Introduction: Nothing Like a 10-Club Rush For Fans, Bettors and Oddsmakers?
English Premier League football Matchday 21 was a quirky one, together with three Home teams and three Road teams four and winning games drawn. Six of those 10 matches had 4 goals or more scored in them and at the four of the 10 in which there were not 4+ goals there was a Clean Sheet. Along with seven, count’ em, 7 teams went Over the submitted Totals independently as a grand total of 34 goals were scored (3.4 gpg). And if you bet all the Favorites? No cash for Kleenex to cry in evenk, bruh, as just two chalks, Southampton and Stoke City, equally priced around +100, arrived as winners. Like many professional sports, World Football (Soccer) could be as unpredictable as anything, as upstart newly promoted side and 2nd place (just by GD) Leicester City (12-7-2) reminds us of the weekly.
And Bookmakers and Bettors have taken note, betting the Foxes down all of the way to 12/1 (bet365) at most gambling sites today after being at 2000/1 (Coral) on Oct. 8 to win the Premier League crown. With 2 of the greatest scorers in the league in Jamie Vardy (15 goals) and Riyad Mahrez (13 goals) and only 2 Losses, Leicester City has demonstrated it’s no fluke and will be playing top flight English football again next year but February, March, April and May will separate the wheat from the chaff in this league at a wide open season at which it still honestly seems about seven nightclubs can make a run in the championship. And Wednesday’s 1-0 win for Leicester City against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane proved we should all forget about The Past very quickly and focus on The Today and The Future my buddy as matters that have never happened appear to be happening all of the time. Check out Donald Trump and Drones. When Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs all neglect to win on a given matchday and no one gives it any bother, then you know we are all closer to being in that Future than we thought. Or, The Large Meteor is close. One of the two. Welcome to the New Age EPL, where Foxes and Hammers are hanging together with the Big Boys, for the time being . Let’s take a quick, thumbnail sketch look at the coming Week 22 EPL fixtures and see whether there are any angles at any of these 10 matches.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sunderland [12:45] (NBCSN, NBC Sports Live Extra (US), BT Sport 1, BT Sport Ultra HD (UK); 7:45 Gamble EST/4:45 a.m. PST): White Hart Lane in London is the site of the Week 21 English Premier League lidlifter involving host and also 4th-place Tottenham Hotspur (9-9-3, 34 GF-17 GA) and visitors along with 18th-place Sunderland (5-3-13, 26 GF-41 GA). Spurs (20/1 to win EPL, Paddy Power) will look to striker Harry Kane (11 goals), Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Dele Alli (5 targets ) for goals against the Black Cats here on Saturday as Sunderland has allowed the most goals (41) from the EPL, making the Over worth a shot, particularly against a mad Tottenham side-by-side by Leicester City, 1-0 on Wednesday. The Black Cats utilized a Jermain Defoe Hat-Trick to silence Swansea City in Wales, 4-2, but nevertheless sit in 18th place with 18 points barely in the Relegation Zone.
Chelsea vs. Everton [15:00] (USA Network, NBC Sports Live Extra (US); Setanta Sports 1 (UK); SKY M??xico (CRI, DR); 10 a.m. EST/7 a.m. PST): Defending English Premier League champions and currently 14th-place Chelsea (6-6-9, 28 GF-31 GA) play host to 11th-place Everton (6-10-5, 36 GF-29 GA) in Stamford Bridge on Saturday in this English Premier League Matchday 22 fixture in West London between two clubs that are probably shocked to be outside of the top 10 areas at the league table on January 16th. Everton (3-6-1 on Road, 13 GF-9 GA) and Manager Roberto Mart??nez have strangely been much better about the Road this EPL season, with 15 points earned 10 matches Draws after Wednesday’s 0-0 tie at Manchester City and only one Loss (Arsenal) in that span.
And because that setback to the Gunners in North London, Romelu Lukaku (15 goals, +200 Anytime Goalscorer, Sky Bet) and the Toffees have really gone an impressive 7-6-2 in most competitions. On Wednesday, Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion played to a 2-2 Draw here at Stamford Bridge as Blues Defenders C??sar Azpilicueta and Kenedy scored with Pedro starting in place of the wounded Eden Hazard (Hip) from the AMF for the Blues and Guus Hiddink (4-3-4 at Home, 17 GF-16 GA). Hosts Chelsea (150/1 to win EPL, Stan James) will seem to Diego Costa, Oscar and Willian for scoring here while people Everton (750/1 to acquire English Premier League, Sky Bet) will rely on former Blues striker Lukaku and Kon?? to get tallies. The Blues are 5-5-0 within their L10 meetings against the Toffees here at SW6.
Soccer Pick: The two Groups To Score’Yes’ -125 (Betfred)
Bournemouth vs. Norwich City [15:00] (NBC Sports Live Extra, Premier League Extra Time (US); 10 a.m. EST/7 a.m. PST): Goldsands Stadium at Dean’s Court (Vitality Stadium) in Bournemouth, Dorset is the website of the game between sponsor and 16th-place AFC Bournemouth and 15th-place Norwich City in a game that’s probably about survival with both clubs hovering so close to the Relegation Zone. Norwich City won 3-1 from the first-ever EPL assembly involving the Cherries and Canaries back in August. Nathan Redmond (4 goals) is the top scorer for Norwich City (+275 to become Relegated, bet365), who lost 3-1 to Stoke City on Matchday 21, whereas Callum Wilson (5 targets ) is the top scorer for Bournemouth (+500 to be relegated, bet365). On Tuesday, the Cherries dropped to West Ham, 3-1, here at Home and also Norwich City 1-5 the L6 on the Road–the Lone Win arrived at Old Trafford against Manchester United–backing Bournemouth seems wise here.
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