The highlight games for this next set of EPL games are the re-arranged ARSENAL versus LIVERPOOL match (Game-week 27) and SPURS versus WEST HAM (Game-week 30). Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews these as well as all game-week 30 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
There are only 7-fixtures this period, with 3-midweek rearranged games and 4 from Game Week-30 only, due to 6 of the Premier League teams taking part in the Quarter-Final of the FA Cup over the same weekend.
BRIGHTON v TOTTENHAM
19.30 in England.
Brighton suffered a defeat on Saturday, against Liverpool at Anfield by a 2-0 scoreline, as predicted in this EveryTip column last week.
That’s the Seagulls, 5th-straight loss in the last 5-fixtures, which is becoming a worry for the Seagull faithful.
Graham Potter was at one point, touted for the Tottenham job, after the Portuguese pair, Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espírito Santo failed at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium.
If Brighton’s results don’t improve soon, Mr Potter will be joining Nuno at the Job Centre.
Brighton remain in 13th, with 33-points, there isn’t any real danger of Harry’s men becoming embroiled in a relegation battle but the Seagull faithful won’t be happy and will be out nicking chips of the punters on Brighton Palace Pier.
Harry Kane did score in the game against Manchester United on Saturday, where Tottenham suffered a defeat by a 3-2 score.
Although the goal saw Big HK, go level with Frank Lampard in the Premier League goal scoring charts, now joint 5th, both with 177 Top Flight notches, Harry was outshone by That Boy Ronaldo, who bagged a hat-trick, that ultimately was the difference between the 2-teams.
Harry converted a penalty to bring the scores level, after Ronnie’s opener, then the Portuguese legend added a 2nd, that sent Spurs in trailing at the break,
It then was another Harry, that scored for Tottenham to equalise again, however, it was an own-goal by Harry Maguire that was turned past David De Gea.
A certain Cristian Romero was pleased about that one and did give Mr Maguire some verbal.
Slab-head had the last laugh though, when CR7-2.0 headed home his and United’s 3rd, to inflict the defeat on Spurs.
Whilst it appeared there was turmoil at Tottenham and that’s yet to be clarified, Spurs now sit 8th in the table, with 45-points, following the loss, slipping a place, after Wolves’ victory on Sunday.
That said, Wolves have played 2-games more than Tottenham.
Antonio Conte looked heartbroken on the sidelines, knowing that he would be back eating nice sandwiches instead of the Supermodel food, that Ralph Rangnick is currently enjoying.
Because there isn’t a Manchester United preview this week, due to not playing now in the Premier League, until the 2nd of April, it’s fitting to mention the performance against Tottenham in this Spurs preview.
It’s well known that John Newsome isn’t a Fred fan, not in any personal way, the lad appears to be a likeable fella, it’s just what the Brazilian offers as a footballer.
However, this EveryTip column is always fair and has to give Fred some credit for the display against Tottenham on Saturday.
The Boy from Brazil had a great game and was only overshadowed by the main man himself, Cristiano Ronaldo.
There could be mitigating circumstances regarding the performance, being Fred had Nemanja Matic at the side of him plus an influential Paul Pogba, who is still underrated at Old Trafford.
Again, this EveryTip column has backed Paul over the years and feels it’s United who have let the French lad down not the other way around.
It could also have been the way Tottenham allowed Fred to dictate the play in Midfield.
Only Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was anywhere near effective with Rodrigo Bentancur being non-existent, allowing the United players time on the ball.
Gary Neville was a bit dismissive of Manchester United’s performance but what people have to understand, the current Red Devil team are not of the level of any in Mr Neville’s United era, so Gary can offer up that opinion.
With Cristiano in the team, there are still the odd moments that the Old Trafford faithful can get excited about.
There was talk of the demise of CR7-2.0 but the great man put such talk on the back-burner for the time being, with his superb hat-trick.
Cristiano supposedly had a hip-flexor problem that ruled the lad out of the Manchester Derby, however, it wasn’t the hip-flexor, it was a hip-flask problem, with someone filling it up with Harvey’s Bristol Cream, that sent That Boy Ronaldo, a little bendy.
To beat a Tottenham side that has Antonio Conte as manager and a firing, on form Harry Kane is some accolade that could kick Ralph’s Roadsters into gear and push on to finish in the Top Four.
This rearranged affair is the 1st-meeting between the two teams in the Premier League this season, however, the pair did meet a couple of weeks ago in the FA Cup, with Tottenham progressing.
