The highlight games for this weekend’s action are EVERTON versus CHELSEA and ARSENAL versus BURNLEY. 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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LEEDS UNITED v WEST HAM
The cardboard Bubbles travel up the M1 for a late Friday Night 20.00 kick-off in England live on Sky Sports.
Marcelo’s Whites took an early lead against Frank’s Blues late on Saturday evening when most were torn between the football on Sky Sports or the council telly, to watch Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel on BBC 1 which is that bad it’s good waiting for the Deliveroo to arrive.
Patrick Bamford scored after 4-minutes to put his team in front.
Unfortunately, Leeds couldn’t hold on to the lead and conceded an equaliser midway through the 1st-half.
After the break, Marcelo’s boys conceded 2-more to ultimately lose the game by a 3-1 scoreline.
(EveryTip’s Game Week-11 Premier League Preview, did predict this 3-1 scoreline)
Although a defeat, Leeds do play some scintillating stuff with Kalvin Philips in the midfield, dictated play.
The problem that arises for Marcelo, is not having any world-class players that the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool have but certainly, when it comes to effort and commitment, there is no doubt Leeds will be a match for anyone.
To lose 3-1 at Stamford Bridge is no disgrace as most will lose against the Blues who are title contenders and tipped by this EveryTip column to win the Premier League at odds of 12/1.
West Ham, like Leeds United in their game, took the lead in the late Saturday Afternoon football against Manchester United at the London Stadium that saw fans allowed in to watch football for the first time since March. However, again like Leeds, the dog ran away, as both couldn’t hold on to the lead.
Tomas Soucek scored just before the break to give David Moyes an easier half-time talk that probably just entailed, ‘keep it same Bubbles’
Unfortunately for his Hammers boys, keeping it same meant that West Ham conceded 3-goals in 10 minutes midway through the 2nd-half that ultimately took the game away from West Ham.
The 3-1 defeat against The Zebra Devils, matching Leeds 3-1 defeat against Chelsea, leaves Dave’s Boys in 8th-place with 17-points and halted a run of 3-straight victories.
David’s dog doesn’t usually worry when his master comes home after a loss, Preston the Labrador just carries on as normal.
Unless, one of David’s teams loses against Manchester United, where the memories of failure in Dave’s short spell at Old Trafford still haunts Preston.
The black lab was nowhere to be seen in the Moyes household on Saturday night after the defeat.
Most of the previous Leeds United final Premier League fixtures came in the 2003/04 season when Leeds were relegated. However, the last time the Hammers ventured up the M1 to Elland Rd for a Top Flight game was in the 2002/03 season when West Ham were relegated.
The two have met four times since but all in the Championship so it was February 2003, when the Bubbles headed to West Yorkshire for a Premier League contest.
Seth Johnson scored the solitary winning goal for the Whites after 20-minutes to give Terry Venables Leeds side a victory over Glenn Roeder’s Hammers by a 1-0 scoreline.
Lee Bowyer received a lot of abuse from the Whites faithful on his first return to Elland Rd and Freddie Kanoute was sent off for slapping Seth midway through the 2nd-half.
The Leeds United team that day included Paul Robinson, Danny Mills, Michael Duberry, Gary Kelly, Erik Bakke, Raul Bravo, Dominic Matteo, Seth Johnson, Paul Okon, Jason Wilcox and James Milner.
West Ham’s eleven had David James in goal, Tomas Repka, Glen Johnson, Ian Pearce, Rufus Brevett, Michael Carrick, Steve Lomas, Joe Cole, Lee Bowyer, Frederic Kanoute and Paulo Di Canio.
Terry only lasted a couple more games at Elland Rd and walked with 8-games left following a few disagreements with the board.
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WOLVES v ASTON VILLA
The cardboard Villains don’t have to travel far for this early Saturday Afternoon start time of 12.30 in England live on BT Sport.
Wolves felt the full force of the Anfield Rap late Sunday evening, going to the home of Liverpool and coming away, like most other teams, with nothing. The Gold and Blacks conceded a goal in the 1st-half to trail at the break.
After 3-more Reds goals in the 2nd-half, one being an own-goal by the unfortunate Nelson Semedo, Wolves ultimately suffered a defeat by a 4-0 scoreline.
The Molineux outfit just needs to put that result to bed as most will lose at Anfield with Liverpool’s incredible run of Premier League home victories. Nuno’s Boys sit in 10th-place with 17-points in a cluster of 3-teams with the same, that of Everton and West Ham.
