The highlight games for this week’s action are LEICESTER versus CHELSEA and FULHAM versus MANCHESTER UNITED. Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews these as well as all game-week 18 part 2 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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These next 6 fixtures are a combination of 4, Game Week-18 affairs that have been unusually split into 2 sets, the re-arranged tie, from Game Week-1, between Man City and Aston Villa, that was postponed because of City’s unsuccessful venture into Europe last term, (Rings a bell that!) and the Game Week-11 affair between Aston Villa and Newcastle.
WEST HAM v WEST BROM
This fixture in the Capital kicks-off at 18.00 in England live on BT Sport.
Michail Antonio scored early on Saturday at the London Stadium that resulted in the only goal of the game against Burnley. After just 9-minutes, Michail popped up with the winner that gave the Hammers the victory.
That’s 2 in a row for David Moyes by the same 1-0 scoreline, with an FA Cup victory in between, by a single goal. So although West Ham are winning, the goals aren’t exactly flowing.
That won’t bother Big Dave as all he’ll be concerned about is not conceding at the other end. It’s simple Math, as the Americans say, score a goal and don’t concede, equals 3-points.
Michail is a great player and wouldn’t look out of place in a top-4 team such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Leicester or City and with Sergio Aguero constantly injured, Pep wouldn’t go far wrong in having a cheeky bid for Mr Antonio.
The Foxes have Jamie Vardy at the minute and although Jimmy V is class, the Sheffield Superstar has just celebrated his 34th birthday, good for another couple of years but Michail Antonio is only 30 and Brendan Rodgers could find a space for him in his Leicester team.
It’s not worth Ole Gunnar Solskjaer buying Michail as United are alright in the forward department and Jurgen Klopp may feel the same but definitely City or the Foxes could use MA in their squad.
The Bubbles faithful won’t like to hear that their star man is being hawked about to the highest bidder but the lad deserves to get the chance to play in the Champions League.
After 18-games played, West Ham have 29-points and sit 9th in the Premier League table. West Ham have received the £20 Million for Sebastian Haller, so could do a bit of January shopping before the Transfer Window shuts.
Big Seb made his first start for Ajax and promptly scored on his full debut in a 3-1 away-day victory against Twente.
Tracy Haller was pleased and went straight to Lidl’s for the big shop which included some corned beef, as Sebastian’s favourite meal is Corned Beef Ash and Pancakes.
Big Sam Allardyce is beginning to work his magic once more and will relish this trip to the capital to face his old employer’s. In the Black Country Derby on Saturday against Wolves at Molineux, West Brom got a brilliant victory by a 3-2 scoreline.
In a topsy turvy affair, where the Baggies went in front, fell behind, then took the lead again, the 3-points were very much appreciated after the final whistle that gives West Brom 11 from the 18-fixtures played and although leaves the Baggies still in 19th-position, it’s now only 5-points from safety after Fulham and Burnley both suffered a defeat on Saturday.
Maybe the team Big Sam will be gunning for is Brighton and even his old club Newcastle.
The seagulls did get a victory on Saturday but have just 6-points more than West Brom and have played a game more. Come to the end of February, the Baggies host Brighton at The Hawthorns, so that could be a crunch day for both teams. Don’t rule out Big Sam getting West Brom out of the relegation zone.
Mr Allardyce has never had a team relegated whilst under his watch and the Red Adair of football will not want that stat to change. Matheus Pereira converted an early penalty at Molineux in the lunchtime kick-off. Wolves then scored twice before half-time to leave the Baggies trailing at the break.
Within 10-minutes of the restart, West Brom were back in front when Semi Ajayi and another converted penalty from Matheus, gave Big Sam’s boys the goals to earn a great victory.
It’s exactly 3-years, January the 2nd, 2018, since West Brom, under the guidance of Alan Pardew, last visited the London Stadium to take on the other ‘West’ of the Premier League.
David Moyes was in charge of West Ham at the time but was replaced at the end of the season, with Manuel Pellegrini taking over the Hammers hot-seat.
