Manchester United – Manchester City
. The Manchester derby has always been an exciting affair and, even though, this time it’s not for the title, there’s still a lot at stake. City are in a bit of a crisis right now and from title contenders they now have to fight for a top four finish. In the recent years, City were the favorites in this match but on Sunday it’ll be different. The Red Devils are in great form and have won their last five league matches. This run gave them a chance to climb up to third place, only one point behind Arsenal. Their rivals are on a completely opposite path. The Citizens won only two from their last five domestic fixtures and now look absolutely demoralised. United’s only missing player will be Johnny Evans, who is suspended. City are without Wilfried Bony and will be hoping to have their captain Kompany back for this one. Man City have been the dominant team the last two seasons and won the last four meetings against their rivals, but now things look different and considering United’s home form and the better condition they’re in, Van Gaal can be the one celebrating after the final whistle.
Tip: 1 @ 2.63
Udinese – Palermo
Both teams are in a bad position at the moment and find themselves in the middle of the table. Udinese haven’t won in their last four league games while Palermo couldn’t achieve a victory in their last six league fixtures. It has been a disappointing season for both clubs and they’ll play this match without any pressure. The hosts haven’t lost a game against Palermo from the last eight times these two sides met. The visitors are the third worst side in the league when playing away from home and Udinese could use this to their advantage. Panagiotis Kone is a doubt for the home team and Palermo will have to cope with the absence of Edgar Barreto. Considering both teams’ poor forms, Palermo’s poor away record and the previous fixtures between the teams, Udinese look like the team who is more likely to come out with the win on Sunday.
Tip: 1 @ 2.38
Napoli – Fiorentina
These two teams are in a very similar position. Both of them were knocked out of the cup recently, will play in the 1/4 finals of the Europa League and are hoping for a top 5 finish in the league. Napoli’s recent form hasn’t been convincing with Rafa Benitez and his team winning only two points from their last five matches. Fiorentina’s recent record is much better, but the hosts were undefeated in nine out of the last ten meeting between these two sides. They also haven’t lost in twelve out of their last thirteen home games in the league. Napoli’s manager knows how to win these types of matches and I won’t be surprised if he pulls another trick out of his hat.
Tip: 1 @ 2.00
Atalanta – Sassuolo
In this match, we’ll witness the worst home defense against the third worst away defense in the Serie A. Sassuolo managed to score in eight out of their last ten away games in all competitions, meanwhile Atalanta have found the net in nine out of their last ten games at home. The Bergamaschi are dangerously close to the relegation zone and three points here are a must. The home team will be without the suspended Mauricio Pinilla while Sassuolo will have to play without Federico Peluso, who is also out because of a suspension. Furthermore, Sassuolo’s manager will be without the injured Sime Vrsaljko while captain Francesco Magnanelli is a doubt for them. When we look at both teams’ attacking statistics it seems very likely that both teams will find the opposition’s net.
Tip: Both teams to score @ 1.83