The highlight games for the next set of EPL matches are LIVERPOOL versus NEWCASTLE and MAN CITY versus SHEFFIELD UNITED. Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews these and all game week 20 matches with his unique and insightful commentary. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday.
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A quick turnaround for all 20 Premier League teams following the midweek post-Christmas games.
This set of fixtures are the reverse of Game Week-3 which took place in August and are the last for a while as firstly there is the 3rd-Round of the FA Cup coming up then all of the Game Week-21 Premier League fixtures are split over 2 weeks, with half playing the weekend starting on the 13th of January and the rest playing from the 20th.
At the start of each Preview, there will be a little note to say when the next Premier League game will be.
Remember though that there will be an FA Cup tie in between, however, it’s more than likely that there will be a few players rested for that particular fixture meaning all should be fresh for the 2nd half of the 2023/24 Premier League campaign.
Happy New Year.
LUTON v CHELSEA
12.30 in England
Luton are next in Premier League action on the 15th of January 2024, with Chelsea out a couple of days before on the 13th.
In a bizarre fixture at Bramall Lane Luton somehow gained a victory over Sheffield United by a 3-2 scoreline.
Somehow, as despite having 3 goals credited to get the win, the Hatters players only had 1 shot on target, the other 2 came from the Sheffield United players.
Alfie Doughty opened the scoring to give Luton a lead at the break.
It was the home team that came out stronger in the 2nd-half scoring twice before then scoring 2 own goals to gift Luton the victory.
The superb win was marred by a few racist words thrown by the Blunts in the stands aimed towards Carlton Morris.
It’s 2024 in a couple of days guys and girls, do we really need to go down that particular Cul-De-Sac?
Luton sit in 18th place with 15 points from the 18 games completed.
It is only 18 due to the fixture against Bournemouth being abandoned.
Happy New Year Tom Lockyer.
Chelsea gained a victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday with goals from Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke giving Mauricio Pochettino’s Blues the points from a 2-1 score.
As predicted in this Christmas edition of John Newsome/EveryTip.
Roy Hodgson’s Eagles had scored an equaliser on the stroke of half-time before conceding a late penalty to give Noni his winning goal.
The Crystal Palace goal was the 59th conceded by Chelsea in 2023 which is the highest ever for the Blues, in a year of the Premier League, plus there is still this fixture, that is still in 2023, to add to that poor statistic.
In some games, Chelsea appear to be struggling but in others, they play like Real Madrid.
The Young Right-Back Malo Gusto had a particularly impressive game even switching to Left-Back for the 2nd-half and got a Player Rating of 8.6 which was a Man of the Match performance.
It is ‘Man of the Match’ not ‘Player’ as is creeping into the game as these are Men who are playing.
Chelsea sit in 10th place with the same 25 points as Wolves and Bournemouth, however, the Cherries have only completed 18 games, not the half-season 19 that Mauricio’s Blues and Gary’s Gold and Blacks have.
Chelsea gained the home victory over Luton at Stamford Bridge back in August with goals from Raheem Sterling (2) and Nicolas Jackson giving Mauricio’s Blues the points from a 3-0 scoreline.
Betfred offer Luton at 9/2, the draw at 3/1 and slight Odds On 3/5 for Chelsea to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 13/8 that Christopher Nkunku Scores Anytime and 13/10 that Chelsea Score in Both Halves.
ASTON VILLA v BURNLEY
15.00 in England
Aston Villa’s next outing in the Top Flight will be on January the 14th with Burnley playing a day later on the 15th.
Villa snatched a defeat from the jaws of victory against Manchester United on Boxing Day at Old Trafford.
Goals from John McGinn and Leander Dendoncker gave Villa the lead at the break with United looking down and out.
However, it was the home team that came out stronger in the 2nd-half and scored 3 times to leave Unai Emery’s Claret and Blues with the first loss in the last 8 Premier League fixtures.
This EveryTip column had predicted a victory for Aston Villa by a 2-0 score and up until the hour mark the prediction was looking good but that’s football for everyone.
