The highlight games for the first set of EPL matches are ARSENAL versus NOTTINGHAM FOREST and CHELSEA versus LIVERPOOL. Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews these and all game week 1 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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BURNLEY v MAN CITY
20.00 in England
Eminem is happy, guess what’s back, back again, yes it’s back!
The Premier League returns for the 2023/24 campaign and the Treble Winners head the short distance up the road to Turf Moor to take on the 2022/23 Championship Winners managed by the old City Captain, Vincent Kompany.
The two teams met in March in the Quarter-Final of the FA Cup where Pep’s High Flying Blues were much too strong for Vincent’s Clarets with City progressing to Wembley from a 6-0 scoreline.
Burnley are set to sign the Ajax Attacker Mohamed Daramy, who is a 21-year-old Danish Wide Receiver as the Yanks say, however, us lot know the position as a Winger.
Talking of America, John Newsome is off to New York next week and is not only heading to see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the Pancakes but also, to see New York Red Bulls v DC United who are managed by Wayne Rooney.
More on that story in a couple of weeks.
Since 2010, Burnley have met Man City or vice versa, 19 times and have a record of 1-Win, 2-Draws and 16-Losses.
Ones not going to make much money betting on a Man City victory but in truth, that will be the same most weeks.
To find value in a bet, it’s probably worth looking at ‘Bet Builders’ where several markets are combined, such as ‘Both Teams To Score’ ‘Under/Over Goals’ ‘Player To Score’ or ‘Under/Over Corners/Cards’ etc.
Man City did suffer a defeat in a pre-season game against Atletico Madrid, however, the scoreline of 2-1 in favour of the Spaniards could be explained by the fact that both teams made mass substitutions when the score was 0-0, with all 3 goals coming in the final half hour.
City have just played Arsenal in the historic season opener that is the Community Shield or for the older ones, like me, the Charity Shield, which pitches the FA Cup Winners against the Premier League Winners.
Most will now be asking,
‘Hang on, Man City won both!’
That’s correct and so Arsenal, as Runners-Up in the Premier League, were invited to play.
In pre-season friendlies against Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Yokohama and on Sunday in the draw against Arsenal, Man City had the most possession of the ball in all 4 games, with a 2/3rd to 1/3rd majority.
The draw against Arsenal by a 1-1 scoreline, then ended in a penalty shootout where Man City lost.
City only took 3 penalties and missed 2, job over!
Kevin De Bruyne and Roadie Rodri both missing their respective kicks, gifting Arsenal the coveted Trophy.
The latest Citilacticos (Man City’s version of Real Madrid’s Galacticos!) to land at the Etihad is Josko Gvardiol.
One apologises for that and will promise not to use it again.
Josko, a Croatian Centre-Back is only 21 and comes in from RB Leipzig and should be an instant favourite for Pep, if just for the fact that Gvardiol looks a bit like Guardiola.
When Man City last visited Turf Moor in a Premier League fixture, the match took place in April 2022, with goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan, both in the 1st-half, giving Pep’s Blues the victory by a 2-0 scoreline, on the way to winning another Premier League Title.
Amazingly Sean Dyche was sacked a couple of games later, (a bit harsh) in the hope that Burnley could stave off relegation.
Unfortunately, for the Clarets, that didn’t happen but Vincent Kompany did a wonderful job in getting Burnley back to the Promised Land at the first attempt.
Betfred offer Burnley at 17/2, the draw at 9/2 and Odds On 2/7 for Man City to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 2/1 that Erling Haaland Scores Two Plus Goals and 21/20 that Man City Win To Nil.
ARSENAL v NOTTINGHAM FOREST
12.30 in England
Arsenal come into this opening fixture off the back of a victory in last week’s Community Shield against Man City.
After a last-gasp Gunners equaliser to level the score at 1-1, it was then a penalty shootout, where the Arsenal players scored 4 out of 4 and the City players missed 2 out of 3.
Whilst it is a Trophy in the cabinet for Mikel’s Young Guns, one shouldn’t look too much into the fixture as Man City were the dominant team.
That said, the equaliser, scored in the 101st minute (yes!) means that Arsenal will play until the final whistle, whereas it appeared that Man City were already going up the Wembley steps to pick up the Medals.
