The Manchester Derby highlights the Premier League weekend as we head into the last part of the season

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Manchester United to beat Manchester City 13/8 BetVictor

Crystal Palace to win at Sunderland 7/4 William Hill

West Bromwich Albion to beat Leicester City 13/10 BetVictor

Manchester United v Manchester City

Five successive league wins for Manchester United has seen them climb above City in the table and are now only a point behind second. This run in form has coincided with the restoration of Rooney to the front two and greater width alongside him. Importantly also the defensive midfield partnership of Carrick and Herrera is helping to protect an occasionally suspect back line

City are in poor form, three losses in their last five league games and three successive away losses too. Aguero in particular is not scoring goals since his return from injury. That of course can chance at any point but this is a team vulnerable at the moment

Manchester United are 13/8 to win this Sunday afternoon game with BetVictor which seems a fair price

Sunderland v Crystal Palace

If the Premier League only counted games since Alan Pardew took over as Palace manager then the Eagles would be fifth, only two points behind Chelsea and they head to the North East looking for a fifth consecutive league victory. 7/4 to achieve it with William Hill looks more than fair

The pressure on Sunderland in the bottom six eased slightly with their 1-0 win against a very poor Newcastle last weekend, with a piece of Defoe individual brilliance seperating the sides.  Saturday’s game will be tough though, with Palace well organised and in Bolasie, Puncheon, Zaha and Murray have plenty to worry the opposition

West Brom v Leicester City

Two surprises last weekend, with QPR sticking four past a Tony Pulis side away from home and Leicester winning their fifth game of the season to remain just about in touch with the other relegation threatened sides. Pulis has not lost three successive Premier League games since April 2013 when he was at Stoke and having lost the last two to Man City and QPR, Leicester visit needing another result

Leicester jettisoned five at the back, played a 4-2-3-1 and attacked and needing at least 4 wins from their last 8 games will have to adopt a similar approach on Saturday. Leicester have scored five goals in their last two Premier League games, as many as the previous eight games combined, evidence that a change of approach is here.

Surely though for West Brom, last week’s reverse will galvanise them to return to their solid defensive ways and with the other side having to go for it the likes of Berahino and Ideye will have opportunities to profit. West Brom at 13/10 with BetVictor is a good price, thinking that lightning will not strike twice, for either side

Recommendations

Manchester United to beat Manchester City 13/8 BetVictor

Crystal Palace to win at Sunderland 7/4 William Hill

West Bromwich Albion to beat Leicester City 13/10 BetVictor