Ironically, David Moyes was appointed the West Ham manager in 2017, following the sacking of ex-Baggies boss Slaven Bilic, who has just been replaced by Sam Allardyce, at the Hawthorns, who Slaven himself, replaced Big Sam at West Ham, in 2015.
The Premier League!
Jame McClean scored midway through the 1st-half to give West Brom a half-time lead. Big Andy Carroll then scored twice after the break to give West Ham the victory by a 2-1 scoreline.
Andy now sits on the bench at St James Park doing his hair to try and win the hairstyle of the season, competing with another bench warmer, Gareth Bale.
Surely both players should be out on the pitch for a team, instead of worrying about ‘Hair of the Year’ Maybe, Sam could get in touch with Newcastle and see if Andy Carroll is available.
Bet 365 offer West Ham at Odds On 4/7, the draw at 3/1 and 5/1 for West Brom to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 4/1 that Michail Antonio Scores First and 11/5 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
LEICESTER v CHELSEA
This game kicks-off at 20.15 in England live on Sky Sports.
Leicester got a great result at the weekend gaining a professional home victory by a 2-0 scoreline against Southampton. After a goalless 1st-half, James Maddison scored to give the Foxes the lead.
James received the ball in the area and used his strength to hold off the Saints defender and blasted the ball past the ‘keeper from close range.
There’s been talk this week that footballers shouldn’t celebrate when a goal is scored due to the social distancing in place because of the horrendous Coronavirus.
Whilst this is a fair point that should be instilled into the players, it’s very difficult to suddenly change the natural procedure once a goal is scored.
That’s not just for professional footballers, since time immemorial, a goal scored anywhere is celebrated in some form or another, from little kids on the playground to old men playing at the local 5-A-Side pitches.
As a child, this EveryTip contributor used to play in his grandma’s home, with a plastic golf ball used as a football and take on imaginary defenders, in the front room of an old folks bungalow and use the chair legs as goalposts.
At 5-year old, when the ball was superbly placed between the chair legs, with both feet, by the way, past an imaginary Ray Clemence, god bless him, it was a natural reaction to run around the sofa and celebrate with his old Grandad Albert who was sat in the chair watching the news.
Albert loved it and used to say, ‘Tha’ll play for Barnsley one day lad!’
So although there is a global pandemic and the players, like the rest of the nation have a responsibility to social distance, they should be cut some slack as they are providing every mad football fan in the country, plus a few who are not even bothered, with entertainment in these troubled times and should be given an afforded of leeway.
James Maddison reminded his colleagues that there was a social distance protocol in place after his superb goal against Southampton but it still didn’t prevent some of his mates wanting to celebrate with him. Well done though Jim for showing some sort of initiative.
Harvey Barnes left it very late to seal the victory, scoring in the 95th-minute to give Leicester are superb win that took Brendan’s Wonderful’s above Liverpool into 3rd-place in the table, with 35-points from 18-fixtures, 2-points less than Manchester United at the summit and significantly, 6-points more than today’s opponents. That’s Harvey’s 6th-goal of the season and James 5th.
Jamie Vardy is above the two in the goal-scoring charts with 11, for the season so far. Lennon the pooch scarpered lively late on Saturday night when Harvey’s goal sealed the points.
Rod Stewart was already in a bad mood, with his beloved Celtic only managing a draw against Livingston (who?) in the SPL that left the Green and White Hoops, a massive 21-points behind arch-rivals Rangers at the top of the Pub League after Steven Gerrard’s Ger’s came from behind to draw against Motherwell (who?) on Sunday.
The Motherwell (who?) goalscorer in the 1-1 draw was a certain Devante Cole, who just happens to be the son of the ex-Newcastle and Manchester United legend Andrew Cole.
The lad now likes to be called Andrew and not Andy that everyone knew him as in the ’90s.
The song, ‘Andy Cole, Andy Cole, Andy, Andy Cole, When he gets the ball, he scores a goal, Andy, Andy Cole’, would have sounded a lot different if ‘Andrew’ was inserted.
Young Devante is ripping it up in the Pub League. The boy had a spell at Oakwell playing for Barnsley FC back in the 2014/15 League 1 campaign, scoring 5-goals for the Reds, whilst on loan from Man City.
