The highlight games for this weekend’s action are NEWCASTLE versus CHELSEA and FULHAM versus MANCHESTER UNITED. Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews these as well as all game week 16 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 note regarding all of these fixtures.
The Premier League pauses now until the 26th of December (Boxing Day) 2022, with the World Cup in Qatar starting on the 20th of November 2022.
This could throw up all sorts of scenarios for these Game Week-16 set of games, with some players having a different psychological thought process and putting in the extra effort knowing that their respective International team isn’t heading to the Arabian country.
Some who are definitely on the plane to the Sunshine could decide that it’s not worth getting injured so may possibly, only put in a limited amount of effort.
Some may be on the periphery and not sure if the passport is needed so could go the extra mile to make the Squad.
For example (and this is just hypothetical, not real!)
Aleksandar Mitrovic will be in the Serbian team who take on Brazil in the Group opener in Qatar’22.
Fulham take on Manchester United in the final fixture of Game Week-16.
Will Big Mit want to risk the possibility of injury 7 days before the tournament starts?
Or, as an added extra scenario, whilst facing Antony and Casemiro, accidentally cause an injury to those two Brazilians.
There’s Fred too but even Alek knows that injuring the Fredster would actually enhance the Brazil team.
Other situations will pop up in this column but it is worth thinking about.
MAN CITY v BRENTFORD
12.30 in England
Man City somehow gained a victory against Fulham on Saturday afternoon.
Somehow, as life at the Etihad was a bit strained for the Citizens for the majority of the game.
Pep Guardiola chose to leave Erling Haaland on the bench and started with Julian Alvarez up top.
This initially paid off when Julian scored the opener after 16 minutes which should have allowed City to push on.
Unfortunately for the home team, Joao Cancelo was shown a straight Red Card for a challenge on Harry Wilson, 10 minutes after the opening goal, that not only reduced City to 10 men but also conceded a penalty.
Fulham equalised from the penalty.
That was that until the 95th minute when Man City were also awarded a penalty.
Pep had replaced Mr Alvarez with Mr Haaland in the 64th minute and with Erling on the pitch, there was only one outcome, a winner in injury time giving Pep’s High Flying Blues the victory by a narrow 2-1 scoreline.
That meant City, once again, temporarily jumped above Arsenal to the summit, however, following the Gunners’ victory against Chelsea on Sunday, Man City are now back in 2nd place in the table with 32 points, 2 adrift of Arsenal both having completed 13 fixtures.
Erling Haaland has now scored 18 Premier League goals which is phenomenal considering the 22-year-old has just come over to England.
Plus the Norwegian/Leeds lad will get a rest over the next few weeks as Norway are not at Qatar’22.
Pep will still have the non-World Cup players in and will probably arrange friendlies against other teams just to keep ticking over but it will mean that a lot of the players including Erling will get the chance to heal the injuries.
Man City comfortably qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League and will face RB Leipzig in that particular competition at the end of February 2023.
Brentford played in a very entertaining away fixture against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday with Thomas’s Bees gaining a point from a draw by a 2-2 score.
After conceding a goal in the 20th minute, Brian Mbeumo equalised for Brentford on the stroke of half-time to take both teams in level at the break.
Yoane Wissa then scored what looked like the winner but in the 96th minute, the unfortunate Zanka, who Thomas had only just introduced as a late substitute, had a shot deflected off him past his own goalkeeper, which turned a victory into a draw.
That’s now 3 draws from the last 4 fixtures with a defeat from the other, meaning 3 points from a possible 12.
Mr Frank has to readdress this and try and turn the draws into wins, however, this final fixture before the World Cup starts, may not be the one to gain a victory.
Brentford sit in 11th place with 16 points from 14 fixtures played.
At the Etihad in last season’s encounter between Pep’s High Flying Blues and Thomas’s Bees, City gained the victory by a 2-0 scoreline.
Riyad Mahrez converted a penalty just before the break with Kevin De Bruyne adding the 2nd midway through the 2nd-half to get the professional home win in front of the Citizens.
Betfred offer Man City at Odds On 1/8, the draw at 7/1 and 16/1 for Brentford to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 2/1 that Erling Haaland Scores Two Plus Goals and slight Odds On 7/8 that Man City Win To Nil.
BOURNEMOUTH v EVERTON
15.00 in England
Bournemouth are now 4 from 4 in the loss column following Saturday’s very entertaining, if not disappointing result at Elland Rd, with the Cherries suffering a narrow defeat in a 7-goal thriller, by a 4-3 scoreline.
Marcos Senesi made a rash challenge on Cryscencio Summerville to give away a penalty after 3 minutes that Leeds converted to take an early lead.
Marcus Tavernier equalised for the Cherries before Philip Billing added a 2nd to give the away team a lead at the break.
Dominic Solanke added a 3rd Bournemouth goal just after the restart and it looked for all purpose that Gary O’Neil’s men were heading for a victory.
Unfortunately for the travelling Cherries who had to endure a 520 mile/9 hour round trip from the South Coast, saw their idols concede 3, 2nd-half goals to snatch a defeat from the jaws of victory.
There was an unwanted record for Bournemouth who became the first team in Premier League history to be leading by 2 goals in 2 consecutive games and still end up losing.
Against Tottenham last week and now Leeds United this week.
Gary needs his team to have an upturn in fortunes or the Caretaker Manager may just need a new broom, to sweep up at the Job Centre.
Bournemouth sit in 17th place, with 13 points from the 14 games played.
The new American owners may just need a rethink about keeping Gary O’Neil in charge otherwise Big Bill Foley might see his Premier League team becoming a Championship side, which he definitely didn’t consider when purchasing the Cherries.
Frank Lampard’s Everton suffered a defeat against Leicester in the late Saturday afternoon kickoff at Goodison Park.
In truth, the Foxes were just too good for the Toffees and with Everton’s failure to score goals coming to the fore again, once Leicester scored, the loss was inevitable.
The defeat at home by a 2-0 scoreline, is the 4th loss in the last 6 fixtures, with a win and a draw coming in the other 2.
