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Premier League Predictions: Round 33!

Round 33 of the Premier League has come at us quite quickly due to the 15-game Round 32 only coming to a close on Wednesday night. Like the majority of players, I fared quite well in that extended round with 12/15 correct picks though my green arrow on the global leaderboard was only a small one with just two exacts.

This weekend we have six games taking place due to the FA Cup semi-finals also happening. If you're playing in that tournament, remember to make your FA Cup picks too!

Here we go with my Round 33 predictions then - I'm in need of quite a few exacts if I'm to win some pools but can't see scorelines being as predictable as they have been in R32! Let me know how yours compare in the comments section below.

Southampton vs. Liverpool

After beating Spurs, Liverpool will feel that this is one of two especially difficult tests left for them in this Premier League season, with Chelsea at home to come in the next round. Southampton have been great in recent weeks and deserved their victory over Brighton last weekend. Much depends on how well Liverpool can deal with the pressure and nerves in this game - they've been below par for a little while now and that must be down to mentality. Crucially, they've been finding wins anyway and I'm backing them to just about do so again this evening. Prediction: Southampton 1-2 Liverpool

Bournemouth vs. Burnley

Not the easiest pick of the week but Bournemouth should have too much for Burnley at home. You'd certainly expect the Cherries to score in this match and though Burnley will fancy a goal themselves, their defence has been nowhere near as strong this season as it was last. I see Fraser, King and Wilson combining well against a Clarets defence that prefer the ball in the air. Prediction: Bournemouth 3-1 Burnley

Huddersfield vs. Leicester

I never really enjoy picking games that involve an already relegated side as it's so hard to judge motivation. You'd expect them to continue playing poorly, but often the release of pressure helps a lot. Leicester are the obvious pick here but I'm really not sure on the scoreline. Prediction: Huddersfield 0-2 Leicester

Newcastle vs. Crystal Palace

Newcastle are on a great run of form at St James' Park and I'm not sure that will change in this game. Palace look short of goals and there's big motivation for the Magpies to win this game and get themselves well away from danger and above Palace themselves. It's unlikely to be a great game to watch but Salomon Rondon could well be the difference. Prediction: Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace

Everton vs. Arsenal

Everton have finally managed to string two wins together and Arsenal, though a lot better than them, have been woeful on the road so this pick is tricky. You'd think Emery would be able to get the away performances right at some point but the fact they still haven't managed a clean sheet away from home is staggering. I'm not sure they'll find a first shutout at Goodison Park but they do have the strike power and recent confidence to win this match anyway. Prediction: Everton 1-2 Arsenal

Chelsea vs. West Ham

Maurizio Sarri made the sensible decision to pick a team that Chelsea fans were happy with against Brighton after a pretty unsavoury atmosphere at Cardiff so it will be interesting to see the XI he now selects for this match. West Ham have been very inconsistent but tend to do OK against Chelsea in recent seasons and it's well known that Javier Hernandez has a great record at the Bridge. I was close to picking 1-1 for this match but West Ham have conceded a lot of goals lately - if you concede 3 at home to Huddersfield there's a good chance you may do the same at Stamford Bridge. Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 West Ham

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Good luck to you all with your own picks!
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Huddersfield to Win by 3-1
6 Apr 07:00
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Gosh Jack I pretty well agree with all your picks this time. However the more games that are played the more data we all have to base our picks on, so it stands to reason. Might go 0-0 for Newc v Pal though, its a bit meaningless. I'd like to go 1-0 or 0-1 more often but the Close Points system is so biased against it and really favours 2-1 & 1-2 instead. It must be changed! 2-1 gives you too many shots at a Close but 1-0 is 'Single-ended' 2-1 sits in the middle of a 'Venn Diagram' of overlapping 1.5 chances. I don't think an actual 1-0 should count as Close if you went 2-1 as there were THREE times as many goals predicted as were actually scored. Too many are still 'Gaming the system with 2-1s almost every game. I think 1-0 should get you a Close 1.5 for a 0-0 or 1-1 to compensate.

Also why not add in more of who you think might score too, like you have suggested with Rondon. Just to guide the Fantasy pickers? Higuain v West Ham anyone?
6 Apr 13:27
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Hey Paul, a shame that Newcastle and Bournemouth have let us both down then! I take your points about the heavy percentage on 2-1 every game although I feel that will always be by far the most common pick for a relatively even fixture regardless of the scoring system and 1-0's will always be brave. The exact points reward a brave pick and I tend to just go with what I can really see happening as opposed to worrying about the crowd too much - not that this has been going overly successfully for me in this tournament!

Thanks for the suggestion of an increased focus on players - I'll make sure to include more of my thoughts for the run-in. Personally feel that Chelsea are a better side with Giroud leading the line but agree Higuain is likely to start on Monday. 7 Apr 12:31
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Hello jack. Please if you have a correct score please share with w
12 Apr 07:34
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