The highlight games for this weekend’s action are LEEDS UNITED versus CHELSEA and WOLVES versus LIVERPOOL. Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews these as well as all game-week 28 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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NEWCASTLE v ASTON VILLA
BT Sport 20.00 in England
Newcastle’s visit to The Hawthorns was probably, one of two, of the easiest predictions to make on Saturday, finishing in a draw by a 0-0 scoreline. With both teams fighting for survival, the Baggies 2nd from bottom and Newcastle, just above the relegation zone, should have offered up more for the faithful.
However, the West Brom and Newcastle players were simply horrendous and it’s 90-minutes that the watching millions will never get back.
Newcastle needed to win to put daylight between themselves and the bottom-3, which, 24 and a bit hours later, became more apparent, after Fulham’s win against Liverpool.
Steve Bruce appears to have problems both on and off the pitch with his Magpies simply not firing at the moment.
In the last, 16-Premier League fixtures, worth a total of 48-points Newcastle have achieved, just 10, from 2-victories and 4-draws with 10-defeats in those 16-games.
The previous 4-fixtures have been 2-draws and 2-defeats, which is not enough and leaves Newcastle with 27-points, in 16th-place, from 27-fixtures, 1-point more than Brighton and Fulham, with the Cottagers occupying the final relegation place.
Wolves trip to take on Aston Villa was the 2nd of the weekend’s easy predictions- Aston Villa drawing with Wolves. This column predicted a 1-1 finish but that was more in hope then expectations with not many goals thought. The game at Villa Park finished goalless with a Jack Grealish-less team unable to produce any magic.
Substitute Ross Barkley, who did a rigorous half-time warm-up, that looked like it would see the lad introduced at the interval, spent another quarter of an hour, bench-warming and came on in the 61st-minute but unfortunately, wasn’t able to change the fortunes of the Aston Villa team.
The point gained gives Dean Smith’s Claret and Blues 40, which is usually the tally to avoid relegation, so Villa will be playing Premier League football next term, hopefully at a packed out, vaccine full, Villa Park.
Dean’s boys sit 9th in the table but have only played 26-times, whilst the teams around have completed 27 and 28.
Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traore, scored in the 1st-half, to give Aston Villa, the home victory by a 2-0 scoreline, back at Villa Park in December.
Bet 365 offer Newcastle at 11/4, the draw at 13/5 and slight Odds On 19/20 for Aston Villa to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 12/5 that Anwar El-Ghazi Scores Anytime and 12/5 that Aston Villa Win To Nil.
LEEDS UNITED v CHELSEA
BT Sport 12.30 in England
Both these teams come into this fixture following indifferent results from the Monday Night Football in the Capital. Leeds United suffered a defeat by a 2-0 scoreline, away at the London Stadium against West Ham.
Before Luke Ayling upended Jesse Lingard to concede a penalty, Marcelo’s Whites had 2-goals ruled out by the dreaded VAR.
Both were the correct decisions but after Luke’s indiscretion, West Ham took control. Illan Meslier, who has recently turned 21-years old, initially saved Jesse’s spot-kick but the ball rebounded back to the Hammers player who tucked away to leave Leeds United trailing. Marcelo’s boys then conceded a 2nd soon after and with no more goals, succumbed to the defeat.
Leeds remain in 11th-place, with 35-points from 27-fixtures played and should be back next season, hopefully with Marcelo Bielsa still at the helm and a couple of new additions to enhance the team.
Chelsea, who kicked-off their Monday Night Football, a couple of hours before Leeds United, gained a great victory against Everton, with the same 2-0 scoreline. Kai Havertz got a rare start under Thomas Tuchel, following injury and thought he had scored after 31-minutes.
Unfortunately, although Chelsea got the goal, it went down as an Everton OG, not Kai’s.
Jorginho added a 2nd from the penalty spot midway through the 2nd-half to give Thomas Tuchel’s Blue Engines the victory.
Chelsea stay in 4th-place, with 50-points from 28-games played, a game more than West Ham in 5th, who have 48-points following their victory against today’s opponents.
At Stamford Bridge in December, ex-Chelsea boy Patrick Bamford opened the scoring to give Leeds a lead. Unfortunately, that just sparked life into Frank Lampard’s Blues, with Olivier Giroud equalising before the break.
Kurt Zouma and a very late goal from Christian Pulisic gave Chelsea the victory by a 3-1 scoreline.
Bet 365 offer Leeds United at 7/2, the draw at 14/5 and slight Odds On 3/4 for Chelsea to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 15/8 that Patrick Bamford Scores Anytime and 2/1 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
CRYSTAL PALACE v WEST BROM
Sky Sports 15.00 in England
Roy’s Boys were thumped by Tottenham at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium, late Sunday evening, succumbing to an away-night defeat by a 4-1 scoreline. Christian Benteke, equalised an earlier Tottenham goal, on the stroke of half-time to take the Eagles in level at the break.
