The highlight games for this next set of EPL games are LIVERPOOL versus MANCHESTER UNITED and CHELSEA versus ARSENAL. Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews these as well as all game-week 33 matches, including 6-rearranged ties from Game Weeks-30,18 and 25 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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These 6-Game Week-33 fixtures are the reverse of Game Week-16 that took place over the weekend of December 10th, 11th and 12th.
TOTTENHAM v BRIGHTON
12.30 in England
Tottenham have scored 9-goals in the last two outings following Saturday’s victory against Aston Villa by a 4-0 score.
That was on top of the 5-1 win against Newcastle the week before.
The surprise in those 9-goals scored is Harry Kane hasn’t got any of them.
That said Big Harry has been influential in the assisting, especially with his mate Son Heung-Min, who scored a hat-trick in the late Saturday afternoon kickoff at Villa Park.
Dejan Kulusevski with the other.
Nice-One Son is now 2nd in the Premier League goal scoring charts with 17 so far.
Three adrift of Mo Salah who sits at the top with 20-goals.
Tottenham’s last 7-Premier League fixtures have yielded 18-points with just 1-defeat.
What will upset the Spurs faithful is that the defeat came against Manchester United who are simply rubbish at the moment.
In those 7-fixtures, Tottenham have scored 25-goals, conceding 5 along the way.
Antonio Conte is beginning to work his magic on the Lilywhites after a slow start to life at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium.
Tottenham sit comfortably in 4th-place following the weekends’ results with 57-points from 31-fixtures played.
Added to the superb destruction of Stevie G’s Claret and Blues, Tottenham’s North London rivals, Arsenal suffered a home defeat against Brighton.
That means, 4th-spot is now in Tottenham’s control being 3-points ahead of the Gunners, who do have a game in hand but with an inferior goal difference to Spurs.
The Supermodel is up in Manchester, thinking what could have been with Antonio Conte, who’s settling for the nice sandwiches.
Brighton face the other North London club after not only beating Arsenal last time out but doing today’s hosts a nice little favour.
After 7-Premier League fixtures without a win, Graham Potter’s Seagulls got the result of the weekend, with a coupon busting victory against Mikel Arteta’s Young Guns, at the Emirates by a 2-1 away day scoreline.
Leandro Trossard scored the opener for Brighton midway through the 1st-half to give Harry’s men the lead at the break.
Enock Mwepu added a 2nd, in the 66th-minute to put the Wizards in control.
Arsenal did pull a goal back in the 89th-minute but ultimately this was just a consolation, with the Seagulls holding on for a great victory.
Six defeats in succession followed by a draw against Norwich coming into the game at the Emirates.
Brighton were 9/2 to get the victory so it’s hoped the girls and boys earned a few quid to pay for the day out in London and put towards yet another trip back to the Big Smoke for the 2nd-week in a row.
Brighton sit 11th in the table with 37-points from 31-fixtures played.
These two have met twice recently, once in the FA Cup and once in the Game Week-16 affair that took place a month ago.
Both games saw Tottenham victorious.
In the reverse fixture at the Amex, goals from Cristian Romero and Harry Kane were the difference between Graham’s Seagulls and Antonio’s Spurs, giving the away team the victory by a 2-0 score.
Betfred offer Tottenham at Odds On 1/2, the draw at 16/5 and 11/2 for Brighton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer Evens 1/1 that Son Heung-Min Scores Anytime and 7/5 that Tottenham Win To Nil.
MANCHESTER UNITED v NORWICH
15.00 in England
So it continues, fans, friends even enemies disagreeing on who or what’s at fault at Old Trafford.
Before John Newsome gives his definitive view, which to be fair, most know already, the real problem is the media and deluded United fans who want to complicate the argument.
It’s David Moyes’s fault, it’s Luis Van Gaal’s fault, it’s Jose Mourinho’s fault, it’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fault, now it’s Ralph Rangnick’s fault.
It will be the next managers’ fault, whether that be Erik Ten Hag, Mauricio Pochettino or whoever.
Then one prompted, that failure will continue if the issues of replacing managers are not addressed.
It’s Ed Woodward’s fault or the new guy Richard Arnold and if all else fails, blame the Glazer’s, that will unite a team in disarray.
In truth, there are so many factors in the demise of Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
The Glazer’s, despite what many think, have backed the relevant managers and have never stopped an acquisition of a player.
A friend, who doesn’t agree with John Newsome, which is fine, mentioned that Mr Woodward wanted Galacticos for the share price and Social Media likes.
That is incorrect!
Manchester United are the biggest club in the world with the only so-called Galactico purchased recently being Cristiano Ronaldo.
