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Get ready for Super Sunday*: Here’s your quick-fire Premier League previews

*Jamie Redknapp informs us that it’s literally a super Sunday, such is the quality of today’s fixtures.

Man United face Chelsea later today.
Man United face Chelsea later today.

All kick-offs 3pm unless stated otherwise.

The game: Everton v Liverpool

The betting: Everton are priced at 13/8 for a win, while their opponents are valued at 7/4, and a draw is 9/4.

The 219th Merseyside derby shapes as one of the more important ones as fourth-placed Everton host improving rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

Everton, who have lost just one of their opening eight fixtures, are three points behind Manchester United and Manchester City in the English Premier League.

Liverpool, on the other hand, occupy 12th with nine points, having lost to United, Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion in an underwhelming start under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

But the Reds returned to form with a 1-0 victory against Reading at the weekend followed by a win over Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League on Thursday.

While Everton remain unbeaten in the Premier League at home since March, Liverpool head to Goodison Park full of confidence having won five of their past seven matches at the stadium.

Verdict: score draw

TV: Sky Sports 1 (kick-off: 1.30pm)

The game: Newcastle v West Bromwich Albion

The betting: Newcastle are favourites at 10/11, while you can get 3/1 for an away win and it’s 5/2 for a draw.

West Bromwich Albion could bring Billy Jones back into their squad for the trip to Newcastle United, while Jerome Thomas may also be picked.

Jones has been out with a knee injury throughout October but could be picked at right-back with manager Steve Clarke having used central defender Gabriel Tamas out of position in West Brom’s past two games.

Left-winger Thomas, who has missed West Brom’s entire season so far due to a string of injury issues, joined Jones and the rest of Clarke’s squad in full training on Wednesday and could be in line for a recall against Newcastle.

However, in frustrating news for Clarke, captain Chris Brunt and defender Steven Reid remain unlikely to play due to ongoing hamstring problems.

Newcastle occupy 11th spot on the table and have only won one of their past seven league games but remain hard to beat with only two losses in that period.

That has been an impressive record for Newcastle as they have struggled through an injury crisis in defence with number one goalkeeper Tim Krul and defenders Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Simpson, as well as Steven and Ryan Taylor having all spent time on the treatment table this season.

With Coloccini, Krul and Simpson having returned in the past fortnight, Alan Pardew’s team could build some momentum now and push up the league table, although Newcastle will be without Cheikh Tiote against West Brom after the midfielder was sent off against Sunderland.

Verdict: Newcastle

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The game: Southampton v Tottenham

Gareth Bale is set to return for Spurs today (Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport).

The betting: You can get 16/5 for a Southampton win, while Tottenham are valued at 17/20 and a draw is 13/5.

Tottenham Hotspur travel to Southampton on Sunday in search of improvement following two underwhelming performances.

Andre Villas-Boas’ men were beaten 4-2 by English Premier League leaders Chelsea at the weekend before playing out a 1-1 draw with Slovenian club Maribor in the Europa League on Thursday.

While they remain winless in European competition, Tottenham are fifth in the Premier League after eight matches, eight points behind their London rivals.

Tottenham will be boosted by the return of winger Gareth Bale, who missed the last two fixtures due to the birth of his daughter.

Southampton occupy 18th with four points, just one point above Reading and Queens Park Rangers, leaving Nigel Adkins’ position as manager up in the air.

Adkins himself this week admitted the team are under pressure, having conceded more goals in their first eight games than any other team in Premier League history.

Verdict: Tottenham

The game: Chelsea v Manchester United

The betting: A Chelsea win is 7/5, a draw is 9/4 and United are priced at 21/10 to win

League leaders Chelsea host Manchester United on Sunday in a clash that could have a major bearing on the outcome of the title race.

Chelsea, who have benefitted greatly from the form of attacking midfielders Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata, will be without experienced duo John Terry and Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.

Terry is serving a suspension for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, while Lampard is out after limping off in Donetsk with a calf injury.

United meanwhile are without defenders Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones through injury, although veteran Rio Ferdinand is expected to return to the backline after being rested against Braga.

Verdict: score draw

TV: Sky Sports 1 (kick-off: 4pm)

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