Unfortunately, 3 of the Tottenham 4 were on show, with Gareth Bale and Harry Kane scoring a brace apiece, Harry’s last one, from a Son Heung-Min assist, to inflict the heavy defeat on Crystal Palace.
What will have pleased the Palace faithful was the introduction of Wilfried Zaha at half-time after missing the last 5-games through injury.
Roy’s Eagles have 34-points from 28-fixtures and sit 13th in the table. That’s 8-points more than Fulham in the final relegation place, so Crystal Palace should be safe for another season in the Top Flight, however, Roy will want his men to gain a couple more points to ease the nerves of the Eagle Ultras, both cardboard and real.
As mentioned earlier, West Brom played out a turgid goalless draw in the lunchtime kick-off on Sunday against Newcastle. Both teams failed to spark, which left Big Sam scratching his head as to why his boys couldn’t beat a very poor Newcastle team.
The Baggies remain 2nd bottom of the table, with 18-points, which is 8-points from safety, technically 9-points as West Brom have a massive minus-36 goal difference, with Brighton, out of the drop-zone having 8-points more and just a minus-8 goal difference.
So Mr Allardyce’s men, not only have to win 3 more games than Brighton from the remaining 10 but also score a copious amount of goals to make up the difference. Brighton have 11-games to play so the task for West Brom looks virtually impossible.
It looks like the ex-Palace boss, Sam Allardyce will have a relegated team on his CV for the first time ever unless Big Sam jumps ship before the ice-berg hits.
In the Game Week-11 fixture at The Hawthorns, Crystal Palace ran riot, beating West Brom by a great away-day 5-1 scoreline. Darnell Furlong opened the scoring for Palace after 8-minutes, unfortunately, young Darnell is a Baggies player, meaning an own-goal. Conor Gallagher scored in the right net to equalise for West Brom.
Soon after Conor’s goal, Slaven’s Baggies were reduced to 10-men when Matheus Pereira was shown a straight Red Card.
After the break, the remaining 4-goals were scored by 2-players, Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke with a brace apiece, the pattern being Big Wilf, Big Ben, Big Wilf, Big Ben.
Bet 365 offer Crystal Palace at 21/20, the draw at 23/10 and 11/4 for West Brom to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 7/1 that Luka Milivojevic Scores First and 2/1 that there are Under 1.5 Goals.
EVERTON v BURNLEY
Sky Sports 17.30 in England
Everton suffered a set back at Stamford Bridge on Monday Night Football, succumbing to a defeat by a 2-0 scoreline. Both goals conceded, either side of the break.
The Toffees remain in 6th-place, with 46-points, from 27-games played, now just a point more than Tottenham but 3-points more than the Red half of Merseyside. West Ham, Everton and Tottenham have all played 27-times with just 3-points separating the 3-teams vying for a European place.
Burnley earned a great point in the early Saturday Afternoon kick-off at Turf Moor against an in-form Arsenal team.
Sean’s Clarets conceded an early goal that looked like it would open the floodgates for the Gunners, yet after Chris Wood equalised in the 27th-minute, the remaining hour and a bit, was goalless with both sharing the points. That’s now 4-draws from the previous 5-games with the other being a defeat.
The point gained, means Burnley have hit the 30-point barrier, edging them closer to safety.
After all of Game Week-27, as been completed, the Clarets sit 15th in the table, 4-points above the drop-zone.
When Everton made the short journey to the cold of Turf Moor in December, both shared the points from a 1-1 draw, with both goals coming before the break. Robbie Brady opened the scoring after 3-minutes with Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalising in 1st-half time added on.
Bet 365 offer Everton at slight Odds On 3/4, the draw at 5/2 and 4/1 for Burnley to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 13/5 that Gylfi Sigurdsson Scores Anytime and 2/1 that Everton Score in Both Halves.
FULHAM v MAN CITY
Sky Sports 20.00 in England
These two teams face each other, after both having the most bizarre results of last weekend’s fixtures. Fulham earned a great victory at Anfield by a 1-0 scoreline with, Mario Lemina getting the solitary winning goal on the stroke of half-time.
With no more goals after the break, Fulham gained the 3-points but remain in the bottom-3, however, the win takes Scott’s Boys level with Brighton, who sit a place above with the same 26-points.
It’s worth adding Fulham have played a game more than the Seagulls but all Scott Parker can hope for is, his players continue to perform like at Anfield and get the results in the remaining 10-fixtures.
Whilst Fulham’s result was bizarre in the sense that the Cottagers inflicted the 6th straight defeat on Liverpool at Anfield, Man City’s result was bizarre because their 21-game winning streak, came to an end on Sunday, at the Etihad against the Numpty Neighbours.
The John Stone mantra was gone, out the window, redundant, after City, whilst the Barnsley Stone was in the starting eleven, conceded not 1 but 2, Manchester United goals that left City with a humiliating defeat against the Red half of Manc-land.
