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MARSHY’S CORNER – 8 OUT OF 10 LAST WEEK – ROUND 14 PREVIEW

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Marshy has been so hot these past few weeks that he has almost shut down established sports books with his picks. Ok that’s a lie … the truth is though that he has been hot … very hot.  Last week he nailed 8 results out of 10. That would have made any punter a lot of money!

Let’s take a look at this weekend’s action.

Newcastle v Man City
Man City showed some good fighting spirit to bounce back from an early goal down against in-form Chelsea last week to take all three points. Man City’s performances have been good and they could argue that at times they haven’t been rewarded – think the Liverpool defeat. Sergio Aguero is out which will hurt but Man City have plenty of weapons up front … it’s just that their defence causes headaches. Steve Bruce has Newcastle playing tough and he is to be commended for that. They are no pushovers.
Newcastle 1, Man City 2

Burnley v Crystal Palace
Burnley showed that they may have shifted gear, picking up their second straight win with a 3-0 hammering of Watford away. They suddenly find themselves in a lofty 7th place just behind Sheff United. Like we said last week, they tend to be a form team and when they get hot they can go on runs. Expect that run to continue against Palace who, despite taking Liverpool to the wire last week, are not the sharpest away from home.
Burnley 2, Palace 1

Chelsea v West Ham
Chelsea were outclassed by Man City last week but didn’t disgrace themselves. They looked a little off in midweek vs Valencia but got away with a draw – a sign of a good team. West Ham didn’t even show up in the first half vs Spurs and it was almost as if they handed Jose Mourinho a welcome back present. Confidence is very low for the Hammers right now and even though Tammy Abraham may be touch and go for this one, Chelsea still have enough in reserve to win this one comfortably.
Chelsea 2, West Ham 0

Liverpool v Brighton
Liverpool have been sputtering a bit of late – relying on late goals to save their skins. It’s to be expected considering the monster unbeaten streak (30 EPL games) that they are on. Brighton have impressed with their enterprising footy so far this season but Anfield is probably the hardest ground to get a result at these days. Liverpool can’t afford to be sloppy at this stage of the season and I don’t expect them to be on Saturday.
Liverpool 2, Brighton 0

Spurs v Bournemouth
The “Humble One” is loving life at the moment. Two good wins on the bounce and it’s all smiles. Spurs haven’t really been tested yet so let’s see how cheerful he remains when the going gets tough and the honeymoon is over. Bournemouth are one of the most unpredictable teams in the league – they blow hot and cold like Mourinho in a press conference. I expect a rejuvenated Spurs to continue their run and take home the three points.
Spurs 4, Bournemouth 1

Southampton v Watford
The bottom two teams go head to head in what could already be described as a relegation 6 pointer. The worst two goal averages in the league (both at -18 already) suggests that this could be a slugfest. Watford can’t score but the Saints defence has an open door policy. There should be a few goals in this one. Last weekend Southampton almost pulled off an improbable away win at Arsenal but once again panicked and conceded a last-minute goal.
Saints 3, Watford 2

Norwich v Arsenal
Norwich surprised everyone with their 2-0 win at Goodison Park when they had shown no form at all for the past 7 rounds. Will this trigger a mini revival? Arsenal represent a relatively soft opponent to test their confidence – they have been miserable on their travels and even at home last weekend against Southampton, looked very much out of touch. Unai Emery is fighting for his job. He really needs a win here but I can’t see it.
Norwich 1, Arsenal 1

Wolves v Sheffield United
Two teams in top form, 5th and 6th in the table. Sheff United have shown this season that they are not scared of anyone. Last week’s draw with Man United proved that point once again. Wolves had a slow start but are now unbeaten in their last 5 and are a very real chance of finishing in the top 5 this season. This will be a tight one but I am going for Wolves based on the fact that they are at home.
Wolves 2, Sheff United 1

Leicester v Everton
Leicester are in second place with equal the best goal average in the league and have won 5 games on the bounce. Jamie Vardy is on fire and we all know what happens when he gets hot. Everton have been simply shocking this season and find themselves all the way down in 16th place with very little form to show either. Leicester should have a field day.
Leicester 3, Everton 0

Manchester United v Aston Villa
Villa have been good in patches but a little inconsistent so far this season. To be honest the same could be said of Man United. There is the feeling that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be on borrowed time and that will only increase the pressure on him and his team to perform at Old Trafford. They have some promising youngsters coming through though and if Ole is brave enough to play them, he may reap the benefits.
Man Utd 2, Villa 0

Written by Ian Marshall

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