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And we’re back. Each week, I make my tips publicly known and reasoning behind them in an effort to help you all with your UMaxIt tipping. I’ve also chucked in now 2 players I think will be crucial to the result which may help with your FPL.


Sunderland (20th) v (12th) Burnley

Head to Head:
 Sunderland: 46
, Draw: 31
, Burnley: 38

This season: Burnley 4-1 Sunderland (EPL Dec 31). Sunderland 0-0 Burnley & Burnley 2-0 (FA Cup 3rd Rd & Replay, Jan 7 & 17)
The only 3 meetings since Burnley were promoted back last season all came within a matter of 3 weeks with Burnley having the upper hand.

Form Guide (last 10 League games)
Sunderland: 1-2-7 (19th)
Burnley: 3-2-5 (13th)
Black Cats have 2nd worst home record, 2nd worst last 10 games record and sit 19th. Coincidence…no. Burnley’s travel woes continued at Swansea & Liverpool, still with just 2pts from 14 away games.

Players to Watch:
Sunderland: Jermain Defoe – a striker in-form considering the lack of service he gets. Expect him to score at least once if the Black Cats are to win.
Burnley: Ben Mee – thought he was brilliant against Liverpool at the back despite Burnley conceding twice. If he can keep Defoe at bay, his side may just get their first away win of the season.

Prediction: Burnley (2-3)
Sunderland have a power duo up top with Januzaj & Defoe so in a game they must win if the home side is going to stay up, expect the Black Cats to score. Burnley came out of the blocks firing against Liverpool and if they do the same against Sunderland, I expect them to get their first away win of the campaign.

Crystal Palace (17th) v (13th) Watford

Head to Head:
 Crystal Palace: 47, Draw: 26
, Watford: 41

This season: Watford 1-1 Crystal Palace (Dec 26). The 3 league meetings since the Hornets promotion have seen all possible results. Palace won the cup match they had in that time.

Form Guide (last 10 games overall)
Crystal Palace: 3-1-6 (16th)
Watford: 2-4-4 (15th)
Palace have the worst home record of the campaign but have won their last two which now sees them out of the relegation zone, only one point safe though and still have to play all of the Top 6 in their remaining 11 matches. Watford have won 3 from 13 away, but only once since October.

Player to Watch:
Crystal Palace: Mamadou Sakho – the loanee from Liverpool has been phenomenal since arriving. Expect a clean sheet.
Crystal Palace: Christian Benteke – the former Reds striker is the Eagle’s top scorer and I expect him to score against the Hornets

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-0 Watford.
Only see one winner here. Palace starting to find a little bit of form, in a must win clash given the run home to come. Watford struggling away. Eagles to pick up a very valuable 3pts.

West Ham (11th) v (15th) Leicester City

Head to Head:
West Ham: 51
, Draw: 30
, Leicester: 46

This season: Leicester 1-0 West Ham (Dec 31)
Leicester have won 4 of the last 5 (1D) clashes, with the Hammers last win over the Foxes coming in Dec 2014.

Form Guide (last 10 League games)
West Ham; 3-2-5 (14th)
Leicester: 3-1-6 (17th)
West Ham are winless from their last 4 while Leicester have won their last 2 league games along with advancing to the Champions League quarter finals after knocking off Sevilla 2-0 in the 2nd leg to win 3-2 on Aggregate.

Player to Watch:
Leicester: Jamie Vardy – in good form when his team is and the Foxes have flicked a switch since Ranieri’s sacking. Expect Vardy to score.
Leicester: Kasper Schmeichel – the Foxes custodian has been in terrific form and I expect him to make a few big saves and keep a clean sheet.

Prediction: Leicester (0-2)
Leicester to take their win streak to 4 and move 6 clear of the relegation zone.

Bournemouth (14th) v (17th) Swansea

Head to Head:
Bournemouth: 22, Draw: 11
, Swansea: 23

This season: Swansea 0-3 Bournemouth (Dec 31).
Bournemouth could level the head to head ledger at 23-11-23 against the Swans if they beat them for the 3rd successive time. The Swans haven’t beaten the Cherries in 4, with the last win against them in 2007 in Div 3.

Form Guide (last 10 league games)
Bournemouth: 2-3-5 (18th)
Swansea: 5-0-5 (10th)
Bournemouth won their first game in over 6 weeks with a chaotic 3-2 win over West Ham. Swansea have gone WLWLWL in their last 6 so could be due for a win on that basis, however have lost last 3 away.

Player to Watch:
Bournemouth: Josh King – scored a hat trick and missed a penalty last week and the Cherries will again rely on their top scorer if they are to get 3pts.
Swansea; Gylfi Sigurdsson – the Swans are a bit too reliant on the midfielder to having a good day to get a result. If the Swans are to score expect him to have a hand, well, boot in it.

Prediction: Draw (1-1)
Really don’t know which way this will go, so going down the middle with both teams to score.

Manchester City (3rd) v (4th) Liverpool

Head to Head:
 Man City: 53
, Draw: 51
, Liverpool: 101

This season: Liverpool 1-0 Man City (Dec 31)
The two sides have not played out a league draw since the 2012-13 season. Since City’s win on Boxing Day 2013, Liverpool have won 5 of the last 6 league meetings, including the last 4. (City won last years league cup final between the sides on penalties).

Form Guide (last 10 games)
Man City: 6-2-2 (5th)
Liverpool: 4-3-3 (8th)
City have lost just once at home this season, with 7 wins & 5 draws. Liverpool have had some wayward results but have been phenomenal against their fellow top 6 sides, unbeaten, winning 5, from 9 matches. Following this match, Liverpool’s last 9 games will be against teams all outside of the Top 6.

Player to Watch:
Man City: Sergio Aguero – hasn’t been at his goal scoring best but always seems to have an impact against the Reds. Him scoring would go a long way to a City win.
Liverpool: Sadio Mane & Philippe Coutinho – when Mane & Coutinho play well, the Reds are at their best. They are long way from it when only one of them play well so Klopp will hope both are on-song for this one.

Prediction: Draw (2-2)
These matches have been goalfests in recent times. With a vital 3 points up for grabs in the Top 4 race, expect both teams to go hammer & tong. Could go anyway, but expect goals.

Extra Quick Tips:
* West Brom v ARSENAL (1-3)
* EVERTON v Hull City (3-0)
* Stoke City v CHELSEA (0-1)
* Middlesbrough v MANCHESTER UNITED (0-3)
* TOTTENHAM v Southampton (2-1)

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