The StanJames.com Premier League Predictor Competition is back! That's right! After a dismal international break, the Premier League returns, just in time to save our sanity! Our hair may be thinning, and the clock's aging, but our passion's undiminished!
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 a clash between Stoke City and Leicester Cty, 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 11 of the Predictor.
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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 11. If you please, all predictions to be entered before 12.30pm on Saturday, November 4th. Don't have an account yet? Click here to open one.
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STOKE CITY 0-2 LEICESTER CITY
A pair of mid-table sides meet in the Potteries on Saturday in the early kick-off, which, in all honesty, not many will be dreaming about on Friday evening. Claude Puel got off to the perfect start to his Leicester career with a victory last Sunday at home to Everton and if recent history is anything to go by then his good start will continue, with the Foxes unbeaten in their last four meetings against Stoke. Weirdly, if anything sums this fixture up, Stoke have won 33 of the meetings, Leicester have won 33 of the meetings and there has also been 33 draws in the 99 previous clashes. Christ we’re right anoraks at Stan James, aren’t we?
Ahead of meeting number 100, Mark Hughes is in desperate need of a victory, despite their surprise win at Watford last week. They lost their last home game against AFC Bournemouth and pressure has been mounting on the former Manchester City boss, whose side sit just the three points above the dropzone. A victory will see them overtake Leicester and – probably – a few other sides, but we fancy Leicester for this one, unfortunately for Hughes, who celebrated his birthday earlier in the week.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1-0 WEST BROMWICH ALBION
We’ve mentioned how Mark Hughes has had to fend off some of the Stoke supporters in recent times and it’s a similar case for fellow Welshman Tony Pulis, whose team are without a win in their last nine games in all competitions following three successive victories at the start of the campaign. The natives are turning on Pulis, with West Brom just two points above the bottom three in 15th place at the moment.
Anyway, this one will be the first meeting between the Baggies and hosts Huddersfield Town in seven years, with the last meeting in January 2010 resulting in a 0-2 FA Cup victory for the Midlands club. West Brom are actually unbeaten in their last three meetings against the Terriers, with Huddersfield’s last win against them coming in the year 2000. At home, Huddersfield are pretty decent – shown by their last game at the John Smith’s Stadium resulting in a famous 2-1 result against Manchester United. A defeat at Anfield last weekend brought David Wagner and his team back down to earth but we fancy the Yorkshire club to get back on track with a narrow win this time around.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 2-1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH
It’s been a strange season so far for Newcastle, who amazingly have gone three months without any sort of pandemonium at St James’s Park, which must be some sort of record for the Toon under the ownership of Mike Ashley. Aside from that, they sit in 9th place at the moment, one point behind Watford who have gained plenty of plaudits this season, which shows what a great job Rafa Benitez has done in the north-east – as we all expected.
Opponents Bournemouth make the long trip north this weekend and know a win will finally take them out of the relegation zone – for a day at least. It’s been tricky campaign for Eddie Howe’s men, who have struggled for goals this term – only Crystal Palace have scored less than the Dorset side this term. However, Howe will be boosted by the fact Bournemouth have won their last two games up at Newcastle – including a 1-3 victory in March 2016. Striker Jermain Defoe could start back in the north-east and the ex-Sunderland man has eight goals in his career against Newcastle – he’s only scored more goals against four other opponents.
SOUTHAMPTON 0-2 BURNLEY
It’s been a solid start to the season for both of these sides, but visitors Burnley have really shone this term, finding themselves in seventh place at the moment – three points and four places above home side Southampton ahead of matchweek 11 in the English top flight. Despite our bold prediction, Southampton have won their last four home games against the Clarets, which goes all the way back to 2012.
However, fortunes for both sides have changed during that time, and the Saints have won only four of their last 18 Premier League games – and their opponents have won four of their ten matches this season. Chris Wood could return to the starting XI after missing the win over Newcastle United last week with a thigh injury, but Sean Dyche will be looking for a rare win on the south coast, with the Lancashire outfit winning just one of their last 16 trips to Southampton. Incidentally, Dyche has lost all of his four games at St. Mary’s as manager – three times with Burnley and once during his time as Watford manager.
SWANSEA CITY 1-1 BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
It’s a chance for back-to-back away victories following their big win at West Ham United last tie they went on their travels and Chris Hughton will have pinpointed this one as a great opportunity to gain another three points in south Wales and potentially make it seven points from their last nine possible. They’ll be in confident mood against a Swansea side who have only won once at the Liberty Stadium this term. The Swans have also lost four of their last five matches and Paul Clement will after at least a point to stop the recent rot.
Wilfried Bony’s second stint at the club hasn’t gone as well as he or the Swansea fans would have hopes, and the same goes for loanee Renato Sanches, who has struggled since his move from Bayern Munich. He may miss out through injury, whilst Brighton have pretty much everyone fit and firing ahead of this one. The Seagulls have lost four of their last five meetings against Swansea and haven’t won in the last nine trips to the Welsh side. We really wouldn’t be surprised by a BTTS selection for this clash.
WEST HAM UNITED 1-3 LIVERPOOL
The teatime kick-off sees Liverpool – strong in attack but abysmal at the back – make a return to the capital for the first time since their horrific performance at Wembley against Tottenham a couple of weeks ago. Pressure continues to be on Slaven Bilic, whose side threw away a 2-0 lead at Selhurst Park last week, mainly thanks to Michail Antonio’s ridiculous moment of madness in the latter stages in south London.
The Hammers could have striker Diafra Sakho back for the clash, as could be defender James Collins, who retired from international duty this week. This match could also be perfect for ex-Red Andy Carroll to cause havoc in a shaky Liverpool backline. The visitors have a doubt over Phillipe Coutinho but one thing to note down is the fact there’s not been a draw between these two in the last 12 domestic meetings.
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