The highlight games for this weekend’s action are WEST HAM versus MANCHESTER UNITED and LIVERPOOL versus WOLVES. Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews these as well as all game-week 10 EPL 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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ASTON VILLA v NEWCASTLE
Friday Night Football live on Sky Sports with this game starting at 20.00 in England.
Aston Villa lost away at the London Stadium on the Monday Night Football by a 2-1 scoreline.
Jack Grealish scored a stunner midway through the 1st-half to level terms going into the break after the Hammers had scored early in the game.
Unfortunately, for Dean Smith’s Claret and Blues, Villa conceded within a minute of the restart to ultimately inflict the defeat.
Ollie Watkins did get the opportunity to equalise after Villa were awarded a penalty but fluffed his lines and missed.
The defeat leaves Aston Villa in 10th-place with 15-points, the same as Man City.
Newcastle probably got the result of the weekend in the first fixture of Game Week-10 late Friday night.
After a goalless 1st, 88-minutes, Callum Wilson put the Magpies in front, then like buses, 2-goals came in quick succession with Joelinton, adding Newcastle’s 2nd to give Steve Bruce’s Boys a victory by a 2-0 scoreline.
The 3-points gives the Magpies 14 for the season so far and leaves them in 13th-place in the Premier League table.
Last season’s clash between the two at Villa Park was just over 12-months ago in late November with Villa running out winners by a 2-0 scoreline.
Connor Hourihane and Anwar El-Ghazi with the goals, both in the 1st-half to give Dean Smith the victory over Steve Bruce.
Bet 365 offer Aston Villa at slight odds on 5/7, draw at 11/4 and 15/4 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 4/1 that Ollie Watkins Scores First and 3/1 that There are Over 3.5 Goals.
BURNLEY v EVERTON
A 12.30 kick-off in England live on BT Sport.
Burnley were on the wrong end of a 5-0 hammering on Saturday afternoon against Man City, where at least the travelling cardboard faithful saw some goals.
Sean’s men conceded 3-goals in the 1st-half and 2 after the break to ultimately lose another game to finish the weekend with 5-points and still in the drop-zone.
Everton conceded midway through the 2nd-half to suffer a defeat against Leeds United by a 1-0 scoreline.
That is now 4-defeats from the past 6-fixtures, with a victory and a draw from the other 2.
Whilst not a brilliant past couple of weeks, the Toffees have 16-points on the board so far and lie 8th in the table after all Game Week-11 fixtures were completed.
When Everton headed the short distance over to Turf Moor last October, the Toffees faithful had to take an extra coat with them as Burnley in June is cold. Imagine the place in October.
Seamus Coleman was shown a 2nd-Yellow Card after the break to add to the 1st given to him just before the half-time whistle. That ultimately saw the Irishman take an early bath.
The Clarets took advantage of the extra man with Jeff Hendrick scoring the solitary winning goal midway through the 2nd-half to give Burnley the vital 1-0 victory.
Bet 365 offer on Burnley is 16/5, draw at 5/2 and slight odds on 6/7 for Everton to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 4/1 that Dominic Calvert-Lewin Scores First and 15/8 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
MAN CITY v FULHAM
Another 15.00 start time in England at the Etihad with this game live on BT Sport.
Riyad Mahrez scored a brilliant hat-trick at the Etihad in the rare 15.00 kick-off that was live on the TV.
Benjamin Mendy added a 3rd to Riyad’s opening 2-goals to take Pep’s Blues in at the break leading 3-0.
Ferran Torres added a 4th before Riyad completed his hat-trick and rounded off the 5-0 rout that puts City in 11th-place with 15-points, a point less than the Numpty Neighbours.
Man City heads to Portugal on Tuesday to take on Porto in the Champions League.
This remarkable season continues with Fulham surprising everyone and ruining Accas heading up the M1 to Leicester and beating Brendan’s Useless Human Beings.