Aston Villa got last weekend off after an outbreak of the Coronavirus hit the Newcastle training ground, so the Magpies couldn’t travel and face Dean’s Boys in the Midlands.
It’s debatable whether having the weekend off will benefit Villa, however, the Claret and Blues are on a poor run of form with 4-defeats from the last 5-fixtures.
Aston Villa currently have 15-points and sit 12th in the table but have only played 9-games, not the 10 and 11 that the other clubs have played, due to the postponement of the Newcastle fixture and the weekend off from Game Week-1 following Man City being useless in Europe. This Midland Derby at Molineux last term took place in November 2019. Ruben Neves scored first for Wolves just before the break.
Raul Jimenez added a second with 6-minutes of the 2nd-half remaining, however, that wasn’t the end of the goals, when Trezeguet scored for Villa in the 92nd-minute to give the Villains hope, unfortunately for the travelling faithful, time ran out and Nuno got the victory over Dean by a 2-1 scoreline.
Bet 365 offer Wolves at 5/4, the draw at 9/4 and 11/5 for Aston Villa to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 14/1 that Ruben Neves Scores First and 15/8 that Ollie Watkins Scores Anytime.
NEWCASTLE v WEST BROM
This 15.00 kick-off in England is live on Sky Sports.
Newcastle were supposed to head South to Villa Park for live Friday Night football on Sky Sports but an outbreak of Coronavirus at the training ground meant the game was postponed.
That would have probably disappointed Steve Bruce following the Magpies great 2-0 away-day victory against Crystal Palace a week before.
The game at Villa Park would have been the 2nd consecutive Friday night away trip for the cardboard Toon Army, who were happy to stay home and help Amazon out with their packaging for the Christmas deliveries.
Both these two have had the luxury of facing Crystal Palace in their last fixture, with Newcastle getting the victory, whereas, unfortunately for West Brom, the Eagles inflicted a defeat on the Baggies by a 5-1 scoreline.
It started badly for Slaven’s men when Darnell Furlong turned passed Sam Johnstone to score an own-goal.
Conor Gallagher did equalise for West Brom midway through the 1st-half but matters turned worse for Slaven Bilic when Matheus Pereira received a straight Red Card for a bad challenge.
The dreaded VAR rumoured to be watching a soppy Christmas film on Channel 5, where the best looking girl in the world apparently finds it difficult to get a boyfriend but then finds love with the best looking boy in the world, who also apparently struggles with dating, both working in a Ski chalet to supplement the millions of pounds their parents have and because it’s Christmas and there’s snow about, throw snowballs at each other and build a snowman and everyone falls in love.
EveryTip would like to point out that in the interest of diversity, the combinations of girl meeting boy can be changed for girl meeting girl or boy meeting boy.
VAR quickly switched channels, contacted the on-field referee, Paul Tierney and advised him to look at the challenge by Matheus on his pitch-side monitor after which the Red Card was produced and Big Mat was in the changing rooms 10-minutes before his mates with the instructions from Slaven to put the kettle on.
After the break, West Brom’s 10-men were obliterated by Palace’s 11, conceding 4, 2nd-half goals to ultimately lose the game by a 5-1 scoreline. The lads at Stockley Park were all in tears at the end of the film.
West Brom are now officially the 2nd-worse team in the Premier League or if the glass is half full, the 19th best in the division with 6-points from the 11-fixtures played.
Slaven’s position appears safe for the moment but it’s whether the bosses at The Hawthorns are happy just to yo-yo between the Premier League and Championship or invest in a few better players to give Big Slav a chance or get rid of the Croatian manager and appoint someone else to help them get relegated.
At best, the bosses should tell Mr Bilic to shave that dopey beard off as it does nothing for him.
Watch out for the snowballs!
It was April 2018 when Darren Moore took his Baggies up to St James Park, 2-fixtures from relegation.
Newcastle, under the guidance of Rafa Benitez, got the victory by a 1-0 scoreline with Matt Phillips getting the solitary winning goal adding a nail into the relegation coffin.
Bet 365 offer Newcastle at 5/4, the draw at 23/10 and 11/5 for West Brom to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 4/1 that Callum Wilson Scores First and 3/1 that there are Over 3.5 Goals
MANCHESTER UNITED V MAN CITY
Early Saturday Evening football live on Sky Sports for the Mouthwatering Manchester Derby kicking-off at 17.30 in England.
