Matchweek 13 of the 2022-23 EPL season Liverpool’s woes continue, while the league’s most unstoppable player wrecked havoc again.
Here’s how it looked for punters:
Reds in freefall
Who saw this coming? Few, it would seem, given the pre-match markets.
Nottingham Forest were $8.90 heading into their home clash against Liverpool on Saturday. Despite playing away from home, Liverpool ($1.35) were very much expected to do the job against the bottom-placed EPL club. But not for the first time this season, they struggled to create any fluency. And in the end, a 55th minute strike from former Liverpool player Taiwo Awoniyi was enough for Forest to climb off the bottom. For the Reds, it was yet another example of how things simply aren’t clicking this season. The loss sees them now a whopping 12 points off the pace set by Arsenal just 11 games into the EPL season. Their title price, at $3.25 before the campaign kicked off, has ballooned out to $23 with Palmerbet. Klopp couldn’t sugarcoat things post-match. “It feels as low as possible,” the Liverpool boss said.
Taiwo Awoniyi was a Liverpool player for seven years but never made an appearance for them.
Today, he came back to haunt his former club 😈 pic.twitter.com/Nd2CfR8GPl
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 22, 2022
‘It’s that man again’
For a player in such devastating form, two games without hitting the back of the net might constitute a ‘goal drought’. Erling Haaland — who failed to get on the scoresheet against FC Copenhagen in the Champions League and against Liverpool last weekend — would very much consider it that himself such is his hunger in front of goal. And it is why Brighton ($13) might’ve been wary coming up against the Man City ($1.23) maestro on Matchday 13. Any fears were well founded; Haaland bagged the first two goals of the game to have a brace by half-time. The EPL top goalscorer was $2.87 to be first goalscorer in that clash with Palmerbet, and a juicier $2.95 to bag two for the match. His brace in City’s 3-1 win takes his to an incredible 17 goals in 11 appearances this season, lengthening the gap between him and next-best Harry Kane on 10. He is now even shorter, currently $1.08 to take out the top goalscorer this season with Palmerbet.
Erling Haaland has already scored more goals (16) than Man City's top scorer last season.
It's only October 😳 pic.twitter.com/kYscBlDJCC
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) October 22, 2022
Toon hopes continue to rise
We asked last week just how far a rejuvenated Newcastle could go in this EPL campaign. And on Matchweek 13, they gave perhaps the best indication yet that it’s further than almost anyone had predicted at the start of the season. In defeating Tottenham away as $3.37 outsiders, the Magpies sealed a fourth win in five games to sneak inside the Top 4. It’s the first time they’ve been inside the UCL spots at this stage of an EPL season for 11 years. Things are undeniably clicking: Bruno Guimarães has emerged as one of the shrewdest signings in recent Premier League history, a previously maligned Miguel Almiron has scored five in five, and their back four have conceded just four goals in their last seven. Having started the season as $9.50 Top 4 hopes, the Toon have almost halved that price — now into $5.00.
We are Newcastle. We are United. pic.twitter.com/95BVv8OBZV
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 23, 2022