The highlight games for the mid-week action are CHELSEA versus BRENTFORD and MAN CITY versus ARSENAL. Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews these and all game week 33 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 of these midweek fixtures are live on BT Sport and the reverse of Game Week-12 that took place in October 2022.
WOLVES v CRYSTAL PALACE
19.30 in England
Wolves come into this fixture off the back of a defeat against Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Matheus Cunha scored to give Wolves a lead, which was cancelled out by Leicester before half-time to take both teams in level at the break.
The unfortunate Wolves Goalkeeper Jose Sa conceded a penalty to gift an equaliser.
To be fair to Jose, the lad did own up to the discretion and held his hand up straight away, so no need for the dreaded VAR, which was good really as the boys and girls at Stockley Park were watching the Snooker on BBC 2.
As regular viewers will know, this EveryTip contributor is a massive fan of Snooker and wants to mention a brilliant piece of sporting respect.
The 7 (Seven!) time World Professional Snooker Champion, Ronnie O’Sullivan was drawn against the Iranian prospect, Hossein Vafaei.
Hossein had a bit of a dig at Mr O’Sullivan before the contest, stating that Ronnie was a disgrace to the game.
Ronnie O’Sullivan can be called out by folk who don’t understand Snooker but the GOAT (GREATEST OF ALL TIME!) is anything but a disgrace.
Hossein may have a view and like a lot of folk, may (the operative word being ‘may’) disagree with the actions of Mr O‘Sullivan.
That’s for others to worry about but Ronnie O’Sullivan is Snooker, despite what Mr Vafaei and anyone else thinks.
The guy fills out arenas, when Ron isn’t there, the auditorium is empty.
Following the comments received from Hossein Vafaei, Ronnie O’Sullivan registered a victory by a 13-2 scoreline.
It would have been easy for ROS to blank the Iranian but no!
Ronnie went up and shook Hossein’s hand, something Ron doesn’t do anymore, it’s usually a fist pump, (whatever that is!) and hugged Mr Vafaei, with both exchanging respected emotions for each other.
It’s not sure that any other sport would do that.
Ronnie O’Sullivan=absolute class!
More in a couple of weeks, if Mr O’Sullivan wins an 8th World Championship.
The Foxes then scored the winner midway through the 2nd-half to inflict the defeat on the Wolves by a 2-1 scoreline.
As mentioned, Julen Lopetegui’s Gold and Blacks sit in 14th place, 3 points adrift of Crystal Palace with 34 points from 32 played.
Wolves will want a couple of points more to cement their place in the Premier League for another season.
Roy Hodgson’s winning streak came to an end against Everton on Saturday, with both the Eagles and the Toffees failing to find the back of the net resulting in a draw by a 0-0 score.
It does mean though that Roy is still unbeaten since returning to Selhurst Park.
Three wins and a draw, leave Crystal Palace in 12th place, with 37 points from 32 games played, 3 more points than today’s opponents.
It would appear now that Crystal Palace are safe and the big question now, is whether Roy Hodgson will return next season.
Mrs H hopes so, she was getting fed up with Roy the Boy under her feet, watching Homes Under the Hammer and Bargain Brits in the Sun all day.
In October at Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace gained the victory over Wolves by a 2-1 scoreline.
Adama Traore scored first to give the travelling Gold and Blacks hope of a good day out in London.
However, Eberechi Eze equalised just after the restart, followed by a Wilfried Zaha goal that sealed all 3 points for Patrick’s Eagles over Steve Davis’ Wolves.
Both start this game under the guidance of different Managers.
Betfred offer Wolves at 5/4, the draw at 11/5 and 23/10 for Crystal Palace to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 6/1 that Eberechi Eze Scores First and 9/2 that Crystal Palace Score in Both Halves.
ASTON VILLA v FULHAM
19.45 in England
Aston Villa come into this game following a draw on Saturday against Bournemouth.
Ivan Toney scored the opener just after the hour mark which looked to be the winner until Douglas Luiz scored the equaliser with time running out to gain a respectable point from a 1-1 scoreline.
That leaves Unai Emery’s Claret and Blues in 6th place, with 51 points from 32 games played.
Six remaining to cement a European place with the possibility of a Champions League spot, however, it’s more than likely going to be the Europa League or the Europa Conference League.
The Villains should be looking to renew their passports, as it’s been a while since they were needed.
