Richarlison returns to lead the way for Everton at Fulham on BBC One
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Bet there’ll be Rich pickings for Everton at Fulham on BBC One this lunchtime.
Turns out there are important players, and then there are players as important as Richarlison.
It remains the case that since the Brazilian joined Everton from Watford in 2018, the Toffees have NEVER won a Premier League game without him.
His three-match ban for a horror tackle in the Merseyside Derby derailed the Blues’ bright start and ushered in three straight defeats.
He’s back. And Fulham (12pm) should be worried. The Cottagers had conceded fewer Prem goals than Liverpool going into the international break. But the fixture list has been very gentle on them so far.
With Richarlison back starting fires, that period of grace ends here, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the ‘anytime scorer’ punt at a plump 6/5 (Paddy).
Longshot fans should add Michael Keane ‘anytime’ at 16/1 (Bet365) – his stats are rising fast under Carlo Ancelotti.
Some of jolly Jurgen Klopp’s easy-going charm seems to be getting washed away by the cruel tides of fate.
Another couple of front-rank absentees and I reckon it’s 11/10 he goes the full Joe Kinnear.
But the C-word in play as Liverpool entertain Leicester (7.15pm) is ‘consistency’.
Everybody knows what Jamie Vardy is going to do, it just doesn’t seem to help them stop him doing it. Back Vardy ‘anytime scorer’ at 6/5 (general) and ‘either side score a penalty’ at 2/1 (Paddy).
Ignore Patrick Bamford’s armpit as Leeds welcome Arsenal (4.30pm).
It’s no use trying to predict every algorithmic spasm of our bionic overlords – but Bamford’s recent ‘underarm offside’ should be weighing in our stats forecasts as a goal this fizzing Leeds side did score.
Take ‘DRAW & both teams score’ at 7/2 (BetVic) .
Same ‘DRAW & both teams score’ call at 18/5 (BetVic) for Sheffield United-West Ham (2pm) – the Blades’ scoring luck is due adjustment too.
In Serie A, get on the sprightly old sod Zlatan Ibrahimovich ‘anytime’ at 7/5 (888sport, Unibet) for Milan at Napoli (7.45pm).
Last week: Winner at 6/5