PL Return – Derby Day Saturday – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

The Premier League returns from the international break with a bang on Saturday with not one but two massive derby matches…

talkSPORT’s chief football correspondent ALEX CROOK looks ahead to an exciting Premier League return with his latest preview for Star Sports.

🔴 Liverpool v Everton 🔵
Premier League
12:30 TNT Sports 1 / TNT Sports Ultimate

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All eyes will be on Merseyside on Saturday morning as Liverpool bid to continue their impressive start to the season by heaping more misery on neighbours Everton.

Jurgen Klopp’s side badly under-achieved last season but sit just three points off the top of the table and the controversial defeat at Tottenham is the only blot on their copybook so far.

The outlook on the opposite side of Stanley Park is far bleaker and Everton have already racked up five defeats in their first eight games.

The proposed takeover by American-based 777 Partners also appears to be stalling so the mood in the away end at Anfield is likely to be bleak, especially give Everton’s awful record in this fixture.

Liverpool have emerged triumphant in eight of their last ten home meetings with Everton and the Toffees have won just once on enemy territory since 1999.

For Evertonians looking for straws to clutch it is worth noting their hosts’ frustrating habit of conceding the first goal that haunted them for much of last season has continued into this.

Klopp’s men have fallen behind in five of their eight Premier League games, as well as against Austrian minnows LASK in the Europa League and Leicester in the EFL Cup.

For a team historically hard to play against at home and brittle on their travels, Everton have arguably played with more freedom on their travels this season and they may have the chance to catch Liverpool napping given Klopp’s very open hatred of the 12.30 kick off slot.

Before coming from behind to beat Wolves at Molinuex, Liverpool had gone six games without a win on Saturday lunchtime, so Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score first at 8/1 with starsports.bet is a price worth taking on.

I would still expect Liverpool to have too much quality over the course of 90 minutes not to come out on top and given their lack of clean sheets this season, Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 29/20 looks decent value.

If Liverpool versus Everton is known as being a ‘friendly derby’ there is certainly no love lost between Chelsea and Arsenal, who face off at Stamford Bridge at 5.30pm on Saturday.

🔵 Chelsea v Arsenal 🔴
Premier League
17:30 Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Ultra HDR

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The presence of former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on the touchline will add some extra spice for the travelling Arsenal fans who are yet to see their team drop a point or even concede a single goal on the road this season.

Mikel Arteta has to be confident of extending that 100 per cent away record after masterminding a 1-0 win over defending champions Manchester City last time out.

There won’t be too many times this season when you will be able to back the Gunners at odds against so I think Arsenal to win at 11/8 with starsports.bet is a very favourable price.

After a disappointing start to Pochettino’s tenure, Chelsea fans may feel a corner has been turned following back-to-back wins prior to the international break.

However, the Blues have only beaten Burnley and Fulham, adding to their solitary home victory over Luton, so this is a massive step up in quality of opponent.

Gabriel Martinelli made a real impact for Arsenal after coming off the bench at half-time against City and if he is fit to start I will be backing Martinelli to score first at 13/2 with starsports.bet and also having a saver in the Brazilian at 5/2 to score any time.

GOOD LUCK,

ALEX CROOK

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Author: Eugene Morris