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14:58 BST 06/04/2018
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Pep Guardiola's men can officially win the Premier League if they claim three points against the Red Devils, one of four matches in Football 4Cast

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This week’s set of games includes three derbies and Goal’s betting team of Jim Knight and Oliver Lines have made their Opta Stats-inspired selections below to help you out.

Everton v Liverpool

Jim: What a way to kick-off the Premier League weekend! The Toffees have a terrible record against Liverpool with just one win in their last 22 league meetings, so it’s logical to side with the Reds.

The defence that held firm midweek still doesn’t convince, though, so the hosts could well get on the scoresheet too. With doubts over Mo Salah it could be wise to opt for Roberto Firmino in 4Cast this weekend.

Prediction: Everton 1-3 Liverpool

Scorer: Roberto Firmino

Oliver: Despite the fact they are 16 matches unbeaten against Everton, they’ve only won twice at Goodison Park in that time and will be desperate to improve that record

Even without Mo Salah, whose inclusion is likely to be limited or nonexistent after he limped off in the Champions League in midweek, they should be able to see off a side that has only won four times in 2018.

Expect both teams to score, but look to Danny Ings for a goal considering he will likely start in Salah’s place and has netted in this fixture before.

Prediction: Everton 1-2 Liverpool

Scorer: Danny Ings

Leicester City v Newcastle United

Jim: This game doesn’t exactly scream entertainment. Eight of Leicester’s 10 home games against teams below them in the Premier League have seen no more than two goals scored so opposing a high-scoring clash seems logical. Not least because Newcastle would likely take a share of the spoils given their tally of 35 points.

Jamie Vardy has eight in his last 10 games in all competitions but Riyad Mahrez could have the magic to unlock a sturdy Magpies defences.

Prediction: Leicester 1-1 Newcastle

Scorer: Riyad Mahrez

Oliver: Leicester’s home record against teams outside the top six is very impressive, with Claude Puel’s men claiming 19 out of a possible 30 points and losing just the once.

Whilst Newcastle’s away record isn’t exactly horrible with 13 points won on the road (the same amount as Arsenal, curiously), they have only managed one point at teams currently placed 13th or higher.

It should be fairly comfortable for the 2015/16 champions, and Shinji Okazaki is due a goal so back him to add to his record of two goals in three matches against the Magpies.

Prediction: Leicester 2-0 Newcastle

Scorer: Shinji Okazaki

Manchester City v Manchester United

Jim: City’s defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League was a body blow but winning the top-flight title at home against their local rivals would be the perfect response. Jose Mourinho won’t make it easy of course, he never does.

United’s trips to Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea this season have produced just three goals. While the hosts have a wealth of firepower, this could be a functional rather than fashionable win.

Raheem Sterling looks a good scorer option with 16 league goals to his name this season.

Prediction: Man City 2-0 Man United

Scorer: Raheem Sterling

Oliver: A win here would not only see Man City claim another Premier League title, but they will become the first side to ever do it with six games left.

Jose Mourinho will do all he can to stop United’s deadly rivals achieving that but holding City at home is something no side has done since the second match of the season.

Sergio Aguero's involvement is still up in the air, so Gabriel Jesus is the man to look out for as he looks to find his scoring touch once again.

Prediction: Man City 2-1 Man United

Scorer: Gabriel Jesus

Chelsea v West Ham

Jim: The Blues are huge favourites but West Ham could cause the hosts plenty of problems. With little left to play for following a 3-1 defeat to Spurs last weekend, this could be far from the easy ride the odds suggest for Chelsea.

Marko Arnautovic struck twice last weekend against Southampton and while he’s been inconsistent this season at times, the Austria international looks the Hammers’ most potent weapon. Not only that, but he netted the winner in the reverse fixture back in December.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-2 West Ham

Scorer: Marko Arnautovic

Oliver: It has been a miserable month or so for Blues fans, with losses at both Manchester clubs followed by a 3-1 reverse at home to Spurs leaving them eight points adrift of the Champions League places.

Even though Chelsea now have just two wins in seven, West Ham should pose little threat to Conte’s men considering their record of three draws and seven losses in away matches against teams above them.

It probably won’t even be close, either, as Chelsea have won all eight home matches against bottom half teams this season, scoring 21 and shipping just four.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 West Ham United

Scorer: Alvaro Morata