Villa sit in 3rd place with 39 points at the halfway mark which despite the loss on Boxing Day is still a great achievement for everyone connected with the Villains.
Burnley suffered the expected defeat against Liverpool at Turf Moor on Boxing Day with Jurgen’s Reds gaining the victory by a 2-0 away day score as predicted in this EveryTip column.
After the brilliant win against Fulham on Saturday, it was a shame that Burnley came up against Liverpool straight away to stop the momentum instantly.
The Clarets sit in 19th place with 11 points from the opening 19 fixtures completed.
At Turf Moor back in August, it was the away team that took the spoils with Unai’s Claret and Blues gaining a victory over Vincents’ Clarets by a 3-1 scoreline.
Matty Cash scored twice in the 1st-half to give Villa a lead at the break before Lyle Foster pulled a goal back for Burnley.
Unfortunately for the home faithful that proved to be just a consolation with Moussa Diaby adding a 3rd to give Aston Villa all 3 points.
Betfred offer Aston Villa at Odds On 1/3, the draw at 4/1 and 15/2 for Burnley to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 10-3 that Ollie Watkins Scores First and 5/4 that Aston Villa Win To Nil.
CRYSTAL PALACE v BRENTFORD
15.00 in England
Crystal Palace don’t play again until the 20th of January with Brentford back out on the same day.
Both these Londoners come into the pre-New Year fixture off the back of a defeat on Wednesday Night.
Palace suffered a loss against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge by a 2-1 scoreline.
Michael Olise did score to equalise an early Chelsea goal but the Blues managed to get the winner in the 89th minute via a penalty that was conceded by the unfortunate Eberechi Eze who tripped Noni Madueke.
The dreaded VAR had to get involved because the on-field referee Michael Salisbury somehow played on when it was a clear foul.
As mentioned in previous columns, that shouldn’t be how the game is officiated.
Crystal Palace have lost the last 13 games, both home and away, in all competitions against Chelsea which does need looking into.
Palace sit in 15th place with 18 points from 19 games completed.
Alarmingly that is only 3 points more than Luton who sit in the final relegation spot and have played a game less than those around.
Roy Hodgson needs to get his Eagles souring again otherwise the Old Boy could find himself left at home with Mrs H.
Brentford have only a point more sitting just a place above in 14th with 19 points.
Thomas Frank’s Bees have suffered 4 straight defeats and 7 defeats in the last 11 Premier League fixtures with 4 victories coming from the others.
That does suggest that Brentford don’t like drawing a game.
Against Wolves on Wednesday Yoane Wissa did score in the 16th minute, however, Wolves had scored twice before then and added a 3rd before half-time.
The first 3 goals came in the 13th, 14th and 16th with the 4th in the 28th minute.
Not a bad half hour for the watching Millions.
Wolves added a 4th in the 2nd-half to inflict the defeat on Brentford by a 4-1 away night score.
In the Game Week-3 affair in August, Kevin Schade scored first for Brentford before Joachim Andersen equalised for Palace to give both teams a point from a draw by a 1-1 score.
Betfred offer Crystal Palace at 5/4, the draw at 9/4 and 11/5 for Brentford to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 11/4 that Eberechi Eze Scores Anytime and slight Odds On 4/6 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
MAN CITY v SHEFFIELD UNITED
15.00 in England
‘Good Luck Blunts!’
Ok 3 words but one gets the point.
Man City, unluckily for some (Newcastle) are back in action on the 13th, whilst Sheffield United get an extra week and are not out until the 21st.
Probably the Premier League Fixture Compilers (PLFC) have felt sorry for the Blades thinking that Man City will tank them so a rest is needed.
Pep’s High Flying World Champions are back from Saudi Arabia and got back to winning ways in the Premier League following Wednesday’s victory over Everton at Goodison Park.
It was the ex-Man City youngster Jack Harrison who scored first to give the Toffees a surprise lead at half-time.
