How about that for a shocking week of tipping. Our worst effort in two years, we’re thankful for the opportunity to bounce back with midweek action in a special edition of our EPL Predictions.
2016/2017 Season EPL Predictions Record
Since this column began ahead of the 2014/2015 Premier League season, we’ve tipped 525/966 results correctly for a success rate of 54.35%, whilst predicting 94 correct scorelines along the way.
- Roman Barbera: 49/100 – 8 correct scorelines
- Clinton Madden: 46/100 – 5 correct scorelines
* No tips were provided for weeks 10-14 this season, so the total number of tips provided is 50 fewer than the number of games that have been played this campaign.
EPL Predictions: Week 16 – Matchday 1
Everton vs. Arsenal (Goodison Park)
A clash between two teams heading in opposite directions, Arsenal have been impeccable of late whilst Everton dropped another three points to Watford on the weekend. Roald Koeman had trouble balancing attack and defence early last season with Southampton, and he seems to have lost grip on that balance with his new club as well. Romelu Lukaku’s return to form with a brace was very welcome, however leaking three at Vicarage Road doesn’t bode well ahead of a meeting with the Gunners.
Arsenal are boasting the most fluid and multi-pronged attack in the EPL at present, with six goal-scorers contributing to a run of 17 goals over their last five non-Cup games. The Gunners have conceded in 5 of their last 6 away league fixtures, however have replied on each occassion to go undefeated away from the Emirates to this point of the EPL season.
Key Player | Romelu Lukaku – Continuing the trend of Everton struggling to score, Lukaku is the only attacking threat Everton possesses who hasn’t clearly regressed from last season. Everton will need 2-3 to take anything from this contest.
Prediction | Everton 1 – 4 Arsenal
Bournemouth vs. Leicester City (Vitality Stadium)
A huge game for both of these sides, Leicester look to move up the EPL table now that European competition is on a break, whilst Bournemouth seek to exploit their recent attacking form and snatch another win against a league ‘heavyweight’. Leicester were sublime against Manchester City, exploiting defensive frailties and earning a much needed confidence boost in the process. Expect a high-scoring contest given how these two teams have played lately, however we’re tipping the Foxes to defend with greater composure. The Cherries have leaked three goals in consecutive weeks and despite going home, Leicester set up we’ll to exploit Eddie Howe’s high-possession brand of football. The speed Leicester boast up front will be crucial, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Jamie Vardy by the back of the net multiple times again. Bournemouth however are lethal in attack at present, and have the 5th best home record in the league this season. Leicester’s shocking form on the road (just 1 point this campaign) means we’re backing a draw.
Key Player | Jamie Vardy – This game is set up for last year’s star to shine again. Bournemouth have set up in a Bayern-under-Guardiola-style defence, with no out-and-out centre-backs, which should allow them to at least challenge Vardy for pace. Constant attempts to beat the offside trap could make this a thrilling watch.
Prediction | Bournemouth 2 – 2 Leicester City