Coral Football Jackpot returns with £100k top prize
Coral’s Football Jackpot is back for the new season, and punters can get a guaranteed prize of £100k if they can successfully predict 15 featured fixtures.
Here are this week’s matches, and predictions from our experts which you can use for guidance.
Leicester v Everton (Away win)
The Toffees have won four of their last five previous Premier League away fixtures and, with a host of sensational summer signings waiting in the wings, including last season’s top scorer Romelu Lukaku, should have enough to push their way past the newly promoted Foxes.
QPR V Hull (Home win)
History does not favour Hull in this encounter, with the Tigers having only won twice in 22 away clashes at Loftus Road. QPR can be a surprise package, and new defenders Steven Caulker, Rio Ferdinand and Mauricio Isla should be able to keep a Hull side, who lack potency, at bay.
Stoke City v Aston Villa (Home win)
The Potters did the double over Villa last term, sinking six goals past Paul Lambert’s side. As the Villans continue to struggle amid the uncertainty that surrounds the club, with many of their summer signings free transfers, Hughes may debut exciting former Barcelona star Bojan Krkic.
West Brom v Sunderland (Draw)
It should be an evenly-matched clash between the Baggies and Black Cats, who have eked out draws in 40 previous encounters. Both sides only just managed to avoid the trap door last term, and neither club have improved significantly in the transfer market, meaning it will likely be a cautious affair.
West Ham v Tottenham (Away win)
Spurs have only lost two of their last seven outings to Upton Park and should look a different prospect under Mauricio Pochettino. His swashbuckling style will be contrasted by Sam Allardyce’s defensive leanings and, with Spurs’ backline reinforcements, it seems unlikely they will leak any goals when facing the Hammers.
Birmingham v Brighton (Away win)
The Seagulls have not lost a league meeting at St Andrew’s since 1987, and did the double over cashs-trapped Birmingham last season, winning 1-0 both times. Sami Hyypia should get his victory in English football management here.
Bolton v Nottingham Forest (Away win)
Trotters boss Dougie Freedman is in big trouble, not least because he faces the rich recruitment of Forest here. Bolton were battered on the opening day by Watford, and that will have sapped fragile confidence after last term’s lower mid-table finish.
Norwich v Watford (Away win)
Neil Adams is still awaiting his first victory as Canaries coach, and the prolific Hornet strike partnership of Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra should ensure that continues. Watford won on their last visit to Carrow Road, and expect the same to happen here.
Reading v Ipswich (Draw)
Royals boss Nigel Adkins has lost centre half Sean Morrison as he has joined Championship rivals Cardiff City. Ipswich began life after assists machine Aaron Cresswell with victory, but a share of the spoils looks likely here.
Rotherham v Wolves (Away win)
With Nouha Dicko now at Wolves and Kieran Agard on the verge of joining Leeds, the Millers are short in attack. Expect Kenny Jackett to get one over fellow promoted boss Steve Evans here in light of this.
Sheffield Wednesday v Derby (Away win)
The Rams did the double over the Owls last term, and Steve McClaren has strengthened his attacking options with former Wednesday loan player Leon Best.
Arsenal v Crystal Palace (Home win)
Suddenly Palace are in all kinds of trouble after Tony Pulis left the club. The Eagles are there for the taking, ready to be pushed off their perch, against a slick Arsenal team, which won 2-0 home and away in this fixture last term. In-form Olivier Giroud and slick new Gunners signing Alexis Sanchez will be too strong for the visitors.
Liverpool v Southampton (Home win)
Despite losing Luis Suarez in the summer, Liverpool come up against a side who have lost far more names, including three who jumped the Saints ship to Anfield. Both Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren are expected to feature against their former club, with the latter aiming to keep latest Southampton arrival Shane Long quiet here.
Newcastle United v Manchester City (Home win)
The Magpies have recruited magnificently in the transfer window, and can take Man City by surprise in front of what will be a raucous home crowd. Manuel Pellegrini’s men looked lacklustre against Arsenal in the Community Shield, and there are serious question marks over their defence.