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Southampton vs Brentford

Kick Off: 01/11/2022 15:45

 

Southampton

Southampton drew 1-1 at home to a well-formed Tottenham Hotspur on the last matchday. They are unbeaten in ten of their last thirteen games and six at home. In fact, they have only been beaten twice at this stadium since March. It's the stability at home, where they've only lost once all season - against a well-formed Wolves too.

Brentford

Brentford did win 2-1 at home to Aston Villa last week. Before that, however, they were on a three-game losing streak and were unbeaten in ten of their past fourteen games. They are also without a win on the road for five consecutive games, keeping a clean sheet in their away games all season.

 

Prediction

The last meeting between the two sides ended with a 0-2 win for Brentford. Southampton's solid home form, combined with Brentford's horrific results on the road recently, certainly bodes well for the Saints to win, but Hasenhuttl's side are already showing serious interest in the stalemate.

 

 

1X2 Pick: 1X

Final Results: 2-1, 2-2

 

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Southampton vs Brentford

The focus on the FA Cup is now over and our attention turns back to the Premier League. Tuesday night gives us a re-scheduled clash between two mid-table teams in Southampton and Brentford in a 7:45pm GMT kick-off from St Mary's Stadium. Both teams have lacked consistency this season but have their own reasons for coming into this game optimistic of taking all 3 points.

Southampton continue to be that team that you just can't predict. Ralph Hasenhuttl's side are in 14th place and 10 points above the relegation zone. It's now 1 loss from their last 7 matches but they have also drawn 4 of those games. The Saints even needed extra-time to get past Swansea away in the FA Cup 3rd Round on the weekend. The team are still missing a number of key players including Moussa Djenepo, Alex McCarthy, Tino Livramento, Yan Valery, Kyle Walker-Peters, and Thierry Small. However, they are set to welcome back striker Che Adams which is a boost. Home form has been vital for Southampton with the team only losing 1 of their 9 home league games so far and that was back in September. They don't win matches by big margins though with all 4 victories coming by a single goal. Unfortunately, Southampton have lost 4 of their last 6 encounters with newly promoted teams.

Brentford were looking like a team were slipping away after an exciting start to their Premier League life. Thomas Frank's team are in 12th position in the league and are just as close to the Champions League qualification places as they are to the drop zone. The Bees had suffered back-to-back defeats without managing to even score before they beat Aston Villa at home by a 2-1 score in the league. A convincing 4-1 win away to Port Vale on the weekend also saw them through to the FA Cup 4th Round with ease. The team are also without a selection of first team players such as Rico Henry, Tarique Fosu, Josh Dasilva, Charlie Goode, David Raya, Frank Onyeka, and Mathias Jorgensen. The duo of Sergi Canos and Mathias Jensen are expected to make a return from injury though. Away form is becoming a concern for Brentford. After taking 8 points from their first 4 away league games they have taken just 2 points from the 5 league matches since. They have proven to be slow starters though with 18 of their 26 league goals conceded coming in the first half.

This game will be the first time that these two clubs have met in the Premier League. That being said, they have met in other competitions and at other levels. Brentford have won 2-0 on each of their last two visits to this stadium which came in the EFL Cup in 2020 and League One back in 2010. I'm not sure they'll win here with their away form being a big concern. I think Southampton will be mightily disappointed if they don't win this one.

Southampton to Win @ 2.20 with Betfair

BTTS @ 1.86 with SportNation

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West Ham United vs Norwich City

Jan 12 2022, 15:45

West Ham United
West Ham United are in fifth place in the Premier League standings and have consistently punched above their weight so far this season. They are on a three-game winning streak, and they had lost just four times at home this whole season. The Hammers eased past Leeds United by a 2-0 margin in the FA Cup over the weekend. Before that, they registered a 2-3 win on the road against Crystal Palace. They had scored a total of eight goals from their past three games.

Norwich City
Norwich City are rooted to the bottom of the league table at the moment and have struggled this season. They were also winless in seven of their past eight matches, and they had won just twice on the road in all competitions since May. Norwich City head into the game following on from a 0-1 FA Cup win vs Charlton Athletic in their previous game. Preceding of that game, they lost 3-0 on the road against Crystal Palace.


Prediction
West Ham United have exceeded expectations so far this season and will be intent on achieving a top-four finish this year. On the contrary, Norwich City are neck-deep in the relegation zone. West Ham United are the better team at the moment and should be able to win this game.

