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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 Manchester United and Tottenham, 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 10 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 10. If you please, all predictions to be entered before 12.30pm on Saturday, October 28th. Don't have an account yet? Click here to open one.
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There’s a so called mini crisis at Manchester United following their coupon busting defeat at Huddersfield Town last Saturday and a home game against in form Tottenham Hotspur is no guarantees of one point let alone three. With Jose Mourinho’s more defensive outlook coming into these bigger games, many have said that Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side play more like the United side of old under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Spurs have actually won two of the last three games against United, but Mourinho’s men have won each of their last three home games against the north Londoners. The last time Tottenham triumphed at Old Trafford came on New Year’s Day in 2014 when Harry Kane wasn’t world class. Speaking of Kane, he’s a doubt coming into this one after picking up a hamstring injury last weekend in the home win against Liverpool and it remains to be seen whether the England striker will be starting, on the bench or not in the squad altogether. United fans will be hoping for the latter considering the forward has scored 17 goals in his last 13 games for club and country.
Boosted by their dramatic late win against Norwich City in the Carabao Cup in midweek after resting a number of the main players, Arsene Wenger’s first team appear to have turned a corner somewhat in recent times, looking particularly good away at Everton last Sunday as Wenger let star trio Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez off the leash to run riot at Goodison Park, and nab a goal each as the north Londoners ran out 5-2 winners.
This is the sort of game – at home – that Arsenal love. The pressure’s off, times are good and they are normally comfortable wins. The Gunners have won their last two against the Swans but the games at the Emirates against the Welsh outfit have always been pretty tight encounters. However, we’re opting for a win for the hosts this time around.
A bit of a basement battle in this London derby as Crystal Palace – desperate for a home win and down in the dumps – take on a West Ham side whose confidence will have been boosted by their comeback win at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup in midweek, which Slaven Bilic will be hoping kickstarts their season following a poor and pressurised start for the Croatian and the east Londoners.
The Hammers are undefeated in their last four against Palace and have won on each of their last four trips to Selhurst Park, which will give their fans hope of another victory in south London on Saturday. Roy Hodgson’s side won’t move off the bottom of the table whatever the result on home turf and in Hodgson’s 11 games against West Ham as a manager, he’s lost five of them. We fancy the visitors to take the spoils in this one, probably with Manuel Lanzini scoring first.
Jurgen Klopp and his good friend David Wagner meet at Anfield on Saturday as Huddersfield Town make the trip across to Merseyside. The Reds were awful defensively against Tottenham at Wembley last week and Huddersfield shouldn’t be taken for granted; after all, they did turn Manchester United over on home turf last week and showed they can compete with the big hitters in their debut season in the Premier League.
This is the sort of game that Liverpool normally slip up in, but we just feel their attacking talent will be too much for the Terriers to cope with. However, in typical Liverpool fashion we expect they will concede against the Yorkshire outfit who will go there with nothing to lose. If there’s one man that knows the way Klopp works then it’s Wagner, who was Klopp’s best man at his wedding and who worked under the Liverpool boss during their time at Dortmund.
Stoke on the road this year have been awful. Of the 13 games played in 2017, the Potters have won just once, losing nine of those games. So a trip to Watford – who are flying high in the Premier League so far – won’t be seen as an easy clash in Hertfordshire. Stoke have slipped to just outside the relegation places, mainly down to five wins in their last six games in all competitions prior to the game at Vicarage Road.
Hosts Watford have lost just one of their last four and have scored twice in each of those quartet of games and at least two in eight of their ten games this season. Richarlison had a stinker at Stamford Bridge last week but will be keen to get those two poor misses out of his mind by putting Stoke to the sword. The Hornets have lost their last three against Stoke but are a different animal this season under new boss Marco Silva and know a win could push them into the top four depending on results for Arsenal and Chelsea.
Manchester City have been going like a steam train this season under Pep Guardiola and whilst it’ll be interesting to see if his side look slightly fatigued after Wolves took them to penalties in midweek, Pep will be pleased to know West Brom haven’t won in any of the last 15 meetings. They have also won the last 12 clashes straight.
To be honest, there’s really not much to be positive about from a West Brom perspective this term. In fact, we saw a Baggies fan compare life under Pulis as being on a life support machine in terms of surviving but not really having any life, which seems quite a fair assessment, in truth. Anyway, enough of that, we’re going for an east Man City win at the Hawthorns.
The late kick off sees Asmir Begovic welcome his former employers to Dorset as Chelsea look to continue their decent recent form with the three points down on the south coast. The hosts have lost the last three games to the Blues, with Chelsea scoring at least three goals in each of those victories, too, and we imagine they’ll match that for this season’s trip down to the Vitality Stadium.
Bournemouth have had a tricky time in their third campaign in the top flight and were fortunate to grab a much needed win away to Stoke last week to push them closer to getting out of the bottom three – where they still remain at this moment in time. A home tie against the Champions won’t be one Eddie Howe relishes as they look to gain momentum to put a run together ahead of a gruelling November/Christmas period.
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