<![CDATA[Soccer RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Southampton vs Stoke 21 May 2017: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/05/21/southampton-vs-stoke-21-may-2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments Southampton will finish off their season at home at St Mary’s stadium as they take on Stoke City in what will be another dead rubber match to finish of the English Premier League season. This year has been good for both sides and both teams have developed a lot and as a result I am expecting that both teams will want to finish off their respective seasons on a high.

Southampton are a good side and the most impressive part about this team is that they can actually defend. Defending is a skill that has been lost in the English Premier League but…

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Southampton will finish off their season at home at St Mary’s stadium as they take on Stoke City in what will be another dead rubber match to finish of the English Premier League season. This year has been good for both sides and both teams have developed a lot and as a result I am expecting that both teams will want to finish off their respective seasons on a high.

Southampton are a good side and the most impressive part about this team is that they can actually defend. Defending is a skill that has been lost in the English Premier League but this side has done it well and after getting a draw against Manchester United midweek, this side will look to finish off their year with a win over Stoke City. This team has goals in them and they have a lot of talent all around so I expect them to finish off the year well.

Stoke seem to be on holiday mode and that will mean that they will not play well this weekend. This team is great going forward and with a solid midfield, a strong defense and a wall in Jack Butland behind that all, this is a talented side. That being said, they are not playing well consistently enough and as a result with nothing to play for, I expect them to lose.

We are getting a good price on the Saints to win at home and as a result it is the best bet to make. In addition to that, this will be low scoring since both teams can defend so the under 2.5 goals is my other bet which I am going to make.

 

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Thu, 18 May 2017 17:52:36 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85746
<![CDATA[Liverpool vs Middlesbrough 21 May 2017: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/05/21/liverpool-vs-middlesbrough-21-may-2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments Liverpool need to win their last game to ensure that they are sure a spot in the top 4. This season started off really well for the team in Red but unfortunately the loss of Sadio Mane has caused them to fall out of the title race. Their last game is against newly relegated Middlesbrough at home at Anfield and as a result I think we can expect a really good result from them.

Middlesbrough have had a bad season and the main reason for that is simply because they can not score goals. This side has a decent defense but I think it is hard for them to…

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Liverpool need to win their last game to ensure that they are sure a spot in the top 4. This season started off really well for the team in Red but unfortunately the loss of Sadio Mane has caused them to fall out of the title race. Their last game is against newly relegated Middlesbrough at home at Anfield and as a result I think we can expect a really good result from them.

Middlesbrough have had a bad season and the main reason for that is simply because they can not score goals. This side has a decent defense but I think it is hard for them to create chances and as a result they have failed to score all season. This weekend it will be tough for them to score away from home at Anfield which makes viewing a sad sight for the Boro fans.

Liverpool will be tense in this game, especially if they do not score early and if Arsenal manage to gain a lead early in their game against Everton. This game will need the big names to step up and so to the fans since a lot is on the line for the teams. The likes of Roberto Firmino, Coutinho and Jordan Henderson need to lead from the front and if that is done, then I think this side has a really good chance of making it to the top 4.

All in all I think Liverpool will win this game but we are not getting the right price to make this bet and as a result I think it is best if we skip it. The best bet in the under 2.5 goals. This will be a stressful match for the reds so it makes sense if the game is low scoring.  

 

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Thu, 18 May 2017 17:32:13 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85743
<![CDATA[Swansea vs West Brom 21 May 2017: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/05/21/swansea-vs-west-brom-21-may-2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments Swansea City are safe and they can play their final game of the season at home in Wales in front of their home crowd as they take on West Brom, another side that is also safe from relegation. This game will once again be a dead rubber so as a result I think it might pan out to be quite boring. Nevertheless, there is still value in it so it is worth looking at.

Swansea are a good side at home and they have been in pretty good form as of late. Whether this will continue now that they are safe is an interesting question but I think it will since the…

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Swansea City are safe and they can play their final game of the season at home in Wales in front of their home crowd as they take on West Brom, another side that is also safe from relegation. This game will once again be a dead rubber so as a result I think it might pan out to be quite boring. Nevertheless, there is still value in it so it is worth looking at.

