Liverpool v Everton
Big Sam’s Impact
What would’ve been an expected Liverpool win a few weeks ago has not got a bit more interesting with the appointment of Sam Allardyce as Everton boss. The former England boss was finally appointed by the Everton board after weeks of turmoil at the club. The Toffees haven’t lost since Allardyce’s appointment, with the latest victory a rare one in the Europa League.
I imagine that Big Sam will be cherishing the opportunity to take on Klopp’s Liverpool, with the ultimate aim of frustrating the German’s free-flowing side.
Klopp’s men firing
The German manager has come under criticism at times this season, with the German failing to address obvious issues in defence.
Where it’s impossible to criticise the German, though, is offensive. Klopp has got his men firing and with Roberto Firmino, Coutinho, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane all on fire, the Reds could beat anyone.
They showed that on Wednesday when they absolutely destroyed Spartak Moscow to top their Champions League group. The final score was 7-0 and all four of the Liverpool attackers got on the scoresheet.
A frustrating day for Klopp?
Sam Allardyce is known for setting up his side in a manner that will frustrate his opponents. Perhaps we will see that for the first time at Everton on Sunday. How will the Everton fans react to that though? They traditionally favour free-flowing football and Allardyce could face the same criticism he did at West Ham.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Liverpool -2.00 at 2.460
Manchester United v Manchester City
If a Merseyside derby wasn’t enough to whet the appetite of football lovers, a Manchester derby which sees Pep Guardiola take on Jose Mourinho once again.
A match to decide the title?
Whilst it may be too early to label this as a title decider, it is fair to say that these two sides are probably the main title contenders. Pep’s City is top at present, with Mourinho’s men 8 points behind them in second.
If United are to have any chance of catching their cross-city rivals, then they have to find a way to defeat Guardiola’s emphatic City side.
Parking the bus
If anyone knows how to beat Pep Guardiola, it is perhaps Jose Mourinho. The former friends, having worked together at Barcelona, became rivals across a number of seasons whilst Guardiola was at Barcelona. Mourinho, in spells with Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid, had a number of high-profile clashes against his former friend.
What Mourinho does best is frustrate sides. His side has shown it on so many occasions against top four contenders, where they looked to play deep, invite pressure on to them and frustrate their opponent at every opportunity. Mourinho’s men may well play like this on Sunday, relying on a quick counter-attack to threaten their rivals.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Manchester United 0.25 at 2.000