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Football: Premier League Preview – Jan 31st Weekend


Premier League Predictions – Sat 31st Jan, Sun 1st Feb

Premier League Matches >

Soccer_Premier_LeagueSaturday 31st Jan
1245pm Hull v Newcastle
3pm Crystal Palace v Everton
Liverpool v West Ham
Man Utd v Leicester
Stoke v QPR
Sunderland v Burnley
West Brom v Tottenham
530pm Chelsea v Man City

Sunday 1st Feb
130pm Arsenal v Aston Villa
4pm Southampton v Swansea

Here is our Preview of the football action for this week’s action in the Premier League – with analysis, comment and free tips as always.

Premier League Table >

epl 21 jan

The last round of matches saw the unusual but often expected case of most of the top teams beating most of the bottom sides; not many draws recently so I expect a spate of those as they often balance up over time (expectation rather than probable!)

Profits dipped a bit last week so looking to get back on track this week

Hull v Newcastle > Newcastle have calmed down a lot while Hull are unpredictable although generally struggling; tricky one this as I can see any result so perhaps I’ll plump for a draw although it’s not a strong tip. Newcastle haven’t won in 5 away but have faced top sides recently while Hull followed three poor home results with a good win over Everton last time. 1-1 for me

Palace v Everton > Pardew has had an immediate impact at Selhurst Park and Palace can continue their recent good form here against an indifferent Toffees outfit – in fact, Martinez has seen his team lose their last 5 away league games and concede a lot so he will no doubt play this tight and try to contain the hosts. 1-0 for Palace would be my call as confidence is high currently

Liverpool v West Ham > Hammers continue to pick up results and saw off Liverpool at home comfortably in the reverse fixture – Liverpool although struggling a bit at home don’t lose too often and WH have only won 2 of their last 9 away so I doubt there will be an away win but I expect WH to stifle and frustrate the hosts and this could be a 0-0 draw

Utd v Leicester > Leicester have picked up some results they probably deserved but this is a tough ask away at OT – winning at Hull and drawing at Anfield are good signs and they could provide tricky opposition here, backing them on the AH makes sense

Stoke v QPR > awful away form makes it very hard to think Rangers can get anything here, 11 straight defeats is horrendous – Stoke aren’t the sort to coast so I think they will do enough albeit maybe just 1-0

Sunderland v Burnley > both teams are improved and have got some decent results here and there but you would prefer Burnley if pushed -just 1 win in 12 in all comps for Sunderland, and 1 win in 12 away in the league for Burnley so neither are finding the victories respectively although Burnley drew at City and Newcastle in their last pair so I prefer their current form, perhaps 1-2 today

WBA v Spurs > Spurs have been useful on the road and often pinch 2-1 wins with late goals – a very nice habit and one they should repeat yet again here but they have wobbled a bit after demolishing Chelsea with a loss in the FA Cup to Leicester at home, losing at Palace and a scraped qualification v Sheff Utd in the other domestic cup. WBA can win the odd home game against lower sides but often struggle against decent teams – Spurs also struggle to kill games off however and 1-1 is nagging at me here. I would expect BTTS as well

Chelsea v City > the huge game of the weekend and one that would be good to enjoy and not bet on! Either a tight cagey 0-0 or a daft scoreline; Mourinho will know how much a win would help whereas City can’t really afford to lose this

Arsenal v Villa > looks an obvious home win and with Arsenal in very good form currently you would be hard pushed to go against the home win. Arsenal have lost just 2 in their last 38 league home games while Villa haven’t won in 7 at all, and haven’t scored in their last 5! They have lost their last 3 aways all by 1-0 and at lower-ranked sides too. Really hard to see the toothless Villa getting anything or stopping Arsenal but the odds are predictably short on Wenger’s team.

Southampton v Swansea > home win is the call as the Saints have found their form again while Swansea have lost theirs recently – just 1 win in 9 away for the Swans although they usually score at least a goal. Saints have won 5 of their last 6 and are often tight at home so 2-0 springs up although Swansea can notch one so maybe it will be closer than it seems. Swansea have been poor recently though and Saints are flying again

Advised Bets >

Liverpool v West Ham Draw @ 4.1, Under 2.5 @ 2.22

Palace Win @ 2.8

Leicester +1.5 AH @ 2.1

Burnley Win @ 3.6

WBA v Spurs Draw @ 3.35, BTTS @ 1.93

Stoke v QPR Under 2.5 @ 1.83

Southampton v Swansea Over 2.5 @ 2.22

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