StanJames' Premier League Predictor Competition | Week 19

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StanJames' Premier League Predictor Competition | Week 19

Stuffed by the Christmas dinner, stuffed by you lot, who seem to have got the hang of this!  We're still picking turkeys, but being the gluttons for punishment we are we're back for more! It's a feast for football fans, with SEVEN Premier league games on New Years and another six on the 2nd! Out with the old, in with the new, we're ready - are you? The StanJames.com Premier League Predictor Competition returns - Have fun, beat your mates, beat us even, and win free bets and prizes

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 SEVEN matches to get your teeth into this week, and entries will close at 3pm! Good luck everyone, and have a cracking New Year!

Burnley 2 v 1 Sunderland

Burnley 7/5  Draw 11/5  Sunderland 9/4

Pyschologically, this has the feel of a 6-point match, and the six point lead Burnley hold over their rivals could magnify that edge for the visitors, who have found picking up points on the road difficult this season. Burnley will stay up (we think) due to their home form. They are a tough prospect at Turf Moor and Sunderland are not traveling with the most confidence. The last time they met at Turf Moor the game finished 0-0, but we can see a few goals this time round. Defoe is the one present that keeps giving and Black Cat fans will be desperate to keep hold of their star striker in the January window. The former England striker could make us eat our words, but we can see another late, late Burnley goal being the difference between the two sides. 

Did you know? Burnley have not ended a calendar year with a defeat since 2012, while Sunderland have not ended a calendar year with a league victory since 2007. Out with the old? We'll see! 

What We Sayin’?

Diego Costa returns and the Spaniard is bound to be itching to get back to scoring ways. With 31 goals scored and only two conceded during their winning run, the Blues are 4/5 to win to nil.  

Sunderland haven't lost to their opponents in twelve matches and whilst this smells of a 1-1 draw (9/2), 

Defoe to score at anytime in an entertaining game: 6/4

*This could well be 0-0.


Chelsea 3 v 0 Stoke

CHELSEA 3/103  DRAW 19/4  STOKE 10/1

Conte

The title is that way... down the King's Road and ...

Can anyone stop Conte's Chelsea revolution? Will 13 be unlucky for the passionate Italian as his rampant Blues face Stoke desperate to get back to winning ways after their 4-1 thumping at the hands of Liverpool... erm, no!

We could be wrong, of course. It wouldn't be the first time we are, but, quite simply, Chelsea should have too much at home for Hughes' side. Hazard has rediscovered the form that had people proclaiming him the best in the world and the midfield maestro scored and assisted in Chelsea's 2-1 win in 2015. Last year, Chelsea failed to beat Stoke, drawing 1-1 at the Bridge before going down 1-0 away.

Will it be this close this time round? No, not that we can see. A routine win for the Pensioners, who could have the league done and dusted by Febuary at this rate.  

What We Sayin’?

Diego Costa returns and the Spaniard is bound to be itching to get back to scoring ways. With 31 goals scored and only two conceded during their winning run, the Blues are 4/5 to win to nil.  

Expect Stoke to sit back and defend for their lives. This could frustrate Chelsea, so we'll take the 11/10 on offer that the second half produces the most goals. 

By the way, Chelsea 3-0 is: 6/1


Leicester 1 v 2 West Ham

LEICESTER 2/1  DRAW 5/2  WEST HAM 13/5

While we are on the subject of something old, something new: Leicester are unbeaten in their last three PL matches v West Ham (W2 D1), but they have never gone four without defeat against the Hammers. We can't see that changing for Claudio Ranieri's weary warriors, we're afraid.

Under fire Slaven Bilic's side seem to have turned a corner recently with three top-flight victories helping the Hammers gain momentum. They are certainly better away from home and will travel to the King Power smelling blood. The champs have only won one of their last nine games. A key point in this game will be the battle between Huth and Morgan against the aerial ability of Andy Carroll, whilst Ayew finally seems to be finding his feet at West Ham. With Vardy still serving a suspension Leicester will probably look to the pairing of Islam Slimani and Shinji Okazaki to trouble the West Ham backline... can they? 

What We Sayin’?

A tough one to call. Leicester looked absolutely stunning when dismantling Man City, but West Ham seem to have found that swagger once again. To be honest, this could go either way, but we'll take West Ham's momentum to see them over the line in a 1-2 win that pays 10/1.   


