EAGLES BECOME UNSTUCK ON MERSEYSIDE
It is fair to say that the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as manager of Everton was something of a masterstroke and with the Merseyside outfit starting this gamweek in the top of half of the table, it looks as if their campaign might just be salvageable.
Whether the Toffees have left it too late to bid for a Europa League place remains to be seen and if that does prove to be the case, then at least they can look to finish this season as strong as possible and then hit the ground running next time around.
You only have to look at how Leicester appointed Brendan Rodgers almost a year ago, to know that a lengthy bedding in period can work wonders and if Ancelotti can get all his ducks lined up in a row, Everton might be a force to be reckoned with next season.
However, if that is to be the case, they will need to keep their recent positive momentum going and with them playing host to Crystal Palace this weekend, there is every chance that will prove to be the case.
That’s because Palace have failed to win any of their last six Premier League outings and suddenly Roy Hodgson and his players are starting to desperately look over their shoulders, then opposed to up the table.
With that in mind and the poor run of form that Palace bring with them, backing to Everton to earn maximum points looks one of the most sure fire bets of the gameweek and at odds of 1.67, it also represents incredibly good value.
Summary: Back Everton to beat Crystal Palace
MANCHESTER CITY TO BOUNCE BACK
Manchester City may have thrown in the towel when it comes to all things Premier League, but that does not mean that they are still not worth a punt or two and especially when they feel they have a point to prove.
After suffering defeat to Tottenham, Pep Guardiola’s men will look to bounce back and with West Ham providing the opposition, this is a game that has the potential to get very ugly for the East London outfit.
The Hammers looked well on their way to a much-needed home win over Brighton last weekend and at 3-1 up, they looked in the box seat. However, that is when things fell apart and a poor defensive display turned three points into one.
Which when you consider how poor West Ham were at the back against Brighton, Manchester City will be licking their lips at the prospect of running roughshod and this could be one of those afternoons for David Moyes’ men.
If you think there will be an abundance of goals in this encounter, then most bookmakers are offering 1.57 for over 3.5 and if you think there will be even more, you can get 2.40 for over 4.5 at the Etihad.
Summary: Back goals and lots of them.
LIVERPOOL MAKE IT FOURTY THREE WITH GLEE
Liverpool’s red machine travels to Norwich next and with the Premier League leaders visiting the basement boys, this is another fixture that has the ability to end up with an incredibly one-sided outcome.
Everyone knows the numbers behind Liverpool’s monster run and now it is a case of just how quickly they go on and win a first ever Premier League title, an achievement that could be secured by the end of the March.
Should that be the case, they will become the club to lift the trophy at the earliest juncture of the season and should they get the better of Norwich as everyone expects them to do so, then they will be one step closer to glory.
Of course, it would be unfair to completely whitewash Norwich from this encounter, but when you look at the amount of goals they score and compare them to the amount they concede, they are good for just one a game on average, while conceding almost two.
Which are the kind of metrics that will play into Liveprool’s hands and when you consider that Jurgen Klopp’s men thrashed them on the opening night of the 2019/20 season, odds of 1.33 for an away win looks great accumulator fodder
Summary: Back to Liverpool to win (Again)