CHELSEA

4th February
12:30
Stamford Bridge

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ARSENAL

Chelsea’s four match winning streak came to an end on Tuesday night as they failed to get the better of the out of form Liverpool at Anfield. They opened the scoring through a David Luiz free kick but were pegged back in the second half, only for Diego Costa to controversially win a penalty in the dying stages of the match and then fail to find the net with it.

Despite this failure to win, Chelsea’s form record still makes for impressive reading. They have won 14, drawn one, and lost one of their last 16 games in all competitions. In the Premier League they have won 15, drawn one, and lost one of their last 17.

At Stamford Bridge things get even more impressive, with their 4-0 thrashing of Brentford last weekend making it ten wins on the trot in all competitions. They have only failed to win one match at home this season – A 2-1 defeat to Liverpool before Antonio Conte reverted to his rock-solid three at the back formation.

Arsenal’s midweek game was a shocker for them as they went 2-0 down at home to Watford early on. They eventually lost the match 2-1 to end their seven match unbeaten streak in all competitions. This leaves them 3rd in the Premier League, behind North London rivals Spurs on goal difference and nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea. They are only four points inside the top four as well, so they have to bounce back soon.

In the Premier League Arsenal have won four, drawn one, and lost three of their last eight matches, and away from home they have won two, drawn two, and lost two of their last six. The Gunners have kept just two clean sheets in their last ten away days in the league, and they have conceded seven goals in their last four matches. This is bad news considering Chelsea have scored a huge 32 goals in their last ten home matches.

Diego Costa may have failed to find the net in midweek, but he has scored 15 Premier League goals this season and has found the net in each of his last three home appearances in the Premier League. This makes him an excellent choice for our anytime goalscorer predictions at 20/21.

PREDICTION: CHELSEA WIN 2-1

EVERTON

4th February
15:00
Goodison Park

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BOURNEMOUTH

Everton managed to pick up a rather impressive 1-1 draw away to Stoke on Wednesday courtesy of a Ryan Shawcross own goal, and that point is the latest in a series of promising signs for the previously struggling Toffees.

The hosts have now won five, drawn two, and lost two of their last nine games in all competitions, and in the Premier League they are unbeaten in six matches now. This includes a 2-0 win away to Leicester, a 3-0 win over Southampton, and their incredible 4-0 thrashing of Manchester City.

Away from home they have often looked poor this season, but Goodison Park has proven to be somewhat of a fortress this season. They have lost just once, and whilst that 1-0 defeat to Merseyside rivals Liverpool will have hurt, they still have a very impressive home record to look back on. There have been a few more draws than they would have hoped for, but they have won three of their last four home games at Goodison.

Bournemouth’s poor form continued in midweek as they lost 2-0 to the out of form Crystal Palace, making it five games without a win in all competitions. In the Premier League they have lost four of their last seven games and won just once, leaving them 14th in the Premier League with seven points between them and the drop zone.

Away from home things are marginally worse for the visitors. They have lost five of their last seven and won the other two, but those two wins are their only away triumphs of the season so far.

It’s undeniable who will be the main threat on Saturday. Romelu Lukaku has notched 12 Premier League goals this season, with the next highest scorer for Everton being Seamus Coleman with four. Odds of 5/6 for the Belgian striker to find the net look the best option for our goalscorer predictions.

PREDICTION: EVERTON WIN 1-0

SOUTHAMPTON

4th February
15:00
St. Mary’s Stadium

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WEST HAM

Southampton suffered a disappointing defeat in midweek as Swansea managed to beat them 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium, with this following on from a 5-0 hammering at home to Arsenal in the FA Cup at the weekend.

Prior to that The Saints were looking in good shape with three consecutive victories in all competitions. However, the back to back defeats now could send them into a spell of poor form similar to the one we saw in the first half of January.

Southampton’s overall inconsistency throughout this season has left them in a poor position in the Premier League. They currently lie 12th in the table, a huge 14 points adrift of the top six and only eight clear of the relegation zone.

