Manchester United v Everton 12:30 BST
Four games of the Premier League season remain and Manchester United would have gladly taken a five-point lead at this juncture even if they recently slipped up at Wigan Athletic to give Man City the faintest glimmer of hope.
The Red Devils banished the memory of that defeat at the DW Stadium with a 4-0 whipping of Aston Villa although they might expect more resistance from an Everton side who will look to end their own season on a high despite last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final defeat against Liverpool.
It was Everton’s first defeat in six matches and the Toffees have four winnable matches after their trip to Old Trafford with David Moyes looking for his team to produce some quality performances. Can they pull off a shock win on Sunday at odds of 10/1 (Ladbrokes)?
The answer is probably not, although the visitors can certainly make life difficult for a United side that have needed an early Wayne Rooney penalty to settle the nerves against both QPR and Aston Villa. Surely we won’t see Ashley Young go to ground and win yet another spot kick for the champions?
Sir Alex Ferguson’s team are a 1/3 poke (Paddy Power bookmaker) to win once again in front of their own supporters and Rooney is a very warm favourite at 13/5 (Betfred) to score the first of this game against a club that he continues to support. The England man was as disappointed as anyone when Everton were beaten by Liverpool last weekend.
Manchester United are keeping plenty of clean sheets at the moment and it is a surprise to see odds of 6/5 about them winning this match without reply considering only 9 goals have been conceded at home bar that 6-1 drubbing by City.
Liverpool v West Brom 16:00 BST
Backing Liverpool to win home matches has been an expensive exercise this season and they don’t make a great deal of appeal at 4/9 (Paddy Power free bets) to beat West Brom on Sunday.
The bottom line is that Kenny Dalglish’s team are already into the Europa League, have no chance of finishing in the top four and an FA Cup final victory is the only way of salvaging what has been a miserable season.
In addition to this, 5 wins from 16 games at Anfield suggests that Liverpool should be odds-against to beat the Baggies, even if they have won their last two matches thanks to Andy Carroll headed winners that have been rarer than hen’s teeth this term.
Can West Bromwich Albion take advantage of Liverpool’s dreary home form and oblige at odds of 13/2 (bet365 bookmaker)? Roy Hodgson will return to the club who really didn’t give him a chance as manager last season and would surely take pleasure from seeing his team follow up last weekend’s win over QPR with three points in this contest.
Not that recent away performances have been up to much, with Albion turned over at Manchester City and Everton although six wins on the road has not been a bad achievement and they have the wherewithal to land a point at odds of 4/1.
This is the first of three Premier League matches that Liverpool have before playing Chelsea in the FA Cup final although Dalglish is likelier to rest players for either the trip to Norwich or the visit of Fulham rather than this particular match.
Therefore, we should see Andy Carroll (5/1 Blue Square) and Luis Suarez (4/1) continue in attack as Liverpool look to build up a head of steam ahead of their third visit to Wembley.
Wolves v Manchester City 16:00 BST
The worst team in the Premier League probably can’t wait for the season to be over, although Terry Connor’s team demonstrated that they hadn’t given up the ghost when drawing 0-0 at Sunderland last weekend.
Even so, they won’t be much looking forward to Manchester City visiting Molineux for the second time this season, especially as Roberto Mancini’s team slotted five past Wanderers in the Carling Cup back in October.
Another 5-2 scoreline could well be on the cards in this match and odds of 80/1 (Betfred free bets) look attractive when you consider that City’s last two matches have seen them win by 4-0 and 6-1 scorelines.
All of a sudden, the title-chasers have remembered how to find the net on the road, with Norwich surprisingly thrashed at Carrow Road following an excellent win at White Hart Lane. The bookies are taking few chances with their quote of 1/4 (Boylesports) that City win this particular encounter.
Carlos Tevez hasn’t taken long to adjust to life back at Eastlands and the Argentine striker’s absence might well have cost his team the Premier League title. We shall never know although he is a 15/4 chance to score the first of this particular encounter.
Perhaps he will enter into another scoring contest with compatriot Sergio Aguero who helped himself to two goals at Carrow Road and it’s hard to see how City won’t collect the points as they continue to hunt down Manchester United in their quest for a first Premier League title.
Wolves will go out and attempt to play for pride, with the bookies offering 12/1 about a home win which would effectively see the Red Devils claim the Premier League title providing that they do the business against Everton earlier in the day.