After only 40-seconds, Gabriel Jesus, somehow back in his own penalty area, tripped Anthony Martial which left an easy decision for the on-field referee to immediately point to the spot.
The dreaded VAR tried getting involved, only to show they were watching the game and not Ski Sunday, with the only question to answer, was the challenge by Mr Jesus in the penalty area or outside.
It was clearly inside the box so the penalty stood and although Ederson got his hand on Bruno Fernandes spot-kick, it wasn’t enough to prevent City from falling a goal behind in the 1st-minute.
City did knock at the United door a few times in the 1st-half but couldn’t penetrate a well-organised defence and a goalkeeper that wasn’t David De Gea. Five minutes after the restart, Pep’s half-time pep talk was out of the window as City conceded a 2nd-United strike and with no further goals, ultimately lost the Manchester Derby by a 2-0 scoreline.
Man City remain at the top of the table and will feel the defeat against the Numpty Neighbours was just a blip and will want to start up a new winning streak at Craven Cottage. Pep’s High Flying Blues have 65-points, 11-more than United who are 2nd.
With both having completed 28-fixtures, Manchester United can get a maximum of 84-points from the remaining 10-games.
Technically, Man City, in 7-games time, Game Week-35, could have 86-points, plus City have a far superior goal difference (plus+37) than Ole’s Trollies (plus+23), assuming City win all 7, Pep’s Blues will regain the Premier League title, that was on loan at Anfield for a season, on the 8th of May, at the Etihad against Chelsea.
If Manchester United fail to win in any of the remaining 10 and City keep on winning, the title will come sooner. There’s a lot of ‘ifs’ ‘buts’ and ‘maybes’ to happen before the crown returns to the Etihad but everyone loves a bit of ‘ifs’ and. It’s what makes the world go round.
Man City play an extra Premier League fixture on Wednesday against Southampton before this fixture at Craven Cottage.
In Game Week-11, Man City weren’t the force that Pep’s boys are now but still earned the home victory with goals from Raheem Sterling and a Kevin De Bruyne penalty before the half-time whistle, giving City the win by a 2-0 scoreline.
Man City then drew the next 2-Premier League fixtures before venturing on the magnificent run that ended on Sunday.
Bet 365 offer Fulham at a massive 9/1, the draw at 9/2 and Odds On 2/7 for Man City to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 10/3 that Sergio Aguero Scores First and 21/20 that City Win To Nil.
SOUTHAMPTON v BRIGHTON
BBC 1, 12.00 in England
Southampton comfortably beat the worst team in the Premier League on Saturday, coming away from Bramall Lane with a victory over Sheffield United by a 2-0 scoreline.
In the previous 9-Premier League fixtures, Wreck-It Ralph’s men have lost 8 and drawn 1, 1-point from a possible 27 on offer, so it was timely, the Blades fixture arrived to stop that horrendous run of results.
James Ward-Prowse scored on the half-hour mark to give the Saints a lead at the interval.
James loves a free-kick but this time the free-kick was from the penalty spot and the lad was not going to miss, scoring his 6th of the campaign.
After the break, Che Adams who started his career at Bramall Lane scored a beauty to seal the win giving Southampton the much-needed 3-points.
Che had started on the bench against his former club but came on after 13-minutes following an injury to Danny Ings. It was later revealed that Danny’s thigh injury will keep him out for around 3-weeks, which will be a blow to Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Southampton sit in 14th-place with 33-points but from only 27-fixtures played, not the 28 others have completed and although should be safe, Ralph and all connected with the Saints will be hoping for a few more to ease the nerves. Southampton face Man City at the Etihad on Wednesday before this fixture against the Seagulls.
Brighton suffered their 3rd-Premier League defeat from the last 5-games, on Saturday succumbing to a 2-1 loss against Leicester at the Amex. The other 2-ended in draws, meaning 2-points from a possible 15. Adam Lallana scored 1st to give the Seagulls a half-time lead.
Unfortunately for Graham Potter’s men, the Foxes hate up the Seagulls in the 2nd-half, scoring twice to inflict the defeat that leaves Brighton perilously close to the relegation zone, the same 26-points as Fulham but with a superior goal difference that is keeping Harry’s men out of the bottom-3.
Brighton have some tough games on the horizon, with firstly this fixture against Southampton, a 6-pointer against Newcastle, then a trip to Old Trafford. If the Seagulls are needing points come the end of the season, Brighton’s last 3-fixtures are West Ham, Man City and Arsenal, the first 2 at home, with the final fixture away at the Emirates.
Compare that to Fulham’s last 3-games, away against Southampton and Manchester United and a final home fixture against Newcastle that could seal either Newcastle, Fulham or Brighton’s fate.
It looks like Sheffield United and West Brom are gone, although not mathematically, so it appears that the final relegation place will be between, Brighton, Newcastle and Fulham, with Fulham in the ascendancy and Newcastle and Brighton in a slump.
Burnley, with 30-points and Southampton with 33, could in effect get dragged into the battle too but John Newsome is sticking with one of Newcastle, Brighton or Fulham as the 3rd team to be relegated.
