The highlight games for this next set of EPL games are CHELSEA versus WOLVES and LIVERPOOL versus TOTTENHAM. Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews these as well as all game week 36 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 10 are the reverse of Game Week-18.
BRENTFORD v SOUTHAMPTON
15.00 in England
Brentford put in a great effort on Monday Night Football against Manchester United but ultimately suffered a defeat at Old Trafford by a 3-0 score.
Thomas’s Bees did have a couple of chances when the score was 1-0 in the 1st-half but then conceded a penalty after the break and once converted it was all United then.
Brentford sit 14th in the table with 40-points from 35-fixtures played.
The same 40-points as today’s opponent and Aston Villa, sat between the two on goal difference.
Southampton suffered a defeat on Saturday against Crystal Palace at St Mary’s by a 2-1 scoreline.
Oriol Romeu scored 1st after 9-minutes to give the Saints a lead at the break.
Fifteen minutes into the 2nd-half, Palace equalised then when it looked like the points would be shared, Wreck-It Ralph’s boys conceded in the 92nd-minute to ultimately lose the game.
Southampton sit 15th in the table with 40-points from 35-fixtures played and whilst not officially safe, should be ok for another term in the Top Flight.
Southampton comfortably got the better of Brentford at St Mary’s in January, with Wreck-It Ralph’s Saints getting the home victory by a 4-1 score.
Jan Bednarek scored the opener which was cancelled out by Vitaly Janelt, before the Bees goalkeeper, Alvaro Fernandez was credited with an own goal to give Southampton a lead at the break.
Armando Broja and Che Adams added 3 and 4 in the 2nd-half to give Southampton the points.
Betfred offer Brentford at 6/5, the draw at 12/5 and 11/5 for Southampton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 6/5 that Ivan Toney Scores Anytime and 8/5 that James Ward-Prowse Scores Anytime.
BURNLEY v ASTON VILLA
15.00 in England
Who remembers Sean Dyche?
That’s the question that the Turf Moor faithful are asking after the caretaker manager Michael Jackson has overseen 3-victories in 4, with the other being a draw.
On Saturday, Burnley conceded a Watford goal after 8-minutes.
Unfortunately, the goal was credited to James Tarkowski and Big Jim, who is most probably playing his last few games in a Claret shirt, must have thought that had cost the away team the game.
Luckily for the travelling fans, all wearing shorts and tee-shirts in the Hertfordshire sun, Jack Cork and Josh Brownhill scored 2-quick fire goals in the 83rd and 86th-minute to get a great victory by a 2-1 away day score.
Young Josh played 25-times for Barnsley back in the 2015/16 season and is remembered fondly by the Oakwell faithful.
As mentioned that’s now a draw and 3-wins in a row since Mr Dyche was sacked which is simply brilliant for Michael Jackson’s Clarets.
Burnley sit 16th in the table with 34-points from 34-played, now 2-points above Everton who are in the final relegation place.
Leeds United have 34-points from 34-played too and with the next team above having 40, it does look as if it’s between, Everton, Leeds United and Burnley as to who plays in the Championship next season.
The Toffees do have a game in hand over the Clarets but as documented in last week’s column, it does appear that Burnley have an easier run-in.
As always, it is a theme of this EveryTip production that it’s considered better to have the points on the board than games in hand.
With the Toffees’ victory on Sunday, it’s now back in Frank’s Blues’ hands as to whether they can catch either or both.
Burnley are saying,
Keep on, with the force, don’t stop.
Don’t stop ’til you get enough.
Keep on, with the force, don’t stop.
Don’t stop ’til you get enough.
Points that is!
Aston Villa could still be dragged into a relegation battle but the victory against Norwich on Saturday by a 2-0 scoreline eases a little bit of pressure on Stevie G’s boys.
Ollie Watkins scored the opener and with time running out, Danny Ings added a 2nd to give the Villains something to cheer about following 5-games without a win.
Coincidentally, the victory confirmed Norwich’s relegation, sending the ex-Villa manager, Dean Smith back down to the Championship.
Aston Villa sit 13th with the same 40-points as Brentford and Southampton but have only played 33-times, however, do have to face Liverpool and Man City in the remaining 5-games.
This is actually the first meeting between these two this season due to the Game Week-18 fixture at Villa Park being postponed back in January.