West Ham United to Win with AH -1.5
Final Results: 3-0, 3-1

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West Ham vs Norwich

The Premier League offers up a single game on Wednesday night when Champions League chasing West Ham host a relegation battling Norwich in a 7:45pm GMT at the London Stadium. It seems that all the sensible betting will back a home win but is there any chance we could see the struggling away side find a way to spring a shock victory upon their opponents?

West Ham are back in a good run of results again after a a dodgy spell before and during the Christmas period. David Moyes has seen his team win back-to-back league games to move to 5th in the table and progress to the FA Cup 4th Round thanks to a solid 2-0 win against fellow top flight side Leeds. The Hammers are averaging 3 goals scored per game over their last 3 league matches but they just need to tighten up defensively. That is easier said than done with the trio of Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna, and Aaron Cresswell all missing. Said Benrahma is also at the Africa Cup of Nations with Algeria so the team will miss his creativity. Michail Antonio could be a decent shout for anytime scorer here having bagged all 4 goals in a 4-0 win versus Norwich when the two sides last met back in July 2020.

Norwich seem like a team that are slowly heading back towards the Championship. Dean Smith has come in and despite an initial new manager bounce things appear to have flatten again slightly. The Canaries are rooted to the bottom of the table but just 3 points adrift of safety. However, it's now 7 league games without a win including losing the last 5 league matches. Norwich have failed to score in 6 of those 7 encounters so scoring goals has once again become a real problem for the team. The 1-0 win away to League One club Charlton saw the team progress to the FA Cup 4th Round on the weekend but it was far from convincing. The team have only earned 10 points from their 19 league games so far and the only team to avoid relegation in a similar situation was West Brom back in 2004/05.

The head-to-head statistics do not read well for Norwich against West Ham. The newly promoted club have failed to win all 8 of their away league games against the East Londoners since March 1989. I really can't see that record improving here. Even with their absentees, West Ham have adapted well and they appear to be getting back to their most dangerous attacking form. That does not stand well for a rickety Norwich defence that also suffers from an impotent attack.

West Ham to Win to Nil @ 2.40 with BetVictor

Anytime Scorer: Michail Antonio @ 2.33 with Unibet

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Brighton vs Crystal Palace

2022-01-14T21:00+01:00

 

Brighton

Doubtful: -

Out (injuries/other): Lewis Dunk (14/0 d, captain), Enock Mwepu (11/1 m), Yves Bissouma (14/0 m, national selection), Jeremy Sarmiento (2/0 f)

Suspended: -

 

Crystal Palace

Doubtful: -

Out (injuries/other): Cheikhou Kouyate (17/0 m), Jordan Ayew (19/1 f), Wilfried Zaha (17/5 f, 2nd top scorer)(all national selection), James McArthur (11/0 m), James Tomkins (8/1 d)

Suspended: -

 

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Overall Stats
Brighton
9 home games
Crystal Palace
9 away games
0.9 Goals scored per game 1.0
1.0 Goals conceded per game 2.0
44% Clean sheets 11%
56% Team scored 44%
33% Team scored twice 44%
11% Scored in both halves 11%
44% Goal in both halves 78%
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Manchester City vs Chelsea

Jan 15 2022, 08:30

Manchester City
Guardiola’s side have won seven consecutive games after beating Arsenal 1-2 away on the last game day, four of which kept clean sheets. Manchester City have won every game of the past seven home games - including their last five games in the Premier League. In short, the defending champion have won 11 consecutive games in the Premier League so far.

Chelsea
Tuchel’s side drew 2-2 with Liverpool in the last round of the league. Maintaining a short-term title hope is the main goal of their men currently - 10 points behind Manchester City in the league table. The Blues have done well away from home - having won six games on their opponents grass and conceded only six goals in the past eight Premier League games.


Prediction
Guardiolas team are a force that can not be ignored at home and does not need additional incentives to eliminate the Blues hope of winning the title. The unbeaten rate in 10 home matches have reached 80%, the defending champion are expected to win this game and continue to expand their lead.


1X2 Pick: 1
Total: Under 2.5/3 goals

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Brighton vs Crystal Palace

Batten down the hatches, it's the M23 Derby in the Premier League on Friday night when Brighton play Crystal Palace at 8pm GMT from the Amex Stadium. This might not be one of the most high-profile derbies around world football but you just try telling that to @Tiffy and @Mindfulness! Will either team take all 3 points or will we see a draw with both teams cancelling each other out?

