This Sunday sees not one but two major derbies taking place in the Premier League. The day kicks off with the Tyne-Wear Derby between Sunderland and Newcastle United, after that game has finished the Manchester Derby between Manchester United and Manchester City kicks off in a game that will have a big say in who will win the league title this season.
The Tyne-Wear Derby will be a game of two teams who have struggled so far this season, but after Newcastle’s 6-2 win against Norwich last weekend they will be coming into this game full of confidence. While Sunderland come into this game having lost to West Brom in Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge, but a few stats that will comfort Sunderland fans are that Sunderland have won the last five derbies and that their last three managers lost their first games in charge but then won their second game which were all against Newcastle. Although the stats are in favour of Sunderland for this game it is still a tough game to call.
Another tough game to call will be the Manchester Derby which sees United and City face each other after having both won last weekend. In the Champions League during the week City beat Sevilla with a last minute winner, while United drew 1-1 with CSKA Moscow in Moscow. City are still missing Silva and Aguero through injury which will have a big effect on the game, while United only have Luke Shaw missing. The last time United and City played at Old Trafford United won 4-2, but City have had the upper hand in the derby games having won six out of eight in the league over the last few seasons, it will be still be a tough game to call regardless of the stats.
So while the Tyne-Wear Derby sees bottom of the table take on third from bottom, and the Manchester Derby sees top versus third, by the end of the weekend could see a new team at both the bottom and the top.