After the craziness of the fourth round of the FA Cup, we have some week day Premier League football to get excited about! This is going to be an excellent round of fixtures, good enough to tell skip work, or tell your professor you are sick, and you won't be in class on Tuesday (which I am doing). Whatever path you are taking in life, make sure you have your ass on the couch watching these matches! We will go through EVERY game and what teams to bet on and which ones to stay away from.
Leicester City F.C. @ Burnley F.C.
Leicester - [+153]
Burnley - [+199]
Draw - [+222]
This match is a tale of two sides of the coin. Leicester City is having a terrible year, and besides the obvious as in, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez not delivering it is also due to their poor away form. Leicester City are 19th in the Premier League in away form as they have three points away from the King Power Stadium all season. Now they go to Turf Moor and face Burnley who are being saved by their incredible home record. Burnley is fourth in home form this season with 25 points, a goal differential of +9 and only one loss. To think at the start of the season, they would be better at home than Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City is mind blowing. With Mahrez unlikely to start due to the Africa Cup of Nations, I think Burnley are just too good at home to lose against a Leicester side who are just too poor away from home. This will be a close game, but Burnley will edge it 1-0.
Leicester Predicted XI:
Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Gray, Okazaki, Vardy.
Burnley Predicted XI:
Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Boyd, Marney, Hendrick, Defour, Barnes, Gray
Crystal Palace F.C. @ A.F.C. Bournemouth
Crystal Palace - [+270]
Burnley - [+110]
Draw - [+240]
Crystal Palace go to Dean Court and face Bournemouth as Big Sam's side desperately need three points if they want to spur their climb up the table to safety. With how poor their defense is, and now going up against Bournemouth and the tactics of Eddie Howe this will be a very hard task for the away team. I think Big Sam will set up to get at least a draw, so I see this being a dull and quiet game. I think this will be a draw, due to how badly Palace needs points. This could be boring folks. 1-1 Draw.
Crystal Palace Predicted XI:
Hennessey, Tomkins, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Mcarthur, Cabaye, Schlupp, Puncheon, Remy, Benteke
Bournemouth Predicted XI:
Boruc, Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Surman, Arter, Stanislas, Wilshere, Fraser, Wilson
Watford F.C. @ Arsenal F.C.
Watford - [+1102]
Arsenal - [-401]
Draw - [+551]
Watford is a team I never trust, Ighalo and Deeney have been poor this season, their defense is bad, and Heurelho Gomes is well, Heurelho Gomes. They now go to Arsenal as the Gunners try to keep their momentum going for their massive derby against Chelsea on Saturday. With how well Welbeck and Walcott looked in the FA Cup I just see the forwards of Arsenal being too much for Watford, and I see this getting VERY ugly. Arsenal to win 4-0.
Watford Predicted XI:
Gomes, Kaboul, Prodl, Britos, Kabasele, Behrami, Capoue, Holebas, Cleverly, Okaka, Deeney
Arsenal Predicted XI:
Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Coquelin, Iwobi, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud
West Bromwich Albion F.C. @ Middlesbrough F.C.
West Brom - [+208]
Boro - [+159]
Draw - [+203]
West Bromwich Albion go to Middlesbrough in what will be another chance for Tony Pulis to show the world he is José Mourinho in a track suit. West Brom have the perfect players to defeat Boro as like last week; Boro showed they don't have the defense to stop a strong and tall striker like Salomón Rondón. West Brom are just amazing; they have an incredible defense and a great attacking presence with Salomón Rondón, Nacer Chadli, and Matt Phillips. I might be crazy here but can West Brom get a chance at the Europa League? Anyway, West Brom will win 2-0.
West Brom Predicted XI:
Foster, Nyom, Mcauley, Dawson, Brunt, Fletcher, Yacob, Phillips, Morrison, Chadli, Rondon
Boro Predicted XI:
Valdes, Chambers, Bernardo, Gibson, Fabio, Clayton, De Roon, Forshaw, Traore, Negredo, Stuani
Southampton F.C. @ Swansea City A.F.C.
Southampton - [+130]
Swansea - [+225]
Draw - [+235]
Southampton is coming off a 5-0 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup as they now go to Wales and face relegation contender Swansea City. Southampton aren't a great team away from home as they only have nine points all season. Swansea is also not great at home as they are 19th in home form with eight points with a goal differential of -13. I think Southampton have tendencies to be inconsistent. I think this will be a shock result as I think this will be a boring draw. 1-1 will be the final score.
