The highlight games for this weekend and the coming week mid-week action is EVERTON verus LEEDS UNITED and MANCHESTER UNITED versus BRIGHTON. Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews these as well as all game-week 25 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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All these fixtures are the reverse of Game Week-2, which took place over the weekend of the 21st of August 2021.
There are only 9-games taking place, due to Chelsea being in the World Club Cup in the United Arab Emirates, so the Blues fixture against Arsenal is postponed.
Chelsea are in that Final, against Palmeiras, which starts at 16.30 in England, on Saturday the 12th, live on Channel 4. An extra Game Week-18 fixture is included at the end.
MANCHESTER UNITED v SOUTHAMPTON
12.30 in England
Regular readers of this EveryTip column will know that John Newsome often references music in some form or another.
Most won’t know the name Marvin Lee Aday, however, Marvin is better known as Meat Loaf.
The legendary singer, passed away on January the 20th this year, aged 75 and John Newsome wanted to pay his respects to the guy whose tunes over the years were simply magnificent.
There will be a few nods of appreciation to the legend throughout this weeks column, so enjoy. Respect Meat, Rest In Peace.
Ooof, get ready for this explosive preview of Manchester United.
In last week’s column, John predicted a draw by a 1-1 score, for the game between Burnley and Manchester United. That’s exactly how the result panned out.
Paul Pogba scored the United goal in the 1st-half and Ralph’s Roadsters were in complete control for most of the period, scoring 2-further goals that were both ruled out by the dreaded VAR.
Burnley equalised early in the 2nd-half and then defended for their Claret lives to hold on for a point.
Manchester United appeared to do what is becoming common at the moment and dominate games for large periods but ultimately can’t kill teams off and eventually run out of ideas allowing the opponents back into the game.
On the usual Sports-talk outlets after the final whistle, it’s just the same conversations that are had and no one is surprised. The point gained drops United down to 6th, with 39 from 23-fixtures played.
There have been so many quotes and opinions by folk, such as Gary Neville, who’s not short of a rant or two, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes and most of the other ex-United stars who are in complete dismay at the way the great club is falling into demise.
The FA Cup was realistically Manchester United’s biggest chance of silverware this season, with no real chance of the Premier League title and even less in the Champions League, for Ralf Rangnick’s Roadsters.
Now, having been humiliated by Middlesbrough, in the 4th-Round of the famous competition, those are the options. Good luck!
Manchester United are an embarrassment, however, it will come as no surprise to anyone who reads this EveryTip column regularly, as John Newsome has been documenting the said demise for over 2-years, outlining the faults and what United should do in resolving the issues.
No one on this planet or Fullers should be surprised by the current plight of Manchester United.
Most may assume that because United win the odd Premier League game and currently sit 5th in the table, there’s not a big problem, that is a myth,
Try a different analogy, a boxer for example who has been a World Champion, no names mentioned but could have if required.
The said boxer beats everyone but instead of retiring, although getting older, fights on, without any new skills, just relying on his past record and judgement, yet passed his best.
The old boy loses against a young up and coming, not badly, still intact but still a loss on the record.
The next 3, are hard fights, all losses, all against fighters who wouldn’t have laced his boots, in his prime but now, the old pugilist is on the ropes, not sure of the future.
The future is to call time on the current situation, call it a day and try something new. If the warrior continues, there’s nothing but failure and at worst serious health issues.
Manchester United are not calling time on the current situation and are certainly not trying something new, which means failure and at worst serious health issues.
Around 2-years ago, so not new, or could be considered, after the event or hindsight, (which is literally the dictionary meaning of hindsight!)
John Newsome informed all that read this beautiful column, what needed to be done at Old Trafford. Phases!
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer achieved the first, 3-phases of the transition, then for some reason, stalled. The 4th-phase didn’t include signing Cristiano Ronaldo.
Not that CR7 is the fault, for the current situation, far from it, Cristiano should be afforded tremendous respect for the contribution that the Portuguese legend has given to Manchester United. It’s a wider picture.
The 4th-phase didn’t transpire, United didn’t push on.
What the Equaliser and Ole needed to do, was go all out and get Declan Rice or Kalvin Phillips, or if was possible, both.
One of the two great Midfielder’s would suffice, however, both would have taken United up 2-phases, not just 1.
