Glenn Hoddle's Super Sunday Tips: Expect A Manchester Derby Thriller!


Sunderland - Newcastle - Sunday 12.00 GMT

This derby is always fiercely fought. Newcastle needed that win against Norwich and they'll be buoyant from that, they will have a lot of confidence. Saying that, it's Sam Allardyce’s first game at home and it will be a full house. The Sunderland fans will try and be the 12th man and get a good start for Sam at home.

They both have hard work ahead in order to survive, more so Sunderland than Newcastle. If anyone can keep Sunderland up it’s Sam though, and it’s really nice to see a game with two English managers.

Steve McClaren got a huge boost last week, largely thanks to Georginio Winjaldum. He had been getting into the box early in the season but he didn’t look like a clinical finisher. However, if you do it enough then it will come good for you and that’s what happened against Norwich.

He will be in confident mood, and when you’re a midfield player if you score a goal you always feel confident you are going to score again.

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It always takes time to implement your style at any club. At Newcastle we don’t know if Steve has brought in the players or those above, which is ludicrous.

It’s going to take even more time at Newcastle. They are a club who have gone foreign before Steve and the players are going to take time to adapt to the Premier League. So I can see why Newcastle’s fans will be a little more patient with him.

For Sunderland, goals have been the problem. If you look at Jermain Defoe, if he is firing and he’s fit he will score, there is no doubt about that. The problem they have is creating chances.

Sam will set them up well defensively but it’s whether they can they can get that three points on the board.

I think this game has draw written all over it, a score draw, as both teams do not defend well enough.

Glenn’s Tip

Draw with both teams scoring – 4.50

 

Manchester United - Manchester City - Sunday 14.05 GMT

It’s a great sign for any team not to be playing well and winning matches, and Manchester United have been doing that. They were tested by Wolfsburg in the Champions League and they got away with a hand ball, and they went to Arsenal - which was their biggest test of the season so far, and failed miserably. That wasn’t a surprise though, I fully expected that.

However, their win at Everton was a surprise. To go there with the record they have recently and off the back of the Arsenal game and the international break I thought they would lose. That was a really good result and you have to tip your hat to them.

I still feel the jury is out on Louis van Gaal though. All of the money they have spent has seen them get some good players, but this will be a real test.

City have injuries, but they should still have the strength in their squad to go and beat anyone with their second string.

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This is a tough one to call with United buoyant from Saturday and City with their injuries and little doubts.

United seem to want possession of the ball, and Manuel Pellegrini might look at what Arsenal did and hit them hard and early. However, I don’t think that is City’s game, they also like to have the ball and with Wilfried Bony upfront instead of Sergio Aguero, I’m not sure they have the pace to play that way.

Wayne Rooney has been a bit stop start. He’s struggled to score bit I don’t think the way United play with pedestrian build-up with him right up top suits his game. I prefer him in behind.

Now Anthony Martial has come into the fray with a bit of power and pace, so Rooney can do that and play a little deeper. In the future I think he may even play even deeper as he did last season and score goals from midfield.

I think he suits that position better and it helps him to play his part in creating and scoring. Not being the main focal point suits him, and I’m fancy him to score at the weekend.

It’s going to be a humdinger of a game. I’m split between the two, I think it will be a high scoring draw, maybe a 2-2.

Glenn’s Tips

Wayne Rooney to score at any time – 3.05

Draw with both teams scoring – 4.50

Correct Score: 2-2 – 14.00

 

Liverpool - Southampton - Sunday 16.15 GMT

At the moment Liverpool haven’t got the strongest side out. Their team is the weakest I’ve seen it for years.

They have no identity, or a 'real' Liverpool player. There’s no Jamie Carragher or Steven Gerrard and they really miss that.

With the players they have out injured, it’s difficult. When you think they had Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling over the last three years, the likes of Divock Origi cannot be expected to be in that class yet.

Sturridge is massive for them. They need him fit and they need him to stay fit. If you can’t rest him or take him off and he breaks down again then that is their hopes probably gone.

Jurgen Klopp has inherited a big list of injuries. They have players with a lot potential, and there is a lot of emphasis on the creative players Philippe Couitnho and Adam Lallana, but it doesn’t matter how much you create if you don’t have a clinical goalscorer.

They didn’t look too solid against Spurs, but they got away with a clean sheet thanks to the goalkeeper. Spurs didn’t play well and Liverpool handed them three or four clear chances. The game really could have got away from Liverpool after a good 20 minute spell at the start.

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It’s early days for Klopp though. He has been playing up the likes of James Milner and Lallana in the press, but I’m sure once he gets Sturridge, Christian Benteke, Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino back he’s going to be happier. It's going to be tough for him against a very good Southampton side, though.

I voted for Ronald Koeman as my manager of the year last season. I thought what he did when everyone expected them to go down was fantastic. This year it’s taken him a bit longer, but he’s slowly but surely getting his message across now.

Graziano Pelle is a good player. They have some very, very good players there, but it is something of a shame as they just seem to groom them for other clubs.

Their win at Chelsea was well deserved, though. It was a really cultured, well-executed victory and they’ll go to Liverpool thinking they are a match for them.

I think Saints might go there and spoil the party, so I’ll go for an away win there.

Glenn’s Tip

Southampton to win – 4.00