Tottenham and Man Utd to slip in Jeff Stelling's Super 6 predictions
Last Updated: 25/01/16 9:53am
Jeff Stelling provides us with his advice for this weekend's Soccer Saturday Super 6, with £250,000 up for grabs in the free-to-play game.
The Soccer Saturday host thinks Southampton can cause an upset at Old Trafford while Spurs will struggle at Crystal Palace as he goes against the masses in this week's predictions.
Here's what Jeff makes of the most popular predictions so far...
Crystal Palace v Tottenham
Most popular prediction: 1-2 (37 per cent)
I can see why people fancy Spurs but it has been such a topsy-turvy season, a just impossible-to-predict season. For that reason I'm turning my back on logic.
Sometimes you've got to go with your gut feeling and mine is, despite their recent results, that Spurs are a little bit leg weary. Some of their players had another game midweek and Palace haven't suddenly become a bad team.
They've not scored in five now and there's more to it than the absence of Yannick Bolasie and I fancy them to defy the form book and upset Spurs.
Jeff predicts: 1-0
Leicester v Stoke
Most popular prediction: 1-1 (27 per cent)
I'm going for Leicester to win this despite last their last two results. They should have beaten Villa. They rather shrunk into their shell but they still had more than enough chances. Even Jamie Vardy, who is without a goal in seven now, still looks a constant threat with his runs in behind. I think that's temporary rather than permanent and he will score sooner rather than later.
Stoke may have their highest ever points tally at this stage of a Premier League season but they're still a bit up and down. Bojan lost his spark a bit and Xherdan Shakiri hasn't been fit, so for that reason I'm going for Leicester to shade it.
Jeff predicts: 2-1
Manchester United v Southampton
Most popular prediction: 2-1 (23 per cent)
People are backing United to score two goals? They're clearly mad! They've scored 12 home goals this season, which is appalling if you compare that with Man City (33), Everton (23) or Tottenham (22). They won at Liverpool but who was impressed by them? Certainly not me! Yes, Rooney is showing his spark again but other than that there's a lot left to be desired.
Then there's the fact that if there is one game Ronald Koeman will want to win will it will be this one, up against his old nemesis Louis van Gaal.
The Saints have shown signs of getting back to themselves and, with Charlie Austin also in their ranks now, I think they've got every chance of getting an upset. I'm going to err on the side of caution and go for the draw but I wouldn't be surprised if they left Old Trafford with all three points.
Jeff predicts: 1-1
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Sunderland v Bournemouth
Most popular prediction: 1-1 (21 per cent)
This is obviously a huge game. Sunderland have played well at times but there are just too many errors at the back in them. We all saw what a nightmare debut it was for Jan Kirchhoff so there's not too much hope of those issues improving. However, Jermain Defoe is still a threat and it's going to be a nostalgic day for him against his very first club, where he scored his first goal and got his chance. Bournemouth were absolutely terrific against Norwich and Benik Afobe looks like he's going to be a threat at his level. I think they'll cause a vulnerable Sunderland defence all sorts of problems and get the win.
Jeff predicts: 1-2
Watford v Newcastle
Most popular prediction: 1-1 (18 per cent)
Look, I said a couple of weeks ago on Soccer Saturday, there's always one team that tumbles down. I hope it's not Watford but I'm starting to think it will be. There was no sign on them coming out of this slump on Monday Night Football and there's no time for Newcastle to go to Vicarage Road.
The Magpies have been useless away from home, however, losing 13 of the last 16 away in the Premier League, but I do think Jonjo Shelvey gives them another dimension with his killer passes. Everyone seems to have figured Watford out by playing three at the back to cut out the supply to Odion Ighalo. I hope it's just a blip but I can see it continuing.
Jeff predicts: 0-1
West Brom v Aston Villa
Most popular prediction: 2-0 (20 per cent)
And finally I'm going to go with the masses here. I honestly don't see any sign that Villa have turned the corner. They were fortunate to get anything from Leicester and it's really hard to make a case for them.
Needless to say it's not a nice time to be a Villa fan right now, with two points from their last 10 Premier League away games, and the fact that they've done nothing in the transfer market is worrying.
West Brom haven't done the double over Villa since 1965 but I think that will change this weekend.
Jeff predicts: 2-0
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