The highlight games for this weekend’s action is ARSENAL versus BRENTFORD and CRYSTAL PALACE versus CHELSEA. Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews these as well as all game-week 26 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.
Please note all prices quoted below were correct at the time of publication
All these fixtures are the reverse of Game Week-1 from the weekend of the 14th of August 2021.
WEST HAM v NEWCASTLE
12.30 in England
West Ham scored a late goal at the King Power Stadium on Sunday to earn a point from a draw by a 2-2 scoreline.
Jarrod Bowen had given the away team the lead after 10-minutes but unfortunately, the Hammers conceded a penalty on the stroke of half-time, which the Foxes converted to take both teams in level at the break.
Leicester then added a 2nd, midway through the 2nd-half and with time up on the clock, Craig Dawson, reminiscent of Diego Maradona, against England in 1986, bungled in an equaliser.
Diego’s 1st-goal, by the way, not the 2nd. Somehow, even with the dreaded VAR, Craig’s goal stood, when it clearly came off his forearm.
Mr Maradona will be looking down on the London Stadium, with a nod of appreciation.
The point gained, gives West Ham 41 and leaves Moyes Boys in 5th, from the full complement of 25-fixtures played.
That’s 6-points adrift of Chelsea, who sit 3rd, however, the Hammers have played a game more than Thomas’s Blue Engines.
The Bubbles faithful won’t worry too much about 3rd and will just try to achieve 4th and a Champions League spot is still a realistic target.
Newcastle gained one of the results of the weekend, getting a victory at St James Park, against Aston Villa, on Sunday, by a 1-0 score.
After Aston Villa conceded a foul on the edge of the area, which was initially given as a penalty, following a review by the dreaded, it was deemed outside the box, so just a free-kick.
With Kieran Trippier on the field, a free-kick could be considered just as good as a penalty as the Bury Beckham is lethal from anywhere near.
Kieran scored a great free-kick against Everton in the previous game and followed that up with a stunning strike against Villa to give Newcastle the lead.
Unfortunately, for KT, the lad broke a bone in his foot on Sunday, so will be sidelined for a few weeks, which will be a big loss for Eddie and the Magpies.
After a dogged 2nd-half display, the Magpies hung on for the victory, which gives Eddie’s Men 21-points from 23-fixtures played, now 4-points above the relegation zone.
There’s a long way to go yet but the Saudi Ryal is beginning to pay dividends. A quick mention about another Magpies new boy, Dan Burn, signed in January from Brighton.
Big Dan is a native of the Northeast and started his footballing career at Newcastle as a youngster but never made the grade and dropped down to the non-league.
Now, after a meteoric rise, via clubs such as Darlington, Fulham, Yeovil, Birmingham and Wigan the Big Defender made his way to the Premier League with Brighton and eventually found his way home, to his beloved Newcastle, at the age of 29.
Dan must have been emotional on Sunday, against Leicester, making his debut in front of his fellow Toon Army but put in a dominant display that showed why Eddie Howe brought him back home.
On the opening day of the season, at St James Park, the game was a goal-fest, with West Ham getting the victory by a 4-2, away-day score.
Callum Wilson scored 1st, to give the watching 50,000 plus Toon Army, back in the ground after the coronavirus situation prevented fans, dreams of an opening day victory.
Aaron Cresswell, equalised for the Hammers, until Jacob Murphy scored again for Newcastle, to give Steve Bruce’s Magpies a lead at the break.
Said Benrahma restored the parity, early in the 2nd-half, before Michail Antonio had the chance to score from the penalty spot, fortunately for the Hammers, although Michail missed the spot-kick, Tomas Soucek was on hand to tap home.
Mr Antonio did score himself, 3-minutes later and with no further goals, West Ham got the victory from the 6-goal thriller, sending the Bubbles back down the road, happy and full of cheap Newcastle Broon Ale.
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ARSENAL v BRENTFORD
15.00 in England
Arsenal didn’t play over the weekend so should be refreshed for this visit of Brentford.
Having not played, there wasn’t any real damage done as both Tottenham and Manchester United failed to capitalise and although the Gunners drop below United, by 2-points, Arsenal now have 3-games in hand on the Manchester club.
Arsenal sit 6th, with 39-points from 22-fixtures completed.
