Liverpool can continue their domination of the Merseyside derby this weekend, while improving Cardiff can take down struggling Wolves at a nice price. Check out our best bets for the weekend’s action here…
Banker of the Weekend: Liverpool (-1) to beat Everton at evens
Liverpool must bounce back from the disappointment of defeat in Paris on Wednesday night and have the perfect opportunity to put smiles back on the fans’ faces against local rivals Everton at Anfield.
Liverpool have dominated this fixture in recent years, especially at Anfield where they have won six and drawn three of the last nine. Everton’s last win over their biggest rivals came almost a decade ago in the 2008/09 FA Cup; they haven’t won a Premier League Merseyside derby since 2006.
Liverpool have won three of the last four Premier League home games against Everton, all of them by at least two goals. This season, only Manchester City have left Anfield with anything to show for their efforts in the Premier League, with four of Liverpool’s five wins covering a one-goal start.
For the first time in a while, Everton are again looking a decent side under the shrewd management of Marco Silva but their success has been built almost entirely at home. They’ve won just one in six on their travels, and lost at Arsenal and Manchester United in their trips to ‘big six’ opposition.
Long Shot of the Weekend: Cardiff to beat Wolves at 27/10
Not the longest price you’ll ever see, but still a surprise to see Cardiff chalked up as clear underdogs against Wolves based on the two clubs’ recent form.
Cardiff are still in the bottom three but have won two of their last three home games, getting the better of Fulham and Brighton. Right now, it’s hard to argue Wolves rate as a step up from those two. They’ve taken just one point from the last four games, with defeats to Watford, Brighton, Tottenham and – most damningly – Huddersfield at Molineux last weekend.
Wolves have quality and will surely bounce back to form sooner or later, but it’s a leap of faith at 5/4 to assume that time is now.
Goalscorer of the Weekend: Raheem Sterling e.w. to score first v Bournemouth at 9/2
Raheem Sterling has a remarkable record against Bournemouth. He’s played against them five times in the Premier League for Manchester City and scored every time – including a hat-trick.
He’s scored in three of his last five City games, including last weekend’s 4-0 romp at West Ham, and faces a Bournemouth side on a three-match losing streak with no clean sheet in four.
Acca of the Weekend: Huddersfield, Newcastle, Manchester United and Liverpool all to win at 15.7/1
Huddersfield have taken seven points from their last three games and can keep that run going against a Brighton team that has lost five of seven on the road this term. Newcastle are another team finding form after a desperate start and look backable at 6/4 against an uninspiring West Ham.
Man United have had their problems this season but have still won five out of nine on the road in Premier and Champions League combat, scoring at least twice in seven of those games in marked contrast to their home struggles. Two of their four failures to win have come against Chelsea and Manchester, and it’s fair to say Southampton pose less threat than that pair. The Saints are without a home win in six games this season, and at close to evens United look a bet here.
Liverpool should continue their long-standing dominance over Everton in one derby game where the formbook rarely seems to go out of the window.
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