Manchester United chose not to sign any Midfielders and have subsequently relied on Scott McTominay and Fred.
John Newsome has highlighted over 2-years that these two are not good enough, yet Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and now Ralph Rangnick have continued to pick the boys as their go-to Midfielder’s and have continually failed. Why?
The information is there, John isn’t a prophet or miracle worker, has no FIFA Coaching Qualification, yet can see that these two are inadequate Midfielders for Manchester United.
Why can’t the supposed ‘Special One’, the Norwegian or this German Philosopher Super Coach, see this too?
This EveryTip column has stated, for the past 2-years that United won’t win anything with Fred! Can anyone say different?
If so, please contact the boys and girls at EveryTip.
John Newsome can virtually pick the Manchester United team for this fixture today against Southampton.
David De Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, Luke Shaw, Fred, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford. If Mr Newsome is wrong, it won’t be far out.
This EveryTip contributor is no one important, yet knows more than an internationally recognisable institution as Manchester United. Is that right?
Have the hierarchy at Old Trafford got in touch with EveryTip to seek John’s guidance? The answer is no.
I’d do anything for love and John Boy would do anything to help Manchester United if required. For crying out loud!
Ralph Rangnick seems to think, ‘Life is like a lemon and I want my money back!’
Paul Pogba played against Middlesbrough in the cup, it’s pointless saying that Paul is this or Pogba is that, Manchester United have dictated the way PP has behaved. There’s no point abusing the kid, he’s just played by the books and is a terrific player.
Again, no one who reads this column regularly can say John has been derogatory about Paul.
Mr Newsome feels PP just didn’t have the players around him to be the World Class player, that he is.
Most now will be throwing their iPads or phones at the wall, thinking, ‘That John Newsome doesn’t know what he’s on about?’
Let John explain, Paul Pogba played in a team and scored in a game that culminated in that team winning the World Cup.
Copy and paste that paragraph, then save it and only bring it out in a conversation that involves another United player. There won’t be many conversations!
Paul Pogba is a class player, head and shoulders above the rest, if the lad is labelled in any derogatory way by imbeciles who have a different opinion about the French ace, then that’s up to them.
How many of Moyes Boys, Van Gaal’s Men, Dracula’s Victims, or Ole’s Trollies have a World Cup Winner’s Chocolate on their mantlepiece?
Now the Frenchman will be away in May, having won the World Cup with France, the UEFA Nations League with France but just a Carabao Cup and a Europa League winners medal with Manchester United. Like a Bat out of Hell!
Most will say good riddance but John is not of that opinion and feels the management at Old Trafford have failed in utilising Paul correctly and haven’t provided enough World Class players around him.
Remember, N’Golo Kante sits at the side of Mr Pogba in the French National Team. Paul has Fred next to him in Manchester. Mr Pogba did score against Burnley.
The Red Devil’s hierarchy, need to back whoever the next manager that comes in, whether it’s Ralph that stays, Mauricio Pochettino, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick or a left-field pick, such as Wayne Rooney, in purchasing at least 1, if not 2, outstanding Midfielder’s. This is Phase 4, which has stalled.
Manchester United need to go all-out and get someone of the ilk of Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Yves Bissouma or James Ward-Prowse.
No more messing around, get a couple of Midfielder’s in to replace Fred, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and whoever else is sat warming the bench of a weekend.
It will take a lot of Dollar but United have the resources, to get back to the Top Table.
If Phase 4, isn’t adhered to Manchester United could go longer than the 26-years it took to win the Top Flight title.
John Newsome has informed all that will listen, it’s now time for Manchester United to act.
Southampton arguably got the result of Game Week-24, getting a brilliant smash and grab victory against Tottenham at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium, by a 3-2 away-day score.
After Tottenham had taken the lead through a Jan Bednarek own goal, Armando Broja equalised for the Saints to take both teams in level at the break.
Midway through the 2nd-half Spurs again took the lead, until the 79th-minute when 1-quick fire goals from Mohamed Elyounoussi and Che Adams put Southampton in front and despite a late rally from Tottenham, that involved a disallowed goal for offside, Wreck-It’s boys held on for a great victory.
The 3-points gives the Saints 28 and lifts them up to 10th in the Premier League table, from 23-fixtures played.
The unfortunate Fred was credited with an own goal when Southampton hosted Manchester United in August 2021, at St Mary’s.