At the Amex back in January 2021, Leandro Trossard scored the only goal to give Harry Potter the victory over Dracula Mourinho by a 1-0 score.
Betfred offer Brighton at 12/5, the draw at 12/5 and 5/4 for Tottenham to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 5/4 that Harry Kane Scores Anytime and slight Odds On 8/11 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
ARSENAL v LIVERPOOL
20.15 in England
Mr Arteta’s young Gunners are in the ascendancy for a Top Four finish following Sunday’s victory against the Foxes by a 2-0 score.
Brendan’s not so Wonderful’s rolled into the Emirates without the main man, the Sheffield Superstar that is Jamie Vardy who has picked up another injury, with Leicester, simply not as good without Jimmy V.
That doesn’t take away the performance from the Young Guns who are the youngest team in the Premier League.
Thomas Partey opened the scoring following a corner, heading home to give Arsenal the lead at the break.
Alexandre Lacazette converted a 2nd-half penalty to secure the home victory against a toothless set of Foxes.
Mikel Arteta’s men are back up to 4th, with 51-points from 26-fixtures played.
The Gunners had temporarily dropped to 6th following victories by Manchester United and West Ham but are back above the 2-United’s and have 3-extra games to play to cement the Champions League spot.
Arsenal have struggled against teams that are above them, that said most have found Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea tough to face.
Liverpool put in a professional performance at the Amex on Saturday, getting the victory over Brighton by a 2-0 away day scoreline, to keep the pressure on Man City in the race for the Premier League title.
The new Anfield sensation, Luis Diaz scored his 2nd-Liverpool goal midway through the 1st-half to give the away side the lead at the break.
Mo Salah got his obligatory goal just after the hour-mark, the Egyptian King’s 20th-strike of the campaign, after converting a penalty.
Mo is comfortably leading the way at the top of the goal-scoring charts with his teammates, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane, plus a certain Cristiano Ronaldo trailing behind, all with 12-goals.
Jurgen’s Reds have 66-points from 28-fixtures and are secure in 2nd-place, now 4-points adrift of Pep’s High Flying Blues, following City’s draw against Crystal Palace on Monday Night Football and have this extra fixture to close the gap to just 1.
Pep 1, will be hoping his old mate Pep 2, does him a big, big favour.
At Anfield in November 2021, Liverpool got an easy victory by a 4-0 score.
Sadio Mane opened the scoring in the 1st-half, to give the home team a lead at the break.
Diogo Jota, Mo Salah and Takumi Minamino all scored in the 2nd-half to give Jurgen’s Reds the convincing win over Mikel’s Gunners.
Betfred offer Arsenal at 3/1, the draw at 16/5 and slight Odds On 17/20 for Liverpool to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 15/8 that Luis Diaz Scores Anytime and 13/8 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
EVERTON v NEWCASTLE
19.45 in England.
There’s an advert currently on television, about the new Samsung S12 phone, whilst nothing against Samsung, they make some good telly’s to watch the Premier League on of a weekend, it’s more to do with one of the features on the phone.
The feature of the said phone under scrutiny is the ability to delete parts of photos, for example, if one takes a snap and there’s an old couple in the background drinking Bovril.
The new phones technology, allows the owner to delete the said Bovril drinkers, apparently to make the photo perfect.
Is that what life is about?
Does one want to constantly delete things that supposedly doesn’t fit right?
Life isn’t about perfection, Instagram filters that smooth things out, life is hard, life is so tough!
In a twist of fate, Samsung was the main sponsor of Chelsea, a couple of seasons back, with the word Samsung displayed on all of the player’s shirts.
The current situation in Ukraine can’t be deleted by Samsung.
There’s no problem if one purchases the new phone or Chelsea shirt but please, for humanity’s sake, don’t use the function that allows a part of a photo to be wiped out.
Ukrainian people don’t want to be part of a Samsung photo and deleted from the picture.
Back in December when this fixture should have taken place, it would have been unimaginable to think that out of the two, it’s Everton that are now the club in danger of relegation.
Rafa Benitez was the manager in December but only lasted another couple of weeks before joining Steve Bruce at the Job Centre.
Everton were 15th in the table, with 19-points from 17-games played.
It’s now 4-defeats in a row for Frank Lampard’s Blues, following the loss against Wolves on Sunday by a 1-0 scoreline.
Added to the defeat was a Red Card for Jonjoe Kenny following 2-quick fire Yellows.
