Premier League Gameweek 21: Resurgent Red Devils hungry for more goals on Tyneside

Every season there’s one side that inevitably makes it their quest to screw up my ACCAs. This season that honour goes to West Ham.

As my other selections from Gameweek 19 ‘romped home’ (context, one was a stake returned selection), West Ham beat my pick Southampton after they lost the week before to Watford and subsequently last weekend to Burnley. No consistency, but they always seem to beat sides when I’ve backed them.

Safe to say, West Ham are a team I’m avoiding this week, but much like Watford I’m sure they’ll return to a FootieWriter bet slip with BetBull soon.

Wolves vs. Crystal Palace

Wednesday, 2 January, 19:45

If I was backing any other game where the home side was seven positions above the away side and that team were evens, this would almost certainly be my banker, but I fully understand why Wolves are evens.

There’s no denying that Wolves have performed above expectations against the ‘top’ sides, but against ‘lesser’ teams their results have been mixed. It’s safe to say my prediction of Wolves ‘struggling to adapt’ this season has been somewhat wide of the mark to date.

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Crystal Palace, minus a few results, have struggled in front of goal this season, which is going to ultimately be very important against Wolves. Palace have failed to score in 45% of their league matches, which is the same as bottom side Huddersfield.

The reason I think that point is significant is because Wolves are joint fifth in the goals conceded ‘league’, which puts them well in front of Arsenal and Manchester United.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s team have made it a priority this season to shut up shop, as have Palace, but Wolves have only failed to score in five matches. I just don’t think Palace are going to get enough chances to penetrate the Wolves back line and a home win is a good start to this treble.

Bournemouth vs. Watford

Wednesday, 2 January, 19:45

I’ve avoided backing Watford for a few weeks now. This week I’m back for more after forgetting the amount of trauma that they caused me earlier on in the season. It’s impossible to ignore them this week at 13/8 against a Bournemouth side who are bang out of form.

Originally, I had planned to back Watford (draw no bet) at 10/11 because, although Bournemouth are in the worst form in the league across 10 games, their two wins in that time have come in their last three matches at the Vitality Stadium.

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It’s the additional research that validates why I’ve selected Watford here. Both of those two Bournemouth wins were unconvincing to say the least. They managed to beat a Brighton side who were reduced to 10 men on 73 minutes and were outplayed for most of that game.

They then picked up a narrow victory against Huddersfield who dominated The Cherries with 68% of the ball and three times the number of shots on target.

I think quite a lot of this is down to Bournemouth’s lengthily injury list and that’s not due to get any better against the Hornets. In fact, on top of confirmed absentees Adam Smith, Dan Gosling, Lewis Cook and Simon Francis, Nathan Ake is now a doubt.

Simply put, if Watford play like they have in any one of their last four games, including their loss to Chelsea, they’ll win.

Newcastle United vs. Manchester United

Wednesday, 2 January, 20:00

I’m not sure how much I can write to justify this selection without going over obvious points, but I’ll give it a shot.

Manchester United have been reborn under Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Mike Phelan with players who were bang out of form under previous management rediscovering their spark, which as we all know is significantly important.

A man quite literally at the centre of this resurgence is Paul Pogba. With four goals in his last three matches and the man of the match award in all three games, it’s safe to say that when Pogba is at 100% he can dominate games almost single handedly.

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Newcastle have been up and down throughout the season, but one of their only consistencies is that their home form has been poor. With no win at home in their last three matches, Manchester United will be one of the last sides they want to face. Especially as they’ve only managed to beat United in one of their last eight meetings.

If current ownership is to be believed, Newcastle have money to spend in January so this game probably comes at the worst time for The Geordies because they won’t be able to reinforce before the visit of the Red Devils.

Recommended Premier League ACCA

Back Wolves @ Evens

Back Watford @ 13/8

Back Man Utd (-1 Handicap) to Win @ 8/5

Total Accumulator Odds: 12.83/1

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