Sunday’s Premier League line-up is less super and a little more sceptical. We could be bored to death by two tight and tedious affairs or it could be a killer afternoon of action. Hopefully these stats will help you slice and dice Paddy for a few monster wins.
Robert Martinez is doing enough to keep Everton in the mists of the mid-table and his job secure but that’s about it. They’ve only managed one home win in the Premier League this season and Sunderland have taken three points on each of their last two visits to Goodison Park. Plus they’re coming off a somewhat fortunate but morale-boosting 3-0 win over Newcastle.
It was the Black Cats’ first clean sheet of the season and though it may seem unlikely to happen this weekend they did shut out Everton on their last two visits to the blue half of Merseyside. Sunderland are 12/1 to win to nil. Don’t go betting your haunted house on it but it might be worth a cheeky punt, just to say you called it. Everton have failed to score at home in the league twice in five games this season but Manchesters United and City are sturdier opponents than second from bottom Sunderland.
There have been two penalties in the last four meetings. 7/2 for a penalty to be scored in this game.
Previous to the last two losses at home to Sunderland Everton went fourteen home games unbeaten against the Canada of Wearside. Is that enough to convince you to back them at 1/2 to win? Probably not.
Everton won seven of those games by two or more goals and four games by three or more. Everton -1 at 13/10 seems a safer choice than Everton -2 at 10/3.
The numbers are leaning towards a home win but if Sam Allardyce sets up to stop Everton we could be in for a frighteningly frustrating 90 minutes. For this reason my money is on a 1-1 draw at 7/1. Whether it’s a trick or a treat we’ll have to wait and see.
Bournemouth’s Capital One Cup loss to Liverpool makes it three straight losses and six games without a win for the Poppies. It’s already looking like a slow grind towards relegation.
Southampton on the other hand are six games without defeat.
Both sides have scored in the Saints’ last five games and both teams have scored in seven of Bournemouth’s last nine.
Southampton are odds on to win at 4/7 but both teams to score and Southampton to win looks a whole lot healthier at 11/5. An iffy defence but superior firepower against the plucky but fragile visitors should be enough to land this tasty treat.