Phil Foden, who had a Player Rating of 8.4, scored the opener for City just after the restart, with Julian Alvarez adding a 2nd soon after.
Bernardo Silva scored the 3rd late on to give Man City the victory over Everton by a 3-1 scoreline, as predicted in this EveryTip column on Christmas Day.
That leaves City in 4th place with 37 points, 5 adrift of Liverpool at the summit but having only played 18 games, not 19 that the others around have completed.
Pep’s Blues, historically, have a better second half of a season so the others around should be wary.
Added to that, Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne are close to a return following injury so a 4th Premier League title in succession is certainly not out of the question, plus the extras of the FA Cup and Champions League that could see another Treble in the Etihad Trophy Cabinet, which is fast becoming fuller than the stadium on a match-day.
Luton didn’t have a shot on goal from the 67th minute onwards when it was 2-1 in favour of the Blades but somehow gained the victory by a 3-2 scoreline.
As the ex-Blade Chris Kamara would say,
After conceding a goal to trail at half-time, Ollie McBurnie scored on the hour mark before Anel Ahmedhodzic added a second to give the home faithful something to cheer, usually with a chip butty involved.
Then the fun started when the Blades thought,
‘Hang on, we are winning when maybe we shouldn’t be!’
The unfortunate Jack Robinson and Anis Ben Slimane were then credited with the Luton goals to gift the Hatters a victory by a 3-2 scoreline.
James from Swinton, nowhere near Bramall Lane was apoplectic (the lad won’t know what that means) and did the go-to response of blaming the referee.
Jack and Anis put the ball past their own ‘Keeper but it was the referee’s fault.
The Little Blunt was already in a bad mood as Santa didn’t bring the expected ‘spanner’ and instead he received a Stretch Armstrong.
Little Jimbo was going to throw Stretch at Wes Foderingham, the Blades Goalkeeper to try and help stop the ball going into the back of the net.
The Little Blunt calmed down later, back in the boozer, partaking in a few Fruit Kopparberg’s ready for a sing-song of the famous John Denver ditty,
‘You fill up my senses,
Like a Night Out in Sheffield!’
Happy New Year James and Jade.
The defeat leaves the Blades at the foot of the table with 9 points from 19 fixtures completed.
At Bramall Lane in August, Erling Haaland actually missed a 1st-half penalty that would have given City a lead at the break.
Erling did eventually score just after the hour mark before Jayden Bogle surprisingly equalised for Paul Heckinbottom’s men.
With time running out, Roadie Rodri scored the winner for City to give Pep’s High Flying Blues the victory by a 2-1 away day score.
Betfred offer Man City at Odds On 1/14, the draw at 10/1 and 28/1 for Sheffield United to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/2 that Julian Alvarez Scores Two Plus Goals and 7/4 that there are over 4.5 Goals.
WOLVES v EVERTON
15.00 in England
Wolves don’t play again until the 21st of January giving Gary O’Neil’s Gold and Blacks a good 3 weeks’ rest.
As it turns out, Everton play the week before but then will have 2 weeks’ rest until the next set of fixtures.
Wolves gained a great victory away at the GTech Stadium against Brentford on Wednesday with Gary’s Gold and Blacks inflicting a defeat on Thomas’s Bees by a 4-1 scoreline.
Mario Lemina and Hwang-Hee Chan scored in the 13th and 14th minute before Brentford replied in the 16th.
Hwang-Hee added his 2nd and Wolves’ 3rd on the half-hour mark before Jean-Ricner Bellegarde completed the rout giving the travelling Gold and Blacks a great post-Christmas night out in the Capital.
Wolves sit in 11th place with the same 25 points as Chelsea and Bournemouth but as mentioned, Wolves and Chelsea are at the halfway point of 19 games played whereas Bournemouth have only completed 18.
After 4 victories in a row, Everton have suffered a defeat in the last 2 outings, the latest being against Man City at Goodison Park on Wednesday.
Jack Harrison did score first to give the home team a lead at the break but City scored 3 in the 2nd-half to inflict the defeat by a 3-1 scoreline.
