It’s another busy Sunday in the Premier League with four games taking place, headlined by the Merseyside derby at Anfield at 16:30.
Three games are scheduled for 14:00, when Brighton host Southampton (Brighton 21/20, draw 23/10, Southampton 11/4 – Match Betting) on the south coast, relegation-threatened Burnley entertain Wolves and Chelsea and West Ham face off in a big London derby at Stamford Bridge.
Burnley are still in the relegation zone but can put pressure on Everton, directly above them prior to the Toffees’ short trip across Stanley Park, with victory over Wolves. A win for the Clarets would see them move out of the bottom three and two points clear of Frank Lampard’s side, who would still retain a game in hand after their Anfield showdown.
Burnley have still to appoint a new permanent boss following Sean Dyche’s sacking earlier this month but U23 coach Mike Jackson has been placed in interim charge and he’s overseen two impressive performances since stepping up – the 1-1 draw at West Ham last weekend and Thursday’s 2-0 home win over Southampton.
Jackson knows another victory later (Burnley 13/8, draw 2/1, Wolves 19/10 – Match Betting) would be a significant boost in the club’s survival bid, and he’s called on the players to improve further.
He told the club’s website: “We’ve had a great performance but that’s gone now. We have to try and harness that, and move into Sunday still trying to improve.
“I still think there’s more to come from the group and more that they can achieve. Hopefully that’s just a starting point last time out.”
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Chelsea, meanwhile, need to bounce back from the damaging midweek defeat at home to Arsenal when they host the Hammers. The Gunners moved to within just two points of the Blues when they saw off Manchester United 3-1 on Saturday as the battle for the top-four places intensifies.
David Moyes’ side, in seventh, still have an outside chance of making the top four as they’re eight points adrift of Arsenal with five games to play. The visitors are 5/1 to win, Chelsea are 1/2 and the draw at Stamford Bridge is 10/3.
The main event of the day is on Merseyside when the Reds host the Blues with Jurgen Klopp’s side looking to respond to title rivals’ Manchester City’s 5-1 home win over Watford on Saturday. That victory moved Pep Guardiola’s side four points clear at the top having played a game more (City 2/5, Liverpool 15/8 – Premier League Outright) but Liverpool can reduce it down to one again with another victory over their local rivals.
Skipper Jordan Henderson (pictured) is predicting a typically frantic derby clash, though, as the Toffees are in dire need of points in their relegation scrap.
He said in the matchday programme: “The derby is always a special occasion, so hopefully it will live up to the expectation once again.
“As ever, we’re expecting an incredibly tough game against an Everton team which has its own reasons for fighting for every single point. I can also say without any shadow of a doubt that anyone who uses the league table as a gauge for what will happen in this game should think again.”
Everton are 12/1 to win, Liverpool are 2/11 and a draw at Anfield is 6/1.
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