That gave the home side a lead at the break, with Mason Greenwood equalising for United early in the 2nd-half and with no further goals, both took home a point following a draw by a 1-1 score.
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BRENTFORD v CRYSTAL PALACE
15.00 in England
Brentford have now gone on a 5-game losing streak, following the latest defeat on Wednesday.
A lot are beginning to get worried about the fortunes of the Bees, however, that losing streak needs some sort of perspective.
The last 5-fixtures that Brentford have suffered defeats are Southampton (away), Liverpool (away), Manchester United (home), Wolves (home) and Man City (away).
Southampton have just beaten Tottenham away.
Liverpool rarely lose, especially at Anfield.
Manchester United, fair enough.
Wolves were unbeaten in 6.
Man City rarely lose, whether at home or away.
Thomas Frank’s men have suffered 3-away defeats, at St Mary’s against Southampton, at Anfield against Liverpool and at the Etihad against Man City.
Although there are 5-straight defeats, most would have 5-losses with those set of fixtures, so the Bees faithful shouldn’t worry too much yet, as their idols will once again, produce the honey soon.
At the Etihad, Brentford conceded a 1st-half penalty to go in at the break trailing.
City then scored a 2nd, to ultimately inflict the defeat by a 2-0 score.
Thomas’s Bees sit 14th, with 23-points from 24-fixtures completed.
Crystal Palace gained a point from a draw, by a 1-1 score, against Norwich on Wednesday.
Wilfried Zaha equalised an earlier Canary goal in the 1st-half and with no further goals, both teams shared the points.
What will have irked Patrick Vieira and the Eagle Ultras is Wilfried had the chance to convert a penalty but slipped on the run-up and tapped the ball wide.
The point gained, leaves Crystal Palace, a place ahead of Brentford, in 13th, with 25-points from 23-fixtures played.
In Game Week-2, back in August, it appeared that both teams were still on the beach, as neither troubled the scorers, with the game finishing in a draw by a 0-0 scoreline.
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EVERTON v LEEDS UNITED
15.00 in England
In Frank Lampard’s 1st-game in charge of the newly named Toffees, Everton got a victory in the FA Cup 4th-round, against Brentford, by a 4-1 scoreline.
In Frank’s 1st-Premier League fixture, Everton suffered a defeat against Newcastle by a 3-1 score.
After getting an early goal, credited as a Magpies own-goal, Newcastle then equalised, with Mason Holgate also being given the unwanted goal on his record, meaning the 2-OG’s took both teams in level at the break.
Newcastle came out the stronger in the 2nd-half and scored twice more to inflict the defeat on Everton.
The loss leaves Frank Lampard’s Everton in a precarious position of 16th, with 19-points, 3 above the drop-zone.
A slight positive that the Toffees can cling to is Everton have only completed 21-fixtures, with most around having played a game more.
Dele Alli and Donny Van De Beek started on the bench, with Dele getting an early introduction following an injury to Demarai Gray, after 25-minutes. Donny came on after 60-minutes, however, both couldn’t prevent the defeat.
Leeds United scored 3-away goals to earn a point against Aston Villa at Villa Park, on Wednesday.
Dan James opened the scoring but Marcelo’s Whites conceded 3-times before the half-time whistle.
Luckily Dan added his and a Leeds 2nd, just before the break to give the away team a lifeline.
Diego Llorente equalised in the 2nd-half and with no further goals, both shared the points from a draw by a 3-3 score.
Leeds United sit 15th, with 23-points from 22-games played.
That’s 4-points more than today’s opponents so won’t drop any lower, whatever the result, however, will want to increase the gap between the two, as Everton have played a game less.
There are 6-points between Leeds United and the relegation zone, so Mr Bielsa won’t panic just yet. Marching On Together!
There will be a certain Archbishop looking down with a nod of approval following the result of this fixture at Elland Rd.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin converted a penalty on the half-hour mark before Mateusz Klich equalised to take both teams in level at the break.
Demarai Gray restored the away teams advantage, early in the 2nd-half, however, like a bad dog walker, Rafa’s Toffees couldn’t hold on to the lead, with Raphinha once again, scoring Marcelo’s Whites equaliser, to leave both with a share of the points from a draw by a 2-2 score.
