Friday, March 16, 2018

EPL 2017/18 - Week 31

Bournemouth v/s West Brom - Home win
Huddersfield v/s Crystal Palace - Away win
Stoke v/s Everton - Home win
Liverpool v/s Watford - Home win

A skeleton fixtures of matches to contend with this week-end. Liverpool obviously go with massive claims as they host Watford. West Brom look in free-fall and with Bournemouth enjoying a good spell at the moment, it is logical to side with the Cherries. I like the chances of Crystal Palace as they travel to Huddersfield. I think the Eagles will beat the drop as they continue their resurgence with Roy Hodgson and Huddersfield are well within their grasp. Finally, Stoke can get an oh-so-important win under Paul Lambert. They have had encouraging displays of late and Everton are very exposed on the road.

Friday, March 9, 2018

EPL 2017/18 - Week 30

Man Utd v/s Liverpool - Home win
Everton v/s Brighton - Home win
Huddersfield v/s Swansea - Draw
Newcastle v/s Southampton - Draw
WBA v/s Leicester - Draw
West Ham v/s Burnley - Home win
Chelsea v/s Crystal Palace - Home win
Arsenal v/s Watford - Home win
Bournemouth v/s Tottenham - Away win
Stoke v/s Man City - Away win

It's true that in terms of rivalry, nothing in England can surpass Man Utd against Liverpool; it is indeed the fiercest one in English football. With the title going to Man City, the main stake for these 2 clubs is second place at best, and the bragging rights, if any, that go with it. Klopp has transformed the Kops into a swashbuckling goal scoring machine. Great for the eyes and supporters. The Citizens might differ but I believe they are the most entertaining side in the league. Their upfront trio of Salah, Firmino and Mane can blow apart any defence. Liverpool go into any game with a chance to win.

This is exactly the type of side that Mourinho likes to play. And excel at. Earlier at Anfield, he doubly parked the bus to get a draw goal-less draw. The Portuguese hates to get his team thrashed and will build any needed walls to not lose face. He will certainly be less defensive at Old Trafford but his tactics against such type of adversary will be tilted to not conceding goals rather than putting them in. Hopeful for the typical Kop defensive blunder or other lightning-quick counter-attacks with the likes of Sanchez and Lukaku. Expect the above trio to starve for space and be tightly-checked for most parts of the match.

On form, Liverpool have the edge. But this is more an off-game than anything; throw away the form and the team with the most desire more often prevails in these types of encounters. It's hard to see the hosts losing this; I see Mourinho prepping up the players' minds to win by all means irrespective of the football product on the pitch. Liverpool's dynamic play will be stifled and the Red Devils will be ready to pounce on the common liberties given by the visitors. I see a draw-no-bet with the hosts as a great value play. For those looking for better risk/rewards, an outright home win is definitely in the cards.

Win or draw-no-bet: Man Utd

Meydan 10th March Selections - Super Saturday

1. Last Voyage - Masar - Yulong Warrior
2. Comicas - Yalta - My Catch
3. Ertijaal - Jungle Cat - High on Life
4. Heavy Metal - Kimbear - Drafted
5. Benbatl - Blair House - Folkswood
6. Thunder Snow - Boynton - North America
7. Hawkbill - Best Solution - Frontiersman

Friday, March 2, 2018

EPL 2017/18 - Week 29

Burnley v/s Everton - Home win
Leicester v/s Bournemouth - Home win
Southampton v/s Stoke - Draw
Tottenham v/s Huddersfield - Home win
Swansea v/s West Ham - Draw
Watford v/s West Brom - Home win
Liverpool v/s Newcastle - Home win
Brighton v/s Arsenal - Away win
Man City v/s Chelsea - Home win
Crystal Palace v/s Man Utd - Draw

It seems there is no manager under more pressure than Arsene Wenger these days. Pundits, commentators and even ex-Arsenal players are calling for his head, tired of long barren years of failing to secure the Premiership. The Gunners are playing without much confidence but true to previous Wenger teams, they are bound to rise and go on a decent winning run sooner than later. I like their odds of getting the win at Brighton. The hosts are on a good run of undefeated matches and that makes Arsenal's favourable odds all the more enticing. An away win looks great value.

