StanJames' Premier League Predictor Competition | Week 16

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StanJames' Premier League Predictor Competition | Week 16

After our absolute spanking at the weekend (we got a total of ZERO points, yep - a big fat nada!) we're back for more! It's a midweek feast for football fans, with EIGHT Premier league games on the menu tonight for  the StanJames.com Premier League Predictor Competition. Have fun, beat your mates, beat us even, and win free bets and prizes! Everyone's a winner, well, everyone apart from us, but let's crack on, anyway.

HOW TO ENTER 

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.

Don't forget, there are Eight matches to get your teeth into this week, and entries will close at 19:30! Good luck everyone!


Boro 1 - 2 Liverpool

Liverpool are a tough one to call at the moment - sublime one minute, ridiculous the next. They have looked dodgy in defence but will hope to recall Dejan Lovren to their starting line-up. Coutinho is definitely out and Sturridge - surely the modern game's sicknote - is a doubt again. The Reds haven't won at 'Boro since 2002 and have only scored once in their last seven visits.

What We Sayin’?

We can see Liverpool's poor run at Boro continuing, with Klopp's men willing to take a point in a tough away fixture. A 1-1 draw seems likely and is an enticing 6/1.*

Sunderland 0 v 4 Chelsea

Sunderland are starting to look a whole lot more compact under Moyes, but their defence remains suspect. Add to that mix the explosive firepower a rejuvenated Chelsea have at their disposal and it is hard to see anything but a Blues win. 

What We Sayin’?

Last time out at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland won 3-2. Of course, they had to win back then to stave off relegation, but don't expect arepeat this time out. Costa is on fire and he must surely be relishing  the match. He's 9/4 to score first and 8/13 to nab a goal at anytime - seems nailed on to us!  

West Ham 2 v 2 Burnley

Given both teams propensity for playing attacking football, the Claret is certain to be flowing tonight! West Ham are starting to get used to their new surroundings and early-season cries of Bilic out seem to have subsided a little. Sean Dyche's men know they will build on home successes as the basis for the Premier League survival, but will also hope to pick up a few points on the road. Tonight could be one of those occasions...

What We Sayin’?

Bilic will decide on Weds if Carroll gets a start and the big man could be a shout for first scorer if he starts. However, despite his obvious danger, we feel that tonight Burnley could be close to burying their London hoodoo (they have never won a Premier League game in London). Close, but not quite... with goals galore in an entertaining draw. 2-2 pays 14/1, btw!*

Crystal Palace 1 v 3 Manchester United

Palace have NEVER beaten United in the PL, and we can't see the south Londoner's starting now! United are starting to click into gear, as the weekend's defeat of Spurs showed. Their defence looks solid (improbably so!) and Pogba is starting to run games. They will miss Henrikh Mkhitaryan, for sure, whilst Valencia is out for a one match ban. Rooney is likely to start in the Armenian's place.

What We Sayin’?

Palace have ten goals in three games, with Zaha having two goals and five assists in his last seven games. The former England man is starting to show glimpses of the form that got him a call-up, and Benteke remains a threat against any defence. However, Jose is starting to get that old magic back, so expect United to run out comfortable winners. Zlatan could like a cold night at Selhurst, so we'll take the 23/10 on offer for him to score first.*  

MANCHESTER CITY 2 VS. 1 WATFORD

Pep Guardiola – or should that be Pep Fraudiola, as was doing the rounds on Twitter over the weekend – is in a dismal run of form for his standards. His side have lost the last two, the latest of which was an embarrassing performance and result at Leicester City. Pep – for some reason – has turned into the Tinkerman with his constant change of personnel and tactics, but could he go back to basics against Watford? Probably not.

The Hornets are fresh from a great victory at home to Everton at the weekend and will feel there’s no better time to take on City at the moment.

One thing that does favour Pep at the moment is his side’s past record against the Hertfordshire side, being unbeaten in the last nine against the Hornets, dating back to 1997, winning seven of those games.

What We Sayin’?

City to get back on track. It won’t be easy and we doubt it’ll be convincing, but it’s points on the board that matter in the Premier League, not possession or passing, Mr. Guardiola. A 2-1 home win can be backed at 8/1.

STOKE CITY 2 VS. 1 SOUTHAMPTON

Stoke vs. Southampton can hardly be billed as Game of the Night, to be honest, but it’s a match nonetheless and both come into it on the back of differing results.

The hosts will claim they deserved something from their clash with Arsenal at the weekend, whilst the Saints narrowly won at St Mary’s against Middlesbrough.

This one is arguably the toughest one to call from the games we’ve previewed so far, and the past results between the two don’t give us any help either, with three draws and three Southampton wins from the last eight.

What We Sayin’?

But we’re opting for Stoke, purely because they are better at home than Southampton – who’ve won just once on the road this term – are away.

Marko Arnautovic hasn’t scored for the Potters since September against Crystal Palace so he’s due a goal. Back the Austrian maverick at 13/2 to score first, or 13/5 to find the net at anytime.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 5 VS. 1 HULL CITY

This is rather like a school reunion, with Dawson, Livermore, Mason and Huddlestone all returning to the capitgal, but expect Spurs to be disghing our the lessons tonight.

Spurs may have been disappointing against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, but we think they’ll score big on Wednesday evening when hapless Hull City visit the capital.

Hull sneaked a draw on Saturday against Crystal Palace, but coming up against Spurs – who’ve yet to lose at home this season in the Premier League – will be a much sterner test than their clash against the Eagles.

The hosts have only conceded four times at White Hart Lane this term in the league, whilst Hull just can’t score, really, so we’re being kind to them in predicting they’ll actually score at all.

What We Sayin’?

Dele Alli hasn’t hit the heights of last season for Spurs, but we’re backing the 20-year-old England man – who was somehow linked with a move to Paris SG last week – to bag the first of many Tottenham goals at 9/2.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2 VS. 1 SWANSEA CITY

We finish off with our Game of Midweek as Swansea City cross the border once again for their away game at Tony Pulis’ West Brom.......

Okay, we’ll own up, this isn’t the one we’ll be tuning into, but to be fair to Pulis, he has his side playing some decent football and they’re sitting comfortably in 8th at the moment.

For Swansea, they’d kill for that position in the table. Currently 18th, the Welsh side are eight points off the Baggies following their impressive and somewhat surprising win against Sunderland at the weekend to haul themselves off the bottom of the table.

What We Sayin’?

Swansea are hardly rock solid from set pieces, whilst West Brom are the best side in the division when it comes to aerial duels. Yes, you guessed it, we’re getting behind our old mate Gareth McAuley to find the net anytime at 11/2, or if you’re feeling braver, 14/1 to open the scoring at the Hawthorns. Whether he does or not, we’re still opting for West Brom to win - just!

*prices subject to fluctuation

There you have it!  You've read our thoughts, do you agree or do you think we're talking a load of rubbish? Feel free to comment below!

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