After two defeats on the spin, Liverpool bounced back at Brighton last week thanks to – guess who – that man Salah in a cagey 1-0 win.
The Egyptian King won the decisive penalty too, with Pascal Gross’ attempt at a challenge felling him in the box.
That means Klopp’s record of never losing back-to-back league game remains intact, We’re sure he has a plaque on his mantelpiece reminding him of that feat.
The Brighton game also marked the tenth time this season that one of Salah’s 17 goals has broken the deadlock in a Reds game this season.
That’s a strike rate a French lorry driver would be proud of. And he’ll surely fancy his chances of doing the trick again at Anfield on Saturday when Roy Hodgson returns with his Crystal Palace side.
While they’ve tightened up since their 3-2 upset at the Eitihad, allowing just three goals in their last five games, two of those came in their last game, at home to Watford, which doesn’t bode well.
Salah can slam home another opener here.
At the moment, Manchester United are very good.
Since sacking Jose Mourinho, they’ve won every match under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, including one or two thrashings dealt out to inferior opposition.
They’ve also been very tight at the back, conceding just three goals in Solskjaer’s six games so far – and three clean sheets from the last three.
So, you’d expect them to beat Brighton, who have been pretty poor lately, with just one win from their last seven league fixtures. And given United’s newly parsimonious defence, it’s not unlikely the home team can do the business without allowing the Seagulls to score.
Considering there’s little value in 1/4 on United to win in straight match betting, we’re taking them to win to nil at 10/11.
Verdict: United to win to nil @ Evens
The Saints let a two-goal lead slip as Derby sent them crashing out of the FA Cup on penalties, but one man who was looking on the bright side though was their new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
With his side beginning to show signs of life after a turgid few months, the Austrian wasn’t too enamoured with an extra fixture ‘in the greatest club competition in the world’, and is looking forward to welcoming back up to six players who were either injured or suspended for that unwanted tie.
Southampton have won three of their last six Premier League fixtures – as many as they had in their previous 28 top tier fixtures – and have started to score goals since Hasenhuttl’s appointment.
Since he took over they’ve banged in 10 of their 23 goal tally this season in the Prem and face Marco Silva’s side whose form is very Jekyll & Hyde – well behaved at home but a nightmare away.
A 5-1 win at Burnley is Everton’s only victory on the road in six games – a creditable 0-0 draw away to Chelsea the other highlight. Their tenth place in the table is down to a four-game winning run at home to relegation fodder and having the knack of beating teams round about them in the table.
That knack deserts them on their travels though and with Wednesday’s loss bound to serve as a wake-up call for Southampton, we’re backing them to win and start to put some real daylight between themselves and the bottom three.
Verdict: Southampton to win @ 7/4.
Treble pays 19/1:
Mo Salah to score first against Crystal Palace @ 13/5
Man United to win to nil against Brighton @ Evens
Southampton to beat Everton @ 7/4
*All prices correct at time of posting