City fan Noel Gallagher wrote,
‘Take the time to make some sense
Of what you want to say
And cast your words away upon the waves
Bring them back with Acquiesce
On a ship of hope today
And as they fall upon the shore
Tell them not to fear no more
Say it loud and sing it proud’
This EveryTip column over the past number of months as made a point that if Ole continues to pick Fred and Scott McTominay then his days at Old Trafford will be numbered.
John Newsome took the time to make some sense of the words he wants to say and as stuck by that narrative.
The words have intentionally become fewer over the last few games as it appeared a constant attack on the 2-United lads who are probably decent young men, however, on a footballing level, the pair, along with Andreas Pereira are not good enough for Manchester United.
Andreas is away from Manchester and is playing a bit-part in Rome for Lazio, getting game time as a regular substitute for the Italians.
Unfortunately, whilst it appears harsh, Ole needs to get rid of Fred and Scott, the pair are simply not good enough for Manchester United and will cost Ole his job if he doesn’t act soon.
The recent game against Paris Saint Germain highlighted the harsh reality that the two are not good enough, especially in Fred’s case.
Scott could be excused as Ole threw him into a midfield 2-that was supposed to compete against PSG’s 4.
Fred was shown a 2nd-Yellow after the break which resulted in the Red that meant United had 10-men for the last 20-minutes. United lost the game by a 3-1 scoreline.
Most will think that with 11 v 10, it was obvious Paris were going to come out on top.
The slight anomaly to that is United had conceded a 2nd goal whilst Fred was still on the pitch.
When Fred was heading for the showers, Ole, whilst knowing his team were now losing, brought off Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavanni and Anthony Martial.
The thought being that United would lose 2-1, instead of going for it and possibly losing 5-1 but with players on the pitch to score.
The United boss then brought on forgotten man Odion Ighalo in the 90th-minute. What’s Odion expected to do? He’s called Odion Ighalo, not Paul Daniels.
PSG then scored a 3rd to inflict a defeat on Manchester United by a 3-1 scoreline and mount pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, which is unnecessary if Ole chose not to include Fred and Scott.
It’s a sad indictment on one of the biggest clubs in the world that they don’t have World Class players that the likes of Paris Saint Germain, Liverpool and the Noisy Neighbours have.
At the same time that United were losing against PSG, a 34-year old French bloke who can’t get in the Premier League starting eleven for Chelsea was scoring 4-goals away against Seville, the team that comfortably beat Ole’s Wheels in the Semi-Final of the Europa League last term.
Chelsea’s squad assembled by Frank is outstanding and will rival Liverpool and City in the top competitions this season. Even Leicester are buying top quality players.
Manchester United are not and are relying on players bought 2-seasons back by Dracula and a promising youth player that would be tip-top in any Championship side.
This is Manchester United who have sponsorship deals worth Billions, not Millions, Billions and could buy a player like Neymar, pay his wages and not even have to check the bank balance at the end of the month to make sure the Council Tax is going to be paid.
Poor Scott got ran ragged by Neymar last Wednesday, with the Brazilian ace scoring twice in the 3-1 victory.
As mentioned, Scott’s not completely to blame, it ultimately lies at Ole’s door, he needs to get into the Equaliser and cast his words away along the waves.
Is it a coincidence that Manchester United beat West Ham on Saturday without the services of Fred?
Ole choosing to leave the Brazilian at home and partner Scott McTominay with Paul Pogba.
Whilst United were poor in the 1st-half conceding a Hammers opener to trail at the break 1-0, the midfield looked a lot more secure with Scott, Paul and Donny Van Der Beek controlling things.
Maybes Scott’s, Paul’s and Donny’s previous poor performances are as a result of covering for Fred.
At half-time, Ole decided to change things bringing on Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes in exchange for Donny and Edinson.
In the 62nd-minute, Juan Mata replaced Anthony Martial.
Within a couple of minutes of Juan’s introduction, United were level through a stunning strike from Paul Pogba.
There was a thought that in the lead up to the goal, when Dean Henderson, in-between the sticks for United, due to an injury to David De Gea, kicked the ball downfield, the ball swerved out of play. However, the linesman was happy that it stayed in and Paul’s goal stood.
Three minutes later, Mason Greenwood scored to make it 2-1 to Ole’s Zebras, with Marcus Rashford rounding off the scoring in a brilliant 15-minute spell for United.
