EPL Game Week 35 – 2021/22 Season Premier League Tips – John Newsome

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The highlight games for this next set of EPL games are MANCHESTER UNITED versus CHELSEA  and  WEST HAM versus ARSENAL. Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews these as well as all game week 35 matches, wich are a reverse of Game Week-17 matches, with his unique and insightful commentary. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday.

 

Please note all prices quoted below were correct at the time of publication

This set of Game Week-35 fixtures are the reverse of Game Week-17 which took place in mid-December 2021.

There is an extra Game Week-37 affair on Thursday, due to Chelsea’s participation in the FA Cup Final.

Game Week-37

Thursday 28th

MANCHESTER UNITED v CHELSEA

19.45 in England

Sky Sports

The Premier League have brought this penultimate Game Week-37 fixture forward because Chelsea are in the Final of the FA Cup on the 14th of May when 37s set are played.

Liverpool have yet to have their planned fixture rearranged.

Manchester United suffered another defeat on Saturday in the early kick-off, this time by a 3-1 scoreline at the Emirates against Arsenal.

That’s 3-defeats in the last 4-Premier League fixtures, with a victory against the bottom team Norwich, being the other.

After conceding 2-goals against the Gunners, Cristiano Ronaldo pulled a goal back for United before the half-time whistle.

That was the great man’s 100th-Premier League goal, joining Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney in the Manchester United-Premier League-100-Club.

Remarkably, the 100-goals for CR7 are spread over 18-years, with his 1st coming against Portsmouth in November 2003.

The away team were then awarded a penalty just after the restart and with Cristiano on the pitch, the scorer of 7 of the last 8-United goals since the 12th of March, it looked a formality that an equaliser was on the cards.

For some unknown reason, CR7 was overruled by Bruno Fernandes who decided that the penalty was his.

Afterwards, Cristiano just said that it was better that Bruno took the kick.

No, it wasn’t Mr Ron!

Unfortunately, for the watching Devil faithful, whatever the preferred colour strip, Bruno missed the spot-kick, putting the ball wide.

That sort of knocked the stuffing out of United who conceded a 3rd-Arsenal goal to ultimately lose the game in London.

Scott McTominay started in midfield, however, Fred is injured still.

Manchester United remain in 6th-place with 54-points from 34-fixtures played.

There was silly talk about United pushing for a Top Four finish, however, at the current rate, a Europa League place is the best the Old Trafford faithful can hope for.

If results go against United over the next few days, Ralph’s boys could be as low as 7th, going into the Game Week-35 affair against Brentford which is the Monday Night Football fixture.

Harry Maguire didn’t play against Arsenal because it was thought that the lads’ mind wouldn’t be on the job having been threatened with a bomb,

What is wrong with society at the moment, these guys are just playing football, if one doesn’t agree with the way they are playing, go to the pub, have a pint, a game of pool and chill out.

Don’t threaten to bomb someone’s home, someone who has a partner and kids in the house.

There are only 4-fixtures remaining to finish off this horrendous season for Manchester United.

Chelsea tonight, Brentford on Monday, both at Old Trafford, after those it’s away trips to take on Brighton at the Amex and Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on the final Sunday.

Then it’s a clear out, with several players such as Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, plus others that have become invisible, leaving Manchester for pastures new.

The exit list could also include Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Alex Telles, Eric Bailley and Phil Jones.

Erik Ten Hag has a big rebuilding job but if he continues with Fred and Scott, nothing will change at Old Trafford.

Mark these words!

Chelsea made hard work of the game against West Ham on Sunday.

With 76-minutes on the clock, the scores were level at 0-0.

Thomas Tuchel decided to make 3-substitutions, sending on Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku to try and force a goal.

Romelu did just that, 10-minutes later when the Striker rolled Craig Dawson in the area, resulting in Craig hauling down Mr Lukaku to concede a penalty.

The on-field referee, Michael Oliver gave the penalty straight away, then awarded Mr Dawson a Yellow Card.

The dreaded VAR, who were watching the Snooker from the Crucible at Sheffield wanted to show that they were really watching the football and advised Michael to have a look at the pitch-side monitor with the possibility that the Yellow should be a Red.

Once this happened, the referee changed the colour of the card and it was an early bath for the West Ham Defender.

It was then left to Jorginho to convert the penalty, however, the usually assured Italian must have felt sorry for the Hammers and tapped the ball back to the goalkeeper.

Jorginho is starting to miss penalties for both Club and Country having missed 2 in Italy’s failed World Cup qualifying campaign, as well as the one against England in the Euro’20 Final.

The 2 in Italy’s qualifiers were in the 2-fixtures against Switzerland with both games ending in draws.

Those missed penalties are the reason the Italians will be Christmas shopping in early December, instead of playing in Qatar.

In the fixture at the St Jakob-Park in Basel, back in September 2021, the score was 0-0 when Italy were awarded a penalty in the 53rd-minute.

Jorginho missed.

The game finished in a draw by a 0-0 score, giving Switzerland a point.

In the reverse home fixture at the Stadio Olympico in Rome, in November 2021, the score was 1-1, when the penalty was awarded in the 90th-minute.

If Jorginho had converted it would have given Italy 3-points and Switzerland none.

The miss meant the Swiss gained another point.

Switzerland won their relevant qualifying Group with 18-points.

Italy finished 2nd, with 16-points and then had to play in a knockout game against North Macedonia, in which the Italians suffered a defeat.

If that last gasp penalty had been converted by Jorginho, Italy would have had 18-points, with Switzerland having 17.

It really is as simple as that.

Luckily for Thomas’s Blue Engines, the missed penalty on Sunday didn’t make a difference to the result, as a goal by Christian Pulisic in the 90th-minute, gave Chelsea the victory against West Ham by a 1-0 score.

Chelsea remain in 3rd-place, with 65-points, 5-more than Arsenal in 4th, plus have only played 32-times going into this rearranged fixture.

Whereas the Gunners have played a game more.

It does appear that 3rd-place is Chelsea’s to lose and it will be another year in the Champions League.

The European places are complicated this season, so this EveryTip column will try and explain the process.