Brighton are starting to look like a team that are heading back to the standards they set earlier in the season when they were battling at the top end. Graham Potter's side are unbeaten in their last 4 competitive matches which has seen the team progress to the 4th Round of the FA Cup and move up to 9th in the league table. The Seagulls will still be without the injured duo of Lewis Dunk and Enock Mwepu with Yves Bissouma also on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations. The club has recalled Moises Caicedo to help boost their squad strength. There is good news with the club earning 27 points from their 19 league games so far which is their best top flight tally since 1981/82. The team is also unbeaten in their last 4 Premier League games played on a Friday night keeping a clean sheet in each of those matches.

Crystal Palace will have to deal with a number of key absentees with the trio of Wilfried Zaha, Cheikhou Kouyate, and Jordan Ayew all representing their respective nations at the Africa Cup of Nations. The Eagles are in 12th place but are struggling to find consistency with the team unable to string an unbeaten run together. Away form is a particular hindrance for the team right now with the club only managing to win 1 of their last 11 away league games. Funnily enough, that single victory was the 2-0 win away to league leaders Manchester City back in October. The last three away league games have delivered losses without the team scoring. To add further woe, Palace are yet to win a Premier League game played on a Friday night.

I don't actually think there is too much separating these two sides in terms of overall quality but in this game at this very moment I have to back Brighton. Their team are re-finding their feet and putting some solid performances and wins together. Palace are struggling for form as a whole and really in trouble away. Throw into that the absence of the three African players and they are up against it.

Brighton to Win @ 2.16 with SBK

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.74 with SBK

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Manchester City vs Chelsea

The big game of the weekend in the Premier League comes at 12:30pm GMT on Saturday afternoon when the top two teams in the Premier League go head-to-head as league leaders Manchester City play second-placed Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium. You have to say that this is a crucial match for both teams but if the home team pull off a win then it's going to be hard for anyone behind them to catch them.

Manchester City are in full flow right now with the team top of the Premier League by 10 points and currently on a run of 11 straight wins in the league. Pep Guardiola's side have history on their side with only Preston in 1891/92 and Liverpool in 2013/14 going on such winning runs in the top flight and not going on to win the league title. The Citizens started 2021 by winning 18 matches across all competitions in a row so if they can manage a similar start to this calendar year then they'll be hard to stop. There is some bad news though. Guardiola has lost 8 matches against Chelsea as a manager which is the most losses he's experienced against a single club.

Chelsea come into this game having made history by becoming the first English club to reach an FA Cup or EFL Cup Final for six consecutive seasons. The Blues have only won 1 of their last 5 league matches but are unbeaten in their last 10 matches across all competitions having qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League, the FA Cup 4th Round, and the EFL Cup Final during that run. However, the defensive solidity that Thomas Tuchel based his entire philosophy with the club on has started to come undone with the team keeping just 2 clean sheets in their last 11 league games. Tuchel has generally struggled against Guardiola though. The German has only won 1 of his 6 league meetings against the Spaniard but that single win did come as Chelsea manager at this stadium last season.

This will be just the second time that these two clubs have faced each other when occupying the top two positions in the Premier League. The last time it happened was back in January 2015 when it ended in a 1-1 draw. Chelsea have lost in 8 of their last 12 visits to the Etihad Stadium but they got a win on their last visit. I just think given the form Manchester City are in right now it'd be madness to bet against them. Yes, they'll fail to win at some point but I'll take that hit when it happens. Until then, I'm all on board!

Manchester City to Win @ 1.76 with SBK

Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 1.86 with SBK

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Newcastle vs Watford

The first game in the Premier League on Saturday will have a big say in the destination of the league title. One of the second batch of kick-offs at 3pm GMT on the same day will see two teams deep in the relegation dog fight go toe-to-toe when Newcastle play Watford at St James' Park. It has to be said that a defeat for either side will be devastating and a draw will help neither team.

Newcastle have started to flex their financial muscles with the double signings of full back Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid and striker Chris Wood from Burnley. The two transfers might have drawn criticism from those supporters that have been spraying millions of pounds on glamour signings on Football Manager 2021 but for those of us based in reality these are two transfers that scream of the club wanting to give themselves a better chance of staying up but also being aware that relegation to the Championship is a very real threat this season. Eddie Howe's side are in 19th place in the table and have only picked up 1 league win all season including having not won any of their last 4 league games with two more being postponed due to covid. The team have dropped a staggering 19 points from winning positions so far this season. Interestingly, Howe has managed in 17 matches against Watford with 10 of those games ending in a draw.

