Sky Sports have a habit of mis-selling Sundays to us. Their hyperbole and dramatic slow-mo montages make us think that every Sunday is indeed going to be super, before we’re hit with the bombshell that’s Watford v Crystal Palace.
However this Sunday is so very different. And it doesn’t need a montage to explain why.
Five huge football clashes from four different countries, the Rugby World Cup, the NFL invading Wembley and Europe’s most prestigious horse race all come together for eight hours of sport that you really won’t want to miss. Make sure you have the remote handy, and that you’re well stocked with beverages and snacks, because from 1.30pm the TV should be all yours. And don’t worry about Monday morning either – we’ve got you a signed sick note from Dr. Power himself for you to download and fill in here to avoid any awkward questions when you swerve the office.
Your full diary of Sunday sport – plus Paddy’s punt in each one – looks like this.
Our fancy in each event brings us to a massive 624/1 accumulator, and while it may be unlikely that the stars will align perfectly for us this weekend, if you don’t have a dream, how will you ever have a dream come true?
Here are the eight events in full, and a little detail on why we’re siding with each selection.
1.30pm: Everton v Liverpool
Our very own Super Sunday kicks off with a Merseyside derby, and we’re siding with Liverpool at to get the better of their local rivals. The Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers has been under plenty of scrutiny in the last few weeks, but with Daniel Sturridge fit and scoring again Liverpool could edge this clash. Everton have won just three derby games in the league at Goodison in the last 15 years, so despite home advantage, we’re backing the Toffees to come unstuck again.
1.30pm: Ajax v PSV Eindhoven
At the same time over on Sky Sports 2 it’s first against fourth in a mouth-watering Eredivisie clash between Ajax and PSV. Ajax are the favourites and we’re backing the home team, who have lost just one of their last 20 league matches. The Godenzonen have won five of the last eight clashes with PSV, and despite Eindhoven’s victory over Manchester United in the Champions League, Phillip Cocu’s side have looked unconvincing at times in the league. Ajax should come out on top at in what could be a high-scoring affair.
2.30pm: Miami Dolphins v New York Jets
The New York Jets take on ‘home team’ and AFC East Divisional rivals Miami Dolphins in this season’s first NFL Wembley game. Miami (1-2) were tipped as many people’s dark horses for this year’s Super Bowl, but are off to a terrible start with both their Offense and Defense struggling. The Jets (2-1) had strong wins over the Browns and Colts to start the year, but lost last weekend. The Jets could bounce back this weekend at and Todd Bowles’ team should be too strong for the stuttering Phins’ Offense.
3.30pm: Arc De Triomphe
A quarter of the way through Sunday and it’s time to flick over to C4 for Europe’s most prestigious race – the Arc De Triomphe in Longchamp, Paris. The French filly Treve is the home favourite and is aiming for an incredible history-making third Arc victory on the bounce. The six-time Group 1 winner won readily by six lengths in her preparation race at the course last month, and Treve fans will be delighted to hear there’s a touch of rain expected in Paris over the weekend. A bit of cut in the ground would suit Treve far more than any of her rivals, and as long as it’s no firmer than good at Longchamp, Treve can justify her short price of and make history.
4.00pm: Arsenal v Manchester United
Back to the football at 4.oopm and Manchester United’s trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal. The Gunners have won just one of the last 13 matches against United and are coming off the back of a disastrous week in the Champions League that ended in defeat to Olympiacos, and more calls for Arsene Wenger’s head. Louis van Gaal’s side started the weekend as table-toppers but themselves have looked a little vulnerable, and they’ve won just three times away to Arsenal in the league in the last decade. Watch the splinters because we’re plonking ourselves firmly on the fence here and backing the draw at .
4.30pm: Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund
Can anyone stop Bayern Munich? They’ve won all seven of their league fixtures this year and averaged more than three goals a game along the way. Second-place Dortmund themselves are on a 13 game unbeaten streak in all competitions, but they face a different beast in Pep Guardiola’s Bayern side. Munich have lost just one of the last six clashes with Dortmund at the Allianz Arena and are so relaxed in the run-up to the clash they spent one day during the week at Oktoberfest. They’re to continue their dominance and we don’t want to be the ones opposing them.
4.45pm Ireland v Italy
Around half-time in the Arsenal v Man Utd game at the Emirates, Ireland v Italy gets underway in the Olympic Stadium on the other side of London. Ireland have won both their Pool D games in the last few weeks, but despite scoring 94 points, they’ve failed to cover the handicap each time. That could all change on Sunday. The handicap line is set at 19 points – a handicap Ireland have covered in four of their five clashes with Italy since October 2011 and can do again at . France beat Italy by 22 points at Twickenham a fortnight ago, and it’s arguable that Ireland look marginally stronger than the French in this tournament.
7.30pm Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid
The final leg of our Super Sunday gets underway at 7.30pm with a Madrid derby. This is a fixture that has changed dramatically over recent times – with Real failing to win on their last five trips to Atletico, despite dominating the derby pretty much from 1958 to 2012. Athletico have lost two games on the spin in all competitions – to Valencia in the league and Benfica in Europe – while Real are unbeaten this season. However Atletico manager Diego Simeone seems to have found the key to upsetting Real, and the points could be shared at in a feisty Madrid derby. The perfect way to end the day? Probably.
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