Premier League Gameweek 13 ACCA: Sizzling Salah to sting Watford - (2022)
It doesn’t matter how well England are doing or how much ‘unexpected’ progression is being made under Gareth Southgate, nothing quite beats the feeling when the Premier League returns after an international break. Especially when you learn that there’s no international breaks until March.
This weekend the EPL has thrown up a plethora of interesting games with a combination of winning walk overs, tight affairs and potential banana skins, and that’s all on the Saturday alone.
The treble that I’ve selected for this weekend are all interesting matches. Not only have I selected three different markets, but they’re all odds against, and somewhat astonishingly I’ve completely avoided backing a positive Watford result.
Fulham vs. Southampton
Saturday, 24 November, 15:00
It’s a shame, although not surprising in the slightest that Slavisa Jokanovic has been relieved of his managerial duties not long after getting a team out of the Championship.
His Fulham side, who many tipped to hold their own in the EPL this season, are currently bottom of the pile after a disappointing start that has seen them win just one of their opening 12 matches in the league. Fortunately for them they’re still just one win away from the magical 17th, a position currently occupied by their opponents Southampton.
Saints aren’t fairing much better than Fulham this season with many believing that anything other than a win this weekend will spell the end of Mark Hughes’ tenure at the club. Unfortunately, Southampton and Mark Hughes have a habit of imploding in ‘pressure situations’ and that’s one of the reasons I think Fulham will take all three points.
On top of that, Fulham will be boosted by the arrival of former Premier League winner Claudio Ranieri in the dugout and their home fans and players understand this game is a relegation six pointer. Add everything above to that the fact that the players will want to impress new management and I think we could be waving goodbye to Mark Hughes this weekend.
Everton vs. Cardiff
Saturday, 24 November, 15:00
After a mediocre start, Everton are rocketing up the league table with no sign of slowing down. The Toffees are third in the form table over the last six matches and that’s some accomplishment given there are still three teams unbeaten in the EPL this season. Plus they played two of the ‘top six’ on that run.
Their opponents this weekend, Cardiff, are in a much stronger position than they were four matches ago when you look at the league. Unfortunately their two wins have both been unconvincing.
The Bluebirds picked up three points at home against Fulham who hadn’t won since late August and just about scraped a home win against Brighton with an injury time winner after the away side had been reduced to 10 men early on.
I’m going to play devil’s advocate here and be a complete cynic. I’d argue that I’m more convinced today after their two wins that Cardiff will be relegated than I was before they’d won, simply due to the nature of their victories.
The Welsh side have only gained one point on the road this season (vs. Huddersfield) and I don’t expect Cardiff to pull off a shock performance against an Everton side in such good form.
Watford vs. Liverpool
Saturday, 24 November, 15:00
Mohamed Salah is an enigma. He will almost certainly never recreate the form he found last season, but with three goals in his last four league games, managers of rival teams will once again be focusing on him. Fortunately for Salah, it’s often when he’s under the microscope that he manages to perform to his best.
Having watched Watford a great deal this season, the one type of player they seem to struggle to deal with is a quick, tricky winger.
Originally, I selected Salah to score anytime in this match, but @ 4/5 I genuinely think first or last goalscorer @ 7/5 offers better value mostly because I don’t think this is going to be a high scoring game.
Watford have only shipped 14 goals this season, that’s seven less than Manchester United and one less than Arsenal. Therefore if Liverpool do win, which I expect they will, I don’t think they’ll score more than two. Salah will get one of them.
Recommended Accumulator Summary
Back Fulham @ 8/5
Back Everton (-1) @ 2/1
Back Salah First or Last Goalscorer @ 7/5
Total ACCA Odds: 12.7/1
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