The highlight games for this next set of EPL games are ARSENAL versus BRIGHTON and MAN CITY versus LIVERPOOL. Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews these as well as all game-week 32 matches with his unique and insightful commentary. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday.
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All these fixtures are the reverse of Game Week-7, which took place over the first weekend of October 2021.
NEWCASTLE v WOLVES
20.00 in England
Friday Night Football.
It’s fair to say that Newcastle were smashed on Sunday down at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium, succumbing to a defeat against Tottenham by a devastating 5-1 away day scoreline.
The strange thing about the game was Eddie’s Magpies scored the 1st-goal with Fabian Schar heading home before 40-minutes were up on the clock.
Unfortunately for the travelling faithful, their Black and White idols conceded a Tottenham equaliser before half-time that took both teams in level.
Whilst the Toon Army were still discussing the cost of a half-time pie and a pint, charged on the concourse of the new stadium, with the constant sound of,
‘Hoo much?’ being heard all around, Tottenham quickly took the lead after the restart.
Spurs then scored a further 3 to run out easy winners.
After a great run that took Newcastle away from the Premier League relegation zone, it is now 3-defeats in a row for Eddie and the Magpies, that does need addressing.
The Tottenham v Newcastle fixture evokes memories of some great players that have strutted their stuff in both jerseys.
Stephen Carr, Chris Waddle, David Ginola, Les Ferdinand and of course the great Paul Gascoigne.
Newcastle sit 15th in the table after Game Week-31, with 31-points from 30-fixtures played.
Eddie Howe’s men have 7-points more than Burnley who sit in the final relegation place, having played 30-game. The Clarets, just 29!
That would mean, from the remaining 8-fixtures, Burnley have to win at least 3-more than Newcastle, which is a big ask.
However, the Magpies have to face Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal in the remaining 8-games, plus a final day fixture against Sean’s Clarets at Turf Moor.
Maybe the more likely scenario due to the Clarets having played a game less is, come that final day game, it’s a winner takes the Premier League place ‘all’ situation.
Eddie and the Magpies will not want that particular scenario and will hope safety is confirmed before Game Week-38.
Wolves come into this fixture at St James Park off the back of a great victory against the Midlands Rivals, Aston Villa on Saturday by a 2-1 scoreline, as predicted in this EveryTip column last week.
The Fine Young Cannibal, Jonny (we’re Sorry!) did come home for the Molineux faithful scoring the opener after just 7-minutes.
If one remembers, Spanish Jon, scored in the defeat against Leeds United before the International Break, giving the lad 2-goals for the campaign so far.
Stevie G sent on Ashley Young in the 13th-minute after injury to Lucas Digne. Unfortunately for Young Ashley, the lad turned past his own ‘keeper to give Wolves a healthy half-time lead.
Villa did pull a goal back in the 2nd-half but Wolves held on for the Midlands victory.
Wolves remain in 8th, with 49-points from the full complement of 31-games played.
At Molineux back at the beginning of October Bruno’s Gold and Blacks got the victory over the Magpies, still under the guidance of Steve Bruce, by a 2-1 score.
Hwang-Hee Chan scored both Wolves’ goals, 1 in each half, to give the home team the win.
Jeff Hendrick had equalised the opening goal just before half-time to take both teams in level at the break.
The previous 4-Premier League fixtures ended in a draw by the same 1-1 scoreline.
Betfred offer Newcastle at 5/4, the draw at 21/10 12/5 and for Wolves to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 12/1 that Joao Moutinho Scores Anytime and 5/4 that there are Over 2.5 Goals.
EVERTON v MANCHESTER UNITED
12.30 in England
Frank Lampard’s Everton suffered their 6th-defeat since being renamed following the loss against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday. The Hammers scored 1st, leaving the Toffees trailing at the break.
Mason Holgate equalised for Frank’s Blues just after the restart, however, the parity didn’t last long with West Ham scoring again which ultimately turned out to be the winner.
Michael Keane received a Yellow Card in both halves resulting in a Red and an early bath, that ruled the Centre-Back out of the fixture against his old employer, Burnley.
That will irk the lad, as it’s always nice to play against an ex, to show what could have been.
That said, the midweek 1-game ban means MK will be available for this visit from another former employer.
It’s whether Frank wants to bring Michael straight back into the team or stick with the same Back-Line as against Burnley.
On Wednesday, the Clarets opened the scoring against the Toffees but the goal was quickly equalised when Burnley conceded a penalty to allow Richarlison to convert.
Twenty minutes or so later, the same scenario occurred, with Burnley conceding another penalty, this time confirmed by the dreaded VAR and Richarlison once again converting, giving Everton at the break.
Unfortunately for the travelling Toffees, they were witness to their idols conceding twice more to ultimately lose the fixture at Turfs Moor.
Franks Toffees stay in 17th-place following the defeat over the weekend and the loss in the rearranged fixture against Burnley.
Following the 2-recent games, Everton have 25-points from 29-fixtures played. It’s not looking good for Frank Lampard’s Everton.
Early on in proceedings in the tie at Turf Moor, Abdoulaye Dacoure took on water, other fluids and energy substances.
This was due to Abdoulaye currently partaking in the start of Ramadan. What that means is those adhering to the religious faith, cannot eat from dusk until dawn. Ramadan is the holiest month of the year in Islamic culture.
