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Tuesday, 15 January, 2019

Former Hornets star is buzzing on Merseyside

Lessons for punters from this weekend's matches

Richarlison has settled in well at Goodison Park
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Five things we learned from the weekend

1 Marco Silva gets the best out of Richarlison

Richarlison's £50m switch from Watford to Everton raised eyebrows but the Brazilian youngster went some way to justifying the fee with a brilliant brace on his league debut against promoted Wolves.

Having impressed in his opening five months in the Premier League, the 21-year-old went off the boil - he failed to find the net from his final 53 shots last season and simply didn't look the same player.

His dip in form, however, coincided with Marco Silva's Vicarage Road exit and a reunion with his former boss looks to have reignited his fire.

Richarlison displayed his quality inside and outside the box in the 2-2 draw at Molineux, scoring with both his chances, and he should continue to shine under the care of the tactically astute Silva.

Bielsa's lively Leeds are impressive

Leeds built on their opening win against Stoke with a 4-1 demolition of Derby in the Sky Bet Championship and the way Marcelo Bielsa's men press their opponents into submission is impressive.

The experienced Bielsa dealt Frank Lampard a harsh lesson in management in the Rams boss's first home game in charge as Leeds's pressing game forcing them into mistakes.

Leeds are proving relentless under Bielsa, giving their opponents little time to settle on the ball and breaking in numbers after regaining possession.

Bielsa's confident side quickly turn defence into attack with Ezgjan Alioski, Pablo Hernandez, Mateusz Klich and Kemar Roofe causing damage and if they can show the same energy throughout a 46-game campaign big things should be expected.

Leeds were 11-1 for the title and 9-2 for promotion but bookmakers have reacted positively to their fast start, making them 5-1 favourites.

3 Burton the weakest of relegated trio

While Barnsley have claimed maximum points and Sunderland have picked up four, relegated Burton have lost their opening two games and are taking longer to adapt to life back in Sky Bet League One.

Gillingham and Rochdale, two sides who flirted with the drop last season, have outfoxed Nigel Clough’s men and it’s a worrying start, although clearly too early to write them off.

Burton are creating plenty of chances - they had 17 shots in the 2-1 home defeat to Rochdale and 12 in Saturday’s 3-1 reverse at Gillingham - but their problems are in defence and teams are finding it too easy to open them up.

Injuries aren’t helping Burton’s cause and the Brewers could be a side to consider for both-teams-to-score backers.

4 A long season is in store for Morecambe

Morecambe were 5-2 ante-post favourites for relegation from Sky Bet League Two and even at this stage it is easy to see why.

Jim Bentley has become a specialist at steering the limited Shrimps to safety but after two matches the Lancashire outfit find themselves at the foot of Football League, still awaiting their first goal and having conceded eight.

Bentley’s troops travel to undefeated Stevenage next week before preparing for games against relegated trio Northampton, Oldham and Bury. Bet365 are already taking a dim view of their prospects, cutting them to 6-5 for the drop.

5 Swindon need to find a new striker

Swindon were thumped 4-1 by new League Two favourites Lincoln on Saturday and it is becoming evident that they are a striker short if challenging for promotion is a realistic goal.

Veteran goalscorer Marc Richards is still not fit after a shoulder injury and his replacement, 20-year-old Elijah Adebayo, is too inexperienced to lead the line.

Michael Doughty has netted all four of Swindon’s goals this term and some responsibility needs to be taken away from their midfield maestro.

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