Everton sit in 17th place with 16 points (10 deducted) from 19 games.
Luton are in the final relegation place, a point adrift of the Toffees but have got a game in hand so Sean Dyche needs to get his boys back on track.
At Goodison Park back in August, a single Sasa Kalajdzic goal in the 87th minute gave Wolves the away day victory by a 1-0 scoreline.
Betfred offer Wolves at 8/5, the draw at 9/4 and 7/4 for Everton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 2/1 that Hwang-Hee Chan Scores Anytime and 4/1 that Dwight McNeil Scores Anytime.
***Premier League Team of the Week***
GOALKEEPER- Neto- Bournemouth
RIGHT-BACK- Trent Alexander-Arnold- Liverpool
CENTRE-BACK- Angelo Ogbonna- West Ham
CENTRE-BACK- Konstantinos Mavropanos- West Ham
LEFT-BACK- Malo Gustav- Chelsea
MIDFIELDER- Mario Lemina- Wolves
MIDFIELDER- Phil Foden- Man City
MIDFIELDER- Hwang-Hee Chan- Wolves
FORWARD- Alejandro Garnacho- Manchester United
FORWARD- Chris Wood- Nottingham Forest
FORWARD- Rasmus Hojlund- Manchester United
STAR MAN- Alejandro Garnacho- Manchester United
NOTTINGHAM FOREST v MANCHESTER UNITED
17.30 in England
Nottingham Forest have a break until the 20th of January 2024, with Manchester United playing again on the 14th.
Forest put in a great performance against a poor Newcastle team at St James Park on Boxing Day.
After conceding a penalty that was converted to give the home team a lead, the ex-Magpie Chris Wood scored an equaliser on the stroke of half-time.
Chris then scored twice more in the 2nd-half to gain a great victory by a 3-1 away day score.
Mr Wood scored all 3 of his goals with the left leg.
Daniel Day-Lewis was straight on the phone wanting Royalties.
It was the first win for the new Manager Nuno Espírito Santo who made a number of changes from the opening game that the Portuguese Gaffer took charge of.
It was also a brilliant performance from Chris Wood who must have been pleased to score against the team that didn’t want him.
By pure coincidence, Newcastle’s Kieran Trippier and Forest’s Chris Wood had a brief spell in the Barnsley team back in 2010.
Kieran had come on loan from Man City in the previous season but then agreed an extended loan deal for the 2010/11 campaign at Oakwell.
Chris Wood came from West Bromwich for a shorter loan period at the beginning of that season with both playing together a number of times, including one memorable game against Nottingham Forest that the Super Reds gained a victory by a 3-1 scoreline.
It’s fair to say that Chris didn’t want to be in Yorkshire and headed back to the Midlands after 7 unforgettable games that produced Zero Goals.
However, John Newsome does remember the time that both wore the iconic Red Jersey.
Happy New Year Chris and Kieran, all the best.
Forest sit in 16th place with 17 points from 19 games completed.
Would it be a shock headline if this EveryTip column put the caption,
Obviously, that’s just a bit of fun, especially the way Manchester United came back from trailing by 2-goals against Aston Villa on Boxing Day to get the victory by a 3-2 scoreline.
However, until Alejandro Garnacho scored the first of his 2 and United’s 3 in the 59th minute then the ‘Relegation Battle’ headline wouldn’t have been that far off.
After conceding 2 goals and trailing at the break, Erik Ten Hag was seen ‘Googling’
‘Manchester Job Centre’ on his iPhone.
Alejandro notched twice to put the scores level before Rasmus Hojlund finally scored a Premier League goal to give United the home victory.
When this EveryTip column predicts a Loss for United, they invariably get the Win, maybe that’s what needs to happen every week to improve Manchester United’s fortunes.
It was a great victory for Erik Ten Hag’s Red Devils who sit in 7th place with 31 points at the halfway stage.
