Phil Thompson makes his Super 6 selections for the latest midweek round of games. Predict all six correct scorelines to win £250,000…
The Liverpool legend scored seven points last weekend, correctly predicting West Ham 1-1 Everton, while Norwich’s win at home to Bournemouth helped to make up his total.
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Thommo is predicting a Chelsea win as they welcome fellow top-four hopefuls Arsenal, but what are you tipping in the free-to-play game? There’s £250,000 for the taking so get your scores in now!
Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal (8/1 with Sky Bet)
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being out, it does hinder Arsenal hugely, although they have Alexandre Lacazette in there. It was a bad result for Arsenal against Sheffield United, who are a difficult team to play against, but normally you would expect an Arsenal team to win that.
Chelsea should have beaten Newcastle but they didn’t, and that will have disappointed Frank Lampard quite a bit. It will be the reaction that he and the fans will want to see at Stamford Bridge, as they will win the game.
Super Stat: Gunning for glory?
Only nine per cent of Super 6 players are backing Mikel Arteta’s side to spring what seems like a shock victory at Stamford Bridge, with a hefty 63 per cent hoping for Frank Lampard’s side to earn all three points. Where will you play your cards, with £250k to be won? Play for free here.
Sheffield United 1-2 Manchester City (15/2 with Sky Bet)
I am so impressed with Sheffield United. They do not worry about reputations, and this will not phase them either. The crowd will be buzzing with anticipation, but I think Manchester City will be hurt from the weekend’s draw with Crystal Palace. That is bad news for Sheffield United, but it may not be as comfortable as Man City would like it to be.
Super Stat: Blades to deepen City wound?
A mere 0.4 per cent of Super 6 players predicted a 2-2 draw between Manchester City and Crystal Palace, while 5.6 per cent are predicting a 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane. What score will take your fancy, with £250k up for grabs. Play for free.
Everton 1-0 Newcastle (11/2 with Sky Bet)
Everton will have been happy with a draw at West Ham. It is still a difficult place to go, but after a slight victory before that against Brighton, they must try to get on a run. That is the only way you will see signs of Everton progressing – they must be more consistent. Newcastle got away with it against Chelsea but defended extremely well. Injuries are piling up again and they cannot seem to escape them at the minute.
Super Stat: Carlo to continue Everton push?
Everton have only tasted the solitary Premier League defeat since Carlo Ancelotti was appointed, and 94 per cent of Super 6 players expect that to be the same at the end of this match, with 71 per cent opting for an Everton victory and 23 per cent rooting for the draw. Play for free here.
Aston Villa 1-1 Watford (5/1 with Sky Bet)
Watford are flying at the moment and enjoying it a great deal too, while Aston Villa earned a good point at Brighton after the humiliation the week before against Manchester City. The only reason I am going for this result is because Aston Villa are at home, but they do not have an attacker really so it will be difficult. In their current predicament, Watford will be more than happy with a point, which will, in turn, keep their mini-revival going.
Super Stat: Hornets stinging from the same hymn sheet…
Talking of percentages, Watford have picked up 60.87 per cent of their 23 Premier League points from their last six matches (14), and the momentum has clearly swayed Super 6 entrants, with 47 per cent expecting Nigel Pearson’s team to steal all three points at Villa Park. Who will you side with? Play for free.
Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton (13/2 with Sky Bet)
I think this is another tight game. After their recent run, Southampton will be kicking themselves after letting a 2-0 lead evaporate against Wolves. They will want to get back to basics once again, but I think Crystal Palace at home will have too much, especially following the result against Man City. They would not waste that point and then go down to Southampton at home. The fans would expect better than that, and I will go with a slight Crystal Palace win here.
Super Stat: Eagles to stop the Saints?
A healthy 24.9 per cent of Super 6 competitors have agreed with Thommo and gone with the prediction of 1-0 to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. With £250k at stake, will you go against the grain? Play for free here.
Bournemouth 1-2 Brighton (9/1 with Sky Bet)
What a game this is. Obviously, Bournemouth have loads of injury problems, as well as confidence problems. I watched them against Norwich and there is something massively missing. These two are not a million miles apart, but I think Brighton could be spurred on and get all three points. Bournemouth are lacking confidence and it could prove costly, on top of the fact they have lost their last four without scoring.