Although United suffered a defeat in the Champions League during the week, that was 4-Premier League victories in succession leaving the Red Devil’s in 6th-place, with 19-points, 1-more than the Noisy Neighbours visiting Old Trafford today, who both have played a game less than the rest of the teams around them.
Man City comfortably beat Fulham last Saturday, even though the 2-0 scoreline suggests that the Cottagers were always in with a shout.
In truth, the score could easily have been 5 or 6-nil, with Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne unable to convert the many chances that would have added to the goals they did score.
The victory puts Pep’s Blues 7th, on 18-points and as already mentioned, a point behind the Numpty Neighbours and like United, have only played 10-games not the 11 that most around them have.
Barnsley Boy John Stones got more game time having not featured much this term, playing the full 90-minutes for the 2nd-Premier League fixture in succession and will be hoping to keep his place for this big Manchester Derby.
Interestingly, in both games, City Won To Nil.
John Boy will be pleased about that.
United head to Germany on Tuesday to take on RB Leipzig in the Champions League whilst City stays in Manchester and host Marseille on Wednesday in the same competition.
Ole got the better of Pep last season, both at Old Trafford and the Etihad.
The fixture at the Etihad was almost 12-months ago to the day, however, the contest at Old Trafford was the final game before the suspension of football back in March.
Anthony Martial scored the opener on the half-hour mark.
United left it late to seal the win when Scott McTominay, from 30-yards out, converted a misplaced pass from Ederson, in the 96th-minute to give the Reds Devil’s a great 2-0 victory and do the double over the noisy neighbours.
Bet 365 offer Manchester United at 7/2, the draw at 3/1 and slight Odds On 8/11 for Man City to come away with all 3-points. (Fill your boots United fans!)
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EVERTON v CHELSEA
The final Saturday fixture of Game Week-12 kicking-off at 20.00 in England live on BT Sports.
Michael McIntyre isn’t happy with his game show, the Wheel, having less than normal views.
Not because of football but because it’s rubbish! (that rubbish, it’s good!)
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored right on half-time at Turf Moor in the early Saturday Afternoon game to equalise a Burnley goal scored after 3-minutes.
With no more goals after the break, both teams shared the points that leave Everton in 9th position, with 17, for the season so far from 11-fixtures, however, only 5-points Carlo’s Toffees have accrued from a possible 21 on offer, after an initial 12-points gained from the first 4-fixtures.
Big Dom’s strike gives him 11-goals for the season so far and puts him 1-clear of Son Heung-Min at the top of the goal-scoring chart.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea came from a goal behind late on Saturday night up in the cold of West Yorkshire.
The cardboard faithful were wrapped up well with extra gaffer tape at Elland Rd and saw Olivier Giroud equalise the Leeds goal midway through the 1st-half.
In the 2nd-half, Kurt Zouma added a powerful header before Christian Pulisic rounded off the goals that gave Chelsea a great victory by a 3-1 scoreline.
Olivier Giroud got a rare start in the Premier League following on from his 4-goals scored in the Champions League away at Seville last Wednesday.
To score against Seville is sometimes a tough ask but to score 4 in the one game was simply brilliant by France’s 2nd leading scorer after Thierry Henry and Britain’s foremost Rylan Clarke-Neal lookalike.
Before the 4-goals in Spain, Olivier scored 2 for France against Sweden that puts him on 44-International goals, 2nd behind Mr Henry who has 51.
In the last 6-games Rylan as played, he has scored 8-goals that earned him the start against Leeds.
The victory gave Frank’s Blues 22-points for the season so far and temporarily took them up to the top of the table, for 24-hours until Tottenham’s victory against Arsenal on Sunday and Liverpool’s victory against Wolves, left Chelsea back in 3rd-place when all Game Week-11 fixtures were complete.
Chelsea host Krasnodar on Tuesday in the Champions League before this visit of Everton.
It was virtually 12-months to the day that Chelsea went North to Goodison Park on the 7th of December 2019.
Richarlison gave the Toffees an early lead after just 5-minutes.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin added a 2nd, just after the break with Mateo Kovacic quickly halving the deficit for Frank’s Blues.
Big Dom scored his 2nd and Everton’s 3rd late in the game to give Everton’s temporary boss Duncan Ferguson a great victory by a 3-1 scoreline.
Bet 365 offer Everton at 7/2, the draw at 14/5 and slight Odds On 3/4 for Chelsea to come away with all 3-points.
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SOUTHAMPTON v SHEFFIELD UNITED
Game Week-12 sees the remaining 4-fixtures, all playing on the Sunday with staggered start times to help the football fanatics through the day.
