Arsenal managed to keep their FA Cup campaign going in emphatic style on Saturday evening as Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott netted five goals between them in a 5-0 drubbing of Southampton. Both sides made a fair few rotations to their squad, but Arsenal were simply too clinical on the day, and Welbeck’s brace will be a huge boost for him on his first start since May.
This victory made it six wins and one draw from Arsenal’s last seven games in all competitions, and that blip of back to back defeats against Everton and Manchester City seems a long time ago now.
Their renewed form has taken them back into 2nd position in the Premier League as well, and with the gap between them and Chelsea at eight points, the title race isn’t completely over just yet. It goes without saying that they need to keep this form going though.
Watford’s FA Cup clash at the weekend didn’t go quite so well, as they lost 1-0 to League One side Millwall, ending a three match unbeaten streak in all competitions. Overall it’s been a disappointing spell for them though.
The Hornets’ only victory in their last nine games came at home to Burton Albion, and in the Premier League they are winless in seven with four defeats coming in that spell. This leaves them 14th in the table.
Away from home they have lost five and drawn two of their last seven games and have only won two away days all season. Arsenal have lost twice at home in all competitions, but in the Premier League they are unbeaten at the Emirates since the opening day of the season. They have won eight and drawn two of their ten matches since then.
Despite Olivier Giroud’s return to form recently, Alexis Sanchez is still the man to watch. The Chilean forward has scored 15 Premier League goals this season and three of those have come in his last five home matches. This makes odds of 8/11 for him to score anytime look a good choice for our goalscorer predictions.
PREDICTION: ARSENAL WIN 2-1.
Swansea, despite their torrid season so far, managed an incredible win last weekend when they let a two goal lead slip at Anfield before grabbing a 74th minute winner through Gylfi Sigurdsson to beat Liverpool 3-2 away from home.
This makes it two wins and six defeats in their last eight games in all competitions, which explains why they are all the way down in 17th position with just 18 points from their first 22 Premier League matches.
Things aren’t good for them at the Liberty Stadium either, where they have won two, drawn two, and lost seven of their 11 league games. They have conceded a huge 27 goals on home soil too, giving them by far the worst defensive record in the league.
Two of Swansea’s goals last weekend came from Spanish striker Fernando Llorente, with that brace taking his tally to eight Premier League goals for the season. All of his other six have come at the Liberty Stadium though, so backing him for our anytime goalscorer predictions could be a good choice.
Claude Puel made the somewhat brave move of resting a lot of his key players for Southampton’s Premier League hosting of Arsenal on Saturday. It didn’t turn out well for them as the rampant Arsenal battered them 5-0.
Their overall form is pretty good though, with them winning four and losing two of their last six games and pushing themselves up to 11th in the table after a difficult first half to the campaign. Away from home The Saints do struggle for victories though, winning just two Premier League away days this season and losing six times.
This could be a surprisingly tight game given Swansea’s confidence after last weekend and their extra rest. Whatever action there is going to be is likely to occur in the second half though. Swansea are rather slow starting, with just three of their 14 home goals coming in the first half.
PREDICTION: SOUTHAMPTON WIN 1-0.
Middlesbrough managed a slender win over Accrington Stanley on Saturday to progress to the FA Cup Fifth Round, but their 3-1 defeat at home to West Ham the weekend before will still be preying on their mind.
They have won two, drawn two, and lost three of their last seven outings in all competitions, but both of those victories came in the FA Cup against lower league opposition. In the Premier League they are winless in five and have lost five of their last seven, leaving them just four points clear of the drop zone, despite their influx of players since their promotion.
It gets better on home soil, but only marginally. They have won three of their 11 home matches this season but lost six of them, including that dismal showing against West Ham last weekend. Now they face the task of holding off a surprisingly good West Brom side.
The visitors beat Sunderland 2-0 at home last weekend, and the fact they have had an extra week of rest due to their FA Cup elimination could prove to be a big advantage. In the Premier League they have won three of their last four games and moved themselves up to 8th in the table.
They have had to play against the likes of Spurs, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Chelsea in the past couple of months, but despite that their overall form record actually looks pretty good. They lost all of those games, but these are their only defeats in their last 12 league outings.
Away from home The Baggies have won two, drawn one, and lost three of their last six league outings, but all of their defeats came against top three sides in the league. Victories against Southampton and Leicester indicate they have a very good chance of getting the points against Boro on Tuesday.
The main man to watch out for here will be Salomon Rondon. The Venezuelan marksman has scored seven league goals this season and has improved drastically after his debut Premier League campaign last year. Backing him to score anytime could well be the best choice for our goalscorer predictions.
PREDICTION: WESTBROM WIN 1-0.
Sunderland’s Premier League woes continued last weekend as they lost 2-0 at West Brom to make it seven games without a win in all competitions. This followed on from their FA Cup exit at the hands of Burnley, but a cup run will be the least of their worries in their current predicament.
