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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 West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur, which kicks-off at 12.30pm.
You'll need your scores in before then as we cover all eight of Saturday's matches for Week 6 of the Predictor.
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This was the fixture which all but ended any hopes Spurs had of winning the Premier League last term thanks to Manuel Lanzini’s second half goal and with Tottenham’s troublesome home record in the Premier League so far, this one could well be seen as a must win for the visitors if they are to have any hopes of winning the title this time around. These clashes normally have goals in them and we expect no different in Saturday’s early kick-off at the London Stadium.
Harry Kane has hit form just in time for Spurs with six goals in five games for club and country already in September and has five strikes to his name in the ten games against the Hammers so far, however, Kane’s been on the losing side five times against Saturday’s opponents – more than any other team he’s faced. The Hammers will have been boosted by having three consecutive clean sheets in all competitions and have won three of the last four home matches against Spurs.
What We Sayin’?
West Ham look to have settled into life at the London Stadium and rested a number of players for their midweek win over Bolton Wanderers in the EFL Cup. They’ll be fresh and up for this one. A 2-2 draw is a 12/1 shot.
We’ve a slight feeling this one will probably end up being last on Match of the Day, but we’re very much a glass half full sort of organisation and we’re feeling optimistic that this fixture will have goals. Our hope for goals, however, is built on hard facts – after all, there hasn’t been a draw in the last nine games, meaning we’ve seen at least one goal in the recent clashes between these two. This one is the first ever Premier League meeting, but Burnley have won all of the last three – all as Championship fixtures.
Huddersfield have still had a fine start to their life in the Premier League, but are without a win in their last four games in all competitions. The hosts will have been boosted by their point at Anfield last time out in domestic action and have beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge already this season, so are no mugs. Sean Dyche will see this game against the Terriers as a great opportunity to potentially leapfrog the same opponents with a win, and alongside that, perhaps sneak into the top four if other results go their way.
What We Sayin’?
Burnley to win and BTTS looks a very tasty9/2 shot and that’s exactly what we’re going for, for the matchup at Turf Moor. Mind you, Chris Wood has eight goals in 12 games against Huddersfield in his career and at 7/2 for FGS, he may well be worth a punt to add another to his tally against the Terriers.
Everton will be desperate for a point – at least – never mind a win. In fact, even a goal in the Premier League would be an improvement on their last four games in all competitions. In fact, Everton are still yet to score in their three September games, conceding ten goals already this month. The pressure is on for Ronald Koeman’s side then, when AFC Bournemouth visit Goodison.
This fixture maybe looks harder for the Toffees considering Bournemouth now are in pretty good form having beaten Brighton at home in both the league and cup, winning their last two games and will be in confident mood for the trip north. The saving grace – if history continues – for Koeman is the fact his side have won five of the seven meetings with the reformed Bournemouth, losing just once. This exact fixture saw Everton run out 6-3 winners last season.
What We Sayin’?
We’re sticking with our prediction of a 2-1 Everton win at 13/2.
We had Manchester City to just sneak past Watford last week and they blew them away, now, against a luckless and pointless Crystal Palace with a poor defensive record and Roy Hodgson in charge, we’re going with a bold and brutal prediction. And history backs this up. City have won 13 of the last 14 meetings, losing just once back in 2015. In fact, there’s not been a draw between these two since 2000.
Palace will come into this one not expecting to get anything out of the game, especially considering City have scored 15 goals in their last three games and haven’t conceded in that time either. They are unbeaten this season so far and they should have no problems in taking care of Palace. Sergio Aguero also has five goals in his last three games and will be licking his lips at the prospect of coming face to face with the likes of Scott Dann and Wayne Hennessey.
What We Sayin’?
A convincing home win. The law of averages suggests a 5-0 victory for City, Kevin De Bruyne will get a couple of assists and Gabriel Jesus and Aguero will both score. We’ll stop waffling now – 5-0 win, 11/1.
