Expert football pundit and analyst Andy Gray is all geared up for Super Sunday and hasn’t pulled any punches regarding the Merseyside Derby. He’s joined the Paddy Power Blog team to give his insight on Sunday’s games.
Liverpool v Everton, Sky Sports 1, 1.30pm
Even money on Liverpool is a pretty good bet and plenty of fans will fancy getting on that. But a draw might be a smarter bet at 5/2.
Although Liverpool knocked six past Newcastle last week without Luis Suarez, Newcastle were a very very poor side. Everton are much better than that. Defensively they are sound, difficult to play against, and without Suarez, Liverpool will find it hard to break the Toffees down.
Everton’s sole aim at the moment is to stay above Liverpool and the best thing they can do at the weekend is to avoid getting beat. If you asked David Moyes right now would you take a draw at Anfield, he’ll snap your hand off. It will be a tough game, a classic derby game, but it won’t provide four or five goals. It will be a tight Merseyside derby.
A low scoring draw like 1-1 at 6/1 is a decent shout.
Manchester United v Chelsea, 4.00pm
When Manchester United went to the Emirates last week everyone wanted to know what shape the Champions would be in. If there was ever going to be a surprise that was going to be it. Sir Alex Ferguson would have had his players back training this week, the celebrations are over and Ferguson will want to finish the season strongly. They won’t want to get beaten at home by Chelsea, the rivalry is too strong for that. Chelsea’s home form is very good at the moment, their away form is not fantastic but it is alright.
The cup tie was a fabulous cup tie. United looked like they were going to blow Chelsea away in the first half but then Rafa Benitez made a few changes and brought some of his talented players on. They could have won it in the end. That was a wonderful tie and gives us a barometer to measure this game on.
Like the Merseyside Derby they could share the points in this one. Manchester United won’t consider a draw that bad a result having won the league and Chelsea taking a point from Old Trafford is a pretty good return. Another 1-1 at 6/1 could be the way to go.