Is it time to take notice of Everton near the top of the Premier League? They have a chance to move above Liverpool and Tottenham and climb into fourth place when they host fellow high-flyers Leicester on Wednesday.
“Everton have gone under the radar a bit in recent weeks,” said BBC football expert and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson. “They don’t get much of a mention when people talk about the top four.
“That might change if they beat Leicester, and Carlo Ancelotti’s side have got games in hand too. Also in their favour is their schedule compared to the teams above them, who are all still in Europe. Everton will only have to play once a week and, if they can keep their key players fit, they have got a chance.”
Lawro is making predictions for all 380 Premier League matches this season, against a variety of guests.
For this week’s Premier League fixtures, from Tuesday to Thursday, he is up against Alex Sprogis, guitarist in post-punk band TV Priest.
TV Priest have won critical praise from the likes of Steve Lamacq at 6 Music and Jack Saunders at Radio 1. Their debut album ‘Uppers’ is out at the start of February.
Alex is a Liverpool fan and told BBC Sport: “It’s something I share with my partner who has had me hooked since we met.
“They have the whole package – flair, spirit and unity. At their best they’re consistently a joy to watch, plus Jurgen Klopp has to be the most likeable manager on the planet, with those teeth and that smile.
“My favourite moment as a fan, on top of being the undisputed best team on the planet last year, is probably the 4-0 Champions League semi-final demolition of Barcelona in 2019 – that Trent Alexander-Arnold corner for Divock Origi to score was just amazing.
“What a history of European comebacks we have. My biggest disappointment was missing the Champions League final that year. I was on a plane heading to China and one of our managers was at the game. He’s a Spurs fan, which made it even worse. I had the last laugh though.