WWWWWW), you’d be forgiven for expecting that streak to continue.
But this Sunday, an away trip to a Newcastle United side under the stewardship of Rafa Benitez is an entirely different proposition altogether. The ex-Liverpool and Chelsea boss, fresh from his stint in the Spanish capital with Castilian giants Real Madrid will be more than aware of what this Sunday lunch time kick off represents to Newcastle United’s die-hard supporters.
With a reputation for turning under-performing back lines into hardened defensive units, we fancy Benitez to keep things nice and compact on Sunday afternoon and pick up a much-needed victory in front of the Newcastle faithful.
Prediction: Newcastle United 1-0 Sunderland
Manchester City v Manchester United – will the ‘noisy neighbours’ triumph once again?
The footballing Gods certainly haven’t been kind to Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United this week. After attempting to turn-around a 2-0 Europa League deficit against Liverpool this evening, they must then go to the Etihad Stadium and try and get a result against Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City.
In truth, neither side have been in any sort of form to write home about. Despite being the only English side to make it to the last eight of the Champions League, Man City’s hopes of winning a third Premier League title are all but dead in the water with the Citizens now trailing 12 points behind Leicester City.
And United have yet again found themselves under scrutiny from fans and pundits alike with the upturn in fortunes provided by youngster Marcus Rashford’s goal-scoring heroics a few weeks ago proving to be a false dawn. Paul Scholes in particular has been scathing in his post-match analysis’s of his old side, lamenting their rigid style of play and failure to create chances in the final third.
With City’s Etihad Stadium still proving to be an extremely tough place to visit (only Spurs and Leicester have won there in 2016) at this late stage of the season, we’re backing the home side to get one over on their rivals on Sunday and can see their plucky Argentine goal scorer Sergio Aguero having a big part to play in this.
Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 Manchester United