It was mentioned last week about the inclusion of Scott McTominay and whilst not to constantly have a go at the lad, Scott didn’t start against Aston Villa but was given the final 10 minutes when the score was 2-2.
Make of that what one wants, however, John Newsome’s opinion is that United are a better team without Scott in the starting eleven but will not dwell on that matter too much as Scott was on the pitch when United scored the winner.
This reverse fixture at Old Trafford back in August was a goal fest with United gaining the home victory over Forest by a narrow 3-2 scoreline.
The goals going in as follows,
2′ Taiwo Awoniyi (Forest 0-1)
4′ Willy Bolt (Forest 0-2)
17′ Christian Eriksen (United 1-2)
Half-time Chicken Balti Pie
52′ Casemiro (United 2-2)
76′ Bruno Fernandes (United 3-2)
Full-time Egg Nog
The Forest Captain Joe Worrall was sent off in the 67th minute just before Bruno’s winner.
Betfred offer Nottingham Forest at 21/10, the draw at 13/5 and 6/5 for Manchester United to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 11/5 that Chris Wood Scores Anytime and 21/10 that Marcus Rashford Scores Anytime.
FULHAM v ARSENAL
14.00 in England
Fulham are back in action on the 13th of January 2024, with Arsenal playing again on the 20th.
An added extra to that is both play against Liverpool in between, with Fulham facing Jurgen’s Reds on the 10th in the Semi-Final 1st-leg of the Carabao Cup and Arsenal facing Liverpool in the 3rd-Round of the FA Cup on the 7th.
Fulham suffered a Boxing Day defeat against Bournemouth at the Vitality by a 3-0 away day scoreline.
That is the 3rd Premier League defeat in a row for the Cottagers.
That quickly needs to be put to bed allowing Marco Silva to prepare his Boys for another tough fixture against the Gunners.
Fulham stay in 13th place with 21 points from the opening 19 fixtures completed.
Arsenal suffered their 3rd defeat of the campaign on Thursday and the 1st at the Emirates when West Ham took the points from a 2-0 scoreline.
The ex-Hammer Declan Rice did concede a late penalty but the West Ham player Said Benrahme said he would score but didn’t, leaving the score at 2-0.
After seeing Liverpool and Man City win, this will be a blow to everyone connected with Arsenal, especially Mikel Arteta who now sees his Young Guns in 2nd place with 40 points from the 19 games completed.
At the Emirates back in August, both teams shared the points from a draw by a 2-2 score.
The Archbishop was happy.
Andreas Pereira scored first to give Fulham the lead at the break.
Bukaya Saka converted a penalty before Eddie Nketiah made it 2-1 and although Calvin ‘Shirley’ Bassey was sent off, Fulham scored an equaliser through Joao Palhinha.
Betfred offer Fulham at 9/2, the draw at 10/3 and Odds On 8/15 for Arsenal to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 9/2 that Gabriel Jesus Scores First and 4/1 that Willian Scores Anytime.
TOTTENHAM v BOURNEMOUTH
14.00 in England
Tottenham face Manchester United on the 14th of January, whilst Bournemouth take on Liverpool a week later on the 21st.
Tottenham come into this game off the back of a defeat against Brighton at the Amex on Thursday.
After conceding 4 goals, which included 2 penalties, Spurs started playing and strikes from the youngster Alejo Veliz and Ben Davies gave the travelling LilyWhite hopes of a comeback.
Unfortunately, time ran out and Tottenham suffered the loss by a 4-2 away night scoreline.
With games coming thick and fast and all the injuries that Tottenham have, including Cristian Romero picking up one this week, Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs just need to hang in there and hope that the players will be back sooner rather than later.
Tottenham stay in 5th place with 36 points from the 19 fixtures completed.
There are only 6 points separating Tottenham in 5th and Liverpool at the summit so it is pretty tight up there.
Bournemouth are the form team at the moment with 7 victories from the last 9 games, with a draw and a defeat in the other 2, the loss being against Man City at the Etihad and the draw against Aston Villa at home.
