Today sees a very special derby day for the Premier League, two huge Derby matches in one day, The Manchester Derby and the Merseyside Derby.
The Merseyside derby sees two teams of very different consistency up against each other. Liverpool go into the match off the back of some very strong performances, including a recent schooling of Manchester City in the Champions League.
Everton, on the other hand, have been about as consistent as pigeon shit, their previous game also against Manchester City, in which they got a good old-fashioned beating.
It looks more and more likely that Liverpool will be without Mo Salah, so it will be interesting to see where the goals come from, as with 38 this season he is rather making Liverpool look like a one trick pony. Although interestingly enough he has scored as many goals by himself, as Everton have as a team.
Everton will hope to take advantage of Salah’s absence, and score their first Merseyside derby victory since 2010, A scouser hasn’t waited this long for something since the local JD sports had a refit.
Liverpool, however, will look to continue their recent run of form by adding to the misery of their very local rivals.
Just up the road, we find ourselves locked in another local derby, as the two giants of Manchester go head to head. City find themselves in with a chance of securing the premier league, the earliest a team will have ever secured the title, in terms of date, and games remaining. If City wins the game, something won’t have arrived so prematurely in Manchester since Noel Gallagher last went out clubbing.
If Aguero is fit it will probably fall to him to fire City to the title, as he looks for goal number 200, if however, he doesn’t pass a fitness test, or City save him for the monumental task of overcoming Liverpool’s 3-0 drubbing, it could fall to Jesus to be the saviour, and just after Easter as well, how fitting.
Jose Mourinho will be looking to delay City’s title celebrations, as it seems delay is all that will happen, as bar a drop in fortunes on par with Blockbuster Video, the title will be guaranteed.
Mourinho would enjoy stroking his own ego by delivering a blow to Pep’s City side, not only costing them the derby game, but also making them wait a little longer to confirm that they are champions, and with their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread, it could make the City fans a little bit nervous towards the end of the season, threatening to derail their fantastic season.
Mourinho has a near full strength side to chose from, and no European competition to turn his attention towards, so he will add that to his list of few advantages. However knowing Mourinho, If United don’t win, then he’ll manage to come up with yet another excuse as to why United, like a blind postman with no arms, once again fail to deliver.