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WATFORD v BRIGHTON
15.00 in England
Watford earned a great point from a goalless draw against Burnley in Roy Hodgson’s 1st-game in charge.
Unfortunately, the Hornets then went back to losing ways, suffering a defeat in the midweek fixture against West Ham, at the London Stadium, by a 1-0 score. The defeat leaves Watford in the relegation zone, with 15-points from 22-games played.
Sitting 19th, Hodgson’s Hornets are a point above the bottom club that is Burnley and 3-adrift of safety.
Brighton didn’t play in midweek as their Game Week-24 fixture against Chelsea, took place a couple of weeks back and ended in a draw by a 1-1 score.
That was the Seagulls 3rd-straight draw by a 1-1 scoreline and the 4th from 6-fixtures, the others being victories for Graham Potter’s men.
Brighton sit 9th in the table, with 30-points from 22-fixtures played.
Shane Duffy and Neal Maupay scored Brighton’s goals, both before the half-time cup of tea, to give Graham Potter’s Seagulls the victory, by a 2-0 score, over Xisco’s Hornets, when these two met at Vicarage Rd.
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NORWICH v MAN CITY
17.30 in England
Teemu Pukki scored after a minute at Carrow Rd on Wednesday but the bad dog walker was on show as Norwich couldn’t hold onto the lead, conceding a Palace goal, midway through the 1st-half.
Crystal Palace did have the opportunity to go in front when Norwich conceded a penalty, however, Wilfried Zaha fluffed his lines and kicked the ball wide.
With no further goals, Dean Smith’s Canary’s gained a point that leaves Norwich with 17, a point from safety from 23-fixtures played.
Newcastle and Everton who sit immediately above have 18 and 19-points respectively but have played fewer games than Dean’s Yellows.
Man City got back to winning ways on Wednesday, following the draw against Southampton before the Winter Break.
Riyad Mahrez converted a 1st-half penalty, following a foul on Raheem Sterling, to give City a half-time lead at the Emirates against Brentford on Wednesday.
Kevin De Bruyne added a 2nd after the break to give Pep’s High Flying Blues the victory over Thomas’s Bees by a 2-0 scoreline. John Stones came back into the starting eleven, playing as a Right-Back.
Whilst most think the Barnsley Stone is a Centre-Back and he is, John Newsome has seen the City player, play as a Right-Back at Oakwell, many times.
When John Stones plays, City don’t concede.
Man City remain at the summit of the Premier League, with 60-points from 24-fixtures played.
Nine points ahead of Jurgen’s Reds who do have a game in hand.
With 14-fixtures remaining, Man City have the chance to get a maximum of 102-points.
In the 2017/18 campaign, City got 100-points, the most in Premier League history.
Whilst winning all remaining 14-fixtures is a big ask, it is still doable so that 100-point record, could be broken. The surprise in the scoreline, at the Etihad back in August, was that Man City only scored 5.
Tim Krul, the Norwich goalkeeper, was credited with the 1st-City strike, before Jack Grealish added a 2nd, to give the home team a lead at the break.
Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez added 3-more goals in the 2nd-half to give Pep’s High Flying Blues the victory over Daniel Farke Life’s Canaries by a 5-0 score.
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***Premier League Team of the Week***
GOALKEEPER- Nick Pope- Burnley
RIGHT-BACK- John Stones- Man City
CENTRE-BACK- James Tarkowski- Burnley
CENTRE-BACK- Virgil Van Dijk- Liverpool
LEFT-BACK- Kieran Trippier- Newcastle
MIDFIELDER- Allan Saint-Maximin- Newcastle
MIDFIELDER- Declan Rice- West Ham
MIDFIELDER- Jarrod Bowen- West Ham
FORWARD- Diogo Jota- Liverpool
FORWARD- Philippe Coutinho- Aston Villa
FORWARD- Riyad Mahrez- Man City
STAR MAN- Diogo Jota- Liverpool
BURNLEY v LIVERPOOL
14.00 in England
Burnley were like a boxer on the ropes after 20-minutes of the game against Manchester United at Turf Moor on Tuesday, conceding a legitimate goal and 2-that were ruled out by the dreaded VAR.
After recovering with the cornermen splashing water on the faces, Sean Dyche’s Clarets came out in the 2nd-half and were magnificent.