A note regarding that, as of the World Cup in Qatar, the Premier League and the English Football League will now see a lot more ‘Added Time’ at the end of each half, to try and combat time wasting, which can only be a good thing for the watching crowd either in the Stadium or at home paying exorbitant amounts of money for subscription to Sky Sports or TNT (The new name of BT Sport).
So expect to see a few goals scored after 100 minutes are up on the clock.
Another tweak to the game in which John Newsome is in agreement is a player will receive a Yellow Card (and a possible Red if it’s a 2nd offence) for petulance, for example, kicking the ball away.
This isn’t actually new as this ‘law’ was introduced in the 1990s but over the years, has seemed to have been ignored by the officials.
The new boys at the Emirates arriving over the Summer will enhance a pretty decent set of Gunners, however, it’s unlikely that Mikel Arteta will be able to get the better of his old mate Pep Guardiola (despite celebrating wildly after ‘winning’ the Community Shield)!
Nottingham Forest have had some fairly poor results in the pre-season friendlies.
In 7 games played, there have been 2 Wins, 1 Draw and 4 Losses.
Granted, not much stock is taken from pre-season games, it’s more about gaining fitness, however, it will still be another tough campaign for the Tricky Trees.
At the Emirates last season, Arsenal got a very convincing victory over Nottingham Forest by a 5-0 scoreline, with goals from Gabriel Martinelli, Thomas Partey, Martin Odegaard and a Reiss Nelson double, giving Mikel’s Young Guns all 3 points against Steve’s Tricky Trees.
Betfred offer Arsenal at Odds On 2/9, the draw at 5/1 and 11/1 for Nottingham Forest to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/5 that Gabriel Martinelli Scores Anytime and 11/10 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
BOURNEMOUTH v WEST HAM
15.00 in England
Bournemouth were in talks about signing Gaetano Castrovilli but the discussions ended due to GC failing his medical.
The Italian Midfielder was on his way to the Vitality for around £11 Million but an old knee injury seems to have scuppered that move.
West Ham are close to bringing in Edson Alvarez from Ajax and hopefully, the deal will be done before the Window ‘Slams Shut’ as everyone (not me!) likes to say, which is Friday 1st of September.
Gianluca Scamacca looks set to leave the London Stadium and head back to Italy to join Atalanta for around £26 Million, which would see a loss of close to £10 Million.
There is a worry for the Bubbles faithful that Michail Antonio will leave and head to the desert to sign for Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq, however, at the minute the legend is still an Iron.
The Hammers gained an easy victory over the Cherries at the Vitality in last season’s affair back in April.
Michail Antonio, Lucas Paqueta, Declan Rice and Pablo Fornals all scored to give West Ham the points from a 4-0 scoreline.
Betfred offer Bournemouth at 7/4, the draw at 12/5 and 6/4 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/5 that Philip Billing Scores Anytime and that slight Odds On 4/6 that Both Teams Score.
BRIGHTON v LUTON TOWN
15.00 in England
The English Football League Trophy is a competition for the teams that are in League One and Two, to enable a couple of lower league teams to have a chance to not only play at Wembley but win a trophy.
Over the years there have been different sponsors such as Autoglass Windscreens, Johnstone Paints and the latest, Papa Johns Pizza, where last season’s winners, Bolton Wanderers gained a trophy and 15 Deep Pan Pepperoni Pizza’s.
In 2016, the sponsors of the EFL Trophy were Johnstone Paints, with Barnsley getting their hands on the prize by gaining a victory against Oxford at Wembley by a 3-2 scoreline.
The players received vouchers for Tins of Magnolia Gloss Paint and Patterned Wallpaper.
A quick story regarding a couple of Super Reds players following the win at Wembley.
Adam Hammill and Ashley Fletcher scored a goal each in the Final with an Oxford own-goal being the opener.
Adam and Ashley were neighbours and both lived in matching Detached Homes in Grimethorpe, which is an ex-Mining village on the outskirts of Barnsley.
Adam used his vouchers to purchase some Wall Paper and put it up in the front room.
Ashley thought he’d copy his mate and says to Adam,
‘How many rolls of Wallpaper did you get for the front room Big A?’
Mr Hammill replied,
A couple of weeks later, in training, Ashley pulls Adam to one side and says,
‘Scouse lad, I asked how many rolls of Wallpaper you got for the front room and you said 10?’