West Ham are suffering a similar fate after last season’s successes too, occupying 11th in the table with just one more point than their hosts on Saturday. They were also looking good up until recently with convincing wins over Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough, but their midweek hosting of Manchester City resulted in a 4-0 battering.

This makes it two wins and four defeats from their last six games in all competitions, although away from home they have only lost two of their last six in all competitions. In the Premier League they have won two, drawn two, and lost one of their last five outings on the road.

Southampton have only won five of their 11 home games in the Premier League this season, losing three times in the process. Two of these defeats did come against the likes of Chelsea and Spurs though, but their struggles to pick up all three points is a worry for The Saints.

PREDICTION: 1-1

WEST BROM

4th February
15:00
The Hawthorns

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STOKE

West Brom couldn’t manage to pick up three points at The Riverside in midweek as they drew 1-1 with Middlesbrough, with both goals coming in the first 20 minutes and being followed by a rather drab affair.

This makes it three wins, one draw, and two defeats in The Baggies last six outings in all competitions, and in the Premier League they have managed seven wins, two draws, and four defeats in their last 13 matches. These defeats did come against Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Spurs though, so their overall form looks rather promising at the moment.

Whilst West Brom did fail to score in any of these defeats, they have found the net in 14 of their last 19 league games and haven’t failed to score against any side outside the top six in this period of play. This is an excellent turnaround for a team and manager who are largely known for a defensive approach to the game.

Unsurprisingly, their defensive record has suffered due to this new found attacking intention. They have kept just two clean sheets in their last 19 Premier League games, and those came at home against the two worst away teams in the league.

Stoke have also seen a shift in mentality in recent years, with their influx of European talent providing some excellent attacking threat. They have scored in 17 of their last 19 Premier League games, including all of their last seven. Both of their failures to score came on home soil as well, so The Potters finding the net on Saturday looks an inevitability.

Defensively they have managed just six clean sheets in their last 19 games though, and away from home they have conceded in nine of their 11 league games. This includes them shipping 12 goals in their last four on the road.

West Brom have won five of their last six home league games as well, scoring an impressive 15 goals in the process. Their midfield has been in fine scoring form, but Salomon Rondon is still the major threat for them going forward. He has scored five of his seven league goals this season at The Hawthorns, so backing him to find the net at 7/5 looks the perfect choice for our anytime goalscorer predictions.

PREDICTION: STOKE WIN 3-1

 

HULL

4th February
15:00
KCOM Stadium

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LIVERPOOL

Hull’s Premier League resurgence continues to gather supporters after their excellent effort at Old Trafford that saw them come away with a point on Wednesday. This was a far cry from the team that were battered 4-1 by Fulham at the weekend, and the signs of improvement under Marco Silva have been promising in the Premier League.

Their record still leaves a lot to be desired, with one win, three draws, and five defeats in their last nine league games. They have managed to score in four of their last five matches though, whilst their defence has markedly improved in recent weeks.

At home Hull are proving difficult to beat as well, losing just one of their last six at the KCOM Stadium and picking up a total of nine points. They have scored in all but one of these games too, so Liverpool’s defence will come under some pressure on Saturday.

The visitors managed a 1-1 draw at home to league leaders Chelsea on Tuesday, but they have still won just one game in 2017. During this period they have drawn four and lost four of their nine matches, including a dismal FA Cup exit at home to Wolves last Saturday.

This has left Liverpool slipping down the Premier League table, and they now occupy 4th position. There is still just a point separating them from 2nd placed Spurs, but below them both Manchester City and Manchester United are waiting to pounce.

In the Premier League Liverpool have failed to win each of their last four games and away from home they have won two of their last six. They have managed just three clean sheets on the road all season, but they have only failed to score once as well. Add this to the fact that star player Sadio Mane should be back in action after his African Cup of Nations campaign and the chances of Hull keeping a clean sheet look pretty slim.

Mane’s return will be a huge boost to the Liverpool squad. The Senegalese international has netted nine league goals this season and has been a big miss over the past few weeks. I think he could mark his return with a bang, and odds of 5/4 for him to score anytime look good value for our goalscorer predictions.