Southampton Predicted XI:
Forster, Cedric, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand, Hojbjerg, Romeu, Ward-Prownse, Redmond, Rodriguez, Tadic.
Swansea Predicted XI:
Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Sung-Yueng, Cork, Carroll, Routledge, Llorente, Sigurdsson.
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. @ Sunderland A.F.C.
Tottenham - [-265]
Sunderland - [+760]
Draw - [+405]
You might ask yourself, why is there a gif of Dele Alli dancing? And the reason why is that Tottenham and most notably Dele Alli is on fire! He has eight goals in his last six Premier League matches, and with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen looking great as well they are going to march into the Stadium of Light and get a big win. With how bad Sunderland are at the back, with Danny Rose and Kyle Walker throwing balls into the box I just can't see any way Sunderland will get anything. Also, let's not forget Son Heung-min, he has 11 goals in all competitions for Tottenham this season. This will be a murdering, Tottenham to win 4-0.
Tottenham Predicted XI:
Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Rose, Eriksen, Alli, Kane.
Sunderland Predicted XI:
Mannone, Denayer, Djilobodji, O'Shea, Jones, Larsson, Rodwell, Van Aanholt, Januzaj, Honeyman, Defoe
Chelsea F.C. @ Liverpool F.C.
Chelsea - [+195]
Liverpool - [+149]
Draw - [+233]
This is DST's Game of the Week! Chelsea and Liverpool are going to battle it out to see if Liverpool can save a week where they lost a chance to get to Wembley and lost to Wolves in the FA Cup 2-1. Now Liverpool hosts the Blues who look to keep their big lead at the top of the table. I think Chelsea's defense is too good for Liverpool and also, Chelsea's attack is also too good for Liverpool's defense, I think Chelsea are superior in every aspect which is why I am going with an away win for Chelsea. This will end 2-1 to Chelsea.
Chelsea's Predicted XI:
Courtios, Azpilcueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard
Liverpool Predicted XI:
Mignolet. Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Can, Lallana, Firmino, Countinho
Manchester City F.C. @ West Ham United F.C.
Manchester City - [-182]
West Ham - [+500]
Draw - [+335]
Manchester City travel to London and face West Ham United as they try to get their season back on track. Manchester City is in fifth place as they are pretty much out of the tittle race. West Ham, on the other hand, have been playing great football but now it's make or break time, Dimitri Payet has officially left the club. This will hurt West Ham. I do have to say, West Ham did well to sign Robert Snodgrass who I feel can go down as one of the better signings of the season. I think Manchester City are just too good for West Ham. I think it will be close, but Manchester City will win. 2-1 Victory to Manchester City.
Manchester City Predicted XI:
Bravo, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Kolarov, Clichy, Toure, Fernandinho, Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne, Aguero
West Ham Predicted XI:
Randolph, Byram, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Obiang, Feghouli, Lanzini, Antonio, Carroll
Everton F.C. @ Stoke City F.C.
Everton - [+162]
Stoke - [+180]
Draw - [+232]
Everton is in amazing form as they haven't lost in the Premier League since December 19th. Now they go to Stoke City who is on unbeaten in their last three matches. Now they look as both teams look like they will finish in the top 10. I think Everton have the upper hand in this match due to their great form, but I think Stoke at home can be a tough game for anyone. I think Stoke is too inconsistent to win this match, but I can see this being a draw or a close win for Everton. Since I don't like sitting on the fence; I will go with a 2-1 win for Everton.
Hull City A.F.C. @ Manchester United F.C.
Hull - [+1500]
Manchester United - [-486]
Draw - [+576]
Hull City who are having a tough week go to Manchester United and try to shock the world. Hull City are coming off a 4-1 loss in the FA Cup to lower league team Fulham. I am going to keep this brief; Manchester United are playing too well for Hull City to get anything from this game. I am sorry Hull, I hope you prove me wrong. Manchester United to win 3-0.
Hull City Predicted XI:
Jakupovic, Maguire, Davies, Dawson, Robertson, Diomande, Livermore, Huddlestone, Clucas, Mbokani, Hernandez
Manchester United Predicted XI:
De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Darmian, Carrick, Mata, Herrera, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic
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