Premier League: Awesome Alli…

There’s another batch of Premier League matches scheduled tonight, bought by Amazon to broadcast.

A couple of the games stand out, the first being Manchester United hosting Tottenham. This is Jose Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford, and he will be very keen to put one over his old club.

Mourinho’s return to the manager seat at Spurs has prompted a chance in form for the London club, as well as goals. Spurs have looked dangerous going forward as well as leaky at the back. His team will undoubtedly cause United trouble but the pace at the home team’s disposal should also threaten on the counter.

Bearing this in mind, we think there will be goals on show tonight, probably at both ends. One of the players seemingly rejuvenated by the appointment of Mourinho is Dele Alli. The English midfielder has already scored three times under his new boss, and we’ll take him to net this evening.

The late game is the Merseyside Derby, with Liverpool hosting Everton.

All logic points to the Red half of Merseyside celebrating tonight. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 17 games between these two, and their last loss at Anfield to Everton was in the last century. They are currently on an unbeaten run at home in the league of 47 games, and have won their last 14.

Everton, by contrast, lie just above the relegation zone and have lost seven of their last 10 league fixtures. The pressure is truly on manager Marco Silva.

We think Liverpool will win, but are wary about going too strong given the vagaries of a derby. Still, we note Liverpool have scored 10 headers this season, the most of any team, and their towering centre half Virgil van Dijk has scored seven goals since the start of last season, the most from any defender. He netted twice with headers over the weekend and we’ll take the enhanced 14/1 on offer that he does so again tonight.


Manchester United/Spurs: Alli to score anytime, 1 pt, at 18/5, William Hill

Liverpool/Everton: Van Dijk to score a header, 1 pt, at 14/1, SkyBet

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