Ademola Lookman scored first after half-hour then Ivan Cavaliero added a 2nd before the break to give Scott Parker’s Cottagers a 2-0 lead.
Fulham did concede late in the 2nd-half but time ran out and Scott’s men got arguably the result of Game Week-10 eclipsing Newcastle’s result on Friday.
The 2-1 victory puts the Cottagers on 7-points in 17th-position in the Premier League.
Fulham last headed North to the Etihad in September 2018 and came away from Manchester wet and winless after suffering a 3-0 defeat.
Leroy Sane and The David of the Silva’s scored in the 1st-half with Raheem Sterling adding the 3rd, after the break to give City a comfortable victory by a 3-0 scoreline.
Bet 365 offer Man City at massive odds on 1/10, draw at 9/1 and 16/1 for Fulham to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 3/1 that Gabriel Jesus Scores First and 8/7 that City Win To Nil.
WEST HAM v MANCHESTER UNITED
Late Saturday Afternoon kick-off at 17.30 in England live on Sky Sports. West Ham secured a brilliant 2-1 victory on Monday Night Football with Angelo Ogbonna opening the scoring after 2-minutes.
When Villa equalised and went in level at the break, David Moyes wanted his boys to start the 2nd-half as quickly as the 1st.
That’s exactly what happened with Jarrod Bowen putting the Hammers in front within seconds of the restart.
David Moyes Claret and Blues did concede a penalty midway through the half but luckily, the Claret and Blues from Birmingham missed the spot-kick and West Ham held on for a victory.
With their cardboard faithful blasting out their ‘Forever Blowing Bubbles’ tune.
The 3-points gained puts West Ham up to 5th in the table with a cluster of 3-teams who have 17-points, the others being Southampton and Wolves.
David’s got to be happy with that start.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dropped Edinson Cavanni to the bench after starting the Uruguayan against Istanbul Basaksehir the previous Tuesday and ultimately dominating the Turkish side.
After conceding 2-goals in the 1st-half, Ole brought on Big Ed at half-time.
Within 15-minutes, Bruno Fernandes had scored from a Cavanni assist, before Edinson scored 2-glancing headers, the 2nd being the winner in the 92nd-minute to give the Grey Devils the victory by a 3-2 scoreline. This delayed Ole’s eventual demise at Old Trafford, which will come if he keeps thinking Fred is a footballer.
United lie in 9th-place with 16-points from just 9-fixtures, so all connected will feel that it is a false position until they lose the game in hand.
Fred is probably a lovely lad, maybe even a great designated driver, but football? Nope!
£52 Million, Wow!
Old Trafford hosts Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday in the Champions League before this visit to the London Stadium.
At the London Stadium last season, a goal from Andriy Yarmolenko gave the Hammers a lead going into the break.
Arron Cresswell scored West Ham’s 2nd late in the game to give the Manuel Pellegrini’s Bubbles a convincing victory over Ole’s Wheels by a 2-0 scoreline.
Bet 365 offer West Ham at 13/5, draw at 5/2 and Evens 1/1 for Manchester United to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 5/1 that Michail Antonio Scores Anytime and 13/8 that Bruno Fernandes Scores Anytime.
CHELSEA v LEEDS UNITED
Saturday Night football with this fixture kicking-off at 20.00 in England, live on Sky Sports.
It’s got to be better than Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea came out of the Dracula Derby with a point following a 0-0 draw after being the better of the 2-teams. However, Jose made sure Tottenham weren’t going to lose.
The point leaves the Blues with 19, in 3rd-place, after the draw and the surprising defeat inflicted on Leicester.
There’s a trip to Spain to take on Seville on Wednesday for Frank’s Blues.
Raphinha scored the solitary winning goal midway through the 2nd-half to give Leeds United a great 1-0 victory over Everton.
Two legendary managers of the game went head-to-head with Marcelo Bielsa getting the win against Carlo Ancelotti.
The Whites currently have 14-points and sit 12th in the Premier League table.