At the Amex, in December, Southampton, before they were rubbish, got the South Coast victory by a 2-1 scoreline. Pascal Gross scored a penalty to give the Seagulls a lead before Jannik Vestergaard equalised on the stroke of half-time.
The Saints were then awarded their own penalty with 10-minutes remaining, which Danny Ings converted to give Wreck-It Ralphs boys the win over Harry Potter’s Seagulls.
Bet 365 offer Southampton at 17/10, the draw at 23/10 and 13/8 for Brighton to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 8/1 that James Ward-Prowse Scores First and 11/2 that Brighton Score a Penalty.
LEICESTER v SHEFFIELD UNITED
Sky Sports 14.00 in England
Leicester conceded an early goal at the Amex, late Saturday evening, whilst most of the nation (the married ones!) were watching Ant and his mate, who’s name is always forgotten, the little one, to take the Seagulls in at the break, leading. The single lads and lasses out there, saw Kelechi Iheanacho score, just after the break to put the Foxes level.
Brendan’s Wonderful’s left it late to seal the victory, with Daniel Amartey heading home the winner in the 87th-minute to send the cardboard Foxes back up the road, ecstatic.
The win temporarily lifted Leicester up above Manchester United into 2nd in the table with 53-points, which has happened a few times over the past few weeks, with United playing catch-up and usually retaking the position behind Man City, later.
The Foxes must have thought that, with United playing City, 2nd was theirs. Unfortunately for Leicester, the Red Devil’s somehow beat City on Sunday, meaning Brendan’s Wonderful’s drop back down to 3rd-place, a point behind United.
Lennon the pooch scarpered lively, when Dan’s header went in, as Rod Stewart took off his Brighton shirt with ‘Stewart’ and ‘76’ on the back and threw it in the direction of where the trusty puppy had been laying.
Sir Roderick was already in a sensitive mood as Celtic’s fierce rivals Rangers had beaten St Mirren (who?) in the Scottish Pub League, earlier that day, to virtually seal the title.
The victory gave Steven Gerrard’s Blues a massive 88-points, 20-more than Rod’s team, which meant if the Green and White Hoops failed to win on Sunday, the title was Rangers.
Celtic could only manage a draw in their game against Dundee United (who?) meaning the SPL title is going back to Ibrox for the first time in 10-years and prevents Celtic from achieving ‘10-in a row.’
Lennon kept out of the way of Rod but there was the faintest of noise, which sounded a bit like a pooch barking to the tune of,
‘He’s Celtic, United but Brendan has decided that Leicester is the best place to be’
Oh When the saints go marching in,
Oh When the saints go marching in,
Lord, how I want to be in that number,
Oh When the saints go marching in
That was the sound emanating out of Bramall Lane on Saturday when Sheffield United went back to losing ways, succumbing to a defeat against Southampton by a 2-0 scoreline.
When a team has gone 8-games without a victory, it’s a relief when the Blades are the next taxi on the rank. Sheffield United conceded the goals, either side of the break to leave them rock bottom of the Premier League table with 14-points from 28-fixtures.
A massive 12-points from safety, that will see the Blunts visit Championship teams next term.
One of the Championship grounds that may not be visited by Happy Chris and the Blunts (a great name for a band) is Oakwell.
Barnsley FC have won 7-games in a row and now sit proudly, 6th in the Championship table, the final playoff spot, with 57-points, from 34-games, played, a game in hand on most teams around, so a play-off place is now the least that the Reds faithful are hoping for, with Barnsley being one of the teams tipped for relegation last term.
Although the Blades are going to be relegated, James from Swinton, nowhere near Bramall Lane, is overjoyed with the fact that his first footballing love, Barnsley FC, maybe swapping places with his second love, Sheffield United.
The little Blunt cooked Sunday lunch for John Newsome on, well Sunday, which turned out to be a lovely meal and a nice day out in Swinton, which is closer to Oakwell than Bramall Lane.
Jimbo invited his ex-boss, the lovely Danielle, who had to remind the little fella, to stop coming in to work as she had sacked him months ago because James was seen using a knife and fork to mend a Toyota.
The little lads not bothered, he just goes in and pretends to work on cars, whilst singing his favourite John Denver parody, ‘You light up my senses, Like a night out in Sheffield’
James lovely girlfriend had the sewing machine out and was well on the way with Little Jim’s half Barnsley, half Sheffield United shirt, for him to wear next term if the Super Reds are not promoted and the Blunts visit Oakwell to lose again.
John Newsome just wants to say thank you for the Sunday dinner and was surprised at the lovely food served, as it was thought that a Pot Noodle would be the offering.
As this is an English Premier League preview column, it would be an absolute honour and a privilege for John Newsome to write about Barnsley FC in the Premier League next season and the column would probably have to be renamed. Can the faithful dare to dream?
The Barnsley Boys were in Germany, in June 2006, for England’s opening World Cup fixture against Paraguay.