Four points from a possible 18, with just 4 goals scored in the 6 games, has seen Everton slip down to 16th in the table with 14 points from 14 fixtures played.
West Ham and Aston Villa also have 14 points but Everton are below the two due to an inferior goal difference.
Is this progression under Frank Lampard?
The Toffee faithful seem to think it is but from the outside looking in, ones not so sure.
It was September 2019, a little while before the Coronavirus situation and no one had used the word Furlough when Everton made the long trip South to the Vitality to take on Bournemouth.
The Cherries had Eddie Howe at the helm and if anyone can guess who was the Toffees Manager back then, well done, because John Newsome didn’t have a clue.
It was, wait for it,
Bournemouth gained the home victory over Everton by a 3-1 score.
Callum Wilson scored the Cherries’ opener with Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalising for the Toffees to take both teams in level at half-time.
Ryan Fraser and a 2nd from Callum after the break gave Eddie and the Cherries all of the points.
It’s worth adding that Bournemouth also gained the victory in the game at Goodison Park by the same 3-1 scoreline, which turned out to be the final fixture of the Covid-affected 2019/20 season in late July 2020.
The Cherries were relegated after that fixture on Merseyside, with the Toffees finishing the season in 12th place.
Betfred offer Bournemouth at 7/4, the draw at 21/10 and 6/4 for Everton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Philip Billing Scores Anytime and slight Odds On 3/4 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
LIVERPOOL v SOUTHAMPTON
15.00 in England
After suffering back-to-back Premier League defeats, Liverpool gained a great away day victory against Tottenham on Sunday by a 2-1 score.
Mo Salah scored both Liverpool goals in the 1st half, the 2nd coming from an error by Eric Dier.
Tottenham did pull a goal back after the break but couldn’t get on level terms meaning Jurgen’s Reds got all 3 points from the trip to the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium.
Liverpool sit in 8th place with 19 points from 13 fixtures played.
Seven points adrift of Tottenham who reside in the final Champions League position.
Spurs have played a game more.
Liverpool finished as runners-up in their respective Champions League Group and will face Real Madrid in the last-16 of that particular competition which restarts in February 2023.
A rare 15.00 kickoff for the Scousers which means an early start for the Saints faithful making the 480 mile/8 hour round trip from the South Coast up to Merseyside.
One person that won’t be making the trip is Ralph Hasenhuttl who has been relieved of his duty at St Mary’s following Sunday’s home defeat against Newcastle by a 4-1 scoreline.
After conceding 3 goals, Romain Perraud pulled a goal back with a superb individual strike in the 89th minute but this proved just a consolation with the Magpies adding a 4th soon after.
The Saints faithful weren’t happy at full-time and showed their displeasure towards Wreck-It Ralph.
The Southampton hierarchy didn’t really have any choice other than to try someone else as the club can’t risk relegation from the Top Flight.
Ralph is a good bloke and one could argue most of his best players have been sold but to have an unwanted record of not just one but two defeats by a 9-0 scoreline on his CV, could have meant the Austrian has had more than enough chances and the sacking was inevitable.
Nathan Jones who is currently the Luton Town Manager has emerged as the early favourite to take over the hot seat but that’s not certain and there may be others who come in.
It definitely is the right time to make a change with the pause in the Premier League coming following this tough fixture against Liverpool.
At least Wreck-It can now concentrate on his acting career on the popular BBC programme Peaky Blunders.
The Saints faithful made the same journey almost 12 months ago on the 27th of November 2021, when Wreck-It Ralph’s Boys suffered a defeat against Jurgen’s Reds by a 4-0 scoreline.
A double from Diogo Jota and a Thiago Alcantara strike gave Liverpool a comfortable lead at the break.
Virgil Van Dijk added a 4th just after the restart and with no further goals, the home team gained the victory.
Betfred offer Liverpool at Odds On 2/9, the draw at 5/1 and 9/1 for Southampton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/5 that Roberto Firmino Scores Anytime and slight Odds On 2/3 that Liverpool Score in Both Halves.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST v CRYSTAL PALACE
15.00 in England
Nottingham Forest played out a very entertaining draw against Brentford at the City Ground on Saturday.
Morgan Gibbs-White opened the scoring after 20 minutes and when it appeared that the home team would go in at the break in front, Brentford scored an equaliser in 1st-half injury time.
The Bees then scored the 2nd midway through the 2nd-half and with time running out, the Tricky Trees got an equaliser themselves in the 96th minute following a deflected shot by Morgan Gibbs-White.
The goal was credited to the Brentford Defender but Steve Cooper won’t worry too much about that, as a point gained is all that matters from a draw by a 2-2 scoreline.
The Archbishop was happy and shared a glass with Sir Brian Clough as both were watching from the Higher Executive Suite.
Nottingham Forest are still at the bottom of the Premier League table with the same 10 points as Wolves, however, the Tricky Trees have an inferior goal difference than the Gold and Blacks.
Crystal Palace finally gained an away day victory on Sunday, with Patrick Vieira’s Eagles inflicting a defeat on David Moyes Boys by a 2-1 scoreline.
West Ham took the lead in the 1st-half but that man Wilfried Zaha scored an equaliser just before the half-time cup of tea.
With time running out, a speculative shot by Michael Olise that took a wicked deflection off Aaron Cresswell looped over the Hammers goalkeeper which was virtually the last kick of the match that gave Palace the victory and London bragging rights.
Crystal Palace had 4 victories on the record but all were achieved at Selhurst Park, it was nice for the travelling Eagle Ultras to finally witness a win on the road even if it was just over the Capital.
Palace sit in 10th place with 19 points from 13 fixtures played.
Fulham and Liverpool also have 19 points with the Cottagers having played a game more than Jurgen’s Red and Patrick’s Eagles.
The last time Nottingham Forest hosted Crystal Palace was just after Christmas in December 2012, almost 10 years ago, give or take a month.
That was a Championship affair where the game finished in a very entertaining draw by a 2-2 score.
Glenn Murray scored 1st for Crystal Palace after 9 minutes, with Forest’s Andy Reid equalising just before the half-time cup of tea.
