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Super Sunday promises to be quite a day, says Ed Chamberlin
Last Updated: 01/10/15 1:18pm
We are set for a sensational weekend, full of iconic sporting events. My focus will be two classic Premier League fixtures which make up a brilliant Super Sunday: Everton v Liverpool and Arsenal v Manchester United.
Super Sunday starts with the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park. Sky Bet can't split the two teams. They have Everton at 13/8 to win a first derby for Roberto Martinez at his fifth attempt and Liverpool at the same price to give Brendan Rogers a much needed boost.
The draw has to be of interest at 23/10 as five of the last six Premier League meetings between these two have ended in draws.
For Liverpool all eyes will be on Daniel Sturridge. His finishing was sublime last weekend and as Jamie Carragher said on Monday night, when Sturridge is fit and firing, only Sergio Aguero is higher up the Premier League strikers' pecking order.
However, don't underestimate the influence Danny Ings has had on the side. He has injected energy and purpose.
Everton go in to the derby boosted by that extraordinary comeback on Monday night against West Brom, which took them above their neighbours in the table ahead of Sunday's clash.
Everton fans will hope John Stones and Seamus Coleman are fit to deal with Sturridge, Ings and co and Roberto Martinez seemed very hopeful they'd be ready in our interview with him on Monday. Team news at the start of the show will be crucial.
Arsenal seem as infuriating as ever. Breath-taking at times at Leicester last weekend then abject against Olympiakos three days later. Brilliant to get back in to the game at 2-2 then naive and careless only seconds later, gifting the Greeks their winner. Arsenal fans vented their frustration on the final whistle.
Now they meet their nemesis of the last few years at the Emirates on Sunday. Manchester United have had the sign over the Gunners and are unbeaten in last four visits to the Emirates. They are now looking to win consecutive Premier League meetings at Arsenal for first time.
Only a couple of weeks ago, with Manchester City imperious and United facing a barrage of criticism for their performances on and off the field, you would have got any odds you wanted on them ending September on top of the Premier League table, the first time they have been there since winning the title in 2013.
Their title odds are down to 5/1, behind Man City at 5/6 and Arsenal at 10/3 but now they face their first big test and we will see what United are really made of.
Despite recent history, Sky Bet have Arsenal firm favourites at even money with Manchester United chalked up at 13/5 and the draw a 5/2 chance.
Another positive from United's win against Sunderland was Wayne Rooney ending a run of 1,000 minutes without a Premier League goal. He's 9/4 to score again on Sunday and end his drought away from home having not scored on the road in 16 league games since at goal against - guess who? - Arsenal, in November 2014.
Anthony Martial is also 9/4 to add another goal to his impressive start. It was interesting to hear Gary Neville talk on Monday Night Football about Martial's strength and ability to hold the ball up. I thought the teenager was going to be all pace and tricks but he has many more strings to his bow as a centre-forward.
Who will Arsene Wenger play up front on Sunday? Theo Walcott has started the last four league games after Olivier Giroud was given the nod for the first three. I'm looking forward to asking Thierry Henry who he would like to see start up front.
Alexis Sanchez is a certainty to start after a superb hat-trick at weekend and he was the only player to emerge with credit on Tuesday night. He's the big danger for United.
We'll be live from the Emirates from 12.30pm on Sky Sports 1 with Graeme Souness, Thierry Henry, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville all involved. It promises to be quite a day.
Also in action at 4pm on Sunday are Arsenal's north London neighbours, who continue to impress and will get a surge of self-belief after dismantling Manchester City in the second half White Hart Lane.
I've written plenty about the healthy way Mauricio Pochettino has gone against the modern fashion of throwing money at the problem with foreign players and invested in youth and English talent at Spurs. I enjoyed Gary on MNF describing Pochettino as "transforming a culture at Spurs" and that he's "got the weeds out of the garden".
The young group seem to be buying in to the Pochettino ethos of energy and hard work, which makes Tottenham a dangerous prospect with the confidence gained from beating City and Harry Kane back amongst the goals. They look capable of getting another result at Swansea.
Saturday Night Football comes from Stamford Bridge. Southampton looked like the Saints of last season in the first half hour against Manchester United two weekends ago, then they hit MK Dons for six and secured a convincing win against Swansea. My heart says they can get another result against the champions but my head says there will be a backlash from Chelsea after another testing week.
That's another fascinating encounter in a brilliant weekend of football.
Watch Everton v Liverpool and Arsenal v Manchester United live on Super Sunday, live from 12.30pm on Sky Sports 1.