Premier League action returns following a busy FA Cup third round weekend.
Read on for our gameweek 22 this week’s Club Acca picks with William Hill.
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Pick 1. Everton (11/10) Over 1.5 Goals v Norwich
A three-game winless run, and just one success across their previous 12 league outings, has left the natives restless at Goodison Park. But expect this poor run to end this weekend.
Not only that, but Rafael Benitez’s men could fill their boots. Their opponents, Norwich, look to have been landed with a one-way ticket back to second tier football, Dean Smith’s side’s defensive deficiencies having been laid bare in recent weeks.
Norwich have conceded two or more goals in five of their last six Premier League games, including each of their last four while Everton have scored at least once in each of their last six matches.
Pick 2. Wolves (13/10) to win v Southampton
History was made earlier this month when Wolves ended a 40-year wait to win at Old Trafford. Bruno Lage’s men followed that success with a 3-0 win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup third round. They are now unbeaten in four games across all competitions heading into this weekend’s showdown with Southampton.
Another victory looks to be on the cards, especially since the West Midlands club have conceded just two goals in their last eight games. Plus, it’s worth noting the Saints have never won at Molineux in the Premier League era.
Pick 3. Man Utd (11/8) to win v Aston Villa
Who’d be the manager of Manchester United? Since the illustrious Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down the Old Trafford job has become something of a poisoned chalice. Ralf Rangnick is the latest in the hot seat and he’s already feeling the heat. What usually alleviates these dark clouds are wins and you can put the Red Devils down for another success under their German tactician. Historically, they’re unbeaten in their last 22 visits to Aston Villa, plus Steven Gerrard’s side have lost eight of their nine top-flight meetings against sides currently sitting in the first eight positions.
Pick 4. Liverpool (19/20) to win to nil v Brentford
There’s no question Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will be missed for title-chasing Liverpool but they should fancy their chances of picking up three more points against Brentford, who have stumbled of late.
On top of that, Liverpool are unbeaten at Anfield this season, winning each of their last four top-flight games plus Brentford have failed to score in each of their last three matches against ‘Big Six’ opposition. Even with recent history pointing in their favour, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is preaching caution.
“Brentford have a specific way to play, pretty direct, their goalkeeper is a playmaker, long balls and we struggled to defend second balls,” Klopp told reporters ahead of the Brentford game.
“The goals they scored [in September’s 3-3 draw] were avoidable. Set-pieces, sleepy, they could score. It should not go that way. We have to be alert. They have had a brilliant first season in the Premier League. Thomas Frank is doing a brilliant job there, so many interesting players, so we have to be really aware of that. I hope we can use Anfield; that would be helpful.”
In terms of how Liverpool might adapt to the absence of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, Klopp referred to Divock Origi in saying: “It’s likely we could see him soon. Yesterday he was outside running and looked really good. He will not be too far away.”
Pick 5. West Ham (13/20) to win v Leeds
Last season, West Ham achieved their highest Premier League finish when they ended fifth and the way things are currently going David Moye’s side are seeking to do even better. The Hammers are presently fourth (although sides below them have games in hand), on a four-game win streak, and welcome a struggling Leeds side who they banished from the FA Cup a few days earlier.