Fulham sit in 9th place with 45 points following Saturday’s victory against Leeds United.
After a goalless 1st-half, Harry Wilson and Andreas Pereira scored to give the Cottagers a 2-goal advantage.
The unfortunate Joao Palhinha diverted a Patrick Bamford shot, which was going wide, past his helpless Goalkeeper to gift Leeds a goal.
Fortunately for all connected with Fulham, the own goal proved to be just a consolation and Marco Silva’s Boys held on for the win by a 2-1 scoreline, as predicted in this EveryTip column last week.
As mentioned, Fulham have 45 points, 6 less than today’s opponents, however, Marco’s Men have only played 31 times, technically meaning that a victory tonight plus 3 points from the game in hand, can elevate the Cottagers up to the same 51 points as Aston Villa.
That said, this EveryTip column always makes the point that it is assumed better to have the points on the board rather than games in hand.
Regardless of the future, this should be a great contest under the lights at Villa Park.
Harrison Reed, an Aleksandar Mitrovic converted penalty and a Tyrone Mings own goal gave Marco Silva’s Fulham the victory over Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa by a 3-0 scoreline.
Douglas Luiz was sent off midway through the 2nd-half when Villa were trailing by a single goal.
Aston Villa are a different beast under Unai Emery so Marco’s Fulham may just have a tough night in the Midlands.
Betfred offer Aston Villa at Odds On 8/11, the draw at 11/4 and 7/2 for Fulham to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 10/3 that Ollie Watkins Scores First and 15/8 that Aston Villa Win To Nil.
LEEDS UNITED v LEICESTER
20.00 in England
‘Leeds, Leeds are falling apart again, Leeds, Leeds are falling apart again.’
Whilst that may be a bit harsh, the Whites did suffer another defeat away at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
This time by a 2-1 scoreline, leaving Leeds United in 16th place with 29 points from 32 played.
After conceding 2 goals against Fulham, Patrick Bamford saw an off-target shot hit a Cottage Defender and find the back of the net.
Unfortunately for the travelling White faithful, who always back their team, the goal wasn’t enough and it was another loss, the 4th defeat in the last 5 games.
The 29 points are only a point above today’s opponents and a point above the relegation places, so it’s more than likely that the loser will be in the drop zone come the end of these midweek fixtures.
Some of the West Yorkshire puddings are still in the Capital, trying to get through the barriers at Paddington Station with their Toyota Loyalty Card.
Marching On Together.
Leicester gained a great victory over Wolves on Saturday with the new boss duo of Dean Smith and John Terry managing to work some magic.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored a penalty to equalise an earlier Wolves goal and then Thomas Castagne got the winner midway through the 2nd-half to end a run of 4 straight defeats for the Foxes.
The victory lifts Leicester out of the bottom three, up to 17th with the same 28 points as Everton but with a slightly better goal difference.
Today’s hosts have a point more so whoever wins, will be above the other with 5 games remaining.
At the King Power Stadium, Brendan Rodgers Foxes gained the victory over Jesse Marsch’s Whites by a 2-0 scoreline.
A Robin Koch own goal and a Harvey Barnes strike, both in the 1st-half gave Leicester the home win.
The two teams are now under the guidance of different Managers with the winner possibly leaving the loser in the relegation zone.
Betfred offer Leeds United at 5/4, the draw at 13/5 and 2/1 for Leicester to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 9/4 that Jamie Vardy Scores Anytime and Evens 1/1 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST v BRIGHTON
Nottingham Forest did put in a great shift at Anfield on Saturday, scoring 2 goals, however, the 3 that Liverpool put past Keylor Navas ultimately meant another defeat for Steve Cooper’s Tricky Trees.
Neco Williams and Morgan Gibbs-White with the Forest goals.
Nottingham Forest remain in the relegation places, or 19th with 27 points from 32 games played.
The general theme with all of the bottom 7 possibly 8 teams is there aren’t many points between them so any could avoid the drop if a couple of wins are strung together.
With 6 fixtures remaining, it’s more than likely that it will go down to the wire, as the expression goes, meaning the run-in will be exciting for the Saints faithful, the Tricky Trees, the Toffees, the Foxes, the Marching On Together crew, the Cherries, the Gold and Blacks and the Bubbles.
Brighton didn’t play in the Premier League due to the FA Cup Semi-Final, where the Seagulls suffered a penalty shootout defeat against Manchester United.