‘I got 10 but ended up with 7 spare!’
Adam Hammill responds,
‘Funny that, so did I soft lad!’
Brighton last played Luton back in 2009, in the in the Semi-Final of the EFL Trophy competition, with the Hatters gaining the victory over the Seagulls to progress to the Final where Luton won the gong.
Both teams were in League One at the time.
Fourteen years later, Brighton host Luton Town in the Premier League.
Brighton, despite the loss of Alexis Mac Allister, have managed to keep hold of Moises Caceido, who was a possible target for Chelsea, however, at the minute, is still a Seagull.
The Brighton hierarchy are holding out for £100 Million, which Chelsea aren’t prepared to pay.
That could change before the end of the Transfer Window.
Brighton paid £4 Million for Moises.
Luton, like all of the teams, have played a few pre-season games and are unbeaten.
There is a technicality in that statement as the Hatters did suffer a defeat against the German Bundesliga team Bochum, however, the technicality comes from the fact that the two played twice in the same afternoon, with one set of Luton players suffering a defeat against Bochum by a 2-1 scoreline, then a couple of hours later, another starting eleven gained a victory over the Germans by a 3-1 scoreline, therefore technically, the Hatters had a winning aggregate of 4-3.
Thomas Kaminski comes in from Blackburn and will probably go straight in as the new Hatters Goalkeeper.
Betfred offer Brighton at Odds On 3/10, the draw at 9/2 and 9/1 for Luton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 4/1 that Kaoru Mitoma Scores First and 21/20 that Brighton Win To Nil.
EVERTON v FULHAM
15.00 in England
Ashley Young and Arnaut Danjuma are expected to start for Everton, who at the moment, are the only new boys in at Goodison Park.
The money, like in so many places, looks tight at Everton, with the New Stadium well on its way to being completed, so at the moment, Sean Dyche will have to use the players already on the books, which could mean another relegation battle.
Marco Silva returns to Goodison Park for the first time since losing his job as the Everton Manager.
Most will think,
‘What about last season’s fixture in April?’
Well, although Marco was the Fulham boss in April, the Portuguese lad wasn’t allowed to be at Goodison due to his indiscretion against Manchester United in the FA Cup.
Harrison Reed, Harry Wilson and Dan James scored the goals to give the Cottagers the away day victory by a 3-1 score.
The Toffees Dwight McNeil had equalised Harrison’s opener.
The Blue Scousers should give Mr Silva a nice welcome, following Marco’s 18 months on Merseyside.
Calvin ‘Shirley’ Bassey should make his debut for Fulham after a few runouts in pre-season friendlies.
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Willian are wanted by the Saudis but Fulham are standing firm and both could feature today.
Betfred offer Everton at 6/5, the draw at 23/10 and 23/10 for Fulham to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 5/1 that Dominic Calvert-Lewin Scores First and slight Odds On 4/5 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
***Premier League Players To Watch***
GOALKEEPER- Andre Onana-Manchester United
RIGHT-BACK- John Stones- Man City
CENTRE-BACK- Mads Andersen- Luton
CENTRE-BACK- Josko Gvardiol- Man City
LEFT-BACK- Jack Robinson- Sheffield United
MIDFIELDER- Mateo Kovacic- Man City
MIDFIELDER- Mason Mount- Manchester United
MIDFIELDER- Rodri- Man City
FORWARD- Harry Kane- Tottenham
FORWARD- Jordan Clark- Luton
FORWARD- Erling Haaland- Man City
STAR MAN- John Stones- The Barnsley Beckenbauer
SHEFFIELD UNITED v CRYSTAL PALACE
15.00 in England
The Blades (Blunts!) are back in the Promised Land after 2 years in Division 2, or as the Youths like to refer to, the Championship.
Sheffield United have signed a few players, Anis Ben Slimane, Benie Traore, Yasser Larouci and Auston Trusty, with talks of the ex-Rangers Midfielder Malik Tillman coming into Bramall Lane.
Auston is an American Defender, however, his name isn’t spelt incorrectly, it is Auston, not Austin.
Probably the big transfer news is the fact that Iliman Ndiaye has left Sheffield and headed for the South of France to join Marseille.
