Stan James' Premier League Predictor Competition | Week 37

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Stan James' Premier League Predictor Competition | Week 37

It's that time of the season again - squeaky bum time! Whilst the title may have been wrapped up on Friday, fear not, there'll be plenty of goals, action, red cards, battle scars and shots off the bar this weekend as the race for fourth hots up and the relegation battle intensifies as Swansea look to avoid the trapdoor and Hull hope to cling on going into the final, nail-biting games of the Premier League's 2016-17 campaign...

So, with Week 37 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

 


 

MANCHESTER CITY 2-0 LEICESTER CITY

City were sensational in last week’s mauling of Crystal Palace at the Etihad and they should have enough to cast aside a Leicester side, who, whilst revitalised under the stewardship of Craig Shakespeare, are safe and sound for another campaign in the Premier League, even if the second half of this campaign hasn’t been as dramatic as the second half of their title-winning season.

But this is City though, and the reason behind their lack of title challenge is partly to do with consistently being inconsistent under Pep Guardiola, who has flattered to deceive in his first season in England, with many believing the Spaniard has tinkered too much with the team on a regular basis and taken City backwards from the latter days under Manuel Pellegrini.

What We Sayin’?

Leroy Sane’s in decent form and we fancy him to score first in a comfortable 2-0 home win at a very decent looking 33/1.


 

AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2-1 BURNLEY

Bournemouth are safe, Burnley are safe. This one’s either going to be a cracker with goals galore, or a dismal bore draw. As our cup is always half-full, we’re going for the former down at the Vitality Stadium, as Dorset’s only senior club look to rise into the top ten in the Premier League – a great achievement for a side who were looking over their shoulder a couple of months ago.

Burnley – if our calculations are correct – aren’t in any danger either, which may mean the Ginger Mourinho (is that even still a compliment these days) may well go for an audacious three up top down on the south coast and test things out for his assault on the title next term, right? Their awful away record is the reason behind our prediction, but they did pick up a decent win on the road at Crystal Palace recently. London buses, and all that?... No, not for us, Clive.

What We Sayin’?

Bournemouth have picked up recently and few players have had better 2017’s that Cherries’ striker Josh King, who’s been, er, well, the king of Dorset this year. He’s almost a certainty to score this weekend when you review his goals to games average this year and we’re behind the Norwegian to score first at 7/2.


 

MIDDLESBROUGH 1-1 SOUTHAMPTON

We saw last week how already relegated Sunderland managed to somehow snatch all three points in their local trip to Hull City and that’s part of the reason we’re fancying Boro to grab a point at home to Southampton, who make the long trip north for the game.

The hosts were sent crashing back down to the Championship at Chelsea on Monday evening and, with the pressure off them, maybe the shackles will come off a Boro side who have struggled for goals all season.

Southampton have hardly set the world alight this season and the fans haven’t take to the charismatic, suave, motor mouth Claude Puel since the Frenchman arrived on the south coast in the summer. On paper, where they currently are in the Premier League is around about their level, but the football hasn’t been a free-flowing as in previous years under ex-managers Ronald Koeman, Mauricio Pochettino and Nigel Adkins.

What We Sayin’?

A simple yet pretty effective 11/2 shout with a BTTS and Under 2.5 Goals selection could be a worthwhile pick.


 

SUNDERLAND 1-3 SWANSEA CITY                                

Speaking of doomed, sorry Sunderland host Swansea City, who will be hoping not to join them in the Championship next term. With games running out, this one is surely must win for Paul Clement’s side. Following their victory at home to Everton last week – mixed in with a Hull defeat – survival is now in their own hands.

Sunderland home or away is almost a banker – at least that’s what Hull thought last week – but with one win in their last one game, surely it won’t be two victories in a row for Moyesie and his team? Surely? There have been three draws in the last five games between these two sides, and with the visitors laying on free travel for Swans fans for this one, it’s imperative the players do their bit by picking up the points. We think they will.