West Ham are 5th, having 41-points from 25, Manchester United are 4th with 43-points from 25-games, Wolves are 7th, with 37 from 23 and Tottenham are 8th, with 36-points from 22-fixtures played.
All to play for in the race for a Top Four finish.
Brentford stopped the losing streak on Saturday, gaining a point from a draw by 0-0 score, against Crystal Palace.
Although the matchday scorer wasn’t needed, after 5-straight defeats, Thomas Frank will be happy with the point.
It was stated by this EveryTip column last week, that Brentford’s losing streak of 5-games, needed to be put into perspective.
The losses were against Man City, Wolves, Manchester United, Liverpool and Southampton, with 3 of those defeats away from home, at the Etihad, Anfield and St Mary’s, where most will struggle this term. The Bees sit 14th in the table, with 24-points from 25-fixtures played.
If most can remember, Brentford stung Arsenal in the Bees inaugural Premier League fixture back in August, with goals from Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard, one in each half, to give Brentford the victory by a 2-0 scoreline.
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ASTON VILLA v WATFORD
15.00 in England
The new Steven Gerrard era at Villa Park appears to be stalling somewhat, with another defeat on Sunday, away at St James Park, against Newcastle, by a 1-0 scoreline.
In the 12-Premier League fixtures, Stevie G has overseen, since coming down the road from Ibrox, the Aston Villa record is, 5-Wins, 5-Losses and 2-Draws, as well as a defeat in the 3rd-Round of the FA Cup.
In Dean Smith’s opening 11-fixtures, before heading for the concrete, the record was 3-Wins, 7-Losses and 1-Draw.
Granted, the Villains will feel that’s a slight improvement and the style of football is better but Mr Gerrard’s record isn’t too flattering. The defeat against Newcastle, leaves Aston Villa in 12th, with 27-points from 23-fixtures played.
Watford are rubbish, whether under the guidance of Xisco the Disco, the Tinkerman or Roy the Boy.
Hodgson’s Hornets suffered another defeat on Saturday, this time against Brighton at Vicarage Rd. After an initial draw from Roy’s opening fixture, Watford have lost the last 2, with Mr Hodgson wondering why he’s not sat in front of the telly, watching Countdown and adverts for Donkey adoption.
Some of the Hornet faithful think that Watford have already adopted a few donkeys and are currently playing in the Back-Four.
Having conceded a goal in each half, Roy’s Boys suffered the loss against Brighton by a 2-0 scoreline, leaving Watford lying 2nd bottom of the Premier League, or 19th if the cup is half-full.
Watford have 15-points from 23-fixtures completed and barring a miracle, will be heading for the Championship and fixtures against the Yorkshire Three, Rotherham, Barnsley and Sheffield United.
Emmanuel Dennis, Ismaila Sarr and Cucho, scored at Vicarage Rd on the opening day of the campaign, to give Watford a 3-nil lead.
That kicked Aston Villa into life, with John McGinn and Danny Ings replying but ultimately, the goals weren’t enough, giving Xisco’s Hornets the opening day victory over Dean Smith’s Claret and Blues by a 3-2 scoreline.
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BRIGHTON v BURNLEY
15.00 in England
Brighton didn’t draw, that was the headline from the Game Week-25 set of results.
Goals from Neal Maupay and Adam Webster, 1 in each half, gave Graham Potter’s Seagulls the victory against Watford at Vicarage Rd, by a 2-0 scoreline.
Harry’s Men had drawn the previous 3-Premier League fixtures, so the win against Watford was a shot in the arm for all connected with the Amex outfit. Even Anton Chekhov was happy!
Following the victory against Watford, the Seagulls, unfortunately, lost in midweek, against Manchester United by a 2-0 scoreline.
Brighton sit 9th in the table, with 33-points from 24-games played. Don’t be surprised if this fixture against Burnley, is another draw.
Burnley suffered a defeat on Sunday against Liverpool, at Turf Moor, by a 1-0 scoreline.
Although it was a loss for Sean Dyche’s Clarets, the result needs to be quickly put to bed as most lose or will lose against Jurgen’s Reds, with this fixture against the Seagulls being the next priority.
Burnley remain at the foot of the table, with 14-points from 22-fixtures completed.
The Clarets do have games in hand over the teams around, however, are now 7-points from safety, so need to turn the fortunes around pretty quickly or it may be the end of the Premier League tenure for Mr Dyche and the cold ones.
