The Premier League is back for a mid-week run of fixtures, and we look to take the opportunity to try and sneak in a few winners tonight.
England Premier League
Sunderland to beat QPR @ 1.95 (MarathonBet) – 2.5 points
Sunderland host Queens Park Rangers in this mid-week round of fixtures aiming to grab another 3 points to help them stay as far as possible from the relegation zone. Jermaine Defoe in particular has been extremely instrumental for Sunderland score 2 and assisting in 1 goal since he has come back in his last 3 games, and his presence in front of goal poses a threat against a QPR team who have struggled for any form away from home. Defensively Pantillimon, O’Shea and Van Aanholt in particular have been extremely good for Guys Poyet’s men, that has seen them build a 4 match unbeaten run.
QPR have struggled ever since January began, with just 1 draw and 4 losses in that time. January also saw their manager Harry Redknapp step down due to his health, and the Rangers look a lot like headless chickens against Southampton with no clear direction as there is a committee of managers trying to work around who will play for them. QPR will be missing 3 big players in Austin, Dunne and Onouha who have been regular in their team. The biggest problem for QPR has been where will their goals come from, as this has resulted in them not grabbing a single point away from home, losing all 11 of their away fixtures.
Sunderland should be buoyed by their home fans as well as the strong performances in recent weeks against a poor QPR to help take them to the win tonight.
Liverpool v Tottenham – Over 10.5 corners @ 1.67 (Bet365) – 3 points
Liverpool and Tottenham will take on each other in what should be a high encounter for scoring as both teams are approaching close to the top 5 position, where they would like to be, and after a quick turnaround from derby games played by both of them, expect a lot of action happening.
Tottenham are top of the Premier League form guide as it stands winning 4 out of their last 5 games, while having 20 goals scored in those 5 games. While they have been doing well offensively, they have also had their fair share of goals conceded. Lloris in particular has been in outstanding form looking to keep the ball out of the goal at any cost. Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli and Eric Lamela have all tried to create opportunities, and the beautiful part is all of them love to shoot form long distance also, which makes the likelihood of corners very high. Tottenhams corner count in their last 4 games read 13, 9, 12, 10; which is something that we can look forward to in this high profile encounter.
Liverpool on the other hand have kept changing their players and formations, which has developed some level of inconsistency when it comes to their attacking threat. Liverpool have won 3 out of their 5 games so far, and they have been low scoring games with only 9 goals in those 5 games. The lack of genuine width as Sterling has been playing as a makeshift 9; while Markovic being in and out of the side, tends to minimize the impact as much as Liverpool have to rely on the wing backs Can and Moreno to provide the width in those games. Since Liverpool has been adept at keeping the ball away from the goal, they have conceded a lot of corners in that time with their last 4 games corner count reading 9,12,14,12; which is something i expect as a high corner count coming from this game against a Tottenham side who will put in a lot of balls from their wide players. Liverpool might start Sturridge up front, giving an opportunity for Markovic and Sterling to play on the wings with Coutinho right behind Sturridge for support, which will push those corners through.
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