Roberto De Zerbi’s Seagulls gained a great victory over Chelsea last time out in the league, with goals from Danny Welbeck and Julio Enciso giving Brighton the points from a 2-1 score.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea had scored first in that game.
Due to not playing at the weekend in the Premier League, Brighton slip a place to 8th with 49 points, a point adrift of Liverpool who jump above following their victory over Nottingham Forest.
That said, Roberto’s Blue and Whites now have 2 games in hand over Jurgen’s Reds, having only completed 29.
As it’s always mentioned that it’s assumed better to have the points on the board than games in hand, it won’t prevent the Seagulls from working out that there could possibly be a trip or two to Europe next season, nicking chips off the Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan or Scottish teams faithful.
Back in October, the scorer wasn’t needed with both teams failing to find the back of the net in a very dull draw by a 0-0 score, which is also known as a goalless draw.
There should (will) be goals tonight.
Betfred offer Nottingham Forest at 5/1, the draw at 10/3 and slight Odds On 1/2 for Brighton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 9/4 that Alexis Mac Allister Scores Anytime and 5/4 that Brighton Score in Both Halves.
WEST HAM v LIVERPOOL
West Ham are on the up, following another victory on Sunday, this time against Bournemouth.
Goals from Michail Antonio, Lucas Paqueta, Declan Rice and Pablo Fornals gained the Hammers all 3 points from a stunning win by a 4-0 away day score.
That puts West Ham up to 13th in the table, now with 34 points but having only completed 31 games, not the 32 that the others around have played.
David Moyes boys will want another 3 points or so to guarantee safety and then the Claret and Blues will be able to concentrate on the Europa Conference League, where West Ham have progressed to the Semi-Final and now face AZ Alkmaar over 2-legs.
Up the Irons!
Liverpool gained a professional victory over Nottingham Forest at Anfield on Saturday but were made to work for the points.
After a goalless 1st-half, Diogo Jota scored twice with a Forest reply coming after both went in.
Mo Salah scored the 3rd in the 70th minute and with no further goals, Liverpool held on for the narrow home victory by a 3-2 scoreline.
With Brighton not playing this weekend (in the Premier League) the win allowed Klipperty Klopp’s men to jump up to 7th with 50 points, from 31 games completed.
As mentioned above, the Seagulls are only a point adrift and have 2 games in hand on most of the teams around them.
It will be a tough ask for Liverpool, to see any European action next season and in truth, the Anfield Rappers might not want to play in the Europa Conference League and just have a year playing domestic football.
A single Darwin Nunez goal after 22 minutes gave Liverpool the victory over West Ham at Anfield back in the Game Week-12 affair back in October.
What will have irked the Bubbles, who had made the long, long journey NorthWest, was that Jarrod Bowen missed a penalty on the stroke of half-time.
At least the Hammers faithful made up for their arduous trip by paying £4 quid for a pint when the Eastenders are used to forking out a tenner in the Queen Vic.
Betfred offer West Ham at 11/4, the draw at 11/4 and slight Odds On 9/10 for Liverpool to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 6/4 that Coady Gakpo Scores Anytime and slight Odds On 4/6 that there are Over 2.5 Goals.
***Premier League Team of the Week***
GOALKEEPER- Sam Johnstone- Crystal Palace
RIGHT-BACK- Kieran Trippier- Newcastle
CENTRE-BACK- Fabian Schar- Newcastle
CENTRE-BACK- Sven Botman- Newcastle
LEFT-BACK- Dan Burn- Newcastle
MIDFIELDER- Timothy Castagne- Leicester
MIDFIELDER- Declan Rice- West Ham
MIDFIELDER- Morgan Gibbs-White- Nottingham Forest
FORWARD- Alexander Isak- Newcastle
FORWARD- Kelechi Iheanacho- Leicester
FORWARD- Theo Walcott- Southampton
STAR MAN- The entire Newcastle team that demolished Tottenham on Sunday.
CHELSEA v BRENTFORD
19.45 in England
Remarkably, Chelsea didn’t lose at the weekend, which will surprise a lot of folk.
That said, the reason Chelsea didn’t suffer a defeat was that Frank Lampard’s Blues didn’t play due to their supposed opponents Manchester United being in the FA Cup Semi-Final.