The Australian branch of this EveryTip column, plus Ilkley’s newest resident, all predicted a victory for Everton, however, all were informed of just how poor the Toffees are at the moment, with John Newsome being the only 1 out of the 4, to correctly predict a victory for Wolves.
The Toffees now sit 17th in the table, with 22-points from 26-played, meaning there have only been an extra 3-points accrued from 9-Premier League fixtures.
Those 3-points have come from 1-win, in the 6-fixtures, under the name of Frank Lampard’s Everton.
Newcastle sat 19th, with 11-points, having played 19-games at the time.
Eddie Howe’s Magpies have won 5-times, lost once and drawn once over the same timeframe that Frank has had.
The loss was on Sunday away at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea inflicted a defeat on Newcastle by a 1-0 score.
In truth, the Magpies were unlucky and put up a decent fight which should have at least yielded a point.
There was a controversial incident when Jacob Murphy was hacked down in the area with both the on-field referee, David Coote and the Stockley Park gang, failing to award a spot-kick.
Isn’t that what the dreaded VAR is set up for?
It would have been interesting to see if Chelsea would have been awarded a penalty for the same challenge at the other end.
That said, as was pointed out in this EveryTip column a couple of weeks ago, the award of a penalty doesn’t necessarily equal a goal scored.
Despite the defeat at Stamford Bridge, Newcastle are still in a great position and will definitely be playing Top Flight football next season.
Everton might not be!
Coincidentally, Frank’s 1st-fixture in charge was against Newcastle at St James Park, where Eddie’s Black and Whites got the victory by a 3-1 score.
The opening goals that took both teams in level at the break, were credited as OG’s.
Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles turned past his own ‘keeper to give Everton the lead before Everton’s Mason Holgate returned the favour.
Ryan Fraser and Kieran Trippier scored in the 2nd-half to give Eddie Howe’s Newcastle the victory over Frank Lampard’s Everton.
Betfred offer Everton at 11/8, the draw at 5/2 and 21/10 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Alan Saint-Maximin Score Anytime and 9/2 that Newcastle Win To Nil.
WOLVES v LEEDS UNITED
20.00 in England
Wolves went into the game against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, off the back of a win and 3-losses so confidence wasn’t as high as expected.
Despite none of the Strikers or Midfielders scoring, the excellent Centre-Back, that is Conor Coady scored his 3rd-goal of the season to give Bruno’s Gold and Blacks the away-day victory by a 1-0 score.
John Newsome rates Captain Coady and has documented previously that the Liverpool lad never lets England down when Gareth Southgate gives him an outing.
Usually, Mr Southgate picks Conor when England are playing a 3rd-rate team such as San Marino or Andorra, however, this EveryTip contributor would start Conor Coady in front of Harry Maguire.
Wolves sit 7th in the table, with 46-points, a point more than Tottenham and 2-adrift of West Ham, however, have played the full complement of 29-fixtures whereas Spurs have only played 27-times.
‘Leeds, Leeds are falling apart again, Leeds, Leeds are falling apart again.’
Patrick Bamford was back in the starting eleven, against Norwich on Sunday, for the first time since mid-September 2021.
Patrick has been sorely missed by the Whites that has ultimately cost Marcelo Bielsa his position.
If Mr Bamford had played more this term, Marcelo would still be the manager.
Patrick showed his worth to the whole set-up of the Leeds team, coming short to receive the ball allowing others to go past him.
That created the opening goal against Norwich, scored by Rodrigo.
The Canary’s stunned the Whites late on scoring an equaliser in the 91st-minute, with a Joy Division tune being heard in the distance.
Fortunately for the Marching On Together crew, Jesse Marsch made a late and inspired substitution, sending on Joe Gelhardt after the equaliser who rewarded the manager’s faith by tapping home the winner, 2-minutes after coming on.
The victory, by a 2-1 scoreline, was much needed following 6-straight defeats.
Leeds United remain in 16th-place, with 26-points, 4 above the relegation zone, however, the Whites have played the full 29-fixtures on offer, whereas Everton have only completed 26-games.
Watford, who are the team in the final relegation place, with the same 22-points as Everton, have played 29-times also, with Burnley, 21-points, completing 27-fixtures, so at the minute the table isn’t on an even keel.
Marching On Together.
At Elland Rd back in October 2021, Bruno’s Gold and Blacks shared the points with Marcelo’s Whites.
Hwang-Hee Chan scored in the 1st-half to give the away team the lead at the break.