There are only the Top Seven in the Premier League that can play in Europe next season.

There is a possibility that Man City. Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham could all play in the Champions League.

Inadvertently, because Chelsea and Liverpool are in the final of the FA Cup, the place in the Europa League, usually reserved for the winners, will go to the team who finishes 6th in the table, currently Manchester United.

Because Liverpool won the Carabao Cup, the Europa Conference League place given to the winners of that trophy will go down to the 7th-placed team.

Fifth and 6th placed Premier League teams will go into the Europa League and 7th will be in the Europa Conference League.

The strange thing is, currently West Ham, who are 7th can play in the Europa Conference if they stay 7th and don’t win the Europa League.

If they win that competition it means that 8th (Wolves) miss out on a European place, meaning just 7-English clubs in Europe.

However, if for example, Wolves jump above West Ham into 7th, the Hammers win the Europa League, then Wolves get the Conference League spot, meaning 8-English teams.

In addition to that, if Leicester remain lower than 7th and win the Europa Conference League, it would see 9-English clubs in Europe.

To reiterate, there are only the top 7-teams in the Premier League that can play in Europe based on League position.

Plus the 3-European Title Winners if the specific club finish lower than 7th.

Technically the English Premier League could have 10-teams in the European competitions but that would mean that the Champions League winners, the Europa League winners and the Europa Conference League winners have to finish lower than 7th.

Man City won’t but it’s quite conceivable that West Ham and Leicester will, which would mean 9-English teams could be in various European competitions next season.

At Stamford Bridge back in late November, Thomas Tuchel and United’s caretaker manager Michael Carrick shared the points from a draw by a 1-1 score.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was down the concrete by the time Manchester United headed to London, so it was up to the legend to pick the team.

After a goalless 1st-half, Jorginho converted a penalty (the lad could back then!) to equalise an earlier Jadon Sancho strike to give both teams a point apiece.

If one remembers, Jorginho atoned for a horrendous error when the Midfielder mis-controlled the ball on the halfway line and allowed Jadon to run clear and score the opener.

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Game Week-35

Saturday 30th

NEWCASTLE v LIVERPOOL

12.30 in England

BT Sports

Newcastle got another victory on Saturday, this time against the worse team in the Premier League, that being Norwich.

Joelinton scored 2-goals in the 1st-half to give Eddie’s Magpies a lead at the break.

The new Toon Army idol, Bruno Guimaraes added a superb 3rd just after the restart and with no further goals, Newcastle had their 4th-victory in a row, this time by a 3-0 away day score.

In the last 15-Premier League fixtures, all played in 2022, Newcastle have a record of 10-Wins, 2-Draws and 3-Losses.

Amassing a total of 32-points from a possible 45 on offer.

That is simply brilliant and from a Form Table covering 15-fixtures, Eddie’s Magpies sit 3rd, behind Liverpool and Man City, who have amassed 38 and 36-points respectively from the 45 available.

Joelinton is a different player under Eddie Howe, scoring 4-goals now from a much deeper position.

Bruno Guimaraes has 4-goals from just 7-starts in a Black and White shirt.

Remarkably, Newcastle’s leading scorer, with 6-goals, is Callum Wilson, who hasn’t played this year.

Imagine how many Callum would have got in those 15-fixtures.

It would be worth a little bet on Newcastle to at least get a European place next season, if not a Top Four spot.

Newcastle sit in 9th (9th!) with 43-points from 34-fixtures played.

Liverpool got a professional victory against the Merseyside rivals Everton on Sunday.

After a goalless 60-minutes, Jurgen Klopp introduced Divock Origi and Luis Diaz, which produced an immediate impact when Andy Robertson headed home the 1st-goal, 2-minutes later.

Luis Diaz then provided a superb assist for his substitute mate, Divock Origi who again headed past the Everton goalkeeper.

Luis did a sort of scissor kick that bounced up nicely for Divock to head home.

The victory by a 2-0 score, which was predicted in this EveryTip column last week, reduced the gap at the summit back to 1-point, with Jurgen’s Reds having 79-points from 33-fixtures completed.

Liverpool play before Man City this weekend, so following this game against Newcastle, Jurgen’s Reds could be at the summit once again, if only for a few hours until Pep’s Blues play in the late Saturday afternoon kick-off.

Liverpool host Villarreal on Wednesday in the 1st-leg of the Champions League Semi-Final before this early Saturday afternoon kick-off, which does appear strange, allowing the players less than 63-hours between the two fixtures.

Man City play their Semi-Final 1st-leg, against Real Madrid on Tuesday then don’t play the Game Week-35 fixture until 17.30 on Saturday, giving them just short of 93-hours to recover.

These are just facts about the fixtures, whether there is a discrepancy in that, is for others to decide.

Both English teams are at home in the 1st-leg.

It’s worth considering the fact that the Scottish Premier (Pub) League had rearranged the Rangers clash against Motherwell (who?) that was supposed to take place on Sunday the 24th of April at 12.00, back 24-hours to Saturday, allowing the ‘Gers more time to recover before their Semi-Final 1st-leg of the Europa League against RB Leipzig on Thursday the 28th.

Sometimes the English Premier League make it difficult for its members to have a decent challenge for European honours.

This is purely for financial gain from the requests of the respective TV companies such as BT and Sky Sports.

The ex-Red Jonjo Shelvey scored a surprise opener at Anfield to give the away team an early lead, back in December.

That would have pleased the young man.

Unfortunately, the lead didn’t last long, with Diogo Jota and Mo Salah scoring to give Liverpool a lead at the break.

Trent Alexander-Arnold added a 3rd late on giving Jurgen’s Reds the victory over Eddie’s Magpies by a 3-1 score.

Betfred offer Newcastle at 13/2, the draw at 18/5 and slight Odds On 2/5 for Liverpool to come away with all 3-points.

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ASTON VILLA v NORWICH

15.00 in England

Aston Villa gained a point from a draw by a 0-0 score against Leicester at the King Power on Saturday, with not much more to be added.

