Everton had their say in a topsy-turvy title battle last week, as they did both Manchester United and Arsenal a favour by coming back from a goal down to register a 2-1 triumph against Chelsea. Coincidentally, David Moyes’ men have the chance to exert further influence on matters at the top of the Premiership this weekend as they follow up that victory against the league leaders by welcoming Manchester United to Goodison Park.
The latter catches the eye given Everton’s improvement following a poor start to the campaign and a repeat of the 1-1 scoreline from the corresponding fixture last season subsequently stands out at 6/1 with Partybets.
It certainly looks set to be a tight affair, potentially close enough to be all square at the interval (21/20, Jaxx.com) and it’s difficult not to be tempted by 888Sport’s 4/5 for the two ‘keepers to be beaten on fewer than 2.5 occasions between them.
Staying with goals meanwhile, a finely balanced clash could be decided by the showdown between two in-form strikers facing their former clubs. For the visitors, Wayne Rooney returns to his old stamping ground priced at 4/1 (Victor Chandler) to make an impact by breaking the deadlock and Louis Saha will be hoping to get one over on his former club; he’s 7/1 with William Hill to notch first.
Honours could also be even in the other Merseyside versus Manchester tussle at Eastlands, where City, at 11/8 with Betfred, lock horns with Stan James’ 15/8 outsiders Liverpool. Totesport chalk 9/4 against the draw in a clash that is pivotal in the race for fourth place and like the game at Goodison Park, this one could well end up finishing one-each (11/2, Ladbrokes).
Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea head to Wolves and despite the latter’s morale boosting victory over Spurs last time out, it’s the table-topping Blues that look set to land all three points; Jaxx.com rating them at 1/3.
Similarly, Arsenal can stay in the hunt at the Premiership’s summit; they’re banker material at 1/5 (Betdaq) to get the better of freefalling Sunderland, although as that is a touch skinny, bet365’s 8/13 for the Gunners to prevail by at least two goals is worth considering as an alternative.
Towards the bottom of the table, West Ham, at 5/6 with Paddy Power, can edge further clear of danger by registering a second straight win against Hull, boosted by their victory at local rivals Southampton and quoted by Stan James at 11/8, Portsmouth might just sneak it at home to Stoke but Burnley and Bolton look up against it; they’re 2/5 (Betfred) and 21/20 (888Sport) respectively to emerge empty-handed from trips to Aston Villa and Blackburn.
Despite being Partybets’ even money favourites meanwhile, Tottenham might have to settle for a draw (9/4, William Hill) at Wigan and finally, Fulham, at 11/10 courtesy of Totesport, can edge out Birmingham at Craven Cottage.
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