When it appeared that Wolves would get the victory, Rodrigo converted a penalty in the 94th-minute to earn a point from a draw by a 1-1 score.
Betfred offer Wolves at 11/10, the draw at 13/5 and 13/5 for Leeds United to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 5/1 that Raul Jimenez Scores First and 13/5 that Wolves Win To Nil.
***Premier League Team of the Week***
GOALKEEPER- Guaita- Crystal Palace
RIGHT-BACK- Kyle Walker- Man City
CENTRE-BACK- Conor Coady- Wolves
CENTRE-BACK- John Stones- Man City
LEFT-BACK- Tyrick Mitchell- Crystal Palace
MIDFIELDER- Fred- Manchester United
MIDFIELDER- Nemanja Matic- Manchester United
MIDFIELDER- Thomas Partay- Arsenal
FORWARD- Christian Eriksen- Brentford
FORWARD- Cristiano Ronaldo- Manchester United
FORWARD- Kai Havertz- Chelsea
STAR MAN- Cristiano Ronaldo- Manchester United
ASTON VILLA v ARSENAL
12.30 in England
Aston Villa suffered a defeat away against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday, with the Hammers getting the victory by a 2-1 scoreline.
In the battle of the Claret and Blues, after conceding 2-goals, Jacob Ramsey scored a late consolation, with all the goals coming in the 2nd-half.
The defeat comes off the back of 3-straight victories and leaves Villa in 9th, with 36-points from 28-fixtures played.
The positive for Stevie G and his boys was Southampton failed to win against Watford, thus Aston Villa stay above the Saints.
Arsenal will have played against Liverpool in midweek so depending on the result, could be well on the way to cementing the 4th-place spot.
If the Gunners do suffer a defeat against the Reds and today against Villa, Arsenal should still be 4th, with 51-points, going into the International Break.
West Ham or Tottenham could theoretically overhaul the North London rival on goal difference as they are 3 and 6-points adrift but that would mean Arsenal have lost both games against Liverpool and Villa and Spurs have beaten Brighton and West Ham.
As Tottenham face West Ham, only 1 can achieve 51-points.
The Game Week-9 affair back in mid-October resulted in a victory for Arsenal by a 3-1 scoreline.
Thomas Partey got the party started, scoring the opener, midway through the 1st-half, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang adding a 2nd on the stroke of half-time.
Arsenal were awarded a penalty which Pierre-Emerick took but although the Villa goalkeeper and ex-Gunner, Emiliano Martinez saved Mr Aubameyang’s initial shot, the ball came back to the Striker to tap home.
Emile Smith-Rowe added a 3rd after the break, with Villa’s Jacob Ramsey pulling a goal back late on, that ultimately was just a consolation, with Mikel Arteta’s Gunners getting the victory over Dean Smith’s Claret and Blues.
Dean only lasted 2-further games then was sacked by the Aston Villa hierarchy.
Betfred offer Aston Villa at 9/4, the draw at 13/5 and 5/4 for Arsenal to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Ollie Watkins Scores Anytime and slight Odds On 4/5 that there are Over 2.5 Goals.
LEICESTER v BRENTFORD
14.00 in England
Leicester were well beaten on Sunday, suffering a defeat at the Emirates against Arsenal by a 2-0 scoreline.
Brendan’s Wonderful’s are not as wonderful without Jamie Vardy who has picked up another injury, putting the Sheffield Superstar out of action once again.
Leicester are simply not as good when Jimmy V doesn’t play.
One of the Foxes’ main problems this term is conceding goals from corners which is where Arsenal’s opener came from.
There was a dreaded VAR interruption after the break which seemed to go on for an eternity following a handball incident.
Finally, after an age, a penalty was awarded to Arsenal, who converted, giving the home team a 2-goal advantage.
With no further goals, Leicester suffered the defeat, leaving the Foxes in 12th-place with 33-points from 26-fixtures played.
That’s 3-points more than today’s opponents.
Rod Stewart and Lennon the Puppy were happy on Sunday, following the defeat for Leicester.
Roderick wearing an Arsenal shirt, with ‘Wright’ and ‘8’ on the back went off over the fields with the pooch chasing several tennis balls.
It was Rod chasing the tennis balls not Lennon, as the puppy wasn’t that bothered.
Sir Rod was even happier on Monday when the crooners beloved Green and White Hoops got a victory over Dundee United (who?) in the Scottish Pub Cup, to progress to the Semi-Final of that particular competition.
