Football betting: Toffees to add to Anfield woes for King Kenny

Sunday is derby day with Sunderland hosting Newcastle, Birmingham at home to Villa and Liverpool playing Everton at Anfield.

Meanwhile, in the final game of the day, Manchester United travel to Tottenham.

All the lot look tricky so from a punting perspective we need to be careful, but there could still be a few bets worth getting involved in to smallish stakes.

Firstly, on Merseyside the shambles that is currently Liverpool ensures that their rivals in blue simply have to be backed at 3/1.

At least the Toffees appear to be in some kind of form with a battling victory over Spurs and a demolition job in the FA Cup at Scunthorpe in their last two results.

In stark contrast, Liverpool have been awful recently with the performance at Old Trafford last week about as tepid as it can get.

Is it really possible that the temporary return of Kenny Dalglish is going to solve matters at a stroke?

Very doubtful I'd say.

Yes, his very presence might lend itself to a bit of a feel-good factor, but the squad are currently so badly out of touch that it would almost seem as if they were deceiving previous gaffer Roy Hodgson were

they to turn things around straight away.

Away win there then and an away win also at Sunderland when Newcastle ride into town for a high noon shoot-out.

Ignore the fact that the Geordies were sensationally dumped out of the cup at Stevenage last week because they made five changes – both forced and unforced ones – to the side that only three days previously smashed five past West Ham in a much more important league clash.

Jose Enrique, the defender who Neil Warnock famously admitted was so quick that he always puts a marker on him, will be back for this one and crucially also so should big Andy Carroll who has spent the last week in Dubai nursing his thigh injury.

Certainly with Shola Ameobi also ready to return the Magpies will have the firepower to grab a result against their deadly rivals.

It is a sentiment that also applies to a Birmingham side that looks to

be getting freshened up at just the right time with David Bentley and one or two other faces looking like very positive arrivals for the Midlands club.

Villa will do well to compete if recent form is anything to go by, recent form that has seen them drop into the relegation zone for the first time since 2003.

It isn't a coincidence that Gerard Houllier has presided over that one after falling out with everybody bar the tea lady at Villa Park.

Consequently, previously good players have been languishing in the reserves and young kids have been asked to do men's jobs in a run of eight top-flight games that have yielded just four points.

Another defeat on Sunday will heap further pressure on Houllier and that's where the smart money and mine is definitely going.

Have three doubles and a 28/1 treble – you never know your luck in a big city derby and our eyes will be very much focused on three different ones this Sunday.

Something for the Weekend

3 homes: Swansea, Hull and Leeds (9/2).

3 aways: Huddersfield, Shrewsbury and Wycombe (12/1).

Steer clear of: Leicester (6/5 away at Preston ).

? Odds supplied by Taylor's Bookmakers and Exchange Shop, LS28 6PA and may vary. For inquiries telephone 01132 568268 during office hours.

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