It’s been a bad week for Chelsea who were dumped out of the Champions League by Real Madrid thus leaving the faithful with nothing to get excited about for the remainder of the season.
As the Manager of both Everton and Chelsea, Frank Lampard has suffered a defeat in 15 of the last 18 games in charge, with 2 draws and a victory in the other 3 (all Everton).
One win in 14 games that resulted in the sack at Goodison Park, then the owners of Chelsea re-employ the lad.
Now it’s 4 straight defeats as the boss of the Blues, with just 1 goal scored.
Frank is probably getting a nice few Bob for taking the Caretaker position until the end of the season but there’s an argument to say that anyone who is a hard die Chelsea supporter, could have taken over as boss and put out a team that would have at least matched Mr Lampard’s record.
It is simply amazing that these people have so much good luck in their lives when folk who haven’t hurt a soul, are down on their luck and have nothing.
Chelsea are rewarding Frank Lampard’s failures.
The (so-called) experts have stated that the next Manager has a tough job on his hands, yet John Newsome disagrees and thinks that the new Manager, whoever that may be, hasn’t had the bar set too high so it should be an easy task.
Brentford come into this West London Derby off the back of a draw against Aston Villa.
Ivan Toney scored the opener just after the hour mark and with time running out, it did appear that all 3-points were staying in the Capital, however, Villa equalised in the 88th minute to grab a share of the points from a draw by a 1-1 score.
That was Ivan’s 19th goal of the campaign, which puts the lad 3rd on this season’s leading goal scorer list behind Harry Kane and Erling Haaland.
Brentford sit in 10th place, with 44 points from 32 games completed.
Chelsea are a place below on 39 points but have only played 31 times.
The odds printed below may surprise a few people, as somehow, Chelsea, with the terrible form at the moment, are Odds On to get the victory.
John Newsome is not so sure about that one, with the possibility of earning a few quid by backing Brentford to get the win.
Back in the October Game Week-12 set of fixtures, the annoyed scorer who wasn’t needed at the Amex, decided she was heading to the GTech for the fixture between the two West Londoners the following day.
Like an exert of Question of Sport,
‘What happened next?’
That’s correct, the game between Brentford and Chelsea finished in a draw by a 0-0 score, or as Liam would warble, some might say a goalless draw.
The scorer wasn’t happy because she didn’t receive any dollar that week as her wages were based on goals scored.
Betfred offer Chelsea at Odds On 4/6, the draw at 11/4 and 4/1 for Brentford to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 11/2 that Ivan Toney Scores First and 15/2 that Brentford Win To Nil.
MAN CITY v ARSENAL
20.00 in England
It might be pointless doing a preview regards this fixture as surely no one will be at all interested.
Only joking, this could be the most important game in the 380 Premier League contests throughout the 2022/23 campaign.
Man City booked their place in the FA Cup Final gaining a great professional victory over Sheffield United by a 3-0 scoreline.
The excellent Riyad Mahrez with all 3 goals.
Erling Haaland did start in the Semi-Final at Wembley and when City were awarded a penalty just before the half-time cup of tea, it was expected that the Norwegian/Leeds lad would add to his tally.
Not so, as Riyad took the ball and kindly whispered in the ear of Big Erling,
‘Not after that shocking penalty on Wednesday Big Lad!’
Referring to Mr Haaland’s horrendous spot-kick against Bayern Munich last week, where the German public are still trying to find the ball.
Mr Mahrez didn’t miss.
In the Quarter-Final of that Champions League encounter against Bayern, Pep’s High Flying Blues booked a place in the Semi-Final by gaining a victory over the 2-legs by a 4-1 aggregate score.
Three-nil from the home leg at the Etihad and a 1-1 draw in Munich.
Man City now face Real Madrid over 2-legs in the Champions League Semi-Final, with one of the Milan clubs, Inter or AC having the chance to meet in the Final at the beginning of June in Istanbul.
Erling did make up for the missed penalty by scoring the City goal in the draw.
The Big Lads’ 48th goal of an unbelievable campaign.
The added caveat to a brilliant week for the Citizens on the pitch was that Arsenal could only manage a draw against Southampton.
Pep Guardiola was sat in front of the telly at the hotel near Wembley, with a large bag of Monster Munch (Pickled Onion flavour) and a can of Hoffmeister, wearing a permed wig, and an old Saint’s shirt with ‘Keegan’ on the back and couldn’t believe his eyes when Southampton took a 3 goal to 1 lead.
