- The Manchester and Liverpool Derbies both go down this weekend.
- Man City and Liverpool are both heavy favorites.
- Is there any value in betting on United and Everton as underdogs?
We’ve got two Premier League derbies in one day this Saturday (April 7). The two Manchester clubs meet at Etihad for what could officially end the title race. Over in Merseyside, Liverpool and Everton clash for another “Friendly Derby.”
Two cities will be torn apart this weekend. It’s neighbor against neighbor, sibling against sibling. It’s going to be great! Let’s take a look at the odds.
Manchester City (-160) vs Manchester United (+400)
Saturday, April 7th, at Etihad Stadium
Manchester City (13-2-1, 41 points) are just three points short of the Premier League title, meaning a win next week against Manchester United (21-5-5, 68 points) would put a premature end to the title race. It would be sweetest possible victory for the Citizens: beating their nearest competitor and city rival to clinch the championship.
Thank god the Premier League season is nearing its final stretch, because I’m running out of ways to compliment this Man City team. If you just looked at the points tally of the Premier League at the moment, you could easily mistake it for Ligue 1 or the Bundesliga. City have been the favorites to clinch the title from the very start, and their position on top never really seemed at risk. For the most part, it’s been smooth sailing for Pep Guardiola and his men.
A win this weekend would mark a romantic end to the domestic season for Man City, but it is in no way their most important game this week. Their Champions League fixture against Liverpool on Wednesday currently holds Guardiola’s undivided attention. If City lose this weekend, they’ll still have six chances to seal the championship. If they lose their first leg quarterfinal match against Liverpool, that could spell the end of their Champions League campaign.
Manchester United methodically dismantled Swansea 2-0 over the weekend, picking up their fourth consecutive Premier League win since that embarrassing loss to Newcastle. It’s always more fun to dwell on Jose Mourinho’s failures rather than his successes, but let’s give credit where credit is due. Man United have recently held wins over clubs like Liverpool and Chelsea, and the squad is finally playing near its full potential. Jesse Lingard is coming into his own, Alexis Sanchez has rediscovered his goal-scoring ability, and Paul Pogba… well, at least he’s returned to the starting lineup.
A win this weekend would be strictly symbolic for Man United. There’s no way Man United will rise above second place at this stage in the season and a top-four finish is already guaranteed. However, wiping the smug smile of Guardiola’s face — if only for a moment — is always something worth fighting for.
Manchester City have yet to lose a domestic game at home (14-1-0), and Manchester United have been pretty average when playing away (8-3-4). Man U are the second-best side in England — a very distant second. I’m picking Man City to wrap up the domestic season this Saturday.
Pick: Manchester City (-160)
Everton (+400) vs Liverpool (-165)
Saturday, April 7th, at Goodison Park
Three days after Liverpool (19-9-4, 66 points) face Manchester City for a Champions League clash, the Reds cross town to meet Everton (11-7-14, 40 points) at Goodison Park.
Everton were the only Premier League side not to have lost to Manchester City this season, but that all ended last weekend when City comfortably beat them 3-1. It took just three minutes for Leroy Sane to open the scoring, and Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling went on to make it 3-0 by the time the first half was over. Yannick Bolasie made sure the Toffees didn’t leave empty-handed, but it was too little, too late.
With the Manchester clubs squaring off this Saturday, Liverpool are well-placed to leap into second place after the weekend is over. Man United still have a game in hand, so the second-place standing probably won’t last. Still, it’s always a momentous occasion when Liverpool leapfrogs Man U.
It’s been over seven years since Everton have beaten their Merseyside rivals. The “Friendly Derby” is at risk of losing its relevance and the gulf in talent between the two neighbors is now greater than ever. This should be another win for the Reds.
Pick: Liverpool (-165)