April 10, 2015 By Fabian Odhiambo
So Fabian and Fridah (F&F) decided to aid you all Fantasy Premier League and Sport Pesa enthusiasts, your welcome. If however things don’t go as planned, remember, there’s more to life than Premier League football. Ok, that may or may not be true. Ah, here goes…
Swansea vs. Everton
Head to head: P23 W1 D7 L15
Last five meetings: W1 D1 L3
Fabian says: I go for a draw because Swansea are difficult to beat at home and Everton seems like they’ve turned a corner. I don’t feel either team has what it takes to win, but both will definitely score.
Fridah says: History definitely doesn’t favor Swansea. Everton have only lost once to Swansea in 23 meetings. Both teams are almost level in terms of form but I feel that Everton have what it takes to edge past Swansea.
Did You Know: In the BPL, Everton’s last 8 goals have been scored by different players including Leicester City’s Matthew Upson.
Gary Monk has the best win rate of any Swansea manager in the Premier League.
Southampton vs. Hull City
Head to head: P57 W23 D20 L14
Last five meetings: W2 D1 L2
Fabian says: This is kinda obvious. The Saints haven’t been doing too well of late, and need points on the board. Hull don’t travel well.
Fridah says: Southampton have more to play for. The Saints’ European dream is still alive and I fancy them to easily get the job done against an inconsistent and home-sick Hull.
Did You Know: Hull have created only 20 clear cut chances this season in the EPL, the fewest in the top flight and they have not scored in 13 of their last 23. Dry spell.
Saints have only scored five goals in their last 9 games in the EPL.
Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace
Head to head: P43 W14 D15 L14
Last five meetings: W1 D2 L2
Fabian says: This is a hard one. I’ve settled on Palace winning 2-1 just because they are on a roll. Plus, can the Black Cats win 2 in a row? Oh, and the Pards factor.
Predicts: 1-2 (Duh!!)
Fridah says: Have any other teams been so historically balanced? Pards is looking for a top 10 finish and the Black Cats are looking to avoid getting dragged into the relegation battle and therefore it is not just any other mid-table battle. It will be a tough one.
Did You Know: The Black Cats have scored more than two goals only twice. Once was against Crystal Palace in a 3-1 win.
Only WBA (23) have conceded more goals than Sunderland (22) at home.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa
Head to head: P159 W69 D35 L55
Last five meetings: W5 D0 L0
Fabian says: As much as Bentekkers is back, Spurs should be too strong especially since Villa defend like one-legged pirates. Spurs come off a disappointing result at Burnley and they need to be firing in this fixture. Expect goals.
Fridah says: Tottenham have form, venue and history on their side. For those reasons only I back them to win comfortably.
Did You Know: Spurs have won their last five matches against Villa , scoring two or more goals.
White Hart Lane is the highest scoring stadium so far this season with 51 goals.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Leicester City
Head to head: P105 W50 D22 L33
Last five meetings: W4 D0 L1
Fabian says: This could go either way. Tony Pulis seldom loses thrice on the bounce, so can’t see WBA bottling this one. But seems Leicester still got some fire in them too. I think Tony Pulis will see this one out though.
Fridah says: These are two teams that have been rather unfortunate. Tony Pulis does have a way of getting back to winning ways even in the toughest of times. Leicester on the other hand are rooted at the bottom of the table but they still have a fighting chance by virtue of the fact that they have a game at hand. This is a really tough one to call but I think both teams will share the spoils.
Did You Know: The Hawthorns have the most goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season with 10.
Pulis has not lost three consecutive EPL games since April 2013 when he was at Stoke City.
West Ham United vs. Stoke City
Head to head: P91 W35 D23 L33
Last five meetings: W1 D3 L1
Fabian says: West Ham are in a rut and Stoke are due a win. That’s all I can say.
Fridah says: Same points but West Ham has a better goal difference. They lie 9th and 10th in the table. It was hard to tell them apart then; it is hard to tell them apart now. Such teams are why goals are said to be rare.
Did You Know: Mark Hughes has only lost one in the last 10 BPL encounters against Sam Allardyce.
Peter Crouch has the same number of goals as Ruud van Nistelrooy in the EPL (95) but has played 238 more matches.
Burnley vs. Arsenal
Head to head: P100 W33 D22 L45
Last five meetings: W1 D1 L3
Fabian says: Burnley is a nightmare for the big teams. They’re just too dogged and gritty. Normally, I’d say they’d pick points in this one, but hey, Arsenal just don’t seem to care about the opponent these days. With their new status as the team closest to Chelsea, their quality will shine through, only just to make it 8 wins in a row.
Fridah says: Burnley are tough opponents. I believe that after that sterling performance against Liverpool, Arsenal are even more buoyed. It will be a tough match especially considering that Arsenal hasn’t won the last two matches at the Turf Moor but I believe Arsenal will come away with the three points this time.
Did You Know: Santi Cazorla should make it a century of appearances for Arsenal in the BPL while Ramsey will hit the 150 mark.
There have been fewer goals in the Turf Moor in the final fifteen minutes (3) than at any other ground.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Chelsea
Head to head: P55 W15 D19 L21
Last five meetings: W1 D1 L3
Fabian says: Teams at opposite ends of the table. It gets messy in such fixtures. Historically, QPR are comfortable against the Blues and should be buoyed by scoring 7 in their last two. That said, Chelsea are on the homestretch and should be professional enough to grind out the win.
Fridah says: The first derby of the day. This will not be an easy one for a Chelsea team that hasn’t been at its best in recent weeks against a QPR team that has been in fine goal scoring form. There is always something about derbies that makes me want to expect the unexpected.
Did You Know: In three of their last four against Chelsea, QPR have kept a clean sheet.
Eden Hazard could make it 100 BPL appearances in this match.
Manchester United vs. Manchester City
Head to head: P169 W69 D51 L49
Last five meetings: W1 D0 L4
Fabian says: The Manchester Derby. City have won the last four and even though they are on a free-fall, I can’t see them losing this. For United, they are ahead of City for the first time in ages and must have smelt blood. Can they raise their performance to the required level? I doubt it. Kun Agüero to net the trademark winner.
Fridah says: This fixture promises to be everything that a fan would dream about. Spectacular goals, flaring tempers, basically promises the good, the bad and the ugly. It is a decisive fixture in the top four race and in the title race. A loss for either of the teams and they are all but out of the race. I don’t think that City will bottle this one and United’s form lately means they are tough opponents. It will be hard to tell the two teams apart.
Did You Know: Kun Agüero has scored four in his last three BPL matches against United.
Rooney’s last three goals against the Citizens have been at the Etihad. Only 3 of the 8 he has against them have come at Old Trafford.
Liverpool vs. Newcastle
Head to head: P171 W81 D41 L50
Last five meetings: W2 D2 L1
Fabian says: Liverpool badly need to get back to winning ways. Newcastle are just difficult to understand as always. You never know which Newcastle will turn up. Liverpool’s desperation for a win should trump all else.
Fridah says: Monday night football could be better, but hey. I don’t think Newcastle can pull a home and away against Liverpool and furthermore, Liverpool are really desperate for the win.
Did You Know: The fixture has the 3rd highest number of goals in the BPL history with 130 which is the highest for teams that have not been ever present in the league.
Newcastle have picked up 5 red cards in their last five BPL meetings, including two in this fixture last season at Anfield.