The Premier League weekend continues on Saturday with another four matches where the bottom end of the table is in the spotlight on what could be a defining day at that end of proceedings, while one of the marquee fixtures of the season takes place as well.
It was announced during the week that all the Premier League matches will be live via the various broadcasters until fans are allowed back into the grounds and with each game having its own kick off slot on Saturday we can sit back and enjoy all the action.
Saturday’s fixtures are as follows: (UK kick off and TV in brackets)
Southampton vs Chelsea (12.30 – BT Sport 1)
Burnley vs West Bromwich Albion (15.00 – Sky Main Event & Sky Premier League)
Liverpool vs Everton (17.30 – Sky Main Event & Sky Premier League)
Fulham vs Sheffield United (20.00 – Sky Main Event & Sky Premier League)
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The action begins at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon when Chelsea will be looking to keep up their unbeaten start under Thomas Tuchel when they face a Southampton side who are in a slump which they will be hoping to get out of with a positive result against the Blues. When that is done the first of the two key clashes with regards to the bottom of the table takes place. That sees Burnley looking to ease themselves further away from danger against a West Bromwich Albion side who really have to start winning here else they will be returning to the Championship at the first time of asking.
We are used to the third match of the day being the highest profile one and that is certainly the case on Saturday when 238th Merseyside Derby takes place at Anfield in what is likely to be an even fiercer contested clash between Liverpool and Everton after the ramifications of their clash at Goodison Park earlier in the season. A competitive day of action concludes in the capital on Saturday evening where Fulham will look to bolster their survival chances against a Sheffield United side who simply have to win and even then might already need snookers in their bid to escape the drop.
Two bets catch my eye here with the first of them coming in the form of goals in the clash at Anfield. Often it is portrayed that derby clashes are tight and tense affairs but that hasn’t been the case since Carlo Ancelotti arrived at Goodison Park. These two have met three times in the league since then with the games ending 5-2, 0-0 and 2-2. That 0-0 can be excused as it was the first game back after lockdown and clearly rust had set into both at that stage. Liverpool will probably want to beat Everton even more than usual having spent the last four months whinging about the Virgil van Dijk injury while Everton’s record in this fixture is terrible which will give them all the motivation they need. Liverpool have fallen apart defensively in the last couple of weeks, leaking seven goals and suddenly there are question marks over the keeper. Everton always have question marks in that department but importantly Dominic Calvert-Lewin is expected to be fit to get at this makeshift Liverpool defence. That all suggests to me that we will see plenty of goals here and so I like over 3 in this one.
Later in the day I’m happy to have Fulham on side against a Sheffield United side who have issues here. The Blades are rock bottom of the table because they can’t score enough goals. They don’t have the personnel to do it let alone the ability and against a Fulham team who have improved beyond belief defensively I’m not seeing Chris Wilder’s men having much joy at the offensive end of the pitch, even allowing for the fact that they have to have a go and attempt to win here. That might only play further into the Fulham hands as they can soak up pressure and hit on the counter against a Sheffield United side who have badly missed Jack O’Connell all season and how have to do without John Egan. That leaves the visitors very short in defensive areas which Fulham can take advantage of. This isn’t a game not to have draw cover in but Fulham are the team to be with here.
Back Liverpool vs Everton – Over 3 goals for a 3/10 stake at 1.95 with BetVictor
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Back Fulham (-0.25AH) to beat Sheffield United for a 3/10 stake at 1.85 with Bet365