The latest victory came on Boxing Day at the Vitality when Andoni Iraola’s Cherries inflicted a defeat on Marco Silva’s Cottagers by a 3-0 scoreline.
Justin Kluivert, Dominic Solanke and Luis Sinisterra got the goals to give Bournemouth all 3 points.
Dominic’s was a converted penalty.
That was Dominic Solanke’s 12th goal of the campaign, the same as Mo Salah, leaving both players 2 goals adrift of Erling Haaland.
Not bad company to keep.
The lad has been in the England Squad in the past but not since 2017, when Gareth Southgate gave the Cherry a 25-minute run out against Brazil.
Unfortunately for Dominic, there hasn’t been any Full International action since (just Under 21s) but if the goals keep going in, then surely Gareth will have to include Mr Solanke in the next Three Lions squad which coincidentally will be for a game against Brazil at Wembley in March.
Bournemouth sit in 12th place with the same 25 points as Chelsea and Wolves from 18 games, remember it is just 18, not the 19 the others have played due to the fixture against Luton being abandoned which needs to be played again.
The Premier League have stated that the initial game is disregarded and there will be a complete new fixture to be played in the future.
In August, James Maddison (remember him!) and Dejan Kulusevski scored the Tottenham goals at the Vitality to give Ange’s Spurs the victory by a 2-0 scoreline.
Betfred offer Tottenham at Evens 1/1, the draw at 13/5 and 2/1 for Bournemouth to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/2 that Son Heung-Min Scores First and 8/5 that Dominic Solanke Scores Anytime.
Happy New Year.
LIVERPOOL v NEWCASTLE
20.00 in England
Liverpool are back out in the Premier League on the 21st of January, with Newcastle playing next in the Top Flight on the 13th.
As mentioned earlier, Liverpool face Arsenal and Fulham in the Cup Competitions before the next Premier League fixture with probably the game against Fulham, with it being a Semi-Final, the one that has the majority of the first team that start.
Liverpool gained a victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Boxing Day with Jurgen’s White and Greens (away kit!) inflicting the defeat on the Clarets by a 2-0 scoreline, as predicted in this EveryTip column.
Darwin Nunez doesn’t score many goals but scored the opener against Burnley with Diogo Jota adding the 2nd late on to gain the 3 points that temporarily put Liverpool at the Top of the Premier League table.
As it turned out, Liverpool are now at the summit going into the New Year following Arsenal’s subsequent defeat on Thursday.
Newcastle have lost the most amount of games on Boxing Day than any other team in the English pyramid.
That trend continued on Tuesday with Eddie Howe’s Magpies suffering another defeat on Boxing Day, this time against Nottingham Forest at St James Park by a 3-1 scoreline.
Despite Alexander Isak converting a penalty to give the home team the lead, Newcastle conceded 3 goals, all scored by the fleeting ex-Magpie Chris Wood, to suffer their 5th loss from the last 8 Premier League games.
Added to those defeats are the ones against AC Milan in the Champions League and Chelsea in the Carabao Cup.
Newcastle sit in 9th place with 29 points from the half-season fixtures.
Probably what is surprising is Eddie’s old team Bournemouth are only 4 points adrift and have only completed 18 games.
In the last EveryTip column, it was mooted that if Erik Ten Hag is considered under pressure, then a conversation needs to be had regarding Eddie Howe being under increasing pressure.
Surely the New Saudi Owners will want a better return on their investment and there has to come a point where Eddie either has to improve the results or look for another job.
The January Transfer Window opens in a couple of days which could see a few new players coming in.
It’s no coincidence that Newcastle’s form started to dip when Nick Pope got injured against Manchester United at the beginning of December.
In the 7 games since, in all competitions, the Magpies have Lost 6 and Won 1.
In the 5 games since Dan Burn returned, Newcastle have suffered defeats in 4 of those, winning just once with Big Dan in the team.
That’s a contrast between two players who were part of a successful Newcastle team that are going backwards at the moment.
