The North West will come to a stand-still on Sunday afternoon as Liverpool host Man Utd in the second game between the two this season. Elsewhere Arsenal make the trip to Stoke with Swansea welcoming Watford. We break it all down here.
Liverpool v Man Utd
Jurgen Klopp gets his first taste of the Premier League’s biggest derby when 6th placed United visit 9th placed Liverpool. Klopp’s men will be buoyed by Wednesday’s last gasp draw against Arsenal where Roberto Firmino announced himself on the Premier League stage with a couple of goals. The home side have lost just one league game at home since Klopp arrived but have only won two out of six and there have been an average of 4.3 goals per game at Anfield in that time. United have won three straight games against Liverpool in the Premier League and attacking midfielder Juan Mata has three goals in his last three games against Liverpool. Louis van Gaal’s team have still only won once in six games but Wayne Rooney has scored for two straight Premier League games for the first time since November 2014.
Who to pick?
Roberto Firmino, Liverpool ($5,000)
James Milner, Liverpool ($4,600)
Wayne Rooney, Man Utd ($6,900)
Juan Mata, Man Utd ($6,000)
Stoke v Arsenal
Table topping Arsenal make the arduous journey to Stoke and a stadium that has been an unforgiving place for Arsene Wenger in the past. Arsenal have not won in five visits to the Britannia Stadium and this is just the type of game Wenger’s side needs to win to rubber stamp their title credentials. In each of the last two seasons, Jonathan Walters has scored in this fixture and he has a total of three goals against Arsenal at the Britannia. He also notched in midweek against Norwich to lift Stoke up to 7th position and that made it two games in a row in which Walters has scored. Arsenal remain top of the pile and have the second best away record in the Premier League behind only Leicester. They have come a cropper on their last two trips away from the Emirates and conceded seven goals in the process – almost half their season total of 15. Wenger’s team also have the best overall form in the league right now.
Who to pick?
Jonathan Walters, Stoke City ($3,800)
Erik Pieters, Stoke City ($3,900)
Olivier Giroud, Arsenal ($7,900)
Mesut Özil, Arsenal ($8,600)
Swansea v Watford
The Premier League’s only Welsh side continue to fall perilously towards the relegation trap door and Watford will be confident of taking advantage. Alan Curtis’ men have won just once in 10 Premier League games and scored seven goals in the process. They are just a point clear of Sunderland and Newcastle, and have the joint worst form over the last 6 games alongside Aston Villa, Man Utd and Newcastle. Put simply, the two scorers from Wednesday night, Andre Ayew and Gylfi Sigurdsson, need to click in order for them to steer clear of the drop zone. Watford have suffered the anticipated drop off over the last four games and haven’t won any of them, losing the last three. One thing to remember is that three of those games came against Chelsea, Spurs and Man City. Also, top scorer Odion Ighalo hasn’t scored for two games and will be eager to add to his 13 goals this season.
Who to pick?
Andre Ayew, Swansea ($5,200)
Gylfi Sigurdsson, Swansea ($6,000)
Odion Ighalo, Watford ($6,800)
Ben Watson, Watford ($3,900)