The game was in Frankfurt, but the lads actually stayed in Cologne, from Thursday until Monday and travelled to Frankfurt by train on Saturday. What a weekend that was, it was about as perfect as any football fan would want.
Five of the best mates and a newcomer, who one had never met before and despite a few pre-conceptions about this newcomer, the lad turned out to be a decent guy and a good roommate. Leeds United Boy too!
Max the brother in law, Mike the newby and John Newsome in one room and the mates, Johnny Widdowson, Johnny Saunders and Andy Hall in the next.
Now between the 5 of the Barnsley Boys and the Leeds United lad, there were some serious drinkers, serious! Not your 4-pints of lager, then a coke, it’s 15-pints and more and that was just at the airport.
The boys arrived in Cologne late on Thursday and after dropping the bags at the hotel, hit the bar, nothing much, just a few night-caps to round off the day.
On Friday, the lads got up and had a bit of breakfast, then hit the bars again, walking down to the waterfront and sitting outside a bar, it was ‘scorching’.
The Barnsley boys didn’t look British, not at all. England shorts, tops off, tattoos and shaven heads. A lot of people thought we were from Angola.
Pint after pint after pint of strong German lager, the locals don’t take the money off the clientele like in Britain, in Cologne, the boys just sat and the waiters brought the ale.
After about 3-hours, the waiter came over for ‘payment’ he was a bit concerned that the ‘tab’ had escalated to €180, wow €180 in just 3-hours, and it was only 15.00 hours. The Barnsley Boys just paid, gave the waiter a tip and carried on, staying at the bar for 12-hours, in between, sunbathing, playing football and chatting up ‘Brazillian’ girls, drinking and drinking and not one spot of bother, just a terrific fun day.
The waiters loved the Yorkshire lads and why not, drink was purchased, all were behaved and spent money, lots of money. The bar owners hoped we’d be back soon.
Saturday morning, again the lads were up, had breakfast and gathered in the hotel foyer for the trip to Frankfurt. It was only 08.00 but everyone was there, the conversation turned to Mike, John Newsome had woke up at one point to go to the back-room and found Mikey had taken his bed into the bathroom, whatever for ??
It turns out this EveryTip contributor, snores, quite bad actually. Who knew?
Andrew was green from the Friday session, Mr Hall is a Usain Bolt, not a Mo Farah when it comes to the drinking of alcohol situation. The Australian Red sups anyone under the table in the first session, a sprinter if compared, yet the day after, sparkling Aqua!
To Max, Widdy, Johnny and Mr Newsome, the next day means just that, a new start. Andrew went to the toilet, to well, whatever. John Newsome went to the bar, 4-cans and the boys were off again. Frankfurt was amazing, loads of England, both mad and normal.
The opening World Cup game ended in a win for England by a 1-0 scoreline. A David Beckham free-kick, headed in by the Paraguayan defender, Carlos Gamarra, giving the Three Lions an opening day win.
After the game, the Barnsley Boys caught the train back to Cologne and went back to the hotel for a shower. At night, the lads went out for a meal. Andrew and Mike departed about 22.30, like Ole, claiming ‘fatigue’ after drinking ‘sparkling water’ all evening, nice!
Widdy, Johnny, Max and John Newsome went on, drink after drink after drink. The remaining 4, ended up in a very stereotypical German bar at 04.00 and got very drunk. It’s the first time one came into direct contact with Jägermeister! A herbal alcoholic drink that helps the digestive system, or drink from hell.
The German barmaid was also stereotypical, big and buxom!
‘What’s your name?’ she asks,
‘JOHN’ was the reply.
‘and what’s your friend’s name?’ pointing at Widdy.
‘JOHN’ was the reply.
‘and what’s your other friend’s name?’ pointing at Johnny Saunders.,
‘JOHN’ was the reply.
‘and what’s your other friend’s name?’ pointing at Max,
‘MAX’ was the reply.
‘I like Max’ she says.
It’s time to leave!
We retreated and headed off. Johnny Saunders says, ‘That must be a big place, ‘EIN BAHN STRASSE’’ Because he’s seen loads of signs with this on, ‘You daft so and so.’
Widdy and JB reply, ‘It means, ‘ONE WAY STREET-EIN BAHN STRASSE.’
We had a giggle on the way back to the hotel. On Sunday, the Barnsley Boys did basically the same as what was achieved on Friday, got drunk.
At one point, John Newsome was drinking a ‘Carafe’ of Rose wine to the boy’s pints. Newby Mike had gone home by this point, broken. The lad states it was work-related but it’s thought, it was the snoring. Another 12 hours in the bar by the river. Apart from an incident in McDonald’s, the boys never had any trouble in 4-nights.
On Monday, Andrew and Widdy went shopping for the wives. As never being in a relationship with a young lady, that sentence as gone straight over John Newsome’s head? John just bought his mum a Toblerone and said, ‘Look for the Bear’. The rest of the Barnsley Boys went to the pub.