Apart from the fact that it was decent weather in the Midlands and the Villa girls and boys didn’t have to travel too far, that’s really the only positive to be taken from the afternoon adventure.

The headline in the local rag, read,

‘No Heroes or Villains in humdrum Derby stalemate.’

The game was that mundane, Match of the Day later on Saturday evening, showed 38-seconds of the highlights.

In truth, the brilliant iconic programme somehow managed to stretch out 5-minutes of the game at Villa Park, which is a testament to the production team at the BBC.

Aston Villa really just want to get the season out of the way so that Stevie G can add a few more of his ‘own’ players to the squad and have a full pre-season.

Villa sit 15th in the table with 37-points from 32-fixtures played.

It’s probably a good job for all concerned at Villa Park that there are 5-worse teams in the division.

One quick thing to mention is that Aston Villa could have a say in the destination of the Premier League title as Steven Gerrard’s men have to face both Man City and Liverpool in the remaining 6-fixtures.

Aston Villa host Liverpool in the Game Week-33 rearranged fixture then have to travel to the Etihad for the final fixture of the campaign.

Who is the manager of Aston Villa?

This question was put to a friend of John Newsome’s, ‘the Serg’ and the reply was,

‘Stevie G is a professional!’

Whilst that is correct and John would never be disparaging towards Mr Gerrard.

Subconscious bias does sometimes over-seed professionalism.

Steven Gerrard is not only a Liverpool legend but is a Liverpool fan.

Whilst Steven would never say to his players,

‘Allow Liverpool to win!’

It would be understandable that in the week leading up to both fixtures that there was more emphasis put on tactics for the final fixture, to try and prevent Man City from winning, than there would be in the week prior to the Liverpool visit.

That is just the subconscious taking over.

To be honest, John Newsome thinks that Villa will lose both games so there won’t be much of an inquest but it’s just a personal opinion that Steven Gerrard will want Liverpool to win the Premier League title more than Man City and has a say in that.

That’s just the facts!

Norwich remain at the foot of the Premier League following Saturday’s defeat against Newcastle at Carrow Rd by a 3-0 scoreline.

In the 22-fixtures since Dean Smith took over, the Yellow Canary’s have a record of 4-Wins, 4-Draws and 14-Losses.

A total of a 16-points accrued from a possible 66, since the excitable Daniel Farke departed.

Is that progress?

With 5-fixtures remaining, Norwich can only get a maximum of 36-points.

That’s if victories are achieved in all 5.

Norwich will have their relegation from the Premier League confirmed if Dean’s Boys fail to win against Aston Villa today and West Ham next week.

The Yellow Canary’s will definitely hate the colours of Claret and Blue if that occurs.

The relegation is inevitable, it’s just a matter of when not if.

There was a funny moment over the weekend when a certain OzScot was questioning his predictions and couldn’t understand how poor they had turned out.

The loveable Braveheart had predicted that Norwich would get a victory against Newcastle by a 1-0 scoreline.

This was quickly given as a reason as to why Melbourne’s fine citizen is having a nightmare in the prediction game.

The OzScot also wanted a written apology regarding the several missed penalties that the lad had failed to convert over his footballing career as a youth with Leo’s back in the late 1980s.

Here goes,

‘It’s with sincere apologies from John Newsome aka Gazza, that Leo’s Bruno Fernandes/Jorginho has been mentioned with disparaging remarks regarding the horrendous penalty attempts taken over 30-years ago, with some balls kicked, still travelling above the atmosphere.’

There you go Teddy Bear what more can one say!

Regards the prediction that Norwich would beat Newcastle, the lad must have had too much Australian Sun in the outback.

This reverse fixture confused quite a few Villains back in December when Dean Smith was in the dugout but wasn’t in charge of the Claret and Blues and instead was the boss of the home team.

After being sacked by Aston Villa a month earlier and replaced by Steven Gerrard, Dean took control of the Yellow Canary’s soon after.

Unfortunately for Mr Smith, his old chargers got the victory over his new boys by a 2-0 away day score.

Jacob Ramsey and Ollie Watkins with the Villa goals, 1 in each half to secure the win for Stevie G.

Betfred offer Aston Villa at Odds On 2/5, the draw at 18/5 and 13/2 for Norwich to come away with all 3-points.

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SOUTHAMPTON v CRYSTAL PALACE

15.00 in England

Southampton played in a very entertaining South Coast Derby on Sunday against Brighton at the Amex, gaining a point from a draw by a 2-2 score.

Brighton scored after just 2-minutes of the game, then with 2-minutes of the 1st-half remaining, the unfortunate Mohammed Salisu, turned past a helpless Fraser Forster to give the home team a 2-goal advantage.

That wasn’t the end of the 1st-half goals with James Ward-Prowse pulling a goal back before the half-time whistle was blown.

James then equalised 10-minutes after the restart and with no further goals, the points were shared between Graham’s Seagulls and Wreck-Its Saints.

Southampton sit 13th in the table with 40-points from 34-fixtures played.

The same 40-points as Brentford.

On the Monday Night Football between Palace and Leeds, an expression sprang to mind after 10-minutes had gone and that was,

‘This game has got nil-nil written all over it.’

Eighty minutes or so later and the expression was borne out.

John Newsome did predict a draw, however, gave both teams the benefit of a goal apiece.

Whilst there was a lot of passing there wasn’t much attacking endeavour and at times it was a fight not to switch over the telly to Coronation St.

The point from the draw by a 0-0 score, gives Patrick’s Eagles 38 from 33-fixtures played and leaves Palace in 14th-place.

At Selhurst Park back in December, a certain Archbishop was looking down with a nod of approval following the result.

Wilfried Zaha opened the scoring after 2-minutes, with James Ward-Prowse and Armando Broja replying to give Southampton a lead at the break.

Jordan Ayew equalised midway through the 2nd-half and with no further goals, both shared the points from a draw by a 2-2 score.

Betfred offer Southampton at 11/8, the draw at 23/10 and 2/1 for Crystal Palace to come away with all 3-points.

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WATFORD v BURNLEY

15.00 in England

Watford are joining Norwich in heading for the Championship with the inevitable set to be confirmed in a couple of games’ time.

