Friday, February 21, 2014

EPL Week 27

My selections after studying some of this week-end's matches.

Liverpool v/s Swansea. Home Win. This should be a stroll in the park for the hosts. Swansea are coming after a tough mid-week European game against Napoli and will need all their fresh legs to contain the potent Kop offence. There are still huge question marks of the visitors under need manager Monk. On the other hand, Liverpool have put themselves in the title picture after some fantastic form of late. They are in with a shout although my feeling is that they will not be able to sustain their current form. I might be wrong. However, there is little or any doubt that they will win this match.

Chelsea v/s Everton. It would not be a shock if the Toffees were the first to inflict Mourinho his first home league defeat. The Toffees can give a game to anyone and with some luck they have been able to snatch crucial victories or draws such as at Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium. They beat the Blues at home earlier in the season in a game which they took their chances to the full. However, I expect the hosts to try hard and avenge this defeat and keep on their title charge. This is crunch time and with the form of Hazard, I cannot see Chelsea beaten again by the Toffees. The hosts are a strong draw-no-bet selection.

Arsenal v/s Sunderland. I don't see the visitors winning this, just as I don't see Arsenal being a banker for the win. The Gunners are definitely looking for a breather for the moment and although they might very well end up with the win, I see Poyet's men making them work for it. The Gunners are a draw-no-bet selection.

Man City v/s Stoke. This should be a home win. The Citizens are missing Aguero massively but should have too much firepower for the visitors.

West Brom v/s Fulham. I always thought Fulham were destined for the drop but the appointment of Magath can change things. I think if Fulham are to have a win away from home, it might very well be in this game. Magath is an excellent coach who can turn the fortunes of the club around but much remains on how he can instill a winning confidence on his under-achieving team. For long punts, a Fulham Win should be well worth considering.

West Ham v/s Southampton. Both are in good form but class will probably tell in this one and I see Southampton getting at least the spoils out of this game. The visitors are a draw-no-bet selection.

Crystal Palace v/s Man Utd. The question here is how much good will the Dubai break have done to the Mancunians? Could this be the game they turn things around? I am not willing to put any confidence into this until they really show on the pitch that they mean business. The Eagles on the other hand are in splendid form at home and if Man Utd are to be as poor as in the past few weeks, their woes could deepen further in this match. It will be interesting to see how the match develops but it's better sitting on the fence than try to figure out the outcome.

Win: Liverpool, Man City
Draw-no-bet: Southampton, Arsenal, Chelsea
Win (Long punt): Fulham

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