Stan James' Premier League Predictor Competition | Week 30

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We're in to Week 30 of the Predictor Competition, as the season hots up massively. With the games meaning more and more as the weeks go by, there's a whopping eight games to predict this week as we enter the final stretch.


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.


Saturday kicks off with a mouth-watering Merseyside Derby at Anfield, with both sides harbouring serious ambitions of European football this season. Dubbed the "Friendly Derby", both teams are without key players after injuries during the international break, most notably Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori for Everton who are both out for the season, and in Coleman's case, most likely part of next season too.

What We Sayin’?

These games are rarely without entertainment; the reverse fixture saw Sadio Mane score a 94th minute winner for the Reds at Goodison, and this game should be no different in terms of excitement. However, home advantage and their performances in big games see us rooting for Liverpool to edge this one out. 


The soon-to-be champions host Sam Allardyce's resurgent Eagles, who after three wins and three clean sheets in a row now face a difficult run-in, which sees Palace take on Southampton, Arsenal, Leicester, Liverpool and Spurs in their next five games after this one. However, they won't make things easy for Antonio Conte's side - in fact they won their last game at Stamford Bridge albeit against Jose Mourinho's faltering Chelsea team. 

What We Sayin’?

Since coming back to the Premier League in the 13-14 season, Palace have not lost by more than one goal at Stamford Bridge, and with on-loan Mamadou Sakho in defence we don't see Chelsea blowing the Eagles apart. Champions have the habit of winning narrowly if they aren't playing to their best though, so expect a low-scoring, narrow win for the hosts. 


Burnley's home form is the only reason they are staying up this season - their last home league fixture saw them hold Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor and they arguably could have won. Spurs will not find it easy here like they have in some of their recent league games against other opposition.

What We Sayin’?

Burnley's home form should see them come out of this game with something, but the firepower of Spurs means they'd do well to keep a clean sheet. All that points to a 1-1 draw for us and another twist in the race for Champions League qualification.


That Hull even have a chance of staying up is testament to the managerial abilities of Marco Silva, considering they looked hopelessly out of their depth under Mike Phelan. With only one win in five league games, the Tigers have found themselves three points adrift, ahead of a vital game against a West Ham side without a win in five league games, and a propensity to concede goals easily.

What We Sayin’?

This could be one of the games of the weekend with both teams having chances aplenty, however we wonder if West Ham's players are starting to dream of long summer days on the beach - this could play into the hands of a Hull side who desperately need the points as they battle to stay up.


Speaking of teams on the beach, it is safe to say Stoke could fall into that category, being ninth in the league but with no real possibility of either relegation or challenging for European football.  For most of this season a trip to the King Power Stadium was no issue, with Claudio Ranieri's Foxes faltering at every turn. However, since Craig Shakespeare took over from last season's miraculous title-winner, they have become a different beast and are back to being their exciting best especially at home. 

What We Sayin’?

A comfortable win for Leicester awaits here, with Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy likely to find themselves on the scoresheet against the Potters.  Should he play, we like the look of Demarai Gray to score anytime at 13/5.


After beating Arsenal last time out, West Brom will fancy their chances at Old Trafford against the leagues draw specialists in Manchester United.  Their record is poor though and United need the three points to keep up their battle for Champions League football via finishing top 4.

What We Sayin’?

United should have just enough to beat the Baggies at home, but it won't be pretty that's for sure. The Baggies set piece prowesses will trouble United, but we expect them to come out on top just about. 


Seven points ahead of the drop zone, Watford appear to be safe this season, while Sunderland appear to be doomed despite the best efforts of Jermain Defoe and when fit, Jordan Pickford. Their luck of recent years has dried up and David Moyes appears to be taking this Sunderland side down to the Championship.

What We Sayin’?

This has all the writings of a "last on Match of the Day" encounter - however we said that before the Swansea v Palace 5-4 classic earlier in the season. Both teams would do well to reach 5-4 in shots on target though, so we're plumping for a goalless bore-fest, via a few notable saves from Jordan Pickford. 


The evening game this week, Southampton v Bournemouth sees another two teams who have the feeling of being safe this season, but should be exciting with two attacking teams on show in front of the cameras. Bournemouth's leaky defence threatened to drag them into the relegation zone, but three games without defeat, and the form of Norwegian playmaker Josh King has seen them drag their way back up to safety for another season, as they look to build themselves from a "small" team to an established Premier League side. 

What We Sayin’?

The aforementioned defensive issues could cost Bournemouth here, especially if Manolo Gabbiadini starts. The Italian has had a cracking start to life in England but limped off against Spurs. Should he miss out, Shane Long could still lead the line and hurt a Bournemouth team that should also get on the scoresheet. A six-goal thriller is what we're going for, with Southampton getting a fourth on the counter late on after some heavy Bournemouth pressure.


The Bet:

A £5 bet on our result predictions - Liverpool, Chelsea, Burnley v Spurs draw, Hull, Leicester, Manchester United, the draw in Watford v Sunderland, and Southampton, would currently return £1708.95. Not a bad way to start April if that comes in.*

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