StanJames' Premier League Predictor Competition | Week 31

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StanJames' Premier League Predictor Competition | Week 31

After such a shocking display last time out (we're blaming the International Break), we're happy to be able to jump right back into the saddle with Wednesday's guesses (predictions!) So, with Week 31 of the Predictor Competition upon us, we'll procrastinate no more! The challenge is made, do you have what it takes to beat us?

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.


ARSENAL 3 V 0 WEST HAM

First off the bat, we return to the Emirates, where under-fire Arsene Wenger's Arsenal host struggling West Ham in a derby which, traditionally explosive, takes on extra importance given the situations at both clubs. Arsenal twice came from behind against Man. City to secure a point, which didn't really help in their bid for that fourth spot Arsene craves. West Ham, meanwhile, continue to hound beleaguered boss Bilic, contriving to lose 1-2, despite going ahead through an Andy Carroll goal. 

What We Sayin’?

With Cech and Laurent Koscielny both out injured, Andy Carroll might fancy his chances against a defence not known for their height, nor their appetite for a fight. However, despite the hostility coming from their fans, Arsenal showed a lot of character in their draw against City. It's often said that form goes out of the window in a derby, but we're backing Arsenal to pick-up a much-needed three points. Giroud to score first is 3/1, the same price as Walcott.


  

HULL 2 V 0 MIDDLESBROUGH

Middlesbrough (9) have kept more clean sheets than any other Premier League team currently in the bottom six... The problem is they rarely trouble the opposition at the other end, either. Hull battled from behind against West Ham to win 2-1 on Saturday, the same result, coincidently, that they managed against Boro the last time they played at home.

It's on the line for both teams, but Hull seem to have the appetite for the fight. In what could be his 400th Premier League appearance, the likes of Stewart Downing will have to show they can match that intensity for Boro - the jury remains out.

What We Sayin’?

In Negredo Boro have a player who can score against any team. Unfortunately, he is rather let down by teammates who don't seem to share his willingness to fight for the cause. Hull have no such issues; their strength being in the collective. Whilst they may not have a player as naturally gifted as Negrado, in Niasse they certainly have one for the big occasion. He's 100/30 to score first and 7/5 to grab a goal at anytime.


 

SOUTHAMPTON 1 V 1 CRYSTAL PALACE

Palace come into this game seeking their first-ever PL double over the Saints after beating them 3-0 at Selhurst earlier in the season... and after their shock win against Chelsea, there won't be many betting against it! That said, they will be up against it: Southampton have lost only one of their last 13 home league meetings with Crystal Palace (W9 D3), winning the last five in a row and St. Mary's is a tough place to go to get a result.

What We Sayin’?

Just how much the performance against Chelsea took out of Palace remains to be seen. However, the Eagles are soaring at the moment, with four wins on the spin. Puel will be looking for a response from his charges after the 0-0 draw with Bournemouth at the weekend, though, interestingly, Big Sam has never lost a Premier League match at St Mary’s Stadium (W2 D6) and we can see that run continuing. Zaha isonfireand at 11/2 to score at anytime looks a decent punt.   


SWANSEA 0 V 3 TOTTENHAM

Swansea huffed and puffed and, despite the best intentions of Sigurdsson, couldn't break down a resolute Boro, who very nearly pinched it at the end of their 0-0 draw at the weekend. They come up against the best defence in the league, marshalled by a manager who has never lost to them (W9, D2). Despite our admiration of Siggs and Llorente, we can't see that changing, especially against a Spurs side eager to capitalise on Chelsea's stumble by adding more pressure on the leaders.

What We Sayin’?

Injuries to Wanyama and Winks could see Spurs stretched in midfield, but in Dembele, they have a more than adequate replacement. Pochettino could stick with the team who finished against Burnley. If so, Son at 17/4 seems large, as does the 15/8 for Alli to score at anytime. We also fancy Spurs to win to nil, so the 2-0 and 3-0 scorecasts, at 7/1 and 12/1 will see a little interest from us!  


 

CHELSEA 2 V 2 MAN CITY

City have never won back-to-back away games against Chelsea before... could this be the first time? 

Aguero smacked a hat-trick last time out, but Chelsea are a far different proposition this season to last. The defeat against Palace will have stung and Conte's men will be looking to get their title push back on track, though a win for City would also reignite their own faltering aspirations. Moses is expected to return to the side, with Chelsea returning to their favoured 3-4-3 formation that has been so parsimonious. Expect Zabaleta to return in place of the injured Sagna at right-back.

What We Sayin’?

David Luiz's knee injury remains a concern for Chelsea, and he may find himself signalled out by City. Both sides need the win, and this could be a real end-to-end thriller. BTTS 4/7 and BTTS City win is 9/2. 2-2 pays 10/1, so we may have a little saver there.


 

LIVERPOOL 3 V 1 BOURNEMOUTH

Liverpool sit third in the PL table and little is being said of their title-push, despite being just three points off Spurs. They put Everton to the sword at the weekend and the 3-1 scoreline flattered the visitors. Eddie Howe's Cherries beat Liverpool 4-3 in a thriller at the Vitality last time out, but Liverpool have won all four of their previous home meetings with Bournemouth in all competitions, scoring 10 goals and conceding twice. 

The Reds can be leaky at the back, but also imperious going forward and despite the fact that Bournemouth could record three shutouts in a row for the first time in the Premier League, it may be too big an ask this time out.

What We Sayin’?

Liverpool have flattered to deceive this term, often following a good performance against a 'big gun' with a stuttering one against a so called lesser team. They are suspectible at the back, so a sneaky punt on Josh King to score at anytime (7/2) has some appeal; though a scorecast of Liverpool 3-1 (9/2) will see a few shillings invested.  

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