Liverpool’s English Premier League championship challenge is on life support but it should not die on Saturday when it visits second-bottom Hull.
To put it bluntly, Liverpool has lost fewer English Premier League games than Hull has won and the gulf between the two teams is as wide as the raw ladder suggests. According to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, Liverpool holds a 16-2-1 lead over Hull and the one side against which the Tigers have outperformed the Reds is Burnley. You may remember that Liverpool absolutely battered Burnley at Turf Moor but somehow lost that English Premier League match 0-2 due to goals against the run of play.
Liverpool has not beaten a top-flight opponent since its 1-0 English Premier League home win over Manchester City on New Year’s Eve. But reports of Liverpool’s demise are premature, although Reds manager Jurgen Klopp ought to be copping more flak – he is not because the media loves him.
One does not understand why Marco Silva accepted the Hull job but he is on a hiding to nothing – the Tigers are English Premier League relegation material and their chairman, Assem Allam, may not stand up his newly appointed boss if they go down. Beaten 1-4 by English Championship team Fulham in the English FA Cup, Hull bounced back to draw its English Premier League game at Manchester United but only because their goalkeeper, Eldin Jakupovic, had a blinder between the sticks. Hull has not got within one goal of any of the English Premier League top five in its six matches versus Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, including a 1-5 loss to the Reds in the reverse fixture. Liverpool led 2-0 before Hull was reduced to 10 players.
Some English Premier League punters will swerve Liverpool because of its recent run of disappointing results but one is happy to snap up odds of -200 with several bookmakers, including Bet365, Coral and Marathonbet, about the Reds returning to winning ways against a Hull side that is not top quality.
Middlesbrough has been the biggest disappointment of the English Premier League’s three new teams this season and one thinks that Boro may lose at second-placed Tottenham on Saturday without finding the back of the net.
Dropping back into the English Championship is a genuine possibility for Middlesbrough, primarily because Boro cannot hit a cow’s backside with a banjo. Middlesbrough has scored the fewest number of English Premier League goals, failing to rustle the onion bag in nine of its 23 games, including five of its 11 road matches. Tottenham’s defence is the English Premier League’s joint stingiest and Spurs have kept 10 clean sheets in their 23 outings, including seven in their 11 games at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham, which beat Middlesbrough 2-1 away from home in September’s reverse English Premier League fixture, is available at odds of -110 with BoyleSports to collect three points along with a clean sheet this weekend.
Finally, one is not Everton’s biggest fan but one believes that the Toffees are overpriced at odds of -133 with Betfred, BoyleSports and Marathonbet to get the better of Bournemouth at Goodison Park on Saturday.
According to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, Everton enjoys an 11-2-6 advantage over Bournemouth. Furthermore, Everton is 6-4-1 at home in the English Premier League, with its one loss occurring in its Merseyside derby versus Liverpool. Bournemouth is 2-2-7 on its English Premier League travels, losing by at least two goals at each of the three top-eight sides that it has visited – Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.
Liverpool to beat Hull
Saturday 4th February, 15:00 GMT
Tottenham to Win to Nil
Saturday 4th February, 17:30 GMT
Everton to beat Bournemouth
Saturday 4th February, 15:00 GMT