Like Norwich, if Hodgson’s Hornets suffer a defeat against Burnley, the faithful won’t be fans of the colour Claret.

Watford went North to the Etihad on Saturday and suffered a defeat by a 5-1 scoreline against Man City.

As in the home tie in December, the Hornets did manage to score against the current Premier League leaders, which not many have this term.

Unfortunately, Hassane Kamara’s 1st-half goal was cancelled out by 3-City strikes.

Pep’s High Flying Blues then scored another 2 after the break to inflict the defeat on Mr Hodgson’s boys.

Watford have suffered 15-defeats in a row against Man City.

That is a Premier League record for victories or defeats in a row for one team against another.

The good thing for all connected with the Vicarage Rd club is there won’t be a 16th anytime soon as Watford will be in the Championship for the foreseeable future.

Watford remain 19th in the table, with 22-points from 33-fixtures completed.

A quick side note regards the Championship is Barnsley FC have been relegated to League 1, or Division 3.

Derby County under Wayne Rooney and Peterborough under firstly, Sir Alex Ferguson’s son Darren, then Grant McCann are joining the Super Reds in the 3rd-tier of English football.

Derby had 21-points deducted for financial irregularities, whilst Peterborough are a League 1 club that punches above their weight in getting to the Championship every so often.

Barnsley FC are an established Championship club that are owned by Billionaire’s, called the Pacific Media Group.

(Oakland A’s executive Billy Beane also owns a stake)

The film called MoneyBall starring Brad Pitt details the fortunes of the Oakland A Baseball team.

PMG have mismanaged the iconic Yorkshire Club and have allowed the Oakwell outfit to go from finishing 5th in the table and a play-off spot, to plunge to the bottom of the table, lower than a team that has had 21-points taken off them.

The failure by the owners to provide adequate support for Barnsley to at least be comfortable in the Championship is not only disgraceful but not only restricted to the Yorkshiremen.

Pacific Media Group also own the French club Nancy who are rock bottom of Ligue 2 and will be relegated to the 3rd tier of French football.

Pacific Media Group own Esjberg in the Danish 1st Division and are in the bottom-3 of that particular league.

Pacific Media Group own the Belgian Pro League team KV Oostende who are 12th from 18 in the division.

Pacific Media Group own FC Thun, who are 5th out of 10 in the Swiss Challenge League, which is Switzerland’s 2nd-tier.

(Switzerland’s 2nd-tier!! Heidi is the manager of one of the clubs.)

Pacific Media Group own FC Den Bosch of the Netherlands’ Eerste Divisie, the 2nd-tier of Dutch football and are currently 11th out of 20.

It’s fair to say, that PCM are not pulling up any trees in the football world.

This weekend saw Oldham Athletic drop out of the English Football League down to the Conference or the National League as it’s now known.

Oldham were one of the founder members of the Premier League in the inaugural 1992/93 season.

In the game that eventually relegated Oldham, against local rivals Salford, it was clear that there would be trouble in the stands on the day from both sets of fans with demonstrations against the owners planned.

The owners declined the invitation from the local Police Force to be on duty at Boundary Park because they didn’t want to pay any money.

The game was disrupted by the home faithful who were angry at the plight of their club.

The Police had to attend in the end so now the owners will have to pay.

These owners come into England and promise all sorts yet seldom deliver, except for the odd ones, most are in it on an ego trip or to strip the club of its assets.

Pacific Media Group had a 5-year plan at Barnsley FC.

Since taking over in 2017, the 5-year plan has seen Barnsley relegated to Division 3, in their 1st-season, promoted back in the 2nd-season, survive by a single point in year 3, survival because Wigan were deducted 12-points, otherwise, it would have been a relegation again.

In the 4th-year, the owners got lucky and saw Barnsley FC finish 5th but lose out in the play-offs.

The 5th-year of the 5-year plan has seen another relegation.

What’s meant by ‘got lucky’ is at the beginning of the 2020/21 campaign, Barnsley had Gerhard Struber in charge, the manager that had come in after the sacking of Daniel Stendel and had survived relegation by a single point because of a technicality.

Gerhard saw the iceberg and when approached by the New York Red Bulls to become their manager, jumped ship and headed for the Big Apple.

New York or Barnsley?

Barnsley every time!

PMG ‘got lucky’ by bringing in Valerien Ismael, a relatively unknown manager who inherited a vibrant set of Reds, that included players such as Adam Mowatt, a Leeds United youngster who was considered better than Kalvin Phillips whilst at Elland Rd.

Brad Collins, Callum Brittain, Callum Styles, Clark Odour, Cauley Woodrow, Michel Helik, Mads Andersen plus bringing in Daryl Dike in January 2021, on loan from Orlando City.

Valerien’s dynamic approach to football married with class players who wanted to learn was a perfect storm for the Oakwell outfit.

Most of these players stayed when Valerien left to go to West Brom in the summer.

Only Daryl Dike and Adam Mowatt left, with Daryl returning to America and Adam following Valerien to The Hawthorns.

Daryl then came back to England to join West Brom but hasn’t featured much since picking up an injury.

The Baggies decided to get rid of Valerien Ismael as the hierarchy thought the Frenchman’s efforts weren’t good enough.

West Brom were 5th in the Championship when Valerien was sacked back in February.

They are currently 13th.

These Barnsley players under, firstly Markus Schopp and now Poya Asbaghi are now heading for League 1.

That said, these players will probably be sold on and stay in the Championship.

Unfortunately, the loyal fans can’t be sold on and stay in the Championship.

The Oakwell faithful now have to watch their idols in Division 3.

Not because their club was in financial difficulty, nor because the players weren’t good enough, they proved they were under Valerien Ismael.

It’s purely because the owners have not invested in the club and are happy to yo-yo between the Championship and League 1, thinking this is an automatic prerequisite that will see Barnsley promoted next season.

Ask Wimbledon, Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich or Oldham if it is a prerequisite to return.

All these clubs were in the inaugural Premier League back in 1992.

All are now in Division 3, with Oldham, no longer in the English Football League.