This is a 12.00 kick-off in England live on Sky Sports.
Southampton conceded a penalty at the Amex on Monday Night Football that gave Brighton an early lead.
Jan Vestergaard equalised for the Saints on the stroke of half-time to take both teams in level at the break.
With 10-minutes remaining, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men were awarded their own penalty which Danny Ings duly converted.
Ultimately, Danny’s penalty turned out to be the winner that gave Wreck-Its men the victory by a 2-1 scoreline.
The win lifts the Saints above the 2-Manchester clubs into 5th-place with 20-points, however, Southampton has played a game more than Ole’s Wheels and Pep’s Blues but is still a great achievement after 11-fixtures.
Sheffield United suffered yet another defeat on Sunday against Leicester, conceding a 90th-minute goal to lose the game by a 2-1 scoreline.
After conceding a goal in the 26th-minute, Ollie McBurnie quickly equalised for the Blades that left the 2-sides at 1-1 going into the final minutes.
Unfortunately for Chris Wilder’s men, Leicester scored when 90-minutes were up on the clock and what added salt to the wound, was that the Blades ultimate villain, Jamie Vardy a Sheffield Wednesday fan, scored the winner to inflict the 10th defeat from the 11-played so far.
Chris looked miserable on the sidelines and sank to his knees knowing that he may have to ring the Job Centre up pretty soon to book an appointment.
To be fair to Mr Wilder it’s difficult to tell whether he’s happy or miserable but this time the lad was definitely miserable.
Sheffield United sit rock bottom of the Premier League table with just 1-point from a draw against Fulham who must feel gutted that they couldn’t beat a team that everyone else as.
James from Swinton actually works with one of Jamie Vardy’s ex-girlfriends and out of spite, says he’s downing tools this week after the Sheffield Superstar ruined Jimbo’s Sunday dinner.
The problem is, the lovely Danielle, Jimbo’s boss and Jamie Vs ex, won’t be able to tell the difference, if little Jim is working or not.
The lad as told his girlfriend that he definitely wants the Barnsley strip for Christmas, his first love after being a Reds fan in his youth and the good folk of Swinton, nowhere near Bramall Lane, will have the pleasure of seeing little James running around the garden in his new Barnsley shirt, shorts and socks, with ‘Kingy’ and number 10 on the back.
The 10 is for the number of bottles of Rola Cola that Jimbo drinks every day whilst pretending to mend cars.
The Premier League fixture compilers must be Sheffield Wednesday fans, deciding to give Sheffield United a long away day trip on the final day of the protracted 2019/20 season.
John Lundstram scored the opener for the Blades to give United a half-time lead.
Che Adams replied twice early in the 2nd-half with his mate Danny Ings adding a 3rd from the penalty-spot to round off a great comeback for Ralph’s boys to give Southampton a final day victory by a 3-1 scoreline and make the cardboard Blunts miserable on the journey back up the road for their night out in Sheffield,
Bet 365 offer Southampton at Odds On 3/5, the draw at 13/5 and 15/4 for Sheffield United to come away with all 3-points.
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CRYSTAL PALACE v TOTTENHAM
The roast will be well on its way when this fixture kicks-off at 14.15 on Sunday afternoon live on Sky Sports in England.
It’s rare Crystal Palace score 5-goals at Selhurst Park and even rarer that the Eagles notch that many on their travels but that’s just what happened on Sunday when Roy’s Boys headed to The Hawthorns and comfortably beat the Baggies by a 5-1 scoreline.
Palace were helped along the way when West Brom scored an own-goal after 8-minutes.
The Baggies replied with an equaliser and took both teams in level at the break.
However, although the score was level at half-time, the numbers playing on each side wasn’t when the West Brom player Matheus Pereira was dismissed for a bad challenge giving him the fresh water in the bath before his mates.
The 11-men Eagles took advantage of the 10-man Baggies with Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke both scoring twice in the 2nd-half to give Palace a brilliant 5-1 away-day victory.
The 3-points from the win gives Crystal Palace 16-points and puts them 11th in the Premier League table.
The victory for Roy Hodgson and his Merry men halted a 2-game losing streak and will feel his team are back on track but Tottenham are a different proposition to a struggling West Brom outfit lying in the relegation zone.
Dracula is in the shadows at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium, not yet sucking the life out of his players but making sure they know that the Dark One is the main man, keeping Dele Alli in check and just using Gareth Bale on a Thursday.
