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Manchester & Merseyside Derbies - Mark Derby Day In Style At i-pools

Manchester & Merseyside Derbies - Mark Derby Day In Style At i-pools
Thursday,December 7,2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year if you’re a football fan, with non-stop Premier League action right the way through until New Year’s Day. But Christmas has come early with Sunday providing us with a feast of football, with not one but two huge derby matches.


First up is the Merseyside derby, with Liverpool hosting Everton at 2:15pm and no sooner after that ends, the Manchester derby gets underway at 4:30pm from Old Trafford.


That makes i-pools the place to be this Sunday for you to get close to the action, by predicting all the key events in our Match Pools. With a pool for each game, answer seven questions on how you see the action unfolding, including predicting the match result, anytime goalscorer, a player to pick up a card and when the first goal will be scored. Score the most points and you’ll take home the prize fund, which currently stands at £50 in each £2 Match Pool.


Here’s a look at both derby games and some tips to how your selections might pan out:


Liverpool v Everton: Can Everton end barren derby run against red hot Liverpool?


Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool just can’t stop scoring at the moment, following up last weekend’s 5-1 thrashing of Brighton by putting seven past Spartak Moscow, to secure their Champions League last 16 place.


Since losing to Spurs 4-1 in October, the Reds have scored 19 goals in just league six matches, with the dazzling quartet of Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino sharing 25 Premier League goals between them. This extends to a mind boggling 46 goals already in all competitions, and it’s hard to see how Everton can stop them come Sunday.


Although big Sam’s appointment will surely bring about a tighter defence, which has kept two clean sheets in a row, the Toffees have been shipping goals, left, right and centre, with 28 conceded in the league so far.


They have a poor record against the top six this season, apart from being the only side to take points off Man City with a 1-1 draw in August. Arsenal put five past them, Man Utd four and Spurs three, and it will take something special to stop a rampant Liverpool from doing something similar. The early team news is that Alberto Moreno and Joel Matip are set to miss out for the hosts, while Leighton Baines is doubtful for Everton.


Match Pool selections: Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 games in all competitions against Everton, while it’s been 18 years and 17 league games since the Toffees won at Anfield. That all points the way to a Liverpool win at x1 in our pool, with a draw scoring you x4 points and an unlikely Everton win x7.


Games involving Liverpool have seen three or more goals being scored in 10 of the last 11 games, which is why three or more (x1) or four or more (x2) could well be the way to go in our how many goals will be scored question.


It’s take your pick from Salah, Firmino (both x1), Coutinho and Mane (both x2) to score at anytime, while Wayne Rooney at x3, looks like being Everton’s best bet, with seven league goals to his name since his return in the summer. You’d back Liverpool to win by two or more at x2 in our pick an event question, while last up is a nearest the wins where you must predict the time of the first goal.


Man Utd v Man City: Will City equal a Premier League record or can they be stopped?


Arguably the game of the season so far, this one could well go a big way to deciding the title, and we’re not even in the New Year. A home win puts United just five points behind, but a City win will extend the gap at the top to 11 points and there will surely be no way back from that.

It’s the battle of the two best teams on display this season, with Jose Mourinho’s men seeking a fifth straight league win. In one of the best Premier League games for years, United saw off Arsenal 3-1, showing the world just what they can do against fellow big six sides when going for the win. They have scored the second most in the league with 35 and conceded just nine, but might need to keep it tight first up on Sunday, with City already netting 46 times in just 15 matches.


Despite a recent shortage of goals, Romelu Lukaku remains key, as demonstrated during an impressive display at the Emirates despite not getting on the scoresheet. The suspension of Paul Pogba will be a big blow, and might see Jose’s men sit deeper initially in contrast to last week’s 3-1 win.


City just can’t stop winning in the league, with last week’s late victory at home to West Ham equalling a record 13th straight win in a single season. Victory at Old Trafford will equal Arsenal’s record of 14 consecutive league wins in total. While we all know City are capable of blowing away any team on their day, in recent weeks they’ve shown a side to their game that has been missing in recent years. They’ve scored winners in the final 10 minutes of their last three league matches, coming up with the goods despite facing tough resistance with the opposition sitting 10 men behind the ball. Cliche as it might sound, they’ve proven they can win like champions and another three points on Sunday will take them a huge step closer to a first title since 2014, and will surely beg the question, who’s going to stop them? They’ll have to do it without David Silva however, who is set to miss out through injury.


Match Pool selections: This one could really go either way, but a City win at x2 seems like the most likely outcome. There hasn’t been too many goals scored between the two in recent times, so in what will surely be a tight encounter, two or fewer at x1 might be a sensible choice in question two. Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero are both x1 to score at anytime but if you’re after better multiplies, perhaps either Raheem Sterling or Lukaku, both at x2, could be the way you go. A goal scored after 80 minutes is x2 in our pick an event question, and is something that can’t be ruled out given City’s recent history.


Enjoy derby day in style right here at i-pools!


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