Watford come into this game knowing it's an excellent opportunity to stop their rot. The Hornets are in 17th position in the table but are only 2 points above the drop zone and would fall into the bottom three if they suffered a defeat here. Claudio Ranieri's men could well be without the likes of Emmanuel Dennis, Ismaila Sarr, Peter Etebo, Imran Louza, William Troost-Ekong, Adam Masina, Nicolas Nkoulou, Kiko Femenia, Ben Foster, and Christian Kabasele through international duty and injury but he will hope to push at least a couple of those players into the starting line-up. Watford have lost 13 of their 18 league matches so far and no team has lost that many league games at the 19-game stage of their season and stayed up in the Premier League. It's also 6 straight league defeats in a row which means, including three postponed matches due to covid, Watford haven't won a league game since 20th November, 2021 when they smashed Manchester United by a 4-1 result.

This might be an evenly poised game on paper but both teams have reasons on top of their awful form to make them worried. Newcastle have only won 1 of the last 10 Premier League encounters and Watford are without so many first team players. I do feel that the fresh faces of Trippier and Wood could give Newcastle a boost here and I wouldn't be surprised to see them sneak a win.

Newcastle to Win @ 2.12 with SBK

BTTS @ 1.71 with SBK

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Manchester City vs Chelsea

Manchester City wants to pick where they left off after a 4:1 triumph in the FA Cup over Swindon Town. The question of the winner was resolved in the first half. Raheem Sterling and the lads have been pretty efficient lately, scoring 24 goals in the previous six games. The Citizens are running hot lately, and they are already ten points ahead of their upcoming rivals. They’ve also been pretty confident at home, allowing only four points to their opponents at Etihad Stadium. As for the absences, there is only one concern for Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola. Besides Luka Ilic’s injury, he can count on an almost completely healthy group of players.

Chelsea enters this clash after a 1:0 away victory in the EFL Cup over Tottenham Hotspur. They deservedly reached the final and remained confident during the entire tie. In the last half of a dozen clashes, Chelsea scored a total of 14 goals. During these matches, their opponents managed to find the back of the net five times. Mason Mount is the best scorer on the team, netting seven goals this season. Great credit goes to his former coach Frank Lampard, who saw great potential in him and gave him a chance to make his debut. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel does not have a complete selection team. Reese James suffered a knee injury, and Ben Chilwell tore his cruciate ligaments.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

Manchester City is playing the best in the Premier League at home, with five consecutive wins in front of their fans and eight in total. On the other hand, Chelsea has been excellent on the road, getting back home with a win on seven occasions. However, the hosts are the favorites in this match, and we expect them to pick up all three points.

Goals Market Prediction

Both teams have been involved in high-scoring matches this season, and this one shouldn’t be much different. Since Manchester City has been lethal for the opponents’ goalkeepers lately, we should see at least three goals in total.

Manchester City to Win @ 1.70 

Over 2.5 FT @ 1.80 

Correct score 3:1 @ 15.00

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur will look for a better result here after the 1:0 defeat of the EFL Cup in the last game against Chelsea. Over their last six games, Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur have found the net a total of eight times. Harry Kane is returning to recognizable form, and injuries have mainly affected his productivity this season. It seemed that this season might be totally unsuccessful for the hosts, but they managed to get back into the top-four race. The Spurs sit in 6th place, being only two points behind their arch-rivals, with two games in hand. One concern bothers Conte before this match since Heung-min Son will not perform due to a muscle injury.

Arsenal will hope for a turnaround since the defeat in the previous match against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup action. The Gunners played a very bad game, and Nottingham Forest deservedly celebrated. Pointing out their fondness for high-scoring matches, we have seen goals 22 times in the last six games in which Arsenal has played. On the other hand, their opponents scored 5 of these goals. Emil Smith Rowe is the best scorer of the team with eight goals, and the fans expect him to continue in the same fashion. The visitors went through a similar journey as their opponents after the terrible start of the campaign.

Nevertheless, a series of victories saved Mikel Arteta’s place on the bench and lifted Arsenal into the top-four battle. Thanks to a mainly healthy group of players, there is only one fitness issue for the Arsenal gaffer Mikel Arteta to be concerned with. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang misses this match due to the Coronavirus.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

Tottenham is playing great at home, and they have booked as many as seven victories so far. On the other hand, Arsenal tied two road wins, and we believe a draw is the most realistic outcome of this encounter.

Goals Market Prediction

Both teams have participated in many high-scoring matches this season, and this one shouldn’t be much different. Four of their previous six encounters went over a 2.5 margin, and the crowd should enjoy goals in both nets.

Draw @ 3.40 

BTTS Yes @ 1.80 

Correct score 1:1 @ 7.00

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