Swansea are a good side at home and they have been in pretty good form as of late. Whether this will continue now that they are safe is an interesting question but I think it will since the players seem motivated and are going to want to reward their fans for everything this season since the fans played a major role in their survival.

West Brom on the other hand have been safe for a while now and they seem to be playing average football for a while also. With that in mind, this team has quality and on a head to head analysis with Swansea, they are probably the better side on paper. That being said, this is not a game on paper so it will be interesting to see the outcome.

Taking all that into consideration, I am going to predict a draw. West Brom are the better side but Swansea City will be at home and that is my thought process. We are getting a great price on this bet so it makes all the sense it the world to make this bet. Other than that, the under 2.5 goals in also a good bet and as a result I think that we should make this the other decent bet of the game.

 

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Thu, 18 May 2017 16:53:54 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85737
<![CDATA[Hull City vs Tottenham 21 May 2017: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/05/21/hull-city-vs-tottenham-21-may-2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments Tottenham have played their last game of the season against relegated sides for two years running and this season they will look to do better than last season and manage to get a win against Hull City unlike what they did last season against Newcastle. This game means nothing to either side but it will be the last time Hull City see Premier League action in a while and I do not think that the home fans will want to leave the Premier League with a loss.

Tottenham are a class side and they need to do well next season to secure that spot. This game…

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Tottenham have played their last game of the season against relegated sides for two years running and this season they will look to do better than last season and manage to get a win against Hull City unlike what they did last season against Newcastle. This game means nothing to either side but it will be the last time Hull City see Premier League action in a while and I do not think that the home fans will want to leave the Premier League with a loss.

Tottenham are a class side and they need to do well next season to secure that spot. This game will not be easy for them since Hull City will fight and it is hard to see where Spurs will get their motivation from. In addition to that, they play on Thursday meaning they are not well rested either.

Hull City will want to win to give their fans a good farewell to the Premier League. This team has a great manager and can score goals so I think we should get a good performance out of them in this clash.The Hull City story was always going to end in relegation since the owners are not investing enough in this club and as a result it was not a surprise to see them relegated.

Too be honest, it is hard to see Hull City win here simply since Spurs are so good. Nevertheless, it is a good idea not to bet on the result since the price is not a good one. The best bet is the over 2.5 goals since Spurs will be a on a frenzy and so will Hull City since neither have anything to lose in the match.

 

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Thu, 18 May 2017 16:21:26 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85734
<![CDATA[Leicester City vs Bournemouth 21 May 2017: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/05/21/leicester-city-vs-bournemouth-21-may-2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments Leicester City finish their season off at home at the King Power Stadium as they take on Bournemouth in what should be a pretty close contest. Both teams finished in similar positions in the league and they both did pretty well in their standards and I think a win for either team will be wanted although not needed. This is once again a final day dead rubber.

Leicester City had a pretty good season in Europe but at the moment they have nothing to play for. This side secured their spot as a middle of the table team and they will look to make sure…

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Leicester City finish their season off at home at the King Power Stadium as they take on Bournemouth in what should be a pretty close contest. Both teams finished in similar positions in the league and they both did pretty well in their standards and I think a win for either team will be wanted although not needed. This is once again a final day dead rubber.

Leicester City had a pretty good season in Europe but at the moment they have nothing to play for. This side secured their spot as a middle of the table team and they will look to make sure that this continues in the seasons that are to follow. The likes of Vardy seem like they want to stay and they have a lot of good depth in the side that they acquired for Europe this season. This will come in handy in this game as the players all over the country seem tired.

Bournemouth on the other hand look like they are on holiday. They are safe and away from home so I do not expect them to have a big performance here. This side has good heart but at the moment that is not needed and I think it will mean that they will lose here.

We are getting a good enough price on Leicester City to win here and as a result that is the most obvious bet to make. The over 2.5 goals also makes sense since neither team will work hard and defend well so I am expecting a lot of goals in this game. Both teams not to score is also a valid bet here since it not likely that Bournemouth will score away from home in a game like this one.