Dele wasn’t in the squad for the visit of Arsenal after getting 8-minutes game time against the mighty LASK of Austria in the Europa League.
Gareth was on the bench but he didn’t see any action against the Gunners and just sat there doing his hair, which did look quite nice.
Gareth and Andy Carrol have a competition at the moment as to who’s hair is the best.
In the last 3-Premier League games, GB has played exactly zero-minutes and just played in the Europa League fixtures, so it appears Jose has an A-team for the Premier League and a B-team for Thursday nights, B-standing for Bale.
The problem, if it is one, for Dele and Gareth is that Tottenham keep winning in the Premier League so can’t really argue with Jose.
The latest win that sent Spurs back to the summit was a brilliant 2-0 victory against their North London rivals Arsenal.
Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane with the 1st-half goals.
After the break, Arsenal were like one of the 3-Little Pigs, they huffed and they puffed but they couldn’t blow Tottenham’s house down with Spurs shutting out the Gunners for the whole of the 2nd-half.
The 3-points took Tottenham back above Chelsea to the top of the Premier League table, who had kept the position warm for a day and with Liverpool’s subsequent victory against Wolves, the status-quo at the summit reverted to Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Leicester respectively.
The fact remains that although Spurs are doing brilliantly and are top of the pile, Tottenham still haven’t beaten anyone in the top half of the table.
Now before most start screaming at the iPads, that Jose’s men have beaten both the Manchester clubs and Southampton, at the time of playing, all 3 were in the bottom half.
Tottenham have failed to beat Chelsea, West Ham, Everton and Newcastle who were all in the top-10 positions when the games took place.
After this fixture against Palace, Jose will have to start earning his money, with games against Liverpool at Anfield and Leicester at home.
That’s really when Spurs should be judged as official title contenders or if the 2-Ls get the better of Tottenham, also-rans.
The B-team host Antwerp on Thursday that no doubt Jose will include Bale.
Dele Alli is out buying garlic.
Tottenham travelled the short distance over to Selhurst Park on the final day of the season last term.
Harry Kane scored the opener for the Lilywhites early on in proceedings, however, Jose’s boys couldn’t capitalise and allowed Jeffrey Schlupp to equalise just after the break.
With no more goals, Roy and Jose finished the season off with a point-a-piece from a 1-1 draw.
Bet 365 offer Crystal Palace at 7/2, the draw at 16/5 and slight Odds On 4/6 for Tottenham to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 13/5 that Wilfried Zaha Scores Anytime and 5/1 that Son Heung-Min Scores First.
FULHAM v LIVERPOOL
Late Sunday Afternoon football with the dinner gone, Liverpool head to London for this 16.30 kick-off in England live on Sky Sports.
The only real surprise from Fulham’s visit up to the Etihad on Saturday is that the final scoreline finished 2-0 and not 9-0, due, not to the way Scott’s Boys played but the fact that Man City missed so many chances throughout the game.
The Cottagers don’t want to dwell on the defeat too much as most will be beaten at the home of Pep’s Low Flying Blues.
What Ronald McDonald boy Scott Parker needs to do is get his men ready for the games against Brighton and Newcastle, winnable fixtures, not for the likes of City and today’s opponents Liverpool who are just too good.
There’s no shame in that.
The defeat leaves Fulham, still with 7-points, hovering just above the relegation zone, with both Sheffield United and West Brom losing and Burnley only managing a point from Game Week-11.
Liverpool made it 65-consecutive unbeaten home games on Sunday, with a brilliant 4-0 victory against Wolves.
Mo Salah did what Big Mo does and opened the scoring midway through the 1st-half to take Liverpool in leading 1-0 at the break.
Georginio Wijnaldum and Joel Matip added 2-more early in the 2nd-half before the 4th, credited as an own-goal gave Liverpool the victory by a 4-0 scoreline.
Jurgen’s Reds have 24-points, the same as Tottenham but with a slightly inferior goal-difference, so remain 2nd in the table after Game Week-11.
The great thing for the Premier League fans of football whatever club is the preferred choice is Liverpool host Tottenham after this fixture against Fulham and then head to the King Power to take on Brendan’s Wonderful’s.
Those two mouthwatering fixtures will separate the boys from the men and come Christmas Day, Jurgen’s present may just be to see his team back at the summit of the Premier League where he will feel, as current Champions, Liverpool belong.
The Reds head to Denmark on Wednesday to take on Midtjylland in the final Group fixture of the Champions League.