It was then suggested that Liverpool purchase players for positions, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson etc.
Again, this may be true on behalf of Liverpool, however, United purchase players for positions too.
Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane, Donny Van De Beek, plus Cristiano, Edinson Cavani, Jadon Sancho and the rest.
Remember, Manchester United were offered Jordan Henderson before he signed for Liverpool but Sir Alex declined because of Jordan’s ‘gait’ whilst running.
This leads on to the reoccurring point that is, all of Jose, Ole and now Ralph have continued to think that Scott McTominay and Fred are the go-to Midfielders, without any evidence to suggest that is the case.
Since Fred signed for Manchester United, the trophy cabinet is empty.
John Newsome will continue with the mantra that United won’t win anything with Fred and Scott McTominay.
If people want to disagree with that, then so be it, however, have to provide evidence as to why?
John’s friend who is a good guy ended his rant with the following,
‘The owners are happy to finish 4th because they get 76,000 every week so why go for trophies?
Same cash coming through the turnstiles.
Clubs rotten to the core.’
‘So you can replace Fred and Scott but you’ll get the same problems.
It’s got nothing to do with them two.’
John Newsome doesn’t argue as everyone is entitled to their opinion, however, if 2-Central Midfielders of quality are purchased, then United would fair better.
The fact that Manchester United fans now think that Fred and Scott are not the problem, is a problem!
Would Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel or Antonio Conte, have Fred and Scott McTominay as their go-to Midfielders?
As this is a prediction site, John Newsome predicts this.
If Manchester United, under whoever manager, continue with Fred and Scott and don’t purchase 2-players as replacements, then United will not win anything.
John Newsome is of the opinion that United won’t, as it’s become an urban myth that Fred and Scott are now the men.
It really is as simple as that!
This is April the 11th 2021.
John will revisit this in exactly 12-months time to see what the situation at Old Trafford is.
Mark these words, United won’t win anything with Fred and Scott.
The defeat on Saturday against Everton is neither here nor there in the whole context of the season.
Ralph’s Roadsters sit 7th, with 51-points from 31-fixtures played and although some think that Manchester United would make the Top Four and Champions League for next season, these have been comforted, given a glass of milk and a cookie and put to bed following a few chapters from Sir Alex’s Biography.
The defeat against Everton by a 1-0 scoreline, which came about from a deflected shot that hit poor Harry Maguire, who is simply not having any luck at the moment, doesn’t really change the outlook of the season.
It would have been a travesty of justice if Manchester United had made the Champions League positions, as Ole’s Trollies and Ralph’s Roadsters are not a Top Four side.
Seventh (and not heaven!) is probably the position that the Old Trafford outfit will finish, meaning a passport won’t be required for the Red Devil’s faithful.
Depending on whether an English club wins this season’s Champions League, there may be a place in the Europa Conference League on offer for the new Manchester United manager and regular Thursday night trips to Turkmenistan.
That must be an adequate enticement for Erik, Mauricio or Wayne.
John Newsome was a pretty tidy footballer back in his day and as of last week’s column, telling stories about the Barnsley Sunday League, which had 8-Divisions of around 10-teams totalling 80 or so Sunday League hackers turning out just a few hours after failing with the opposition in the local Japanese Whispers nightclub.
Now aged 52 and 30-years later, the Barnsley Sunday League consists of just 1-Division with around 14-teams.
That saddens John, so this EveryTip contributor is thinking about setting up his own team to venture out of a Sunday morning.
Granted the team will resemble Manchester United in the fact that it won’t win anything anytime soon.
Suggestions of a team name?
Melbourne Rangers is currently the highest bidder but John is open to offers.
A one and only last hurrah to showcase one’s skills in the Barnsley Sunday League, that could have its own YouTube channel.
Norwich gained a great victory on Sunday, inflicting a defeat on Burnley by a 2-0 scoreline.
Whilst goals from Pierre-Lees Melou and Teemu Pukki, one in each half, gave Dean’s Yellow Canary’s the victory over Sean’s Clarets it may just have come too late to stave off relegation.
The rotund lady has taken a break, for the time being, Norwich are still at the foot of the Premier League table, with 21-points from 31-fixtures played.
That’s 7-points away from Everton who are the safe team.
Surely Norwich can’t get out of trouble, can they?
At Carrow Rd, in early December 2021, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal of the game to give Ralph’s Roadsters the victory over Dean’s Yellow Canary’s by a 1-0 scoreline.
Betfred offer Manchester United at Odds On 2/9, the draw at 5/1 and 11/1 for Norwich to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Bruno Fernandes Scores Anytime and slight Odds On 4/5 that Manchester United Score in Both Halves.
