Premier League: Keane on a Yankee?

Sunday’s Premier League program starts at Craven Cottage, as Fulham take on Everton.

The hosts have shown some form of late, and will undoubtedly feel they should have got something out of their last game against West Ham. They now face a side that started the league like a house on fire, but have lost their last three league games.

Both sides will look upon this game as a clash they can win, and we’re not going to make a judgement on who wins. However, while Fulham have tidied their defence up, they while look vulnerable to the set piece. Everton have talented players who can deliver a good cross, and in Michael Keane they have a powerful central defender who has scored three times already this season. He’s a big price at 10/1 to score anytime, and we’ll try that.

Next up is Sheffield United against West Ham. We’re really not sure what to make of this game. Before the season started we quietly fancies United to actually improve on last season’s stellar performance, but they have really struggled so far, picking up just one point to date.

West Ham, on the other hand, have surprised us with the quality of their play, and have been unlucky not to get more out of games against the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.

One thing we do note is the likely return of Michail Antonio from injury to lead the Hammers line. He is likely to occupy the United backline, potentially giving Pablo Fornals more room to operate, and we look for the Spanish attacking midfielder to take advantage of this to score, at 4/1.

The third game of the day sees Leeds host Arsenal at Elland Road, another tricky game to call! Both teams are coming off horrendous defeats, with the respective managers undoubtedly looking positive responses.

We think Leeds will approach the game with a very positive intent, and this could leave space for Arsenal to counter attack. However, we note that both Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey are missing, and this could affect the midfield closing down.

With this in mind, we’re going to side with Mateusz Klich to score, at 7/2, thinking he could get a free run from midfield, and mindful that he takes penalties for the hosts.

The final game of the day is undoubtedly the highlight – Liverpool against Leicester, fourth versus third.

The Reds haven’t lost a game at Anfield since April 2017, but this run is in distinct danger tonight. Put simply, they are missing three-quarters of their established defensive line, and that’s assuming Andy Robertson is passed fit after his exploits with Scotland.

They now face an inform Jamie Vardy, who has played well against a full strength Liverpool in the past. He will be smelling blood. Liverpool have enough attacking talent available to ensure a well contested match, but we think the chances of them keeping a clean sheet is small. We take the Leicester hitman to score, at 6/5.

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