Nottingham Forest started the season with Chris Hughton but knew that Chris wasn’t the answer and made a switch early by bringing in Steve Cooper.

Forest are in the play-offs.

Sheffield United started with Slavisa Jokanovic but knew it wasn’t working and got rid, promoting Paul Heckinbottom to the manager.

The Blades are on the brink of securing a play-off place.

Reading, themselves had 6-points deducted for financial irregularities and were in trouble but brought in Paul Ince, a guy who knew the Championship, to stave off relegation.

The Barnsley owners gambled on a guy who seems a pretty decent person but has no experience of the rigours of English football.

The owners haven’t invested in the squad either, just bringing in loan players, who have no affinity to the great club.

It’s not a certainty that Barnsley FC will return to the Championship next season, yet the owners, Pacific Media Group will continue their way, which is not sustainable.

In the words of many a disgruntled fan of clubs with disreputable owners,

‘Get out of our club!’

Burnley’s decision to sack Sean Dyche, whilst harsh on the gravel-voiced Gingerbread Man, could be paying off following, 2-wins and a draw since Sean departed.

After a draw against West Ham, Burnley have 2-victories in a row following Sunday’s fixture against Wolves where Michael Jackson’s Clarets inflicted defeat on Bruno’s Gold and Blacks by a 1-0 scoreline, as predicted in last week’s column.

Burnley’s win means the Turf Moor club are now out of the relegation places, sitting 17th in the table with 31-points, however, have completed 33-fixtures, whereas Everton, the team now in the final relegation spot with 29-points, have only played 32-times.

It does appear that Norwich and Watford have gone, despite not being Mathematically confirmed, so there seems to be just one place up for grabs, so to speak.

As it stands,

14th-Crystal Pal 33-played=38-points
15th-Aston Villa 32-played=37-points
16th-Leeds 33-played=34-points
17th-Burnley 33-played=31-points
18th-Everton 32-played=29-points

19th-Watford 33-played=22-points
20th-Norwich 33-played=21-points

Burnley’s remaining 5-fixtures are,

Home-Aston Villa and Newcastle.

Away-Watford, Tottenham and Aston Villa.

That’s not an error, by the way, Burnley do have to play against Aston Villa twice following the postponed game earlier on in the season due to the Coronavirus situation.

Consider those 5-fixtures, then check out Everton’s remaining 6.

Home-Chelsea, Brentford and Crystal Palace.

Away-Leicester, Watford and Arsenal.

The question to ask if one is a Burnley fan is this,

‘Would one prefer to face Aston Villa twice, Watford, Tottenham and Newcastle or Chelsea, Brentford, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Watford and Arsenal?’

John Newsome has no preference as to who stays up or goes down but if this EveryTip contributor was a Burnley fan, then one would prefer those 5-fixtures to Everton’s 6.

Added to that, Leeds United and Aston Villa shouldn’t get the flip-flops on just yet as there may be a twist in their end of season run-in.

That’s for another day.

At the minute, the faithful are just thinking,

‘Don’t stop ‘til we get enough!’

The reverse fixture at Turf Moor took place in February due to the original game being postponed because of the Coronavirus situation.

Unfortunately, the scorer was that cold the said person decided not to turn up for work which turned out to be a good choice as following a goalless draw, between Sean’s Clarets and Hodgson’s Hornets, the person wasn’t needed.

Watford’s scorer may not have to do much today either.

Enough said!

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WOLVES v BRIGHTON

15.00 in England

Wolves’ season appears to be coming to a tame end following Sunday’s defeat against Burnley by a 1-0 scoreline.

Bruno Lage admitted afterwards that his team are struggling to score and as is the nature of the game, if one can’t score, then one can’t win.

Whatever way a team goes about a game, that’s as simple as it gets.

No goals at best offers up a draw but mostly a defeat usually occurs.

The last 12-Premier League results for Wolves are 5-wins and 7-losses.

In those 12-games, Bruno’s Gold and Blacks have failed to score in 5 of them, all resulting in defeats.

There were 14-goals scored in total from those 12-fixtures, with 13-conceded.

Wolves stay 8th in the table, with 49-points from 33-games played.

West Ham are 7th, 3-points ahead but have played a game more than Bruno’s Gold and Blacks.

As mentioned earlier, if Wolves can finish in the Top 7, then there will be a guaranteed place next season, in one of the European competitions.

Brighton played in a terrific game on Sunday at the Amex, gaining a point from a draw by a 2-2 score against Southampton.

Danny Welbeck scored after 2-minutes with Brighton getting a 2nd just before half-time with the goal credited to a Saints player.

That wasn’t the end of the 1st-half goals though with Southampton pulling one back before the break.

Southampton then equalised soon after the restart and with no further goals both shared the points from the Archbishop’s favourite scoreline.

Brighton sit 11th in the table with 41-points from 34-fixtures played.

That’s a point more than their South Coast rivals.

At the Amex, in December, Romain Saiss scored in 1st-half injury time to give Wolves a lead at the break.

With no further goals, Bruno’s Gold and Blacks got the victory over Graham’s Seagulls by a 1-0 away day scoreline.

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***Premier League Team of the Week***

GOALKEEPER- Alisson- Liverpool

RIGHT-BACK- Connor Roberts- Burnley

CENTRE-BACK- Pontus Jansson- Brentford

CENTRE-BACK- Dan Burn- Newcastle

LEFT-BACK- Andrew Robertson- Liverpool

MIDFIELDER- James Ward-Prowse- Southampton

MIDFIELDER- Christian Eriksen- Brentford

MIDFIELDER- Anthony Gordon- Everton

FORWARD- Divock Origi- Liverpool

FORWARD- Matej Vydra- Burnley

FORWARD- Gabriel Jesus- Man City

STAR MAN- Gabriel Jesus- Man City

LEEDS UNITED v MAN CITY

17.30 in England

Sky Sports

‘Leeds, Leeds are falling apart again, Leeds, Leeds are falling apart again.’

Whilst that’s not strictly true, it is still funny all the same and whilst it’s not mathematically impossible to be relegated, Leeds should be safe.

