This Premier League preview is an excellent Sunday viewing, with two brilliant games in the Mersey Manchester derbies.

The first fixture sees Everton host Manchester City at Goodison Park, with both sides looking for a morale boosting win.

Everton vs Manchester City – Sunday 15th January 2017 – 13:30 - Sky Sports 1 


Everton welcome Manchester City to Goodison Park in another round of league fixtures, with the first of the Super Sunday fixtures.

Ronald Koeman's side come into this match in mixed form, suffering a 2-1 defeat in their last match against Leicester City in the FA Cup.

Romelu Lukaku (63) opened the scoring again for Everton, with the Belgian in excellent form this season and a key man for the Toffees.

New signing Ahmed Musa came good with two goals in quick succession (66 and 71), to give Leicester a much needed away win.

Toffees In Need Of Run

That result is more evidence of the fact that Everton have been inconsistent, although they were unbeaten in their last three matches.

They are 7th place in the Premier League, with this recent run of form ending what was a very poor period for the Toffees.

They are behind City in the table, three places and twelve points below the Blues but Koeman will be confident of completing another win.

They drew 1-1 earlier in the season, City look to have turned the corner in recent games though.

Toffees Underdogs

Their mixed run of form means Everton come into this match as the underdogs, with home advantage not enough to win over the bookies.

This will be a tough fixture for Ronald Koeman's side, with Man City coming into this match on the back of a great FA Cup win.

The Toffees will be looking to better their overall record against City, having won 59, drawn 43 and lost 63 in 165 meetings.

Everton are 16/5 with Romelu Lukaku at 11/2 to score first.


Blues In Great Form

Guardiola's side come into this match on the back of a 5-0 win, against West Ham in the FA Cup last weekend.

Yaya Toure (33) opened the scoring for City from the penalty spot, in what proved to be a questionable but match-turning decision.

From there West Ham completely crumbled, with Nordtveit turning the goal into his own net in the 41st minute, with David Silva making it 3-0 before the break (43).

Sergio Aguero got in on the act in the second half, with a 50th-minute goal, before John Stones made it 5-0 in the 84th minute.

City Improving

Despite the controversy of recent weeks, Guardiola's side appear to have rediscovered their early season form.

They have won five of their last six matches, with the 1-0 defeat at Anfield their only blemish and Guardiola will be hoping for better success on Merseyside.

Same Again For Pep

The match against Everton sees Manchester City emerge as favourites, despite drawing against the Toffees earlier in the season.

A win will keep the pressure on the sides above them, with Liverpool in a poor run of form and facing Manchester United later in the day.

Pep will be looking for City to continue their excellent recent record against Everton, with City unbeaten in their last three meetings.

Manchester City are 4/5 with Sergio Aguero at 3/1 to open the scoring.


The second fixture sees Manchester United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford in one of the matches of the season.

United and Liverpool are in excellent form and this match represents a battle between two sides who desperately need a win to remain in the title race.

Manchester United vs Liverpool – Sunday 15th January 2017 – 16:00 - Sky Sports 1 

Manchester United

Manchester United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford in another round of league fixtures, this match is the biggest of the weekend.

Mourinho's men come into this match on the back of a 2-0 win at home against Hull in the EFL Cup.

Marco Silva's men had acquitted themselves very well in the first half, absorbing all of the pressure from the home side.

It took until the second half for United to make the breakthrough, with Mkhitaryan heading back across goal to tee up Juan Mata (56).

Marouane Fellaini scored a decisive second in the 87th minute, giving United a crucial advantage heading into the second leg.

United Of Old

Recent results will have delighted both United and Mourinho, with United finally showing the cutting edge required to close out matches.

Manchester United come into this match on the back of nine successive wins, for the first time since 2009.

Mata stepped up in this match, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic recovering from illness and Marcus Rashford having an off night.

Jose Mourinho's side will be looking for another response, with the crowd and the players lacking inspiration in the semi-final.

United Favourites

Manchester United come into this tie as heavy favourites, with their pedigree and form this season informing those odds.

They will be looking to capitalise on their dominance, they will also want to beat a Liverpool side that have struggled in their last two cup matches.

Jose Mourinho's side will be looking to better their recent record against Liverpool, with United unable to win any of the last three meetings.

Manchester United are 11/10 with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at 4/1 to score first.

Manchester United

Liverpool In Poor Form

Jurgen Klopp's men come into this match on the back of a 1-0 defeat against Southampton, away in the EFL Cup.

Nathan Redmond (20), got his side off to the perfect start, with the winger making the most of a Ragnar Klavan error.

Redmond wasted a hatful of chances on the night, those missed opportunities may come back to haunt Southampton.

Liverpool dominated possession at St.Mary's but in truth Southampton were far more clinical, they could have gone to Anfield with a much greater advantage.

Reds Unbeaten In Five

The Reds have been in excellent recent form, they remain the only side close to leaders Chelsea, just five points adrift.

It's been a poor last three matches for Liverpool, with two draws against Plymouth and Sunderland and a defeat against Southampton.

Loris Karius had an excellent game between the sticks against Southampton, he made a number of excellent saves to keep the Reds in the tie.

Reds Underdogs

Liverpool head into this fixture as the underdogs, despite their excellent league form and current Premier League position.

With the absence of European football this season, they have been able to perform well in th league.

The Reds will be looking to better their overall record against United, with 56 wins, 46 draws and 67 defeats in 169 matches.

Liverpool are 12/5 with Daniel Sturridge at 13/2 to open the scoring.


Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Lukaku to score first @ 11/2 and Man City to win 2-1 @ 7/1

Tip 2 – Mkhitaryan to score first @ 6/1 and Man United to win 3-1 @ 16/1

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