Sparkling Saturday

Sunday might be Bonfire night but there are plenty of sparkling Premier League ties tomorrow to whet your footballing appetite.

Several clubs can spark their survival fight into life with victory whilst in the late game, Liverpool can fire themselves closer to the three major London clubs.


Stoke vs Leicester (12:30pm – Sky Sports PL)

Both teams will want to move further away from the drop zone with victory.

Stoke are missing captain, Ryan Shawcross with a thigh injury.

Geoff Cameron also is out with concussion whilst Peter Crouch, Bruno Martin Indies and Glenn Johnson are all fit and available.

Leicester are definitely without Robert Huth and Matty James but Ben Chilwell faces a late assessment.

The last two meetings at the Bet365 Stadium have ended in draws but the Potters have conceded 20 goals in 10 league games.

Jamie Vardy has a habit of scoring here, having netted three in last four trips and I think he will get the winner here.

James predicts: Stoke 1-2 Leicester

Jake predicts: Stoke 1-1 Leicester

Result: Stoke 2-2 Leicester


Huddersfield vs West Bromwich Albion

This is a must win for two sides in relegation form

Both teams have struggled since August but Huddersfield have picked up five points to the Baggies solidary two.

In my opinion, this looks like could be a dull game because West Brom are yet to score before half time on the road.

The Terriers have averaged just 0.8 goals at home whilst West Brom have a meagrely away average of 0.6  goals in the league.

Those figures don’t make for much hope and the Baggies have only three wins from 22 top flight meeting with Huddersfield.

As a result, this will be tight if boring but I fancy the Terriers to nick it.

James predicts: Huddersfield 1-0 WBA

Jake predicts: Huddersfield 0-0 WBA

Result: Huddersfield 1-0 WBA 


Newcastle vs Bournemouth

Bournemouth head to Newcastle hoping to spark their season into life as they fight the drop.

Newcastle however are flying high in the league, occupying ninth and two points below Liverpool in sixth.

Both teams have just one win in their last five league games but Newcastle’s home record under Rafa Benitez is tough to beat.

Since securing promotion, the Magpies have suffered just one home defeat in the league this season. Benitez has also dropped just one top flight home game on a Saturday in England.

Both teams are poor home/away respectively as seen in these graphics on in several categories.

Newcastle however draw more fouls at home than their opposition and therefore more yellow cards. That might be their undoing here if can’t keep their head and start making unnecessary tackles.

Ultimately, I think Newcastle will have enough here to get the job done if look at the goal averages.

James predicts: Newcastle 2-0 Bournemouth

Jake predicts: Newcastle 0-0 Bournemouth

Result: Newcastle 0-1 Bournemouth


Southampton vs Burnley

Burnley head to St Marys knowing that a win will take them sixth for a few hours at least.

Southampton’s home record is terrible with just six goals with four of them coming on Saturdays.

Burnley on other hand are in terrific form, having suffered just one away defeat (expectedly against Manchester City).

If they can keep that away form going at non ‘big six’ grounds, they should manage to avoid relegation again.

The Saints have ruled all past eight top flight meetings in this fixture but have never beaten any team in their first nine top tier clashes.

They however boast Charlie Austin, who has scored four goals and provided one assist  against the Clarets since departing Turf Moor in August 2013 for QPR.

I however am struggling to see that run continuing against such an organised and strong Burnley side.

This certainly won’t be an entertaining match by any stretch but Burnley will just have the edge here.

James predicts: Southampton 0-1 Burnley

Jake predicts: Southampton 1-0 Burnley

Result: Southampton 0-1 Burnley


Swansea vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Swansea need a win here to move themselves clear of the drop, already barely sitting above it on goal difference.

Brighton however are a decent side, after having a slow start to Premier League life.

Since the Premier League began, the Seagulls haven’t won at Swansea in any competition. In that time, they have taken three draws and six losses.

The Swans have lost four of their five home league games at the Liberty Stadium this season.

Swansea have already hosted Brighton’s fellow promoted clubs, losing 0-1 to Newcastle before beating Huddersfield 2-0. They however are yet to lose two home games against newly promoted teams since coming up themselves.

Both teams have conceded 66.7% of their home/away goals in second half respectively as demonstrated by both graphics being the exact same below.

I can’t see much action of note here so a goalless draw is probably the best bet.

James predicts: Swansea 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Jake predicts: Swansea 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Result: Swansea 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion


West Ham vs Liverpool (5:30pm BT Sport 1)

Liverpool come here in impressive form, having netted 14 goals in all competitions since returning from the international break.

West Ham in that period have scored just six goals in their domestic competitions. Three of those goals did come in the Carabao Cup win at Tottenham Hotspur alone though.

Given the vast gulf in quality between these teams at either end of the league table, I expect to see a 13th straight winner in this fixture within East London.

The Hammers really need a draw at minimum because the last time they had less than 10 points from 11 games, they were relegated.

Both teams are terrible at the back, conceding 35 goals between them which is worse than the current top four put together.

Looking at statistics on, the Reds need to score in first half if want victory because West Ham are yet to score in that period at home.

Although it being the 13th straight league meeting without a draw, I am not expecting a draw here and Liverpool will comfortably win this.

James predicts: West Ham 0-2 Liverpool

Jake predicts: West Ham 1-2 Liverpool

Result: West Ham 1-4 Liverpool


Predictions War

Here at Sport Grill, me and Jake Self are going head to head predicting games. Here is how things stand after the previous round of games along with the rules.
Correct score – 3 points
Correct result – 1 point
Incorrect result – 0 points

Name Points
James Gregory 53
Jake Self 63



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