The arch Glasgow rivals, Rangers had got a victory in their Quarter-Final tie against Dundee (who?) on Sunday, to set up the possibility of an Old Firm clash in the Final at Hampden Park in May.
As it turned out, both will meet at Hampden Park but in the Semi-Final not the Final as the ‘hot’ balls in the bag, pitched both together, leaving the Edinburgh clubs, Hibernian (who?) to face Hearts (who?) in the other last-4 tie.
Glasgow v Edinburgh in the Final!
Dundee and Dundee United are 2-separate teams who both play in the Pub League up in Scotland.
It’s important not to confuse the two as the faithful get upset.
Unlike the two Milan clubs who share the San Siro, these Scottish teams have their own stadiums in the City, with Dundee’s Dens Park, literally across the road from Dundee United’s Tannadice Park.
Those boys don’t share!
When over the field, Lennon had 5-minutes waiting for the old boy Mr Stewart to catch up and whilst laid down, started barking out the tune,
‘He’s Celtic, United but Brendan has decided that Leicester is the best place to be.’
Brentford got another great victory on Saturday, inflicting a defeat on Burnley by a 2-0 scoreline.
Ivan Toney is back from injury and back scoring goals.
Following last week’s hat-trick, which included 2-penalties, Mr T scored a further 2, the 2nd being another penalty after heading home the 1st, from a brilliant cross by Christian Eriksen.
Five goals in the last 2-games.
When the lad was running out at Oakwell a few years back, it’s unlikely that Big Ivan would have envisaged playing alongside Christian.
However, the two are forming a great understanding at Brentford.
That’s 11-goals so far for Ivan Toney, in the first adventure of life in the Promised Land.
That’s a great return for Mr T who’s certainly a firm fan’s favourite.
Brentford sit 15th, with 30-points from 29-fixtures played.
Thomas’s Bees had lost 7 out of 8 Premier League games leading up to last week’s tie against Norwich and were being tipped for a relegation battle, however, following the victory against the Canary’s and the latest win against the Clarets, Brentford have opened the gap over the troubled teams.
At the Wellard Stadium back in October, Leicester got the away day victory by a 2-1 score.
Youri Tielemans scored in the 1st-half, to give Brendan’s Wonderful’s the lead at the break.
Mathias Jorgensen equalised for Thomas’s Bees before James Maddison scored the winner for Leicester in the 74th-minute.
Betfred offer Leicester at 21/20, the draw at 13/5 and 11/4 for Brentford to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Harvey Barnes Scores Anytime and 7/5 that Ivan Toney Scores Anytime.
TOTTENHAM v WEST HAM
16.30 in England
Tottenham come into this Game Week-30 fixture following the rearranged affair on Wednesday against Brighton.
Depending on the results in midweek at the Amex and this London Derby, Tottenham could be as high as 4th, going into the International Break.
To be 4th, however, would have to see Arsenal lose both of their fixtures and Tottenham not only win both games but also score a few goals.
That said, Antonio’s Spurs won’t fall any further than 8th in the table if defeats are suffered in the 2-fixtures.
West Ham got a great victory on Sunday, inflicting a defeat on Aston Villa, at the London Stadium, by a 2-1 scoreline.
After a goalless 1st-half, David Moyes sent on Andriy Yarmolenko, who got a great ovation by both sets of Claret and Blues faithful.
The Ukrainian, whose thoughts must be elsewhere, scored the opening goal, 20-minutes after coming on, again being given a great ovation by all in the ground.
Pablo Fornals added a 2nd but with time running out, Villa pulled a goal back to give the Bubbles a nervy few minutes.
Fortunately for the faithful, the final whistle was blown and the 3-points were achieved.
West Ham sit 6th, with 48-points, having played the full 29-fixtures on offer.
Manchester United are a place above with 50, both having played the same amount of games but United don’t play this weekend so the Hammers have a chance to leapfrog Ralph’s Roadsters.
There’s also an opportunity to get 51-points, the same as what Arsenal would have if the Gunners lose both games against Liverpool and Aston Villa.
In the Game Week-9 tie at the London Stadium, following a goalless 1st-half, Michail Antonio scored the only goal of the game, midway through the 2nd, to give West Ham the victory by a 1-0 score.
Betfred offer Tottenham at Odds On 10/11, the draw at 11/4 and 16/5 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 5/1 that Harry Kane Scores First and 7/4 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.