Three at 3: Klopp’s best form of defence could be attack

Matthew Crist previews the best of Saturday's 3pm games in the Premier League and predicts a possible goal-fest at Anfield.

Matthew Crist

Best form of defence is attack for Klopp’s men

Liverpool are on an astonishing run of 16 straight league victories at Anfield and they’ve scored at least two goals in every one of their last 12 home games, all of which they won.

In fact, in the last 12 home games Liverpool have scored an astonishing 40 goals in total including handsome wins over Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona.

But their narrow 4-3 win over Salzburg in the Champions League might just suggest there are a couple of defensive weaknesses, especially seeing as Klopp’s men appeared to be cruising at 3-0 early on in the game.

This will be good news to a Leicester City side who scored five in their last outing against a pretty poor Newcastle side as Brendan Rodgers makes his first return to Anfield as an opposing manager and can be backed at 11.25* to win with both teams scoring.

Rather like Liverpool, the Foxes are partial to scoring goals and a disappointing display in their defeat at Old Trafford was the only time they’ve failed to score on the road in five games this season.

Rodgers’ men have scored 12 goals in their four league wins to date as well as finding the net on four occasions at Luton in the EFL Cup last week, so if Liverpool do have a mistake in them it could well be punished.

Even so, with Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in their ranks it’s difficult to see Liverpool not scoring at least two or three home goals once more which, as Salzburg found to their cost on Wednesday, will probably be enough.



Turf Moor not a happy hunting ground for the Toffees

Burnley were one of the favourites for the drop before the season started but on the evidence of their first seven games the Clarets have every reason to be looking up rather than down.

Much of this success has been built on their solid home record with the only defeat at Turf Moor so far coming at the hands of Liverpool having chalked-up wins over Southampton and Norwich.

Some credible away performances, including a battling draw away at Brighton and a narrow defeat at Arsenal, have left Sean Dyche’s men comfortably in mid-table and a win over a struggling Everton side on Saturday could push them higher up the league.

Marco Silva’s men have lost four of their last five Premier League games and though that form is concerning enough, away from home they’ve now failed to register a win any of their last six Premier League matches.

Everton have lost two of the last three meetings with Burnley at Turf Moor which is a tricky place to go at the best of times so it’s not difficult to see the Toffees leaving empty-handed once again on Saturday with the home side 26.25 to win this 3-1.


Blades looking sharp early on

Sheffield United have been something of a surprise package in the Premier League this season with many people tipping them to make a quick return to the Championship.

Chris Wilder has assembled a side who are more than capable of taking the game to their opponents and have done themselves proud on a number of occasions already this season, not least against Liverpool last Saturday in a narrow 1-0 defeat.

Unfortunately the same can’t be said for their opponents on Saturday, Watford, who sit bottom of the league and without a win for 11 games stretching back to the end of last season and have lost their last two games by an aggregate score of 10-0.

As for their last home win, that came way back in April over an already relegated Fulham side and having suffered a humiliating 8-0 revers in their last game at Manchester City it’s difficult to see that changing on Saturday with the Blades priced at 19.50* to win this one 2-0.


Chris Wilder


*Odds subject to change

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