Illiman did suffer an injury on his debut for the French club but will be a big loss for the Blades.
Talking of Americans, James from Swinton, nowhere near Bramall Lane got excited when he was told he was off to Texas, however, the excitement soon drained away from the Little Blunts’ face when the lovely girlfriend Jade drove to the local Do It Yourself store.
An update on the Engagement, apparently Jim has proposed to Jade and has got a ring for the lovely lady.
Haribo’s shares increased!
Roy Hodgson has informed the rest of his Crystal Palace staff that he is taking the Train up to Sheffield and will meet the team at Bramall Lane.
The lads were initially confused but then realised that Roy was just using his Old Age Person Travel Card.
At the moment, Wilfried Zaha is the only high-profile player to leave but a lot of clubs are interested in Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze.
Chelsea are in talks about Michael with the possibility of Lewis Hall heading to Selhurst Park in the deal.
Palace have signed Matheus Franca from Flamengo, paying around £26 Million for the 19-year-old Attacking Midfielder.
Crystal Palace won’t win the Premier League anytime soon but under Roy Hodgson, won’t be relegated either and should finish around the 12th place mark.
What might surprise everyone regards this fixture is the last time Crystal Palace ventured North to take on Sheffield United was in May 2021, just before the Blades were relegated, however, coincidentally Paul Heckinbottom was in Caretaker charge of the Blades and Roy Hodgson was at the Eagles helm.
Palace gained the away victory that day by a 2-0 scoreline with Christian Benteke and Eberechi Eze scoring the goals.
Betfred offer Sheffield United at 2/1, the draw at 21/10 and 6/4 for Crystal Palace to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/5 that Eberechi Eze Scores Anytime and 11/4 that Crystal Palace Score in Both Halves.
NEWCASTLE v ASTON VILLA
17.30 in England
Newcastle have added Valentino Livramento to their squad, paying Southampton £40 Million for the ex-Chelsea Striker.
‘Tino’ as the Italian likes to be called is the Magpies’ 3rd Summer Signing after Sandro Tonali and Harvey Barnes.
Joao Felix, who spent 6 months at Stamford Bridge, is on Aston Villa’s radar, so watch that space for a potential move worth around £25 Million, however, that isn’t the Transfer Fee, that’s just how much the Villains will have to pay Atletico Madrid for a loan deal.
In last season’s affair at St James Park, Aston Villa had just sacked Steven Gerrard following a poor run of results and were under the Caretaker control of Aaron Danks.
Villa had got a victory over Brentford in Aaron’s opener and headed to Newcastle full of confidence, however, Eddie Howe’s Magpies inflicted a devastating defeat by a 4-0 score.
Callum Wilson scored a 1st-half penalty then added a 2nd just after the break, with Joelinton and Miguel Almiron adding 3 and 4.
This fixture today could set a marker as to where both teams are at the moment.
Betfred offer Newcastle at slight Odds On 3/4, the draw at 11/4 and 7/2 for Aston Villa to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 4/1 that Alexander Isak Scores First and 8/5 that Ollie Watkins Scores Anytime.
BRENTFORD v TOTTENHAM
14.00 in England
The Summer Blockbuster of ‘When Harry Met Bayern’ appears to have been a box-office flop, with the Tottenham Striker (My Name Is Harry Kane!) still at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium, as predicted in this EveryTip column last week.
Tottenham have signed the Young Centre-Back Ashley Phillips, an 18-year-old who was at the Championship club Blackburn.
The lad had a £2 Million release clause and as everyone knows Dan ‘The Man’ Levy loves a bargain and activated that straight away.
Daniel is expected to pay a bit more to Wolfsburg for another Centre-Back, £41 Million more, who has the brilliant name of Micky Van De Ven, which wouldn’t be a surprise if the lad was in the World Darts Championship Final taking on Michael Van Gerwen.
Or better still, solving crimes on ITV4.
Micky Van De Ven.
Remember the name!
It was Boxing Day 2022 when Tottenham visited the GTech Stadium with both gaining a post-Christmas point from a draw by a 2-2 score.
The Archbishop was happy!
Vitaly Janelt scored the opener to give the Bees a lead at the break.