Having spent 4 nights in Cologne, drunk as monkeys and got back to the hotel every night. Monday afternoon the boys ended up lost. Funny though!
The lads couldn’t find the way back to the hotel. In the taxi, trying to find the digs, the driver enquired as to what street the hotel was on. Widdy, with some sort of unadulterated authority, replied, ‘EIN BAHN STRASSE.’’ Eventually, we returned at 16.40. Andrew wasn’t happy! What a fantastic trip though full of rinses and fun.
When the Foxes had their afternoon out in Sheffield, in early December, Brendan’s Wonderful’s got the victory by a 2-1 scoreline with the original Sheffield Superstar, Jamie Vardy getting the winner in the 90th-minute.
Ollie McBurnie had cancelled out an Ayoze Perez opener to take both teams in level at the break. There is a great image of Happy Chris, literally on his knees, as Jimmy V, runs away after scoring the winning goal.
Bet 365 offer Leicester at Odds On 9/20, the draw at 10/3 and 13/2 for Sheffield United to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 12/5 that Jamie Vardy Scores First and 6/4 that Leicester Score in Both Halves.
ARSENAL v TOTTENHAM
Sky Sports 16.30 in England
It looked for all-purpose on Saturday that Arsenal would steamroll Burnley after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring in the 8th-minute. Unfortunately for the Gunners, Burnley equalised just before half-time and with no further goals, after the break, the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
The point gained, as it’s always a point gained not 2-points lost leaves Arsenal with 38-points, in 10th place in the table. It’s worth reiterating that when a team draws, it’s sometimes mentioned by certain so-called pundits that it’s 2-points lost.
On the iconic BBC 1 programme, Match of the Day, one of the pundits, the legendary Ian Wright, mooted that Mikel Arteta’s boys had lost 2-points against Burnley.
It’s simply not possible to lose any points from a draw, a team always gain a point as it’s impossible to lose something that is not there in the first place.
Arsenal didn’t have the 3-points against Burnley, so by drawing the game, the Gunners gained a point not lost 2.
Tottenham now have 7-points more than their North London rivals following the victory against Crystal Palace on Sunday by a 4-1 scoreline.
Jose Mourinho included Gareth Bale again in a Premier League starting eleven and GB didn’t disappoint, scoring the opener following good wing work by Harry Kane.
Crystal Palace equalised on the stroke of half-time taking both teams in level at the break. Gareth added a 2nd within minutes of the restart, with Big Harry then getting in on the act, bagging a couple of goals himself to seal the comfortable victory against Roy’s Eagles.
Dracula had included 3 of the Tottenham 4 in the starting lineup but left the 4th, Dele Alli clutching garlic on the bench and felt that Mr Alli wasn’t required for this Sunday evening fixture.
Lucas Moura had a great 90-minutes and was influential throughout, hoping that John Newsome replaces Dele with Mr Moura as the 4th of the Tottenham 4. The other 3, Gareth Bale, Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, didn’t see 90-minutes, with all being replaced late in the tie.
Spurs sit 7th in the table, with 45-points, from 27-fixtures after all of Game Week-27 was completed.
Although these next set of fixtures are officially Game Week-28, some teams have already completed 28-games, playing fixtures from Game Week-29, so some are a little out of the sink.
Dele Alli, after warming the bench on Sunday, not seeing any game-time, was seen on his laptop, shopping at Lidl’s online store, ordering more garlic. Both play in the Last-16 of the Europa League before this game.
Significantly, Arsenal are in Greece taking on Olympiacos, whereas Tottenham stay in London and face Dinamo Zagreb, which the travelling the Gunners have to do, could prove decisive when it comes to kick-off on Sunday afternoon.
At the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium back in December, the Tottenham Top Boys, Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane scored the goals in the 1st-half to give Dracula the victory over Pep 2 and gave the Tottenham faithful, the North London bragging rights over the sorry Gooners.
Bet 365 offer Arsenal at 11/8, the draw at 5/2 and 15/8 for Tottenham to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 9/4 that Gareth Bale Scores Anytime and 11/5 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
MANCHESTER UNITED v WEST HAM
Sky Sports 19.15 in England
United are back, United are back, hello, hello! That was the song that the cardboard Devil’s pounded out on Sunday in the Red half of Manchester when Ole’s Wheels stunned Pep’s High Flying City.
With just under a minute on the clock, Anthony Martial ran into the City penalty area and drew a foul by Gabriel Jesus that resulted in an early spot-kick.
Bruno Fernandes did what Bruno does and converted the penalty, however, not with the usual hop, skip and a jump, which usually precludes a Bruno kick. Mr Fernandes knew his opponent’s goalkeeper commanded respect and couldn’t mess around.
The City ‘keeper, Ederson, got his hand on the ball but failed to keep it out of the net, meaning United were 1-0 up after a minute or so.