After Man City, it is getting crowded among the leading pursuers and I see comfortable wins for Liverpool and Tottenham. Spurs should have no trouble handling struggling Huddersfield while the Kops are currently on a rampage and should overcome visiting Newcastle and ensure a losing return for ex-Liverpool manager Benitez. Make it a double with Liverpool and Spurs.

Win: Arsenal
Double: Liverpool/Tottenham

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Meydan 1st March Selections

1. Barnamaj - Paddy's Day - Naziq
2. Zaman - Wasim - El Chapo
3. Winter Lightning - Expressiy - Rayya
4. Top Score - Silver Line - Van Der Decken
5. Vazirabad - Rare Rhythm - Prince of Arran
6. Don't Give Up - Saltarin Dubai - Alabaster
7. Mountain Hunter - Kidmenever - Banksea

Friday, February 23, 2018

EPL 2017/18 - Week 28

Leicester v/s Stoke - Home win
Bournemouth v/s Newcastle - Away win
Brighton v/s Swansea - Away win
Burnley v/s Southampton - Home win
Liverpool v/s West Ham - Home win
WBA v/s Huddersfield - Home win
Watford v/s Everton - Draw
Crystal Palace v/s Tottenham - Away win
Man Utd v/s Chelsea - Home win

There is no doubt that the Mahrez saga during the end of the transfer window negatively impacted Leicester. It was a case of Guardiola signaling an interest in the Algerian star for him to go AWOL and severely dampening the prevailing team spirit. Before that episode, Puel's men were holding their own weight with Vardy in fine goal scoring form and Mahrez imperious on the flanks and causing havoc among defences. It might take a few more matches but I believe that the highly-rated winger is very close to regaining top form as well as his mojo back. Stoke are just a terrible team beset by injuries. The arrival of Paul Lambert seems to have freshened the team a bit but they are clearly a worse team that in previous years. I cannot see them causing an upset at the King Power Stadium. Worth going all the way with the home team.

Man Utd against Chelsea promises fireworks at Old Trafford. Obviously, there is the match on the sidelines between Mourinho and Conte who would find no reluctance settling their disputes in an octagonal MMA ring. Both team come off tough matches in the UCL. Man Utd have looked somewhat out-of-sorts in their recent matches; I believe this to be only a short-term issue as they strive to integrate Sanchez into the team. Once the cobwebs are removed and the Chilean joins in the team chemistry, I can see the Red Devils putting in some strong results. The thing is there is every reason to believe that Man Utd are on the upside while Chelsea look a weighed down champion struggling to scrape results amidst uncertainty regarding the future of its manager. This distraction has clearly affected the team and its recent see-saw results do not inspire much confidence; they can blow away the opposition to the same degree they can themselves be blown apart. Man Utd have the home favours here and I have a feeling that Chelsea left a bit chunk against Barcelona in mid-week.

Win: Leicester, Man Utd

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Meydan 22nd February selections

1. Blue Point - Ertijaal - Hit The Bid
2. Pirate's Cove - Galvanize - Secret Ambition
3. Kimbear - Raven's Corner - Portamento
4. Light The Lights - Leshlaa - Folkswood
5. Noah from Goa - Whisky Baron - Bay of Poets
6. Drafted - Classic Emperor - Claim The Roses
7. Eynhallow - Gold Star - Walton Street

Friday, February 9, 2018

EPL 2017/18 - Week 27

Tottenham v/s Arsenal - Home win
Everton v/s Crystal Palace - Home win
Stoke v/s Brighton - Home win
Swansea v/s Burnley - Home win
West Ham v/s Watford - Draw
Man City v/s Leicester - Home win
Huddersfield v/s Bournemouth - Away win
Newcastle v/s Man Utd - Away win
Southampton v/s Liverpool - Away win
Chelsea v/s WBA - Draw

In securing Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang during the transfer window, Arsenal have bagged one of the most potent duo from the Bundesliga just a few years ago. Gunners fans got a glimpse of the team's attacking prowess last week as their new-look team dismantled Everton at the Emirates. The departure of Sanchez also seems to have given renewed life to Aaron Ramsey who recorded a hat-trick on the occasion. The Gunners will gel better with matches but it seems their Derby date at Tottenham comes a little too soon for them. Although Spurs don't have the most sparkling of records at Wembley, they will still logically enter as strong favourites. Their current form suggests that any team in Europe can take a beating when they are on song. I don't think Arsenal's result last week was a flash in the pan; their goalscoring will drastically improve from now on in my opinion. However, their defence is still the same poor old and Spurs will have too much quality up front to miss the chances that will be on offer. I cannot see the home team losing this one and it might be best value at current prices to go for the outright home win.