PREDICTION: LIVERPOOL WIN 3-1

CRYSTAL PALACE

4th February
15:00
Selhurst Park

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SUNDERLAND

Crystal Palace managed to secure their first Premier League victory under Sam Allardyce on Tuesday as they surprisingly beat Bournemouth 2-0 away from home. This victory makes it two wins, three draws, and seven defeats in their last 12 games in all competitions.

Their Premier League form is a bit worse off than that though, with just one win and six defeats in their last nine matches. This leaves them languishing in the Premier League relegation zone, two points adrift of the safety of 17th and three points clear of the bottom of the table.

Unsurprisingly perennial strugglers Sunderland are one of the two teams below them in the table. They have 16 points to their name and sit in 19th position, but they also managed an impressive result in midweek as they held Spurs to a goalless draw at the Stadium of Light.

This isn’t the only impressive home result they have garnered over the top teams recently, with minds cast back to that 2-2 draw at home to Liverpool at the start of January. However impressive this draw was they are still winless in eight matches in all competitions though.

It gets even worse for them away from home in the Premier League. They have lost eight of their last nine trips away, only managing a win against the same Bournemouth side that Crystal Palace beat on Tuesday. This was their only away win of the season, and nine of their 11 away days have ended in defeat.

Away from home their strike-force starts to falter and their defence gets even worse, which is a recipe for disaster. They have failed to score in six of their last nine away days but have conceded 19 goals at the other end.

PREDICTION: SUNDERLAND WIN 2-1

WATFORD

4th February
15:00
Vicarage Road

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BURNLEY

Watford managed a sensational win in midweek as early goals from Younes Kaboul and Troy Deeney guided them to a 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates. This excellent result makes it two wins, two draws, and two defeats from The Hornets’ last six appearances in all competitions.

Their Premier League form is looking a bit worse for wear though. The win at Arsenal follows on from a seven match winless streak in the league, and four of those ended in defeat as well. At home they have only lost two of their last nine games though, winning four and drawing three of them.

Watford are in a relatively comfortable position in the Premier League at the moment, with their 27 points putting them 13th in the table. A win on Saturday could send them into the top half of the table, but with just eight points between them and the relegation zone it is still anyone’s guess how the table will look at the end of the season.

Burnley are putting in a sensational performance this season considering they were one of the pre-season relegation candidates. They put in another stellar defensive display on Tuesday when they beat Leicester 1-0 at Turf Moor to make it six wins from their last nine games in all competitions.

Their only defeats during this period have come against Manchester City and Arsenal, and their four wins in their last six league games puts them 9th in the table. The four point gap between them and the top eight will be a difficult one to break down, but the signs are definitely promising for Sean Dyche and company.

However, it’s almost entirely thanks to their home form that they are in this position. Away from home they have fallen apart in the league, picking up just one point from a possible 30. Their 2-1 loss to Arsenal made it six defeats in a row on the road.

In fairness they have had to play the likes of Chelsea, Leicester, Manchester United, Spurs, Manchester City, and Arsenal on the road this season, but it’s still a terrible points tally after ten attempts on their travels.

PREDICTION: WATFORD WIN 2-0

TOTTENHAM

4th February
17:30
White Hart Lane

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MIDDLESBROUGH

Tottenham missed out on the chance to open up a gap between them and North London rivals Arsenal on Tuesday as they were held to a goalless draw away to the relegation threatened Sunderland.

This does extend their unbeaten streak to ten matches in all competitions, eight of which have been wins, but it is most certainly two points dropped rather than one gained in Spurs’ eyes. With Arsenal shockingly losing to Watford, they do at least move level on points with The Gunners. They both remain nine points adrift of Chelsea though.

Both of Tottenham’s failures to win in recent times have come away from home though, and at home they have put together a sensational run of form. They have won nine on the bounce in all competitions and have only dropped four points in their 11 home league games. They are the only side to remain undefeated at home in the Premier League.

Middlesbrough played out a low key 1-1 draw at home to West Brom on Tuesday to make it two wins, three draws, and one defeat in their last seven outings. Both of these victories came in the FA Cup though, and in the Premier League they have failed to win any of their last six matches.