Arsenal did score twice to gain a point but now only (only) have a 5-point advantage over City at the summit.
Man City have 2 games in hand over Arsenal, so City mustn’t lose tonight, as that would hand the advantage back to the Gunners.
As mentioned, Arsenal gained a point against Southampton on Friday Night Football, from a draw by a 3-3 score.
The away team scored twice before Gabriel Martinelli reduced the deficit to leave Arsenal trailing at the break.
The Saints then scored a 3rd and the Monster Munch went everywhere.
Following a sustained run of pressure, Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka scored late to gain a point.
There was the usual reaction afterwards by folk who stated that Arsenal had dropped 2 points but to reiterate the facts again, it’s a point gained, not 2 points lost.
Arsenal started the game with 74 points, drew, so now have 75.
The Gunners didn’t start with 77 points, drew and now have 75.
Mikel’s Young Guns gained a point not lost 2.
So if one hears someone say,
‘They dropped 2 points!’
It is incorrect as it’s impossible to lose points that are not there in the first place.
Arsenal have 75 points from 32 completed, with Man City in 2nd on 70 points but have played 2 games less than the Gunners.
As this is a prediction site, John Newsome predicts that Man City will get the victory tonight, reduce the gap to 2 points, with fixtures against Fulham, West Ham and Leeds United in the next 3.
Arsenal face Chelsea, Newcastle and Brighton in their next 3.
From the outside looking in, Man City could overhaul Arsenal before the re-arranged 2 games, as it does appear that City’s 3 are easier than Arsenal’s next 3.
A Bukayo Saka converted penalty cancelled out an earlier Kevin De Bruyne goal to take both teams in level at the break back at the Emirates in October.
It was the away team that had more sugar in the half-time cup of tea, with Man City coming out stronger and scoring twice, Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland getting the goals to give Pep’s High Flying Blues the victory over Mikel’s Young Guns by a 3-1 away night score.
If Man City get the victory tonight, the Premier League Title will be (most likely) heading back to the Etihad.
Betfred offer Man City at Odds On 8/15, the draw at 7/2 and 9/2 for Arsenal to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 3/1 that Kevin De Bruyne Scores Anytime and 6/4 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
Happy Birthday Trackster xxx
EVERTON v NEWCASTLE
19.45 in England
Everton didn’t lose on Saturday, however, didn’t win either with the fixture against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park finishing in a draw by a 0-0 score.
Some might say that sunshine follows thunder!
Go and tell it to the man who cannot score!
Some might say that we should never ponder.
On our thoughts today ’cause they couldn’t hit the net!
Some might say, we will find a goal someday.
Some might say, we will find a brighter way.
Because we are standing at the stadium, in need of alcohol in the rain!
Mason Holgate, who is an ex-Barnsley FC player, started in the Premier League for the first time since November due to injury and non-selection.
Mason, unfortunately, received 2 Yellow Cards and the subsequent Red after 80 minutes and will be missing for this fixture today.
A goalless draw leaves Everton in the final relegation place or 18th if one’s glass is half full, with 28 points from 32 games completed.
Newcastle obliterated Tottenham on Sunday at St James Park, gaining a great victory by a 6-1 scoreline.
What was remarkable about the score, was the first 5 goals came within 21 minutes of the kick-off.
The goals going in as follows,
2’ Jacob Murphy (Newcastle)
6’ Joelinton (Newcastle)
9’ Jacob Murphy (Newcastle)
19’ Alexander Isak (Newcastle)
21’ Alexander Isak (Newcastle)
Half-time Newcastle Broon Ale.
49’ Harry Kane (Tottenham)
67’ Callum Wilson (Newcastle)
An unbelievable performance that simply blew away a dejected set of Spurs.
Some of the LilyWhite faithful left after the 5th goal went in, making the long journey home.
If one has not been to St James Park, the first hour of the journey home for the travelling supporters is just climbing down the stairs of the away end.
The brilliant victory for Eddie’s Magpies virtually seals a Champions League spot, leaving Newcastle in 3rd place with 59 points from 31 played.
Tottenham, who sit in 5th, have 53 points but can only gain a maximum of 71 if they achieve victories in all 6 remaining games, which after watching the disaster on Sunday, is unlikely to happen.
