Matchweek 22

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Everton v Spurs

One of the more intriguing encounters takes place at Goodison Park this Saturday (AEDT) as Everton host Ange Postecoglou’s high-flying Tottenham Hotspurs.

Despite accumulating sufficient points for a mid-table position, Everton’s season has been compromised by a 10-point deduction on FFP breaches, landing them in 17th place with 17 points. This precarious situation places them just a single point above Luton Town, who also have a game in hand. Under Sean Dyche’s management, the Toffee’s are is facing a challenging phase, going winless in their recent four league matches. This follows a notably stronger stretch where they secured wins against much stronger opposition, marking only three losses in 12 games. Still, they caused Spurs problems when they met back in December, and are capable of doing the same in front of their home faithful.

While things were looking dicey for Ange Postecogou’s men a towards the end of last year, Spurs have recently found their groove again, and are just three points behind the Champions League spots and eight from the top of the table. Pleasingly for Spurs fans, even when they lose, they’re constantly on the front foot and looking to win games. In a closely contested match just before Christmas, Tottenham edged out a 2-1 victory against Everton at home. Away days on Merseyside can be some of the toughest on the calendar, and after getting away lucky with things in the reverse fixture, Spurs will have to be at their best here.

TIP: Spurs (Double Chance) + Under 2.5 goals


Manchester United v West Ham

Manchester United host West Ham at Old Trafford with both sides needing a win to keep within touching distance of European qualification. West Ham came away with a 2-0 win in their reverse fixture back in December, and will be looking to deepen the Red Devils woes.

The season hasn’t unfolded as Erik Ten Haag and his team anticipated, with their current position at eighth in the standings and a significant 11-point gap from the Champions League spots. Despite finding some solace in Cup competitions, their recent performance against Newport County was less than convincing. United has managed only three victories in their last nine league matches, with their most recent win coming from a last-minute effort against Wolves, securing a winner in stoppage time. They’re a tough betting prospect at the moment.

West Ham’s most recent victory dates back to their December match against Manchester United, but they haven’t managed a win in their last four outings. Despite a generally more positive atmosphere in the Hammer’s camp compared to Old Trafford, there’s been a noticeable dip in spirits since the festive period. They’re now in need of a win to reignite their momentum. This upcoming match presents an excellent chance to turn things around, particularly with the recent addition of Kalvin Phillips from Manchester City to their squad. Can they go two from two this season?

TIP: West Ham (Double Chance)

As mentioned, United are a tough betting prospect so am taking West Ham double chance.

PRICE: $2.05

Arsenal v Liverpool

One of the more anticipated matches of the season comes on Monday (AEDT) as Arsenal host Liverpool heavyweight encounter. It’s a huge bout that produced in the reverse fixture before Christmas, and again could have major implications on the title race. No punches will be pulled here.

Liverpool is currently in top form, showcasing some of their most impressive football since their 2019/20 league triumph under Klopp. Their style is rapid clinical, as exemplified by their recent 4-1 thrashing of Chelsea at home during the week. The Reds haven’t been beaten since October and I can’t see that changing here. With the end of Klopp’s tenure ceasing at season’s end, the Merseysiders will be coming home with a wet sail and should be league favourites.

Arsenal issued a formidable message to their league rivals last season with what was their best season in recent memory despite falling away towards the end. However, Arteta’s men have been a shadow of their former selves this season. They were beaten by Liverpool at the Emirates in the FA Cup a few weeks back, and another defeat to the Reds could all but end their title challenge.

TIP: Liverpool

It’s a fixture that could go either way, so I’ll side with Liverpool at the price.

PRICE: $2.90