 

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Thu, 18 May 2017 16:11:03 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85731
<![CDATA[Manchester United vs Crystal Palace 21 May 2017: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/05/21/manchester-united-vs-crystal-palace-21-may-2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments Crystal Palace secured safety last week after a big win at home against Hull City in a game that saw the Tigers get relegated. This weekend, Crystal Palace end their season away from home as they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford. A win will be great for either side but neither team will really have a lot to play for so it.

Manchester United have the Europa League final to worry about and with their squad depth and injuries at the moment, it is more than likely that Jose Mourinho will play a second rate team in this game. A win will not…

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Crystal Palace secured safety last week after a big win at home against Hull City in a game that saw the Tigers get relegated. This weekend, Crystal Palace end their season away from home as they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford. A win will be great for either side but neither team will really have a lot to play for so it.

Manchester United have the Europa League final to worry about and with their squad depth and injuries at the moment, it is more than likely that Jose Mourinho will play a second rate team in this game. A win will not mean much to this side but they are a better team and I am sure that in the back of their minds they will want to win this game and give the Old Trafford fans something to cheer about.

Crystal Palace had a great run this season beating Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool and a win here will mean that they have beaten the historic big 4 teams. This game will be hard for them but they have nothing to lose and with a side like Palace and their attacking power, this means it could be dangerous.

I think that the result is very unpredictable here so avoiding this bet is the best option by far. The better option is to bet on both teams to score since that makes sense and also the over 2.5 goals. Both teams have goals in them and it is more than likely that Palace will score and you would also expect United to score at home. With two teams scoring, this also makes the over 2.5 goals way too likely to not bet on.

 

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Thu, 18 May 2017 16:01:09 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85722
<![CDATA[Watford vs Manchester City 21 May 2017: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/05/21/watford-vs-manchester-city-21-may-2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments Watford have confirmed another season in the Premier League and this team can finally get some credit since with the squad they have available to them, this has been a really good performance for the Hornets. This side ends their season at home as Manchester City come to visit in a game that means nothing to Watford but Manchester City still have something to play for.

A win for Manchester City will mean that they they will finish third and get automatic qualification to the Champions League for next season. This is an important outcome and being…

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Watford have confirmed another season in the Premier League and this team can finally get some credit since with the squad they have available to them, this has been a really good performance for the Hornets. This side ends their season at home as Manchester City come to visit in a game that means nothing to Watford but Manchester City still have something to play for.

A win for Manchester City will mean that they they will finish third and get automatic qualification to the Champions League for next season. This is an important outcome and being the last game of the season, I think it will mean that we are going to see the Sky Blues come out and give everything they have got. When this team is on form, they should be one of the best teams in the world and perhaps we might see something like that on Sunday.

Watford are a team that have a lot of fight and a lot of heart but I doubt that they will be able to withstand what Manchester City have prepared so as a result I think we can expect the Hornets to get comfortably beaten in their final game of the season.

As far as betting is concerned, I think we should bet on Manchester City to win. The price is not great but this is a banker and I do not think you can lose in anyway. The other bet that makes sense is over 2.5 goals since I think City will score over 3 goals themselves.

 

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Thu, 18 May 2017 15:06:27 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85713
<![CDATA[Burnley vs West Ham 21 May 2017: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/05/21/burnley-vs-west-ham-21-may-2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments Burnley take on West Ham at home to end of the season for both these teams. This season has not been a standout season for either side but they are both safe from the relegation zone and are both going to play another season in the Premier League which is what is important for these two sets of sides.

Burnley have been great at home and that is largely due to their massive home support. This game will be a chance for the players to thank their fans by getting a win for them and I expecting that to happen. This team has done well as they have been…

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Burnley take on West Ham at home to end of the season for both these teams. This season has not been a standout season for either side but they are both safe from the relegation zone and are both going to play another season in the Premier League which is what is important for these two sets of sides.