SOUTHAMPTON v ARSENAL
15.00 in England
What has happened to Southampton?
Before the FA Cup Last-16 victory against West Ham, which set up a Quarter-Final tie against Man City, Wreck-It Ralph’s Saints were unbeaten in 5-Premier League games.
Since that victory against the Hammers, Southampton have suffered 4-Premier League defeats, along with the Quarter-Final loss against City.
There was a draw against Leeds United in that run but another loss was on the board last time out.
This time a devastating home defeat against Chelsea by a 6-0 scoreline.
In truth, it could have been a lot more, with Thomas’s Blue Engines hitting the woodwork on numerous occasions.
Southampton were trailing by 4-goals after 31-minutes with the other 2-strikes conceded in the 2nd-half.
The final Chelsea goal was scored in the 54th-minute, leaving well over 35-minutes to add to the tally.
Thomas must have felt sorry for Wreck-It.
Southampton are 14th in the table with 36-points from 31-fixtures played.
The same 36 as Brentford and Aston Villa.
Whilst there’s no danger of getting drawn into a relegation battle, the Saints faithful won’t want the season to just fizzle out into obscurity.
After 5-straight victories, Mikel’s Young Guns have suffered 3-losses in the last 4-games, with Arsenal now having back-to-back defeats following Monday’s loss against Crystal Palace and Saturday’s defeat against Brighton at the Emirates.
In a coupon busting display that no one could have foreseen, Graham Potter’s Seagulls flew into North London and took the points from a lacklustre set of Gunners.
Martin Odegaard scored in the 89th-minute, however, Arsenal were already trailing by 2-goals so Martin’s strike was ultimately just a consolation.
The defeat turned out to be a double whammy, with the fierce North London rivals Tottenham, gaining a victory in the late Saturday afternoon kickoff.
It now means that the fight for a Top Four finish, is out of Mikel Arteta’s hands.
Arsenal sit 5th, with 54-points from 30-fixtures played.
Although the Gunners have a game in hand over Spurs, Tottenham have 3-points more and a far superior goal difference and as is the common thread of this EveryTip column, it’s thought better to have the points on the board than games in hand.
Added to that, Arsenal still have fixtures against Chelsea, Manchester United, West Ham and significantly Tottenham at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium.
Tottenham look to have easier fixtures.
Apart from Liverpool, the rest are against teams in the bottom half of the table, including Norwich and Burnley.
This EveryTip betting site predicts Arsenal will finish below Tottenham and will play in Kazakhstan on a Thursday night, next season.
When Ralph’s Saints went to the Emirates at the beginning of December, Arsenal inflicted the defeat on Southampton by a 3-0 scoreline.
Alexandre Lacazette and Martin Odegaard scored the Gunners’ goals in the 1st-half, with Gabriel adding the 3rd on the hour mark.
Betfred offer Southampton at 3/1, the draw at 13/5 and slight Odds On 17/20 for Arsenal to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that James Ward-Prowse Scores Anytime and 7/5 that Gabriel Martinelli and Scores Anytime.
WATFORD v BRENTFORD
15.00 in England
It would be nice to say that Watford will be heading for Oakwell next season, with relegation to the Championship, imminent, however, Barnsley FC are going to be relegated themselves, down to League 1, or for the older listeners, Division 3.
This is sad for the Oakwell faithful who despite having one of the richest owners of a club in the world, have seen their club mismanaged, with the owners allowing the club to fall into the 3rd-tier of the English pyramid.
Watford, who themselves have indifferent owners and are on their 3rd-manager of the campaign are heading for the Championship following yet another defeat on Saturday, this time against Leeds United by a 3-0 scoreline in front of the Hornets faithful.
The current gaffer, Old Boy Roy Hodgson, must have been watching another game when his team were simply outplayed by Ted Lasso’s Whites but commenting that the Hornets had played well.
Following the emphatic defeat at Vicarage Rd, Watford remain 2nd-bottom or 19th, with 22-points from 31-fixtures played.
That’s a massive 6-points from safety, Everton being the safe team, with 28-points and having a game in hand over Watford.
Roy Hodgson deserves tremendous respect for his football career but really needs to call it a day after this current term and stay at home with Mrs Hodgson watching Homes Under The Hammer and Nigella on the Food Channel.
Brentford got one of the results of the season on Sunday, inflicting a defeat on fellow Londoners, West Ham at the Wellard Stadium by a 2-0 scoreline.
After a goalless 1st-half, Bryan Mbeumo and that man Ivan Toney scored the Bees goals to give Thomas Frank the victory over David Moyes.
A brilliant performance from the new Premier League boys.
That’s now 4-wins from the last 6-fixtures meaning 12-points from a possible 18.