Glenn added a 2nd for the away team with 10 minutes remaining and when the travelling Eagle Ultras were about to celebrate a victory, Billy Sharp popped up with the Forest equaliser in the 93rd minute to give both teams a share of the points.
Once again, Brian and the Archbishop were happy and celebrated with a nice pre-New Year’s drink.
It was in January 1995, when Crystal Palace took on Nottingham Forest in the Premier League, with a single goal by Gary Bull giving Forest the victory by a 1-0 score.
Betfred offer Nottingham Forest at 2/1, the draw at 21/10 and 13/10 for Crystal Palace to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 23/10 that Eberechi Eze Scores Anytime and 11/10 that there are Over 2.5 Goals.
TOTTENHAM v LEEDS UNITED
15.00 in England
In the 5 fixtures before Sunday’s game against Liverpool, Tottenham have conceded the first goal in all 5.
That trend continued for Antonio’s Spurs against Jurgen’s Reds with the away team scoring 2 goals in the 1st-half.
Eric Dier gifted the 2nd when attempting to head the ball back to Hugo Lloris, however, fluffed his lines and allowed Mo Salah in to score his and Liverpool’s 2nd.
Dejan Kulusevski had missed the previous 10 fixtures due to an injury but finally saw game time, with Mr Conte introducing the Swedish playmaker in the 68th minute.
This inspired substitution immediately paid dividends with Dejan supplying Harry Kane who scored to halve the deficit.
Unfortunately for the Lilywhites in attendance at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium, Tottenham couldn’t score a 2nd and ultimately suffered a defeat by a 2-1 scoreline.
Antonio Conte’s Spurs slip a place in the table to 4th, with 26 points from 14 fixtures played.
Probably the only positive that the Tottenham faithful can take from the defeat was that Manchester United, who sit a place and 3 points below, also suffered a defeat on Sunday too.
The Champions League campaign was a success in the end with Tottenham finishing at the summit of their particular Group.
That wasn’t necessarily on the cards going into the 95th minute against Marseille last Wednesday when the scores were level at 1-1 meaning Spurs were in 2nd place.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored a very late winner to leave Tottenham at the top of the table and the unfortunate French team, who at one point were at the summit themselves, finishing at the bottom.
As the ex-Spurs legend, Jimmy Greaves once said,
It’s a funny old game!
Finishing at the summit meant that Tottenham have been drawn against AC Milan and will reconvene the Champions League knockout stages in February 2023.
That will have pleased the little Italian Antonio Conte.
At the 48-minute mark in the fixture at Elland Rd against Bournemouth on Saturday, the Joy Division ditty was about to be sung by John Newsome,
‘Leeds, Leeds are.’
However, that stopped when somehow Jesse Marsch and his White Drama Queens came back from trailing by 3 goals to 1 and gained a victory over the Cherries by a 4-3 score.
As the ex-Leeds United Midfielder, Chris Kamara would say,
Rodrigo opened the scoring for the home team, converting a penalty in the 3rd minute, however, Bournemouth then scored twice to leave Leeds trailing at the break.
Within 3 minutes of the restart, the away team scored a 3rd and the JD tune was about to be sung.
The 3rd Cherry goal somehow kicked Jesse’s Whites into gear, like an old Austin Allegro that was struggling to find the mechanical path.
Sam Greenwood scored on the hour mark, with the Captain, Liam Cooper equalising 8 minutes later.
Then it was that man Crysencio Summerville, who scored the winner in the 89th minute at Anfield last week, to inflict a defeat on Liverpool, scoring the winner at Elland Rd, in the 84th minute to inflict a defeat on Bournemouth by a 4-3 scoreline.
The newly married couple from Ilkley, which is a little village to the North of Leeds, are honeymooning in South America at the moment but as soon as the final score came through on the wires, both celebrated wildly in the Argentinian Sunshine.
The new wife is a Leeds United fanatic and now the Widster has moved out of Barnsley, marrying one of the enemy, no doubt the lad will soon be a White!
The West Yorkshire puddings were all out in the local pubs and clubs after the game, sharing a pint of Skol and a packet of Pork Scratching, all singing their iconic, if somewhat irritating, anthem, Marching On Together!
God bless the lovely puddings.
The brilliant victory gives Leeds United 15 points from 13 fixtures played and leaves the Whites in 12th place in the table.
Marsching On Together!
It was almost 12 months ago to the day, the 21st of November 2021, when Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites travelled down to the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium to take on Antonio Conte’s Spurs.
Dan James scored for Leeds United on the stroke of half-time to give the away team a lead at the break.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg equalised for Tottenham just after the restart before Sergio Reguilon scored the winner with 20 minutes remaining.
The West Yorkshire puddings then spent an hour at Kings Cross Station trying to get through the barrier with their B and Q Trade Centre Discount Card.
Betfred offer Tottenham at Odds On 4/7, the draw at 3/1 and 4/1 for Leeds United to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 5/1 that Rodrigo Scores First and 6/1 that Tottenham Win From Behind.
***Premier League Team of the Week***
GOALKEEPER- Aaron Ramsdale- Arsenal
RIGHT-BACK- Trent Alexander-Arnold- Liverpool
CENTRE-BACK- Liam Cooper- Leeds United
CENTRE-BACK- Gabriel- Arsenal
LEFT-BACK- Dan Burn- Newcastle
MIDFIELDER- James Maddison- Leicester
MIDFIELDER- Miguel Almiron- Newcastle
MIDFIELDER- Adam Lallana- Brighton
FORWARD- Mo Salah- Liverpool
FORWARD- Crysencio Summerville- Leeds United
FORWARD- Erling Haaland- Man City
STAR MAN- James Maddison-Leicester
WEST HAM v LEICESTER
15.00 in England
West Ham had the points snatched away from them on Sunday in the 94th minute against Crystal Palace at the London Stadium.
Said Benrahme scored for the Hammers after 20 minutes but Palace equalised just before the break.
When the time was virtually up on the clock and the referee was about to blow the final whistle, a speculative shot from the away team, hit Aaron Cresswell and saw the ball loop over Lukasz Fabianski in the West Ham goal.