The Pub League in Scotland is a lot easier than League 1 in England but Devante is remembered fondly for his time in Yorkshire. That’s what the SPL stands for, the Scottish Pub League.
When Lennon felt it safe to return, Rod was sat on the sofa with a glass in his hands, mopping up the tears with the discarded Southampton shirt, with ‘Stewart’ and ‘76’ on the back.
Seventy-Six because the Scottish crooner has just celebrated his 76th birthday. Happy Birthday, Roderick. He’s Celtic, United but Brendan has decided that Leicester is the best place to be.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea haven’t changed their name just yet, following the Blues victory against Fulham on Saturday. Frank was under a little bit of pressure after just 1-victory and 4-defeats in the previous 6-Premier League games, the other being a draw.
Despite not being totally convincing against their West London rivals and having a man advantage for all of the 2nd-half, Frank’s Blues left it late to get the win through a Mason Mount strike in the 78th-minute.
Chelsea lie 7th in the table with 29-points from 18-games played and as mentioned, are 6-points behind Brendan’s Foxes, so this fixture does give Frank a chance to reduce the deficit to 3-points or if the worse happens, widen the gap to 9-points.
Obviously after saying that, if the result is a draw, the 6-point margin will remain. Both have played the same 18-games so none have an advantage in the fixture department.
Timo Werner was a substitute against Fulham and saw 15-minutes action at the end, however, again failed to score which is now 10-Premier League games without a goal.
Timo did notch against Morecambe last week in the FA Cup but Frank will want the German to get his goals in the league campaign. The Blues take on Luton in the next round of the FA Cup.
Due to this being an unprecedented season with the current Coronavirus situation, the FA Cup competition is decided on the day of the tie, therefore the draw for the 4th and 5th-rounds were done at the same time. That offers up a lot of ‘ifs’ and ‘but’ situations and everyone likes a bit of that.
If Chelsea beat Luton and the mighty Barnsley FC beat Norwich in their respective 4th-round clash, Frank’s Chelsea will head to Oakwell in the 5th-round.
Back on the 8th of March 2008, late Saturday Afternoon, a Chelsea team picked by Avram Grant, headed to Yorkshire to obviously role over the Championship side Barnsley in the 6th-round.
The Blues team consisted of Carlo Cudicini, Juliano Belletti, John Terry, Ricardo Cavalho, Wayne Bridge, Michael Essien, Michael Ballack, Florent Malouda, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Joe Cole and Nicolas Anelka.
Both Belletti and Ballack were part of the finalists at the 2002 World Cup in Japan, Juliano being an unused substitute for the victorious Brazil team over Michael’s Germany. Michael, also not seeing game time in the final but still received a runners-up medal. Frank Lampard was injured at the time so didn’t make the trip to Oakwell.
The Reds team that night picked by Simon Davey, had Luke Steele in goal, Bobby Hassell, Rob Kozluk, Dennis Souza, Steve Foster, Marciano Bruma, Jamal Campbell-Rice, Martin Devaney, Brian Howard, Istvan Ferenczi and Kayode Odejayi.
Little old Barnsley had beaten Liverpool at Anfield in the 5th-round to set up this mouthwatering tie against the current FA Cup holders at the time.
The winners were in the Semi-Final at Wembley and Barnsley, had not been in the Semi-Final of the FA Cup since 1912 when the Tykes went on to lift the historic trophy.
In the 66th-minute, Martin Devaney sent in a superb Bend it Like Beckham cross that landed plum on the head of Kayodi Odejayi, who nodded past the hapless Cudicini, to put Barnsley in front.
The Barnsley penalty area resembled the Alamo in the final 15 minutes but somehow the home side held firm to book their passage into the last four.
The 16,000 of the 22,410, went berserk, with fans young and old and some who are now Man City Citizens but were wearing the Red of Barnsley at the time, wanting to run onto the pitch to touch their Barnsley idols who were in the Semi-Final of the FA Cup.
Ricky Jennings is a Red, is a Red, is a Red, Ricky Jennings is a Red, come on, sing along Rickster! Unfortunately, Big Kayodi went from hero to villain, after taking the emotions of the Reds faithful into outer space following his goal against Chelsea.
