Manchester United v Everton
Very Important home match for Sir Alex Ferguson’s team, having won 5 of the last 6 games, United must maintain this form as the end of the season draws closer. One slip up would allow Manchester City to catch up in the race for the Premier League Title. Everton have also been in good form winning 10 points from a possible 18.
With David Moyes’ side coming to Old Trafford on Sunday lunchtime, it is United’s turn to up the pressure on their city rivals and stretch away. Win this one – no guarantee because of Everton’s resilience – and City will be 8 points adrift with only 12 to play for, before they kick off at 4pm at Wolves. Or look at it the other way. Say Everton scrape a draw and United will only be six ahead, with City to play and a head to head between the two rivals approaching.
Sir Alex Ferguson has reported no fresh injury concerns ahead of Manchester United’s Barclays Premier League encounter with Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday. Paul Pogba (ankle) and Anderson (hamstring) are missing for the remainder of the season but were not expected to be involved anyway. Everton are missing defender Leighton Baines and midfielders Jack Rodwell and Drenthe. But wideman Steven Pienaar is back having been cup-tied for the Liverpool match.
United Provisional squad: De Gea, Amos, Rafael, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Fabio, Evra, Valencia, Nani, Park, Scholes, Cleverley, Carrick, Giggs, Young, Rooney, Welbeck, Hernandez, Berbatov.
Everton Provisional squad: Howard, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Hibbert, Neville, Coleman, Fellaini, Osman, Gibson, Anichebe, Jelavic, Gueye, Duffy, McFadden, Stracqualursi, Mucha, Pienaar, Cahill, Hahnemann.
I think we’ll probably see a win for Fergie in this match as he’ll look to go into next weekends Manchester Derby with a comfortable lead over City.
Prediction: Manchester United win
Liverpool v West Brom
At Anfield Liverpool face a West Brom side who currently sit in mid table. Both teams form has been varied, picking up just two wins each in the last 6 matches.
Liverpool Provisional squad: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Gerrard, Spearing, Downing, Rodriguez, Carroll, Suarez, Doni, Jones, Flanagan, Aurelio, Shelvey, Henderson, Kuyt, Bellamy, Sterling.
West Brom Provisional squad: Foster, Daniels, Fulop, Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Dawson, Ridgewell, Shorey, Mulumbu, Scharner, Brunt, Andrews, Thomas, Dorrans, Tchoyi, Cox, Fortune, Long, Odemwingie, Hurst, Roofe, Berahino
Liverpool’s hopes are boosted by the return from suspension of goalkeeper Pepe Reina, whilst West Brom striker Marc-Antoine Fortune is a fitness doubt
Prediction: Liverpool win
Wolves v Manchester City
Bottom club Wolves could be blown away by Manchester City if we see a poor performance on the weekend. Last week we saw the return of Carlos Tevez and Yaya Toure for City in a 6-1 win against Norwich in which they ran riot (Tevez himself scored a hat-trick.) This is worrying news for Wolves as a return to form for Man City could prove costly as a loss for Terry Connors team this Sunday will confirm the clubs relegation to the Championship.
Wolves Provisional squad: De Vries, Ikeme, Zubar, Foley, Bassong, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Kightly, Henry, Davis, Milijas, Edwards, Jarvis, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Jonsson, Gorman, Price, Forde.
Manchester City Provisional squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Richards, Zabaleta, Lescott, K Toure, Savic, Kompany, Clichy, Kolarov, Nasri, Milner, Johnson, Y Toure, Barry, Pizarro, De Jong, Silva, Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko.
Prediction: Manchester City win
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