At an empty Turf Moor last year, Sean Dyche’s Clarets got the better of Dean Smith’s Claret and Blues by a 3-2 scoreline.
Ollie Watkins scored the opener to give Villa a lead at the break.
Ben Mee equalised for the home team before Jack Grealish scored a 2nd for the away side.
Whatever happened to Jack?
Dwight McNeil and Chris Wood scored to give Sean’s Boys the victory in the 5-goal thriller.
Betfred offer Burnley at 19/10, the draw at 23/10 and 7/5 for Aston Villa to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/1 that Matej Vydra Scores First and 11/5 that there are Under 1.5 Goals.
CHELSEA v WOLVES
15.00 in England
Chelsea gained a point against Manchester United in the rearranged Game Week-37 affair last Thursday.
What will have irked Thomas Tuchel is after a dominant 60-minutes that led to Marcos Alonso scoring, Chelsea conceded within 2-minutes and despite having 65% possession at Old Trafford, came away with a point instead of all 3, following the draw by a 1-1 score.
That left Thomas’s Blue Engines in 3rd-place with 66-points from 33-fixtures completed.
It was then a trip to Merseyside and a reunion with Frank Lampard and his new Toffees.
Whilst one doesn’t want to insinuate anything, Chelsea are comfortably going to finish in the Champions League places, with a probable 3rd place finish or at worse 4th.
Frank Lampard is a Chelsea legend.
If one puts 2 and 2 together and wants to come up with 5, then it’s quite fathomable that Thomas’s Blue Engines may have taken the game against Frank’s Toffees on Sunday rather lightly, resulting in a defeat at Goodison Park by a 1-0 scoreline.
After a goalless 1st-half, Everton came out of the dressing room quicker and scored within a minute of the restart.
With no further goals, Frank ‘surprisingly’ got the much-needed victory over Thomas by a single goal.
Chelsea remain 3rd in the table with 66-points from 34-fixtures played.
Three points ahead of Arsenal in 4th with 63-points.
Chelsea have to play Wolves, who are on the beach, Leeds United who are struggling, Leicester who could be concentrating on the Europa Conference League and Watford who are heading for the Championship.
Thomas’s Blue Engines should finish 3rd.
Wolves are definitely on the beach with the shorts and Flippo-floppos on following the 3rd-defeat in a row on Saturday, this time against Brighton at Molineux by a 3-0 scoreline.
The home team conceded a penalty after half an hour but fortunately, the Seagulls didn’t take advantage, kicking the ball tamely against the post without disturbing the goalkeeper.
Brighton were then awarded a 2nd-penalty which this time was converted, to leave Wolves trailing at half-time.
The Seagulls scored twice more after the break to inflict the defeat on Bruno’s Lage Louts, who haven’t scored a goal in the 3-defeats.
A Europa Conference League place might have been up for grabs, however, it now looks like the passports won’t be needed for the Gold and Blacks faithful next term.
Wolves remain 8th in the Premier League table with 49-points from 34-fixtures.
Five points more than Brighton in 9th.
There were no goals scored in the reverse fixture at Molineux back in December.
If one remembers, this fixture at Stamford Bridge last season was Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge following the sacking of Frank Lampard.
That particular game was also goalless.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if today’s scorer wasn’t needed.
Betfred offer Chelsea at Odds On 4/11, the draw at 18/5 and 17/2 for Wolves to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 4/1 that Timo Werner Scores First and slight Odds On 10/11 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
CRYSTAL PALACE v WATFORD
15.00 in England
The Old Boy Derby!
Roy Hodgson returns to Selhurst Park for the first time since leaving Crystal Palace last year.
For some reason, Patrick Vieira left Wilfried Zaha out of the starting lineup against Southampton on Saturday.
Palace conceded an early Saints goal to trail at the break but Eberechi Eze equalised on the hour-mark and then Super Pat introduced Wilfried from the bench.
Mr Zaha obliged, scoring the winner in the 92nd-minute to give the away team the victory by a 2-1 score.
That was Palace’s first win in 4-Premier League fixtures and leaves the Eagles in 12th with 41-points from 34-fixtures played.
Watford, whilst not officially relegated are going to be playing in the Championship next season.
Sitting 19th, with 22-points from 34-fixtures played, the Hornets can only achieve a maximum of 34, which is what the current safe teams in Leeds United and Burnley already have.