For Muslims, it’s a time for spiritual reflection and growth, to help those in need and to spend time with loved ones.
It’s also a time when Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours for the whole month of Ramadan.
Whilst John Newsome is not religious, this EveryTip column is open to all aspects of other people’s faith and welcomes the start of Ramadan.
The Premier League have taken on board the beliefs of Muslims during this month and are affording players, in agreement with both sets of managers, such as Frank Lampard and Sean Dyche to allow players who are participating in Ramadan to take on fluids and energy substances so that the players can continue to perform at their highest level.
The Premier League should be afforded tremendous respect for this and their procedures are the reason that this magnificent League is the best in the World.
Manchester United failed to get the victory at the weekend, gaining a point from a draw against Leicester.
After conceding a Foxes goal, midway through the 2nd-half, Fred equalised for United and with no further goals, the game finished in a draw by a 1-1 scoreline.
There was a contentious issue whilst the score was 1-1 when the Foxes thought they had scored a 2nd.
Fortunately for the Red Devils in attendance at Old Trafford and the Millions watching around the World, the dreaded VAR got involved and advised the on-field referee, Andre Marriner to go and check the incident on the pitchside monitor.
Once this occurs, the original decision is usually overturned and so was the case meaning the goal was ruled out, resulting in both teams sharing the spoils.
Wow, John Newsome was left astonished over the weekend following the fixture against Leicester at Old Trafford. Fred equalised an earlier Leicester goal to earn a point for United.
It was before the enigmatic Brazilian had scored, that left John in astonishment following comments from the Sky Sports commentary team.
Now John loves Martin Tyler, of cause he does, having listened to the legend commentate on Barnsley FC games back in the 1970s for Yorkshire TV but both Martin and his colleague, Gary Neville commented on the Fredster that John Newsome simply cannot agree with.
Fred, on numerous occasions, gave the ball away against Leicester, consistently passing the ball to a Foxes player, or worse still, kicking the ball out of play.
After Leicester had scored the opener, as a result of another misplaced pass from Fred, both Martin and Gary stuck up for the Brazilian and commented that Fred was a shining light in a poor Manchester United team performance this campaign. Wow!
If the legend that is Gary Neville is saying that about Fred, then Manchester United are in a worse situation than John Newsome first thought.
Most that have read this column over the years know the thought about Fred and Scott.
If a guy who is as influential in the media as Gary Neville, sticks up for Fred, then Manchester United are going backwards not forward.
Just to reiterate, it’s not a personal attack on Fred, it’s assumed the Brazilian is a top lad but if Martin Tyler and Gary Neville are saying that Fred is the answer, then the Old Trafford faithful should be worried as there won’t be a trophy anytime soon if Fred and Scott are in the starting eleven.
Whilst Fred did score the equaliser, it could be argued that the Brazilian was responsible for Leicester’s opening goal, so swings and roundabouts or in Manchester United’s case, Fred’s and Scott’s. Fred’s goal was a tap in by the way.
It would concern one if the faithful did listen to Gary Neville’s view on the Brazilian over the next few months in the Premier League.
Manchester United sit 7th in the Premier League table with 51-points from 30-completed.
Read that again, ‘sit 7th!’
John Newsome has no dog in the fight regarding Manchester United so it could be argued as to why this EveryTip contributor is so passionate about the Old Trafford club.
The simple reason is, that from the onset of the Premier League in 1992, 30-years by the way, come the start of the 2022/23 campaign, Manchester United have been the shining beacon to put English football at the top echelon of the World game.
Over the years, John’s good friend, the Serg and the Liccle fat fella are in constant touch when a United game takes place and have seen the demise of the legendary club, watching in dismay, week in, week out.
The Serg’s comments following the latest dismal display against Leicester were,
Paid thousands just for turning up.
No pride in the badge.
Not interested in the history of the club such as the Busby Babes.
Not enough players from the Manchester area.
Gary Neville was a par player but gave 100% for the team and raised his game.
No fear now for any team playing United.
Shocking to see such a decline in 5 years.
You put on the shirt you give 100%.
Too many average players and no Roy Keane or Eric Cantona to chastise the underperformers.
Wouldn’t pay the players in chocolate buttons.
They are a disgrace to the history and tradition of the mighty reds’.
John cannot argue with that!
Another friend of John Newsome’s is not in agreement regarding the mantra that,
‘United won’t win anything with Fred and Scott!’
The boy of Hope is of the opinion that it isn’t as simple as that and United have prioritised other areas by strengthening the Defence and Forward line first, ignoring the Midfield and once a couple of signings are brought in, Fred and Scott will be dropped.
Let’s look at that.
In the FA Cup Final of 2016, when Luis Van Gaal’s United team won the trophy, Mr Van Gaal had 1-Central Defensive Midfielder or as the youths say, a CDM.
That player was Michael Carrick.
In front of Michael, was Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford.
Luis Van Gaal was sacked after that FA Cup Final victory and Jose Mourinho arrived.
Manchester United finished 5th in the Premier League, a year that saw 5000/1 guys, Leicester take the title.
Liverpool finished 8th.
A lot are waxing lyrical about David Moyes and his current West Ham team who sit 6th at the moment.