This next bit is taken from EveryTip’s Greatest Premier League Games of All Time, published at the beginning of the initial Lockdown back on March 24th, for our Australian friends.
‘Saturday 22 November 1997
LIVERPOOL 0 v BARNSLEY 1
This feature could easily be a ‘Top-10’ review of Barnsley FC’s one and only stint in the Premier League, however, that would just be a bias towards the Reds from Oakwell.
In November 1997, Barnsley had found out just how tough the Premier League was and were sitting in the relegation places when the team and the faithful travelled to Anfield to face a Liverpool side that included David James, Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp and Michael Owen.
The Barnsley manager Danny Wilson decided to change his goalkeeper for the trip to Liverpool after the ever-present regular stopper David Watson had suffered a back-injury, picking the ball out of the net some 25-times when the Yorkshire club went on the road in the Premier League.
Danny chose a very big German ‘keeper called Lars Leese.
The Barnsley fans had an inspirational tune for the lad,
‘Lars Leese as big as trees’ ‘Lars Leese as big as trees’ then repeat until bored.
The faithful are renowned for their originality.
Another new boy thrown into the starting eleven by Danny Wilson was a Swedish Centre-Back called Peter Markstetd.
Swede Pete was bought by Barnsley for a mere £250,000 from Vasteras FC, a small club in Sweden which was also the hometown club of Peter.
In 1997, there wasn’t a specific Transfer Window which is part of the modern Premier League process of today, so transfers could be made well into the season and Barnsley FC took advantage of that by bringing in Peter Markstedt just before the trip to Anfield.
Pete must have thought his birthday’s had all come at once, not only moving from Sweden to God’s own country Yorkshire but also making his debut for the Reds against Liverpool at Anfield.
Despite being at Barnsley for about 18-months or so, Big Pete only played 9-times for the Reds, however, is remembered fondly at Oakwell and the faithful wish him well in his life at present.
The 9-appearances did include this great victory against Liverpool and a famous FA Cup victory against Manchester United when Barnsley FC upset the odds and knocked United out of the 1997/98 cup.
Not a bad 9-games Peter, respect!
The match-day programme had printed that if Liverpool scored 3-goals today then it would be the 4000th time the Anfield crowd had seen their beloved team score at home.
That had to inspire the Reds of Barnsley who along with a bit of luck, managed a famous 1-0 victory over Roy Evans’ Liverpool team.
Words like ‘humiliated’ and ‘humbled’ may not have been too strong to describe Liverpool’s feeling after the game, which all of the Anfield faithful expected their team to win at a canter.
Ashley Ward scored the solitary goal to give the Reds of Barnsley a great victory against the Reds of Liverpool.
Ashley is another legend that is fondly remembered by the Oakwell faithful, who often had a punt on Big Ash to score the 1st-goal and were often rewarded when Ashley duly obliged.
As in this game at Anfield, where Mr Ward was a steady 9/1 to get the opener.
A 28-year old Barnsley FC fan who contributes to this EveryTip column had his day out to Merseyside paid for when Ash netted against Liverpool, not only celebrating the great 1-0 victory but also trousering a cool £100.
Cheers ITV’s ‘Real Housewives of Cheshire’ star, who due to visiting the same face surgeon as Simon Cowell, looks exactly the same as he did when he scored at Anfield in November 1997.
Due to Fulham’s 1-year residence in the Championship, it was March 2019 when Jurgen’s Reds last headed to Craven Cottage and came away from the Capital with the points following a 2-1 victory.
Sadio Mane put Liverpool ahead midway through the 1st-half.
Ex-Red, Ryan Babel with his red hair equalised for Fulham but the parity didn’t last long when James Milner got the winner from the penalty spot to give Jurgen a victory over Scott by a 2-1 scoreline.
Bet 365 offer Fulham at 7/1, the draw at 4/1 and Odds On 4/11 for Liverpool to come away with all 3-points.
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LEICESTER v BRIGHTON
The football fans may need a split-screen for these final 2-fixtures of Game Week-12 with this game at the King Power starting at 19.15 in England live on Amazon Prime.
Leicester beat Sheffield United on Sunday by a 2-1 scoreline with Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy getting the winning goal in the 90th-minute to inflict a defeat on his least favourite home town club.
Ayoze Perez opened the scoring for the Foxes after 24-minutes but soon conceded a Blades equaliser.
It looked like Sheffield United were going to hold on for a much-needed point but Jimmy V popped up in the 90th-minute to score the vital goal that gave Brendan’s Wonderful Human Beings a great victory.
