StanJames' Premier League Predictor Competition | Week 35

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StanJames' Premier League Predictor Competition | Week 35

It's a heavyweight weekend of action, and we're not talking about the Joshua v Klitchsko fight (nor the belting Big John's going to take when his missus realises he just laid out £800 on a pair of tickets!) Chelsea away to Everton could potentially seal the title, whilst Spurs v Arsenal is always a game that whets the appetite!

We're weighing in with a bumper predictor this week! NINE games! Yep, you read that right! StanJames' Free-to-Enter Predictor Competition is spread over two days, Saturday and Sunday, and features all nine Premier League games.

So, with Week 35 of the Predictor Competition upon us, it's time to take up the challenge once more; do you have what it takes to beat us and win free bets?

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.


SOUTHAMPTON 2 V 2 HULL  

Southampton come into this one on the back of their 2-4 loss away to Chelsea and will be looking for a display in front of their own fans. They suffered a demoralising defeat (0-3) to Manchester City the last time out and boss Claude Puel will want to stop his side shipping goals. The trouble is, as the reversal against Chelsea showed, they like to go forward and attack, often leaving teams confident and capable to press on the counter. They have a good record against Hull, who have only won one in five against the Saints, although that was their last meeting in November.

Hull are scrapping for their Premier League survival, with three wins in five, and will be desperate for the points. New boss Marco Silva has instilled a belief in the team, and despite their lowly position (they remain in 17th on 33 points), there's a genuine feeling they might just pull off the Great Escape and stay up. 

What We Sayin’?

Southampton have won their last four home games against Hull, scoring at least twice in the process. Given Hull's need for goals and points, then BTTS, 4/5 seems a banker. With Swansea facing United at Old Trafford on Sunday, a point here wouldn't necessarily be the worse outcome. That being the case, we'll also go BTTS +2.5 goals 6/5, and 2-2, at 14/1 in an entertaining draw! 


STOKE 1 v 1 WEST HAM

With just one win in six, a 3-1 home mauling of Hull, Stoke seem to have swapped their boots for their flip flops and on the beach already. Mark Hughes' men possess undoubted flair, but with little to play for they are at risk of allowing their season to peter out. They would do well to guard against this, as would West Ham, Saturday's visitors, who could equally do with another point or two to completely ensure Premier League survival. We don't think either will go down, but stranger things have happened, and we wouldn't bet against it, eh Monsieur Joseph?

West Ham, after having a poor run that threatened Billic's tenure as boss, seem to have turned a corner, with a win and two draws in their last three games, including an impressive shut out of Everton in their last. That said, Stoke haven't failed to score in their last nine at home... 

What We Sayin’?

This has all the hallmarks of being tight. Stoke/West Ham has been a draw in four of the last five games. With a point suiting both teams, 1-1 seems fair. 5/1.*


SUNDERLAND 1 V 3 BOURNEMOUTH

It might be David Moyes' birthday, but he won't be expecting any presents from Eddie Howe's Cherries as Bournemouth strive to retain their Premier League placing. Sunderland, with two draws in their last six, are looking at a return to the Championship, but the Black Cats will want to go down fighting. A battling 2-2 draw last time against West Ham is evidence of this. However, failure to win any of their last eight home games shows how precarious their form is.  

Bournemouth, on the other hand, come into this game on a high, having smashed Boro for four. In fact, defeats to Spurs and Chelsea aside (4-0 and 3-1 respectively), they were in fine form, drawing 2-2 with Liverpool and 0-0 with Southampton.

What We Sayin’?

Defoe remains a threat against any team he plays and the England marksman cannot be discounted when considering the goalscorer markets. However, Bournemouth to score in both halves at 23/10 appeals, as does Draw/Bournemouth at 5/1.* 


WEST BROM 1 V 1 LEICESTER

A big game for both teams and a tight one to call! Both sides are safe, but Leicester will want to finish as high as possible after narrowly going out of the Champions League. The Baggies are fairly solid at home, having beaten Arsenal 3-1 at the Hawthorns, though they have lost their last two home fixtures, 1-0 to Southampton and Liverpool respectively.

Last season champions, Leicester have saved their best form for the Champions League. However, now that's but a fading memory they need a few points on the board. The loss of Morgan could be problematic, but their attacking options are all finding form at the moment.

What We Sayin’?