In 2015/16, the Hammers, under Slaven Bilic finished 7th in the Premier League.
Jose brought in the following players,
Eric Bailley- £34 Million
Henrikh Mkhitaryan- £30 Million
Paul Pogba- £89 Million
Romelu Lukaku- £76 Million
Fred- £52 Million
Nemanja Matic- £40 Million
Victor Lindelof- £31 Million
Diogo Dalot- £19 Million
Zlatan Ibrahimovic- Free
Then swapped Henrikh with Alexis Sanchez.
Jose Mourinho’s United team finished 6th in 2016/17 and 2nd in 2017/18.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought in,
Harry Maguire- £80 Million
Arron Wan-Bissaka- £50 Million
Alex Telles- £29 Million
Raphael Varane- £36 Million
Bruno Fernandes- £57 Million
Jadon Sancho- £76 Million
Dan James- £20 Million
Donny Van De Beek-£40 Million
Cristiano Ronaldo- £13 Million
Edinson Cavani- Free
Since United last won a trophy in May 2017, all of Jose, Ole and Ralph Rangnick have continued to pick Fred and Scott.
John’s friend suggested on Sunday that once Manchester United strengthen the Midfield then Fred and Scott will be dropped.
This EveryTip contributor is open to see if that pans out, however, feels after Gary Neville’s comments regarding Fred, then the issue won’t be dealt with and that United won’t bring in at least 3-World Class Midfielders and will stick with Scott and Fred, thus continuing the mantra, that United won’t win anything with Fred and Scott.
By the way, John Newsome is happy to be proven incorrect regarding that but as of yet, it’s 5-years and counting since Manchester United, the biggest football club in the World, with Billions of Pound to spend, have won a trophy.
If the new manager comes in, whether that be Eric Ten Hag, Mauricio Pochettino or even Wayne Rooney and continues to pick Fred and Scott as the go-to Midfielder’s, then United won’t win anything.
It is as simple as that, regardless of what the boy of Hope says!
Good luck Luis Van Gaal in the current health battle.
Stay strong and keep on keeping on.
Taylor Hawkins, Rest In Peace brother!
Both come into this fixture at Goodison Park under the guidance of new managers.
In October, at Old Trafford, Rafa’s Toffees gained a point against Ole’s Trollies from a draw by a 1-1 score.
Anthony Martial (remember him?) scored the United goal, just before the break, to give the home team a half-time lead.
Andros Townsend equalised for Everton, mid-way through the 2nd-half to get a rare positive result in the Rafa Benitez reign on Merseyside.
Betfred offer Everton at 10/3, the draw at 11/4 and slight Odds On 4/5 for Manchester United to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 15/8 that Bruno Fernandes Scores Anytime and 11/5 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
ARSENAL v BRIGHTON
15.00 in England
Having seen the North London rivals Tottenham jump above Arsenal on goal difference, following Sunday’s fixtures, Mikel Arteta’s Young Guns just needed a point against Crystal Palace on Monday Night Football, to return to 4th-place in the table.
Unfortunately, it was a bad night for the Gunners, succumbing to a defeat against the Eagles by a 3-0 score.
Mikel Arteta’s defence were poor on the night, conceding 2-goal’s in the 1st-half and a 3rd in the 74th-minute to ultimately lose the tie against Old Boy Patrick Vieira.
That was only the 2nd-defeat in 9-Premier League fixtures, the other being against Liverpool, so Mikel should still be proud of his Young Guns and accept that it was just a bad day at the Selhurst Park office.
Arsenal drop a place, down to 5th in the table after the weekends’ football, with the Gunners having 54-points from 29-fixtures played.
Tottenham’s goal-fest against Newcastle, gave the North London rivals the same 54-points, however, now have a plus+15 goal difference, whereas Arsenal’s is plus+10.
Mikel’s boys have played a game less than Antonio’s Spurs, so a Top Four finish is still in the offering.
After 6-straight defeats, a visit from the worst team in the Premier League was just what was needed for Graham Potter’s Brighton team.
Unfortunately for the watching Seagulls, the game against the Canary’s failed to produce a victory with the game finishing in a draw by a 0-0 score.
Again, as predicted in this EveryTip column last week.
What would have irked Harry Potter and his Wizards was Neal Maupay had the opportunity to score when Brighton were awarded a penalty on the half-hour mark.
Unfortunately, Neal thought he was playing Rugby (either code!) and blasted the ball over the crossbar. Conversion!
However, whilst 3-points in Rugby Union, it wasn’t 3-points for Brighton but it did stop the losing streak.
The Seagulls faithful were that upset that they all went off to the pier and started nicking chips off the travelling Yellow Canary’s.
The Seagulls sit 13th with 34-points from 30-games completed.
In early October 2021, the Emirates scoreboard employee had the day off with the two teams playing out a goalless draw.
Appears to be a pattern with Brighton who are the 3rd lowest-scoring team in the Premier League. Enough said!
Betfred offer Arsenal at Odds On 3/5, the draw at 3/1 and 9-2 for Brighton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Bukayo Saka Scores Anytime and 6/4 that Arsenal Win To Nil.
SOUTHAMPTON v CHELSEA
15.00 in England
Southampton gained a point from a draw by a 1-1 score at Elland Rd on Saturday, as predicted by John Newsome in last week’s column.