Despite constant pressure from Pep’s Blues, Ole’s Trollies went in at the break leading. Five minutes after the restart, Luke Shaw scored a brilliant goal giving the Red Devil’s a 2-goal lead that was held on to, leaving Manchester United with a brilliant victory by a 2-0 scoreline against the Noisy Neighbours.
In the interest of fairness, Fred and Scott McTominay started against City, which resulted in the victory, however, this EveryTip column, still maintains United won’t win anything with Fred in the team.
City had 66% possession to United’s 34, 23 attempts at goal, to United’s 8, however, the compelling stat is City had the same number, as United that of 6, on target. Perversely, Man City are the ideal opponents for Ole’s Wheels, with constant possession that allowed United to break on the counterattack.
Which makes Fred look good but in reality, if Fred was monitored against Man City, the Brazilian was woeful, constantly giving the ball away.
When United play against teams such as Crystal Palace, who put 11-men behind the ball, Fred hasn’t got the skill to penetrate an 11-man defence, meaning United struggle to break down such a team, which makes them unable to score.
To move to the next level, Ole needs a better midfielder, one who’s defensive but who can unlock a defence, if only N’Golo Kante was available. To reiterate, although a great victory against Man City, Manchester United will not win anything with Fred.
Manchester United face AC Milan in the 1st-leg of the Last-16 tie in the Thursday night Europa League, before the visit of the Hammers.
West Ham got another great victory on Monday Night Football, beating Leeds United by a 2-0 scoreline.
Jesse Lingard missed a penalty midway through the 1st-half but luckily for the ex-United player, the ball rebounded back to Jess who tapped home to give the Hammers the lead.
Craig Dawson then added the 2nd, heading home a cross from an Arron Cresswell corner. Leeds United did miss quite a few chances to get back into the contest but with no further goals, West Ham held on for the victory.
David Moyes Boys, remain 5th in the table, with 48-points from 27-fixtures played, 6-points less than today’s hosts.
Jesse Lingard has scored 4-goals since his loan move from Manchester but unfortunately won’t be able to play today against his parent club, which will be a negative for the Bubbles.
Over the past few weeks, there’s been a troubling story in the Horse Racing World about a prominent Irish Trainer and a Jockey, being filmed, in separate incidents, sat on a dead horse, that appears to have died from a heart attack.
Whilst this is a Premier League football preview, it is a betting tip column for EveryTip, which obviously as Horse Racing at the heart of the site.
Firstly, Gordon Elliott has been an idiot and the lad will know, more than anyone that what he did was wrong and disrespectful. The jockey, Rob James, who was filmed doing what Gordon did, is an idiot too. There’s a lot of emotive opinions of what these two have done that just needs to be tempered.
In these worrying times of Coronavirus, things are taken out of context, with a lot of people, understandably worried about the current climate and what the future holds.
Whilst not and never would be, sticking up for Mr Elliott and Rob, it’s offered, to please take a step back from the obvious distress that as come from the actions of an individual and a human being. These two didn’t perpetrate the killing of the horses photographed, the beautiful animals died of natural causes.
It by no means excuses the actions of Gordon Elliott and Rob James, it’s just given as a Devil’s Advocate, that in these troubled times, an action of an individual, is maybe out of context.
Mr Elliott has been banned from any involvement in Horse Racing for 12-months, 6-months suspended and rightly so, with his reputation in tatters and some will feel, shouldn’t have anything to do with horses again. However, aged 43, Gordon should be given a chance to redeem himself and work in an industry that he undoubtedly has a talent for.
Whilst not to tell anyone what the lad should do, it’s obvious that Gordon Elliott has an understanding of the Equine industry, despite the indiscretion. So instead of the guy, being pilloried and outcast, would it not be better to get Gordon involved in some sort of rehabilitation programme that involves young trainers, jockeys or anyone else wanting to get involved in a rewarding industry?
That may at times get tarnished by incidents such as these but it is a tremendous source of entertainment, pleasure and escape for a lot of people in the world, a lot who suffer their own demons, who see Horse Racing as a relief from the everyday grind.
Whilst what Gordon Elliott and Rob James did was horrendous, don’t cast the guys away along the waves, everyone deserves a chance of redemption and like the Bible says, ‘Let he (or she!) without sin, cast the first stone.’
The 6-months will give Gordon a lot of time for reflection and hopefully the boy will come back stronger and give something back to the Horse Racing industry that, like so many and so much, as suffered from the Pandemic. Give Mr Elliott a chance.
In Game Week-11, Manchester United gained a great away-day victory by a 3-1 scoreline, giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the win over ex-United boss David Moyes. The Hammers actually took the lead in the 1st-half through Tomas Soucek.
Tomas has been referred to as David’s Marouane Fellaini, which Big Tom must see as an insult!
Ole got into his Zebra Devil’s at the interval which the United players heeded and scored 3-Bruno Fernandes inspired goals in the 2nd-half to give United the victory. Bruno was sat on the bench for the first 45-minutes before being introduced for the start of the 2nd-period.
