Brilliant Danny Ings puts Leicester to the sword as amazing form continues

Danny Ings at 27 is having the best top flight season of his career and is in perhaps the richest form of it. His 14th league goal of the season helped Southampton beat Leicester at the King Power Stadium by 2-1. This was one of the best transformations for the Saints given that they had lost to Leicester at home only in October by a record 9-0 thrashing.

Of course football is a team game and no one would doubt that but it is clear that Danny Ings’ goals are going to keep Southampton up this season. It is incredible to think that only a month ago the Saints were in the bottom three with their Premier League survival under immense threat but no striker has been on the rich form that Ings has.

Whilst the former Liverpool forward started the league slowly he has more than made up for it in the past month. But we can go further back when we talk of Ings’ contribution. Since the 9-0 beating by the Foxes Southampton have played 12 games and Ings has scored 10 goals.

Ings has never had a such a successful campaign in the top flight of football and his previous league best was last season when he netted 7 times for the Saints in 24 games, now he has double the figure from two games less. When we take into account his cup goals that figure goes up to 16 for the season so far and he is well on course to beat his best season ever. That occurred in season 2013/14 in the Championship for Burnley when he scored 26 goals in 45 games and it was that type of devastating form that irked the interest of Liverpool in the first place.

Since Ings’ move from Liverpool for £18m he has scored 24 goals in 49 games and has an average of 1 goal for every 2 games. But it is in this period of his career where Ings has been earning praise and one wonders if his scoring feats can give him the chance of playing for England at this summers Euro 2020 tournament? He only has 1 cap so far and surely he deserves some place in Gareth Southgate’s selection?

As for Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl he was full of good words for Ings’ impact a few weeks ago when he said: “This is the result of a guy who is working his ass off. This is exactly how it should be and he’s absolutely positive all the time. You can feel and you can see how much he invests to win balls, to work for the team, and in the last games, he has a fantastic run and hopefully it stays on.”

Ings certainly deserves all the praise he is getting and long may it continue for one of the Premier League’s best loved players.

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Premier League Predictions: Week 22

After a break for the FA Cup, the Premier League resumes this weekend and below we will take a look at all 10 fixtures and predict what the outcome will be. Liverpool are still leading by 13 points and they unbeatable but 3rd and 4th spots are certainly up for grabs and can the current champions Manchester City usurp Leicester from 2nd?

Sheffield United v West Ham United

The two United’s come together and Sheffield United have been so impressive this season in 8th place, although they have gone their last 3 games with no wins. West Ham look a different team under David Moyes winning their last two games and haven’t conceded yet, can they defy the odds and win away from home? We think they can keep the good times rolling. West Ham United to beat Sheffield United

Crystal Palace v Arsenal

Palace have been renowned for their defence work and stubbornness and that is why they are still in the top half of the table. Arsenal just beat Manchester United under new manager Mikel Arteta but the real test for him and Arsenal will come away from home. A lot rests on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who missed their cup match after illness, will he make this team? If so we can see the Gunners getting all three points. Arsenal to beat Crystal Palace

Chelsea v Burnley

Do Chelsea really want 4th place? They have recorded some poor results lately especially at home and have in fact been a better side away where they have beaten both Tottenham and Arsenal recently. Burnley have been very poor lately and have lost their last 3 games in a row and could face a relegation battle. Chelsea to beat Burnley

Everton v Brighton

Everything seemed the right way for Everton when they appointed Carlo Ancelotti and they won their first two games under him. Now they have lost their last two, albeit they have had to play Manchester City and Liverpool. This game at home is the perfect opportunity for the likes of Richarlison to get his scoring boots on. Brighton have lost 60% of their games away. Everton to beat Brighton

Leicester v Southampton

Leicester continue to have an amazing season and are in 2nd place with 45 points. On paper they should have no trouble in winning this game. Southampton have massively improved though and have left the bottom three and are unbeaten in their last 4 games. Watch out for the Saints’ Danny Ings who has been utterly brilliant lately. We are backing a shock away win here. Southampton to beat Leicester

Manchester United v Norwich

Manchester United did find good form a few weeks ago but they look like they are struggling a bit now and have yet again lost Paul Pogba to injury. Still they are 5th and just five points from the top 4. There should be no excuses not to win this game. Norwich have lost 70% of their games away from home and have the worst away record in the league. Manchester United to beat Norwich

Wolves v Newcastle

This should be a very entertaining game and Raul Jimenez has looked brilliant lately for the home side. We can see this game being end to end stuff with plenty of chances and hopefully a few goals. We think this match could be shared. Wolves v Newcastle: A draw

Tottenham v Liverpool

Life hasn’t been great for Tottenham under Jose Mourinho and they have been unlucky too with some injuries namely to Harry Kane who is ruled out for weeks. Liverpool are still unbeaten and some may think Mourinho has the perfect tactic to finally beat them, we can’t see it and Liverpool has the quality to win with ease. Liverpool to beat Tottenham

Bournemouth v Watford

This is 18th v 19th but Eddie Howe’s side have looked very poor and they could be heading for the drop. Watford have made massive improvements under Nigel Pearson who has the team playing well again. Troy Deeny is on fire and is leading his team as he should do and we think the Hornets can get the win. Watford to beat Bournemouth

Aston Villa v Manchester City

Aston Villa are in 17th place and blowing hot and cold but mostly cold with 3 defeats in their last five games. Manchester City have the chance to go 2nd and they have been brilliant lately beating Manchester United 3-1 and Kevin de Bruyne is really on his game. Manchester City to beat Aston Villa

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A preview of this weekend’s EPL action

There are some great games to look forward to in the English Premier League this weekend.

