Sean Goff | Premier League Super Sunday
A Super Sunday of Premier League action and there’s more talent on show than FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women short-list.
As Tottenham try to stop the rot against Manchester City – four league defeats on the bounce in this fixture including a 5-1 hiding here last year – Liverpool entertain Chelsea in Rafa Benitez’s first game back at Anfield since being shown the door in 2010.
Despite Gareth Bale‘s 17 league-goal booty this season and Jermain Defoe chipping in with another 10 – all the early goalscorer money has been on … Jan Vertonghen.
Now there’s no question the Belgian international can defend. A Barclay’s ‘Player of the Month’ award for March is testament to his consistency in the fine art of tackling, intercepting and upending the No 9 when the referee isn’t looking – but at 25/1 to score the first goal of the game and 9/1 to be an anytime goalscorer Spurs (and United) fans obviously think he could upset Kompany & Co. and send Paddy scuttling for the exit door.
His four goals (two against Liverpool in March) and three assists in 28 league games is good enough to make Fernando Torres blush but whether he’ll get a lot of chance to maraud forward against a City side who won their last four league games – time will tell.
There’s no mistaking who punters have latched onto in the 4pm kick-off as 22-goal Luis Suarez – Liverpool’s and the Barclays Premier League’s leading scorer – has been the man for cash.
Paddy’s buckling under the weight of money on Suarez at 5/1 first and 13/10 anytime goalscorer and the Uruguayan needs one goal to become the first Liverpool player to score 30 goals in a season in all competitions since … Fernando Torres in 2007-08. Unsurprisingly, there’s not a bean for the club’s former favourite son at the other end.
The home side boast 13 clean sheets this season – second only to Manchester City and hammered the Blues 4-1 last season at Anfield. Rafa has some big decision to make as he tries to keep his emotions – and team selection – in check before kick-off.
And if Luis Suarez scores the last goal in this match, Paddy will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score & Scorecast singles on the game. (T&C’s).