Added to that, John offered up a tip that James Ward-Prowse would score anytime.
After conceding a Leeds goal in the 1st-half, the Saints captain scored just after the break to earn Wreck-It Ralph’s Southampton boys a point.
The goal rounded off a great week for James on a personal level, having been afforded 80-minutes of game time by Gareth Southgate in England’s friendly fixture against the Ivory Coast during the International Break.
Regular readers of this column know John Newsome’s admiration for Mr Ward-Prowse and whilst not wanting to upset the Saints faithful, the lad should be playing for a Top Six club and Manchester United wouldn’t go far wrong in trying to get James to Old Trafford in the summer.
After Game Week-31, Southampton sit 12th, with 36-points from 30-fixtures.
This is a Premier League prediction site, that offers up a predicted score and a couple of tips for each of the 10-weekly fixtures.
It’s a tough ask to constantly try and get the scores right, however, every now and again a score comes up that is literally impossible, not only to predict but fathom.
It’s without a doubt that no one on this planet or Fullers predicted that Brentford would travel the short distance over to Stamford Bridge and inflict a defeat on Chelsea by a 4-1 away day scoreline.
The scoreline itself is an anomaly but added to that is the fact the game was goalless at half-time with no sign of the 5-goal, 2nd-half goal fest and that Antonio Rudiger had given Thomas’s Blue Engines a lead straight after the restart.
Brentford then took control and scored 4-times, out-muscling the Chelsea players with devastating counterattacks.
Chelsea are still 3rd, despite the devastating defeat, currently with 59-points from 29-games played.
Tottenham are now in 4th, with 54-points, above Arsenal, who have the same 54, however, Antonio’s Spurs have played a game more than both Thomas’s Blue Engines and Mikel’s Young Guns.
Chelsea hosted Real Madrid on Wednesday in their 1st-leg tie of the Champions League Quarter-Final.
Unfortunately, unlike the other 2-English clubs left in the Top European Competition, Chelsea succumbed to a home defeat by a 3-1 score.
The current holders have a big task ahead of them at the Bernabeu next week.
Trevoh (with an H!) Chalobah scored the opener at Stamford Bridge in early October to give Chelsea a slender lead at half-time.
James Ward-Prowse equalised after the break, converting a penalty awarded from a foul by Ben Chilwell.
JWP then offered up a moment of madness, receiving a straight Red Card following a challenge Jorginho.
Thomas’s Blue Engines left it late to seal the victory with Timo Werner scoring the 2nd and Big Ben making amends for his earlier indiscretion by adding the 3rd, to give Chelsea the home win by a 3-1 scoreline.
Betfred offer Southampton at 10/3, the draw at 13/5 and slight Odds On 4/5 for Chelsea to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 5/1 that Jorginho Scores Anytime and 9/5 that Chelsea Score in Both Halves.
WATFORD v LEEDS UNITED
15.00 in England
Watford had the tough task of going to Anfield on Saturday and trying to get something out of the game against Liverpool.
Roy Hodgson has managed a fair few teams over the years, some with success, some failures and it would be fair to say that the Old Boys’ time as manager of Liverpool back in 2010 should be bracketed in the latter.
Jurgen Klopp’s team are a class above most of the teams in the World at the moment, never mind the ones in the Premier League, so it was always going to be a tough day on Merseyside, for all connected with the Hornets.
A Liverpool goal in both halves resulted in a defeat for Roy’s Boys by a 2-0 scoreline.
Watford remain 3rd-bottom of the table, or 18th, with 22-points from 30-games completed.
Jack Harrison gave the Marching On Together crew something to sing about on Saturday, scoring on the half-hour mark against Southampton, to give Leeds United the lead at the break.
Unfortunately, the bad dog walker was on show at Elland Rd, with Jesse’s Whites unable to hold onto the lead conceding a Southampton equaliser just after the restart.
Most of the crew missed the goal as they were still trying to order their half-time drink.
The White faithful are renowned for not being too bright and most struggle to say, ‘Pie and Bovril please?’
Ultimately, once the girls and boys have eventually ordered the refreshments, the 2nd-half has restarted.
There were no further goals after the equaliser giving Jesse Marsch’s team a point from a draw by a 1-1 score.
As predicted in last week’s column by John Newsome.
It was good to see the return of Kalvin Phillips who was introduced in the 66th-minute to see the first bit of game-time in an age.
At least it wasn’t a defeat for the Whites and the boys and girls all went off into town to continue the Saturday afternoon merriment, however, are still struggling with, ‘Pint of lager please!’
In the Pubs and Clubs around Elland Rd, no one will ever find the famous Joy Division song on the jukebox.
Leeds sit 16th following the dogged draw on Saturday, with 30-points from the full complement of 31-games played.
Diego Llorente scored the only goal of the game at Elland Rd, to give Marcelo’s Whites the victory over the Hornets under the helm of Xisco the Disco at the time.
The Spaniard was at the Job Centre following the loss, which was quite handy for the Spanish speaking Mr Bielsa who contacted Xisco the other day, for advice on filling out the Job Seekers Allowance form with Marcelo not needing the little interpreter.