Jay Rodriguez scored early on after the break to put the scores level and then defended doggedly to keep Manchester United out and hang on for a great point from a draw by a 1-1 score.
The point gained still leaves Burnley at the foot of the table but with 14-points, are just 4 away from safety and have only completed 20-fixtures, where those around have played 21, 22 or 23 times.
That said, this will be a tougher fixture against Jurgen’s Reds than against Ralph’s Roadsters.
Liverpool got a professional victory against Leicester on Thursday, inflicting the defeat on the Foxes by a 2-0 score.
Diogo Jota with both goals, 1 in each half. The win gives Jurgen’s Reds 51-points, from 23-games, leaving Liverpool 2nd, 9-points adrift of Man City and 4-more than Chelsea in 3rd.
The Anfield Rappers have a game in hand over both of the Blues.
Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane scored the Liverpool goals at Anfield, back in August, to give Liverpool the victory over Burnley by a 2-0 scoreline.
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NEWCASTLE v ASTON VILLA
14.00 in England
Newcastle got a great victory at St James Park on Tuesday, inflicting a defeat on Everton by a 3-1 scoreline.
After Jamaal Lascelles was credited with an own-goal, giving Everton a lead, Eddie’s Magpies were given an equaliser from a Toffees OG, to take both teams in level at the break.
Ryan Fraser and Kieran Trippier scored in the 2nd-half to give Newcastle the victory over Everton.
The Magpies sit 17th, out of the relegation places, with 18-points, from 22-fixtures completed.
Aston Villa conceded early against Leeds United on Wednesday but the inspirational Phillipe Coutinho scored, then provided 2-assists for Jacob Ramsey to score, giving Villa a 3-1 advantage.
When it looked like Steven Gerrard’s men would take that 2-goal advantage with them into the 2nd-half, Leeds scored on the stroke of half-time, to half the deficit.
The away team then equalised, midway through the 2nd-half and with no further goals, both shared the points from a draw by a 3-3 score.
Ezri Konsa was shown 2-Yellow Cards and ultimately the Red to beat his mates into the showers, meaning Mr Gerrard will need another Centre-Back for this trip to Newcastle.
Aston Villa have 27-points from 22-fixtures played and sit in 11th-place in the Premier League table. Both come into this reverse fixture at St James Park, under the guidance of different managers.
Danny Ings scored before the half-time whistle, with Anwar El-Ghazi converting a penalty to give Dean Smith’s Claret and Blues the victory over Steve Bruce’s Magpies, by a 2-0 scoreline, in the Sun of Villa Park back in August.
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TOTTENHAM v WOLVES
14.00 in England
Tottenham snatched a defeat from the jaws of victory on Wednesday, taking the lead twice against Southampton but ultimately losing the tie by a 3-2 score.
The Southampton Defender, Jan Bednarek, deflected past his own ‘keeper to put Tottenham in front, early on in proceedings at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium. Tottenham then conceded a Saints goal to take both teams in level at the break.
Son Heung-Min re-established Tottenham’s lead, scoring, midway through the 2nd-half but with just over 10-minutes remaining, poor defending by the home team, resulted in 2-quick fire Southampton goals.
Spurs did think they had equalised when Steven Bergwijn scored in injury time, however, the Dutch lad was rightly adjudged offside, so the goal didn’t stand and Tottenham suffered the defeat in front of a very disgruntled set of Lilywhites.
Antonio Conte’s men sit 7th in the table, with 36-points from 21-fixtures complete, 3-points adrift of Arsenal, however, the slight positive Tottenham can take, is the Gunners have played a game more.
After going 5-Premier League games unbeaten, Wolves suffered a loss at Molineux on Thursday, succumbing to a defeat against Arsenal by a 1-0 score.
The defeat leaves Bruno’s Gold and Blacks in 8th-place, with 34-points from 22-fixtures complete, 2-points adrift of today’s hosts.
Nuno Espírito Santo, made an immediate and successful return to Molineux, following his appointment at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium, last summer, taking his new Tottenham boys up the road to Wolves and gaining a victory by a 1-0 score.
Dele Alli, converted an early penalty to score the solitary winning goal. Unfortunately for Nuno and Dele, both have now departed Spurs for pastures new.
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LEICESTER v WEST HAM
16.30 in England
Leicester suffered a loss away at Anfield on Thursday, with Liverpool inflicting a defeat on the Foxes by a 2-0 score.
