Phil Thompson has given his take on two vital Premier League matches on Wednesday night that could have a big impact on the table.
Paddy’s top football ambassador has given his best bets ahead of Fulham’s basement battle with Brighton and title contenders Leicester’s trip to Everton.
Thommo also teamed up with the good folk at PPTV to offer a double from the two games. Check out his thoughts in the video below.
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7.30pm: Brighton v Fulham
Brighton are 17th in the Premier League and Fulham are 18th, so they’re both desperate for points. Fulham have played a game less than Brighton, and they’re on 12pts so if they can win and get up to 15 that could make a dramatic change at the bottom of the league.
Despite all Fulham’s recent draws, they have no win in eight Premier League games. They’ve drawn their last two away from home at Newcastle and Tottenham, which is not bad, so you would think they could do a similar thing at Brighton.
Wednesday, 7.30pm: Brighton v Fulham
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But what has happened to Aleksandar Mitrovic? He has no goals in 18 games, and I always thought he would struggle. I don’t think the Premier League actually suits him – I think the defenders are too good.
I do fancy Brighton, who beat Leeds last time out. It was their first win in 10 games but they have no home wins in the Premier League this season. That is a worry but I think they can break that duck. It will be very tight but I’m going for a 2-1 scoreline for Brighton.
As for a goalscorer, I’m going to go for Neal Maupay. He scored a really good goal – a nice tap-in – against Leeds and I think he will score again.
8.15pm: Everton v Leicester
This is two teams in good form. Everton have 32pts, which is their best tally at this stage of the season for seven years. They’ve won 10 in 17, and five of their last six in the Premier League. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been having a really lean time and I think that is why they put him out to play against Sheffield Wednesday – to get his goal in the FA Cup.
Wednesday, 8.15pm: Everton v Leicester
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Everton won that game quite comfortably but they’re playing a Leicester team that are better away from home. They’re unbeaten in the last seven across all competitions and have won 12 of their 19 Premier League games. My allegiances go out of the window here, and I’m going for Everton to win 2-1. I expect both teams to score. I think that’s a possibility.
I think Calvert-Lewin will score one of those two goals for Everton.
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Phil Thompson bet summary – Wednesday, January 27
Brighton and Everton both to win at 5/1
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