Brighton got the away-day win at Turf Moor in August, with 2nd-half goals from Neal Maupay and Alexis Mac Allister giving the Seagulls the victory by a 2-1 score. James Tarkowski had scored for the Clarets after 2-minutes of play.
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CRYSTAL PALACE v CHELSEA
15.00 in England
There wasn’t any need for the scorer to get his or her pen out to record the goals at The Wellard Stadium on Saturday.
Crystal Palace drew against Brentford by a 0-0 scoreline, with not much else to comment on, other than the fact that Wilfried Zaha didn’t fall over, in attempting to score a penalty.
Patrick Vieira’s Eagles sit 13th in the table, with 26-points from 24-fixtures played.
Chelsea didn’t play in the Premier League over the weekend, due to competing in the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
Thomas’s Blue Engines got the victory in the final against Palmeiras, following an Extra-Time penalty conversion by Kai Havertz.
After the game finished in a draw by a 1-1 score, the game then had another 30-minutes and while it appeared that the final was going to a penalty shootout, Chelsea were awarded a spot-kick in the 116th-minute, to give them the win over the Brazilian’s.
Chelsea are World Champions!
Now it’s back to the day job.
The Blues sit 3rd in the table, with 47-points, from 24-fixtures played, now 7-points adrift of Liverpool and a massive 16 away from Man City at the summit.
Two 1st-half goals by Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic plus a 3rd from Trevoh Chalobah, after the break, we’re enough to give Chelsea the opening day victory against Crystal Palace by a 3-0 scoreline.
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***Premier League Team of the Week***
GOALKEEPER- Ederson- Man City
RIGHT-BACK- Kieran Trippier- Newcastle
CENTRE-BACK- Dan Burn- Newcastle
CENTRE-BACK- Michael Keane- Everton
LEFT-BACK- Seamus Coleman- Everton
MIDFIELDER- Anthony Gordon- Everton
MIDFIELDER- Donny Van De Beek- Everton
MIDFIELDER- James Ward-Prowse- Southampton
FORWARD- Che Adams- Southampton
FORWARD- Neal Maupay- Brighton
FORWARD- Raheem Sterling- Man City
STAR MAN- Raheem Sterling- Man City
LIVERPOOL v NORWICH
15.00 in England
Fabinho continued his fine goal-scoring streak, notching his 4th-goal of the campaign at Turf Moor on Sunday, giving Liverpool the victory by a 1-0 score. The Brazilian has also notched twice in the FA Cup.
Before this campaign, Fabinho had only 3-goals on his Liverpool record, from the previous 3-seasons.
Whilst not a goal-fest against Burnley, it was still a professional performance that gave Liverpool the victory and keeps Jurgen’s Reds clinging to the coattails of Pep’s High Flying Blues, like a climber hanging onto the mountainside, hers or his fingernails bloodied and raw.
Man City have 63-points, with Liverpool in 2nd, having 54, however, have played a game less than City, so all connected with the Anfield Rappers will still feel there’s hope yet of winning the title.
Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, were back in the starting eleven, after the AFCON Final, joining Roberto Firmino up top, bringing the Fab Three back together for the first time in an age.
Liverpool take on Inter Milan at the San Siro, in the 1st-leg of the last-16 knockout stage of the Champions League, before this visit of Norwich.
It doesn’t seem fair that when a team that’s struggling in the relegation places, faces the Premier League Champions one week, the said team, then faces the previous Premier League Champions, the week after.
Norwich suffered a defeat against Man City at Carrow Rd on Saturday by a 4-0 scoreline.
The Canaries conceded a goal in the 1st-half and 3, after the break to ultimately lose the tie against the Champions elect.
The defeat leaves Norwich in 18th-place, with 17-points from 24-fixtures complete, now 4-points adrift of safety.
Whilst it’s another defeat to add to this season’s loss tally, most will and have lost against Pep’s High Flying Blues so Dean Smith needs to put that to bed and concentrate on this much easier fixture at Anfield. Good luck Yellow Canary!
Liverpool got the season off to a great start, inflicting a defeat on Norwich by a 3-0 away-day score.
Diogo Jota opened the scoring in the 1st-half, with Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah adding the extras after the break.