In the Semi, at Wembley, against Cardiff, KO literally knocked the stuffing out of the Barnsley fans bringing the emotions back down to earth when in the latter stages of the game, at the time, trailing 1-0 against Cardiff, Kayodi was put clean through on goal with just the Bluebirds ‘keeper to beat and missed a sitter.
What could have been Mr Odejayi, however, the Reds fans will always have a place in their hearts for the Big Fella, following his goal against Chelsea.
At the King Power, almost 12-months ago to the day on the 1st of February 2020, these two teams played out a very entertaining Desmond 2-2 draw, with all 4-goals coming after the break.
Antonio Rudiger scored immediately for Chelsea as soon as the referee blew the whistle for the restart.
Harvey Barnes equalised soon after, with Ben Chilwell, still employed by the Foxes, scoring against his future employers. Antonio added his and Chelsea’s 2nd, soon after and with no more goals, both the Blues came away with a share of the points.
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Game Week-1 (Concludes)
MAN CITY v ASTON VILLA
This fixture is from Game Week-1 when City were allowed a week longer to recover after their exploits in last season’s Champions League.
An 18.00 start time in England live on BT Sport.
Man City are a bit like the wonder-horse, Frankel at the moment, calmly sat in the slipstream of the lead horse, waiting to pounce when the moment is right.
After the weekend’s football, City now sit 2nd in the Premier League table with 35-points, 2-behind the Numpty Neighbours and more importantly, having only played 17-times, not the 18 that Manchester United, Leicester, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea have.
With this rearranged fixture taking place 2-hours before United start their midweek clash, Pep’s Blues could be the front runners at the top with a victory against Aston Villa.
On Sunday evening, City comfortably beat Crystal Palace by a 4-0 scoreline, the 4th-clean sheet in a row, with this EveryTip narrative of when John Stones plays, City don’t concede, continuing.
Johnny Boy started against the Eagles and again didn’t let a goal in. There is, however, a new narrative regarding the Barnsley Stone, the lad has now started to score goals as well, so when John Stones scores, City don’t lose.
John scored the opener, midway through the 1st-half, getting his head onto a great ball in from Kevin De Bruyne.
Ilkay Gundogan (tra-la-la-la-lar!) added number 2, just after the break, then like buses, where one waits ages, then 2-turn up at once, Mr Stones, who hadn’t scored a Premier League goal for City scored his 2nd and City’s 3rd. This time, a brilliant left-foot shot into the back of the Palace net.
Raheem Sterling rounded off the rout late in the game to give Man City a superb victory and lift them above Liverpool and Leicester into 2nd-place behind the Red half of Manchester.
Like Frankel did in his heyday, with Tom Queally in the saddle, just sitting patiently waiting for the optimum moment to pull out and accelerate away. As stated a win against Villa would take City above United temporarily until Ole’s Wheels take on Fulham a couple of hours later.
When John Stones plays, City don’t concede. When John Stones scores, City don’t lose. Aston Villa haven’t played a Premier League fixture since New Years Day due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Dean Smith did put a team of youngsters out against Liverpool in the 3rd-round of the FA Cup but the first team players haven’t kicked a ball in anger for what will be 20-days come the kick-off against Pep’s Blues. Dean’s Claret and Blues then play again on Saturday when everyone else are having a rest or playing in the Cup.
Because Aston Villa haven’t played for ages, they have dropped down the table to 11th, with 26-points but significantly having only played 15-games, so it could be argued, are in a false position but that will only be borne out if victories are achieved in the 3-games in hand and the Villainest of Villains faithful will be wary of a visit to the Etihad.
In the 2019/20 campaign at the Etihad, after a goalless 1st-half, City took control and comfortably gained a 3-0 victory against Villa, back in October 2019.
Raheem Sterling, the David of the Silva’s and Ilkay Gundogan (tra-la-la-la-lar!) got the Blues goals after the break to give Pep’s boys the win.
Bet 365 offer Man City at Odds On 2/9, the draw at 11/2 and a massive 11/1 for Aston Villa to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer slight Odds On 20/21 that Kevin De Bruyne Scores Anytime and 11/10 that City Win To Nil (If John Stones Starts!)
