It’s time for our weekly assessment of the betting traction to be gained from the various aches, breaks, knocks and sprains the Premier League community are currently lumbered with.
The latest trawl has thrown up some juicy little wagers at 13/10, 7/5 and 29/10.
West Ham – missing Andy Carroll, Joe Cole and Stewart Downing
The Hammers have scored 14 times in the last 10 games in which Andy Carroll started, but the Brylcreem-slicked giant will be with the nurse until early November.
In their last 10 outings without him they’ve managed just six goals and that suggests Everton are worth backing to record their sixth win in seven Upton Park visits at 13/10, with the hosts’ goal-threat further impaired by injuries to key creative midfielders.
Roberto Martinez’s Toffees may only need one goal having been busy confounding those that assumed their defensive discipline would melt under the Spaniard with clean sheets in their last three Premier League games.
Liverpool – missing Philippe Coutinho
The arrival of Coutinho happened around the time Liverpool’s strong form began last term.
Coincidence? Possibly, but it’s still worth noting the Reds have lost just one of the 16 games the Brazilian midfield magician has started.
Liverpool will be without his creativity against Southampton and may have to make do with a less than fully fit Daniel Sturridge too, after the in-form striker played 90 minutes against Swansea despite being short of peak condition.
The Saints have avoided defeat in 10 of their last 15 road games and at least a point for Mauricio Pochettino’s men could be a double chance steal at 7/5.
Hull City – missing Robert Koren
The Slovenian international veteran is one of the more experienced of Hull’s attacking players at this level and having started every Premier League game for them up until this point he’ll be a big loss for the next month.
Koren was the side’s top scorer in the Championship last term and with Steve Bruce’s toothless Tigers scoring just twice in four Premier League games so far, goals could be even harder to come by in the midfielder’s absence.
Newcastle entertain them in their next outing and they can be backed to make Hull the third team in succession to leave St James’ Park without a goal to their name in 2013/14 at a hearty 29/10.