However, should, would or could are the last words of a fool.

The point from the goalless draw on Monday Night Football, away at Selhurst Park, gives Jesse’s Whites 34 from 33-fixtures played.

That’s 5-points more than Everton who sit in the final relegation place.

Kalvin Phillips made his first Leeds start since December and was as assured as ever in the midfield, however, could be seeing out his last few games for the Whites in advance of a move in the Summer.

Possibly heading West along the M62 to Old Trafford.

Whilst it would be a great move for the Yorkshire lad and Manchester United would snap him up in a heartbeat, Kalvin is good enough to play for a Top Four club.

Man City are losing Fernandinho this summer.

Mr Phillips would be an ideal replacement in the heart of the City midfield.

A bid of £70 Million may entice the Elland Rd club to at least think about it.

A lot will say,

‘If Declan Rice is worth £100 Million, so is Kalvin Phillips!’

Whilst that is a reasonable argument, Declan at 23, is 3-years younger than Kalvin, 26, so Mr Rice would command a higher fee.

Seventy Million by the way is just a starting point, there is room for improvement.

The Marching On Together crew won’t like to see KP leave, especially to a Manchester club, whether Red or Blue but Kalvin has to think about himself and what he wants from the game.

Does the lad want to win trophies, play in the Champions League and earn a lot of dollar or play every year for his hometown club, battling relegation all of the time?

Maybe today’s game gives Pep Guardiola the ideal opportunity to see what Kalvin Phillips is all about, not that Pep doesn’t know already but KP is definitely in the shop window in this late Saturday afternoon kick-off.

No other English club has had 15-successive victories over the same team as Man City have over Watford.

The 15th occasion came on Saturday when Pep’s High Flying Blues got a great victory over Hodgson’s Hornets by a 5-1 scoreline.

The surprise in that was Watford scored a goal.

Gabriel Jesus was superb throughout, scoring the opening 2-goals with Roadie Rodri adding a 3rd before half-time.

Watford scored their goal after City’s 2nd.

After the break, City were awarded a penalty that was converted by Mr Jesus giving the Brazilian a hat-trick.

Gabriel then scored his 4th and Man City’s 5th to give the home faithful a great night on Deansgate drinking in the Boddingtons.

Pep’s Blues remain at the summit of the table, with 80-points, still just a point ahead of Liverpool, following the weekend’s results.

Both have played the same 33-games.

Man City’s remaining fixtures are against, Leeds United away, Newcastle at home, Wolves away, West Ham away and a final day tie against Aston Villa.

Liverpool’s last 5 are against Newcastle away, Tottenham at home, Aston Villa away, Southampton away and Wolves at home on the final day.

Interestingly, both teams have to face Newcastle, Aston Villa and Wolves in 3 of the last 5-fixtures.

John Newsome is not inferring anything here but merely asks the question,

Who is the manager of Aston Villa?

Whilst both teams have to play in the Champions League, Liverpool also have an extra game to complete, that being the FA Cup Final.

As mentioned earlier, Man City play their Champions League Semi-Final 1st-leg, against Real Madrid on Tuesday, then don’t play this Game Week-35 fixture until 17.30 on Saturday, giving them just short of 93-hours to recover.

Liverpool host Villarreal on Wednesday in the 1st-leg of the Champions League Semi-Final before their early Saturday afternoon kick-off at St James Park, which does appear strange, allowing the Reds players less than 63-hours between the two fixtures.

Both English teams are at home in the 1st-leg.

At the Etihad back in mid-December, Man City got a narrow victory by a 7-0 score.

Obviously, that’s just a bit of fun for the Marching On Together crew who were witness to their White Idols getting a battering by Pep’s High Flying Blues.

The goals went in as follows,

8-minutes-Phil Foden
13-minutes-Jack Grealish
32-minutes-Kevin De Bruyne
49-minutes-Riyad Mahrez
62-minutes-Kevin De Bruyne
74-minutes-John Stones
78-minutes-Nathan Ake

Seventh heaven for the Citizens.

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Sunday 01st May

EVERTON v CHELSEA

14.00 in England

Sky Sports

Everton have been keeping their Toffee heads above the relegation water for some time now, however, following Sunday’s Premier League results, the heads have dipped below the drink.

The faithful had seen Burnley get a victory against Wolves earlier in the day, meaning the Toffees swapped places with the Clarets and dropped down to 18th before the tricky fixture against the Merseyside rivals.

Whilst Frank Lampard’s Everton put on a brave display at Anfield, unfortunately, after 60-minutes, Liverpool took control, scoring twice to inflict the away day defeat on the Toffees.

Anthony Gordon had a terrific game and will be a star over the coming years.

The local lad is only 21 and ran Trent Alexander-Arnold ragged throughout the 90-minutes.

If Everton do get relegated, the priority must be to keep hold of AG but that is harder said than done.

Frank Lampard’s Blues are now in the final relegation place, with 29-points from 32-fixtures played, with a game in hand over Burnley but as is always thought by this EveryTip column, it is better to have the points on the board than games in hand, considering Everton and Burnley’s remaining fixtures.

Everton’s remaining 6.

Home-Chelsea, Brentford and Crystal Palace.

Away-Leicester, Watford and Arsenal.

Burnley’s remaining 5-fixtures are,

Home-Aston Villa and Newcastle.

Away-Watford, Tottenham and Aston Villa.

That’s not an error, by the way, Burnley do have to play against Aston Villa twice following the postponed game earlier on in the season due to the Coronavirus situation.

In the Game Week-17 affair at Stamford Bridge, Rafa Benitez was still at the Toffee helm.

After a goalless 1st-half, Mason Mount scored to give Chelsea a lead.

The lead didn’t last long, with Jarrad Branthwaite equalising for Everton and with no further goals, both shared the points from a draw by a 1-1 score.

The banner unfurled in the away end by the travelling Toffees, read,

‘Benitez, get out of our club’

The faithful got their wish soon after and in came the Chelsea legend, that is Frank Lampard who has revolutionised the club’s fortunes (not!).

