Football | StanJames Predictor Competition | Week Three

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Our predicting skills left a lot to be desired last year, leaving many of you delighted  as we dished out the free bets left, right and centre! Undaunted, we're back for more this year and hoping for a better performance ahead of the start of week two this Saturday, with the first game this time round the clash between Bournemouth and Manchester City, which kicks-off at 12.30pm

You'll need your scores in before then as we cover all six of Saturday's matches for Week 3 of the Predictor.

New for 2017/18, as well as the weekly free bets we'll be giving away prizes for the top three players each month and the overall season. Additionally, there will be surprise prizes awarded on an ad hoc basis throughout the season, so make sure you keep up-to-date!

So, what do I have to do to enter this FREE COMPETITION

All you have to do is head over to our Predictor Competition, complete the quick registration form then simply enter your selections for the upcoming Premier League fixtures. Three points are awarded for a correct score and one for a correct result. The overall winner will bag a £25 Free Bet and anyone who finishes in the top 25 players will receive a £5 free bet.**

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A magnificent seven Premier League matches to predict for Week 3. If you please, all predictions to be entered before 12.30pm on Saturday, August 26th. Don't have an account yet? Click here to open one.

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AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0-3 MANCHESTER CITY

AFC BOURNEMOUTH 17/2  DRAW 5/1  MANCHESTER CITY 3/1

Two games into the season, two defeats for Bournemouth, who have found their third campaign in the Premier League to be a tough one – so far. So with Manchester City visiting the Dorset coast this weekend, Eddie Howe’s sleepless nights won’t be improving anytime soon. City will have to shuffle the pack however – which may give Pep Guardiola a headache – due to Kyle Walker’s suspension, and we may well see Danilo slot in to his position on the right of a back four.

After all, the Cherries have only ever scored five goals against City in the ten previous meetings and have never beaten the Sky Blues either. In fact, they’ve lost every single meeting in the Premier League – losing 4-0 twice and 5-1 in three of their four clashes. Another big scoreline on the way perhaps? City struggled to break Everton down in midweek and against a Bournemouth side who play an expansive game, home fans could be treated to some goals, just not the ones they’d ideally like to see. We’re telling you now, this won’t be a 0-0.

What We Sayin’?

This could be a big victory for City and must surely be seen as a must-win for Guardiola following the dropped home points against Everton in midweek. BTNTS and Over 2.5 Goals at 3/1 looks an achievable bet to us.


 

CRYSTAL PALACE 1-1 SWANSEA CITY

CRYSTAL PALACE 10/11  DRAW 5/2  SWANSEA CITY 3/1

You may remember that these two played out possibly game of the season back in the 2016-17 campaign, with the Swans winning 5-4 at the Liberty Stadium. However, this one’s in Palace’s south London backyard and with a new boss, new ideas are implemented. They didn’t work at home on the opening day for Frank de Boer however, with the Eagles suffering a comprehensive 0-3 reverse to new boys Huddersfield Town. Things can only get better for the Dutchman, can’t they?

Despite being in the game for a long period at home to Manchester United last week, visitors Swansea were comfortably beaten by Jose Mourinho’s side, who grabbed three quick-fire goals to make the scoreline look a good beating. Like Palace, the Swans are one of six sides yet to nab a Premier League win from their opening two games of the season. Both sides are also yet to score in the division so far either, but let’s hope and pray we’ll see a strike or two…

What We Sayin’?

Too tough to call and despite having home advantage, we have a feeling de Boer – and opposite number Paul Clement – will take a draw. A point for Palace will get them off the mark in the Premier League so we’re hedging our bets with a 1-1 scoreline with Christian Benteke scoring first at 20/1. Benteke has four goals in his eight games against Swansea in his career.


 

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1-0 SOUTHAMPTON

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 14/5  DRAW 12/5  SOUTHAMPTON 11/10

Two games in and two wins for new boys Huddersfield. This Premier League lark is like taking sweets from a baby for David Wagner and his side. Defensively they look strong and have yet to concede in the top flight since their arrival, which is pretty good going for a side in their first season in a new division, even after two games.