Betfred offer Watford at 17/10, the draw at 12/5 and 6/4 for Leeds United to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Dennis Scores Anytime and Evens 1/1 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
***Premier League Team of the Week***
GOALKEEPER- Alisson- Liverpool
RIGHT-BACK- Joe Gomez- Liverpool
CENTRE-BACK- Ethan Pinnock- Brentford
CENTRE-BACK- Pontus Jansson- Brentford
LEFT-BACK- Aaron Cresswell- West Ham
MIDFIELDER- Son Heung-Min- Tottenham
MIDFIELDER- Emerson Royal- Tottenham
MIDFIELDER- Vitaly Janelt- Brentford
FORWARD- Diogo Jota- Liverpool
FORWARD- Christian Eriksen- Brentford
FORWARD- Jean-Philippe Mateta- Crystal Palace
STAR MAN- Christian Eriksen- Brentford
ASTON VILLA v TOTTENHAM
17.30 in England
It’s 3-losses in succession for Stevie G’s Claret and Blues following Saturday’s defeat against Wolves at Molineux by a 2-1 scoreline, as predicted in this EveryTip column last week.
After conceding an early Wolves goal, Lucas Digne got injured meaning Steven Gerrard had to send on Ashley Young with just 13-minutes on the clock.
Unfortunately, for Ashley, the Villa lad turned into his own net to gift Wolves a 2nd before the half-time cup of tea.
Ollie Watkins, fresh from scoring for the Three Lions against the Ivory Coast in the International Break, pulled a goal back for the away team in the 2nd-half but ultimately this was just a consolation and with no further action, the away day defeat occurred.
Aston Villa sit 11th in the table with 36-points from 30-completed.
What potentially could have been considered a tricky fixture for Antonio’s Spurs against Eddie’s Magpies on Sunday, at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium, turned into a walk in the park for the Tottenham boys.
Newcastle scored in the 39th-minute but the lead didn’t last long when Ben Davies equalised for Spurs to take both teams in level at the break.
Matt Doherty, Son Heung-Min, Emerson Royal and Steven Bergwijn added the goals in the 2nd-half to give Tottenham the victory by a 5-1 score.
Antonio Conte saw his team jump above Arsenal into 4th-place, possibly thinking only temporarily for 24-hours until the Gunners fixture against Crystal Palace on Monday Night Football.
However, following the Eagles crushing victory over the Gunners, Tottenham remain 4th, with the same 54-points as Arsenal and 5-adrift of Chelsea but have played a game more than both London rivals.
Like a couple of these reverse fixtures, both teams at the time had different managers.
Nuno Espírito Santo was at the Tottenham helm with Dean Smith still in charge of Aston Villa.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored a rare goal at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium to give Tottenham the lead at the break.
Ollie Watkins equalised midway through the 2nd-half before Matt Targett scored the winner for Spurs.
Most will now be thinking,
‘Doesn’t MT play for Villa?’
That’s correct, with the unfortunate Defender being credited with an own goal, to gift Tottenham the victory by a 2-1 scoreline.
Matty was then shipped North to Newcastle.
Antonio Conte and Stevie G are the boys picking the starting eleven today.
Betfred offer Aston Villa at 11/5, the draw at 5/2 and 23/20 for Tottenham to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Ollie Watkins Scores Anytime and 4/1 that Harry Kane Scores First.
BRENTFORD v WEST HAM
14.00 in England
Brentford headed the short distance over West London to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon to enable the Thomas’s of the Premier League to face up against each other.
After a goalless 1st-half, none would have envisaged what was about to unfold in the following 45-minutes.
Antonio Rudiger scored the opener just after the restart to give Chelsea the lead, however that didn’t last long with Vitaly Janelt immediately equalising for the Bees.
The sensational Christian Eriksen, fresh from scoring twice for Denmark in the International Break, scored the 2nd Brentford goal before Vitaly added a 3rd in the space of a bizarre 12-minute scoring spree.
The Frank of the Thomas’s sent on Yoane Wissa in the 85th-minute in place of the excellent Bryan Mbeumo.
Yoane didn’t disappoint scoring immediately to give Thomas’s Bees the victory over Thomas’s Blue Engines by a sensational 4-1 away day scoreline.
John Newsome correctly predicted the scores of 5 of the 10-Game Week-31 affairs but like everyone else, could not have seen that scoreline unless there was a Crystal Ball to hand.
Last week, John picked up Covid again, for the 3rd-time and whilst having had all of the vaccinations on offer, the disease still knocks the stuffing out of one.
John was feeling the worse for wear on Saturday afternoon so went to bed for a couple of hours.
On awakening and putting on the football results, this EveryTip contributor thought he was hallucinating seeing Chelsea 1 Brentford 4.
Having realised the score was true and it wasn’t the medication the thoughts quickly turned to 3-players, Ivan Toney, Ethan Pinnock and Christian Eriksen.
Ivan and Ethan both had spells at Oakwell playing for John’s beloved Barnsley FC.
Once a Red always a Red!
Although Mr Toney didn’t score against the Blues, the lad can hold his head up high having had a great game being a constant threat to Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva who have had more experienced Premier League Centre Forwards in their pockets all season.
Not Mr T though!
The lad can now call himself an experienced Premier League Centre-Forward.
Plus what Christian has had to endure, most if not all, wish the lad well.
John Newsome certainly does!
