Matchweek 24 of the 2021/22 EPL season — the first games back from the winter break — threw up big results in the relegation battle and Top 4 scrap.
Here’s how it looked for punters:
At 2-1 up after 70 minutes, at home against Southampton, knowing a win would see them just a point outside the Top 4 (with games in hand to boot), Tottenham had everything in their hands. Manager Antonio Conte knew the importance of three points on Thursday morning, and his manic performance on the touchline suggested as much. But, as their fans in North London have become so accustomed to over the years, they ‘Spurs’d’ it. That is, they let the visitors get back into the game and snatch a late winner. Back-to-back losses make finishing inside the EPL Top 4 — which they looked a strong chance of doing since Conte’s arrival — that much hard. Spurs are now out to $2.88 in that market.
— football images that precede unfortunate events (@CursedFootball) February 9, 2022
Jungle drums grow louder at Goodison
It couldn’t happen, could it? Each week, pundits assess Everton and believe ‘they’ll come good eventually’. But each week they’re not getting results. A fourth-straight loss, in Frank Lampard’s first EPL game in charge of the Toffees, sees them just two points from the drop zone. To make matters worse, the 3-1 loss came against fellow relegation chances Newcastle. Markets were tight pre-game (Newcastle $2.53 favourites vs. Everton at $2.93). But Eddie Howe’s men walked away with their first back-to-back wins of the season.
A home game against Leeds on Sunday morning (2am AEDT) is a huge, huge clash, Lampard’s side start as $2.20 favourites (at home) with Palmerbet.
Frank Lampard loses his first Premier League match as Everton manager 😐 pic.twitter.com/BG8G2kqSyf
— B/R Football (@brfootball) February 8, 2022
Salah stays favourite
Despite having not pulled on the Liverpool red for well over a month, Mo Salah remains a strong EPL Top Goalscorer favourite for the 2021/22 season. After falling at the last hurdle for Egypt in the African Cup of Nations, Salah came off the bench against Leicester to a rousing reception at Anfield. And despite his extended time away from the club on international duty, no other striker has bothered to give him a nudge at the top of the goalscoring chart. Salah (16 goals) remains the $1.20 favourite to win the title he claimed in 2017/18 and 2018/19. Teammate Diogo Jota’s brace against Leicester brings him up to second on 12 goals.
Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah have scored 28 Premier League goals in 2021-22.
The entire Everton team only has 25 🔴 pic.twitter.com/YbrXhAQUNl
— GOAL (@goal) February 10, 2022