Paul Pogba, with a beautiful strike, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford with the goals to give Manchester United the win, with not a Fred in sight. What was noticeable about the victory at the London Stadium, Ole’s Wheels passed the ball forward, strange that!
Bet 365 offer Manchester United at slight Odds On 4/5, the draw at 14/5 and 16/5 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 6/4 that Bruno Fernandes Scores Anytime and 9/2 that there are Over 4.5 Goals.
WOLVES v LIVERPOOL
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Wolves gained an attritional point at Villa Park, from a drab draw against Aston Villa on Saturday by a 0-0 scoreline. At Molineux, there was only one goal separating the two Midland clubs, which was scored in the 95th-minute from the penalty spot.
The reverse fixture on Saturday was never likely to produce goals, especially with Villa’s star man not playing.
The point gained leaves Wolves in 12th-place with 35 from the 28-games played. Although not many points on the board, Nuno’s Gold and Blacks will be safe and will come back for another go in the Premier League next term.
Liverpool played 68-times at Anfield, from April 2017 to January 2021, without losing. Since the 21st of January 2021, Jurgen’s Reds have played 6-home games and have lost all 6. That stat in itself is quite staggering as not only is it pretty unbelievable, it’s the first time in Liverpool’s history that the Reds have lost 6-home games in succession.
The latest defeat at the historic Anfield was against Fulham on Sunday with Liverpool suffering a loss by a 1-0 scoreline. The Fulham goal was scored just before half-time and Scott’s Boys held on for the not-so-famous victory.
There’s been a lot of talk since the defeat against the Cottagers, some would say, a lot of drivel with all sorts of rhyme and reason being offered up as to why the current Premier League Champions have lost the last-6 home games, 9 in total, with 3-away losses and sit 8th in the table, with 43-points from 28-games played.
That’s a massive 22-points behind Man City and 3-points behind the Merseyside rivals, Everton. One of the main reasons is given in 3-words, Virgil Van Dijk. There have been discussions up and down the country as to why the absence of one player is making such a difference to Jurgen’s Reds.
The reason is, the one player is such a big influence on the whole Liverpool set up. Jordan Henderson has played in Virgil’s place but is better in midfield, Fabinho had played in Big Virgil’s place but is better in midfield.
Take those two out of the midfield and place the pair in a position that doesn’t suit them and it throws the dynamic of Jurgen’s whole philosophy out of kilter. Whilst Fabinho and Jordan are competent players, it does diminish Liverpool’s midfield, which in turn, affects the strikers.
The Fab 3 are not the force of last season, although Mo Salah is the current top scorer in the Premier League with 17-goals, 1-more than Harry Kane and Bruno Fernandes, Sadio Mane has just 7 and Roberto Firmino with 6.
Mo scored 19 in the title-winning season, Sadio finished with 18 and Bobby F, 9. That means, in the 10-remaining fixtures, Mr Salah has to score 2, Mr Mane has to score 11 and Mr Firmino 3, to equal last terms tally. It’s possible that Mo and Roberto can score the goals to equal last season but it’s unlikely Sadio will bag 11.
If it does happen that Mo, Sadio and Roberto score 16-goals between them in the 10-games that are left, Liverpool will be back on track, not necessarily as Champions, as that’s gone but maybe in the Top 4.
However, there’s no real evidence to suggest, Sadio Mane at least, that those goals will come and Jurgen’s Reds could quite easily miss out on European football next term, which would be a travesty for all connected with Liverpool. The Reds finish off their Last-16, tie against RB Leipzig before this game against Wolves, leading 2-0 from the 1st-leg.
Wolves were gutted back in December being one of the limited teams that haven’t gained a victory at Anfield.
Jurgen’s Reds easily beat Nuno’s Gold and Blacks by a 4-0 scoreline. Mo Salah scored 1st before the break to give Liverpool a half-time lead. Goals from Georgi Wijnaldum, Joel Matip and a Nelson Semedo own-goal, in the 2nd-half, gave the cardboard faithful a rare home victory.
Bet 365 offer Wolves at 15/4, the draw at 14/5 and slight Odds On 8/11 for Liverpool to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 13/10 that Diogo Jota Scores Anytime and 12/5 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
Ex-professional footballer known affectionately as The Beast, Jon Parkin continues to offer his input and has kindly given his predictions for Game Week-28.
Newcastle 0 v Aston Villa 2
Leeds United 1 v Chelsea 2
Crystal Palace 2 v West Brom 1
Everton 2 v Burnley 0
Fulham 0 v Man City 2
Southampton 2 v Brighton 1
Leicester 2 v Sheffield United 0
Arsenal 2 v Tottenham 2
Manchester United 1 v West Ham 1
Wolves 1 v Liverpool 2
JP had 5-Correct Results from the 10-Fixtures but significantly, Jon had 2-Correct Scores in Game Week-27.
John Newsome had 4-Correct Results with 0-Correct Scores.
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