FULHAM v MANCHESTER UNITED
This fixture kicks-off at 20.15 in England live on BT Sport.
Scott Parker felt aggrieved at the weekend after his team were reduced to 10-men just before the break, to give Chelsea a man advantage for the whole of the 2nd-half.
Antonee Robinson (yes spelt that way!) was shown a straight Red Card for a challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta that left the Blues player needing a plaster for his shin.
After going in level and matching Frank’s Boys, the extra-man told in the end with Chelsea scoring a goal midway through the half to inflict a defeat on Fulham by a 1-0 scoreline.
The loss leaves the Cottagers still in the drop-zone with 12-points from 17-fixtures. The real winners of the weekend were West Brom who closed the gap on Fulham to just 1-point but have played a game more. A couple of teams that should be looking over their shoulders are Brighton and Newcastle.
Although Brighton got a victory against Leeds United and sit above Burnley, the Cottagers have played 2-games less than the Seagulls and are only 5-points behind.
With Newcastle losing against Arsenal on Monday, the Magpies have 7-points more than Fulham and have played 18 times, not the 17, that the Cottagers have competed in. So there is still plenty of hope for Scott and his boys.
Manchester United head to Craven Cottage as Premier League leaders still, following Sunday’s attritional 0-0 draw against Liverpool at Anfield.
The Noisy Neighbours could overtake Ole’s Elephants before kick-off but for the time being, as United head to London, that statement is correct.
A lot of the so-called pundits have subsequently said that United should have gone for the victory against Jurgen’s Boys as it appeared that Liverpool were under-strength.
That, however, is easier said than done with Liverpool still having their 3-main men upfront that the Grey Devil defenders had to constantly keep an eye on.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stuck to type by playing Fred and Scott McTominay and as is the beating drum of this column, United won’t win anything if Ole continues to pick the two in his midfield.
A lot will disagree and many will feel Fred and Scott are an integral part of the Manchester United lineup. John Newsome doesn’t agree and will stick to his mantra that Ole’s Wheels won’t win anything if those two starts.
Only time will tell but just watching the game against a supposed under-strength Liverpool team, showed Fred was out of his depth.
Scott can be given the benefit of the doubt as he is constantly covering for the Brazilian and could possibly improve with age on his side, the lad being 24 now.
Michael Carrick won the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford, aged 25 and then won the Champions League a year later, before his 27th-birthday. Ole needs to work on the right side of his team and get his back-line to be more cohesive. Luke Shaw had one of his best games in. United shirt against Liverpool, keeping Mo Salah quiet.
On the other side of the pitch, because OGS starts Fred and Scott, Paul Pogba is pushed out to the right and doesn’t perform like he could in the middle.
Marcus Rashford is not as effective on the right either, as when he cuts in, can’t kick with his left-foot, whereas when he’s on the left and cuts in, it gives him the opportunity to shoot with his more favoured right-foot.
Just little things that could take United to the next level to compete for the Premier League title, as although the Red Devil’s are top at the moment, City are comfortable in the slipstream waiting to move like Frankel.
With Fulham’s 1-year hiatus in the Championship, it was February 2019, when Manchester United, last went to Craven Cottage and comfortably beat Claudio Ranieri’s Cottagers by a 3-0 scoreline.
Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial scored in the 1st-half with Paul adding his 2nd and United’s 3rd after the break to give Ole’s Wheels a great away-day victory.
Bet 365 offer Fulham at 5/1, the draw at
10/3 and slight Odds On 8/15 for Manchester United to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 13/10 that Bruno Fernandes Scores Anytime and 7/4 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
LIVERPOOL v BURNLEY
The final fixture of a split Game Week-18, with this game at Anfield kicking-off at 20.00 in England live on Sky Sports.
What was considered as a makeshift Liverpool eleven that Jurgen Klopp put out against Manchester United, earned a respectable draw against the Premier League leaders.
That said, Klipperty did have his Fab Three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah still up top.
Xherdan Shaqiri got a rare start against United and was his usual left-footed self. How good would he be if he could use both feet?