Again, the thought of Eddie Howe being considered under pressure will be left, not on the back burner but now on the middle burner, however, January could be a pivotal month in Mr Howe’s career on Tyneside.
At St James Park for the Game Week-3 encounter, surprisingly it was Liverpool that came away with the victory by a 2-1 scoreline.
Surprisingly, because after Anthony Gordon had scored the opener for Newcastle, Virgil Van Dijk was sent off in the 28th minute, receiving a straight Red Card.
Jurgen Klopp introduced Darwin Nunez in the 77th minute that made an immediate impact with Darwin scoring twice to give the 10 Men the win.
Betfred offer Liverpool at Odds On 4/9, the draw at 18/5 and 11/2 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 4/1 that Darwin Nunez Scores First and 9/5 that Liverpool Win To Nil.
WEST HAM v BRIGHTON
19.30 in England
The Hammers face the Blades on the 21st of January in the Battle of the Ironmongers, whilst the Seagulls take on the Wolves on the 22nd in the Battle of the David Attenborough Documentaries.
West Ham gained a great victory over Arsenal at the Emirates on Thursday, with the Hammers inflicting an away night defeat on the Gunners by a 2-0 scoreline.
That was David Moyes first victory against Arsenal whether at Highbury or the Emirates.
Goals from Tomas Soucek in the 1st-half and Konstantinos Mavropanos after the break gave David Moyes Boys the points from a terrific performance.
The ex-Bubble Declan Rice gave away a last-minute penalty, however, Said Benrahme saw his tame kick saved.
Despite the miss, it was a great victory which was the 4th Premier League win in succession that leaves West Ham in 6th place with 33 points at the halfway stage of the 2023/24 campaign.
Forever Blowing Bubbles.
Brighton themselves gained a superb victory over Tottenham on Thursday with Roberto De Zerbi’s Seagulls inflicting a defeat on Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs by a 4-2 scoreline, meaning both North Londoners suffered a loss against today’s competitors.
Goals from Jack Hinshelwood, Pervis Estupinan and a couple of coolly converted penalties by Joao Pedro gave Brighton a 4-goal lead before Tottenham scored 2 late ones that just unsettled the watching faithful for a nervy final few minutes.
Fortunately for the Seagulls, time ran out and Brighton got their first win in 4 Premier League games.
That leaves Brighton in 8th place with 30 points at the half-season mark.
In August’s encounter between these two at the Amex, it was the away team, West Ham that gained the victory over Brighton by a 3-1 score.
James Ward-Prowse scored the opener in the 1st-half before Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio added 2 and 3 after the break.
Pascal Gross scored a late consolation for the home team in the 81st minute.
Betfred offer West Ham at 11/8, the draw at 5/2 and 9/5 for Brighton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Jarrod Bowen Scores Anytime and that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
Celtic remain at the Top of the Scottish Premier League following a victory over Dundee (who?) on Boxing Day.
The gap between themselves and Rangers is now 5 points due to the Teddy Bears not playing post-Christmas because of bad weather that prevented their opponents Ross County (who?) from leaving the area.
Ross Kemp wouldn’t have had a problem!
There’s the little matter of the Old Firm Derby on the 30th after this EveryTip column has been published so the horizon of the Pub League will be a lot clearer after that game at Celtic Park.
The Glasgow Derby never has any away supporters in the ground so it will be an all Green and White affair that could have a bearing on the result but that fixture is never a certainty for either team.
The loveable OzScot and Lad will be up early for the game which will be on New Year’s Eve in Melbourne, both dressed in the Braveheart regalia shouting,
‘Up the Gers’ or whatever!
You’ll never take our freedom!
John Newsome just wants to wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2024 and hope that everyone gets the year they deserve, plus many thanks for reading and sharing this EveryTip article.
A lot of hard work goes into making sure the column is put out each week.
There’s a little break now until the 13th of January when the Premier League reconvenes for the Game Week-21 set of fixtures which are split over 2 weekends.
Happy New Year and cheers, all the best!