Triskaidekaphobia, or fear of the number 13... it's unlucky for some, apparently, but surely not us, especially after our sterling show last week! Anyhow's, that's enough of our being highbrow, it's time to get back to the science of winning! That's right, it's the weekend, which can only mean one thing - the return of the Premier League and the StanJames.com Premier League Predictor Competition. Have fun, beat your mates, beat us even, and win free bets and prizes! Seemples...!
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 six matches this week, with Saturday's opener between Burnley and City kicking proceedings off. Entry will close at 12:15! Good luck everyone!
BURNLEY 1-3 MANCHESTER CITY |
It’s the fourth best home record – behind Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool – against the best record on the road as the Clarets host Manchester City this lunchtime. We know exactly what you’re thinking though – “City at Burnley? Easy win for them.” Our response to that? Burnley have already beaten Liverpool on home turf, so why not Pep Guardiola’s side?
For Pep, he’ll surely continue with Yaya Toure in midfield following the Ivorian’s brace at Crystal Palace a week ago, but you can expect a few changes from Sean Dyche, who saw his side taken apart and beaten 4-0 by West Brom last time out. West. Brom.
He’ll want a response, but the thing with Burnley – and City to a certain extent – means that we never actually know what side is going to turn up!
What We Sayin?
Burnley’s very decent home record may well come into the reckoning, but for us City will be too strong for the Clarets. We fancy City to get a few goals but do concede as well, keeping just one clean sheet in their last 13 games in all competitions. Our pick of 3-1 could well come in. Yaya Toure to score first at 9/2 is one that should certainly be looked at.*
HULL CITY 1-2 WEST BROMWICH ALBION |
Now a couple of weeks ago we’d have all sighed when seeing this game crop up. However, Tony Pulis has his side playing some pretty decent football, flowing, scoring goals and now his side are in the top half of the table. And people said last season’s Premier League was crazy...!
And then you have Hull, who couldn’t score in a... yeah, you know where. Mike Phelan’s down to the bare bones again and the Tigers just don’t have that roar that they had at the start of the season with their surprising start to the campaign.
West Brom in good form, Hull just aren’t any goal threat at all and have the joint-worst scoring record as Middlesbrough this season. Everything points to ANOTHER West Brom victory. What a time to be alive.
What We Sayin’?
We have absolutely no idea who’ll score for Hull, but what we do know is Matt Phillips is in great goalscoring form and at 15/2, is worth a punt to score first. Another shout is our old mate Gareth McAuley to score anytime, again at 15/2.*
LEICESTER CITY 1-1 MIDDLESBROUGH |
Leicester have more points in the Champions League (13) than they do in the Premier League and they’re fortunate they’re back in their own back yard after their troubles on the road this season.
But Middlesbrough aren’t the whipping boys they were earlier in the campaign and have picked up a creditable point at Arsenal and Manchester City recently and only lost 1-0 at home to Chelsea, which shows Aitor Karanka’s men have sharpened up defensively. They just need to get the other end sorted.
Leicester will be without Danny Drinkwater for the first of three games and although he’ll be a loss, Claudio Ranieri has an able replacement in Andy King. Leicester’s season hasn’t yet got up and running yet, but could Saturday be the day? In our opinion, probably not.
What We Sayin’?
Draw written all over this one. We doubt this will be a classic, and the fact that the Foxes were in action in midweek may help Boro. A draw would probably please everyone involved with both sides. Sinji Okazaki has four goals this season in all competitions and every single one of them has come at home, so backing him at 11/2 to open the scoring may prove to be a profitable move.*
LIVERPOOL 6-1 SUNDERLAND |
David Moyes’ mood would have been much better over the last couple of weeks after Sunderland’s two consecutive victories which helped lift the Black Cats off the foot of the table. However, with the former Everton boss making a return to Merseyside.
But being top scorers in the Premier League and sitting pretty in second in the table, Jurgen Klopp has Liverpool fans dreaming that this year could actually – finally, possibly, maybe – be their year. They have said that for the last 15 seasons though, haven’t they?
What We Sayin’?
We’re aiming for a big win for the hosts, but knowing Liverpool, there’s no way they’ll keep a clean sheet. A Liverpool win and Both Teams To Score comes in at 8/1. In terms of a goalscorer, we’re egging on Philippe Coutinho to open the scoring at 100/30.*
SWANSEA CITY 0-1 CRYSTAL PALACE |
Right, we know it may only be November, but let’s not beat around the bush with this one. At home, against a team in poor form, Swansea City simply have to win. They’re bottom of the table and already five points from safety. Not a great situation to be in.
Swansea are the only Premier League team without a win and could really do with the points on Saturday afternoon. Bob Bradley badly needs a break.
Alan Pardew’s Palace have plummeted to 16th though and sit on 11 points having lost their last five matches, including the narrow defeat to Manchester City last weekend.
What We Sayin’?
This one stinks of a ‘last on Match of the Day’ shout, but as we don’t do odds on that market we’ll get back to a serious prediction. Swansea concede goals. On average, they’re letting in just under two a game, which means Palace’s towering talisman Christian Benteke could be in luck this weekend. They have 17 goals this season – the highest amount in the second half of the table and we’re getting behind big Belgian Benteke to bag against the Swans at 4/1 first goalscorer, or, if you’re not feeling as daring as that, 7/5 to score anytime.*
CHELSEA 3-1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR |
Another Spurs game means another London derby – their third consecutive capital clash in the Premier League. This one could be their toughest nut to crack though as they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
However, despite all of that, they do have Harry Kane. The England hitman has 17 goals in 16 London derbies and with a record like that, he probably backs himself and you’ll fancy backing him to get at least another strike to add to his growing collection.
Antonio Conte’s Blues have that watertight defence now he’s opted with the three at the back. The fact that David Luiz makes up a third of that backline makes their six consecutive clean sheet in the league even more impressive. They’ve not actually conceded a Premier League goal since September.
What We Sayin’?
Chelsea top the division at the moment and have been winning games for fun now under Conte, who appears to firmly have his feet under the table at Chelsea after a bit of a shaky start. We back Spurs to score and with Kane’s record in derby matches you really wouldn’t put it past him to score first at Stamford Bridge – he’s 11/2 to do just that.*
*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!