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BPL Preview Week 36 – Stats, Tips & Specials

Saturday 9th May

Everton V Sunderland 

The early KO for today matches Everton, who have turned their season right around having only lost one in their last six games Vs. a Sunderland side who are well and truly in the relegation battle, regardless of their important win against Southampton.

Everything stats wise points to an easy Everton win; they’ve kept a clean sheet in their last six out of seven games at Goodison, consequently, they’ve also won their last four at home in the League. Sunderland have failed to win their last eight away games in the League and have only defeated Everton twice in their last 23 meetings.

Tip; 13/5 for the Draw is a good bet. Whilst the stats point to a comprehensive Everton win, they now have nothing to play for, Sunderland on the other hand have everything to play for.

Aston Villa V West Ham United 

Aston Villa have relegation in their back of their minds, although their performances of late point to a team that are confident of staying up. West Ham on the other hand, seem to be loitering around the table like a club that doesn’t know what’s going on; mostly, off the field with managerial questions being asked. Cristian Benteke could well have a field day on Saturday, James Collins is rumoured to have suffered a back spasm and with young Reece Burke already sure to make only his third League appearance – it will be a tough day at the back for West Ham.

Stats point to a draw, and low scoring at that; West Ham have failed to score in five of their last seven away games, also keeping clean sheets in their last three meetings with Aston Villa. There have been under 2.5 goals in Aston Villa’s last three meetings with West Ham, as well as there being under 2.5 goals in West Ham’s last four games.

Tip; 8/1 for 0-0. Not an exciting bet, but if there were two sides likely to have a 0-0 it’s these two, especially, as it was the reverse score line earlier in the season.

Hull V Burnley 

Quite simply, Burnley must win this. Hull, equally, must win this game, although they have a bit more breathing space than their opponents. Hull have the advantage in that they’ve been winning games, two in their last six, whilst Burnley have only managed a draw in theirs. Grim reading for their fans.

Stats are really mixed on this; Burnley have failed to score in their last six games as well as losing six out of their last seven away games in the League. Something against Hull in this one though, is that Burnley have actually won eight of the last nine meetings between the sides.

Tip; 13/4 Burnley win. Again, Burnley will have to be going all out for this. Hull, although they have looked impressive, always look shaky for me.

Leicester V Southampton 

Leicester have been in scintillating form, form, which looks to have dragged them towards Premier League survival. Southampton are in that precarious mid-table position, whereby they can’t really move too far up or down. There’s that ‘holiday’ mind-set almost.

Stats lean surprisingly towards Leicester City, they have won five out of six of their last League games whilst Southampton have slumped to defeat in their last three away league games.

Tip; 17/4 Leicester City under 2.5 goals. Whilst Leicester have been in fine form going forward, Southampton are an incredibly tight unit at the back, however, with survival still their target it should give Leicester the edge.

Newcastle V West Brom 

Newcastle are slap bang in trouble, whilst they have some breathing space, they are in absolutely horrific form right now. West Brom on the other hand will come into the game off the back of three good results which have seen them move away from the relegation battle, and seemingly, are now safe.

Stats lean towards a West Brom win, they’ve kept clean sheets in their last three games whilst Newcastle have only score in three of their last six games. Newcastle as well, are of course on a torrid run of form which has seen them lose eight in a row, with a tough defence in front of them, it looks unlikely they’ll buck that now.

Tip; 9/2 West Brom under 2.5 goals. West Brom have been in good form at the back, but, haven’t been prolific in front of goal by any stretch of the imagination. Newcastle though, have struggled to score whilst struggling to defend. Not, the greatest combination.

Stoke V Tottenham 

Stoke are chasing a top ten finish under Mark Hughes with a very solid season under their belts, Tottenham will be hoping to just finish the season in some better form. They know they’ll finish in the top six, so it’s another opportunity of a top four finish dashed for them.

Stats lean towards both sides settling for a draw. Tottenham know they can’t reach Champions League berth, and Stoke will be hoping to solidify a top ten finish to cap off their season which has fizzled out somewhat.

Tip; 23/10 Draw. Neither side has much left to play for other than pride and a few more points. Stoke are always a brilliant side to back when they’re at home, but even there, they’ve started to falter recently.

Crystal Palace V Man United 

They’ve lost three on the bounce now, although that Pardew magic is still running high over Selhurst Park, Man United have also lost their lost three games so neither side will be coming into this with much momentum.

The stats for this are ridiculously inconclusive, both sides have lost their last three games, both also failing to score in those three games. The only incentive to lean either way is that Man United have won the last three meetings between the sides.

Tip; 12/5 0-1 goals scored. Whoever wins this one, it will be low scoring, you can rest assured there going on the form of both.

Sunday 10th May

Man City V QPR 

Although they aren’t bottom, QPR have certainly played like a team that are bottom and know they are already relegated for some time. Man City, there in a strange situation, battling to finish 2nd…it never sounds great does it? They failed to win the League, so, you have to wonder where that will leave Manuel Pellegrini at the seasons end.

Stats lean towards, quite obviously, a Man City win. They’ve won 29 of their last 36 home games, whilst QPR have failed to win 20 out of their last 22 away games. Man City are also undefeated in the two sides last six meetings.

Tip; 9/8 Man City win to nil. QPR will really struggle here you have to feel, for me, it’s just a case of how many City can score.

Chelsea V Liverpool 

This should be interesting, especially, if Steven Gerrard plays. Chelsea fans will no doubt give the Liverpudlian any respite regardless of whether he starts or not though. Liverpool have struggled this season, a lot of signings not working out, perhaps the key for them. Chelsea though, have won the Premier League, so can now enjoy the rest of their time on the pitch.

Stats lean towards the Champions here. At home under Mourinho they are a different kettle of fish, undefeated in their last 18 home games as well as being undefeated against Liverpool in their last seven meetings.

Tip; 9/2 Slippy-G to have the last laugh and score anytime against Chelsea in his last game against the club he infamously messed up against.

Monday 11th May

Arsenal V Swansea

Arsenal will be vying to finish runners-up to Chelsea this season, and, they deserve it. They were the only team that came remotely close to Chelsea this season, had they had a better start, they may well have given them a better fight for it. Swansea, much like a couple of teams, have nothing to play for, other than maintaining their top ten finish.

Stats lean towards Arsenal, quite convincingly too; they have won nine out of their last ten League games, keeping five clean sheets in their last seven home games as well as having been winning at half time and full-time in five of their last six games.

Tip; 3/1 Arsenal and score margin 2 goals. Arsenal, when they have scored in their last six games have only scored one goal, once. They’ve been truly on fire in front of goal recently once they get the first one in.

 

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Writer Info about Stuart Plant

Stuart is Executive Editor (Football) for StalkSport. A Keen writer, watcher and player of many sports. Stuart writes for numerous other web publications, specialising in Sport and Music. His most notable work to date is on the West Ham site IronViews, as @IronViewsStu. He is an avid West Ham United fan.

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