Intro: Nothing Like a 10-Club Rush For Fans, Bettors and Oddsmakers?
English Premier League soccer Matchday 21 was a unique one, together with three Home teams and three Road teams four and winning matches attracted. Six of the 10 matches had 4 goals or more scored in them and in the four of the 10 in which there weren’t 4+ targets there was a Clean Sheet. And 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 should you bet all the Favorites? No money for Kleenex to cry in evenk, bruh, as only two chalks, Southampton and Stoke City, equally priced around +100, arrived as winners. Like most 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 that weekly.
And Bookmakers and Bettors have taken note, gambling 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 just 2 Losses, Leicester City has demonstrated it’s 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 in a wide open season where it still honestly seems about seven nightclubs could make a run at 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 very fast and focus on The Now and The Future my buddy as matters which have never occurred appear to be happening all the time. Look at Donald Trump and Drones. And when Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs all fail to triumph on a given matchday and nobody gives it any bother, then you know we are closer to being in that Future than we believed. Or, The Large Meteor is close. One of the two. Welcome to the New Age EPL, in which Foxes and Hammers are hanging with the Big Boys, for the time being . Let’s take a quick, thumbnail sketch appearance at the coming Week 22 EPL fittings and see if there are any 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 Gamble EST/4:45 a.m. PST): White Hart Lane in London is the website of the Week 21 English Premier League lidlifter involving 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 appear to striker Harry Kane (11 goals), Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Dele Alli (5 goals) for targets against the Black Cats here on Saturday as Sunderland has allowed the most goals (41) in the EPL, which makes the Over worth a shot, particularly against a mad Tottenham side-by-side by Leicester City, 1-0 here on Wednesday. The Black Cats used a Jermain Defoe Hat-Trick to quiet Swansea City at 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 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) at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in this British 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 considerably better on the Road this EPL season, together with 15 points earned in 10 matches Draws following Wednesday’s 0-0 tie at Manchester City and only one Loss (Arsenal) in that interval.
And since that setback into 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 all contests. On Wednesday, Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion played to 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) 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 look to Diego Costa, Oscar and Willian for scoring here while visitors 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 in their L10 meetings against the Toffees here at SW6.
Soccer Select: 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 this match between sponsor and 16th-place AFC Bournemouth and 15th-place Norwich City in a game that’s probably about survival with the two clubs hovering so near the Relegation Zone. Norwich City won 3-1 from the first-ever EPL assembly between the Cherries and Canaries back in August. Nathan Redmond (4 goals) is the leading scorer for Norwich City (+275 to become Relegated, bet365), who lost 3-1 to Stoke City on Matchday 21, whereas Callum Wilson (5 goals) is the top scorer for Bournemouth (+500 to be relegated, bet365). On Tuesday, the Cherries fell to West Ham, 3-1, here in Home and also Norwich City 1-5 the L6 on the Road–that the Lone Win arrived at Old Trafford against Manchester United–financing Bournemouth seems wise here.
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