The Premier League’s ‘derby’ weekend continues today, following on from the North London derby draw on Saturday.
First out of the blocks Sunday is Fulham‘s clash with Chelsea on the river at Craven Cottage. This represents Scott Parker’s first game in charge of Fulham after the club’s hierarchy decided to part company with manager Claudio Ranieri.
However, it’s difficult to see what Parker can do to change the plight of Fulham – they simply have conceded too many goals and haven’t been good enough at this level.
And we at Lap of the Odds expect this gap in quality to be evident today.
Chelsea have been inconsistent this season, but they took Manchester City to penalties in the Carabao Cup final last weekend and then dismissed Spurs with ease midweek. That sort of form will be enough.
A player that who has been playing well for the Blues of late is Pedro. He has become first choice on the right for Maurizio Sarri and has responded with eight goals this season. He’s best priced 7/1 to open the scoring today, as he did against Spurs on Wednesday, and we’ll take a punt.
For the day’s second derby we head north to Merseyside as Everton host Liverpool.
This game has the potential to be fiery. Liverpool need three points to retake the lead at the top of the Premier League and Everton, fresh of a win midweek, will be keen to stop them. Throw in that Everton haven’t beaten their neighbours in 18 attempts and the manner of the late winner in the reverse fixture at Anfield and it’s fair to say both teams will be trying!
This fixture has produced the most red cards (21) in the history of the Premier League, but it’s best priced 3/1 today and Liverpool has yet receive one this season. It’s true Everton have had three, but that’s still three in 55 games combined – not at 3/1 shot even amid the enhanced emotion.
But if not a red card it’s still probably fair to say there could be a few tackles flying in, and thus fouls committed.
Virgil van Dijk scored two goals from set pieces on Wednesday, and his first for Liverpool was against Everton, so the 9/1 on offer that he scores anytime could be considered. Instead, we’ll side with the talented Everton fullback Lucas Digne to score as he takes a terrific freekick.
Fulham/Chelsea: Pedro to score first, 1 pt, at 7/1, bet365
Everton/Liverpool: Digne to score anytime, 1 pt, at 16/1, bet365
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