These 2-iconic legendary teams last met at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on the final day of the 2003/04 season that ultimately saw Leeds United relegated.
In truth, Leeds were already down but the 10,000 Whites that travelled to London still backed their team as they always do.
Chelsea’s Jesper Groenkjaer got the only goal of the game in the 1st-half to hammer the final nail into the Leeds United relegation coffin.
Chelsea finished runners up that season but it wasn’t enough to keep Claudio Ranieri in the hot seat as there was a certain Special One waiting in the shadows.
Claudio’s final Blues team selection consisted of Carlo Cudicini, Mario Melchiot, Wayne Bridge, John Terry, William Gallas, Glen Johnson, Claude Makelele, Frank Lampard, Jesper Groenkjaer, Joe Cole and Eidur Gudjohnsen.
Leeds, under the guidance of Eddie Gray, gave final day run-outs to Scott Carson, Gary Kelly, Ian Harte, Dominic Matteo, Frazer Richardson, Lucas Radebe, Michael Duberry, Jason Wilcox, James Milner, Salomon Olembe and Alan Smith.
It probably was inconceivable for the Whites faithful to think it would be 17-years before they would be Marching On Together back in the Top Flight.
Bet 365 offer Chelsea at Odds On 6/11, draw at 3/1 and 11/2 for Leeds United to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 4/1 that Timo Werner Scores First and 3/1 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
WEST BROM v CRYSTAL PALACE
A midday Sunday Afternoon start in England live on Sky Sports.
West Brom did what most of the bottom teams are doing at the minute and getting a victory against the worst team in the Premier League this season.
Slaven Bilic’ Baggies beat Sheffield United by a 1-0 scoreline with Conor Gallagher getting the solitary winning goal after 13-minutes.
The victory gives West Brom 6-points and leaves them in the relegation places following Fulham’s surprise victory, that equalled Newcastle’s surprise victory against today’s opponents.
Crystal Palace were beaten on Friday night at Selhurst Park against Newcastle, immediately ruin the weekend Accas.
There were 88-minutes on the clock before the Eagles conceded, then like buses, another one came along in quick succession to ultimately leave Roy’s Boys Palace side with a defeat by a 2-0 scoreline.
It’s probably a good situation that the Eagle Ultras weren’t in attendance to witness the loss, leaving Palace with 13-points in 15th-place.
It’s been a couple of years since Crystal Palace last played at the Hawthorns with Roy Hodgson’s Eagles coming away with a victory against Darren Moore’s Baggies.
Andros Townsend opened the scoring early in the 1st-half.
Patrick Van Aanholt scored midway through the 2nd-half with Andros adding a 3rd to give Palace the victory by a 3-0 scoreline.
Bet 365 offer West Brom at 13/8, the draw at 11/5 and 17/10 for Crystal Palace to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 8/5 that Wilfried Zaha Scores Anytime and 6/4 that Crystal Palace Win To Nil.
SHEFFIELD UNITED v LEICESTER
Early Sunday Afternoon 14.15 kick-off in England live on Sky Sports.
Chris Wilder has just been on the phone to the Job Centre to see if it’s open due to the current Coronavirus situation. As if he continues to pick Aaron Ramsdale and play the style of football that most now have come accustomed to, then Happy Chris will be down the concrete.
The Blades lost again on Sunday, succumbing to a 1-0 defeat against West Brom at the Hawthorns, which is now 9-losses on the record from the 10-fixtures so far, leaving them rock bottom of the table.
Little Jimbo from Swinton is now officially a Reds fan.
Rod Stewart was beaming watching the game on Sky Sports sat next to a wary Lennon with his Fulham shirt on.
Fulham surprised the Foxes by gaining only their 2nd-victory of the season inflicting a defeat on Brendan’s Not So Wonderful’s in the early Monday Night fixture.
After trailing by 2-goals at the break and not making much impression on the game until late on, Harvey Barnes scored what turned out to be a late consolation in the 86th-minute.