Let’s hope, for the Toffees’ sake, that Frank isn’t wearing an old Chelsea jersey today.

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TOTTENHAM v LEICESTER

14.00 in England

The surprise in this fixture is both teams come into it off the back of a goalless draw in their Game Week-34 encounter.

Tottenham took on Brentford at the Wellard Stadium in the late Saturday afternoon kick-off and not only failed to score against the Bees but couldn’t muster a shot on target.

After scoring 25-goals in the previous 7-fixtures, Tottenham have now gone 2-games, against Brighton and Brentford, without scoring a goal and without having a shot on target.

That doesn’t seem to make sense.

The players who scored the 25-goals such as Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane and Dejan Kulusevski, all played in the fixtures against Brighton and Brentford but between them couldn’t manage a shot at goal.

Having seen Arsenal get the victory against Manchester United in the early Saturday afternoon game, Spurs needed to get the 3-points to stay in 4th-place.

The point gained from the draw by a 0-0 score, gives Tottenham 58 from 33-fixtures but Antonio Conte’s boys slip a place to 5th.

In last week’s column, a chart was put in regarding who would finish where in the table between, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United.

John Newsome apologises but there was a slight discrepancy in the Math.

Whilst a slight adding up problem, it didn’t alter the fact that this EveryTip column thinks that Arsenal will finish above Tottenham.

John put the following,

‘Arsenal will finish 4th.

Arsenal.

Chelsea, a victory 57-points.

Manchester United, a victory 60-points.

West Ham, a victory 63-points.

Leeds United, a victory 67-points.

Tottenham, a draw 68-points.

Newcastle, a draw 69-points.

Everton, a victory 72-points.

Arsenal’s final points tally 72-points.

That would give the final Premier League positions as,

4th-Arsenal-72-points
5th-Tottenham-65-points
6th-Manchester United-57-points.’

Obviously, 63 + 3 is 66, not 67 as put.

Meaning the final points tally predicted by John Newsome is,

Arsenal-71-points.

As this column wants transparency, the predicted final position is now this.

Arsenal will finish 4th.

This is based on the following.

Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal’s remaining fixtures and predicted result.

Tottenham.

Leicester, a draw 59-points.

Liverpool, a defeat still 59-points.

Arsenal, a draw 60-points.

Burnley, a draw 61-points.

Norwich, a victory 64-points.

Tottenham’s final points tally being 64.

Manchester United.

Chelsea, a defeat, still 54-points.

Brentford, a draw 55-points.

Brighton, a draw 56-points.

Crystal Palace, a draw 57-points.

Manchester United’s final points tally 57.

Arsenal.

West Ham, a victory 63-points.

Leeds United, a victory 66-points.

Tottenham, a draw 67-points.

Newcastle, a draw 68-points.

Everton, a victory 71-points.

Arsenal’s final points tally 71-points.

That would give the final Premier League positions as,

4th-Arsenal-71-points
5th-Tottenham-64-points
6th-Manchester United-57-points.

Leicester themselves, failed to score on Saturday against Aston Villa, gaining a point from a draw by a 0-0 score.

The Foxes did muster up 2-shots on target but Villa came with a game plan, that being not to lose, following 4-defeats in succession, so it was always going to be difficult to get a goal.

Jamie Vardy is back having seen 20-minutes of game time on Saturday.

The Sheffield Superstar was thought to be out for the rest of the season but is ahead of schedule and if recovered fully from the knee injury, then Jimmy V is back at just the right time with the Semi-Final 1st-leg of the Europa Conference League taking place on Thursday at the King Power, before this trip to London.

That tie is against AS Roma.

Who is the manager of Roma?

That’s right, Jose Mourinho, so Dracula is back in England!

Rod Stewart and Lennon the Puppy were happy over the weekend.

Sir Roderick, wearing an Aston Villa jersey with ‘Grealish’ and ‘10’ on the back, was ecstatic that Leicester failed to win against Aston Villa.

The shirt was an old one from last season that Rod picked up from a Charity Shop in Birmingham, whilst busking in the Bullring, that a disgruntled Villain had discarded, upset that his idol had left Villa Park,

On Sunday, Mr Stewart was double happy because Rod’s beloved Green and White Hoops had got a victory against Ross County (who?) to stay 6-points above the arch Glasgow rivals Rangers at the summit of the Scottish Pub League.

The Teddy Bears had got a victory on Saturday against Motherwell (who?) to temporarily close the gap to 3-points.

Rangers play in the Semi-Final 1st-leg of the Europa League on Thursday against RB Leipzig in Germany.

There will be a certain OzScot up and at them in Melbourne on Thursday night which will be 05.00 on Friday morning in Australia.

The lad will have all the gear on, in the Red Rangers away shirt and will be like a kid at Christmas.

It’s hoped for all the Oz neighbours’ sake that Giovanni’s Blues put in a performance to give the ‘Gers a chance of progressing to the Final that takes place in Seville next month.

That Europa League Final could quite easily see Rangers take on West Ham in an all-British affair.

If that happens Rod Stewart will be out scouring the London Vintage shops for an old Bubbles shirt.

More on that in next week’s column.

Following Sir Roderick’s great football weekend, Lennon knew there would be a bone or 2 in the offering and as the lovely Penny and Rod sat down to watch Britain’s Not Got Talent, with a glass of Pinot Grigio from Lidl’s, Lennon witnessed one of the horrendous performers on the ITV show warbling one of the famous tunes and was sure that the words came out as,

‘He’s Celtic, United but Brendan has decided that Leicester is the best place to be.’

Woof-Woof!

At the King Power Stadium in December, Harry Kane scored to equalise an earlier Patson Daka goal to take both teams in level at the break.

James Maddison added a 2nd for Leicester, midway through the 2nd-half and with time up on the clock it appeared that the home team would get the victory.

If one remembers, this evening fixture produced one of the finishes of the season that simply knocked the stuffing out of the Foxes.

In the 95th-minute, (95th!) Steven Bergwijn, who was introduced in the 79th-minute, equalised, however, that wasn’t the end of the drama.