They’ll see the weekend’s game against Southampton as one that at least a point can be taken from in all honesty, with the Saints – aside from last week – enduring something of a goal drought – particularly at home. New boss Mauricio Pellegrino is still settling into life as a top dog at a Premier League club and may hand a start to new signing from Lazio, Wesley Hoedt.

What We Sayin’?

Saints struggle to score, Huddersfield keep clean sheets. We fancy a narrow home win. A 1-0 scoreline at 17/2 looks to have plenty of value.


 

NEWCASTLE UNITED 1-2 WEST HAM UNITED

NEWCASTLE UNITED 13/10  DRAW 12/5  WEST HAM UNITED 85/40

Two games in and both of these sides are not only without a win, but without a point as well. It’s maybe too early to describe this one as a six-pointer, but, well, that’s what we’ll claim anyway. With home advantage and a reportedly disgruntled Rafa Benitez, this fixture is seen as an important one for the Toon Army, who may or may not make additions to their squad with time running out before the window slams shut.

For the Hammers, it’s been a pretty slow start to the campaign. They were awful against Manchester United on the opening day of the season but will count themselves unfortunate to lose at Southampton last week. They’ll be without midfielder Marko Arnautovic, who was sent off at St Mary’s, whilst it’s still too early to see whether any possible move for William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon will be completed in time.

What We Sayin’?

West Ham haven’t wo at Newcastle in their last three trips to Tyneside, with the Toon winning the last two games at home to the Hammers. Despite that record, Rafa’s side looked extremely ordinary last week against Huddersfield and lost to Nottingham Forest in midweek. The visitors’ win at Cheltenham Town in the League Cup on Wednesday evening will have boosted confidence too. We’re going with BTTS and West Ham to win at 5/1 – a bet that looks incredibly interesting considering Joe Hart hasn’t kept a clean sheet in his last 12 games, which dates all the way back to March!


 

WATFORD 2-0 BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

WATFORD 10/11  DRAW 5/2  BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 3/1

It’s been a real baptism of fire for Brighton since their promotion from the Championship with the Seagulls pointless and goal-less from their opening two games in the top tier so far this term. So it won’t help Chris Hughton’s cause that he takes his side to Vicarage Road this weekend to take on a Watford side who, under Marco Silva, have had an excellent start to the campaign; drawing at home to Liverpool before comfortably winning at Bournemouth last week.

History isn’t on their side either as they haven’t beaten Watford in their last five meetings against the Hornets. It’s not just the club either – home striker Troy Deeney has five goals in 12 games against the Seagulls in his career, only scoring more against three other opponents. It could well be a long afternoon for Hughton’s side, who would have perhaps pinpointed a point on the road at Watford prior to the season starting.

What We Sayin’?

A comfortable victory for the hosts. We were impressed with the Andre Gray and Richarlison partnership last week and back the Brazilian to score first at 19/4.


 

MANCHESTER UNITED 2-1 LEICESTER CITY

MANCHESTER UNITED 1/3  DRAW 17/4  LEICESTER CITY 17/2

Arguably Saturday’s game of the day – on paper at least – is table-topping Manchester United’s home clash with Leicester City in the day’s late kick off. These two former Premier League Champions (and yes, it still sounds weird saying that where Leicester are concerned) have both had very encouraging starts to the season.

United have won both games 4-0 this term – albeit against pretty average opposition – and whilst Nemanja Matic has looked okay against Mark Noble and Roque Mesa, let’s see how he gets on against the impressive Wilfried Ndidi and Riyad Mahrez when the Algerian cuts in on that dangerous left foot. The Foxes impressed us in their defeat at Arsenal on the opening day and in last week’s win against Brighton last week, and will be the toughest opposition United have faced so far in the Premier League, for sure.

What We Sayin’?

United to take this, but only just. They’ve won the last three games against Leicester in all competitions and are undefeated against the Foxes in their last six clashes, with their last defeat being the surprise 5-3 reverse at the King Power Stadium back in 2014. Romelu Lukaku also has five goals in his seven games against the Foxes. A 2-1 home win is a 15/2 shout.


 

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