By News Team
Last Updated: 4th December 2019
Football fans up and down the country are in for a real treat with Premier League football on for five of the seven days of the week.
Wednesday sees six fixtures taking place, including Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford and the Merseyside derby. We take a look at both matches.
Mourinho can continue perfect start at United’s expense
The fact that Manchester United sit 10th in the league is a worry in itself, but the fact that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he isn’t too concerned with that is even more of a worry. His side’s total of 18 points from the 14 games they have played so far is well below the standard set at Old Trafford and is the fewest at this stage of the season since 1988-89. They looked very open in their 2-2 draw with Aston Villa last weekend and while they seem to be scoring goals more regularly now, their defending, as highlighted by Tyrone Mings’ finish on Sunday, is a long way off where it should be. The Red Devils are 8/5 for victory.
On paper, it’s been a perfect start for Mourinho at Tottenham. Three games played and three wins means things at Spurs look much rosier than they did a month or so ago. However, they’ve conceded two goals in each of those matches meaning there is plenty of room for improvement still. Back-to-back defeats for Chelsea mean Tottenham are just six points adrift of the Champions League spots and Mourinho will be keen to keep the momentum going as he seeks to become the first ever Spurs manager to win their first three league games in charge. His team are 17/10, with the draw available at 12/5.
It’s hard to have much faith in United here. They are four points worse off than at this stage last year and have only kept two clean sheets in their last 25 Premier League matches. They have also lost three of their last seven at Old Trafford against Wednesday’s opponents and so there looks plenty of value in backing the visitors. They are playing with plenty of confidence under Mourinho and even though they are on the road, they look much better value than United, who have only won three of their last 10 at home.
If you’re keen to boost the odds, backing Spurs to win with both teams scoring at 18/5 looks worth support too. These sides have kept just three clean sheets between this season, so goals can be expected to flow under the lights in Manchester.
Liverpool can keep the ball rolling against Everton
Things continue to go very well for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool. They sit eight points clear at the top of the Premier League and the fact they are now 1/4 to win the title shows the stranglehold they have on the division. The phrase ‘make your home a fortress’ couldn’t apply more to the Reds, who are currently unbeaten in 47 matches at Anfield, with all seven of their games so far there this season resulting in victory. A slight concern for Klopp is the absence of first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who is serving a one-match suspension for his red card against Brighton on Saturday – but in Adrian they have a pretty able deputy. Unsurprisingly, given their contrasting fortunes with struggling Everton this season, Liverpool come into this one as the 4/11 favourites.
It seems to go from bad to worse for Marco Silva. His Everton side sit 17th in the Premier League, having won just two of their last 10 league matches. Their last-minute defeat to Leicester on Sunday was cruel and they have suffered injuries to significant players like Seamus Coleman and Andre Gomes, but the point still remains that this is a side performing well below its capabilities. It doesn’t seem like Silva has much time left if this horrible run of form continues and it’s unsurprising then that he’s the 2/5 favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his role. Everton are 15/2 for their first victory at Anfield since September 1999, while the draw is at 4/1.
It’s very hard to look past a Liverpool win here as, especially at home, they just seem to find a way to win. Yes, some of their performances have lacked the usual zest we have become accustomed to, but they are eight points clear at the top of the league so it’s hard to criticise them too much. As impressive as Liverpool have been this season, they definitely haven’t been as solid at the back as they were last season, with just two clean sheets this term and none in their last 12 in all competitions. That, along with the suspension of Alisson and injury to defensive screen Fabinho, must offer Everton some hope of at least getting on the scoresheet.
As such, Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 13/8 looks the way to go.