With not much more time added, the Hammers suffered the defeat against the Eagles by a 2-1 scoreline.
That’s now 2 Premier League defeats in succession for Good Looking David and his Claret and Blues, leaving West Ham sitting in 15th place with 14 points from 14 games completed.
A quick note regarding the Europa Conference League (still no idea?) West Ham got a victory in all 6 Group Games, finishing at the summit of that particular table.
Apparently, although the new European competition is only in the 2nd year, that’s a new record which has to be a positive for the Bubbles.
West Ham’s opponents are as yet unknown for the knockout stages as there’s another set of qualifying games to take place first.
Leicester were superb against Everton in the late Saturday afternoon kickoff away at Goodison Park.
Brendan’s Wonderfuls inflicted a defeat on Frank’s Toffees by a 2-0 scoreline, with goals from Youri Tielemans and Harvey Barnes both coming at the end of each half.
Youri’s goal was a brilliant effort.
On Thursday, Gareth Southgate names the 26 players that are going to Qatar for the World Cup that starts on the 20th of November 2022.
If Gareth doesn’t include James Maddison in the England Squad, then it cannot be for footballing reasons and has to be personal.
James is quite simply the best English Attacking Midfielder currently playing in the Premier League and if arguments arise about whether Jim should be included in an England starting eleven, then that’s fair enough, however, there cannot be an argument for not taking James Maddison to Qatar based purely on football ability.
Back in September, when Gareth was picking the Squad for the Nations League, the England Manager made a bizarre statement, claiming that,
‘England do not produce playmakers!’
This raised a few eyebrows after Mr Southgate overlooked the Leicester star.
Mr Maddison was left out of Gareth’s 26-man squad for the Three Lions’ Nations League campaign and this EverTip column thinks that the Fox will be missing from the World Cup Squad when announced on Thursday.
One hopes John Newsome is wrong as an England team with James Maddison is definitely better than an England team without the Foxes Midfielder.
James was sensational against Everton and would be a real asset for the Three Lions.
This will be the last Premier League Preview until after the World Cup but John Newsome will keep popping up from time to time with a column or three about Qatar’22 so keep coming back to EveryTip.
Leicester sit in 14th place with 14 points from 14 fixtures played.
Whilst on about the World Cup, it would be remiss not to offer up John Newsome’s England 26-Man Squad, which one thinks Gareth will take.
So here goes, bearing in mind that this column will go to print before Thursday’s announcement by Mr Southgate.
James Maddison/Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Note, John has put James Maddison and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in one position, as one thinks Gareth will take Ruben above James although, this EveryTip column hopes not.
(Nothing against Mr Loftus-Cheek!)
The Hammers smashed the Foxes at the London Stadium last season, with David Moyes Boys gaining the victory over Little Brendan Rodgers Men by a 4-1 score.
The fixture was just the 2nd of the 2021/22 campaign, with Pablo Fornals scoring for the home team midway through the 1st-half.
Ayoze Perez was shown a straight Red Card just before the break, leaving Leicester a goal down and a man lite going into the 2nd-half.
Said Benrahme added a 2nd just after the restart before a Michail Antonio double, just after Youri Tielemans had scored a Foxes consolation, rounded off the emphatic victory.
Betfred offer West Ham at Evens 1/1, the draw at 23/10 and 5/2 for Leicester to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/5 that Gianluca Scamacca Scores Anytime and 8/5 that Jamie Vardy Scores Anytime.
NEWCASTLE v CHELSEA
17.30 in England
Newcastle are the form team at the moment gaining 13 points out of 15 on offer from the last 5 games.
Arsenal have 13 too but Newcastle have scored more goals in the 5 fixtures.
On Sunday Eddie Howe, the Magpies and the Toon Army ventured the long-distance South to St Mary’s to face Southampton in the rain.
Miguel Almiron opened the scoring after 35 minutes to give Newcastle a lead at the break.
That was Miguel’s 8th goal of the campaign and the 7th from the last 8 fixtures.
Chris Wood who was introduced by Eddie at half-time in place of Callum Wilson scored within 13 minutes of coming on with Joe Willock adding a 3rd soon after.
Newcastle did concede a late Southampton consolation, however, that wasn’t the end of the goals with the excellent Bruno Guimaraes rounding off the rout on the South Coast.
Bruno is in the Brazil squad that are heading to Qatar’22 and will definitely enhance the competition in the Yellow and Green Samba Boys strip.
(Just take a look at the Brazil 26-Man Squad!)
The defeat inflicted on Southampton did spell the end for Ralph Hasenhuttl, however, Eddie Howe can’t do much about that and has seen his Black and Whites jump above Tottenham into 3rd place in the Premier League table with 27 points from 14 fixtures played.
Chelsea suffered another defeat on Sunday this time against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge by a 1-0 scoreline.
After a goalless 1st-half, the Gunners scored the solitary winning goal midway through the 2nd-half to inflict the defeat on the Blues.
Following a brilliant start to life at the Bridge by Graham Potter, it’s now back-to-back Premier League defeats for Chelsea who drop down a place to 7th, with 21 points from 13 games played.
The irony is Mr Potter’s old club, Brighton, jump above the Blues into 6th place with the same 21 points but with the Seagulls having a better goal difference.
Chelsea will face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League knockout stages that start in February 2023.
In last season’s fixture at St James Park, both teams were under the guidance of different Managers.
Newcastle had just been taken over by the Joker and Her Saudis and after getting rid of Steve Bruce, had Graeme Jones in temporary charge.
Chelsea still had Thomas Tuchel as the gaffer.
Thomas’s Blue Engines gained the away day victory against Graeme’s Magpies by a 3-0 score.
All 3 goals came in the 2nd-half with Reece James scoring twice and Jorginho converting his obligatory penalty.
Betfred offer Newcastle at 5/4, the draw at 23/10 and 19/10 for Chelsea to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/5 that Miguel Almiron Scores Anytime and 21/10 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
WOLVES v ARSENAL
19.45 in England
Note the kickoff time in England.
Late Saturday evening, which has got to be better than watching ITV’s Queens for the Night.