Win: Tottenham

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Meydan 8th February selections

1. Winter Lightning - Rayya - Expressiy
2. Sea Skimmer - Dehbashi - Storm Belt
3. Comicas - Muarrab - Reynaldothewizard
4. Hit The Bid - Dutch Masterpiece - Kananee
5. Heavy Metal - Thunder Snow - North America
6. Zaman - Racing Country - Arroway
7. Blair House - Banksea - Leshlaa

Friday, February 2, 2018

EPL 2017/18 - Week 26

Burnley v/s Man City - Away win
Bournemouth v/s Stoke - Home win
Brighton v/s West Ham - Draw
Leicester v/s Swansea - Draw
Man Utd v/s Huddersfield - Home win
WBA v/s Southampton - Home win
Arsenal v/s Everton - Home win
Crystal Palace v/s Newcastle - Home win
Liverpool v/s Tottenham - Home win
Watford v/s Chelsea - Away win

After the severe debacle at Wembley a few days ago, Man Utd should pick up the pieces as they host Huddersfield. Conceding a goal after 11 seconds doomed their bid very early indeed. Sanchez will take a few matches to get in the zone with his new teammates and he will be for the better with matches under his belt. They should handily beat Huddersfield on Saturday.

I like West Brom's chances against visiting Southampton. Pardew has his players playing with confidence at the moment. Even in their 0-3 loss at Man City in mid-week, the Potters contained the Citizens for large parts of the match and only the magic of De Bruyne and silky touches of Sterling opened them up. Southampton are hardly in top gear and the hosts should benefit from home advantage. Home win.

Accumulator Win: Man Utd/WBA

Monday, January 29, 2018

EPL 2017/18 - Week 25

Swansea v/s Arsenal - Away win
West Ham v/s Crystal Palace - Draw
Huddersfield v/s Liverpool - Away win
Chelsea v/s Bournemouth - Home win
Everton v/s Leicester - Draw
Newcastle v/s Burnley - Away win
Southampton v/s Brighton - Home win
Man City v/s West Brom - Home win
Stoke v/s Watford - Away win
Tottenham v/s Man Utd - Away win

Alexis Sanchez is one of the 3 best players in the EPL and his transfer to Man Utd is a game-changer for the Red Devils. Sure, the league is lost to their city rivals Man City but the Champions League and FA Cup do not look that far out of reach. The arrival of the Chilean superstar will have given the club an unexpected but spectacular lift in all areas; from team spirit, self-belief to goals. It is with renewed self-confidence that Mourinho's men will tackle Spurs in mid-week. Harry Kane has been in devastating form lately and is always a goal scoring threat for Tottenham. However, take away Kane's goals and it would seem not all is too well for Pochettino's men. On Saturday. they really struggled to get a draw at Newport County in the FA Cup while fielding some big names. Their temporary home Wembley has been a scourge where they have alarmingly dropped points this season. I think they are ripe for the taking for a team on the ascendancy like the Red Devils. It might pay to go for a straight win or draw-no-bet with Man Utd.

If there is a team reeling on and off the field at the moment, it is Newcastle. All the recent vibes sound wrong from Tyneside and I see them being vulnerable as Burnley come to town. Sean Dyche's men are having a season to remember and their form is backed up by some serious defensive results; they really do not let in many goals. There is every chance that they can squeak one or three points on this visit and a draw-no-bet on them looks enticing.

