PREMIER LEAGUE SUNDAY: We preview Sunday’s Premier League games including the Merseyside derby EVERTON v LIVERPOOL – all with a recommended BETDAQ bet and extended stats.
WATFORD V LEICESTER
12pm What a fascinating Super Sunday we have ahead and we start with Watford taking on Leicester. It feels so long ago since Leicester were lifting the Premier League title, and now they start another chapter with Brendan Rodgers taking over after leaving Celtic. The reality is that Leicester are a midtable side who managed to compete the unthinkable in winning the Premier League, and perhaps they will never recover from that and expect more success than they will get – so expect changes in managers and players more over the next few seasons.
The match odds at the time of writing currently trade; Watford 2.56, Leicester 3.05 and the draw is 3.45. Watford have had a very up and down week – they scored five against Cardiff and then conceded five against Liverpool! They have been playing well lately though and Liverpool have been impressive this season. It won’t be a surprise to see a “new manager bounce” from Leicester; you usually get this and players will want to impress the new boss – especially as he is more of a high profile manager. With Watford having home advantage and Leicester upping their game we can see both sides cancelling each other out here and the draw looks good value at 3.45.
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Draw at 3.45.
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- Watford have only won two of their nine Premier League meetings with Leicester (D1 L6), though both of those wins have come in their last two home games against them.
- Leicester have won their last two league games against Watford, last winning three in a row against the Hornets in August 1999.
- Since Watford’s return to the Premier League in 2015-16, meetings between them and Leicester have seen more penalty goals than any other fixture in the competition (5).
- Watford are looking to keep three consecutive home clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since April 2017.
- This will be Brendan Rodgers’ first Premier League encounter with former club Watford – he has registered at least one win against 27 of the 29 clubs he’s faced in the competition, failing only against Chelsea (eight games) and Wolves (2).
- Brendan Rodgers is taking charge of his first match as Leicester manager – he has failed to win his first league game in charge of the previous four teams he’s managed in English football (W0 D2 L2).
- Including caretakers, Leicester’s last five managers have won their first Premier League match in charge (Ranieri, Shakespeare, Appleton, Puel and Stowell). The last Foxes boss to lose his first game in charge was Dave Bassett in October 2001 against Chelsea.
- Jamie Vardy has scored the first Premier League goal under Leicester’s last three permanent managers (Claudio Ranieri, Craig Shakespeare and Claude Puel), also finding the net in Mike Stowell’s game in caretaker charge against Brighton.
- Jamie Vardy has scored 98 goals in all competitions for Leicester. He could become the seventh player to net 100 for the Foxes, and the first since Gary Lineker (103).
- Troy Deeney is Watford’s highest goalscorer in the Premier League this season. However, just one of his seven goals has come at Vicarage Road (vs Tottenham in September).
FULHAM V CHELSEA
2.05pm It’s been a very different week for both of these London clubs. Chelsea beat their bitter rivals Spurs 2-0 and Fulham have sacked another manager. After what happened in the Carabao Cup final with the goalkeeper and Sarri; perhaps it was more likely Chelsea would lose their manager first! The reality is that Fulham simply haven’t been good enough for the Premier League this season and they have lost seven of their last eight league games.
Chelsea are odds on favourites to win this one with the match odds at the time of writing currently trading; Fulham 7.0, Chelsea 1.54 and the draw is 4.7. There are lots of negatives about Chelsea at the moment, however it would be wise to expect an improved Fulham performance here after sacking their manager and in front of their home fans. Fulahm are no doubt a poor side, and their position in the league says that, however Chelsea have lost their last three away games without scoring – and they’ve conceded 12! Perhaps after sacking the manager we can expect a better Fulham performance and Chelsea look worth a little lay at 1.54.
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Lay Chelsea at 1.54.
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- Fulham have won just one of their last 32 league meetings with Chelsea (D12 L19), beating them 1-0 in the Premier League in March 2006.
- Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 17 Premier League games against Fulham (W10 D7). Only against Tottenham (28) and Everton (18) have they had longer unbeaten runs in the competition.
- Fulham have lost all nine of their Premier League London derby matches this season – they could become the first team in top-flight history to lose 10 such matches in a single campaign.
- Chelsea have lost two of their four away London derby matches this season (W1 D1). They last lost three away London derbies in a single Premier League campaign back in 2001-02.
- Fulham have lost seven of their last eight Premier League games, conceding at least twice in all eight matches.
- Chelsea have lost their last three Premier League away games by an aggregate score of 0-12. They last lost four in a row on the road in December 2000 (a run of five).
- Fulham have conceded more goals in both the first half (32) and second half (31) of Premier League matches this season than Chelsea have in total (29).
- Chelsea are looking to keep four consecutive clean sheets in all competitions for the first time since December 2016.
- Fulham’s Andre Schurrle scored a hat-trick the last time the Cottagers hosted Chelsea in the Premier League, doing so for the Blues in a 3-1 victory.
- Half of Chelsea forward Pedro’s Premier League goals this season have come in London derbies (4/8).
EVERTON V LIVERPOOL
4.15pm What a huge Merseyside Derby! Everton would love nothing more than to dent their bitter rivals title hopes and we don’t expect anything other than a very hard fought clash here. The tackles will be flying in and we could see a red card at some stage. The reality is for Everton is they haven’t beaten Liverpool in their last 18 meetings across all competitions and they simply need to improve that record.
Liverpool are odds on favourites after their midweek five goal hammering of Watford with the match odds at the time of writing currently trading; Everton 6.2, Liverpool 1.65 and the draw is 3.55. Liverpool have been excellent this season and they’ve also conceded less away goals than any other side in the Premier League this season however it’s still hard to get away from the Liverpool lay at 1.65. This is always a very close game and the atmosphere is going to be excellent – you have to expect that Everton will be massively up for this one and we just expect a closer game than odds of 1.65 suggest on Liverpool. So, from a value point of view we’re happy to lay Liverpool at 1.65.
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Lay Liverpool at 1.65.
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- This will be the 200th top-flight meeting between Everton and Liverpool, becoming only the second fixture to have been played that many times in the top English league after Aston Villa vs Everton (202).
- Everton are winless in their last 18 encounters with Liverpool in all competitions (D9 L9), their longest ever such streak against their Merseyside rivals.
- Despite remaining unbeaten in their last 16 league meetings with Everton, Liverpool are looking to do the double over the Toffees for just the third time in the last eight seasons (also in 2011-12 and 2016-17).
- Premier League meetings between Everton and Liverpool have produced more red cards than any other fixture in the history of the competition (21).
- Liverpool have scored more 90 th minute winning goals in Premier League games against Everton than any side has against another in the competition (5).
- Everton are looking to secure consecutive Premier League victories for the first time since October, following their 3-0 victory at Cardiff last time out.
- Liverpool have conceded fewer away goals than any other side in the Premier League this season (8).
- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is unbeaten in his seven competitive meetings with Everton in all competitions (W5 D2). The only Liverpool managers to enjoy a longer unbeaten start against the Toffees are Bob Paisley (10 between 1974-1978) and David Ashworth (8 between 1919-1922).
- Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino has only faced Manchester United (8) more often without finding the net in the Premier League than he has against Everton (6).
- Gylfi Sigurdsson’s brace for Everton against Cardiff last time out took his Premier League tally to 11 for the season, equalling his best ever return in a single campaign in the competition (also 11 in 2015-16).
- Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has scored 14 Premier League goals this season – more than he has in any previous campaign in the competition.
- Mohamed Salah has scored 49 goals in 64 Premier League games for Liverpool. If he scores in this game, he’d have reached 50 for a specific club quicker than any other player in the competition’s history.
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