What We Sayin’?

We’re hedging our bets with a Swansea victory and BTTS at 13/5. There will be goals in this one, we tell you!


 

STOKE CITY 1-3 ARSENAL

Now for some reason, one thing that’s for certain in this one is that Aaron Ramsey will be booed by the home supporters for no other reason than the fact Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross broke the Welshman’s leg at the Britannia Stadium almost a decade ago. No, we don’t get it either. Baffling, but if there are any Potters fans out there, do let us know why.

Anyway, back to the present day and Arsenal’s hunt for that famous fourth place continues to gather pace after their midweek win at Southampton. This season could well turn out to be another average one for Arsene Wenger, who continues to play the rustling game with regards to his new contract, will he stay or will he go dilemma. We don’t think even Arsene knows what he’s doing by now.

So Stoke are on the beach – just as they are at this stage of the last 173 Premier League seasons – and Arsenal – believe it or not – may well show some backbone and actually want the win more than their opponents. Strange, we know, it’s unlike them, but this one is pretty much a must win.

What We Sayin’?

Crikey Ramsey will be up for this one and we’re backing him to score first at 11/1.


 

CRYSTAL PALACE 1-1 HULL CITY

All of a sudden, Hull have all the work to do to stay in the Premier League, despite Marco Silva earning rave reviews following his half-season in charge of the Tigers. They need to get something from this one – as we reckon Swansea will win at Sunderland.

Crystal Palace will know a win will definitely see them in the Premier League again as Big Sam provides another side with another Great Escape chapter which will end up in his autobiography. There’ll still be one or two twists and turns we think in the relegation battle, but if that’s to happen, Hull need at least a point at Selhurst Park to stand any chance of digging themselves out of the mire.

What We Sayin’?

A scoring draw for this one, we think. Both sides will cancel each other, with the point suiting Big Sam more than Silva in the opposition dugout. A draw and BTTS comes in at 7/2.


 

WEST HAM UNITED 2-0 LIVERPOOL

After their bore draw at home to Southampton last week at Anfield, Liverpool’s shouts of either “this is our year” and/or “this year is definitely our year” haven’t been as loud as then they beat Watford a couple of weeks back. A win at West Ham may well make their top four chances a lot more concrete, despite not looking brilliant all season – in this writer’s opinion, of course!

West Ham loved every minute of stopping Spurs’ pursuit of the Premier League title last week on their own patch and will look to knock another of the big boys off their perch this weekend, too. The Hammers have kept three clean sheets in their last three home games and are unbeaten in their last five games – a sequence of results that has ensured their stay in the Premier League for another campaign.

What We Sayin’?

The hosts’ recent record against Liverpool is very decent indeed. They’re undefeated against Liverpool in the last five meetings, winning three of those. Liverpool have also lost all of their last three trips to West Ham, too, so just pinning your hopes on a West Ham win at 4/1 could be a simple yet profitable pick.


 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3-1 MANCHESTER UNITED

Whilst it would be typical Spurs to bottle having an unbeaten season at White Hart Lane, United will likely rest players again, and, of course, blame the team selection on numerous injuries again – it’s just what Jose does these days. Spurs are likely to have absolutely zero chance of winning the title this season – not just because they’re Tottenham, but because Chelsea could have already wrapped things up 48 hours beforehand at West Bromwich Albion.

So there playing for pride, second place, just as they were last season – and even that they bottled. Surely there won’t be a repeat of that this weekend. Has there ever been a better time for Spurs to beat United? We said similar earlier in the season and they ended up losing at Old Trafford. Mo-Po will hope his players show more fight than they did against West Ham last time out and we fancy them to get the job done in the last game at White Hart Lane.

What We Sayin’?

Christian Eriksen to score first at 6/1 looks a decent shout. Eight of his 14 goals for Tottenham have come at White Hart Lane this season and the Dane has been in superb form for the majority of the campaign.


 

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