Newcastle can gain a maximum of 80 points from their 7 remaining fixtures, so although not mathematically guaranteed a place at the Top European Table, it could be confirmed in the next couple of weeks.
Aston Villa and Liverpool have 51 and 50 points respectively but it’s unlikely that either of Tottenham, Aston Villa and Liverpool will overtake Manchester United and Newcastle, who both sit on 59 points.
Whatever happens, it will be a great run-in.
A single Miguel Almiron goal in the 1st-half gave Newcastle the victory over Everton at St James Park by a 1-0 score.
Frank Lampard was in charge of the Toffees at the time, so this reverse fixture could be different, however, have Everton improved under Sean Dyche?
That is just a question to think about, John Newsome doesn’t have the answer.
Betfred offer Everton at 18/5, the draw at 5/2 and slight Odds On 4/5 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 6/5 Callum Wilson Scores Anytime and 15/8 that Newcastle Score in Both Halves.
SOUTHAMPTON v BOURNEMOUTH
19.45 in England
The South Coast Derby.
Southampton were superb against Arsenal at the Emirates on Friday Night Football, eventually gaining a surprise away point from a draw by a 3-3 score.
Most would have assumed that Arsenal, who are at the top of the table and at home, would get an easy victory over Southampton who are at the foot of the table.
Not so, as Carlos Alcaraz and the ex-Gunner Theo Walcott scored to give the Saints a lead after 15 minutes.
Arsenal did pull a goal back before the break that could have worried the travelling fans but then Duje Caleta-Car added a 3rd just after the hour mark.
Unfortunately for Southampton, the inevitable onslaught happened with the home team rallying and scoring 2 late goals, however, the Gunners couldn’t get a winner and the Saints held on for a valuable and much-needed point.
Whilst the point wasn’t enough to lift Southampton off the foot of the table, it left Ruben Seles’ men with 24 from 32 fixtures played.
That’s only 4 points away from safety and 3 away from Nottingham Forest who are the next team Southampton face after this game against Bournemouth.
Bournemouth suffered a surprise home defeat against West Ham on Sunday.
After fine displays against Leicester and Tottenham, it was a shock to see the Hammers score 4 goals to inflict the defeat on the Cherries by a 4-0 scoreline.
In the last 10 Premier League games, Bournemouth have either won (5 times) or lost (5 times), without a draw thrown in.
Gary O’Neil’s men sit in 15th place with 33 points from 32 games completed.
Che Adams scored the only goal of the game at St Mary’s to give Wreck-It Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints the victory over Gary O’Neils Cherries by a 1-0 away night score.
Probably the only surprise in that was Che’s goal was scored after 9 minutes giving Bournemouth the remaining 81 minutes to get back on level terms.
Betfred offer Southampton at 5/4, the draw at 23/10 and 11/5 for Bournemouth to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 9/4 that James Ward-Prowse Scores Anytime and 3/1 that Philip Billing Scores Anytime.
TOTTENHAM v MANCHESTER UNITED
20.15 in England
What has happened at Tottenham?
The wheels have certainly fallen off following the departure of Antonio Conte.
Cristian Stellini has taken temporary control over the team but that doesn’t appear to be working from the looks of the performance put in at St James Park on Sunday.
Tottenham conceded 5 goals in the first 21 minutes and after Harry Kane had scored a consolation, conceded a 6th to ultimately suffer the defeat against Newcastle by a 6-1 away day scoreline.
It is quite possible that the genial Caretaker Manager, Cristian will be gone this week and may not be in the dugout for the clash with Manchester United tonight.
Tottenham have parted company with Cristian Stellini, with the ex-player Ryan Mason taking over in the very very hot Caretaker Manager seat.
Tottenham remain in 5th place with 53 points from 32 games played.
If the decline continues, it’s unlikely the Passports will be needed next season.
Manchester United come into this fixture, sitting in 4th place, with 59 points but have only completed 30 fixtures up to now.
Those good at Math will know that’s 6 points more than today’s opponents so even if the unthinkable happens and United suffer a defeat, Erik’s Red Devils will remain in 4th place.
United have had mixed fortunes this week, firstly being knocked out of the Europa League by Sevilla, suffering a 2nd-leg defeat by a 3-0 scoreline.
Following that, after 120 minutes of stalemate and no goals by either team in the FA Cup Semi-Final against Brighton, Manchester United progressed to the Final, after winning a penalty shootout.