Could be anything this one; a tight 2-1 either way, so we'll sit on the fence! The draw is 12/5 and 5/1 for 1-1.*


CRYSTAL PALACE 2 V 0 BURNLEY

Crystal Palace's winning run ended when they went down to a solitary Spurs strike, a quite exquisite goal from Eriksen. Big Sam's team battled well and showed why many have thought they'd been underperforming. They remain 12th in the Premier League, seven points clear of the relegation zone and look, on current form, too strong to go down, with three wins in their last five, despite facing the likes of Arsenal, Leicester, and Spurs. One concern for the Eagles is the lack of a recognised centre-half, with Sakho the latest to join the injury list, which includes James Tomkins, Scott Dann, Connor Wickham, and Pape Souare, but they've been resiliant at the back and Burnley, not the strongest on the road, won't fancy the trip to Selhurst.

Burnley, on the other hand, have their own injury concerns, with Sam Vokes and Scott Arfield big doubts. Everyone knows that their home form is the main reason they should stay up, but they've hit a bad patch recently, and desperately need a few points in the bank to ensure survival. However, they are yet to record an away win all season and that could still prove to be their undoing. Sean Dyche's men have shown plenty of flair and spirit, but with Dean Marney and Kevin Long still sidelined, and Joey Barton under suspension, it seems a big ask for Burnley to come away with anything this time round.    

What We Sayin’?

We felt Palace's defensive issues could be a problem, but with Vokes (likely) to be out, the possibilty of the 1-1 (21/4) seems less and less likely. We can see Benteke relishing this type of game, and the big Belgian, as he showed against Liverpoool last week, relishes these types of game. He's 13/5 to net first and EVS anytime. Palace 2-0 is 6/1. *  

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 V 1 SWANSEA CITY

Dependant on the Manchester derby in midweek, United could be closing in on a Champions League place ahead of this home tie against Swansea, which should be seen as a banker – but only if the Reds didn’t have that pretty poor record at home this term in the Premier League.

As it is, the Swans need the points with the games running out, and as far as United are concerned, their Europa League journey could be seen as some sort on insurance for Champions League football next season if they do indeed miss out on a top four place. They are, however, without talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Marcos Rojo, thanks to cruciate ligament injuries picked up earlier in the month against Anderlecht, which means another run in the side for Marcus Rashford could well be on the cards.

What We Sayin’?

The aforementioned Rashford is likely to run Swansea’s defence ragged, as he has against so many other opponents in the past and we fancy him to score first. However, our tip is 2-1 United at 7/1.

EVERTON 2 V 2 CHELSEA

The Chelsea juggernaut keeps on going strong, but their defensive issues are there for all to see. They haven’t kept a clean sheet in the last 11 Premier League games; a stat which may well have the likes of ex-Blue Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley licking their lips at the thought of breaching that Chelsea backline again.

Everton have been in pretty decent form since the turn of the year and will be seeking revenge for that 5-0 reverse at Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign.  Add that to the fact that Lukaku has 14 goals in his last nine home games for the Toffees and you can see exactly why we fancy Chelsea’s title assault to come slightly unstuck on Sunday afternoon.

What We Sayin’?

We’re behind a BTTS and Over 2.5 Goals pick at 11/10. It really wouldn’t be a surprise for Lukaku to score first against his former club.

MIDDLESBROUGH 1 V 3 MANCHESTER CITY

Boro battled to a priceless win against Sunderland in midweek just prior to Manchester City’s participation in the Manchester derby a day later with both sides needing the points for different reasons. Pep Guardiola and City still have no guarantees of ensuring Champions League football.

It’ll be a first season without a trophy for Pep, whilst opposite number Steve Agnew picked up his first win in charge of Boro in Wednesday’s local(ish) match against Sunderland. Agnew will be hoping those wins are similar to London buses, but for us, well, we think slightly differently, despite City’s poor defence.

What We Sayin’?

This should be comfortable for City, who have only lost one of the last five meetings with Boro. Bewilderingly, they drew at the Etihad earlier in the season, but we think City will be too strong for the Teessiders this time around. Our 1-3 prediction is 17/2.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2 V 1 ARSENAL

Now we’ve really put this one down to how Chelsea do earlier in the day, and with us fancying the Blues to drop points at Everton, we reckon Spurs will be bang up for this one knowing a win could well take them to within a point of their London rivals.

But Arsenal – with it being a derby – will also be extremely keen on spoiling any Spurs party and also boosting their own potential top four hopes. A draw wouldn’t suit either side in all honesty, but we just about fancy Spurs for this one. It will be tight, though!

What We Sayin’?

 

Spurs to win 2-1 at 15/2


 

 

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