Man United 3 v 0 Middlesbrough

Manchester United 3/10 Draw 19/4 Boro 12/1

The last five games between the two sides have seen plenty of goals, with United winning three and drawing two. That could continue in this game, but we see the blossoming Red Devils proving to have too much firepower for a Boro finding their feet in the elite of English football. Zlatan is proving his doubters wrong, with nine in nine games, and three assists. Unbeaten in eleven, United will be just a point behind top-six rivals Arsenal if they can win. 

Boro will be happy that Rooney seems set to miss the game, but United's squad is such that they can afford the luxury of having their captain sidelined. Mkhitaryan, will his stunning goal last time out, is proving just what a player he is and Valdes wiil need to be o top form if either isn't to find the back of the net.

What We Sayin’?

Mourinho's magic continues.  United to win comfortably, with both Zlatan and Mkhitaryan to score at any time: 4/6 and 15/8 respectively.


Southampton 2 v 1 West Brom 

Southampton haven't conceded at home for over 3 and a half hours (prior to the Spurs game) and they have lost only one of their last six Premier League home matches against West Bromwich Albion (W3 D2), with only ONE of the last 12 PL games failing to see both teams register a goal.

Southampton's Charlie Austin misses the game, but in Tadic and Long they have players capable of winning any game. last time they ran out comfortable 3-0 winners, but West Brom under Tony Pulis are a far stronger outfit themselves now. In fact, they have outscored the Saints by 23 to 16 and in Chadli and Rondon they too have players capable of winning any game. Factor in the goals defender McAuley has weighed in with and one can see why the Baggies have been in the top ten all season. 

WBA could recall Johnny Evans, and the former United defender could play a key part in keeping the Saints quiet. 

What We Sayin’?

On paper these two seem rather evenly matched: In 74 meetings with Southampton the Baggies' record stands at W23, D24, L27 and many will see these as a possible 1-1 (11/2). However, we believe in the ability of the Premier League to provide goals. We'll take The Saints to edge a close game 2-1 (15/2). That said, it could go the other way, and The Baggies to steal this 1-2 is 16/1. You pays ya money...


Swansea 1 v 2 Bournemouth

A week ago we'd have been all over The Cherries for this.  However, rudderless (at the point of writing) Swansea will surely feel the need to prove themselves to any incoming manager. However, if a week is a long time in politics then it's an eternity in football! Bournemouth arrive on the back of two thumping losses and boss Eddie Howe will be looking to steady the ship in south Wales.

Swansea will wonder where they have gone wrong: sure, Bradley was a punt, but in Llorente they have a proven striker finally finding his feet in the Premier League. Sigurdsson is a proven Premier League player and The Swans will look to the pair for inspiration.

Bournemouth have Jack Wilshire on loan and the England man has formed a creative and attacking midfield base with Harry Arter. This game could hinge on who wins the midfield war.   

What We Sayin’?

Swans woes to continue, but not without a fight. Llorente an anytime scorer appeals at 13/8.   


Liverpool 3 v 2 Man City

BOOM. No. BOOM!

What a match to see the New Year in with. This match could well turn out to be the most exciting of the year. Both teams like attacking and, with suspect defences, this has goals and excitement written all over it!

Liverpool come into the game having spanked Stoke 4-1 last time out, whilst Pep's City seem to be rediscovering their early season form, with three straight wins capped off with their 3-0 defeat of hull last time out. Many will feel City struggled last time, but the fact is that Hull set up to shackle City, Liverpool won't! This will be an open, flowing game (there, we've kyboshed that) and the return of Aguero will give further belief to many that City can close the game on Chelsea, who look certain to extend their winning run to thirteen earlier in the day.

The importance of the Argentine to Pep's plans cannot be understated: probably (look away now, Zlatan) the Premier League's best striker, he will be the spearhead to a side arriving without the talents of Gundogan, Kompany and Delph to call on.

Liverpool will be without Coutinho and Ings and Klopp is likely to start with the same line-up who beat Stoke midweek, which means Mignolet retains his place. A commanding display against Sergio could see him back in favour, cementing his role in the starting eleven.

It's not just points at stake here... this one has everything! 

What We Sayin’?

Liverpool are undefeated in their last 16 home matches in the Premier League and have won five of their last six against City. They have scored at least 2 in their last five home games, whilst the Citizens have notched the same tally in 8 of their last nine away fixtures. BTTS, therefore, at 8/15, is as big a certainty as when we pulled Saucy Sue, a nurse from the local A&E department one night in the Duck.    

Liverpool to win and BTTS is 14/5, whilst BTTS and over 2.5 goals is a tempting 5/6.*

By the way, 3-2 to the Reds? 20/1*  


*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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