Win or draw-no-bet: Man Utd
Draw-no-bet: Burnley

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Meydan 25th Jan selections

1. Alabaster - Don't Give Up - Grand Argentier
2. Red Galileo - Natural Scenery - Los Barbados
3. Galvanize - Claim the Roses - Sea Skimmer
4. Gold Town - Blue Laureate - Rua Augusta
5. Rehana - Promising Run - Opal Tiara
6. Moqarrab - Hucklebuck - Racing Country
7. Dutch Masterpiece - Shaf - Jordan Sport
8. Banksea - Mountain Hunter - In the Lope

Friday, January 19, 2018

EPL 2017/18 - Week 24

Brighton v/s Chelsea - Home win
Arsenal v/s Crystal Palace - Draw
Burnley v/s Man Utd - Draw
Everton v/s West Brom - Home win
Leicester v/s Watford - Home win
Stoke v/s Huddersfield - Away win
West Ham v/s Bournemouth - Home win
Man City v/s Newcastle - Home win
Southampton v/s Tottenham - Away win
Swansea v/s Liverpool - Away win

Watford were oh-so-lucky to salvage a point last week-end with the helping hand of midfielder Doucoure. I think there are signs that the Hornets are losing the kind of form that made them competitive since the start of the season. I expect them to have a torrid time in Leicester as Claude Puel's team are seriously in good form and rock solid at home. Mahrez is playing out of his skin and Vardy is always lurking for goalscoring opportunities. Home win for me.

I also see home wins for West Ham and Man City. The Hammers should prove too much for the visiting Cherries, particularly with Arnatauvic playing with great confidence since the arrival of Moyes. In my opinion, Bournemouth will be hard at work to keep their Premier League spot until the end of the season and West Ham will gun for the full points here. Man City should easily dispatch Newcastle where off-field distractions are taking precedence over football matters.

Finally, I see away wins for Spurs and Liverpool as they fight for a top 4 spot. It is no secret that Tottenham are more comfortable on the road and they have seen worse than travelling to Southampton. Liverpool should also be in a position to maintain their good momentum by dispatching sorry Swansea.

Win: Leicester, West Ham, Man City, Tottenham, Liverpool

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Meydan 18th Jan selections

1. Rayya - Winter Lightning - Expressiy
2. Tried and True - Janszoon - Montsarrat
3. Mountain Hunter - Thegreatcollection - Rodaini
4. Leshlaa - Born to be Alive - Light the Lights
5. Muarrab - Comicas - My Catch
6. Kananee - Van der Decken - Faatinah
7. Dream Castle - Salsabeel - Hornsby

Win: Dream Castle, Rayya
Dupla: Muarrab/Comicas

Friday, January 12, 2018

EPL 2017/18 - Week 23

Chelsea v/s Leicester - Draw
Crystal Palace v/s Burnley - Draw
Huddersfield v/s West Ham - Home win
Newcastle v/s Swansea - Home win
Watford v/s Southampton - Home win
WBA v/s Brighton - Draw
Tottenham v/s Everton - Home win
Bournemouth v/s Arsenal - Away win
Liverpool v/s Man City - Home win
Man Utd v/s Stoke - Home win

A Happy New Year to all the readers!

Apologies I missed week 22 New Year's Day matches, the festive mood caught up on me!

Man Utd to win against Stoke looks a banker. Although things seem a little agitated at the moment in the red side of Manchester with Mourinho going ballistic everyone, I expect the Red Devils to return to form after a below-par December. Stoke are a team in shambles and it remains to be seen whether getting rid of Hughes will solve their problems. More importantly, they are injury-riddled at the moment and I see them struggling in the short term at least. This should be a big win for Utd.

I also see a win for Watford as they entertain Southampton. The Saints are going nowhere under manager Pellegrino and the Argentinian is clearly running out of time to make his mark. Watford are capable of the best and worst but the visitors are really for the taking at the moment and the Hornets have a great opportunity to advance their chance for European football. Couple Watford and Man Utd wins.

Finally, Liverpool look juicy as they welcome Man City. Sure, they lost Coutinho to Barcelona but newcomer Van Dijk will bring much-needed stability to the defence in time. I like Liverpool here as their attack is potent even without Coutinho; more importantly, I see the time has come for the Citizens to stubble in the near future and Anfield is one of the most formidable places to go to. I cannot see a City win, so the recommendation is to go with either a straight Kop win or a draw-no-bet.

Accumulator: Man Utd/Watford
Win or draw-no-bet: Liverpool