This is a clash that usually has goals in it, after all only one of the last 43 meetings between these two has been a 0-0, and yep, you guessed it, that match was the last one. Anyway, back to the present day and United have been in dominant form, their latest result the emphatic beating of Burton Albion in the EFL Cup in midweek, which would have boosted the confidence of the fringe players in the squad.
Southampton themselves have had a decent start to the campaign themselves in Mauricio Pellegrino’s first season in charge, with their win against Crystal Palace last week pushing the Saints up to 9th, which, to be fair, is pretty good. In terms of team news, it’s only probably Jose Mourinho who has headaches now, especially considering Marcus Rashford will have been buoyed by his two goals on Wednesday evening at Old Trafford. He may well get a start at St Mary’s.
What We Sayin’?
Saints aren’t known for hammering in the goals, but a BTTS and Over 2.5 Goals may well be an easy pick to double your money and a little bit more at 6/4.
This is a potential banana skin for Chelsea at Stoke, but after deliberating whether to edge with a 1-1 draw for this one, we’ve opted instead for a comfortable victory for the visitors. “But why?” we hear you ask. Well, Chelsea are undefeated in their last three games against Stoke and have won the last two against them, but aside from that, they’re in great form at the moment and a dark cloud which has loomed over the club over the last few months – in the form of Diego Costa – has finally been lifter by his move out of England to ‘join’ Atletico Madrid.
Stoke will have been pleased with recent results, where, aside from losing to Newcastle United and being beaten at Bristol City in midweek, they’ve picked up a home draw against Manchester United and beaten Arsenal. Their home crowd does seem to raise their game when the big heads visit the Potteries, but we fancy Chelsea to be too strong for them.
What We Sayin’?
A simple scorecast pick of Alvaro Morata scoring first pick could be well worth your money. The Spaniard has three goals in his last four goals and looks to be a superb capture from Antonio Conte. Morata for FGS is a 13/5 shot.
Craig Bellamy claimed this week that Brendan Rodgers winning trophies at Celtic would do nothing for his reputation, and two of his former sides meet in south Wales this weekend, with Watford making the trip across the border. There’s no real correlation to the results, with a load of W, D and L records for both sides, but it is worth noting that the Swans haven’t lost in their last four home games against the Hornets, with the last Watford win at Swansea coming in 2008.
The visitors will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s home mauling against Manchester City, and whilst that result looks like it could have dented their confidence, you have to remember that this is a side that was unbeaten prior to Pep Guardiola visiting Hertfordshire. Already, 33% of their wins this season have been 2-0 and we’re backing Marco Silva’s side to continue the trend on Saturday. The hosts will be hard to break down though, as they showed at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur last week.
What We Sayin’?
It’s a superb looking 12/1 shot for our 0-2 shout and we’re sticking by our guns for this one.
The teatime fixture is a re-run of the midweek EFL Cup fixture but both teams are expected to chuck in their first team players this time around following a number of ‘rested’ stars the last time they worth both at the King Power. This is the classic game that Liverpool will drop points in – it happens most years – and Leicester isn’t a happy hunting ground for the Reds, with Jurgen Klopp losing every single game he’s played at the KP – Leicester have won the last three home meetings with the Merseysiders.
Jamie Vardy’s a surprising 5/1 to score first for this one and you may remember his belting effort that beat Simon Mignolet in the Foxes’ title-winning campaign, so it might be worth sticking a couple of quid on the in form England man to find the net first again. Liverpool could be without centre back pairing Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren for the trip, with both picking up injuries, which could mean Joe Gomez partners Ragnar Klavan at the heart of the defence. Yes, Liverpool fans, we’ve heard that shudder from Stan James HQ.
What We Sayin’?
We’re going with a BTTS and a draw for this one – you just know Liverpool will concede, but you always fancy the Reds to bag a couple at the other end, too. The odds for that selection? 100/30.
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