The 2-1 defeat leaves Leicester with 18-points in 4th-place, 3-points off the summit and a massive 17-more than today’s Blunts.
However, Sheffield United can take heart from the Fulham victory.
Everyone was happy in the Stewart household on Monday Night.
Leicester head to Ukraine to take on Zorya in the Thursday Night Europa League.
Another Game Week-3 fixture last season when the Leicester faithful had their night out in Sheffield.
Jamie Vardy, scored before the break to give the Foxes a half-time lead.
Ollie McBurnie replied for the Blades midway through the 2nd-half but just after Brendan introduced Harvey Barnes, young Harvey made an immediate impact by scoring the winner to inflict a defeat on Sheffield United by a 2-1 scoreline.
Bet 365 offer Sheffield United at 13/5, draw at 13/5 and Evens 1/1 for Leicester to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 6/1 that Jamie Vardy Scores Two Plus Goals and 6/4 that Leicester Score in Both Halves.
TOTTENHAM v ARSENAL
A little matter of a North London Derby with a 16.30 start time in England live on Sky Sports.
Tottenham earned a point from a drab draw on Sunday in the Dracula Derby against Chelsea.
With Jose not wanting to lose against Chelsea, Frank’s Blues found it difficult to break down a well-drilled Lilywhites defence, with Spurs only registering 1-shot on goal from the 40% possession achieved.
Dracula Mourinho knew that if his boys got a positive result. Tottenham would stay top of the Premier League, with Liverpool already drawing in their fixture, the day before.
The point from a defence-minded 0-0 draw is a positive in Jose’s eyes.
Gareth Bale was on the bench but didn’t receive any game time (again!)
Spurs and Liverpool have 21-points at the summit. With Leicester expected to join the two following a victory on Monday Night Football, that didn’t happen, so it’s Jose and Jurgen holding court at the top.
Tottenham still hasn’t beaten a Top 10-side other than Southampton in Game Week-2, so will feel that Arsenal, who sit 14th, with 13-points, are easy pickings.
After 10-fixtures, that most teams have played, there are only 6-points separating the top-10 sides so there is all to play for.
It’s been a while since Arsenal were the secondary team between the two North London clubs. However, that’s where the Gunners find themselves after yet another defeat late on Sunday evening.
In the 19.15 Sunday evening slot provided by the Premier League, Arsenal have lost the last 3-fixtures, against Leicester, Aston Villa and now Wolves following the recent 2-1 defeat.
The Gunners conceded after 27-minutes but Gabriel did quickly equalise.
Arsenal conceded again before the break and with no further goals in the 2nd-half, suffered the losing Sunday Night slot for the 3rd-game in succession, this time by a 2-1 scoreline.
Mikel Arteta came out after the game and said he’s worried about Arsenal’s performances.
Well, Pep 2 should be as he’s the gaffer and the performances are down to him. Mr Arteta’s already contacted Chris Wilder to see about car-sharing to the Job Centre.
Both play in the Europa League on Thursday Night with Tottenham heading to Austria to take on LASK and Arsenal staying in London to host Rapid Vienna, which could prove key in the build-up to this Derby.
It wasn’t too long ago since Tottenham entertained Arsenal in last season’s Premier League with this fixture played in July after the Premier League reconvened.
Jose got the better of Mikel with Spurs gaining a victory by a 2-1 scoreline.
Alexandre Lacazette gave Arsenal an early lead which was immediately equalised by Son Heung-Min.
Tottenham left it late to score the winning goal that came from Toby Alderweireld with 10-minutes remaining and gave the cardboard Lilywhites bragging rights over the cardboard Gooners.
Bet 365 offer Tottenham at slight Odds On 9/10, the draw at 11/4 and 14/5 for Arsenal to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 6/5 that Harry Kane Scores Anytime and 3/1 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
LIVERPOOL v WOLVES
The final game of this 1st-Sunday in December with a kick-off time of 19.15 live on Amazon Prime.