Wolves, still under the Caretaker guidance of Steve Davis (not the snooker player!) suffered another defeat on Saturday, this time against Brighton at Molineux.
Goncalo Guedes equalised an earlier Seagulls goal, then Wolves were awarded a penalty that Ruben Neves converted to give the home team a lead after 35 minutes.
Then moments before the referee was about to blow the whistle for the interval, Brighton scored an equaliser and then Nelson Semedo was shown a straight Red Card for what was deemed as denying a goal-scoring opportunity.
The 11 men of Brighton against the 10 men of Wolves finally ground out a winner in the 83rd minute to inflict a defeat on the home team by a narrow 3-2 scoreline.
That’s now 6 losses from the last 8 games with a win and a draw in the other 2.
A couple of weeks ago, following the sacking of Bruno Lage, Wolves asked Julen Lopetegui to be the Manager but the Spaniard turned the Gold and Blacks down.
The Molineux hierarchy went back in for Julen and eventually got their man.
It’s thought that Mr Lopetegui initially said no due to his father being ill, however, there were positive noises coming from Spain that the Old Man had persuaded his Son to head over to the West Midlands and will start next Monday, once the Premier League pauses.
The Spaniard is needed and will start the process of trying to get Wolves out of the relegation zone, where the Gold and Blacks currently reside in 19th place with 10 points from 14 fixtures completed.
Arsenal jumped back to the summit of the Premier League following the brilliant victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
One of the Three Angels, the Big Defender Gabriel, scored the solitary winning goal midway through the 2nd-half to give Mikel Arteta’s Young Guns the victory over Graham’s New Blue Wizards by a 1-0 away day score.
With Man City winning on Saturday and temporarily replacing Arsenal at the top, it was imperative that the Gunners at least gained a point in the London Derby but to come away with all 3 will definitely please the Gooners who are now real title challenges and likely to be at the summit come the mid-season break for the World Cup.
Arsenal have 34 points from 13 fixtures played.
The Europa League Group is over with Mikel’s Young Guns comfortably in the knockout stages of that particular competition when it resumes in February 2023.
All is firing well for the Gunners.
A quick note regarding the 3 Brazilian Angels.
Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus are both included in the Brazil World Cup Squad, however, the Big Defender Gabriel stays in London and doesn’t make the plane for Qatar’22.
This fixture between Wolves and Arsenal is one of the oldest Top Flight games dating back to 1904, which saw the Gunners gain the victory in the opening encounter by a 2-0 away day score.
At Molineux in last season’s encounter, Mikel’s Young Guns got the away day victory over Bruno’s Gold and Blacks by a 1-0 scoreline, the omitted Angel Gabriel scoring the solitary winning goal after 25 minutes.
Betfred offer Wolves at 9/2, the draw at 3/1 and Odds On 8/15 for Arsenal to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 4/1 that Gabriel Jesus Scores First and 8/5 that Arsenal Win To Nil.
BRIGHTON v ASTON VILLA
14.00 in England
Brighton gained a great victory away against Wolves at Molineux on Saturday, with the Seagulls inflicting a defeat on the Gold and Blacks by a narrow 3-2 scoreline.
Adam Lallana opened the scoring after 10 minutes but then Roberto De Zerbi’s Blues conceded twice, one being a penalty before Kaoru Mitoma equalised in the dying embers of the 1st-half to take both teams in level at the break.
The goal wasn’t the end of the excitement before the half-time pie, Kaoru was hauled to the ground by Nelson Semedo which resulted in the referee sending off the Wolves Defender.
The extra man eventually paid off in the 83rd minute when Pascal Gross scored what proved to be the winner to give Mr De Zerbi’s Seagulls all 3 points.
The added bonus to the victory was the ex-boss, Graham Potter and his New Blue Wizards at Stamford Bridge suffered another defeat on Sunday meaning that Brighton jump above Chelsea into 6th place with the same 21 points as the Blues but a slightly superior goal difference.
A quick note on Adam Lallana, the lad had a great game against Wolves on Saturday and appears to be getting over the injury that has caused him to miss a lot of games.
Now 34 years old, the England days appear behind Adam which is a bit of a shame as there’s no doubt Mr Lallana has talent and is one of the dying breeds that look comfortable with the ball at both feet.
The older listeners will remember an ex-Tottenham and Chelsea star called Micky Hazard (no relation to Eden!)
John Newsome loved Micky back in the day and often replicated the Tottenham legend down on the park.
Adam Lallana has a similar playing style to Micky which is a great compliment for the Little Seagull.
Just a shame there are 34 years on the clock and not 24 as Gareth Southgate would certainly see an English playmaker.
Whilst John Newsome was eating a Siberian Takeaway on Saturday evening, a thought sprang to mind.
John had predicted a draw between Aston Villa and Manchester United in last week’s column purely based on the totally ludicrous phenomenon that is called the ‘New Manager Bounce’.
This phenomenon is referred to as, when a team who have stopped playing for the old Manager (Steven Gerrard) ‘bounce back’ and start playing for the new Manager (Unai Emery) to impress the new gaffer.
It’s ludicrous because the players don’t necessarily do this on purpose but it’s done more on a subconscious level and annoys the hell out of the outgoing sacked Manager who sits at home thinking,
‘Why haven’t my boys played like that for me?’
Whilst trying to fill out the Job Seekers Allowance application form.
The new Manager Bounce bounced a bit higher than a draw with the Aston Villa players putting in a great performance against Manchester United and getting a victory by a 3-1 score.
The bounce was so high that the Villa players scored all 4 goals, with Leon Bailey and Lucas Digne scoring a goal apiece before 11 minutes were on the clock.
Jacob Ramsey was then credited with Manchester United’s goal that was deflected in from a Luke Shaw cross on the stroke of half-time.
Jacob redeemed himself just after the restart by scoring in the right net and with no further goals, the bounce-back-ability bounced high with a great winning start for Unai (Dick) Emery.
All folk over the age of 45 will know what that means.
The brilliant victory lifts the Claret and Blues to 13th in the table, with 15 points from 14 fixtures played.
The same 15 points as Leeds United but a slightly inferior goal difference so sit below the Whites.