Currently 4th in the Form charts.
Brentford sit 13th in between Southampton and Aston Villa, who all have 36-points, however, the Bees have played 32-times, which is a game more than the other two.
Nice one Mr T!
Emmanuel Dennis scored before the break at the Wellard Stadium back in December, to give Claudio Ranieri’s Hornets a lead at half-time.
Brentford left it late to get the result, with Pontus Jansson equalising in the 84th-minute, then when it looked like the points would be shared, Bryan Mbeumo popped up with the winner for the Bees in the 96th-minute, to give Thomas Frank the victory over the Tinkerman by a 2-1 scoreline.
Dennis and Bryan, are proper old school football names.
Betfred offer Watford at 15/8, the draw at 11/5 and 6/4 for Brentford to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 5/1 that Ivan Toney Scores First and 11/10 that there are Over 2.5 Goals.
WEST HAM v BURNLEY
14.15 in England
West Ham could be excused for the performance on Sunday that resulted in a defeat against Brentford by a 2-0 scoreline.
Both goals were conceded after the half-time cup of tea.
Excused because David Moyes will probably know that the possibility of a Top Four finish has gone, however, have an important Europa League 2nd-leg fixture against Lyon in France this coming Thursday.
The 1st-leg at the London Stadium finished in a draw by a 1-1 score which considering the Hammers played the whole of the 2nd-half, a man light following the sending off of Aaron Cresswell, just before the break, is a great result.
Mr Moyes received a Yellow Card too!
Even though West Ham conceded a Lyon goal, because the ‘away-goal rule’ no longer exists, both head into the Thursday fixture on an even keel.
Whilst John Newsome is not a Bubble, this EveryTip contributor wishes the Hammers well as it’s always nice to see English teams progress.
John’s football tribal philosophy is as follows,
Barnsley, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, the World, Aliens!
If Brazil ever face the Plutonians of Pluto, get ready, the Samba Boys will have full support from this Barnsley Boy.
It’s just like watching Brazil.
West Ham sit 6th in the table after the weekend’s football, with 51-points from 32-fixtures completed.
Tottenham, who currently reside in the final Champions League position, have 57-points, 6-more than the Hammers and have played a game less, so it’s unlikely that the Bubbles will make the Top Four but can get in the Champions League via a Europa League win, which surely has to be the priority now for Mr Moyes and his boys.
How bad have Burnley become, succumbing to a defeat against the worse team in the Premier League, Norwich by a 2-0 scoreline on Sunday.
After a brilliant display against Everton in the midweek fixture, coming from 2-1 down to win by a 3-2 score, Sean Dyche’s Clarets then let themselves down, by losing against the bottom team in the Premier League.
Frank Lampard’s Everton had got the victory against relegation-threatened Manchester United on Saturday, so it was imperative that Burnley at least got a point against the Yellow Canary’s.
Unfortunately, the travelling faithful all in tee-shirts and shorts as the weather in Norfolk was positively roasting compared to the Burnley Borough of Lancashire, were witness to their Claret idols losing a much win fixture.
Burnley remain 18th in the table with 24-points from 30-fixtures played.
Everton have 28 from the same 30-played.
Frank’s Blues take on Leicester on Wednesday, whilst Sean’s Clarets face Southampton a day later.
What could be a game-changer for both clubs is, Everton have a Merseyside Derby against Liverpool at Anfield, on the same day that Burnley face Wolves at Turf Moor.
There are still a few twists and turns before the relegation places are decided.
On top of that, the Toffees don’t play this weekend so the gap could be reduced to 1-point.
Burnley have been involved in the most goalless draws this campaign, having failed to trouble the scorers in 5-Premier League fixtures.
Brighton and Norwich have both been involved in a 0-0 score-line on 4 occasions.
Crystal Palace and Wolves-3 times.
With Brentford, Watford, Southampton, West Ham, Man City, and Arsenal playing out 2-fixtures without a goal.
Crystal Palace and Brentford have played twice this season with both fixtures finishing goalless.
Everton, Tottenham, Leeds United, Chelsea and Manchester United have 1-draw by a 0-0 scoreline this campaign.
Meaning just Aston Villa, Leicester, Newcastle and Liverpool have seen at least 1-goal in the games contested so far.
When these two met at Turf Moor, the scorer was too cold to attend which was a relief really as the lucky person wasn’t required, with the game finishing in a draw by a 0-0 score, or as some might say a goalless draw.
Betfred offer West Ham at Odds On 7/10, the draw at 11/4 and 4/1 for Burnley to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Jarrod Bowen Scores Anytime and slight Odds On 4/5 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
NEWCASTLE v LEICESTER
14.15 in England
Newcastle could consider themselves safe now following Friday Nights victory against Wolves by a 1-0 scoreline.
