Introduction: Nothing Like a 10-Club Race For Fans, Bettors and Oddsmakers?
English Premier League soccer Matchday 21 was a unique one, with three House teams and three Road teams four and winning games attracted. Six of the 10 matches had 4 goals or more scored in them and at the four of the 10 in which there were not 4+ targets there was a sterile 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 should you bet all of the Favorites on Matchday 21? No cash for Kleenex to cry in evenk, bruh, as just two chalks, Southampton and Stoke City, both priced around +100, came in as winners. Like most professional sports, World Football (Soccer) can be 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, gambling the Foxes down all of the way to 12/1 (bet365) at most betting sites today after still being at 2000/1 (Coral) on Oct. 8 to win the Premier League crown. With 2 of the top scorers in the league at Jamie Vardy (15 goals) and Riyad Mahrez (13 goals) and only 2 Losses, Leicester City has demonstrated it is no fluke and will be playing top flight English football again but February, March, April and May will separate the wheat from the chaff in this league at a broad open season at which it still honestly seems about seven nightclubs could make a run in the championship. And Wednesday’s 1-0 win for Leicester City from Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane proved we should all forget about The Past really fast and focus on The Now and The Future my buddy as matters which have never happened appear to be happening all of the time. Look at Donald Trump and Drones. And 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 understand we are all closer to being in that Future than we thought. Or, The Large Meteor is shut. Among the two. Welcome to the New Age EPL, in which Foxes and Hammers are hanging together with the Big Boys, for the time being at least. Let us take a fast, thumbnail sketch look at the approaching Week 22 EPL fittings and see if there are any angles at any of those 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 a.m. 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 and 18th-place Sunderland (5-3-13, 26 GF-41 GA). Spurs (20/1 to win EPL, Paddy Power) will appear to striker Harry Kane (11 goals), Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Dele Alli (5 targets ) for targets from the Black Cats here on Saturday as Sunderland has allowed the most goals (41) from the EPL, which makes the Over worth a shot, particularly against a mad Tottenham side-by-side by Leicester City, 1-0 on Wednesday. The Black Cats used a Jermain Defoe Hat-Trick to quiet Swansea City in Wales, 4-2, but still sit in 18th place with 18 points hardly 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 now 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 inside this English Premier League Matchday 22 fixture in West London between two clubs who are likely 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 on the Road that EPL season, together with 15 points earned 10 matches Draws following Wednesday’s 0-0 tie at Manchester City and just 1 reduction (Arsenal) in that interval.
And since that setback to the Gunners in North London, Romelu Lukaku (15 goals, +200 Anytime Goalscorer, Sky Bet) and the Toffees have gone an impressive 7-6-2 in most competitions. On Wednesday, Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion played with a 2-2 tug here in 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 acquire EPL, Stan James) will look to Diego Costa, Oscar and Willian for scoring here while people Everton (750/1 to win 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 Select: The two Teams 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 in Dean’s Court (Vitality Stadium) in Bournemouth, Dorset is the website of this game between host and 16th-place AFC Bournemouth and 15th-place Norwich City at a game that’s probably more about survival with both clubs hovering so close to the Relegation Zone. Norwich City won 3-1 in 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 be Relegated, bet365), who lost 3-1 to Stoke City on Matchday 21, whereas Callum Wilson (5 targets ) is the leading scorer for Bournemouth (+500 to be relegated, bet365). On Tuesday, the Cherries fell to West Ham, 3-1, here at Home and also Norwich City 1-5 the L6 about the Road–the Lone Win came at Old Trafford against Manchester United–backing Bournemouth seems sensible.
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