They come into this match rock bottom of the Premier League table with 15 points from their 22 league matches, leaving them three points clear of safety and struggling drastically to pick up any points.
They have lost 6 of their last eight league matches and only won once. Their home form is considerably better with wins against Hull, Leicester, and Watford in their last six matches, but games against more talented sides have generally ended in convincing defeats.
Once again it’s the Black Cats’ defence that is letting them down. They have actually managed to score in eight of their last nine home games, but just two clean sheets at home all season means they have often been on the wrong end of defeat.
Tottenham managed to scrape through in the FA Cup in dramatic fashion as they twice trailed Wycombe Wanderers, only to score two goals in the closing stages of the game to win 4-3. This makes it eight wins and one draw from their last nine matches, which has sent them to 3rd in the Premier League with just a point between them and arch rivals Arsenal in 2nd.
Away from home things have been a little less consistent, but that’s largely down to their run of poor form in the winter. Even so, they have kept just two clean sheets in their 11 away days in the Premier League this season, so the hosts finding their way onto the scoresheet is a very real possibility.
Dele Alli is the man to watch for the visitors. The star midfielder has scored 11 Premier League goals this season and has bagged five in his last three away games, so he looks the better value choice for our anytime goalscorer predictions.
PREDICTION: SPURS WIN 2-1.
Overall the pre-season relegation candidates’ form is looking surprisingly good. They have won five, drawn one, and lost two of their last eight games in all competitions, and they have been able to turn Turf Moor into a fortress this season.
Their win against Bristol City made it six wins on the bounce at home for them, and they have only lost three times there all season. One of these was on the opening day of the season, whilst the other two came against Manchester City and Arsenal. They have won eight of their last nine games there, which has been the main driving force behind their rise to 13th in the Premier League table.
Leicester’s season isn’t going quite as well as that. They needed a late Wes Morgan goal to salvage a replay against Derby County in the FA Cup on Friday, and their poor Premier League season has left the reigning champions down in 15th position.
Their last Premier League outing saw them lose 3-0 at Southampton last weekend, which is simply the latest in a long line of disappointing results on the road for The Foxes. They haven’t won a single league game away from home this season and have lost eight of them.
PREDICTION:LEICESTER WIN 2-1.
Bournemouth had a week off from football after getting knocked out in the third round of the FA Cup by Millwall. Their last match was the 2-2 draw at home to Watford last Saturday, and that extra week of rest could prove crucial in determining the outcome of this clash.
The Cherries’ draw last time out did make it four games without a win for them in all competitions, but at home they have a significantly better record than their overall form suggests. They have won five, drawn three, and lost two of their last ten Premier League outings at the Vitality Stadium.
Their two defeats did come against Sunderland and Southampton, but their results against Everton, Spurs, Liverpool, and Arsenal illustrate that they are a force to be reckoned with on home soil.
Despite their overall solid form at home they have only kept one clean sheet in their last six at home, and they’re facing a Crystal Palace side full of attacking threat with the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke at their disposal.
The visitors, despite the talented attacking lineup, are in severe trouble right now. They were knocked out of the FA Cup 3-0 to Manchester City on Saturday, but that disappointment pales in comparison to their Premier League traumas.
The Eagles have lost six and drawn two of their last eight games in the league and have won just one of their last 16 matches. This, unsurprisingly, leaves them in the relegation zone with 16 points from their 22 games. This is largely thanks to their early season good form though.
Crystal Palace have managed to score in ten of their last 14 league games and have only failed to score three times on the road all season. Unfortunately for them they have conceded a huge 25 goals on their travels and haven’t kept a single clean sheet.
This will please the likes of Callum Wilson a great amount. The English striker has notched six times in the league for Bournemouth this season, and with four of those coming in nine home starts, he looks the best option for our anytime goalscorer predictions.
PREDICTION: PALACE WIN 1-0.
Liverpool’s 2017 got even worse on Saturday as they lost yet another game, this time against Championship side Wolves at home in the FA Cup. This is their third defeat in a week and their second cup exit in three days, making for a truly torrid New Year for Jurgen Klopp.
They have now won just one of their last eight games in all competitions, losing four times and only managing their win against League Two outfit Plymouth Argyle. Their Premier League displays have seen them sink to 4th in the table, and the ten point gap between them and top of the table Chelsea means their title hopes are effectively over.
Anfield, which was a fortress earlier this season, has seen the home side lose three times in a row now and they are winless there in 2017. These defeats have come against the likes of Swansea, Southampton, and Wolves as well, so they won’t be relishing the visit of Chelsea.
Chelsea didn’t make any slip ups in their FA Cup Fourth Round clash, hammering Brentford 4-0 to make it 14 wins from their last 15 games in all competitions. Their dispatch of Hull last weekend sent them eight points clear of 2nd placed Arsenal in the Premier League too.
Away from home the title favourites have won six of their last seven games, and a lot of their plaudits must go to Diego Costa. Eight of the striker’s 15 Premier League goals this season have come away from home, and considering Liverpool’s lacklustre defence of late backing him to score anytime looks by far the best option for our goalscorer predictions.