Chris Wood thought he’d scored in the 1st-half but the dreaded VAR intervened and correctly ruled the goal out for offside.
Whilst the girls and boys at Stockley Park are often ridiculed and derided, VAR was set up to right the wrongs and Chris’s goal was wrong, so on this occasion, the VAR worked.
It’s when the VAR get busy and become involved in things that are not relevant or worse still, don’t get involved when clearly an offence has occurred, such as when Newcastle’s Jacob Murphy was brought down in the Chelsea penalty area but nothing was given.
After a goalless 1st-half at St James Park, Chris Wood scored again, this time from the penalty spot, after being upended by the Wolves ‘keeper.
Chris dusted himself down and scored in front of the Gallowgate end and with no further action, Eddie and the Magpies got the victory over Bruno’s Lage Louts.
The win virtually secures Newcastle for another term in the Top Flight.
Whilst it’s not mathematically confirmed, the Magpies sit 15th, with 34-points from 31-fixtures, which is 10-points more than the relegation places.
Considering that Newcastle were at the foot of the Premier League table a few months back, it is a superb achievement from Mr Howe.
A few Million Saudi Riyal also came in handy.
There would have to be a monumental set of results in the remaining 7-fixtures to send Newcastle down and at worse, Eddie’s Magpies face Sean’s Clarets in the final fixture of the season to offer up a final chance of security.
Leicester got a great win on Sunday, with Brendan’s Wonderful’s inflicting a defeat on Patrick’s Eagles by a 2-1 score, in front of the Foxes faithful at the King Power.
Ademola Lookman scored the opener with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall adding the 2nd on the stroke of half-time.
It’s Kiernan by the way, not Kieran!
Leicester did concede a penalty midway through the 2nd-half which was initially saved by Kasper Schmeichel but after the dreaded VAR got busy, informing the on-field referee, Robert Jones that Kasper had moved early and the spot-kick should be retaken, Big Kasper then saved the 2nd-kick.
Unfortunately, this time the ball rebounded to the Palace player who headed home.
It was harsh on Young Mr Schmeichel but that’s football.
With no further goals, Leicester hung on for the victory, which leaves the Foxes in 9th, with 40-points from 29-fixtures played.
Rod Stewart was still happy over the weekend, following the set of personal sporting results.
The Scottish Crooner saw his beloved Green and White Hoops get a victory over St Johnstone (who?) in the SPL, by a 7(seven)-0 scoreline.
Later on Saturday, Sir Roderick was double happy after seeing Noble Yeats win the Grand National at odds of 50/1.
Mr Stewart had 50p each way on the horse and was ecstatic when the amateur jockey, Sam Waley-Cohen saddled the beast home.
The lovely Penny wasn’t as happy as her 50p each way was placed on Run Wild Fred after the Manchester United star, however, the horse did exactly what it said on the tin and ran wild, like the Brazilian Midfielder.
Later, Lennon the Puppy went on the lookout for some doggy treats, knowing that Sir Rod had a healthy couple of quid in his pocket from the Grand National win and that the singer had been in Pets Are Us.
Rod’s mood had diminished a little on Sunday following Leicester’s victory against Crystal Palace.
The Palace shirt with ‘Hilaire’ and ‘11’ on the back was thrown in the direction of the pooch.
The mood didn’t improve when the arch Glasgow rivals, Rangers got the victory in their Pub League clash against St Mirren (who?) by a 4-0 scoreline.
Rangers suffered a defeat in the 1st-leg of the Quarter-Final of the Europa League tie, away against Braga in Portugal.
A certain OzScot, dressed like Mel Gibson in Braveheart (BR4 8RT) wasn’t happy with his beloved Teddy Bears and went running around the streets of Melbourne, refusing to acknowledge the defeat.
The lad did calm down later but wasn’t having any of the Portuguese wine offered up by the wife.
It will be an interesting 2nd-leg at Ibrox on Thursday, that could see the loveable OzScot descend into an uncontrollable meltdown, especially if the ‘Gers overturn the result.
Luckily, the ‘away-goal rule’ doesn’t count anymore having been scrapped so all Rangers have to do is score more than Braga, then at least the possibility of a penalty shootout will come into play.
Celtic remain at the summit of SPL with 82-points, 6-more than Rangers with both having completed 33-fixtures.
A strange phenomenon now happens in the Scottish Pub League, which John Newsome struggles to understand.
The Top Six in the SPL play each other only with the Bottom Six also just playing each other.
As there are 12-teams in the SPL, it prevents a 44-game campaign for each team, if all played each other 4-times.
