Tuesday, January 31, 2017

EPL 2016/17 - Week 24

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

The next 2 week-ends could mark a turning point in the EPL race as runaway leaders Chelsea face pursuers Liverpool and Arsenal. If they pass these tests with flying colors, confidence will be abundant for the Blues that they could go all the way. At this point, my feeling is that they will choke at some point and lose points in both of these matches. At current odds, Livepool looks enticing to beat Conte and his team at Anfield. Granted, Liverpool are running on poor form at the moment but now that Coutinho has ran a good run of games, I only expect them to get better than what they have shown in the past few weeks. They have the quality and speed to run over the visitors and if they are to save on their title aspirations, they need to produce this week-end. I don't see them losing this match and it might be worth going for the all way win with the Kops.

I see Man City getting the full points as they visit the Hammers. The latter finally let go of their best player Dimitri Payet this week and they will miss the Frenchman, particularly on set-pieces. The Citizens are in the same as Liverpool in that they need to rack up points after a dreadful run. Aguero needs to start banging goals and the latest signs are that this team is ready to start rolling. I cannot see West Ham winning this.

Man Utd is a banker against Hull. This is their third match in the space of 3 weeks with the record at 1-apiece. This is another must 3-points for the Red Devils as they try to secure a UCL spot. They are a team with hardly any injuries, so Mourinho should have all the ammunition at his disposal to secure the win.

Win: Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool
Lay: Chelsea

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