EPL soccer returns this week after a week layoff for the European qualifiers. Manchester United finds themselves less favored than usual against a tough Liverpool squad. We’ll examine Saturday’s matches this week, but will not preview the three games Sunday, in this preview. All betting odds are taken from Bodog.
Liverpool (18th) at Everton (17th) /Goodison Park / 8:30 AM ET – After seven games played, it’s still considered to be relatively early in the Premiership season. Unfortunately for Liverpool, the team has already entered into the situation where every single game falls into the “must win” category. Despite continued high expectations for the squad and the consistent optimism by the players and coaches, the team has yet to show any real signs of life. Since earning their only win of the season so far over a month ago, Liverpool has failed to build on that result. After a 0-0 draw at Birmingham City, the team has drawn one and lost two, allowing 7 goals in the process. This highlights the fact that, despite the sub-par performances of star striker Fernando Torres, the team’s biggest problems have been on the defensive end. Even after bad performances in pretty much every game up to this point, Liverpool continues to get respect by the oddsmakers. At this point, it seems clear to me that this is due mostly to the team’s name and reputation. However, with elite players like Torres and Steven Gerrard in the lineup, you have to think that, at some point, Liverpool will finally get its act together and become at least a respectable team this season. It feels like we say this every week, but Liverpool has a good opportunity for that breakout performance this weekend when they visit Everton. Despite coming off of their first win of the season, the Toffees have had problems finding consistent scoring options. Like Liverpool, they have underachieved by a huge margin this season. But, given that both teams have been equally bad so far this season, the tiebreaker has to go to the side with more talent. In this case, the easy winner is Liverpool.
Week 7 of the Premiership concludes on Sunday with three games scheduled, including one of the biggest match-ups of the early season. We’ll preview each match and give out our free picks for each. All English Premier League odds shown are taken from Bodog.
After midweek matches for the Carling Cup tournament that produced some shocking results, the English Premier League gets back under way on Saturday. Several teams, including some of the EPL’s premier clubs, will be looking to redeem themselves following bad and potentially devastating Carling Cup results. With so many teams suddenly desperate for a win, this weekend will be especially important and will lead to several crucial early season games. We’ll take a look at all the match ups and give out the best picks for each. All odds shown have been taken from Bodog.
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