The two Manchester Giants will now face each other in the showpiece FA Cup Final at Wembley on the 3rd of June for the first time in the history of the prestigious competition.
At Old Trafford back in October, Manchester United gained a professional victory over Tottenham by a 2-0 scoreline.
Fred and Bruno Fernandes with the 2nd-half goals to give Erik Ten Hag the win over Antonio Conte.
As this is the 30th-Anniversary of the Premier League John Newsome, as done in previous columns, would like to revisit a few games throughout the season that were featured in this EveryTip column back on the 24th of March 2020, when the first Lockdown was issued due to the Coronavirus situation.
There were 10 games featured in that column, however, only 5 of the fixtures, feature teams that are in this season’s Top Flight.
The Greatest Premier League Football Games of All Time
March 24, 2020, by Every Tip
‘Saturday, 29 September 2001
TOTTENHAM 3 v MANCHESTER UNITED 5
Back at the end of September 2001, at the time, the current Premier League Champions Manchester United staged a magnificent comeback against Spurs to overwhelm Tottenham at the old Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium.
Firstly, before this column moves on, a tremendous amount of respect must be paid to Tottenham’s opening goalscorer against United, Dean Richards.
Dean was an outstanding player for not only Spurs but his first club Bradford City.
Tottenham signed the influential defender from Southampton in 2001.
After leaving Bradford in 1995, Deano spent 4 years at Wolves, before the big defender, who had an England Under-21 cap, gained whilst at Molineux, joined Tottenham.
The big lad scored the opener against Manchester United back in 2001 on his Spurs debut.
Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege made it 3-0 at the break.
At half-time, Dean must have thought he’d joined the best team in the world.
However, when the game finished, he was asking the then Tottenham gaffer, Glenn Hoddle,
“What time is the last bus to Wolves Glenn?’
Dean Richards is a legend, unfortunately, the Yorkshireman died in February 2011, aged 36 years old.
Respect to Big Dean.
Keep on keeping on!
His goal against United will always be remembered, despite the comeback from the Red Devils.
United, doubtless motivated by a typically forthright half-time reprimand from Sir Alex, were sensational in the 2nd-half.
Mikael Silvestre came on to inject pace down the left side, in place of Denis Irwin and the current gaffer Ole, took Nicky Butt’s place, as Sir Alex went for it and shoved 3-up front.
Andy Cole got United back into the game soon after the break with a neat header from David Beckham’s cross.
From another corner, Mr Beckham‘s sublime right-peg, planted the ball onto the head of Larry White, aka Laurent Blanc, whose header found the net, making it 3-2 in favour of Spurs.
The World Cup winner only scored 1 goal in his time at Old Trafford but will be remembered forever by the United faithful.
Tottenham, so assured in the 1st-half, were now jittery.
The Dutch legend, Rudd Van Nistlerooy (tra, la, la, la, lar) scored United’s equaliser with another header, to give the Red Devils hope.
It then went beyond hope for the home team, when forgotten man Juan Sebastian Veron, scored to make it 4-3 to United.
King Beckham rounded off the scoring in the 87th minute to give United the comeback of all comebacks and a great 5-3 victory against Tottenham.
The strange anomaly about the 8-goals scored between the 2-clubs is 5 of them were headers.
Although a great comeback from United, at the time it wasn’t a surprise that the Red Devils conceded 3-goals as Sir Alex’s men were useless at defending away from Old Trafford.
A great game for the neutrals but it must have been hard to take for the watching Tottenham fans who had seen their beloved Lilywhites take a 3-0 lead against the Premier League Champions and then concede 5, 2nd-half goals to ultimately snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Rest in Peace Dean Richards.’
It appears that not much has changed over the years at the North London club.
Betfred offer Tottenham at 7/4, the draw at 13/5 and 7/5 for Manchester United to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 9/2 that Harry Kane Scores Two Plus Goals and 23/10 that Tottenham Score in Both Halves.
Saturday 11th April 1998
BARNSLEY v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
15.00 in England
Most reading this won’t know the significance of the game between Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday but to put it into context, imagine the fixtures between Manchester United and City, United v Liverpool and Arsenal v Tottenham.
There are just 12 miles between Hillsborough, the home of Sheffield Wednesday and Oakwell, the Original Theatre of Dreams.