If Brendan was unhappy about the equaliser costing the victory, imagine how Mr Rodgers felt when Mr Bergwijn scored again a minute later for Spurs to inflict the defeat by a 3-2 away day score.

The Wonderfuls were not so wonderful that particular night.

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WEST HAM v ARSENAL

16.30 in England

Sky Sports

West Ham suffered a loss on Sunday, at Stamford Bridge, succumbing to a defeat against Chelsea by a 1-0 scoreline.

The Hammers put in a dogged display for 85-minutes and were on course for a well-deserved point until Craig Dawson was adjudged to have fouled Romelu Lukaku in the area and conceded a penalty.

The on-field referee, Michael Oliver pointed to the spot straight away and then gave Craig a Yellow Card.

The dreaded VAR then got involved and asked Mr Oliver to check the pitch-side monitor, not to check whether it was a penalty but whether Mr Dawson had prevented a goal-scoring opportunity meaning the Yellow Card should be a Red.

Michael Oliver decided that it did warrant a Red Card and it was an early bath for Craig Dawson.

It’s been documented a couple of times in this EveryTip column about the ‘Double Jeopardy’ rule where it’s considered that if a penalty is awarded then that’s enough punishment.

However, the caveat to that is the DJ rule only comes in if the foul is considered accidental and not deliberate.

As Craig’s tackle was deemed deliberate then Mr Oliver could send the Hammers Defender off.

In truth, it does seem a silly rule and should either be applied in all instances or scrapped, because an opinion as to whether an offence is deliberate or accidental, is subjective.

As it turned out, Craig’s indiscretion didn’t result in a goal as Lukasz Fabianski saved the Chelsea spot-kick.

Unfortunately, for West Ham, Thomas’s Blue Engines did score soon after to inflict the defeat on David Moyes Boys.

Mr Moyes did make a couple of changes keeping in mind Thursday’s Europa League Semi-Final 1st-leg against Frankfurt at the London Stadium.

Mark Noble made a rare start in place of Declan Rice, with Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen also rested.

Declan and Jarrod did make an appearance in the 2nd-half at Stamford Bridge, both getting 20-minutes or so but both plus Michail should start on Thursday.

Although Craig Dawson was sent off and will miss the next Premier League fixture, the reliable Defender can play in the Europa League.

It was also thought that because Craig received a straight Red (eventually) then it was a 3-game ban, however, luckily for the Bubbles, because the tackle on Romelu was deemed a ‘professional foul’ then it is just a 1-match suspension.

West Ham’s priority has to be the Europa League now with the added bonus of taking on Eintracht Frankfurt not Barcelona in the Semi-Final.

The Hammers remain 7th after the weekend’s results, with 52-points from 34-fixtures played.

Wolves are 8th, with 49-points but have a game in hand over the Bubbles.

As mentioned earlier, whilst it’s not on anyone’s minds just yet, if Wolves finish 7th, above West Ham and the Hammers win the Europa League then West Ham will be in the Champions League and Wolves will be in a Europa Conference League next season.

However, if West Ham win the Europa League but finish 7th, then although the entry into the Champions League is theirs, it doesn’t allow Wolves into Europe as only the Top 7 in the Premier League can play in the respective competitions.

It would be nice if Wolves finish 7th and West Ham and Leicester win the Europa League and Europa Conference League respectively, thus allowing 9-English teams into the European competitions next season.

It would be good for the travel industry too especially following the last couple of years due to the Coronavirus situation.

Arsenal gained a great victory over Manchester United in the early Saturday afternoon kick-off at the Emirates.

Nuno Tavares opened the scoring after 2-minutes, with Bukayo Saka doubling the lead, half-an-hour later.

United pulled a goal back before the break, then had a chance to equalise when Nuno inexplicably handled the ball in the area to concede a penalty.

Fortunately for the watching Gooners, United missed the spot-kick and although were coming back into the game, the missed penalty knocked the stuffing out of the away team spurring Arsenal on.

Granit Xhaka added a 3rd soon after with a superb strike from the Swiss-man’s left foot.

There were a couple or 3 contentious VAR issues which could have affected proceedings but in truth, Arsenal were the better team on the day and deserved the victory that put them above Tottenham up to 4th, with 60-points from 33-fixtures played.

Tottenham didn’t play until late on Saturday but could only manage a draw, therefore Mikel’s Young Guns remained in 4th and are now in pole position to get the Champions League place for next season.

After a goalless 1st-half at the Emirates, Gabriel Martinelli scored just after the break to give Arsenal the lead.

Vladimir Coufal, who had been shown a Yellow Card earlier, received a 2nd and ultimately a Red to leave West Ham with 10-men for the remaining half-hour or so.

The Gunners were then awarded a penalty, however, Alexandre Lacazette missed the spot-kick leaving the score at 1-0.

With time running out, Emile Smith-Rowe added a 2nd to give Mikel’s Young Guns the victory over David’s Hammers by a 2-0 scoreline.

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Monday 02nd

MANCHESTER UNITED v BRENTFORD

20.00 in England

Sky Sports

Manchester will have played against Chelsea before this Game Week-35 affair but it’s unlikely that the league position of 6th has altered.

There is the possibility that West Ham could have moved above Manchester United and dropped them down to 7th.

However, that all depends on if the Hammers get a victory against Arsenal on Sunday.

Brentford gained a point from a draw by a 0-0 score against Tottenham on Saturday.

Whilst there weren’t any goals by either team, Thomas’s Bees were the better team on the day and prevented Spurs from having a shot on goal.

Ivan Toney was unlucky not to score in the dying seconds when his header from a Christian Eriksen cross, hit the post and went wide.

Brentford are now unbeaten in 4-Premier League fixtures with 3-wins and a draw.

The Bees sit 12th in the table with 40-points from 34-fixtures played.

In mid-December, Manchester United got probably one of their easiest victories of the campaign at the Wellard Stadium.

With no goals in the 1st-half, Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford scored for United to give the away team a comfortable lead.

Ivan Toney pulled a goal back late on but ultimately this was just a consolation with the Blue and Yellow Devils getting the victory by a 3-1 away day score.

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