bet365 is offering its first midweek 6 Scores Challenge of the season, and Steve Freeth casts his eye over the latest round of fixtures.
(This article was originally published on 18.10.2022)
Sleeping bag at the ready for this one! Saying that, this fixture will always have a place in my heart with the FA Cup replay from 2010 on my list of all-time favourite games thanks to Danny Butterfield’s six-minute hat-trick – feels like the last winner I’ve backed.
The market suggests Under Goals and it could well be right with Wolves fan and Under-18s manager Steve Davis continuing in the dugout.
Hopefully Palace’s social media team will play it with a straight bat and not give the visitors any ammunition for a team talk unlike Nottingham Forest at the weekend...
Wilfried Zaha was surprisingly hooked at Leicester, but he could be the match-winner in this one.
One team in the top half and one in the bottom three, but not in the order I was expecting.
Gary O’Neil keeps going about his business in an impressive manner with his side now unbeaten in six under his guidance – remarkably the only unbeaten team in the league since their 9-0 drubbing at Anfield.
Talking of managers, the scrutiny is very much on Ralph Hasenhuttl right now having not won since the end of August – the heat may well be turned up a notch with another defeat here.
Kepa Arrizabalaga was busy at Villa Park reminding us why Chelsea spent over £70m on the Spanish cat with a number of fine saves.
Ivan Toney will be the latest to try and beat the in-form Spaniard, but he may fall short.
Another player to thrive under Graham Potter is Mason Mount with the England international now scoring as well as creating. I’m expecting a tight game.
Liverpool are back, Mo Salah is back, Virgil van Dijk doesn’t lose matches at home and West Ham have won one league game at Anfield since 1963 – what could possibly go wrong?
The Reds are 2/1 to remain unbeaten throughout another Premier League campaign on their own turf and as long as Sunday’s exertions haven’t taken too much out of them, then another three-point haul looks very much on the cards.
With Nick Pope and Kieran Trippier in my fantasy team, I was delighted to see the Magpies leave Old Trafford with a clean sheet at the weekend.
Eddie Howe’s team have the best defence in the Premier League right now and they can keep another one against an average Everton team.
Frank Lampard went to Spurs with a game plan and he’ll be disappointed that both Demarai Gray and Amadou Onana missed decent chances on the counter but I fancy more disappointment in this one.
The surprise absence of Christian Eriksen from the matchday squad at the weekend will have set alarm bells off for Manchester United fans, and his fitness will be key to this one.
Breaking up the misfiring McFred, the Dane has been superb for United this season, and he already looks like he’ll walk away with Manchester United’s Player of the Year award.
Not that Spurs fans need reminding of his quality, of course…
The loss of Richarlison is certainly a blow to the visitors, but Son might thrive with the Brazilian on the sidelines.