Aston Villa have dropped on in recruiting Unai Emery, as although it didn’t work out at the Emirates, the Spaniard is a trophy winner, winning the Europa League 4 times (3 with Seville and 1 with Villarreal) plus several French gongs in Ligue Un with Paris Saint-Germain.
Aston Villa won’t win the Premier League anytime soon (John Newsome will add to that and say anytime ever!) but it’s quite conceivable that a Cup run could be on the cards that could easily gain entry into the Europa League which Mr Emery is an expert at winning.
Whilst at Arsenal, the Gunners got to the Final of that particular competition but fell at the last hurdle suffering a defeat in an all-English encounter against Chelsea in 2019.
A couple of years later, Unai guided Villarreal to the Europa League Final and won the competition inflicting a defeat on Manchester United following a penalty shootout.
(United won’t win anything with Fred and Scott McTominay!)
Maybe Unai has come to the Midlands thinking that Aston Villa are the English Villarreal which is quite possible, however, one thing is for certain, the temperature at Villa Park will be a lot colder than in the Estadio de la Cerámica.
Richard Gilbert Emery, Rest In Peace legend!
Steven Gerrard’s Claret and Blues gained the away day victory against Graham Potter’s Seagulls back in February 2022
Matty Cash opened the scoring for Villa after 16 minutes to give the away team a lead at the break.
Ollie Watkins added a 2nd midway through the 2nd-half and with no further goals, Aston Villa inflicted a defeat on Brighton by a 2-0 score.
Obviously, both teams are now under the guidance of different Managers, with Roberto De Zerbi welcoming Unai Emery to the Amex.
Betfred offer Brighton at slight Odds On 4/5, the draw at 5/2 and 3/1 for Aston Villa to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 5/1 that Leandro Trossard Scores First and slight Odds On 10/11 that there are Over 2.5 Goals.
FULHAM v MANCHESTER UNITED
16.30 in England
Fulham could consider themselves unlucky on Saturday having come away from the Etihad suffering a narrow defeat by a 2-1 scoreline.
The away team conceded a goal after 16 minutes but were soon back on level terms when Harry Wilson was bungled over in the penalty area which resulted in a spot-kick being awarded.
With Aleksandar Mitrovic sidelined due to an injury, it was left to the ex-Manchester United youngster Andreas Pereira to take and score the equaliser before the half-time whistle.
When Harry was fouled to gain the penalty, the referee sent the Man City Defender off for denying a goal-scoring opportunity.
There’s a strange law that is called the Double Jeopardy Rule which means that if a player gives away a penalty, then that is deemed enough punishment and the player shouldn’t be given a Red Card as well.
However, this rule only applies when it’s deemed the initial foul was accidental.
On this occasion, the on-field referee, Darren England, with the interference from the Stockley Park gang, deemed that the foul by Joao Cancelo wasn’t accidental so could then produce a Red Card.
Strange rule or law!
Marco Silva’s Cottagers held out for almost the remainder of the game but unfortunately for the away team, Antonee Robinson fouled Kevin De Bruyne in the area and Darren England had no choice but to award City a penalty.
Erling Haaland, who had started as a substitute and was introduced by Pep midway through the 2nd half, took the last-gasp spot-kick and although the Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno got his hand to the ball, Bernd couldn’t prevent a goal, meaning Fulham suffered a heartbreaking defeat.
Fulham sit in 9th place with the same 19 points as Crystal Palace and Liverpool but sit between the two on goal difference.
Fulham have played a game more (14) than Liverpool and Crystal Palace (13).
Most will know John Newsome is a massive Snooker fan and once again this EveryTip contributor witnessed a superb display by the Best Snooker Player Ever, BSPE as absolutely no one is referring to the legend that Ronnie O’Sullivan is, get a victory on Sunday in the Champion of Champions tournament.
What Ronnie has done this week is say to the others,
‘Yes you might win a few tournaments, yes you might come over to England and take us on and yes you might get to win the odd frame against me but I will decide who is the best when I want to win or not, what score the game will be and most importantly what tournaments I want to win!’
‘Oh and by the way, I’m 47 next month!’
Ronnie O’Sullivan, the Greatest Snooker Player of All Time, as the Meerkats would say,
Manchester United were unbeaten from 9 fixtures in all competitions before heading to Villa Park on Sunday to take on Aston Villa.
That run came to an end when United suffered a defeat against Villa by a 3-1 scoreline.
Erik’s Reds were trailing after just 10 minutes with David De Gea conceding 2 early goals.
A Luke Shaw effort just before the half-time whistle somehow deflected off a Villa player and ended up in the net.
Luke didn’t celebrate much as his initial shot was heading up the M6 until it hit the opposing player.
It should have given United the incentive to push for an equaliser after the break but unfortunately for the travelling Red Devils, their team conceded a 3rd and suffered the away day defeat.
Erik Ten Hag has somehow brought Cristiano Ronaldo into the starting eleven.
This may be seen as bowing to Portuguese pressure or because United are lite in the Striker department, however, it’s been mentioned a few times that Cristiano is past his sell-by date and Manchester United are a better team without the lad.
That’s for Erik to worry about.
Another thing to add is Mr Ten Hag, whilst his team were trailing by 3 goals to 1 at Villa Park, only sent on 3 substitutes in the 65th and 66th minute.
There was another window to send on 2 more players but Erik The Red chose not to.
The Dutchman wasn’t happy either with the constant long balls up to Cristiano.
This may have happened because the United players subconsciously know that CR7 isn’t the same player and is unlikely to run onto through balls now so lobbing the ball up to the lad is a better option.
Erik Ten Hag needs to look at the options up front and politely tell the Portugal Superstar that his place is on the bench.
This mid-season break may just have come at the right time for Manchester United who remain in 5th place with 23 points from 13 fixtures played.
It was mentioned last week that United had to get a victory against Real Sociedad in Thursday’s final Europa League Group game and have a 2-goal advantage to finish at the top of their particular Group.
Unfortunately, for the Red Devils, although gaining the victory, the score was 1-0, thus meaning Manchester United finished as runners-up.