At the Amex on Saturday, Liverpool were on the right end then the wrong of the dreaded VAR.
In the 1st-half Brighton were awarded a penalty that VAR got involved in but Neal Maupay decided he didn’t want to score and kicked his spot-kick wide.
A few minutes later, Mo Salah scored what looked like a perfectly good goal but the guys at Stockley Park decided Big Mo’s Mojo was an inch too far in front when the ball was played through and disallowed the Reds goal.
Diogo Jota then scored a legitimate goal after the break to give Jurgen’s Boys a lead.
Unfortunately Liverpool, like a bad dog walker, couldn’t hold onto the lead and following another penalty being awarded to Brighton, this time converted, the Reds left the South Coast with a share of the points, giving them the same 21 as Tottenham but sit 2nd in the table, due to a slight inferior goal-difference.
Both Mo Salah and Sadio Mane had goals disallowed by the dreaded.
Diogo Jota will be wanting to put on a special show against his ex-Employers.
Liverpool host Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday night before this visit of Nuno’s Boys.
Wolves inflicted a defeat on Arsenal late on Sunday evening by a 2-1 scoreline, with Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence scoring the Gold and Blacks goals either side of Gunner’s equaliser.
The victory lifts Nuno’s Boys up-to 7th in the table with 17-points. The same as Southampton and West Ham and a point more than Manchester United. However, Wolves have played a fixture more than the Red Devil’s.
This was a post-Christmas and a pre-New Year fixture last season with Wolves travelling to Anfield on the 29th of December for a Game Week-20 contest.
Sadio Mane got the solitary winning goal just before half-time to give the Reds another home victory.
Supermarket man Pedro Neto, did have a goal ruled out by the dreaded that would have taken the teams in level at the break.
With no more strikes, Jurgen’s Reds got the 1-0 victory.
Bet 365 offer Liverpool at slight Odds On 1/2, draw at 7/2 and 5/1 for Wolves to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 6/1 that Diogo Jota Scores First and 7/4 that Liverpool Score in Both Halves.
BRIGHTON v SOUTHAMPTON
Monday Night Football with the traditional 20.00 kick-off in England live on Sky Sports.
The Seagulls got the better result of the two South Coast clubs last weekend with a tale of controversial VAR decisions and 2-penalties. 1-converted to earn a point by Pascal Gross after Liverpool had taken the lead and 1-missed by Neal Maupay that would have given Brighton the lead.
Brighton have 10-points and lie 16th in the table but do have a 5-point cushion above the relegation places, so, although it’s early days, will feel it is in their control.
Southampton took a 2-0 lead in the 1st-half on Sunday afternoon against Manchester United with goals from Jan Bednarek and James Ward-Prowse.
Although a lead at the break, in truth United were the better side and just needed a slight adjustment at the start of the 2nd-period to get back on track.
That’s exactly what happened with Ole bringing on Edinson Cavanni at the interval who supplied an assist and then scored twice himself to inflict a defeat on Wreck-Its men by a 3-2 scoreline. The winner conceded in the 92nd-minute.
Southampton are now in 6th-place in the table with 17-points, after West Ham’s subsequent victory on Monday, the same 17 as West Ham and Wolves.
At the Amex last season, this was a Game Week-3 affair, taking place in late August, along time before anyone knew about the Coronavirus or had heard the word Furlough.
The 1st-half was goalless, however, not without incident, with Brighton’s Florin Andone being shown a straight Red Card for a challenge on the half-hour mark.
Wreck-It Ralph introduced Moussa Djenepro just after the break and within a minute of entering the field of play, scored the opener.
Nathan Redmond left it late to add a 2nd for Southampton scoring in the 91st-minute to give the Saints the away-day victory by a 2-0 scoreline.
Bet 365 offer Brighton at 17/11, draw at 12/5 and 17/10 for Southampton to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 8/5 that James Ward-Prowse Scores Anytime and 6/1 that Southampton Win To Nil.