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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 a mouthwatering clash between Crystal Palace and Southampton, which kicks-off at 12.30pm.
You'll need your scores in before then as we cover all seven of Saturday's matches for Week 5 of the Predictor.
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Fresh from ditching Frank de Boer and replacing him with 70-year-old journeyman boss Roy Hodgson was a somewhat surprising move from Palace supremo Steve Parish, but that’s proved to be the case with the ex-England installed at the helm at Selhurst Park just a day after Dutchman de Boer’s departure.
Hodgson should probably go back to basics for a Palace side who looked to play total football with Sam Allardyce signings – let’s face it, it was never going to work – but you have to remember this is the same Roy Hodgson who had Harry Kane infamously on corners for the Euros last year. Anyway, they come up against Mauricio Pellegrino this weekend, who was reportedly close to landing the job prior to taking over at Southampton. There’s not been a draw in the last 16 meetings between these two in all competitions, but we’re fancying a buck to this trend in Saturday’s early kick-off, which both sides will probably take if offered that right now.
What We Sayin’?
Palace are the only team from the top four divisions in England yet to score a goal domestically and that run surely can’t last much longer – even with Roy in charge. BTTS and Under 2.5 Goals at 21/4 looks a reasonably decent selection in our view.
Huddersfield’s terrific start to life as a Premier League club came to an end last Monday against West Ham as the Terriers suffered a 0-2 defeat at the London Stadium. That came two days after Saturday’s opponents Leicester suffered a home defeat to Chelsea, so both sides will be hoping to get back on track and both looking at this one as a realistic clash to nab all three points.
Huddersfield have only won once in the last nine meetings with Leicester – which came in an FA Cup replay after the first match was a draw. So it’s actually seven straight defeats in the league against the Foxes, which means – if history continues – it should be a comfortable win for Leicester who have probably picked up less points than their performances have deserved in the opening few games of the season.
What We Sayin’?
We fancy Leicester to win this one by a narrow margin. Aside from the game against West Ham on Monday, Huddersfield hadn’t conceded in the Premier League and it won’t be easy for the Foxes, but we believe their quality will shine through on the day. Jamie Vardy has been in great form this season and at 100/30 to bag first, we’re backing him for FGS.
Liverpool will be licking their wounds following their hammering at Manchester City last week, and will be hoping to bounce back against a Burnley side who have only won once in their last nine league meetings – which of course was last season at Turf Moor. Liverpool will be without Sadio Mane for the game and two further clashes following the Senegalese forward’s sending off at the Etihad following his high challenge on Ederson.
So with no Mane and up against an in form Clarets side who have already beaten Chelsea and picked up a point at Wembley against Tottenham, this could well be a tricky clash for the Reds who have made a bit of a habit for losing against the so called lesser sides – particularly at home – in the Premier League. It’s been their Achilles heel for a number of seasons and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping things change for his side this time around.
Sean Dyche’s team will be hoping to add another scalp early on in this season, but we fancy the hosts to just about have enough about them – despite their defensive frailties – to get the job done.
What We Sayin’?
Burnley stopper Tom Heaton is likely to be out for the next few months after picking up a shoulder injury, meaning either Nick Pope or Adam Legzdins will be donning the gloves. Dyche’s side will feel the impact of Heaton’s absence. Liverpool to win and BTTS at 15/8 looks a pretty safe bet in our eyes.
Following wins against West Ham United and then last week at Swansea City, it’s fair to say it’s been a decent couple of weeks for Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United coming into this home clash with Stoke City in the north-east. The Toon know a third consecutive Premier League win will be the first time since late 2014 that they’ll have picked up nine points from three games in a row.
For Stoke, they’re also in good form and claimed a scalp last week by halting Manchester United’s 100% record with a 2-2 draw and also turned over Arsenal at the back end of August. So whilst things look pretty good at the moment, recent history shows that the Potters enjoy playing Newcastle and are unbeaten in their last five games against the Toon Army, with Mark Hughes’ side last tasting defeat against the Magpies on Boxing Day in 2013.
What We Sayin’?
A tight clash with both sides looking to extend their unbeaten records – a draw would probably suit both parties and that’s what we’re going for. Our 1-1 prediction is a 9/2 shot.
Unbeaten so far this season in the Premier League and riding high in fourth, this meeting sees Watford take on a side who they haven’t beaten in the last 11 meetings in all competitions – a disastrous record which dates all the way back to 1989 for the Hornets last victory against the Blues back in Division Two.
But times a changing at Vicarage Road these days and they look a different animal under the suave Portuguese Marco Silva. However, they come up against a Manchester City side who are in fine form themselves under Pep Guardiola and will come into this one on the back of an emphatic win over Feyenoord in midweek and before that, the home rout against Liverpool. Confidence will be high but Watford are know pushovers and with the pace of strikers Richarlison and Andre Gray, will certainly cause City’s shaky backline problems.
What We Sayin’?
A City win and BTTS looks pretty good to us at a 13/8 shot. After all, the Hornets have scored two goals in three of their four Premier League games so far this term.
The Baggies have had a bit of a blip in recent weeks and are without a win in their last two games, whilst West Ham finally earned a win with a 2-0 victory at home to Huddersfield on Monday evening. Slaven Bilic will be hoping to make it two wins on the spin to ease what seems like constant pressure on his job with the east London side.
But West Brom aren’t great opponents for the Hammers, who have won just three of their last 15 meetings against the London outfit and you imagine Tony Pulis will be expecting better of his players following their defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion last week. Either way, we think a draw would suit both the hosts and Bilic’s side at the Hawthorns.
What We Sayin’?
Javier Hernandez scored three goals in five games against West Brom during his time as a Manchester United and at 5/1 to bag first against the Baggies, this surely has to be worth a punt.
Spurs will be out to show their midweek win at Wembley over Dortmund wasn’t just a flash in the pan but face a tough task when Swansea visit the capital. But this is Spurs, remember. This is a team who is used to throwing things away and bottling when the going gets tough. But then again, this is the same Spurs who have a top striker in great form in Harry Kane and since the turn of this month the goals have been flying in for the England forward.
Kane will be out to cause pain on Saturday and he’s yet to lose in the five games he’s played against the Swans – winning four of them. Paul Clement’s side will be aiming to recover from last week’s defeat against Newcastle but have never won an away match against the north Londoners, which will be a concern. Fernando Llorente is likely to start on the bench for the hosts against his former side.
What We Sayin’?
Harry Kane to score first. An obvious choice and surely printing money? He’s 7/4 to do just that.
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