Matchday 10’s biggest story happened off the pitch.
James Milner exited with a hamstring injury.
Jurgen Klopp called out BT Sport in the post match interview. Des Kelly stood his ground as the Liverpool manager blamed their part in the intense fixture schedule. There’s arguments for both sides but essentially the “Product” will suffer with teams exhausted & players out injured.
It was another weekend marred in VAR controversy as Pascol Groß equalized from the spot in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Brighton. VAR intervened to award the penalty in added time. Andrew Robertson voiced his frustrations after the game about how the technology is effecting the game. “A lot of people that I’ve spoken to, aren’t enjoying watching football as much as they once did. It is constantly in review on a screen… Football is a great game, which we fell in love with. It’s important we don’t lose that fact. It’s important to remember the key values of football.”
On Monday evening Ollie Watkins injury time equalizer was chalked off after his sleeve was judged to have been offside. After the game Jack Grealish tweeted “As for VAR, I’ve shared my views before and it’s now just getting borderline embarrassing with some off the decisions. Ruining the game”
I’ve also been covering the Bundesliga for High Press Soccer nearly all of 2020 & I can’t recall one controversial VAR decision. Maybe the Premier League has just been unlucky with the these tight calls happening due to the pace & intensity the game is played. Even so, English football have to review how they are implementing the technology to improve the game.
Here are the 2020-21 Premier League Matchday 11 Betting Lines.
PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHDAY 11 BETTING LINES
ODDS & ENDS
- Can Frank Lampard do what Carlo Ancelotti, Mikel Arteta & Pep Guardiola couldn’t & get a win over Marcelo Bielsa? Chelsea’s squad is stacked but there’s a lot of value in Leeds at +500.
- With Liverpool’s injury problems & a tough Champions League game against Ajax midweek there’s value in Wolves at +650.
- Everton -108 have lost four of their last five but should return to winning ways against a poor Burnley side.
- Since losing to Newcastle on the opening day West Ham are unbeaten at home with 5 wins & 1 draw in all competitions. David Moyes’s side to win or draw is good value at -123.
WHERE TO BET THE PREMIER LEAGUE IN THE US
In the US, you can legally bet on soccer in New Jersey, Indiana and Pennsylvania.