After some fantastic midweek European football, domestic fixtures are back this weekend. We had a nice set of Premier League fixtures to create a £30,000 Correct Score Pick 4, kicking off with Southampton v Chelsea. Dave Tindall has previewed his Syndicate selections for us here.
Chelsea go into the weekend a full 10 points off a Champions League spot. They need a maximum 18 points from their last six games to have any hope of a top four finish but it’s hard to see them keeping up their end of the bargain after just one win in their last eight games in all comps.
This is actually a dress rehearsal for the pair’s FA Cup semi-final next weekend so both managers will want to spot potential flaws as well as concentrating on the task in hand.
Former Chelsea star Mark Hughes had a poor record against the Blues when in charge of Stoke but this is actually his first home game since taking charge so at least the atmosphere should be positive.
Chelsea haven’t kept a clean sheet in eight games and Southampton are leaky at the back so this is a BTTS game for me. It’s hard to trust either but Chelsea have much more potential to knock a few in if their big stars are up for it.
Prediction: 2-1, 1-1, 0-2, 1-2, 1-3
Palace (31) are three points from safety while Brighton (35) are seven points clear of the drop zone and both will see this as a chance to take a big stride towards safety.
The greater urgency belongs to Palace but just four home wins from 16 played shows that they still struggle to put away sides even when appearing to play well.
Brighton are poor on the road though and have won just twice. They’ve also taken just a single point in their last four matches and have failed to score in eight of their last 11 on the road.
I see this as an Under 2.5 goals game, with Palace the team to come out on top if there is a winner.
Prediction: 1-0, 2-0, 2-1, 0-0, 1-1
I think this could be a little harder for Liverpool than many predict as they come down from the high of their Champions League triumph against Man City.
Jurgen Klopp either has to keep relying on his big guns, who perhaps need a rest, or turn to back-up players who just don’t have the same goal threat.
Mid-table Bournemouth are not easy to shake off as shown by the stat that they’ve won a league-high 18 points from losing positions this season.
The Cherries have scored in all six of their Premier League away games in 2018 so are good for a goal and hence this becomes another BTTS. It’s traditionally a fixture that throws up plenty.
Prediction: 2-1, 3-1, 3-2, 1-1
Man City can’t lose four-in-a-row can they? Well, if their sudden losing streak is going to continue, an away trip to in-form Spurs is just about the most likely place for it to happen.
Tottenham are unbeaten in the Premier League since losing to City themselves back in December and they’ve taken 36 points from the last 42. Any idea that they struggled at Wembley has long since been blown away.
Spurs have also won their last two home games against City and match up well with them. High pressing against the Manchester men works well as Liverpool showed and Tottenham just look like a team on the up and up.
BTTS looks a given here but I’m definitely with Spurs although I’ll throw a narrow City win into the mix too given that, you know, they are still 13 points clear at the top of the table.
Prediction: 2-1, 3-1, Other Draw, 1-2