Our betting expert Jones Knows is back with some midweek prediction action.
Crystal Palace vs West Ham, Tuesday 6pm
“Don’t listen to him, this muppet gets us wrong every week,” tweeted one Hammers fan on social media.
He has a point.
Is it time to put faith in the improving Hammers?
This muppet took on David Moyes’ side in their last two against Burnley and West Brom and my fingers were well and truly burnt. Are they really capable of a top-eight finish though? If they get there it will be based around being very disciplined at the back. In their last four Premier League games, they’ve shipped just one goal – a metric backed up by expected goals data of just 1.94. It’s Manchester City levels of rearguard action.
Moyes’ men rarely make mistakes or get pulled out of position. The ever-improving Declan Rice leads by example in that regard.
However, Palace will have Wilfried Zaha back for this one, they’ve lost all three matches without him this season. He gives them a crucial out-ball.
That was on show in the corresponding meeting between these two in December that finished 1-1 with Palace perhaps unfortunate not to take maximum points as Sebastian Haller turned into Didier Drogba for a split-second which was enough time to score a one-in-a-million overhead kick.
This one will be nitty. It’ll be gritty. It’s most likely to be a draw.
Muppets never learn do they?
JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)
Newcastle vs Leeds, Tuesday 6pm
No matter what Steve Bruce will have you believe, Newcastle have been embarrassing in their last three matches.
No goals scored, an average of just nine touches in the opposition box per match and 1.6 shots on target per match. I’m always keen to treat a negative narrative like the one surrounding Newcastle with caution but in this case the toxicity towards their performance levels are fully justified. I’ve never seen a Premier League team so comfortable at 2-0 up than Aston Villa were on Saturday. The…