Backing Liverpool To Win The Derby

Degsy has a good feeling about Liverpool as they travel to Goodison for the Merseyside derby, while he's also backing Arsenal to only draw against Saints at the Emirates...

Last Updated: 22/11/13 at 09:27 Post Comment

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Everton v Liverpool
What a game to kick off the weekend as these two great rivals do battle at Goodison. Both teams are in the top six after solid starts to the season and both will be looking to push on with three points here. I'm leaning towards a Liverpool win based on the fact they have lost just one of their last 13 Merseyside derbies in the league and won seven times in that period. They are 6/4 to claim the win and punters with big balls should be all over that. Do you have big balls? Do you? Or are you scared? Like, say, a baby, or a tiny kitten?
Betting: Liverpool to beat Everton at 6/4 (bet365)

Arsenal v Southampton
Mad to think that a Saints win here could see them end the day on top of the Premier League, provided they win this by a few and other results go their way. Southampton are a top price 5/1 for the victory but you have to go all the way back to 1987, when Acid House was all the rage and Lenny Henry was still funny, to find the last time they beat Arsenal at Arsenal. I don't fancy the Gunners at 8/13 however so may just have a few shekels on the draw.
Betting: Arsenal and Southampton to draw at 16/5 (bet365)

Fulham v Swansea
The Cottagers have been a bit pony this season but I cannot have Swansea at 11/8 here. There is not the same solid look about the Welsh team that there was last term and a win for Martin Jol's men would see his much-maligned side actually move above Saturday's visitors. I'm going to chance my arm and take some 23/10 action about a home win.
Betting: Fulham to beat Swansea at 23/10 (bet365)

Hull City v Crystal Palace
In the week when Paul Heaton lambasted the Prime Minister for claiming he was a fan of the Hull 4 London 0 album I reckon there could be mileage in having an interest bet on said scoreline here, such has been Palace's ineptitude in recent weeks. The best part of the Heaton/Cameron spat was when someone challenged the musician for banning the PM out of his Salford pub despite the fact he had never met him. Heaton's reply? "You don't need to tread in dog shit to know it stinks". Touche.
Betting: Hull to beat Crystal Palace 4-0 at 40/1 (Coral)

Newcastle United v Norwich City
The Toon have beaten Chelsea and drawn with Liverpool in their last two home games while Norwich have shipped 15 goals from their three most recent away games. Back the Mags here and back 'em good.
Betting: Newcastle to beat Norwich at 4/5 (Bet Victor)

Stoke City v Sunderland
Stoke have scored just three goals at the Brittania this season (and one of those was a fluke job by their 'keeper). They have also failed to win in eight matches so I reckon the Black Cats are more than capable of taking a point from this.
Betting: Stoke and Sunderland to draw at 12/5 (Hills/Sky Bet)

West Ham v Chelsea
West Ham posted a terrific 3-1 win against Chelsea at Upton Park last season but, a win at Spurs notwithstanding, they have been worryingly poor so far this term and are currently in the relegation mix. Sam 'The Earpiece' Allardyce has been unlucky with injuries but will know he needs to start turning this around soon. The revival won't start this weekend though. Chelsea are not pulling up many trees away from home but are vastly superior in most departments to their London neighbours and I can see them winning this fairly handily.
Betting: Chelsea to score in the first 10 minutes at 5/1 (Sky Bet)

Manchester City v Tottenham
The first of two big games on Sunday sees Spurs head to Manchester to face a Citeh side who have won all five home games in the Premier League (averaging four goals a game in that period). Away it's been a different story for Manuel Pellegrini's men but I rate them as good things here against a Spurs side who are struggling for consistency. I fancy there will be goals but when the dust settles I'm backing the hosts, led by the sublime Sergio Aguero.
Betting: Manchester City to win by one goal at 14/5 (Ladbrokes)

Cardiff v Manchester United
Much has been written about the Red Devils' indifferent start to the season but the fact is they head to Wales having put together a nine-match unbeaten run so will have plenty of backers here at 4/6. The Bluebirds have already slayed one Manchester giant at home this term and are 5/1 pokes to do the business against ManYoo. That's not a price for me but I do like the look of Wayne Rooney to score first. Granted he didn't cover himself in glory during the international break but he's put in some stellar shifts for his club already this season and he remains a goal threat against anyone when he is in the mood.
Betting: Rooney to score first at 11/2 (bet365)

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