EPL Betting Picks 2021-22: Matchday 9
The Premier League season rolls on as Matchday 9 is upon us. The headline fixture of this weekend takes place on Sunday, as one of the greatest rivalries in world football adds another historic chapter when Liverpool head to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United. It’s a crucial weekend of football, and as always, we’ve got you covered with our top picks for this weekend!
Everton vs Watford
Saturday 10:00am ET, Goodison Park
It was a rough weekend for both Everton and Watford suffering losses at the hands of West Ham and Liverpool. The Claudio Ranieri era got off to a nightmare start, as Watford were dominated by Liverpool in a 5-0 loss. The 16th placed Hornets could only muster up 23% possession and two shots on target in a horror afternoon at Vicarage Road. Everton were unable to get their attacking brand of football last week against West Ham, only managing two shots on target from 39% possession.
Everton get the perfect opportunity to bounce back against one of the worst teams in the Premier League on both sides of the ball. Watford have scored just seven goals this season, ranked 17th in the Premier League. The Hornets have also conceded 15 goals this season, the fourth most in the Premier League – In comparison, Everton rank 6th for goals in the Premier League this season. Watford are one of only two teams yet to keep a clean sheet this season, and have shown on a consistent basis that their defence falls apart during games. Everton have been dynamic in attack this season, and with Richarlison returning to partner up alongside Demari Gray, Andros Townsend and Alex Iwobi, they’re going to give an out of form Watford defence plenty of headaches.
Everton will come into this fixture with plenty of confidence, having beaten Watford in their last two Premier League matches against the Hornets. Watford just don’t have a strong enough defence to stand up against the better sides in the competition. After a disappointing showing last week, Everton will get back on the winners list with an easy win.
West Ham vs Tottenham
Sunday 9:00am ET, London Stadium
London rivals Tottenham and West Ham go head to head in a crucial clash on Monday morning. Tottenham have worked their way into fifth thanks to back to back wins over Aston Villa and Newcastle. West Ham come into this match on the back of a gritty win over Everton, with Declan Rice leading the way with a remarkable performance in midfield. This clash pits two contrasting styles against each other, with West Ham’s high paced ball movement against Tottenham’s slowed possession based style.
Tottenham’s midfield has sparked their winning streak, getting back to their ability to dominate possession of the ball. Spurs have had possession tallies of 58% and 63% having averaged only 49% for the entirety of the season. Their ability to grind out games in the last two weeks, should be able to stifle the Hammers, who have slowed down after a red hot start to the season. West Ham scored 10 goals in their first three matches of the season, but have only scored 5 goals in the following five games. The Hammers have struggled against Tottenham in recent times, only defeating Tottenham once in their last four Premier League fixtures against them.
The London Stadium hasn’t been an intimidating venue for visiting teams, with West Ham’s home record just 1-1-2 at home this season. West Ham haven’t looked as threatening over the last month as teams have clamped down on their ball movement, and Spurs will drag them into a slow, sluggish battle. This matchup suits Spurs tremendously, and they’ll extend their winning streak to three games.
Manchester United vs Liverpool
Sunday 11:30am ET, Old Trafford
On the back of a 5-0 thumping of Watford and an impressive win at Athletico Madrid in the last week, the Reds travel to Old Trafford looking to take down a Manchester United outfit that are winless in their last three Premier League games. Liverpool are in second place on the Premier League table with 18 points, as the only unbeaten team remaining this season.
Mo Salah became the first Liverpool player to score in nine consecutive games after scoring against Athletico during the week and has been in red hot form all season long. Salah leads the Premier League for goals (7), and is second in assists (4) – his eleven goal contributions are the most in the Premier League. Salah has scored in seven of his eight Premier League appearances this season, and has found the back of the net in two of his last three games against the Red Devils. With United conceding four goals against Leicester last week and two in the first half alone against Atalanta during the week, Salah will be full of confidence against a struggling Man United back four. Salah hasn’t just been a one man show this season, with the Reds having plenty of avenues to goal.
Sadio Mane (5 goals), Roberto Firmino (4) and Diogo Jota (3) have combined for more goals than twelve Premier League teams. It’s not hard to see why Liverpool have been the most prolific attack in the league this season with 22 goals, six more than any other side. The Reds have had the wood over United since 2016, with a 3-3-0 record in the last six Premier League fixtures against the Red Devils, winning by an average of two goals in the three wins in that run. Liverpool’s five wins this season have all been by more than two goals, and with Man United in the midst of a dramatic form slump, the Reds will be far too strong.