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SOUTHAMPTON v EVERTON
15.00 in England
Southampton were another team to inflict misery on Manchester United and whilst the Saints didn’t achieve a victory at Old Trafford, the original Premier League, Wreck-It Ralph came away with a point from a draw by a 1-1 score.
Ralph Hasenhuttl is one of Ralph Rangnick’s disciple’s, having worked with the sequel at RB Leipzig.
After conceding a 1st-half United goal, Che Adams equalised early after the break to earn Southampton a great point.
James Ward-Prowse was again outstanding and showed just why the Old Trafford hierarchy should go all out and get the Three Lion kid, this summer.
A left-field, odd-ball thought on the next Manchester United manager for the listeners, is Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Could the Austrian be lined up for the Top Job at Old Trafford in the summer by his mate Double R? Watch this space!
The point gained against Manchester United, gives Southampton 29, from 24-games played and leaves the Saints in 10th-place in the Premier League table.
Frank Lampard’s Everton got a great result at the weekend, inflicting a defeat on Leeds United by a 3-0 score.
Seamus Coleman scored his 1st-goal in over 3-years to give the Toffees an early lead.
Michael Keane added a 2nd before the break, with Anthony Gordon scoring the 3rd, midway through the 2nd-half.
Michael Keane has a twin brother, called Will and both were youngsters at Manchester United.
Will is a Striker and whilst it’s fair to say, hasn’t reached the Premier League heights of his brother, is still forging a career in the game, playing for Wigan in League 1.
In a quirk of fate, whilst Michael was scoring for Everton on Saturday, at around about the same time, Will notched for Wigan in their fixture against Charlton.
Wigan are near the summit of League 1, so could be promoted to the Championship, which will see Will, one-step closer to the Premier League and the possibility of playing against his twin.
That’s a win and a loss in Frank’s opening 2-league fixtures, plus an FA Cup victory, so 2 out of 3 ain’t bad!
(John Newsome couldn’t find a way of shoehorning in the legendary Meat Loaf song last week but knew an opportunity would present itself eventually!) Two out of Three Ain’t Bad!
Everton sit 16th in the table, with 22-points from 22-fixtures, basically a point a game.
There was a slight worry of the possibility of a relegation scrap but now Mr Lampard is at the helm, the Toffees shouldn’t be concerned as there are definitely 3-worse teams than Everton.
Adam Armstrong scored early at Goodison Park to give Southampton the lead at the break.
Everton came out in the 2nd-half with a completely different mindset, with Richarlison, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring the goals to give Rafa’s Toffees the victory over Wreck-It’s Saints, by a 3-1 scoreline.
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MAN CITY v TOTTENHAM
17.30 in England
Man City continue their dominance at the summit of the Premier League with a convincing victory against Norwich at Carrow Rd on Saturday. Raheem Sterling scored before the break to give City a half-time lead.
Phil Foden added a 2nd immediately after the restart before Raheem scored twice more to complete his hat-trick.
Jack Grealish was absent from the squad with reports that the lad was dropped due to not inviting Pep on a night out.
That’s obviously not the reason, Jack has sore shins and will miss the midweek Champions League game away in Portugal against Sporting Lisbon.
The sore shins are from the girlfriend who gave JG a kicking for receiving a set of tea towels as a Valentine’s present. Women eh?
Pep’s High Flying Blues sit proudly at the summit of the Premier League table with 63-points from the full complement of 25-fixtures on offer.
Only West Ham, Manchester United and Brentford have managed to complete all 25-games.
With 13-games remaining, City still have the chance to reach a record 102-points.
As mentioned Man City head to Portugal for the 1st-leg of the Last-16 tie against Sporting Lisbon. Be careful Ricky!
Tottenham suffered another loss on Sunday, the 3rd-Premier League defeat in succession.
That was also Antonio Conte’s first time since his reign at Juventus that the Italian has endured 3-straight defeats.
The loss against Wolves, at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium by a 2-0 scoreline, leaves Tottenham in 8th-place, with 36-points from 22-fixtures played.
Wolves jump above Spurs into 7th, following the victory.
Tottenham v Wolves
This Premier League fixture from last Sunday evokes memories of an old First Division game from 40-years ago, the 6th of February 1982, at White Hart Lane.
Ray Clemence, Chris Hughton, Paul Miller, Paul Price, Steve Perryman, Ossie Ardiles, Tony Galvin, Glenn Hoddle, Ricky Villa, Garth Grooks, Mark Falco and Micky Hazard as the solitary substitute, as of the norm back in 1982.