Here’s a brief preview of all ten EPL fixtures over the coming days.

Southampton v Manchester United

Key men: Ings (Southampton); Rashford (Manchester United)

Prediction: Southampton 2 – 1 Manchester United

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EPL Weekend Picks – Round 9

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The ninth week of the 2018-19 Premier League season features one of the biggest games of the campaign so far, Chelsea v Manchester United, while Liverpool travel to Huddersfield and Arsenal host Leicester. Let’s take a look at 11 players who you should consider adding to your EPL Fantasy team before the weekend.

GK – Ederson (Manchester City)
Every EPL Fantasy team needs a reliable scorer of points in goal, and you can’t go wrong with Ederson. The Manchester City goalkeeper has recorded 37 points this season – more than any other player in his position in the Premier League – and there’s a good chance he’ll add to that tally at home to Burnley.

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EPL Weekend Picks – Round 5

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Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, Sergio Aguero, Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso are among the high-scorers for EPL Fantasy managers so far this season, but there are plenty of other players across the league who could be worthy of inclusion in your team this weekend.

GK – Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea)
Chelsea’s big-money summer signing has picked up 12 points so far this season – Liverpool’s Alisson is the only goalkeeper with more – and he will surely add to that tally in the upcoming matches against low-scoring Cardiff and West Ham.

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EPL Fantasy Predictions: Matchweek 5

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Tottenham vs Liverpool Wembley Stadium

This lunchtime kickoff is one you won’t want to miss. While Spurs slipped up against  surprisingly imperious Watford,  Liverpool remained stalwart at the King Power. These kinds of tests away from home prove championship quality, and we think Klopp and the reds are at that level. Salah was Liverpool’s sole scorer against Spurs last season, and this may be a good time to jump on the wagon.

Bournemouth vs Leicester – Vitality Stadium

Two teams commanded by two impressive managers who know how to get results in the Premier League. Chelsea gave nothing away to Bournemouth when the Cherries visited Stamford Bridge before the international break, but we are picking Howe’s men to beat the Foxes who looked uncoordinated in the attack against Liverpool without Jamie Vardy.

Chelsea vs Cardiff – Stamford Bridge

If I were a fantasy Premier League manager I’d be jumping out of my seat to bring in a couple of Sarri’s forwards in for this one-sided looking clash at the Bridge. Pedro is in a good run of scoring form, while Hazard netted for Belgium against Scotland during the break.

Huddersfield vs Crystal Palace – John Smith’s Stadium

Huddersfield did very well to get a point at Goodison Park last matchweek, but Crystal Palace will know they absolutely need to start picking up points sooner or later. We are looking at the height of Crystal Palace to make the difference and snatch a draw from a set piece.

Manchester City vs Fulham – Etihad Stadium

If you’re asking us to pick Fulham over the champions, it’s a real shout. But Wolves held the stellar Citizens attack at bay earlier in the season, and Fulham have shown more in an attacking sense. – especially with Mitrovic’s double for Serbia over the break. We are still going with Pep, singling out Mr. Aguero to continue his good run of form.

Newcastle vs Arsenal – Saint James’ Park

With defense proving as optional as ever under Emery’s brief tenure, Newcastle will feel they could really upset the oddsmakers when the Gunners visit Tyneside. Solomon Rondon will by drooling at the chance to have the home crowd behind him as he runs at the shaky pairing of Mustafi and Sokratis.

Watford vs Manchester United – Vicarage Road

We like Holebas and Pereyra in this one, but goals are coming from everywhere amongst the Watford ranks these days. United meanwhile have had to rely thoroughly on Lukaku. The big Belgian has only 16 in 68 games against the top six, and since Watford have already beaten a top six club, we feel this will be a draw, with Mourinho shutting up shop as he is want to do away from home.

Wolves vs Burnley – Molineux

Nunu Espirito Santo is doing his best to make Molineux a fortress in his first EPL season, and we think this is a good opportunity to nab some clean sheet points from the Wolves defense and GK as Burnley are tied for the second fewest goals scored.

Everton vs West Ham – Goodison Park

Away at Everton will be a difficult place for Manuel Pellegrini to try and affect some positive change around the Irons dressing room, so we are going with Everton and backing Theo Walcott to make the difference.

Southampton vs Brighton – Saint Mary’s Stadium

We like Southampton in this South Coast clash, with Danny Ings looking particularly good for his price. He’s already scored with the Saints this season, even after such an enormous spell out with knee injuries at Liverpool.
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EPL Weekend Picks – Round 2

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With the first round of Premier League action in the bag and the second fast approaching, let’s travel a little into the future and see which players could find themselves starring once again for their respective sides this weekend. For this one, we have gone for a 4-3-3 formation, as adopted by Liverpool in their 4-0 hammering (sorry) of West Ham last weekend.

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