Liverpool had the chance to leapfrog United at the top of the Premier League table but following the 0-0 draw against the Grey Devil’s and subsequent victories for Leicester and Man City, the Reds actually dropped 2-places to 4th, with 34-points from the 18-fixtures played. That will hurt everyone connected with the Reds, especially with Manchester United being at the top.
It is starting to become evident that Jurgen’s Boys are missing Virgil Van Dijk not just for his footballing prowess but also his leadership on and off the pitch.
Jordan Henderson is a great player but to use the lad as a Centre-Back isn’t the way forward. Burnley suffered a 2nd defeat in a row by the same 1-0 scoreline on Saturday losing at the London Stadium against West Ham.
Sean Dyche’s Clarets conceded early in the game against the Hammers so still had 80-minutes to get back into the contest, however, as with the previous game against Liverpool, the strikers didn’t have their shooting boots on and failed to find the back of the net for the 2nd-game in a row.
Burnley’s last 4-Premier League fixtures have all finished in a 1-0 scoreline, 3-defeats by a single goal and a victory, resulting in 3-points from a possible 12. Sean’s men lie just outside of the relegation zone with 16-points from 17-fixtures played. Four-points more than Fulham, who sit 3rd from bottom and a point less than Brighton.
The significant factor, in the point less than Brighton, is the Seagulls have played 2-games more than the Clarets, so Sean will feel that Burnley can overhaul Brighton.
A quick side note, in the 51-years of following Barnsley FC, John Newsome has been to Anfield 3-times and never seen Barnsley lose.
1982-Liverpool 0-Barnsley 0
1997-Liverpool 0-Barnsley 1
2008-Liverpool 1-Barnsley 2
The League Cup in 1982, the Premier League in 1997 and the FA Cup in 2008. This was a post-Lockdown game at Anfield last season taking place in July 2020.
Jay Rodriguez equalised an earlier Andy Robertson goal to give Sean Dyche’s Clarets a rare point at Liverpool’s gaff, who won 18 of their 19-home games, on the way to winning the Premier League.
Bet 365 offer Liverpool at Odds On 2/11, the draw at 13/2 and a massive 14/1 for Burnley to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 3/1 that Sadio Mane Scores First and 5/4 that Liverpool Win Both Halves.
Game Week-11 (Concludes)
ASTON VILLA v NEWCASTLE
This rearranged Game Week-11 fixture kicks-off at 20.00 in England live on Amazon Prime.
How lucky are these two teams to be knocked out of the FA Cup to enable this game to be played today, on the same weekend as the 4th-round takes place? That is luck for one.
Aston Villa will have been to the Etihad before this fixture with 2-games in 3-days, that could work in their favour having not played for so long, or be a negative.
It’s unlikely that Dean’s Boys will have gained any points against Man City and with this column being all about predictions, that’s the predicted outcome.
With none of the teams below Villa playing in midweek, a defeat on Wednesday against City will still leave the Claret and Blues in 11th-place.
Steve Bruce made 8-changes to the eleven that started against Sheffield United on Monday against Arsenal but unfortunately, the new boys couldn’t inspire a victory with Newcastle suffering their 5th defeat from 7-fixtures, the other 2, being draws.
So the simple Math says, that’s 2-points from a possible 21 on offer which is relegation fodder. Steve Bruce’s new picks succumbed to a defeat against the Gunners, by a 3-0 scoreline, with all 3-goals coming in the 2nd-half.
With the ex-Newcastle boss, Red Adair, aka Sam Allardyce, beginning to work his magic at The Hawthorns, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Newcastle slip below West Brom in the coming weeks.
At the moment, Newcastle lie 15th in the table with 19-points from 18-fixtures and have 8-points more than the Baggies. The scenario could be, with West Brom playing before this fixture, that the gap could potentially be only 5-points.
The Magpies head to The Hawthorns at the beginning of March, where, by that time, the picture could be totally different.
Bet 365 offer Aston Villa at Odds On 6/11, the draw at 10/3 and 5/1 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 12/5 that Ollie Watkins Scores Anytime and 3/1 that Aston Villa Win To Nil.