After the result of the season, Brentford sit 14th, with 33-points from the full set of 31-fixtures completed.
West Ham inflicted a defeat on Frank Lampard’s Everton at the London Stadium, gaining a professional victory by a 2-1 scoreline.
Michail Antonio outmuscled the Toffees’ defence to score the opener just after the half-hour mark, giving the home team the lead at the break.
Everton equalised just after the restart but the score wasn’t level for long, with Jarrod Bowen getting on the end of some fine work by Mr Antonio to reinstate the lead.
With no further goals, the ex-Toffees Boss, David Moyes got the victory over the ex-Hammer Frank Lampard.
West Ham jump above Manchester United into 6th with 51-points having also played the full 31-games on offer.
United, in 7th, have the same 51-points but have a game in hand, having only completed 30-fixtures.
The Hammers host Lyon in the 1st-leg of the Europa League Quarter-Final on Thursday.
Bryan Mbeumo opened the scoring back in October to give the away team the lead at the break.
Jarrod Bowen equalised for the Hammers late on and with time running out, it looked like David Moyes Boys would gain a point from a draw.
Thomas Franks Bees weren’t finished with Yoane Wissa scoring the winner in the 94th-minute, to give Brentford the victory by a 2-1 score.
Betfred offer Brentford at 9/5, the draw at 9/4 and 6/4 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Ivan Toney Scores Anytime and 11/10 that there are Over 2.5 Goals.
LEICESTER v CRYSTAL PALACE
14.00 in England
Leicester could consider themselves unlucky not to come away from Old Trafford with all 3-points following Saturday’s fixture against Manchester United.
After a goalless 1st-half, Kelechi Iheanacho scored to give the Foxes a lead.
United quickly equalised but with time running out James Maddison fired home to restore the lead, or so one thought.
Whilst watching the late Saturday afternoon game on the 55-inch, John couldn’t see anything wrong with the goal but the dreaded VAR at Stockley Park, rumoured to be watching Ant and his mate’s horrendous Saturday Night show, wanted to be seen as watching the football.
The on-field referee, Andre Marriner, was advised to look at the pitchside monitor as it appeared there was a foul on Raphael Varane by Kelechi in the build-up to the goal.
As most now know, once the referee is advised to look at the monitor the original decision is usually overturned.
Unfortunately for the Foxes faithful, that’s exactly what occurred and James’ goal was disallowed. With no further goals, the game finished in a draw by a 1-1 score.
There was a certain Scottish crooner who was about to throw his Manchester United jersey with ‘Best’ and ‘7’ on the back, in Lennon the Puppy’s direction following Mr Maddison’s late strike but when the goal was ruled out, Sir Roderick went running around the front room of the 3-Bedroom Terrace, singing,
‘You VAR it well, a little confusing but that’s all right, You VAR it well!’
Lennon was happy as he knew the doggy treats were coming.
The weekend got better for the Stewart family, when Rod and Lennon, settled down on Sunday to watch the Old Firm Derby between Rangers and Celtic.
Rod’s beloved Green and White Hoops got the victory over the fierce Glasgow rivals that increased the gap at the top of the Pub League to 6-points.
This basically means the Teddy Bears have handed the SPL title back to Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic giving the Australian/Greek potentially his 1st Scottish Pub League trophy.
There was a certain OzScot over in Melbourne who wasn’t happy and refused to eat his Sunday Broccoli because it was green.
The Dad and Lad both wearing the Rangers Blue shirt took them off in disgust and through them in the washer.
It’s hoped there aren’t any whites in there as they will turn blue.
Like the air in Melbourne following the final whistle at Ibrox.
Lennon and Sir Roderick went over the fields after the Old Firm Pub game, chasing tennis balls that Rod had bought 2nd-hand from a guy in Dundee.
Well, Rod was chasing the balls, Lennon was eying up a female Sausage Dog, using a few of the famous singers’ chat up lines.
Later on Sunday, Sir Rod and the lovely Penny, settled down to watch the snooker on ITV 4.
In a twist of fate, there was a Scot and an Australian in the final.
Penny, with a nice glass of Lidl’s finest Red in her hand, asked,
Miss Lancaster loves Barry Hawkins.
Lennon was overrun with Doggy treats and whilst slavering down there was a noise that resembled one of Mr Stewart’s famous tunes,
‘He’s Celtic, United but Brendan has decided that Leicester is the best place to be.’
Leicester are 10th in the table with 37-points from 28-fixtures.
A quick side note regarding the Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy is the boy, will be out of action for the remainder of the season.
Whilst Jimmy V is still as youthful as ever, Father Time eventually catches up on everyone, so Mr Vardy just needs to keep an eye on the old body and look after himself.
The Foxes European adventure continues on Thursday, with Brendan’s Wonderful’s hosting PSV in the 1st-leg of the Europa Conference League Quarter-Final.
No, one still has no idea!
PSV have just appointed the ex-Manchester United star, Ruud Van Nistelrooy as manager for the start of the 2022/23 Eredivisie campaign.
Crystal Palace undoubtedly got the result of the Eagles season on Monday Night Football, inflicting a devastating defeat on Arsenal at Selhurst Park by a 3-0 scoreline.
From start to finish, Patrick Vieira’s boys simply outplayed Mikel Arteta’s Young Guns who it’s fair to say, weren’t at their best.
