Ducor Sports Game Week 15 Premier League Analysis and Betting Tips
With yet another exciting Premier League football filled weekend, Ducor Sports continues to bring to you our weekly Premier League prediction, analysis and betting tips.
This will surely be a weekend filled with interesting fixtures with Liverpool play hosts to West Ham, Manchester City visiting the Champions Leicester, Manchester United hosting Tottenham and not forgetting Arsenal who are hosting the tricky Potters side at the Emirates.
Liverpool v/s West Ham
We start this week’s Premier League Analysis and betting Predictions with this must watch fixture. Liverpool will be looking to continue their title challenge while hosting a struggling West Ham side which despite recent performances has the squad strength and depth to put up a formidable fight.
West Ham won a league double over Liverpool last season, the first home and away wins for the London side since the 1963/64 season. However, they have been miles away from their last season’s heroics and will likely struggle to hold onto their big profile players like Dimtri Payet in the coming transfer window.
Liverpool on the other Middlesbrough hand are well rested with no European Competition over the week and will look to make a come-back from their defeat at Bournemouth last week.
Despite the devastating loss of their star player Philipe Coutinho, Liverpool look re-energized with the return of Adam Lalana to the side.
Former Liverpool striker Andy Carol who has scored 44 goals for West Ham is likely to lead the attack and will be extra motivated going back to Anfield.
This looks like it will be a high scoring game with Liverpool dominating the possession.
Liverpool v/s West Ham 4-1
Leicester v/s Manchester City.
The Premier League Champions look like a pale shadow of the team that shocked the world last season after losing Ngolo Kante to Chelsea. They have won only one out of their last eight games and the mid-week 5-0 demolition proves that the foxes aren’t up for the challenge this season.
Manchester City on the other hand despite their rather slow Champions league start have continued to put on spectacular performances in the league.
Manchester City will be without their captain Sergio Aguero who was handed walking orders in the last game but have a rather capable backup to the prolific striker in Kelechi Iheanacho who has scored five in the last five games Aguero was out.
After resting most major players against Porto in mid-week, Leicester will have the energy to put up a challenge against the Citizens. I however give City a win on this on basing on the team’s consistence, squad depth and their new style of play.
Leicester v/s Manchester City. 3-1
Watford v/s Everton.
The most interesting fact coming into this tricky encounter is that Watford haven’t beaten Everton in any competition since 1987 when the won 2-1 at home.
Everton will come into this fixture looking to build on the hard earned point at the Old Trafford hoping to return to their early season form despite getting only one point from their last ten away games. They will however be without their star winger Yannick Bolasie who will be out for more than a month after the injury he got at Manchester.
On the otherside, Watford have conceded a league high of 11 goals from opposition crosses which unfortunately has been Everton’s “go-to” play in attack. The Hornets have only kept one clean sheet out of the last 12 games, but have also managed to score in 10 themselves.
They will also be looking to come back from last week’s terrible performance in the 1-0 loss to Hull City. A tricky game but I will go with Everton basing on the solid performance they put up against Manchester United last week despite losing Bolaisie.
Watford v/s Everton.2-1
Arsenal v/s Stock.
Arsenal come into this game as favorites after the 4-1 win over Basel on Tuesday. Arsenal are unbeaten in the last 13 games since the match day 1 loss to Liverpool, their longest unbeaten streak since April 2011. They seem to have found the missing link in Alexis Sanchez after the winger was turned into a central striker. They have won all their last 14 games against Stock keeping 8 clean sheets in the process.
Stock on the other hand have lost only one game out of nine and they seem to be back on track after a terrible start to the season. They will try to make it as frustrating as possible for the Gunners who have scored a total 9 goals in their last two games. This will be a hard match for the London based side but they will have to win this to prove they’re title contenders.
Arsenal v/s Stock. 2-0
Burnely v/s Bournemouth.
