Intro: Nothing Like a 10-Club Race For Fans, Bettors and Oddsmakers?
English Premier League soccer Matchday 21 was a quirky one, with three House teams and three Road teams winning and four matches attracted. Six of the 10 matches had 4 goals or more scored in them and in the four of the 10 where there were not 4+ targets there was a sterile Sheet. Along with seven, count’ em, seven groups went Over the posted Totals by themselves as a grand total of 34 goals were scored (3.4 gpg). And if you bet all of the Favorites? No money for Kleenex to cry in evenk, bruh, as just two chalks, Southampton and Stoke City, both priced around +100, came in as winners. Like many professional sports, World Football (Soccer) could be unpredictable as anything, as upstart recently promoted side and 2nd place (only by GD) Leicester City (12-7-2) reminds us of that every week.
And Bookmakers and Bettors have finally taken note, betting the Foxes down all of the way to 12/1 (bet365) at most gambling sites today after still being at 2000/1 (Coral) on Oct. 8 to win the Premier League crown. With two of the top scorers in the league at Jamie Vardy (15 goals) and Riyad Mahrez (13 goals) and only 2 Losses, Leicester City has proved it is no fluke and will be playing top flight English football again next year but February, March, April and May will divide 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 at the championship. And Wednesday’s 1-0 win for Leicester City from Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane revealed we must all forget about The Past very fast and focus on The Today and The Future my buddy as matters which have never happened appear to be happening all the time. Check out Donald Trump and Drones. When Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs all neglect to triumph on a given matchday and nobody gives it any hassle, then you know we’re all closer to becoming in that Future than we thought. Or, The Large Meteor is close. Among those two. Welcome to the New Age EPL, where Foxes and Hammers are hanging with the Big Boys, for the time being at least. Let us take a fast, thumbnail sketch appearance at the approaching Week 22 EPL fixtures and see whether there are some angles in 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 a.m. EST/4:45 a.m. PST): White Hart Lane in London is the site of this Week 21 English Premier League lidlifter between host and also 4th-place Tottenham Hotspur (9-9-3, 34 GF-17 GA) and traffic 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 from the Black Cats here on Saturday as Sunderland has allowed the most goals (41) in the EPL, making the Over worth a shot, particularly against a mad Tottenham side stifled by Leicester City, 1-0 here on Wednesday. The Black Cats utilized a Jermain Defoe Hat-Trick to quiet Swansea City in Wales, 4-2, but nevertheless sit in 18th place with 18 points barely from 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 winners 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) at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in this English Premier League Matchday 22 fixture from West London between two clubs that are probably shocked to be outside of the top 10 places at the league table on January 16th. Everton (3-6-1 on Road, 13 GF-9 GA) and Manager Roberto Mart??nez have been much better about the Road that EPL season, with 15 points earned 10 matches with 6 Draws after Wednesday’s 0-0 tie at Manchester City and only one reduction (Arsenal) in that span.
And since 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 contests. On Wednesday, Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion played to a 2-2 tug here at Stamford Bridge as Blues Defenders C??sar Azpilicueta and Kenedy scored with Pedro starting in place of the wounded Eden Hazard (Hip) in 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 seem 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 in their L10 meetings against the Toffees here at SW6.
Soccer Pick: Both 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) at Bournemouth, Dorset is the site of this match between host and 16th-place AFC Bournemouth and 15th-place Norwich City in a game that’s probably about survival with both clubs hovering so near the Relegation Zone. Norwich City won 3-1 in the first-ever EPL meeting between 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 dropped to West Ham, 3-1, here at Home and also Norwich City 1-5 that the L6 about the Road–the Lone Win came at Old Trafford against Manchester United–financing Bournemouth seems wise here.