Liverpool have upped their game against the bigger clubs in the Premier League this season though, as is shown by their wins over Manchester City and Spurs and their draw against Manchester United. Chelsea have slipped up against Spurs recently too, so it might not be plain sailing.
PREDICTION: CHELSEA WIN 2-1.
West Ham have been afforded a break this weekend after Manchester City knocked them out of the FA Cup earlier this month, and that extra week of rest will have them feeling fairly confident about their chances here.
They have won five of their last seven games in the Premier League, and now the distasteful Dimitri Payet saga is coming to a close we can expect to see a more gelled happy West Ham squad in the near future.
The Hammers’ early season poor form does leave them down in 10th in the Premier League, but recently they have been playing more like the side we saw last season. At home they have won three of their last four in the league, keeping a clean sheet in all of those wins and only losing to Manchester United.
Manchester City progressed further in the FA Cup on Saturday with a confident 3-0 win over Crystal Palace to make it six wins, two draws, and four defeats in their last 12 outings in all competitions.
In the Premier League they have only won four of their last nine games though, a record which has seen them drop to 12 points behind leaders Chelsea and into 5th position in the table. Pep Guardiola’s main focus now will be to get back into the top four.
Away from home The Citizens were actually doing okay until recently, but defeats to Leicester, Liverpool, and Everton have caused them to win just one of their last four trips away in the league. They conceded four goals to both Leicester and Everton, so I quite fancy Andy Carroll’s chances against the faltering defence of the visitors. The strong forward has netted five goals in ten league appearances this season, so at 13/5 he looks a great value backing for our anytime goalscorer predictions.
PREDICTION: MANCITY WIN 3-0.
Manchester United continued in the FA Cup on Sunday as they beat Wigan 4-0 at home after a rather edgy start to the game. This comes after their midweek defeat to Hull in the League Cup, but despite that they booked their place at Wembley thanks to their 2-0 home win over them. They now face off against Hull for the third time this month, this time in the Premier League.
Their last Premier League match required a Wayne Rooney goal incredibly late on to salvage a point from Hull, and prior to that they were fairly lucky to get a point at home to Liverpool. Despite their relative good fortune in recent matches they are definitely a formidable side.
The Red Devils’ draw against Stoke made it 13 games unbeaten for them in the Premier League, although the fact only seven of these have been victories and many of them have been rather lucky will play on Jose Mourinho’s mind a bit. They have won just four of these games by more than a single goal margin and none of them by three or more goals.
Hull’s FA Cup journey came to an end on Sunday as they were battered 4-1 against Fulham, but despite their horrendous performance the signs are encouraging for Marco Silva. Hull have looked a formidable outfit since he took over, and their record of three wins from their last six games is very good, considering they have played Manchester United twice and Chelsea once.
The visitors were maligned for their awful defence not long ago, but in the league at least they seem to have improved greatly recently. The 2-0 loss away to Chelsea was actually quite an unfair scoreline considering their performance, and their defeat to Fulham on Sunday is the only time they have lost by more than two goals in their last eight games in all competitions.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will still be a huge threat to deal with. Manchester United’s veteran striker has netted 19 goals in his Manchester United career so far, and six of those have come in his ten home Premier League appearances. He is the obvious choice for our anytime goalscorer predictions at 1/2, although if you want more value backing the in form Henrikh Mkhitaryan at 7/5 is a good choice too.
PREDICTION: UNITED WIN 2-0.
Stoke may be disappointed to have only taken a point from their last game, considering they conceded the equaliser with the last kick of the game, but if they had been offered a point at the start of their match against Manchester United they would have probably taken it.
In general they played very well that match, as they did in their 3-1 win away to Sunderland the weekend before. They did go out of the FA Cup at the hands of Wolves, but in the Premier League they have picked up seven points from their last three games.
This is very welcome after their torrid start to the season, and it has pushed them to 9th in the table with four points to make up before they catch West Brom. They are in decent form though, as is evident by the fact they have only lost four of their last 17 league goals. Three of these came against Arsenal, Liverpool, and Chelsea away from home as well, so they will feel pretty confident coming into this game. At home they have lost just once in their last nine league matches, winning four of them and drawing the other four.
Everton aren’t in bad shape as they come into this game following a slender win over the struggling Crystal Palace. They have won four of their last six matches in all competitions, but away from home the season has largely been a disappointment.
They have managed to beat Leicester and Crystal Palace recently, but both of those sides are struggling badly. The Toffees only picked up a point against Hull on New Year’s Eve and have lost five of their last nine trips away, winning just twice.
Despite Everton’s poor away record this season and Stoke being very difficult to beat on home soil the bookies have the visitors down as favourites. This, in my book, is a mistake on their part and leaves a lot of value on the table for us. Stoke have only lost three home games this season and two of those were early in the season against Spurs and Manchester City.
PREDICTION: EVERTON WIN 1-0.