Reds to Tame the Tigers Before Half Time at Anfield

Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

Fast starts have been a feature of Liverpool games and the visit of Hull to Anfield presents the Reds with another opportunity to register a half-time/full-time victory.

Liverpool has scored in the first half of six of its seven matches across all competitions, winning five of them and completing the half-time/full-time double four times. The tempo at which Jurgen Klopp has got Liverpool playing is extraordinary and, while the Reds may run out of petrol against the highest class of opponents, they will not encounter one of them when they face Hull on Saturday.

Hull enjoyed the rub of the green to beat Leicester and Swansea in its first two games back in the English Premier League but the Tigers have stopped exceeding expectations since then, losing at home to Manchester United and Arsenal and drawing at Burnley in their subsequent three divisional matches. Hull is rapidly sliding down the English Premier League ladder towards the dreaded relegation zone.

According to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, Liverpool is superior to Hull on lines through Arsenal and Leicester, while one is willing to ignore the Burnley line that favours the Tigers because the Reds battered the Clarets without getting their reward.

Coral is offering odds of -137  that Liverpool leads Hull at half time and full time of its next English Premier League home game. Liverpool is 9-5-0 in its last 14 matches at Anfield, a mark of the impact that Klopp had made on the Reds since he ended his coaching sabbatical to join the Merseyside team. No UEFA tournament commitments means that Liverpool can focus on its English Premier League games and one would not be surprised if the Reds posed the greatest threat to Manchester City in the championship race.

English Premier League hipsters were quick to jump aboard the Middlesbrough bandwagon but one thinks that Boro are among the top flight’s most overrated sides. For example, only relegation favourite Burnley mustered fewer efforts on target in the first five English Premier League rounds than Middlesbrough. Tottenham is Middlesbrough’s next English Premier League foes and one is picking Spurs to get the job done on Saturday at odds of +105  with several bookmakers, including BetVictor.

Both Middlesbrough and Tottenham ran into Crystal Palace, Everton, Stoke and Sunderland during the opening five English Premier League rounds and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, Boro trails Spurs 1-0-3.

Finally, one thinks that Everton is not vastly superior to Bournemouth and that there is value in backing the draw when the Toffees visit the Cherries on Saturday, an option that is available at odds of +250  with numerous bookmakers, including Betfair and Marathonbet.

Everton enjoys a 1-0-0 English Premier League collateral form lead over Bournemouth based on the team’s respective results versus West Bromwich but, while one concedes that the Toffees are on the up under Ronald Koeman, they have yet to prove that they are worthy of +120  odds away to a Cherries side that has performed quite well in its three divisional matches against non-Manchester outfits.

Last term’s corresponding English Premier League fixture between Bournemouth and Everton resulted in a 3-3 draw.

Tips Summary

Liverpool HT/FT
Saturday 24th September, 15:00 GMT
Odds:  -137

Tottenham to beat Middlesbrough
Saturday 24th September, 15:00 GMT
Odds:  +105

Bournemouth and Everton to Draw
Saturday 24th September, 15:00 GMT
Odds:  +250