Paul Bradshaw, Joe Gallagher, Colin Brazier, Geoff Palmer, George Berry, Hugh Atkinson, Kenny Hibbitt, Melvyn Eves, John Richards, Andy Gray, John Humphrey and Wayne Clarke as the substitute.
Wayne is the brother of the legendary Leeds United Striker, Allan ‘Sniffer’ Clarke.
Goals from Glenn Hoddle, via the penalty spot, a Ricky Villa hat-trick, Garth Crooks and Mark Falco, gave Spurs an emphatic victory by a 6-1 score. Kenny Hibbitt, with the Wolves consolation.
Two months later, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands and the United Kingdom had to take drastic military action to end the war, which lasted until June of 1982.
That put a big strain on the relationship between Ossie Ardiles, Ricky Villa and the English public, especially the Tottenham faithful.
Ossie left England and headed to Paris Saint Germain until the drama ended. Ricky was excluded from the Tottenham team for the 1982 FA Cup Final, against QPR.
Ossie did come back to White Hart Lane, helping Spurs win the UEFA Cup in 1984 and then went on to play for Blackburn and QPR, as well as a very entertaining stint as the Tottenham manager, in 1993.
Ricky left altogether and went to play in America, before taking up politics. It’s fair to say that the war, derailed the Tottenham careers of the two Argentinian’s.
However, 40-years later, Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa are revered at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium.
Tottenham stunned the 2020/21 Premier League title winners, with Son Heung-Min, scoring early in the 2nd-half, to give Nuno’s new boys the victory over Pep’s Blues by a 1-0 opening-day score.
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LEEDS UNITED v MANCHESTER UNITED
14.00 in England
Marcelo Bielsa and his Leeds United team have to be respected for sticking to their footballing principles, despite suffering another defeat away at Goodison Park against Frank Lampard’s Everton.
After conceding twice in the 1st-half and 1 more after the break, the Marching On Together crew witnessed their White Idols suffer a loss by a 3-0 score.
The last 14-Premier League fixtures for Leeds, have resulted in 4-Wins, 6-Losses and 4-Draws. Reaping 16-points.
In those 14-games, both sets of fans have witnessed a total of 48-goals. In 9 of the games, both teams scored with 4, producing a Win To Nil and just a single 0-0 scoreline.
None of the other 19-Premier League teams have conceded more goals than the Whites. No one can say that watching Leeds United is boring.
Leeds United have 23-points from 23-fixtures played and sit in 15th-place in the table.
In comparison to the free-flowing nature that Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds play, Ralph’s Roadsters are starting to produce a pattern that is the complete opposite.
Manchester United start a game, for the first 20-minutes or so quite good and usually score, then for some reason, completely change the way they are playing.
United’s last 14-Premier League results are 7-Wins, 2-Losses and 5-Draws. A total of 26-points.
Although Manchester United are not losing many games under Mr Rangnick, the last 6-games have included 3-Draws.
Before the Brighton victory, the previous 2, were drawn by the same 1-1 score.
Added to that, there’s an FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough that ended in a 1-1 scoreline too and that was after 120-minutes.
Losing a game on penalties is neither here nor there as most England fans will subscribe to.
If a team cannot beat another team over 90-minutes, then a further 30, the penalties become a lottery.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes with the goals that earned the victory against Brighton on Tuesday, by a 2-0 score.
Prior to the victory against the Seagulls, Ralph’s Roadsters drew against Southampton at Old Trafford in the early Saturday afternoon kickoff.
Jadon Sancho finally scored in front of the Red Devil faithful and for the first 20-minutes United looked superb, however, as of what’s been happening of late, Ralph’s men seem to take the foot off the gas and conceded an equaliser soon after the break.
Another draw by a 1-1 score.
The 3-points gained on Tuesday, gives Manchester United 43, from the full 25-fixtures played and leaves Double R’s boys in 4th-place.
The good thing for all connected with the Red United is the White United from along the M62, are the ideal opponents for Ralph Rangnick’s style of football.
Ole’s Wheels got a great opening day victory over Marcelo’s Whites by a 5-1 scoreline.
Bruno Fernandes scored the opener after 30-minutes to give Manchester United the lead at the break.