The split means that each team only play 38-times, as in the English Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1, however, strangely, not the Bundesliga whose teams only play 34-times.
If anyone is confused, please send a postcard, requesting clarification, to the,
Scottish Pub League
Lennon found the treats and as Penny and Rod sat down with a nice bottle of Tesco’s finest Red Wine and a bag of Pork Scratchings, the puppy was off chewing on a bone, slavering the tune of Mr Stewart’s ditty.
‘He’s Celtic, United but Brendan has decided that Leicester is the best place to be.’
Brendan got the better of Eddie when Newcastle headed South to the King Power.
A Youri Tielemans converted penalty gave Leicester the lead at the break.
A Patson Daka goal, a Youri 2nd and a James Maddison strike in the 2nd-half gave Brendan’s Wonderful’s the victory by a 4-0 score.
Betfred offer Newcastle at 5/4, the draw at 23/10 and 11/5 for Leicester to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Chris Wood Scores Anytime and 12/5 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
***Premier League Team of the Week***
GOALKEEPER-Hugo Lloris- Tottenham
RIGHT-BACK- Trent Alexander-Arnold- Liverpool
CENTRE-BACK- Ethan Pinnock- Brentford
CENTRE-BACK- Grant Hanley- Norwich
LEFT-BACK- Joao Cancelo- Man City
MIDFIELDER- Kevin De Bruyne- Man City
MIDFIELDER- Mason Mount- Chelsea
MIDFIELDER- Bryan Mbeumo- Brentford
FORWARD- Sadio Mane- Liverpool
FORWARD- Chris Wood- Newcastle
FORWARD- Ivan Toney- Brentford
STAR MEN- Man City and Liverpool
LIVERPOOL v MANCHESTER UNITED
20.00 in England
Liverpool don’t play in the Premier League over the weekend due to the Semi-Final of the FA Cup fixture against Man City at Wembley on Saturday.
Before that, there was a midweek, Quarter-Final, 2nd-leg Champions League fixture, with Benfica coming to Anfield.
In last Sunday’s epic battle at the Etihad in the Game Week-32 affair, Pep’s High Flying Blues and Jurgen’s Reds served up a monumental 90+minutes of scintillating football, that at times was like watching a different sport.
John Newsome watches most of the football over the weekend and was witness to a terrible performance by Manchester United against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
The following day at the Etihad saw City, who sat at the summit of the Premier League table, host Liverpool, sat 2nd, just a point adrift.
The game lived up to the preconceptions which is sometimes not the case and often when a fixture of such high magnitude takes place, the fans and watching millions are left disappointed.
Not so on Sunday, with the game in the Spring Manchester Sunshine living up to all expectations and resembling a boxing match between the 2-Heavyweight Title Contenders.
City scored the opener after 5-minutes from a deflected Kevin De Bruyne shot that clipped Joel Matip’s leg and flew past Allison.
That was just after Allison had saved from Raheem Sterling who was clean through on goal.
Liverpool quickly equalised with Diogo Jota tapping home.
With the game ebbing and flowing both ways, neither team giving an inch, City regained the lead just before the half-time whistle, when Gabriel Jesus sneaked in and scored past the helpless Liverpool stopper.
Jurgen Klopp sent his boys out for the 2nd-half with the strict instructions to at least equalise and not concede any further goals.
Even Mr Klopp must have been surprised by just how quick the instructions were heeded with Sadio Mane scoring within seconds of the restart.
Pep’s Boys were still sucking on the oranges.
There was a contentious issue midway through the 2nd-half when it appeared that City had restored the lead but Raheem Sterling was deemed to be millimetres offside, with nods of approval going to the Stockley Park gang from the Anfield Rappers.
Liverpool remain a point adrift of Man City, with 73-points both having played 31-times, with both having 7-fixture’s remaining.
Liverpool face Manchester United, Everton, Tottenham and Wolves at Anfield, plus Newcastle, Aston Villa and Southampton on the road.
Man City host Brighton, Watford, Newcastle and Aston Villa at the Etihad along with trips to face Leeds United, West Ham and Wolves.
Significantly, both have a final day fixture at home.
It’s no point saying one team has an easier run than the other as all will be a tough ask but the simple fact is, if both Man City and Liverpool win the remaining 7-fixtures, it will be Pep’s High Flying Blues that retain the Premier League title.
One thing that can be said is, if Liverpool get the victory against Manchester United tonight, then Jurgen’s Reds will be at the summit of the Premier League, at least for 24-hours until Man City take on Brighton on Wednesday.
As mentioned, after watching the dismal performance at Goodison Park, it was like watching another sport, so Manchester United can get ready for this midweek rearranged fixture.