Ivan Toney added a 2nd just after the restart but like a bad dog walker, Brentford couldn’t hold onto the lead with Harry Kane and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg getting the goals for Tottenham to earn both teams a point.
Betfred offer Brentford at 15/8, the draw at 12/5 and 11/8 for Tottenham to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 4/1 that Harry Kane Scores First and 21/10 that Tottenham Score in Both Halves.
CHELSEA v LIVERPOOL
16.30 in England
After most will be thinking,
‘Brilliant, what a game to start the Premier League season, Sunday afternoon, a nice glass of wine or a beer, following a beautiful lunch, it’s Chelsea v Liverpool on the Gogglebox, what more does one want?’
Well, there’s good news and bad regarding this Heavyweight Opening Day fixture.
Mauricio Pochettino starts his Chelsea career against Jurgen Klopp with all the usual suspects on show, however, now for the bad news, the last 4 games between the Blues and the Reds have produced, wait for it, ‘no goals!’
That’s correct, the 4 previous matches have all ended in a draw by a 0-0 score, which includes both the 2022 Carabao Cup and FA Cup Finals.
Liverpool won both Trophies following a penalty shootout.
Chelsea have added the ex-Brighton Goalkeeper Robert Sanchez to their roster, paying Brighton around £25 Million.
(Think of the money Brighton have received from Chelsea over the past 12 months!)
It’s now a decision for Mauricio as to whether to leave Kepa Arrizabalaga as the Number One or put Robert straight in between the sticks.
Another newcomer to Stamford Bridge since last week’s EveryTip column is Axel Disasi who is a Centre-Back costing around £38 Million from Monaco.
Liverpool are still trying to sort out a fee with Southampton for Romeo Lavia, who it is worth mentioning, was left on the bench in the Saints’ opening Championship victory against Sheffield Wednesday last Friday.
It will be good to see how much Chelsea have improved since last season (one assumes the Blues can’t get any worse!) and to see a new look, post-Jordan Henderson, James Milner and the other 30-year-old plus set of Red players.
Betfred offer Chelsea at 9/5, the draw at 5/2 and 7/5 for Liverpool to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/5 that Christopher Nkunku Scores Anytime and 11/10 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
MANCHESTER UNITED v WOLVES
20.00 in England
Manchester United are the last home team to kick off the opening Game Week-1 set of fixtures.
The starting lineup should be pretty much the same as from the end of last season, with just a couple of changes, most notably Andre Onana in for David De Gea and Mason Mount instead of Christian Eriksen.
Luke Shaw should revert to Left-Back with Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez in the Centre and Diogo Dalot or Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Right-Back.
Casermiro, Mason and Bruno Fernandes in the Middle, with Antony, Alejandro Garnacho and Marcus Rashford up Top.
This won’t be far off the starting eleven and won’t be far off United’s best team throughout the campaign which will be a match for most.
Jadon Sancho can replace any of Antony, Alejandro or even Marcus and the new boy Rasmus Hojlund will come in eventually as the Main Striker which will push Marcus out to the Right or Left.
However, the problem, as of most of the past 5, 6 or 10 years will be the Midfield.
It’s been mentioned on several occasions in this column (some might say too many times!) that Manchester United have a pretty decent Defence and a pretty decent Attack but like most teams, United need someone to protect the Back-Line, then supply Assists for the Attacking Players.
United haven’t had this player for a long time until Casermiro arrived, however, as was shown last season, Cassie is prone to the occasional Red Card and a few spells on the sidelines.
Erik Ten Hag hasn’t addressed cover for the Brazilian.
Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ralph Rangnick and at times Erik Ten Hag tried to rely on the enigmatic Fred and Scott McTominay.
Without going over old ground, most know the outcome following that decision.
James Ward-Prowse is still available and was outstanding in Southampton’s opening Championship victory against Sheffield Wednesday on Friday.
John Newsome has stated on numerous occasions that JWP would be an ideal addition to Manchester United’s Midfield, however, there appears to be some sort of snobbery regarding James, as if United (plus other clubs!) are too good for the lad.
Granted Matthew Le Tissier spent his entire career at Southampton, maybe Mr Ward-Prowse wants to do the same but the Saints were always a Top Flight team whilst Matthew was at the Dell/St Mary’s.
Southampton are now a Championship side and James Ward-Prowse should be playing in the Premier League.