That doesn’t take anything away from Crystal Palace who from the Goalkeeper to Number-11, were outstanding.
Jean-Philippe Mateta headed home the opener after 16-minutes, which was followed up with a Jordan Ayew strike to give Super Pat’s team a lead at the break.
Arsenal had no answers in the 2nd-half with Crystal Palace being in total control.
Guaita, Nathaniel Clyne Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi, Tyrick Mitchell, Conor Gallagher, Cheikhou Kouyate, Jeffrey Schlupp, Jordan Ayew, Jean-Philippe Mateta and Wilfried Zaha were superb all night, with Wilfried rounding off the scoring from the penalty spot, after being brought down in the area.
Added to those, all 3-substitutes sent on by Patrick, James McArthur, Odsonne Edouard and Luka Milivojevic continued the pressure on Arsenal.
The victory by a 3-0 score, could be considered as bitter/sweet for Mr Vieira as it did prevent his old club, where Pat’s considered a legend, from being in the Champions League places.
That’s for Arsenal to rectify as Patrick Vieira is now at Palace and has to worry about his new boys.
Crystal Palace finished Game Week-31 in 9th-place with 37-points from 30-fixtures played.
When Patrick’s Eagles hosted Brendan’s Wonderful’s back at Selhurst Park in early October 2021, a certain Archbishop looked down with a nod of approval following the draw by a 2-2 scoreline.
Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy scored the Foxes goals before half-time to make the travelling faithfuls cup of Bovril taste sweeter at the break.
Unfortunately, Leicester came out in the 2nd-half, a different team and couldn’t build on the lead, allowing the home team back into the game with Michael Olise and Jeffrey Schlupp scoring the goals to earn Crystal Palace a point from the draw.
Patrick Vieira had sent on both players as substitutes with the inspired changes working out.
Betfred offer Leicester at 13/10, the draw at 23/10 and 21/10 for Crystal Palace to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that James Maddison Scores Anytime and 7/5 that Wilfried Zaha Scores Anytime.
NORWICH v BURNLEY
14.00 in England
The Battle at the Bottom, to which absolutely no one is referencing this relegation fixture, sees Burnley travel over to Carrow Rd to take on Norwich.
Dean Smith’s Canary’s had endured 6-straight defeats before the trip to the Amex on Saturday but the losing streak ended following a draw against Brighton by a 0-0 scoreline, as predicted by John Newsome.
Norwich did concede a penalty in the 1st-half, yet luckily for the travelling Yellow Canarys, the Seagulls couldn’t convert, blasting the spot-kick into Row-Z.
John Newsome’s Australian OzScot friend, Andrew, often took penalties that way when the boys used to play for the School team, then later various Pub teams (no, not Celtic or Rangers!)
When a penalty was awarded, usually because John, resembling Gazza, went jinking into the box, dribbling past opponents with his sublime skill, only to be kicked up into the air by some pudding, who had only just turned out of Japanese Whispers nightclub.
Mr Hall would grab the ball and insist on taking the spot-kick, to then subsequently blast the ball over the bar and down onto the M1.
His teammates all shouting,
‘Not again Big Lad!’
The future OzScot wasn’t bothered, he knew, we all knew, that when Leo’s were awarded another penalty following a foul on Jinky John Boy, Andrew would once again blast the ball miles over the bar.
With the Brighton forward doing exactly the same on Saturday, it meant Norwich gained a point from the draw at the Amex.
Some might say ‘a much-needed point’ but in truth, the point won’t be enough to stave off relegation which could be confirmed over the next 4-fixtures.
The inevitability of dropping into the Championship, whilst not certain yet, as got the rotund lady warming up her voice.
Norwich remain at the foot of the table with 18-points from 30-games completed.
Burnley suffered their 4th loss in succession on Saturday, succumbing to a defeat against Man City at Turf Moor by a 2-0 score.
Sean Dyche needs to put that result, although a defeat, straight to bed as most lose against Pep’s High Flying Blues.
Both of City’s goals came before the half-time cup of tea.
Following the Game Week-31 affair against Man City, the Clarets played in a must-win rearranged fixture against Everton on Wednesday.
Before the tie against the Toffees, Burnley sat 19th with 21-points, Everton sat 17th with 25-points, both having completed 28-games.
Sean’s Clarets got off to a great start on Wednesday, with the big Defender Nathan Collins scoring in the 12th-minute to give the home team a lead.
Unfortunately for the watching faithful, Ashley Westwood conceded a penalty that allowed the Toffees to equalise.
Things then get worse for Burnley when Everton scored again, just before the half-time cup of tea to leave Sean Dyche needing a monumental and inspirational team talk at the break.
That speech played out, with Big Sean’s boys scoring twice in the 2nd-half.
Jay Rodriguez equalised after 57-minutes, then when the time was almost up, Maxwell Cornet came up with the all-important winner to give Burnley the must-win victory by a 3-2 score.
Burnley remain in the bottom 3, in 18th, however, now have 24-points from 29-completed.
A point adrift of the Toffees.
There will be a story about the Burnley and Everton goalkeepers in next week’s column.
At Turf Moor, whilst the country was basked in early October Sunshine, the watching Clarets and Yellow Canary’s both had an extra layer on, as it’s always a coat-colder at the home of Burnley.
