As Super Sunday arrives, many top leagues around the world have football action happening, so we aim to look at some good opportunities to make profit in them.
Newcastle United face a lot of pressure in this game against Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear Derby with both teams needing to win in order survive the relegation battle. A win for either side will take them above each other and have a better chance of survival. The team that loses, could almost be certain to go down in this big 6-pointer clash.
Newcastle under new manager Benitez kept the game a bit tight last time around against Leicester City to just a 1-0 loss, but will now need to progress with a victory in this critical encounter. Newcastle are facing a huge injury list with critical players like Tiote, Coloccini, Cisse, Haidara, Obertan and Krul all missing this encounter. Newcastle will rely on the likes of Mitrovic, Perez, Wjnaldum, Sissoko to deliver the goods for them on the offensive end, as only goals can win them football matches, and Benitez needs to definitely deliver that. Defensively with so many injuries, they are probably going to play with a makeshift back 4 and looking at recent results, they have conceded goals in 14 out of their last 15 games, since 13th December and look certain to leak goals again.
Sunderland come into this encounter after netting goals in 4 out of the last 5 games that they have played in, primarily relying on Khazri and Defoe to deliver those goals too help the team get even critical draws to help them survive. Of the 2 teams, Sunderland look in better form to eek out a victory in this encounter especially looking at their recent results beating Manchester United, drawing against Palace, Liverpool & Southampton in their recent games to bring confidence in the dressing room. Sunderland know that they have the ability to score looking at their lineup, but have conceded goals in 16 games on the trot since December 2015 started; so I expect their defence to continue to leak, which means they need to score more in order to get a positive result.
Both teams have been struggling to defend at the back, and I expect that both teams will find the back of the net as they are struggling defensively, and whoever scores more goals will probably come out on top of this encounter.
England Premier League
Man City to beat Man Utd @ 1.85 (Bet365) – 3 points
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Over 11.5 corners @ 1.80 (Bet365) – 3 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
The Manchester derby finally has some significance this year as both teams are battling to secure the 4th spot in the table. With City holding a 4 point lead over United, they will be keen to take advantage of their injury hit opponents to try and get one over their rivals and push for 3rd spot in the table for automatic qualification to the group stage of the Champions League.
Manchester City were contend to hold out for a 0-0 draw last week in their 2 games against Norwich and Kiev, progressing to the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time. The only bad news from that encounter is that they lost Vincent Company through a hamstring injury. Otamendi also faced a dead leg, but will probably be fit to take part in this encounter. Man City had been going through a spell of bad form in the Premier League after losses to Liverpool, Tottenham and Leicester City, but their recent turn in form should give them confidence. There is a good chance that City will start with both Bony and Aguero up front to take the attack to United with Navas, Toure, Fernandinho and Silva sitting in the midfield to give service to the 2 up front. City have won 3 out of the last 5games between the 2 sides, with their earlier match at Old Trafford remaining a stalemate back in October. City have won 3 out of the last 4 games at home against United, and will want to continue that form coming into this encounter.
United have struggled with injuries and have been conceding goals for fun in recent times as has been seen in their 2 games against Liverpool, as well as against West Ham, West Brom, Arsenal, Sunderland, Mitdjyland and Chelsea in their games faced since February. The struggles for United have come when teams take them on while counter attacking especially with their full backs playing high up the field in Rojo and Darmian. Man City have always known to take advantage of Man United in these encounters, and might feel a slight advantage taking on United in the same way. City have already lost at home to Tottenham, Leicester and Liverpool this season, so United might feel if they take the early attack to City, they might be able to score especially with the pace they have in Martial, Rashford and potentially Depay starting this encounter.
This game has known to be a fiesty one, with the last few games seeing a lot of cards and with Michael Oliver taking charge, he likes to maintain discipline and is known to hand out a lot of yellow cards and even red cards in some fiesty encounters recently in Everton-Chelsea, Tottenham-Arsenal, Liverpool-Man City, Tottenham-Chelsea to name a few of those that have seen over 6 cards.
Man City seem to have a bit of momentum going for them after progressing to the next round of the Champions League; and will have confidence running through their veins ahead of this Manchester Derby, and I expect them to steal a win in this encounter.
Juventus are now out of the Champions League after a valiant effort and should have actually beaten Bayern Munich if not for a wrong decision on the offside call. Juventus now look forward to focussing on retaining their Serie A title, and with Napoli playing later in the day at home to Genoa, the pressure will be on Juventus to get the 3 points tonight. Juventus play in the city in the Turin Derby against rivals Torino and will be looking to take revenge after the last 2-1 loss away from home.
Juventus have traditionally dominated this fixture winning 8 out of their last 9 meeting between these sides, and Juventus have not lost a game over the recent period going 19 games unbeaten in Serie A; with just 1 draw during that period. The forward line of Morata, Manduzkic along with the 2 attacking midfielders in Cuadrado and Pogba will be going for the kill from minute 1. They can also look forward to the return of Dybala back from injury to give more pace up front to attack against Torino. The midfield has been relatively solid with Khedira and Hernanes sitting in midfield especially since Marchisio will be missing through injury. Defensively, Juventus could play with 4 at the back with Evra and Lichsteiner partnering Bonucci and Barzagli especially Chellini has not recovered from injury. The back 4 has been good in defending but also can contribute to attacking when needed.
Torino have struggled recently to produce good results, struggling to win in any of their last 4 games. At home they have only won 1 out of their last 7 games, only 2 wins out of 12 in 2016, which further showcases the tough times that they are having. Juventus have already played them twice this season and won 4-0 and 2-1; and Torino will feel the threat when Juventus come to play them at home. Torino’s only recent success has been the won victory last season against Juventus, which was their first for 20 years; and will look forward to using the home crowd support to try and get another win again. Torino will feel a bit of pressure additionally because they are just 5 points above the relegation zone, and will have to rely a lot on their forward Immobile and Belotti to help them score against their arch rivals.
This game will be a fiercely contested one, and with referee Nicola Rizzoli taking charge, there can be a lot of cards and potentially a red one during the game but Juventus have strong motivation to win this game to ensure pressure on Torino, so they will look to grab all 3 points in this encounter.