Brendan’s not so Wonderful’s have now gone 3-Premier League games without a victory, 2-losses and a draw, as well as been dumped out of the FA Cup.
Leicester sit 12th in the table, with 26-points from 22-fixtures.
To be fair to the Foxes, they do have significant injuries to key players such as Jonny Evans, Wesley Fofana, Timothy Castagne and the main man, Jamie Vardy, so once these return, Brendan Rodgers will feel his team has a better chance of getting back to winning ways.
Lennon the puppy was inundated with doggy treats last weekend when Leicester were humiliated by the Tricky Trees, Nottingham Forest, getting knocked out of the FA Cup, as holders, by a 4-1 scoreline.
On the same Sunday afternoon, Rod Stewart’s beloved Green and White Hoops, got a victory in the Scottish Pub League, against Motherwell (who?), by a 4-0 score.
The Blue rivals from across Glasgow, Rangers had earlier inflicted a defeat against Hearts (who?) by a 5-0 score.
Since the publication of this last EveryTip column, Rod’s Celtic got a victory over Rangers in the Old Firm Derby, by a 3-0 scoreline, a certain OzScot wasn’t happy.
The win for the Bhoys means Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic leapfrog Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s Rangers at the summit of the Pub League.
The day before Leicester’s fixture against Liverpool, Celtic got a victory over Aberdeen (who?), whilst Rangers inflicted a defeat on Hibernian (who?) to maintain the status quo at the top of the table.
Sir Roderick, was over the moon with the week’s football, with his beloved Green and White Hoops getting the victories and jumping to the top of the Pub League and then seeing Brendan’s not so Wonderful’s succumbing to defeats against Forest and Liverpool.
Lennon knew the Reds shirt with ‘Candy’ on the front and ‘Barnes’ and ‘10’ on the back, wasn’t heading in the pooches direction.
Added to that, the lad had doggy treats coming out of his ears and was happily eating, whilst slavering to the famous tune,
‘He’s Celtic, United but Brendan has decided that Leicester is the best place to be.’ Woof-Woof!
West Ham got a professional, if not convincing victory against Watford last time out, with Jarrod Bowen scoring the solitary winning goal after the break to give Moyes Boys the win by a 1-0 score.
There was a bit of controversy before the game with Kurt Zouma thinking he was Mammy Two Shoes from the Tom and Jerry cartoons. Enough said!
It was thought that Kurt wouldn’t play against Watford but David Moyes decided to start the Hammers main Defender and that didn’t go down well with a lot of people.
However, David will let others sort the problem out and is just concentrating on trying to get his Bubbles into the Top Four and with the victory against Watford, married with the draw achieved by Manchester United, that’s exactly what occurred.
West Ham sit 4th, with 40-points, from 24-fixtures played.
United are a point adrift but have only completed 23-games, however, as this EveryTip column regularly points out, it’s always considered better to have the points on the board than games in hand.
The Hammers hammered the Foxes, back in August, with Moyes Boys inflicting the defeat on Brendan’s not so Wonderful’s by a 4-1 scoreline.
Pablo Fornals opened the scoring early in the 1st-half, to give West Ham the half-time lead.
Leicester didn’t help themselves, when Ayoze Perez was shown a straight Red Card just before the break, leaving the away team with a man light for the whole of the 2nd-half.
Said Benrahma scored early after the restart before Michail Antonio added 3 and 4.
Youri Tielemans had pulled a goal back for Leicester but ultimately this was just a consolation following Antonio’s brace.
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MANCHESTER UNITED v BRIGHTON
20.15 in England.
A rearranged Game Week-18 affair that should have taken place before Christmas.
With his intellect and a savoir-faire, Eric Cantona famously said in a press interview, ‘When the Seagulls, follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines, will be thrown into the sea, thank you, au Revoir
Well, the Seagulls are following the trawler up to Manchester to take on Ralph’s Roadsters, hoping that sardines are thrown onto the M6. Both teams will have played at the weekend.
In last seasons fixture in Manchester, between the two, the ex-United star, Danny Welbeck scored in the 1st-half to give Brighton an early lead.
Marcus Rashford replied after the break and with time running out, Mason Greenwood scored United’s winning goal to give the home team the victory by a 2-1 score.
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