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20.3. Premier League Betting Tips: It’s derby-Sunday!

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Is there anything better than a derby-round on Sunday in the Premier League! The legendary Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle and Sunderland kicks off at 13:30 GMT, and at 16:00 the Manchester derby between City and United takes centre stage!

13:30 Newcastle-Sunderland

It’s the 156th time these two rivals come face to face. The stats of this derby are astonishing, as since 1883 both sides have won 53 times with 49 encounters finishing as a draw.

Not much has changed. Both teams are having a rough season and have experienced managerial shake-ups in the process. Newcastle are second-to last in the league, with Sunderland only a point ahead of them

However, in recent weeks Sunderland have started to pick up some form. The Black Cats have only lost once in their last five games with three draws and a solitary triumph, a morale-boosting three points at home against Manchester United.

Newcastle on the other hand are on a four-game losing streak. Recent meetings between the sides haven’t brought much joy to the Toon faithful, as Sunderland have won the last 6 derbies with Newcastle’s latest victory being in 2011.

In a match like this, home advantage doesn’t count for much: this match is played purely with guts – the team that shows up on the day will take all three points. There is no real reason for Newcastle being the bookie’s favourites. The Black Cats have a stranglehold over the Magpies and we’re putting our money on a Sunderland victory: the odds are simply too good to pass on!

Tips:

** 1x2: Sunderland 13/5 NordicBet

 

16:00 Manchester City-Manchester United

The Manchester derby has been contested 170 times, with United having won 70 times, City 49 times and 51 matches finishing as a draw. In recent years City have had the edge, with United claiming only two victories out of the last 10 meetings.

This derby has also come around at a very interesting time. The teams are only four points apart, and if United want any chance of finishing in the Champions League-places, they must take all three points. Meanwhile City have a good chance of catching third-placed Arsenal who are only a point ahead of them.

City jogged through their mid-week fixture against Dynamo Kiev in hope of preserving fitness for the derby. However, disaster struck as both first-choice centre-backs Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi limped off early on. Kompany looks to be out for about a month with his whole career under threat due to the persistent calf problems.

United aren’t doing much better. They drew 1-1 against West Ham in the FA Cup, meaning a replay and another gruelling match in an already busy schedule. The Red Devils could really use the points, but with their current form and bluntness in attack an away win doesn’t seem likely.

City have won three of the last five derby-day clashes losing only once. Even without Kompany and Otamendi they are still favourite’s on Sunday. With United struggling offensively and the match being contested at City’s home turf, our money is on the Blues.

Tips:

* 1x2: Manchester City 9/10 Betsafe

 

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