It's time for another guest written blog post, once again previewing some of the English League games coming up over the next three days, with some "Both Teams To Score" (BTTS) and scoreline predictions. I hope you enjoy the post.Midweek Previews and Predictions
by Kully BahiaBTTS Treble
(2nd Jan 2017).
AFC Wimbledon v Millwall
Notts Forest v Barnsley
Doncaster v Stevenage
Wimbledon have scored 11 goals in their last 3 home games playing a 4-3-3 formation. Poleon and Elliott are the main goal threat upfront, but in defence they leak against decent opposition. Millwall have Gregory, Morison and O'brien upfront, and they're both more than capable of scoring, as recent results have shown. They've scored 7 goals in the last 3 home games, so should find the back of the net in this game.
Forest have scored in every home game bar 1. They have over 11 players injured, otherwise they would likely be further up the table. They beat Barnsley 2-5 away last month but have lost their way since. Barnsley are in great form since losing to Forest, winning 4, drawing once, and losing once. Scoring 13 goals in last 6 and conceding only 8. Their last game was a 2-2 draw, and top scorer Sam Winnall is worth backing as anytime goalscorer.
Doncaster have won 5 out of their last 7 games, drawing once, and losing once, scoring 12 and conceding 8, and they won this away fixture 3-4 in early December. Stevenage have won their last 3 away games, which is surprisingly better than their home form. They've lost their last 4 home games, but still tend to score regardless of the opposition.Sunderland v Liverpool
(2nd Jan 2017)
Sunderland were awful against Burnley, David Moyes' own words. Selling Johnny Evans was a huge mistake, and for just £6.5m to West Brom. Sunderland haven't anyone who can marshall the defence, Kone's injury during the game against Burnley, was the catalyst for easy goals. Paddy Mcnair is also out and there's no money for transfers. Striker Victor Anichebe is also out with a hamstring injury, caused during the game. Moyes looks like a defeated man, no money to spend in January, players away for African Cup of Nations this week, and goals drying up. Lee cattermole, Jan Kirchkoff and Duncan Whitmore are already injured. Cattermole's missed presence in midfield is a huge blow to the team. The bench is not good enough, apart from a fit Jack Rodwell, and Steven Piennar and John O'shea clearly can't handle the pace of life in the Premiership now, and should shoulder some of the blame.
Liverpool come to the Stadium of Light on the back of a hard fought victory over Manchester City. Klopp has tightened up the defence, and with their pace upfront, expect balls played from deep, to expose the offside trap. Sunderland's slow defence will not be able to deal with Mane, Firmino and Lallana. Backing Liverpool to be ahead at half time and full time is a must bet, and Liverpool to score + 2.5 goals and win is another good option.
Prediction: 4-0 to Liverpool (Odds: 14/1)Tottenham v Chelsea
(4th Jan 2017)
Spurs have hit form at the perfect moment, winning their last two games (away) 1-4. Too many people are giving their opponents Chelsea too much praise. Stoke showed that they can be found out in defence. Chelsea play the 1970's Italian style of football, three defender's and two back wings. That's five at the back, with two holding midfielders, makes seven. Two attacking midfielders and one (dirty) striker, effective but not really tested against a top team. Both their defeats were at the start of the season, and Conte changed to this system and it's been proven. Hazard and Costa are the dangers in attack, whilst in defence Luiz and Cahill can both be useful on their day, but a calamity another day. Spurs have plenty of game changers to call upon, with Son, Alli, Eriksen and Kane. Their defence is the best in the premiership, and they can play for 90 minutes, hence the late goals scored in some games. Kane is in good form and has an impressive record in London derby games. He links up well with Dele Alli and can score from outside the box, as well as in the six yard box. Alli is difficult to pick up when making those runs think (Lampard). He can also shoot from around the box and assist others. Pochetino's training regime is hard but gets the best out of his team as players come back fit. Unlike Arsenal, who have a sick list similar to the NHS. This game will be + 2.5 goals.
Prediction: 3-1 to Tottenham (Odds: 22/1)
Guest written by Kully Bahia
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