Erik Ten Hag’s purchases so far are,
Lisandro Martinez-£57 Million
Tyrell Malacia-£15 Million
Andre Onana-£47 Million
Mason Mount-£60 Million
Rasmus Hojlund-£72 Million
Total spent-£407 Million.
A few things to say about that, firstly, no doubt the Glazers will still get stick for not investing in the team.
John’s good friend, The Hope Of Bolton stated that apart from Antony, all of Erik’s signings have been good and improved the team.
One cannot argue with that, however, is the improvement going to push United on to challenge the Noisy Neighbours at the summit?
The problem last season wasn’t necessarily against Man City or Arsenal or even Liverpool for that matter despite the devastating 7-0 defeat, United gained a victory over all 3 teams.
The problem occurred against teams like Brighton, where United have lost 3 of the last 4 against the Seagulls.
A defeat against West Ham and Newcastle plus after gaining a comfortable lead against Seville in the Europa League, bringing Harry Maguire on and then conceding 2 goals in the leg at Old Trafford and 3 goals in the away tie in Spain, with Harry on the pitch for all 5 goals.
The new signings have improved United but it will be interesting to see how much of an improvement is made and whether Fred, Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire are still at Old Trafford come the end of the Transfer Window.
It does appear that the 3 are on their way out with West Ham the potential suitors, however, several clubs could come in.
Fred has had his Manchester United Number 17 given to Rasmus Hojlund, so the enigmatic Brazilian could have played his last game in a United shirt.
To add to that, the lads’ last game in a United shirt was in the FA Cup Final where Manchester United lost!
It has been a narrative in this column over the past 5 years that United won’t win anything with Fred.
That was put to bed in February when Manchester United gained a victory over a poor Newcastle team that froze on the day at Wembley and with Fred, won the EFL Carabao Cup.
John Newsome cannot argue against that, however, in the 5 years and 213 games wearing the Number 17 shirt, Manchester United have won just 1 Trophy, the Carabao Cup.
Donny Van De Beek is another that is leaving Old Trafford with Real Sociedad being a possible destination.
This could then open up a move for the Fiorentina Midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, which goes back to the original point a few paragraphs above, regarding Protection and Supply.
This EveryTip column has predicted that Manchester United will NOT finish in the Top Four, however, that is based on the current squad.
If Erik Ten Hag can bring in a few more players, plus get rid of the ‘Dead Wood’ so to speak, United have a chance of pushing the Noisy Neighbours.
Wolves have had a quiet pre-season that included a game against the Premier League new boys Luton which finished in a very entertaining draw by a 0-0 score.
There’s not been much action in the Transfer Market but under Julen Lopetegui, the Gold and Blacks will be organised, especially at Molineux.
The problem might come from games away and this fixture at Old Trafford could be a season marker.
When Wolves last went up to the Red Side of Manchester, Anthony Martial and Alejandro Garnacho scored a goal in each half to give United all 3-points from a 2-0 scoreline.
Betfred offer Manchester United at Odds On 4/11, the draw at 4/1 and 7/1 for Wolves to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/5 that Bruno Fernandes Scores Anytime and 6/4 that Manchester United Win To Nil.
The Scottish Premier League started on Saturday and within one set of fixtures, the Title has been decided with Celtic gaining a victory over Ross County (who?) and Rangers suffering a defeat against Kilmarnock (who?).
That’s that then for the 2023/24 Pub League, as Rangers are already trailing Celtic at the summit and if Michael Beale stays then the Teddy Bears could even finish outside the Top Two.
The Australian branch of this EveryTip column plus Ilkley’s finest have given their Premier League Top Twenty finishes.
1 Man City
5 Manchester United
8 Aston Villa
10 West Ham
11 Crystal Palace
19 Nottingham Forest
20 Sheffield United
1 Man City
2 Manchester United
9 Aston Villa
10 West Ham
12 Crystal Palace
16 Nottingham Forest
19 Sheffield United
1 Man City
2 Manchester United
8 Aston Villa
10 West Ham
14 Crystal Palace
16 Nottingham Forest
20 Sheffield United
1 Man City
5 Manchester United
7 Aston Villa
12 West Ham
14 Crystal Palace
18 Nottingham Forest
19 Sheffield United