Luke Ayling scored a rare goal to equalise early in the 2nd-half before Mason Greenwood, Fred and a couple more from Bruno, to complete his hat-trick, gave the home side the convincing win.
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WOLVES v LEICESTER
16.30 in England
The David Attenborough Derby.
The Wolves v The Foxes.
Wolves probably got the result of Game Week-25, inflicting a defeat on Tottenham, at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium, by a 2-0 away-day scoreline.
Raul Jimenez, who was superb throughout, scored a great goal after 6-minutes, with Leander Dendoncker adding a 2nd, 12-minutes later, to give Bruno’s Gold and Blacks a comfortable lead at the break.
With no further goals in the 2nd-half, Bruno’s Lage Louts held on for a stunning victory against Antonio Conte’s sorry Spurs.
Wolves leapfrog Tottenham into 7th-place, in the Premier League table, with 37-points from 23-fixtures.
Manchester United and West Ham who sit 4th and 5th, respectively, both have played 2-games more than Wolves.
However, Arsenal, who are just above Bruno’s men, with 39-points, have only played 22-times, so at the minute the table isn’t on an even keel.
Leicester haven’t won a Premier League game in 4 and were unceremoniously dumped out of the FA Cup by the Championship side, Nottingham Forest.
On Sunday, Brendan’s Wonderful’s gained a point from a draw against West Ham at the King Power, by a 2-2 score.
A Youri Tielemans converted penalty, on the stroke of half-time, cancelled out an earlier Hammers goal, to take both teams in level at the break.
Ricardo Pereira added a 2nd, just after the restart and with time running out, it looked like the Foxes would get the victory, only for the home faithful to go home disappointed, when West Ham scored an equaliser in the 91st-minute. At least it wasn’t a defeat.
Leicester sit 11th, with 27-points from 22-fixtures played, so despite a poor run of form at the moment, the faithful should get behind their boys and once the Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy, Jonny Evans and the others currently injured, come back into the team, Brendan’s boys should get back to winning ways.
The Foxes are out of the Europa League, however, drop down to the Europa Conference League (no, still no idea?) and face Randers in that particular competition on Thursday, before the trip to Molineux. That’s Randers of Denmark, not Rangers of Scotland.
The old West Ham jersey with ‘Brooking’ and ‘10’ on the back, was heading in the direction of Lennon the Puppy on Sunday afternoon until the late equaliser went in.
The pooch knew that Rod Stewart would be happy that Leicester hadn’t won and that there may be a few doggy treats on offer.
The Scottish Pub League had the weekend off, with both Celtic and Rangers taking part in the Scottish Pub Cup, which is supposedly the equivalent of the English FA Cup, it’s not!
Some of the teams that took part in the Pub Cup and these are honestly real, were Golspie Sutherland (who?) v Civil Service Strollers (who?), the Civil Service strolled through getting the victory by a 3-0 score and then went on to defeat Cowdenbeath (who?).
In no particular order, these were some of the other names, Dalbeattie Star, Rothes, Sauchie, Dunipace, St Cuthbert Wand, Gala Fairydean, Jeanfield Swifts, Annan, Kelty Hearts, Banks O’Dee, Auchinleck Talbot, Darvel, Cove Rangers and Peterhead.
Kelty Hearts actually knocked out St Johnstone, who were last season’s winners of the Pub Cup and played in this season’s Europa League.
Rod’s beloved Green and White Hoops, progressed to the Quarter-Finals of said Cup competition, inflicting a defeat on Raith Rovers (who?) by a 4-0 scoreline.
The fierce rivals from across Glasgow, Rangers, comfortably beat a grandma, sorry Annan (who?) by a 3-0 score, so an Old Firm Derby in the Scottish Pub Cup is still in the offering, with both drawn away against the 2-Dundee (who?) clubs.
As Rod and Penny sat down, with a nice glass of 19 Crimes, to watch the final of the Snooker Players Championship, Miss Lancaster is a big Barry Hawkins fan, Lennon could be heard, in the back yard, whilst chewing on a bone, slavering the tune of Sir Roderick’s famous ditty,
‘He’s Celtic, United but Brendan has decided that Leicester is the best place to be.’ Woof-Woof!
A single Jamie Vardy goal was the difference between the two back in August, with the Foxes getting the victory over the Wolves by a 1-0 score.
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