Premier League Picks 19th Oct
OK, great, England are going to the World Cup. Now can we please get back to the important stuff, thank you!
Tuesday was a great night for the Scousers as Rooney and Gerrard scored that goals that set England on their way to Brazil, and I think Saturday will be another happy day for those from Merseyside. Here are my Premier League Picks:
NEWCASTLE V LIVERPOOL. SATURDAY 12:45PM. BT SPORT 1
This is one of the iconic rivalries of the Premiership era and this could be set for another classic encounter.
For those of us old enough to remember those classic battles of the mid 90s will still reminisce on them fondly as they provided some of the Premier League’s most memorable images; everybody of a certain age still has a clear vision of Keegan slumped over the advertising board as Liverpool grabbed a late winner in just one of the epic 4-3 matches. Although the fixture has died down a little, it should still be a gripping ninety minutes on Saturday as both sides look to continue their strong starts by picking up from where they left off before the international break.
The fixture is always entertaining and incredibly there has not been a 0-0 since 1974; with the form of Suarez, Sturridge and Remy, that trend should not come to an end here. In the corresponding game last year it ended 6-0 to Liverpool and whilst it won’t be as one-sided this time around, the away side will be confident of scoring goals against a relatively weak Newcastle defence.
The Magpies have been a real Jekyll and Hyde team so far this term and have produced everything from the brilliant to the shambolic. You never really know which Newcaslte side will turn up but we can always expect goals at both ends, as has been the case in each of their last 4 league matches. Whilst Liverpool are far more consistent, their past two games have both ended 3-1 so once again the stats point towards an action packed encounter.
Liverpool are looking really impressive right now and the return of Suarez has brought an added touch of class in front of goal. Whilst Newcastle do look dangerous on the attack, their defence is very vulnerable and Liverpool’s SAS combination will be looking to take advantage.
I think Newcastle will net in front of their own support but unfortunately it won’t be enough to earn any points and I see Liverpool continuing their near perfect start by registering another three points on the board.
EVERTON V HULL CITY. SATURDAY 3PM
The Toffees will look to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat against Manchester City by getting back to twinning ways against Hull and their superiority should be enough to ensure a comfortable afternoon for Roberto Martinez.
Steve Bruce’s Hull have been simply amazing in the early weeks of the season. The Tigers have shown roared to an incredible return of 11 points from 7 games and have adapted to life in the top-flight superbly. This impressive start could be vital come May as Premiership action is bound to take its toll on the small squad sooner or later.
Despite the fantastic early form Hull’s away performances have, in general, lacked any real attacking prowess. Three goals at Newcastle aside, Hull haven’t even come close to scoring on the road. Admittedly those two matches were at Stamford Bridge and The Etihad but nonetheless it highlighted their inability to trouble the better teams away from home; Everton are one of those sides that could enjoy a similar experience to Chelsea and Manchester City.
Hull would definitely settle for a point at Goodison Park and Steve Bruce would be forgiven for parking the proverbial bus in hope of securing a draw. However, there is a high probability that Everton will find a way through at some point during the proceedings so if The Tigers want anything from this one then they are going to score. Unfortunately for them, chances could well be at a premium for the newly promoted side and subsequently I think it’ll be an easy day’s work for Tim Howard.
I can’t see it being a cricket score but I do think it’ll be a relatively easy day at the office for Roberto Martinez’s team. It might take some time to find the breakthrough but come the final fifteen minutes the contest may already be over.
Another good day at Goodison. Home win.