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Liam Canning’s Weekend Pick 8 Preview

To kick off the weekend we have a lovely £10,000 Pick 8 Home, Draw or Away Jackpot kicking off this Friday evening. Liam Canning has written us a Syndicate preview, with you being able to join his ticket here.

Sheffield Wednesday vs Wolves


Sheffield Wednesday are immersed in a mid-table battle with no real worry of relegation this season. At times, they have played well under Carlos Carvalhal, but at too many times have they drawn games which has lost them points. In their last five games, they have drawn four and lost one.

Wolves, on the other hand, have won four of their last five games in the Championship, sitting at the top of the table with little competition. It depends which Owls turn up, but this game could go either way, despite what recent form tells us.


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St. Étienne vs Monaco

After selling a vast amount of the first-team players that made Monaco a devastating side last season, they have struggled domestically, as well as in Europe. No longer are they the side full of pace and free movement – it has looked static at the Stade Louis II stadium this season, although they remain third in the league.

For Saint Étienne, who recently were left manager-less after Óscar García’s abrupt departure, they are in danger of slipping down into the relegation zone. They sit only two points above the drop. Monaco will be expected to win, and win heavily at that. 



Leicester vs Crystal Palace

Claude Puel has reinvigorated the Foxes since taking over and are now returning to their free-flowing, expansive style of football. However, Roy Hodgson has delivered the goods so far Palace and have got them out of the relegation zone.

This will be a difficult game for both teams, but think Leicester will have too much quality and use the home crowd to their advantage. A draw or a Leicester win looks most likely. 


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Stoke vs West Ham

Stoke are in a world of trouble given their current, abysmal form in the Premier League. Mark Hughes is now under considerable pressure to turn things around, or he will find himself without a job.

David Moyes is slowly, but surely, starting to build up confidence and respect from the West Ham fans, especially after their win against Chelsea. This will be a tough match for both teams, but I think one club are going to come away with a crucial three points. 


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Chelsea vs Southampton

This should be straightforward for Chelsea. While they might leak goals constantly, they have far too much strength in depth to be truly troubled by Southampton. A loss to West Ham was quickly rectified against Huddersfield, and the Blues will not want take their foot off the gas now.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s side have been disappointing this season, and I don’t expect them to get anything when visiting Stamford Bridge. 



Arsenal vs Newcastle

Given this game is at the Emirates, and against Newcastle, this should be a whitewash for the Gunners. Apart from one defeat to Manchester United, they have been in good form.

They might find themselves out of the top four, but a win against the Magpies should put them back up there. For Rafa Benitez’s men, it looks a mighty struggle going down to London in the search for even a point. They are treading over the relegation zone and have four losses in their last five games. 



Manchester City vs Tottenham

The game of the weekend takes place at the Etihad, with Manchester City unbeaten in the Premier League facing a Spurs side who have been inconsistent this season. Pep Guardiola’s men are expected to win this game, but Mauricio Pochettino needs to start correcting his record against the ‘big six’.

It will be a tight game, but City have one hand on the trophy and will not want to be letting go any time soon. At least a draw for the Citizens at the weekend.


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Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim


Borussia Dortmund’s new boss, Peter Stöger, got off to a winning start in the Bundesliga, the club’s first win in the domestic league since September. It was just what they needed as they go into this hotly-anticipated match against Hoffenheim.

Julian Nagelsmann’s team have slipped down the table after last year’s qualification for the Champions League, and have been incredibly inconsistent. Dortmund should win this game, but a draw is not off the table. 


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Liam Canning
Sports Broadcaster & Journalist

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