With Chelsea winning on Saturday and both Tottenham and Liverpool getting their victories on Sunday, Leicester needed to win to keep the status quo at the top of the table, with Southampton and both the Manchester outfits on their coat-tails.
Rod Stewart was double unhappy and threw his Sheffield United shirt at his lovely dog Lennon who knew what was to come but couldn’t get off the couch lively enough.
Rod’s beloved Green and White Hoops, could only manage a 1-1 draw against St Johnstone (who?) in the Scottish Pub League, this was after the Celtic’s bitter rivals Rangers, had beaten Ross County (who?) by a 4-0 scoreline earlier on in the day, to go 13-points clear at the top, in their quest to stop Celtic winning 9 in a row Pub League titles.
Lennon knew the score and should have disappeared earlier but likes to stick around and have a chuckle and at the crooner who gets mad at Brendan because Rod knew that if Mr Rodgers had stayed in Scotland, the 10 in a row was in the bag, however, Brendan is managing in a proper league now, so Rod wears a shirt of every club that plays Leicester in the hope that the Foxes get beat.
He’s Celtic, United but Brendan has decided that Leicester is the best place to be.
A certain half Scotsman, half Barnsley-man, now residing in Australia will be over the moon that his beloved Rangers are top of the pile in the SPL.
A tale of 2-penalties at the Amex on Monday Night Football with Pascal Gross converting one midway through the 1st-half to put Brighton ahead.
There were several bad dog walkers out there last weekend who couldn’t hold on to a lead, Graham Potter’s men being one of them, conceding a Southampton equaliser on the stroke of half-time.
The 2nd-penalty of the game was awarded to Southampton in the 81st-minute which was despatched to hand the Saints the lead and ultimately the victory by a 2-1 scoreline.
The defeat leaves Harry’s Seagulls on 10-points, 16th in the Premier League table, with a trip to the King Power being a tough task in the search for a victory.
Neal Maupay missed an early penalty in the 1st-half when Brighton went to the King Power Stadium last term.
Unfortunately for the Seagulls that would have given Harry’s men the 3-points as there were no further goals with the game finishing in a 0-0 draw.
Bet 365 offer Leicester at Evens 1/1, the draw at 12/5 and 11/4 for Brighton to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 3/1 that Jamie Vardy Scores First and 13/5 that Leicester Win To Nil.
ARSENAL v BURNLEY
Sky Sports are showing this game on Sunday evening with a 19.15 kick-off in England so it’s a choice between Arsenal v Burnley or Leicester v Brighton, or some now may be fed up with the football and put Celebrity Catchphrase on, personally, it’s footie all the way.
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Mikel Arteta was out ‘Mourinho’d‘ on Sunday by the Dark one when Arsenal visited the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium and Jose did a tactical masterclass on young Pep 2.
Arsenal conceded both goals, that inflicted the 2-0 defeat against Tottenham, in the 1st-half.
Despite a lot of pressure from the Gunners after the break, Tottenham just stifled Mikel’s boys who couldn’t break down a solid defence and came away from the North London rivals with a loss registered.
The defeat leaves Arsenal still with 13-points, in 15th-place in the Premier League, probably the lowest position for over 20-years.
The Arsene Wenger ‘Out’ brigade must be overjoyed that the French supremo is no longer at the helm.
Arsenal head over the Irish Sea before this visit from Burnley to take on Dundalk in the Thursday night Europa League competition.
Burnley earned a point from a 1-1 draw on Saturday against Everton, that lifts the Clarets to 3rd from bottom of the table with 6-points slowly edging closer to the safety zone.
Robbie Brady scored in the 3rd-minute, being only the 2nd goal the cardboard faithful have seen so far.
Unfortunately, Burnley conceded on the stroke of half-time and with no further goals after the break, both teams settled for a point from the draw.
The Clarets do have a game in hand over their relegation rivals so will still feel there is no problem pulling away from the bottom.
At the Emirates last season, this was an early fixture in August before the Coronavirus ruined the football as well as other things.
Ashley Barnes equalised an earlier Alexandre Lacazette goal to take both teams in level at the break.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner for the Gunners midway through the 2nd-half to give Unai Emery the victory over Sean Dyche by a 2-1 scoreline.
Bet 365 offer Arsenal at Odds On 11/20, the draw at 29/10 and 11/2 for Burnley to come away with all 3-points.
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