United head to Anfield off the back of a Game Week-33 affair against Norwich at Old Trafford, so depending on results over the weekend, could jump up a couple of places, although a victory against Norwich isn’t a certainty considering United’s current form.
If one remembers, Liverpool smashed Manchester United at Old Trafford back in October 2021.
Goals from Naby Keita, Diogo Jota and a couple from Mo Salah, gave Jurgen’s Reds a healthy lead at half-time.
Mo then completed his hat-trick early in the 2nd-half with the only surprise to the final result of a victory by a 5-0 score, was that the Egyptian Kings 3rd was scored in the 50th-minute, meaning there was over 40-minutes without another goal.
Paul Pogba was left on the bench for the 1st-half and when introduced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at half-time, the French lad lasted 15-minutes before receiving a straight Red Card and an early bath.
The United faithful were not happy, being humiliated by the fierce rivals, on their own patch, however, what could one expect if Ole chooses Fred and Scott.
It was mooted back then that to continue to pick F and S would ultimately cost OGS his job and that United won’t win anything with Fred and Scott.
No one has learned that at Old Trafford yet.
Jose, Ole and now Ralph.
Betfred offer Liverpool at Odds On 9/20, the draw at 18/5 and 11/2 for Manchester United to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer Evens 1/1 that Sadio Mane Scores Anytime and 6/5 that Liverpool Win To Nil.
EVERTON v LEICESTER
19.45 in England
Everton don’t play over the Game Week-33 weekend and come into this fixture against Leicester off the back of a great victory against Manchester United at Goodison Park, last time out.
A speculative Anthony Gordon shot, midway through the 1st-half hit Harry Maguire and deflected into the United net, giving the Toffees the lead at the break.
With no further goals, Frank Lampard’s Everton held on for a famous victory by a 1-0 score.
The dogged display at Goodison Park, married with Manchester United’s lack of vision and being rubbish was the perfect combination to get the much needed 3-points.
Added to that, with the fixture being the early Saturday afternoon kick-off, Frank and the rest of the Toffees sat down and watched both Watford and Burnley succumb to defeats, leaving Everton in 17th-place with 28-points from 30-fixtures played.
Burnley have 24-points and sit in the final relegation place but will have played their Game Week-33 affair away at West Ham before this rearranged fixture against Leicester so could be just a point adrift of the Toffees.
Frank will definitely have one of his old Bubbles shirts on at the weekend.
The Clarets then play against Southampton on Thursday, so this is a big week in the Premier League relegation battle and come Game Week-34, which starts on the 23rd of April, there will be a much clearer situation at the bottom of the table.
Leicester face Newcastle at the weekend.
These two haven’t met yet this term due to postponed fixtures caused by the Coronavirus situation.
At Goodison Park, last season the game finished in a draw by a 1-1 score.
James (Ham-ez) Rodriguez scored for the Toffees with Youri Tielemans replying for the Foxes to give both teams a share of the points.
Betfred offer Everton at 29/20, the draw at 12/5 and 9/5 for Leicester to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Dominic Calvert-Lewin Scores Anytime and 12/5 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
CHELSEA v ARSENAL
19.45 in England
Chelsea come into this midweek fixture after a stunning display against Southampton at St Mary’s last time out.
Goals from Marcos Alonso, Mason Mount, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, all scored before 31-minutes were up on the clock, gave Thomas’s Blue Engines a lead at the break.
Timo and Mason added 5 and 6 within 10-minutes of the restart and the surprise then was that with over 35-minutes remaining in the game, Chelsea didn’t score again.
The stunning away day victory by a 6-0 scoreline leaves the Blues in 3rd-place with 62-points from 30-fixtures played.
As with Man City and Liverpool, Chelsea play at Wembley over the weekend in their FA Cup Semi-Final against Crystal Palace.
Before that, there is the Quarter-Final 2nd-leg of the Champions League, with a trip to the Bernabeu to try and overturn the defeat from the 1st-leg, by a 3-1 score, hoping that Karim Benzema isn’t playing.
(Karim scored all 3-goals at Stamford Bridge!)
It’s a big week for all the boys and girls connected with Thomas’s Blue Engines.
Arsenal will have played against Southampton over the weekend before this rearranged fixture.
Prior to the game at St Mary’s, the Gunners have suffered 2-straight defeats.
At the Emirates back in the sunshine of August, Chelsea got the away day victory by a 2-0 scoreline.
Romelu Lukaku and Reece James with the goals both scored before the half-time cup of tea.
Betfred offer Chelsea at Evens 1/1, the draw at 5/2 and 13/5 for Arsenal to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 5/1 that Jorginho Scores Anytime and 11/5 that Chelsea Score in Both Halves.