Burnley have been great at home and that is largely due to their massive home support. This game will be a chance for the players to thank their fans by getting a win for them and I expecting that to happen. This team has done well as they have been able to score goals and they have been able to defend when that was needed. This week they will be able to play with a lot more freedom and that might allow us to see what this team really has to offer in the Premier League next season.

This season has been a disaster for West Ham. The move away from Upton Park has been a failure and the saga with Dmitri Payet ended up with the club looking like idiots. This will be a chance for them to redeem themselves slightly but nevertheless this has not been a great season for the club. All in all though, I think that the Hammers are the better side and in a dead rubber like this one, they will get the job done.

We are getting a good enough price on West Ham to win this game and as a result that is my bet. The other good bet is both teams to score since that looks likely but betting on the outright result seems like the better play.

 

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Thu, 18 May 2017 14:32:23 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85710
<![CDATA[Arsenal vs Everton 21 May 2017: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/05/21/arsenal-vs-everton-21-may-2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments Arsenal need to win their last game if they want to have any chance of making the top 4 and keeping their streak of Champions League appearance alive. Everton will be travelling to face them in North London this week in a game where the Toffees will have their work cut out for them.

Arsenal have been in really good form lately with Alexis Sanchez finally getting some assistance from the rest of his team. Ozil seems to be creating again while Giroud and Welbeck both seems to be threats in front of goal. This along with the new formation which has…

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Arsenal need to win their last game if they want to have any chance of making the top 4 and keeping their streak of Champions League appearance alive. Everton will be travelling to face them in North London this week in a game where the Toffees will have their work cut out for them.

Arsenal have been in really good form lately with Alexis Sanchez finally getting some assistance from the rest of his team. Ozil seems to be creating again while Giroud and Welbeck both seems to be threats in front of goal. This along with the new formation which has five at the back means the defense is more solid as is the whole team. The problem is still the likes of Xhaka and Ramsey in the midfield but Ozil in form seems to counter that issue a little bit.

Everton on the other hand seem to be a team that is already on their holidays as they went missing in their past games. This is understandable for a team that do not have a lot to play for so as a result I am expecting a poor performance for them. This team can score goals though and that should be interesting for the viewers.

I am betting on Arsenal to win this game and I think we are getting a good enough price for it at the moment. The other good bets are both teams to score cause I think Everton will and over 2.5 goals as well.

 

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Thu, 18 May 2017 14:14:13 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85707
<![CDATA[Chelsea vs Sunderland 21 May 2017: EPL Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/05/21/chelsea-vs-watford-21-may-2017-epl-preview-and-predictions#comments The top team in the Premier League will end their season off againsts the bottom team in the Premier League as David Moyes and his Sunderland side will get a chance to say goodbye to the top flight of English football at Stamford Bridge. This is a mismatch is every sense of the word but nevertheless it could still prove to be a good game for the viewers.

Chelsea are going to play with not a lot of pressure and will want to give this game as a tribute to the fans. This game will not mean a lot to the Blues but they still have the FA Cup Final to…

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The top team in the Premier League will end their season off againsts the bottom team in the Premier League as David Moyes and his Sunderland side will get a chance to say goodbye to the top flight of English football at Stamford Bridge. This is a mismatch is every sense of the word but nevertheless it could still prove to be a good game for the viewers.

Chelsea are going to play with not a lot of pressure and will want to give this game as a tribute to the fans. This game will not mean a lot to the Blues but they still have the FA Cup Final to play so as a result it is important that they keep up their winning mentality and I think they will. This is a very classy team and they will know how to win games. The balance and solid management of the side gives this team a lot of depth and structure and that should be enough for them to coast through and win this game without any problems.

Sunderland on the other hand have nothing to play for and it is unlikely they will cause Chelsea any problems. This team is really poor and a big defeat seems like how they will exit the Premier League and to be honest it is probably a fitting end to their season.

As far as betting is concerned, we are not getting a good enough price to bet on Chelsea to win this game so I am going to avoid that bet. The best bet in the over 2.5 goals. Sunderland are poor at the back and can score goals while Chelsea on their own should score at least 3 goals in this game.

 

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Thu, 18 May 2017 14:11:04 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85704