Away from home their winless streak extends to ten matches in the Premier League, but six of these have been draws. This includes points gained against Arsenal and Manchester City, so it’s not an awful record on the road.

This consistent failure to pick up all three points does leave them perched precariously in 15th position in the Premier League. They are only two points clear of the relegation zone and both Swansea and Crystal Palace below them are looking improved at the moment.

PREDICTION: SPURS WIN 2-1

MANCHESTER CITY

5th February
13:30
Etihad Stadium

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SWANSEA

Manchester City reminded everyone just how well they can play on Wednesday as they decimated West Ham 4-0 at the London Stadium, but the problem is that these sort of victories have often been broken up by dismal defensive efforts and dropped points.

The win on Wednesday does make it four wins, one draw, and two defeats in their last seven outings in all competitions, but in the Premier League they have won just two of their last five games and at home only three of their last eight in the league have ended in victory.

Considering the hosts have scored in all of their home league games this season, it’s a pretty easy conclusion to make that the problem lies with their defence and goalkeeper. Claudio Bravo has proven to be a pretty shocking transfer in all honesty, and their defensive line up just doesn’t seem capable of playing the way Pep Guardiola demands. This means they have kept just two clean sheets at home all season, and just one in their last eight.

Swansea are mounting a bit of a resurgence at the moment and have managed to escape the relegation zone with two very impressive results in the last few weeks. They beat Southampton 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday after a weekend off whilst the FA Cup was played, and prior to that they shockingly won 3-2 at Anfield.

They have now won three of their last five in all competitions, and they have now won back to back away games in the Premier League for the first time in nearly two years. This has pushed them into 17th, but with just two points separating them from the drop zone they need to keep their form going.

Swansea’s defence has been the source of all their problems too. They haven’t kept a clean sheet on the road since their 1-0 win over Burnley right at the start of the season, but they have managed to find the net themselves in eight of their 11 trips away.

Considering the visitors improved performance all over the pitch they will definitely fancy their chances of grabbing a goal against Manchester City. However, they’re still struggling at the back and their chances of keeping City at bay for the entire game are very slim indeed. Odds of 19/20 for Both Teams to Score look incredibly good value, so I’m backing that alongside a 2-1 win for Manchester City at 8/1 for my correct score predictions.

PREDICTION: MANCITY WIN 4-1

LEICESTER

5th February
16:00
King Power Stadium

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MANCHESTER UNITED

Premier League champions Leicester fell to another dismal defeat in midweek as they lost 1-0 away to the surprisingly good Burnley. This follows on from their 2-2 draw at Derby County in the FA Cup to make it four games in all competitions without a win.

The last three Premier League games have all ended in defeat, with Leicester failing to score a single goal during that period and in the goalless draw against Middlesbrough that preceded their losing streak.

This leaves the reigning champions in a dreadful 16th position in the Premier League, and they are only two points above the drop zone. There is every possibility that we could see the Premier League champions relegated the following season for the first time in history come May.

At home their form does improve a bit, with two wins, one draw, and three defeats making up their last six league games at the King Power Stadium. One of these was a fantastic 4-2 win over Manchester City as well, so fans of The Foxes will be wondering why they can’t do that every week.

Manchester United played out a goalless draw at home to the plucky Hull on Wednesday to make it three draws and just one win from their last five games in all competitions. They are still unbeaten in 14 Premier League matches. Numerous draws have left them four points adrift of the top four though.

Away from home things are a little more promising. They have won four and drawn two of their six away days in the league since their humiliating 4-0 defeat to Chelsea. All four of these victories have seen them score at least two goals too, and considering Leicester have conceded two or more in five of their last six at home the travelling fans will be expecting to see a few goals.

The man they will be turning to is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The striker may have been in a poor run recently, but his 14 league goals this season dwarfs anybody else in the side. Over half of them have come on the road too, so backing him to find the net at 20/21 looks a good choice for our goalscorer predictions.

PREDICTION: UNITED WIN 3-1