Burnley have never lost to Bournemouth in any competition at Turf Moor but this looks like a sure different Bournemouth side since the signing of Jack Wilshire. They will be looking to record their first back to back victories since March having failed to win the next game after any Premier League win.
Burnley are not a side to write off easily despite losing the last 3 games conceding eight in the process.
Andy Grey and Jack Wishere will be the men to watch in this encounter as the latter is looking to break his injury curse to make the most minutes (873 minutes) he’s played in a Premier League season since 2014.
Against my better judgment on this, I go with Bournemouth to break their one win one loss routine this weekend.
Burnely v/s Bournemouth. 1-2
Hull v/s Crystal Palace.
The battle for the relegation zone will be on as the Tigers host Crystal Palace. Hull City beat Crystal Palace twice by a 2-0 score line in 2014/15, while the Eagles came back and won both Premier League in their previous meetings in 2013/14 by a single goal each time.
Crystal Palace have failed to score more than once in each of their last seven visits to Hull in the league but they will be looking for a second win in a row after last week’s impressive win at Southampton.
Crystal Palace’s striker Christian Benteke who has been in terrific form and Hull City’s defender James Tomkins who has scored in the last two games will be the men to watch as this encounter unfolds
Hull v/s Crystal Palace. 2-0
Swansea v/s Sunderland.
David Moyes comes confident into this one having never lost in the Premier League against Swansea, the former Manchester manager has won five of his six games against them the Swans and will look to add on the impressive tally. Sunderland who have won three of their last four Premier League matches (W3 D0 L1) seem like a revived side since their previous three league wins came over a period of 22 games (W3 D9 L10).
The Swanson the otherhand have only lost one of their last 8 games despite conceding the most goals (19) since American Bob Bradley took over on October 3rd.
It looks most likely to be a high scoring game and with the new found on-form pairing of Victor Anichebe and Jamie Defoe, Southampton will have a close edge in this tricky encounter.
Swansea v/s Sunderland. 1-3
Chelsea v/s West Bromwich Albion.
Chelsea go into this one unbeaten in the last ten previous Premier League games at Stamford Bridge against the Baggies despite. The visitors haven’t won a game at the Stamford Bridge since September 1978.
I don’t see this changing considering Chelsea’s recent performances under their new manager Antonio Conte since changing to 4-3-3. They look formidable in their defense and unstoppable on the counter attack.
Eden Hazard will be looking to reach the 50 goal mark, he’s the third quickest to reach the 50 goal mark for Chelsea and only Didier Drogba (106 apps) and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (84 apps) have reached it faster. This game on paper looks like an easy one for the Blues.
Chelsea v/s West Bromwich Albion. 3-0
Manchester United v/s Tottenham
Despite the Manchester side winning only two out of their last eight Premier League games against the Spurs, they come into this game with the confidence after their 2-0 win in the Europa League. They will look to the recent brilliant performances and magic touch of Henrikh Mkhitaryan to inspire a much needed win for the Red Devils.
Spurs on the other hand will look to the hard work and the relentless runs of Harry Kane who despite going the first six games without a goal came back from injury to score seven from their last six games.
The Spurs have lost 19 times at the Old Trafford but let’s face it, they have been a different team since the arrival of Maurice Pochettino.
This will be a tricky game but with United which is paling in comparison to Tottenham on distance covered in games this season, they surely will give the Red Devils a run for the three points.
Kane has now scored seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances – this after failing to score in his previous five in a row. A draw would be a fair assessment basing on the Spurs recent prolific record form despite having past troubles at the Old Trafford.
Manchester United v/s Tottenham 1-1
Southampton v/s Middlesbrough
Southampton was rather disappointing in last week’s defeat to Crystal Palace last Saturday. They didn’t put up a challenge and will need to improve greatly to get a win against Middlesbrough.
Middlesbrough who have had some good runs on the road will also have to change their defensive play and focus more on attack if they want to win this encounter.
Southampton v/s Middlesbrough 1-1
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