By News Team
Last Updated: 18th June 2020
After a few technical glitches, a stalemate at Villa Park and Arsenal losing to top-four opposition, the long-awaited return of the Premier League arrived with some comforting familiarity.
The new schedule means a host of Premier League action from Friday to Sunday, including an opportunity for Liverpool to put themselves within one win of the title on their visit to Everton.
We’ve previewed the best of the action.
Spurs v Manchester United – Friday 8pm
The Friday night action is headlined with a huge clash, as Manchester United visit the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium for the first time. Both sides will be looking to reel in Chelsea for the final Champions League spot and a win for United could see them leapfrog the Blues, at least until Sunday.
Although both sides have seen key players return from injury, Tottenham’s squad in particular looks replenished by Harry Kane and Heung Min Son’s recoveries. Spurs had staggered somewhat without them, taking just a single point from their last three in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho’s side are 2/1 for the win here.
Manchester United, 7/5 for victory, were unbeaten in their previous 11 matches across all competitions. The prospect of new star Bruno Fernandes dovetailing with Paul Pogba in midfield for the first time looks an exciting one for United fans after the Frenchman’s return from a foot injury.
United put in an impressive counter-attacking performance in this fixture last season, with Marcus Rashford scoring the only goal at Wembley. It’s likely that with Rashford, 9/2 to score first, now fully fit, they’ll once again look to hit Spurs on the break and react quickly in transition.
West Ham v Wolves – Saturday 5.30pm
Wolves are another side hoping to press home their top-four hopes as they travel to the London Stadium to face relegation-threatened West Ham.
Without defeat in all competitions since January, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, 17/5 for victory, were one of the in-form teams in the league earlier in the season and have a five-point deficit to make up on fourth place Chelsea. They’ll be hoping that flying winger Adama Traore can recapture the form that has made him one of the most talked about players in the league this season and his pace will cause problems for the West Ham defence. Their star player is 9/2 to score anytime.
With David Moyes once again tasked with steering the Hammers (5/2) clear of relegation, they’ll be looking to get points on the board early with games against Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United still to come. Michael Antonio’s energy and willingness to run in behind has become a key-part of their attacking arsenal in recent games, and his blossoming partnership with Sebastien Haller could be integral to their survival hopes.
Everton v Liverpool – Sunday 7pm
With Manchester City’s win over Arsenal meaning Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will have to wait until at least Wednesday night’s game with Crystal Palace to lift their first Premier League title. Everton’s fans can relax a little bit now it is no longer possible for their great rivals to win it at Goodison Park.
Despite the Reds imperious form over the last two seasons, a run of three defeats in four earlier this year saw them knocked out of the Champions League, FA Cup and lose their unbeaten Premier League record. They’ll also be strengthened by key players returning to fitness, including goalkeeper Alisson, who hasn’t played since the 3-0 defeat at Watford back in February. The runaway leaders are unsurprisingly short for victory against their city rivals at 4/7.
Everton (9/2) no longer need to look over their shoulder following five league wins in 11 games since appointing Carlo Ancelotti back in December. Now just eight points behind fifth place Manchester United, they can hold faint hopes of picking up a Europa League spot if they can put together a good run to end the season.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been a revelation for the Toffees with 13 league goals to his name this campaign. The Englishman has transformed himself into an out-and-out centre forward, capable of coming short and receiving the ball to feet as well as give opposition defenders trouble running in-behind. He is 4/1 to score first and 6/5 to score anytime.
Although their record against the Reds at Goodison is better than at Anfield, Everton still haven’t registered a win against Liverpool in all competitions since October 2010.