EPL Betting Picks 2021-22: Matchday 11
It was a crazy weekend of Premier League action last week, with Man City and Liverpool dropping points to see Chelsea move three points clear at the top of the table. There’s some huge games in store with West Ham hosting Liverpool in a battle of fourth vs second, as well as a blockbuster Manchester Derby. As always, we’ve got you covered with our best picks of the weekend!
Manchester United vs Manchester City
Saturday 8:30am ET, Old Trafford
United got back to winning ways with a crucial 3-0 on the road against Spurs last week, but this week they face a serious challenge against the defending champions. Manchester City suffered their first loss since opening day, as Crystal Palace handed them a 2-0 defeat. Despite United winning and City losing last weekend, the overall formlines of both sides are near polar opposites. The Red Devils have won only one of their last five games in the Premier League, while City have lost only one of their last eight games in the league.
United’s struggling defence has been dealt a major blow, with centre back Raphael Varane out for a month with a hamstring injury. Although they recorded a clean sheet against Tottenham, United had conceded nine goals in the two games leading into Matchday 10. They conceded two goals mid week against Atalanta, and against a quality Manchester City attack who have scored the third most goals in the Premier League this season (20), they will get exposed. A massive issue facing Man United is their unhealthy reliance on Cristiano Ronaldo, who has netted 9 goals in 11 games across all competitions since returning to the Red Devils.
With City possessing an elite defence, which has conceded only six goals from ten games, the second fewest in the league, they’ll be confident they can nullify Ronaldo’s influence. The win over Tottenham relieved some pressure, but the Red Devils have been poor across both the Premier League and Champions League in the last two months, coming up against the defending champions, they could be in some serious strife in this matchup. Manchester City will take the honors in the first Manchester Derby of season ‘21/’22.
Everton vs Tottenham
Sunday 9:00am ET, Goodison Park
Everton and Tottenham had bright starts to the season, but have both hit massive slides and will be desperate to get back on track. With three consecutive defeats Everton have slipped to tenth on the table, and after a 3-0 loss to Manchester United last week, Tottenham sacked manager Nuno Espírito Santo. Spurs moved swiftly to replace him with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, which is a massive coup for Tottenham, and should give them a massive boost heading into this weekend.
Injuries have derailed the Toffees season, as Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Andre Gomes and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all missed the match against Wolverhampton last week and are unlikely to be fit to face Spurs this week. The growing injury list has seen Everton go from being one of the best attacking teams in the Premier League, to scoring only four goals in their last four games. The defence is a major concern for Rafa Benitez, with Everton having conceded eight goals in their last three games, after conceding just eight goals in the first seven games of the season.
Tottenham have had the wood over Everton in recent seasons, with a 5-3-1 in Premier League games against the Toffees since 2017. Everton’s injury issues have left their side bare, and it’s going to hurt them as it has in their last three matches. The arrival of Conte will give Tottenham a much needed lift, and they should get past a depleted Everton side.
West Ham vs Liverpool
Sunday 11:30am ET, London Stadium
Matchday 11 is capped off by a massive top four match, with fourth placed West Ham hosting second placed Liverpool. The Reds kept their unbeaten record intact, but did drop points in a frustrating 2-2 draw against Brighton. The Hammers are coming off a comprehensive 4-1 win over Aston Villa. This matchup sees two of the best attacking teams going head to head, which should see a thrilling, free flowing affair.
Liverpool’s dominant attack has been outstanding this season, ranked number one Premier League in goals with 29 goals scored from just ten games. Mo Salah leads the golden boot race with ten goals, and is also second for assists with six assists – with his 16 goal contributions the best in the league by a considerable margin. Despite Salah’s dominance, the Reds’ strength has come from their wide variety of goal scorers,with eight different players getting on the scoresheet for Liverpool so far this season. Sadio Mane (6 goals), Roberto Firminio (4) and Diogo Jota (4) have combined for fourteen goals this season, that’s more goals than twelve entire teams have scored this season.
Liverpool have the defence to match their star studded front three, conceding just eight goals this season – the third fewest in the Premier League. Liverpool have dominated West Ham, winning eight of their last nine Premier League matches against the Hammers. West Ham haven’t defeated Liverpool in a Premier League fixture since 2016. Liverpool would be bitterly disappointed after throwing away a 2-0 lead last weekend against Brighton, and will be desperate to stay in touch with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table. Expect Jurgen Klopp’s men to provide a big response.
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