The Wednesday-ites as the Owls like to be known (there are a few derogatory words that the opposing fans usually refer to them as) turned up at Oakwell for a Saturday afternoon of fun, expecting to turn over their Yorkshire Rivals.
Danny Wilson’s legends on the day.
David Watson, Nicky Eaden, Ales Krizan, Arjan De Zeeuw, Adie Moses, Scott Jones, Jovo Bosancic, Martin Bullock, Neil Redfearn, John Hendrie, and Ashley Ward.
Jan Age Fjortoft for John Hendrie 53rd Minute
Ron Atkinson, who was now in charge of the Owls following the sacking of David Pleat a few months back, sent out the following Owls.
Kevin Pressman, Earl Barrett, Andy Hinchcliffe, Goce Sedloski, Dejan Stefanovic, Des Walker, Emerson Tome, Mark Pembridge, Andy Booth, Paolo Di Canio and Guy Whittingham.
Graham Hyde for Goce Sedloski 46th Minute
Benito Carbone for Mark Pembridge 66th Minute
After a goalless 1st-half and a Chicken Balti Pie at the break, the 2nd-half produced 3 goals to excite the Red and White Army in attendance.
Around 16,000 of the Barnsley faithful saw Ashley Ward and Jan Age Fjortoft
score to give the home team a comfortable lead.
The comfort soon became uncomfortable when Dejan Stefanovic pulled a goal back for Wednesday with 5 minutes remaining.
Luckily, the Super Reds held on for a brilliant victory against the North Sheffield Enemy in Blue and White by a 2-1 scoreline.
The referee on the day was a guy called Paul Alcock, who famously, was pushed over by Paolo Di Canio at the start of the 1998/99 season when Sheffield Wednesday played against Arsenal at Highbury.
Mr Alcock sadly passed away back in 2018 but the scene between the two has been shown a few times over years.
Paolo never played for Sheffield Wednesday after the incident and headed to Upton Park to join Harry Redknapp’s West Ham team.
Against Barnsley back in April 1998, Mr Di Canio got had a few nice songs sung to him by the Red and White Army, however, none of the ditties can be repeated here.
The 3-points gained gave Barnsley 34 for the season, with 5 games remaining and just a point from safety, giving everyone connected with the Oakwell outfit, the hope of staying up.
The boys and girls headed back into Town for a night on the ale with the usual,
‘Are you going Out-Out, or staying Out?’
It was staying out for this EveryTip contributor who was still wearing the iconic Barnsley shirt, dancing the night away in the legendary Japanese Whispers, trying and failing miserably, to chat up a member of the opposition.
Another drunken Kay Bab and Taxi for one back home, ready for the usual Sunday routine of walking around Locke Park with the new youth, then dinner at Joan and Malc’s before an afternoon nap, to set up a night back in Barnsley Town Centre.
Oh, to have those lovely hazy days back!
15-Everton 37 pts (minus-9 goals)
16-Newcastle 36 pts (minus-9 goals)
17-Tottenham 35 pts (minus-18 goals)
18-Bolton 34 pts (minus-18 goals)
19-Barnsley 34 pts (minus-39 goals)
20-Crystal Palace 26 pts (minus-30 goals)
Home Win 2-1
On seeing Celtic only manage to gain a point from a draw against Motherwell (who?) on Saturday, the loveable OzScot was out dancing in the streets of Melbourne before settling down with a can of Tennants Super that is imported each month from Scotland to Australia, to watch his beloved Rangers play against Aberdeen (who?) on Sunday.
A win would have seen the gap at the top of the Pub League reduced to 10 points, however, after watching an inspired set of Aberdonians inflict a defeat on the Teddy Bears, the loveable OzScot and Son were distraught.
The Green and White Hoops are now a massive 13 points ahead of the Blues with 5 games remaining and have one hand and four fingers on the Scottish Premier League Title for the 2nd consecutive year, as predicted by this EveryTip column at the start of the 2022/23 campaign.
Braveheart, CSI Jonny and Ilkley’s newest resident all predicted a Rangers Title win.
The Big Fella has stated that Rangers will,
‘definitely beat Celtic in the Semi-Final of the Scottish Pub Cup on Sunday!’
His words, also adding,
Not so sure OzScot.
That’s for next week but no doubt the loveable Braveheart and Lad will be Tennant Supered-Up whilst watching Rangers lose (again) against Celtic.
Happy Birthday, Ally x