FA Cup Semi-Finals & Premier League Matchday 31: Pochettino’s Men can Make History
Some fascinating Premier League fixtures to look forward to ahead of the final international break of the year and I’ve shared my thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on the Gameweek 11’s action.
Stoke have never beaten Leicester at home in the Premier League although they have let slip a two-goal lead in the last two games played in the Potteries. Both sides had good wins last weekend, but I think they might have to settle for a point apiece given I can’t split the sides.
Tip: Game to finish in a draw 23/10
Huddersfield had an excellent win in their last home game against United, but they were brought back down to earth at Anfield last weekend and I don’t expect to see many goals in west Yorkshire.
The Baggies have only won two of their last 19 PL games – the first two matches of the current 2017/18 campaign – and one goal might be enough for either side to take the points.
Tip: Under 1.5 goals 6/4
Rafa Benitez has won all five PL home games played on a Saturday with Newcastle and I think he will make it six out of six when the Cherries visit St James’s Park. The Magpies weren’t at their best at Turf Moor on Monday but they are a different proposition at home and I think they can keep the points.
Tip: Newcastle to win 1/1
These two sides have produced the fewest goals in their Premier League games so far this season and this is another game where goals may be at a premium. Burnley have an excellent record on the road so far this season and I think they will take a point at St Mary’s.
Tip: No goalscorer 7/1
A big game near the foot of the PL table and another that is likely to see few clear-cut chances despite the fact that the Seagulls scored three at West Ham in their last PL game on their travels.
Swansea have had just 20 shots on target in their first 10 PL games of the season although in Tammy Abraham they have a striker who continues to impress and could have a very bright future in the game.
Tip: Under 1.5 goals 17/10
This promises to be a terrific game under the London Stadium lights and I think Liverpool can follow up their 4-0 win from the corresponding game last season although the scoreline on that occasion flattered the Reds.
Great to see Daniel Sturridge back among the goals against Huddersfield last weekend and the England International has a good record against West Ham scoring five times in seven PL games against the Hammers. I expect to see goals with my old club getting the lion’s share.
Tip: Liverpool to win and both teams to score 21/10
If Palace fail to score they will become only the second side in the history of the PL (Derby County first in 2007/8) to fail to score in their first six away games of the campaign.
The return of Wilf Zaha has given the Eagles hope in their quest for Premier League survival, but they may have to wait at least another couple of weeks for a point or even a goal on the road given Spurs are a top-class side.
Tip: Spurs to win to nil at 23/20
City have only won one of their last nine games against Arsenal in all competitions, but I can’t see the Gunners getting anything from their trip to the Etihad given the sublime recent form of the hosts.
City have scored 20 goals in their last four PL games and I can’t see past another emphatic home win for Pep Guardiola’s title favourites.
Tip: City -1 on the handicap 6/5
Chelsea have lost just one of their last 15 home PL games against United and I expect Jose Mourinho to set his side out against the champions as he did at Anfield and hope to nick a goal on the break against his former club.
United have been functional rather than particularly impressive in recent games while Chelsea were well beaten in Rome in the Champions League earlier in the week. I expect to see a tight, cagey affair at Stamford Bridge.
Tip: half time score 0-0 8/5
Watford have picked up just a solitary point from their ten previous league visits to Everton Park but I don’t expect the Hornets to leave Goodison empty-handed on Sunday given their impressive away form so far this term.
Only Wayne Rooney and Oumar Niasse have scored a league goal for the Blues so far this term and I believe things will get worse for the club before they get better.
I see, at the time of writing, former England manager Sam Allardyce 5/4 has replaced Sean Dyche 7/4 as the market leader to be named the next permanent Everton boss. Hornets fans will be delighted to see Marco Silva pushed out to 20/1 for the post after speculation last week linking the Portuguese boss with the current Goodison vacancy.
Tip: Watford Double chance (draw or win) 8/11
My Weekend Wager Enhanced Treble: Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester City at 9/2