This meant that there would be an extra 2-legged qualifier next February which has now been confirmed as a home and away fixture against Barcelona.
The Spanish Giants have inflicted a defeat on United in the last 4 encounters between the two.
Two of Barcelona’s victories were in the 2009 and 2011 Champions League Final.
It was January 2021, in the Coronavirus-affected campaign when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took his Men down to an empty Craven Cottage to take on Scott Parker’s Boys.
Ole’s Wheels gained the victory by a 2-1 away day score.
Ademola Lookman scored first for Fulham with Edinson Cavani equalising for United to take both teams in level at the break.
Paul Pogba (remember him?) scored the winning goal midway through the 2nd half to give Manchester United the points.
A quick story regarding PP, the lad won’t get the chance to get a back-to-back World Cup Winners Medal due to being injured and ruled out of selection by Didier Deschamps for the France 26-man squad.
Paul refused surgery on his knee before the season started at Juventus and assumed that the injury would naturally heal.
Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened, added to that N’Golo Kante might not be fit also which does restrict the French teams’ chances of retaining the coveted Trophy.
Betfred offer Fulham at 3/1, the draw at 13/5 and slight Odds On 3/4 for Manchester United to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Aleksandar Mitrovic Scores Anytime and 7/5 that Manchester United Score in Both Halves.
Game Week-16 (1997/98)
Saturday 29th November 1997
BARNSLEY v LEEDS UNITED
15.00 in England
There are just 23 miles between Oakwell and Elland Rd where the Reds of Barnsley and the Whites of Leeds United reside.
Over the years the two Yorkshire clubs have faced each other many times, however, prior to this fixture at the end of November 1997, it had been almost 7 years since the Marching On Together crew had ventured the short distance down the M1 to watch their White Idols take on the Super Reds.
Danny Wilson’s Red and White Army were out in force on a very cold and wet late Autumnal afternoon.
Oakwell could hold just under 19,000 back then (give or take) with around 2,500 away fans.
When the West Yorkshire puddings arrived, added to the Red and White Army, the little iconic Stadium was packed to the rafters ready for the referee to start the action.
It had rained all day in Barnsley so conditions resembled a Sunday morning Pub League fixture at Laithes Lane, Carlton Park, the old Co-op Ground or Ibrox.
The girls and boys all played nicely in the Towns hostelries with no sign of trouble anywhere between the local rivals, said Pinocchio covering his nose.
The referee, Mike Reed (not the Eastenders/Run-Around star!) had to wait for the Marching On Together puddings to arrive as most were still on the rattler trying to pay for their tickets with Marbles and Club Biscuit wrappers.
‘If you like a lot of chocolate on your biscuits, join our club!’
No thanks, Whites!
In the end, the White Rascals all ran off up the hill to Oakwell without paying, giving the poor Conductor a handful of confetti.
Danny Wilson, still in a daze from the week before when somehow little old Barnsley had gone to Anfield and inflicted a defeat on Liverpool, sent out a revitalised set of Reds, making just one change to the starting eleven (Jovo Bosancic for Adie Moses)
Lars Leese, Nicky Eaden, Arjan De Zeeuw, Peter Markstedt, Darren Barnard, Jovo Bosancic, Martin Bullock, Neil Redfearn, Eric Tinkler, Andy Liddell and Ashley Ward.
Adie Moses for Jovo Bosancic 72nd Minute
Matty Appleby for Martin Bullock 79th Minute
Georgi Hristov for Andy Liddell 85th Minute
George Graham’s chosen eleven,
Nigel Martyn, Alfe-Inge Haaland, Gunnar Halle, Gary Kelly, David Robertson, Lucas Radebe, David Wetherall, Lee Bowyer, Bruno Ribeiro, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Rodney Wallace.
Alan Maybury, for Gunnar Halle 46th Minute
Robert Molenaer for Alfe-Inge Haaland 69th Minute
Derek Lilley for Lee Bowyer 77th Minute
John Newsome joined the boys and girls in the local Town Centre boozers and partook in several pints of lager (other beverages were available) then had a steady jaunt up to the ‘Well getting drowned wet through from the torrential rain.
The West Yorkshire puddings all sang their iconic ditty,
‘Marching On Together, we are Leeds!’
Whilst the Red and White Army, like the rain, drowned out the annoying White tune, with chorus after chorus of,
‘Bra-zil, it’s just like watching Brazil, it’s just like watching Brazil, it’s just like watching Brazil, Bra-zil!’
However, on this particular occasion, it was like watching Brazil in the middle of winter, with the Oakwell Hallowed Turf resembling a Rain Forest.
After 8 minutes, Andy Liddell took advantage of the slippery conditions and was put clean through on goal from a long punt forward.
Andy’s initial shot was saved by Nigel Martyn but the ball came back to the Reds Striker who tucked away to give Barnsley an early lead.
Twenty minutes later, Ashley Ward, scored a 2nd for Barnsley tapping home another scuffed save from Nigel.
To be fair to the Leeds goalkeeper, the conditions on the day weren’t conducive to saving shots.
‘Bra-zil, it’s just like watching Brazil!’
As one knows, there’s a new football phenomenon that has arrived in the Premier League, playing at the Etihad and surrounding areas, him being Erling Haaland.
Regular readers of this EveryTip column will know that John Newsome often refers to the Man City Goal Scorer as the Norwegian/Leeds lad.
As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the reason for this is Erling’s dad, Alfe-Inge Haaland was playing for Leeds United when the boy was born in 2000.
Back in 1997, a long time before the New Citizen was conceived, Alfe-Inge turned up at Oakwell, in the rain and whilst being a Defensive player and not renowned for scoring many goals, headed one in just before the half-time pie to pull a goal back for the Wet Whites.
The Big Dad must surely have shown Young Erling that goal many times, whilst the youth was growing up in Norway.
In a Norwegian/West Yorkshire/Manc accent,
‘That’s how you score Son, one day you might notch a few!’
With Little Erling replying,
‘Really Dad? One day I might get the chance to play at Oakwell, Wow!’
It was just a pipe dream back then.
Alfe’s goal just before the break did sour the Bovril but the Red and White Army still had the optimism of a victory as Leeds United hadn’t won at Oakwell for a long time.
