Saturday 30th December PL

With 2018 just around the corner, there is still time for one final round of Premier League fixtures.

Saturday’s highlights include; Bournemouth vs Everton, Liverpool vs Leicester and Huddersfield vs Burnley.


Bournemouth vs Everton

Everton head to Dean Court still unbeaten since Sam Allardyce arrived.

Bournemouth meanwhile are still in bottom three, despite drawing 3-3 here with West Ham on Boxing Day.

They however have won just two of ten home games, making this a difficult game against the in form Toffees.

Since Allardyce took over, Everton have conceded just once but Bournemouth will fancy their chances of a win here.

Although the visitors are in form, they haven’t won their last game of calendar year since 2013.

Sadly I can see that run continuing here if Bournemouth show the quality that they did on Boxing Day.

Prediction: Bournemouth 1-0 Everton

Jake predicts: Bournemouth 1-2 Everton

Result: Bournemouth 2-1 Everton


Chelsea vs Stoke

Chelsea will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten home league record against Stoke here, as the runner up battle heats up.

Stoke meanwhile are struggling defensively, having let in 41 goals so far this season.

This fixture was also the last for both teams of 2016, finishing 4-2 in Chelsea’s favour.

A year on, I don’t see a repeat of that match with Chelsea picking up a comfortable win.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Stoke

Jake predicts: Chelsea 3-0 Stoke

Result: Chelsea 5-0 Stoke


Huddersfield vs Burnley

Both of this season’s surprise packages meet at John Smith Stadium.

Boxing Day saw both teams take draws against Stoke and Burnley respectively, so could we see a tight battle here?

The reverse fixture ended 0-0 with just 13 shots on show, showing how evenly matched both teams are.

Burnley have the better record this century in this fixture but Huddersfield won two of last three meetings here.

Sean Dyche
Can Burnley find a way past Huddersfield to end their winless run?

The Clarets’ defence need to be careful here because Huddersfield have avoided defeat in six of seven home games, where they scored first.

Burnley meanwhile have the best away record outside the top four but are currently without a win in three.

Although Sean Dyche’s side won their last games of 2015 & 16, I can see only a draw here.

Prediction: Huddersfield 1-1 Burrnley

Jake predicts: Huddersfield 0-1 Burnley

Result: Huddersfield 0-0 Burnley


Liverpool vs Leicester

Liverpool are currently in deadly form but face a Leicester side who has lost just twice since Claude Puel arrived.

Jurgen Klopp however has lost three of his five meetings with Leicester in all competitions.

Since a crushing at Tottenham Hotspur in mid October, the Reds have gone unbeaten in last 11, making them tough to beat here.

Throw in their goal record of 75 goals across all competitions, which is third best to Manchester City (77) and PSG (89) then Vardy and co will surely need to play defensively.

Puel however knows how to go unbeaten at Anfield, having won there with Lyon and Southampton.

I expect both teams to score but Liverpool are too fierce at minute to stop.

Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Leicester

Jake predicts: Liverpool 2-0 Leicester

Result: Liverpool 2-1 Leicester


Newcastle vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Both teams might be above the relegation line but a win is vital to strengthen their survival hopes.

There is no Premier League history in this fixture, despite Brighton winning their home leg in September.

Newcastle however won both meetings in the Championship last season.

Their recent record is terrible too with just one win from last 11 games and five losses against newly promoted clubs.

The Seagulls are no better too with just one win from last nine and one goal in last five.

Ultimately, I can see this a boring draw here.

Prediction: Newcastle 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Jake predicts: Newcastle 1-3 Brighton & Hove Albion

Result: Newcastle 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion


Watford vs Swansea

Carlos Carvalhal makes his Swansea bow as he takes the Swans to Watford.

Watford however are coming into this after a comeback win on Boxing Day, after suffering four consecutive defeats before.

We shouldn’t expect many goals here cos this fixture has seen just six goals from five Premier League meetings.

Swansea however need to tie up their defence, having shifted 13 goals in last four league games.

With this being Carvalhal’s first game, I can see him fielding a slightly more attacking team.

In end, I can see Watford winning this.

Prediction: Watford 2-0 Swansea.

Jake predicts: Watford 1-0 Swansea

Result: Watford 1-2 Swansea


Manchester United vs Southampton (5:30pm)

Manchester United have drawn their last two league games but face a Southampton side, who have won on two of last three visits to Old Trafford.

United however have the better form, losing just one of last nine league games.

Southampton however have just one win and three draws in the same period, leaving them two points above drop zone.

If compare United’s home and Southampton’s away record, there is only going to be one winner, despite that team looking fatigued of late.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Southampton

Jake predicts: Manchester United 2-0 Southampton

Result: Manchester United 0-0 Southampton


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