Premier League ready for derby day delight

NO fixture gets the blood boiling quite like a Merseyside derby with the fixture producing 21 red cards, the most in Premier League history, and it 14-5 with BoyleSports to feature another dismissal at Goodison Park with Michael Oliver officiating.

“In all of my derbies there’s always been an overly-hard tackle,” admitted Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as he talked of his experience of previous Merseyside clashes.

There is not a huge amount at stake other than pride in the first derby of the day but Manchester City will be looking to seal the Premier League title in the evening clash against local rivals Manchester United.

Bet365 are evens for the Manchester derby to produce more bookings points (one point per yellow card, two red) than the Merseyside match which is available at 11-8. The tie is 6-1.

Betway have a different scoring system (ten per yellow, 25 red) and have thrown in Sunday’s Madrid derby between Real and Atletico at the Bernabeu as well as the all-London affair between Chelsea and West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

The Manchester derby heads four-fixture market at 7-4.

Match in Focus


Sampdoria v Sassuolo

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Sassuolo are unbeaten in their last three against Sampdoria
Expert verdict
Sampdoria have the best defensive record this season in Italy, conceding just four goals in all competitions but they may struggle to beat a decent Sassuolo side. Samp's top scorer Gregoire Defrel will no doubt be eager to notch against his former club, although Sassuolo's only defeats this season have come at Juventus and Napoli and at home to Milan.



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