NEWCASTLE v CRYSTAL PALACE
19.45 in England
Newcastle will have played against Leicester in the Game Week-33 set of fixtures, whereas Crystal Palace didn’t play in the Premier League due to the Eagles FA Cup Semi-Final against Chelsea at Wembley.
Crystal Palace did suffer a loss last time out, succumbing to an away day defeat against Leicester by a 2-1 score.
After conceding 2-goals before the break, Palace were awarded a penalty midway through the 2nd-half.
Eventually, after a bizarre couple of minutes the penalty taker, Wilfried Zaha scored to half the deficit.
Eventually, because Wilfried had his initial kick saved by Kasper Schmeichel but the dreaded VAR deemed that Kasper had dove early.
Mr Zaha retook the spot-kick and again had it saved by Kasper but this time the ball rebounded to Wilfried who headed home.
With no further goals, Crystal Palace suffered the defeat leaving Patrick Vieira’s men in 10th-place with the same 37-points as Brighton, both having played 31-times.
Come kick-off tonight, Crystal Palace could be in the Final of the FA Cup.
However, that said, the Eagles could be fuming from losing the Semi-Final against Chelsea.
Both shared the points from a draw by a 1-1 score back at Selhurst Park in late October 2021.
After a goalless 1st-half, Christian Benteke scored to give the Ultras something to cheer.
Callum Wilson equalised soon after and with no further action, the birds gained a point apiece.
Betfred offer Newcastle at 6/4, the draw at 11/5 and 15/8 for Crystal Palace to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Wilfried Zaha Scores Anytime and slight Odds On 10/11 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
MAN CITY v BRIGHTON
20.00 in England
Man City remain at the summit of the Premier League table following the brilliant game against Liverpool at the Etihad in Game Week-32.
That said, Liverpool take on the Numpty Neighbours before this tie against Brighton so City could have dropped to 2nd, albeit temporarily.
In the magnificent game against Liverpool at the Etihad last Sunday, Kevin De Bruyne saw a deflected effort fly past Allison to give the home team an early lead.
This was cancelled out but a Gabriel Jesus strike gave City a lead at the break.
Unfortunately for the watching Citizens, Liverpool equalised less than a minute after the restart and with no further goals, the game finished in a draw by a 2-2 scoreline.
The Archbishop was happy.
Man City have 74-points from 31-fixtures going into this midweek fixture.
Before this game against Brighton, there’s a Champions League Quarter-Final tie in Spain, where Pep’s Blues take a 1-nil advantage into the 2nd-leg against Atletico Madrid.
Following that, there’s the Semi-Final of the FA Cup against Liverpool at Wembley.
A great week ahead for all in the football fraternity.
As mentioned, Liverpool play against Manchester United, 24-hours before City’s game against Brighton, so could be knocked off the top spot.
Temporarily that is!
It’s unlikely that the Numpty Neighbours will put up much of a fight against Liverpool.
Brighton will have faced Tottenham at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium before heading North to Manchester.
A couple of Phil Foden goals added to an Ilkay Gundogan opener, gave City a healthy lead at the break when these two met at the Amex in late October.
Alexis Mac Allister pulled a goal back for Brighton but Riyad Mahrez scored late on to give Pep’s High Flying Blues the victory by a 4-1 away day score.
Betfred offer Man City at Odds On 1/6, the draw at 6/1 and 16/1 for Brighton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 4/1 that Raheem Sterling Scores First and slight Odds On 20/21 that Man City Win To Nil.
BURNLEY v SOUTHAMPTON
19.45 in England
Both these teams play in the weekend’s fixtures with Burnley hoping to come into this rearranged affair against Southampton, a little closer to safety.
Despite a slump in form, Wreck-It’s Saints are safe so will probably have one flip-flop on the beach ready for the end of the season.
When these two met at St Mary’s at the back end of October, there was a certain Archbishop Desmond Tutu looking down, with a nod of approval following the result.
Maxwell Cornet scored 1st for Burnley with Valentino Livramento equalising for Southampton to take both teams in level at the break.
Armando Broja quickly gave the home team the lead after the restart, however, it wasn’t just one for Mr Cornetto that afternoon in late October, with Maxwell giving it to the Saints, adding a 2nd for Sean’s Clarets to earn a point from a draw by a 2-2 score.
The Archbishop was happy and sat down in heaven with a nice glass of Jam Shed and a lovely Mint and Choc-Chipped particular branded ice cream.
Betfred offer Burnley at 19/10, the draw at 9/4 and 29/20 for Southampton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Maxwell Cornet Scores Anytime and slight Odds On 4/5 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
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