Premier League Gameweek 16 Treble: Terrible Terriers ready to suffer
How does one go from backing a winner one week to the nearest of misses the next week to an awful treble last weekend?
As Felipe Anderson scored West Ham’s third goal in the 95th minute to seal the fate of a diabolical Newcastle, I looked back at what may have been my worst treble of all time. Not only did I not back a single winner from my three selections, but none of them were even close.
Not to worry, after the rain comes the rainbow, and following a midweek break I’m back with another ‘long-shot’ EPL treble this weekend.
Cardiff vs. Southampton
Saturday, 8 December, 15:00
Despite the fact they’re only two points off the relegation zone, Cardiff have found form at the right time at home in recent weeks. The Bluebirds have taken an astonishing nine points from the last 12 available to them at The Cardiff City Stadium. Morale boosting wins against Fulham, Brighton and Wolves have shown that Neil Warnock’s side do have a fighting chance this season.
It’s somewhat cliched, but home wins against fellow ‘struggling’ sides generally dictate the teams that avoid the drop. So when it comes to Southampton this weekend Cardiff not only have the momentum, but the onus to win as well.
One can say many things about a Warnock side, but few can deny that they lack heart and drive. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Southampton. That may not be the case for long as the recent appointment of Ralph Hasenhüttl is undoubtably progressive.
Now, usually ‘new manager syndrome’ would come into play in my selections but based on what I’ve seen from sides featuring Mark Hughes and Hasenhüttl I don’t expect his transition to his new side to be smooth. Do not get me wrong; I think this is the right move and the best direction for Southampton, but changing style in a matter of days is borderline impossible. If Southampton play how they have been they’ll lose.
Arsenal vs. Huddersfield
Saturday, 8 December, 15:00
Manchester United against Arsenal in midweek was one of those games that reminded us why we love football. The issue with that statement is that it almost always comes with mixed connotations unless you’re watching a free-flowing side who have dominated their opponents.
David De Gea is the one picking up most of the headlines for both his early howler and subsequent elite performance, but Arsenal still have several key issues they continue to work on as well under Unai Emery.
Fortunately for The Gunners, those factors are not only far less obvious than they were last season, but Huddersfield don’t have it in them to exploit them either.
I’ve spoken about the form of Huddersfield this season on several occasions and my thoughts have not changed. If they do not get relegated come the end of this season, I’ll be amazed. I like David Wagner and I enjoy the gegenpressing style he’s implemented, but sides have worked out how to nullify its effectiveness.
I’d argue that Arsenal (bar Man City) are probably the best side to counteract the style implemented by Huddersfield in the league. In fact, you just need to look at their aggregate 6–0 wins in the league last season to see why.
West Ham vs. Crystal Palace
Saturday, 8 December, 15:00
I’m not sure if it’s a case of me not learning or if I’m glutton for punishment, but once again this week I’m backing against Crystal Palace.
For context, if you didn’t read my article last week, Jamie is both my boss and a Crystal Palace fan so I’m not sure if it’s a smart move always explaining in detail why I think they’re going to lose every week.
Now the irony here is not lost on me either because just last weekend I drafted a whole section on why I thought Newcastle would have enough to beat West Ham.
Not only did The Hammers walk over Newcastle comfortably at St James’ Park they also trounced Cardiff midweek at The London Stadium, so the tables have very much turned in favour of the Claret and Blue.
The form of record signing Felipe Anderson has undoubtably been the main factor in the turnaround. If him and Javier Hernandez are on the same page this weekend then I can’t see Palace keeping them out.
Palace aren’t exactly the most prolific of goalscorers therefore one goal should be enough for a home win. Even if Palace do score, I simply think West Ham have too much firepower not to fight back.
Recommended Accumulator Summary
Back Cardiff @ 15/8
Back Arsenal (-1) @ 4/5
Back West Ham @ 5/4
Total ACCA odds: 10.3/1
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