Weekend Betting Tips for James DeGale v Caleb Truax, Liverpool v Everton and Man Utd v Man City
The Premier League have plenty of games planned for the Christmas period, but they have lined up a huge weekend. Sunday sees two massive derby clashes in the top flight, but there’s plenty going on outside of football. There’s also James DeGales’ return to the ring and a long-awaited fight on British soil, and all of that features in our look at this weekend’s sporting highlights.
James DeGale v Caleb Truax – Patient win for DeGale on Return
James DeGale puts his IBF super-middleweight title on the line this week, as he looks to see off unfancied outsider Caleb Traux. The champion hasn’t fought since early January this year, while he’s making his first return to a British arena since 2014. We fully expect him to deliver in this fight, but his recent record of going the distance could be seen as a worry by some. He’s seen a points decision in his last four fights, and we can this this bout sticking around. The American challenger has lost just three professional fights, and two of those were knockouts in the final round. We can see him hanging in until the 12th here, and we’re backing that seeing as it is great value.
Betting Tip: DeGale to win the 12th round at 11/1 with Betfair
Liverpool v Everton – Can Big Same Make a Difference?
Liverpool are up against local rivals Everton in the first part of Sunday’s big double header, and they’ll be hoping to record another straightforward win. The Red have conceded just twice at home in seven matches this term, which is a really impressive record. Things are likely to be tense when Everton visit, so we think this will be another low scoring game. Everton’s hopes of getting a victory aren’t helped by the fact that they have little firepower up front, which plays in to the hands of high pressing Liverpool. Everton’s number 10s lack the legs to quickly get them up the pitch on the counter, so we see Liverpool winning this one without conceding.
Betting Tip: Liverpool to win 2-0 at 13/2 with Coral
Man Utd v Man City – Title Marker for Guardiola
The biggest game of the weekend pits together these two Manchester rivals, with the pair gunning for the title. However, Man City’s relentless pace has kept them clear at the top of the division, and they’ll be expected to extend their lead when they face a Paul Pogba-less United. City have been busy proving their title credentials with a string of hard-fought victories of late, and they’ve won 13 straight league games ahead of this match. With the last three of those being 2-1, the scoreline which City recorded in their win here last season, we think this will be another narrow win for the leaders. They could well need another late show, but we’re backing them to strike a big blow to United’s title hopes.