Matchweek 22 of the 2022-23 EPL season saw the league leaders upset by struggling Everton, while elsewhere on Merseyside the pain continued.
Here’s how it looked for punters:
Dyche delivers for Toffees
We’ve seen it time and time again, but despite history telling us the ‘new manager bounce’ disproportionately works, few thought Everton ($8.25 outsiders) would upset league leaders Arsenal ($1.38) at home. For one, the Toffees hadn’t won since October. The Gunners, by contrast, went in unbeaten in their last 13 EPL matches. Hopes weren’t overly high for the Everyon faithful walking into Goodison Park on Saturday, and many simply hoped for an improved performance — irrespective of the result — under new manager Sean Dyche.
Except they got much more than they’d bargained for. Not only did the Toffees win 1-0 ($21 pre-game in Palmerbet’s correct score market), but they created many chances throughout. And while Arsenal had the lion’s share of possession, they were blunted by a more compact and organised Everton. James Tarkowski was the surprise goalscorer, delivering $20 for any EPL punter that backed the centre-half to score at any stage.
19th in the Premier League and with no new signings, Sean Dyche gets his first win as Everton manager over top of the table Arsenal 😳👏 pic.twitter.com/ltk0rMGQEB
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) February 4, 2023
Liverpool’s horror run continues
Is this rock bottom for Liverpool this season? Or could it get even worse?
Starting as $1.85 favourites away to Wolverhampton, Jurgen Klopp’s men were completely brushed aside in a 3-0 thumping that continues a horrid run from the Merseyside club. To put the defeat into context, Wolves were $25 pre-match at -2.0. It was the first time the Julen Lopetegui-coached side, struggling in the bottom half of the table, had scored three goals in an EPL game in 31 matches. It was also their biggest win of season — further damning against Liverpool’s defensive setup.
There’s been several different reasons and excuses provided as to why the Reds have dropped off so suddenly. First and foremost, they failed to bring in a central midfielder during January, a signing they desperately required. Another is burnout: Liverpool played 63 games in total last season, and it looks like that number is catching up with some players. By contrast, table-topping Arsenal played 45. Whatever the case, though, their EPL season is all but done. Starting the campaign as $1.06 Top 4 hopes, Klopp’s side are now out to $4.33 with Palmerbet.
Klopp on Liverpool situation: “There’s no excuse. I can’t explain it — first 15 minutes were horrible. It needs to be changed, I’m sorry”. 🔴 #LFC
“We just need to change it now, there’s no explanation. Change immediately in the next game”. pic.twitter.com/Neis5ezFuV
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 4, 2023
City’s hoodoo continues
It’s one of the more baffling EPL hoodoos in recent years. And when you consider the club’s dominance over this period, it makes even less sense.
Travelling to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, Manchester City went into the match having not won nor taken a single point in four attempts at the new stadium. Not only that, they had failed to score even one goal in all four matches. This, however, was expected to change on Sunday. Pep Guardiola’s men went in as solid $1.70 favourites to cut the gap at the top of the EPL table to two points after Arsenal’s aforementioned failure against Everton on Saturday. But yet again, they failed at the venue. And yet again, they failed to score, downed 1-0 by the home side ($4.60).
Notably, the lone goalscorer was Harry Kane who in hitting the back of the net for a 267th time in Spurs colours became the all-time leading goalscorer ever for the club, surpassing Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves. Kane was a $6.25 pre-match first goalscorer chance with Palmerbet.
One season wonder 😉 pic.twitter.com/nX1vnf5InZ
— Harry Kane (@HKane) February 5, 2023