Stan James' Premier League Predictor Competition | Week 29

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Cheltenham's done for another year, the FA Cup is out of the way - for now - and Matchweek 29 is upon us, with a huge SEVEN Premier League games which will have an impact on the top four and the bottom three. It's time for you to get some inspiration from the main man, the betting guru, looking at where your money should go this Saturday, right? Right!

The StanJames.com Premier League Predictor Competition - Have fun, beat your mates, beat us even, and win free bets and prizes

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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 beats StanJames will receive a £5 free bet.** Free bets will be credited within 48 hours.


 

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2-2 ARSENAL

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 19/5  DRAW 14/5  ARSENAL 8/11

Arsenal’s recent meltdown appeared to come to an end last weekend in their emphatic win against Lincoln City in the FA Cup, and whilst victory against a Conference side – with all due respect to the Imps – doesn’t signal a turnaround in their fortunes, it was a potential banana skin which the Gunners stepped over. Realistically, the FA Cup is now the only competition Arsene Wenger and his side can win.

Opposite number Tony Pulis and West Brom have had an excellent season, and whilst they were thrown aside against Everton last week, at home, and against a side who shirk the physical battle, Pulis will be producing that famous cackling laugh at the thought of Chris Brunt’s set pieces being launched into the Arsenal box. Will Arsenal deal with the threat of the likes of Salomon Rondon, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson and Co? Probably not.

What We Sayin’?

Well it’s the physical battle which is why we’re egging on the draw at the Hawthorns. We’re behind an old favourite of ours, in McAuley, to score anytime at 8/1, although the more daring punter could opt for the Northern Irishman to net before anyone else at 20s...


 

CRYSTAL PALACE 2-1 WATFORD

CRYSTAL PALACE 9/10  DRAW 5/2  WATFORD 100/30

Crystal Palace vs. Watford doesn’t exactly scream “you have to watch this one!”, but with Palace lurking dangerously close to relegation, this could well not be last on Match of the Day on Saturday evening. Palace need the points. Fast.

Big Sam hasn’t really worked his magic just yet, despite many believing he was the man for them, and they aren’t out of the woods just yet. Fortunately for Allardyce, history suggests they won’t lose, with Watford only winning two of the last 13 meetings between the pair. But in striker Troy Deeney, the Hornets have someone who likes playing against the Eagles. The Birmingham-born frontman has four goals in eight matches against the south Londoners, which included Watford’s goal in the 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day.

What We Sayin’?

We’re backing Christian Benteke to break his duck. The Belgian hasn’t scored for four games now, but we’re behind him to bag anytime at 11/10.


 

EVERTON 2-1 HULL CITY

EVERTON 8/15  DRAW 3/1  HULL CITY 11/2

Although Everton are in decent form at the moment, they’re winless in the last three times against Hull, who will have been buoyed by last week’s home victory over Swansea City. Oumar Niasse was the hero in that win at the K-Com, but he’ll be ineligible for the game at Goodison Park against his parent club.

The Toffees came unstuck recently at Tottenham, but responded well with a comfortable home win against West Brom last week. Hull will be a tough nut to crack though and despite being without the aforementioned Niasse, will fancy their chance to get a goal at Goodison. Their main problem will be trying to stop a side who have scored 19 goals in their last eight games.

What We Sayin’?

We’re behind a BTTS and an Everton win selection at 23/10.


 

STOKE CITY 0-2 CHELSEA

STOKE CITY 5/1  DRAW 3/1  CHELSEA 4/7

The Chelsea train continues with it’s full steam ahead trek to the title and a journey to Stoke on a cold, windy, Saturday afternoon shouldn’t put too much fear into Antonio Conte’s charges in their assault for John Terry to lift the Premier League trophy at the end of the season – in full kit, of course.

Mark Hughes’ Stoke have had an incredibly inconsistent season so far and with two wins, two draws and two defeats in their last six games, it shows the Welshman never really knows whether his team will turn up or not. In truth, even if they do produce their best football on Saturday, it really won’t count for too much.

What We Sayin’?

A comfortable yet convincing Chelsea win. They continue to impress and although they’ve lost just three of the last 21 meetings with Stoke, they’ve also suffered defeat in their last two trips to the Potteries. Despite this, get on Eden Hazard scoring first in a 0-2 away win at 25/1.


 

SUNDERLAND 1-1 BURNLEY

SUNDERLAND 8/5  DRAW 9/4  BURNLEY 15/8

Normally, this time of the year is when Sunderland start coming good – at least that’s what’s been the case for the last two or three seasons. Now in mid-March, it’s got to that ‘do or die’ stage for the Black Cats and with a home match against Burnley, who are atrocious away from home, surely, surely, surely David Moyes will have pinpointed this one for maximum points? Surely.

But the Clarets – despite that rubbish run on the road – put up a fight on their last trip away from Turf Moor at Anfield, so perhaps they’ve turned a corner – in more ways than one – for matches away from their Lancashire home?

What We Sayin’?

Despite criticising Burnley’s away form, the Stadium of Light is hardly a fortress for Moyes’ boys, who have won just three times on their own turf in the Premier League. It’s a tough one to call, so we’re playing safe with a 1-1 draw prediction. Other than that, Ashley Barnes to score anytime at 9/4 could be a worthwhile punt.


 

WEST HAM UNITED 1-1 LEICESTER CITY

WEST HAM UNITED 13/10  DRAW 12/5  LEICESTER CITY 9/4

Leicester have turned a corner since Craig Shakespeare took over managerial duties and following their Champions League progression against ten-man Sevilla in midweek, they’ll be in confident mood for their first trip to the London Stadium. The question remains, however, how much that victory against the Andalusians took out of the Foxes.

West Ham have still yet to truly settle in to their new surroundings but have improved ever so slightly from their extremely poor start in their new home. Following defeat to Bournemouth last time out, the Hammers will be surely aiming for an improved performance this weekend. However, one thing that Slaven Bilic will be wary of is the fact that his sides haven’t beaten their opponents in the last five meetings, with Leicester winning four of those clashes.

What We Sayin’?

Fresh from his England call up, we’re behind Michail Antonio to celebrate being part of the squad for the Germany and Lithuania games by scoring first at 5s.


 

AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1-3 SWANSEA CITY

AFC BOURNEMOUTH 11/10  DRAW 5/2  SWANSEA CITY 5/2

Following their point at Old Trafford against Manchester United and all three against West Ham at home last week, the pressure is off Bournemouth slightly, with a six point gap between themselves and Hull City, who currently occupy 18th place in the table. Swansea are right in-betweens the Cherries and the Tigers – three points between each – and will surely see a trip to the south coast as a good opportunity to go level on points with Saturday’s opponents.

But the last time Swansea beat Bournemouth was back into 2008. Despite that, we’ll be honest and admit there has only been five meetings since that 1-2 Bournemouth win in April of that year. Back to the present day and the Swans’ hopes could rest on whether Fernando Llorente is fit or not after he hobbled out of last week’s defeat at Hull.

What We Sayin’?

We’re saying this under the presumption that Llorente is fit and that Arter Boruc in the Bournemouth goal doesn’t have a repeat of his heroics in Manchester a couple of weeks ago,  so it’s a 1-3 away win for us at  25/1.


 

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