In the previous 10 fixtures at the home of Barnsley going back from 1997-1982, Leeds had only gained a victory 3 times.
Barnsley had won 4 of the 10, with 3 draws thrown in.
One of the 3 victories achieved by the Whites was in the Zenith Data Cup which doesn’t really count, does it?
The conditions worsened after the break with both sets of players, not only struggling to pass the ball to each other but having trouble standing up.
The heavy pitch from all the rain actually helped the Leeds United players who were part of an established Premier League team at the time and that tolled in the 2nd-half, with Barnsley running out of steam which allowed Rodney Wallace and Derek Lilley to score the Leeds equaliser and subsequent winner to snatch all 3 points.
The West Yorkshire puddings went berserk in the away end at Oakwell which at the time was uncovered so all 2,500 were soaking wet.
In truth, most of the 18,500 in attendance resembled drowned rats and the 16,000 or so Red and White Army trundled back into Town for a night on the ale, to appropriately ‘drown their sorrows’ from another defeat, which although the 11th of the campaign, seemed to hurt more with it being inflicted by the local White rivals.
It wasn’t a good look in Japanese Whispers later that night with a soaked dejected John Newsome, trying to chat up a member of the opposition and once again failing miserably, whilst the Weather Girls was on in the background.
It’s Raining Men, hallelujah!
The only positive from the late November weekends football was on Sunday morning, the opposing team turned up wearing all White, which inspired John Newsome to put in another inspirational performance for the local Pub Team (no, not Rangers!)
Game Week-16 Premier League Table (1997/98)
15-Sheffield Wednesday 18 pts (minus-9 goals)
16-Coventry 17 pts (minus-8 goals)
17-Southampton 16 pts (minus-6 goals)
18-Tottenham 16 pts (minus-9 goals)
19-Barnsley 13 pts (minus-29 goals)
20-Everton 12 pts (minus-11 goals)
Away Win 2-3
The positions at the summit of the Scottish Premier League remains the same following last weekend’s set of fixtures, however, Rangers slipped further behind Celtic after suffering a devastating defeat against St Johnstone (who?).
Celtic are still at the Top of the Pub League with 36 points following a victory against Dundee United (who?) on Saturday, it’s Dundee United, not Dundee FC, very important to state that!
The Glasgow rivals Rangers, stay 2nd with 29 points after suffering the shock defeat.
Giovanni Van Bronckhorst might just be joining Wreck-It Ralph Hasenhuttl at the Job Centre pretty soon.
A couple or three points to make regarding the Scottish Top Flight.
As many know, John jokingly refers to the SPL as the Scottish Pub League, jokingly as it’s just a bit of fun and mainly to wind up the loveable OzScot, now safely back in Australia following the lads jolly over in the UK.
However, whilst it is just a bit of fun, the Scottish Premier League haven’t and don’t help themselves with both Celtic and Rangers, who are so dominant on their own patch, failing miserably in the recent Champions League Group Stage, with both the Green and White Hoops and the Blue Teddy Bears finishing bottom of their respective Group.
The added indictment to that is Rangers registered the worst set of results in the history of the coveted top European Competition.
The Ibrox outfit’s statistics finished as,
Played 6, Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 6.
Conceding 22 goals and scoring just 2 out of the 6 Group fixtures.
Celtic didn’t fair much better, having a record of,
Played 6, Won 0, Drew 2, Lost 4.
Conceding 15 goals and scoring 4 in the 6 games.
Considering the Champions League has featured teams from Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey and even Israel, the team from the Scottish Pub League has provided the unwanted record.
Probably the positive that Rangers can take from the experience is UEFA have given the club around £15 Million for the experience plus the added extras of gate money with the Ibrox hierarchy wanting close to £180 each for the 3 home fixtures.
Obviously, give or take the odd Scottish Pound Note here and there, which Kylie and the lad tried passing onto the Barnsley Landlords and Ladies in the local Pubs.
The loveable OzScot showed John a Scottish £10 note which had a picture of Wee Jimmy Krankie on it.
In last week’s column, it was mentioned that it was nice to see the ex-Barnsley Boy and Youth, which caused a bit of angst from the other two members of the John Boy Hotline Support Group, those being CSI Jonny and Ilkley’s newest resident, the Widster, who got married last Saturday to the lovely Helen.
So to equal things out or level things up, this EveryTip column would like to put on record that it was also brilliant to see the wonderful CSI Jonny and Cheryl (another Jock!) who John Newsome met for the first time.
(One hopes no drunken offence was offered up!)
John was at the wedding but in truth cannot remember much of the days joviality’s as there was far too much alcoholic liquid on offer.
On a serious note, it has been difficult for the Australian branch of this EveryTip column to venture out of Ozland due to the Coronavirus situation so it was great to see everyone and added to that, John Newsome has some great friends all over the World and surrounding areas, not least in Manchester and Penistone (real town!)
It’s hoped Braveheart’s Teddy Bears get back to winning ways in the Pub League soon so the disastrous performance by the lads’ team in the Champions League will be a distant memory.
On the 10th of November 2009, a brilliant Young Man decided that this life was not for him.
Robert Enke, aged 32 was the German National Goalkeeper and had played for Barcelona but found life at the Nou Camp, not for the Enke family and returned to Germany to play the majority of his time in Hannover for the Bundesliga team, Hannover 96.
Robert was part of the Germany Squad at Euro’2008 that finished as Runners-Up to Spain and was in the running to become Joachim Low’s Number 1 for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa.
No one understands the power of the Mind and what a person lives through, whether Rich or Poor, whether a Superstar Footballer, Rock Singer or Trolley Collector at Asda.
Depression is just that.
A daily thought or being about feeling worthless.
Depression is an illness to fight.
If down at the minute, continue, fight and get help.
Each day is just another to keep fighting depression.
To change everything is impossible, to fight depression is just that, to fight!
Believe in yourself!
Robert is now saving penalties in the Afterlife and will never be forgotten by his family, his friends and the whole Footballing Community and for that matter the Sporting Life.
Rest In Peace Robert Enke.