It was too cold for the scorer who didn’t turn up, which was lucky really as the game finished in a draw by a 0-0 score.
As always, enough said!
This definitely won’t be a goal-fest today, either, with the added pressure
and the jangling nerves of the prospect of relegation.
Betfred offer Norwich at 9/5, the draw at 21/10 and 8/5 for Burnley to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 15/8 that Norwich Hit The Woodwork and 15/8 that there are Under 1.5 Goals.
MAN CITY v LIVERPOOL
16.30 in England
What a game to finish off the weekend with the 2-Heavyweights of the Premier League going toe-to-toe of a late Sunday afternoon, which this EveryTip contributor will be sitting in front of the 55-inch with a nice bottle of Aldi’s finest rouge vino (other Retailers wines are available, however, John Newsome loves Aldi!)
Man City remain at the summit of the Premier League after falling a place for a couple of hours when Liverpool got the victory in the Game Week-31 affair and temporarily went top.
Following Liverpools’ lunchtime victory against Watford, Man City took on Burnley at Turf Moor in the traditional 15.00 kick-off.
Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan scored City’s goals before 25-minutes were up on the clock and that was that.
With no further goals, Pep’s High Flying Blues got the victory against Sean’s Clarets by a 2-0 score, as predicted in last week’s EveryTip column.
Man City went back to the summit with 73-points from 30-fixtures played. A point more than today’s visitors.
City hosted Atletico Madrid on Tuesday in the 1st-leg of the Champions League Quarter-Final.
Kevin De Bruyne scored the only goal of the tie to give Man City a lead going into next week’s 2nd-leg in Madrid.
As mentioned, Liverpool temporarily went to the top of the table following the lunchtime fixture against Watford at Anfield.
Diogo Jota scored in the 1st-half and then when Jurgen’s Reds were awarded a penalty after the break, Fabinho stepped up and coolly slotted home.
Mo Salah started the game with Sadio Mane on the bench but the Egyptian King who is the usual penalty taker was substituted by Mr Klopp before the award of the penalty.
In a repeat of the African Cup of Nations Final that Senegal were victorious on penalties, over Egypt, Sadio’s Senegal took on Mo’s Egypt again in a World Cup elimination 2-legged affair.
Egypt got the victory in the home tie by a 1-0 score, with Senegal victorious in their country by the same 1-0 scoreline therefore it was another penalty shootout.
Once again, Senegal prevailed, meaning Sadio Mane will be at Qatar’22 and Mo Salah won’t, which is a shame that one of the best players in the World won’t be on show in the World Cup.
If one’s not familiar with Thiago Alcantara, here’s a little summary of the Spaniard in John Newsome’s own words.
John rarely waxes lyrical about many players and is never tribalist regarding a certain team where some might say,
‘He’s good or rubbish just because he plays for a certain someone!’
However, Thiago transcends that with the little Spanish Magician being up there with the best Midfielders in the Premier League if not the World.
Spain have played 9-fixtures since losing against Italy on penalties in July 2021, with Mr Alcantara converting 1 of the penalties.
Thiago hasn’t played since for Spain, yet would be the first name on the team sheet if John Newsome was in charge.
The Boy from Italy, born to Brazilian parents and now plays for Spain, is an outstanding player who makes Liverpool tick.
The lad has this unbelievable knack of passing the ball either sideways, backwards or forwards without even looking at the person that the ball is intended for.
Back at the end of February, when just about to watch the Carabao Cup Final, John Newsome asked his mates the following,
‘Anyone watching the Carabao Cup final?
If so watch Thiago Alcantara, he’s a superb little player.’
Five minutes later the lad was ruled out of the showpiece final with injury.
The game finished in a drab draw by a 0-0 scoreline.
If Thiago hadn’t picked up the injury, the Final would have been a bit more exciting.
TA was the difference in the game against Watford and will be the difference if Liverpool can overhaul Man City to become the 2021/22 Premier League Champions.
Simply put, Thiago Alcantara is a class above!
As mentioned, Jurgen’s Reds temporarily sat at the summit of the Premier League following Liverpool’s victory against Watford in the early Saturday afternoon kick-off.
Following City’s win a couple of hours later, Liverpool remain in 2nd-place, with 72-points from the same 30-games that Man City have played.
So a victory for either team will be enough to be the current Premier League leaders.
Liverpool headed to Portugal to face Benfica in their Champions League Quarter-Final 1st-leg tie, at the same time as City faced the Spanish team in Manchester.
Jurgen’s Reds got a great away night result, inflicting a defeat on the Portuguese by a 2-1 scoreline.
The travelling shouldn’t become an issue but it does mean City will have more time to rest.
At Anfield in early October, the Archbishop had a great weekend, with his favourite scoreline once again popping up.
After a goalless first-half Sadio Mane scored to give the home team a lead.
Phil Foden replied 10-minutes later before Mo Salah scored a sublime individual goal to reinstate the lead.
Unfortunately for the Anfield Rappers, Kevin De Bruyne once again equalised for City and with no further goals, both shared the points from a draw by a 2-2 score.
Betfred offer Man City at Evens 1/1, the draw at 13/5 and 5/2 for Liverpool to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 6/1 that Raheem Sterling Scores First and 11/4 that Man City Win To Nil.
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