Premier League Match Day 17
By: Cody Gehlhausen
Sadly, we have no Bloker Joker Pod this week as the audio vanished after we wrapped up recording. So, here we are with a write-up for all of this weekend’s matches!
Liverpool v Wolves
Honestly, I am pretty far off this one. Liverpool are a side that tend to let in goals to any teams at Anfield this season, so I do not trust them to keep a clean sheet against these Watford bums. Speaking of Watford, they haven’t been all that bad on the road this year. Besides the thumping they took at the Ethiad, they haven’t lost by more than two goals on the road this season.
Burnley v Newcastle
What has gotten into the Magpies lately? Newcastle is on a great run of form right now beating Southampton, Sheffield, Bournemouth, & West Ham over their last six matches. The other two in those six saw a draw to Manchester City and a loss away at Villa Park. Newcastle have scored at least two goals in their last three matches and will head into Turf Moor against a Burnley side that has been dreadful defensively, allowing at least two goals in six of their last eight matches. Burnley is just 1-3 over their last four, and are playing some poor football.
Play: Newcastle +1/2 -118
Chelsea v Bournemouth
You have to feel for the Cherries right now. There is no other side in the league as depleted as Bournemouth. Eddie Howe’s men walk into Stamford Bridge without key players such as Ake, Brooks, Josh King, & Callum Wilson. You can argue that those four players are the best four in their side. They will, however, have Harry Wilson in the side who has been magic all year, but that will not be enough against a Chelsea side looking for a statement win to get back to their winning ways in the Premier League. The Blues have scored two or more goals in eleven of their last sixteen at home, and Bournemouth have allowed two-plus goals in sixteen of their last twenty-four on the road, and that is with a healthy Ake in most of those matches. The Cherries also lack goals away from home due to the constant injuries and have only scored a goal in two of their last six away matches.
Play: Chelsea -2 +118
Leicester v Norwich
Will anyone keep the Foxes from their winning ways? I’ll tell you what, it won’t be this Norwich side to do so. Leicester is way too good at home for this one to even be a contest. The Foxes have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven matches and I think there is another clean sheet on the menu Saturday. Norwich haven’t scored a goal in six of their last eight away matches, which will be a real issue seeing that Leicester boast the best defense in the league.
Play: Leicester Win to Nil +104
Sheffield United v Aston Villa
What terrible luck for the Villians to see Mings go down with an injury last weekend. It cannot be stressed how important he is to their side. They will be, in my opinion, an absolute shocker at the back this weekend against Sheffield United. Mings is not only by and far their best defender, he is also a leader in the back who keeps them organized. Villa already lost six of their last eight away and will lose another one to the Blades on Saturday.
Play: Sheffield United ML -117
Southampton v West Ham
I feel for any of you who may support West Ham out there. The Hammers seem to completely disappoint year after year, even when they go out and shell all this money. West Ham have been dire over the past few months, and I don’t see things turning around at St Mary’s. No goals for West Ham in five of their last seven matches. Southampton have seen BTTS and o2.5 goals in six of eight home matches this year, however.
Lean: BTTS & o2.5 Goals -118
Manchester United v Everton
The red hot Red Devils will play host to an Everton side that is coming off a big win against Chelsea in the last matchday. I love what I am seeing here as far as the posted total goes. In their last six matches, United has seen BTTS and has conceded at least one goal in eleven straight. Everton doesn’t fair much better defensively allowing two-plus goals in six of their last nine away from home. Everton are a very good goal-scoring side however and have managed to score two-plus goals in six of their last nine. It’s bank time at Old Trafford.
Banker: BTTS & o2.5 goals +110
Wolves v Tottenham
I see goals, goals, goals at the Molineaux this weekend. Over the last twelve for Wolves, ten of their matches saw BTTS. Wolves have been in really nice form offensively, netting at least two goals in four of their last six home matches. Jose’s side has not gotten any better defensively since he took over for Poch. Tottenham have allowed a goal in fifteen straight matches, and ten of their last thirteen away have seen BTTS.
Play: BTTS & o2.5 +120
Arsenal v Manchester City
I am not sure where to be on this match, my friends. In a sense, Arsenal seem to play to their competition in most of their matches, but this is City we are talking about. Can the Gunners keep up with Pep’s attack? No Pepe for Arsenal will be an issue at the Emirates, and also the woeful defending of my beloved side will stand to be an issue.
Lean: Arsenal Double Chance +195
Crystal Palace v Brighton
Another match this week that I simply don’t see much value in. With a week where I am making a lot of plays, it makes sense to sit this one out. Four straight matches for Brighton have seen BTTS, but Palace has kept a clean sheet in their last three outings in the Premiership. For that reason, I am off this one.