There are three Premiership matches taking place this Sunday each with their own individual importance.
Man United look to continue their march towards title number 20 with a home game against Everton; Manchester City travel to Wolves later in the day with the intention of capitalising on any mistakes made by United or keeping themselves in the mathematical race for the league. Finally we have a game at Anfield where, although West Brom are safe from relegation, Hodgson will look to prove himself to the Liverpool faithful after a relatively premature departure from the club. Liverpool also have the incentive of climbing up the table from their current lowly position of 8th into contention for European qualification.
You will not find it surprising that I cannot see past the two Manchester sides winning, and comfortably at that. Everton are in the middle of their annual second half of the season surge up the table but they take on a United side that has a similar trait under Ferguson. United are notoriously clinical at closing in on titles with runs of prolonged good form. However, with Everton’s tight defence and strong form it looks as though it will be a tight score-line. 2-1 or 1-0 to United are my guesses.
Despite City being away from home, it is more likely that this will be a more convincing victory. City boss Mancini may say they are not in the title race anymore but he and his players will know that a victory here could revive their bid. Wolves are almost certainly doomed for relegation with their manager and players alike stating they are now playing for pride more than anything. They have struggled since the departure of Mick McCarthy and their morale must be at an all-time low. With Tevez off the back of a hat-trick and back in favour, I would bet on Tevez to score at least two with City winning with a handicap of -2.
Now to West Brom’s visit to Anfield. West Brom don’t really have much to play for, and this can be dangerous as often team’s perform better with the pressure off. Liverpool have been the draw team at home this season with 9 out of their 16 games at Anfield ending level. Liverpool have had a poor season and have shown little of late to turn their form around. My prediction is a draw between these two as Hodgson possibly looks for revenge against his former side.
The treble of Man Utd, Man City and Liverpool Draw gets around 6/1 at William Hill and will be similar elsewhere.