That would mean that Watford have to win all 4-fixtures against Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester and Chelsea and hope that Leeds United or Burnley lose all 4 of their remaining fixtures.
Whilst not impossible, it’s highly unlikely to occur, so Watford will be in the Championship next season, the question will then be, who will be the manager?
Roy Hodgson surely will retire, won’t he?
The Hornets took the lead against Burnley on Saturday, with James Tarkowski scoring an own-goal after 8-minutes.
Burnley then scored twice late on to inflict the defeat on Watford by a 2-1 score, leaving Roy’s Boys with 5-losses in a row.
The Game Week-18 affair at Vicarage Rd resulted in an easy away day victory for Patrick Vieira’s Eagles.
Jean-Phillipe Mateta scored after 15-minutes with Moussa Sissoko quickly equalising for Watford, 3-minutes later.
Conor Gallagher scored just before half-time to give Palace a lead at the break.
It was then the Wilfried Zaha show with Wilf scoring twice, late on to give Crystal Palace the victory by a 4-1 score.
Betfred offer Crystal Palace at Odd On 4/6, the draw at 11/4 and 4/1 for Watford 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 Over 2.5 Goals.
BRIGHTON v MANCHESTER UNITED
17.30 in England
Brighton got a rare victory on Saturday against Wolves at Molineux, with the Seagulls inflicting the defeat by a 3-0 away-day scoreline.
Alexis Mac Allister converted a penalty after 42-minutes.
The surprise in that is Alexis missed a penalty 10-minutes earlier, hitting the post, so it could have been argued as to why the Argentinian Scotsman was allowed to take the 2nd.
Leandro Trossard and Yves Bissouma scored after the break to give Graham Potter’s men a comfortable victory.
That leaves the Seagulls in 9th-place with 44-points, from 35-fixtures, the most points accrued by Brighton in the Top Flight.
Those points have come from 10-wins and 14-draws, so imagine how many more the boys would have if some of those draws had been converted into victories.
Brighton have this fixture against United, a trip up North to face Leeds at Elland Rd then a home fixture against West Ham on the final Sunday of the season.
Manchester United will have played twice before this fixture against Brighton.
In the first game, which was a rearranged Game Week-37 affair, Chelsea were dominant at Old Trafford, however, could only score once, with That Boy Ronaldo equalising for United within 2-minutes of the Blues’ goal.
With no further action, the points were shared from a draw by a 1-1 score.
That meant United remained in 6th-place with 55-points from 35-played.
It was then another fixture at Old Trafford, the final home game of the disastrous campaign, on Monday Night Football against Brentford.
Bruno Fernandes scored after 9-minutes to settle the nerves of the Red Devil faithful who had vowed to leave in the 73rd-minute in protest against the owners.
United were awarded a penalty after the break following a foul on Cristiano Ronaldo.
After Bruno Fernandes had missed against Arsenal, whilst Cristiano was on the pitch, That Boy Ronaldo wasn’t about to pass up another opportunity to score and duly converted the spot-kick with aplomb.
Rafael Varane scored the 3rd to give Manchester United the victory by a 3-0 score.
That gives Ralph’s Roadsters 58-points, leaving the Old Trafford club in 6th-place, 3-points adrift of Tottenham but having played more games than anyone, 36 in total.
There was a generous round of applause for two of the players who are definitely leaving at the end of the season.
Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata, the latter making a rare start both were substituted by Double R, around the 73rd-minute.
In truth, most were there to wave goodbye to Nemanja and Juan but left soon after with the 73,000 there at the beginning, cut to probably 30,000 come the final whistle.
It was more than likely, Manchester United’s best game of the disappointing campaign, which is a sad indictment of the historic club, that the good performance was against a club who have never played in the Premier League before.
There is a worrying story for all connected with Manchester United in that it appears that Fred and Scott McTominay could continue to be the go-to midfielders next season under Erik Ten Hag.
To continue the narrative of this EveryTip column, Manchester United won’t win anything with Fred and Scott and if Mr Ten Hag wants to remain a perfect 10, then he has to heed that warning that is given and has been given over the last 18-24 months, otherwise, the Dutch lad will follow Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, down the concrete and to the Job Centre.
Over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, which saw some great Premier League fixtures, the annual World Snooker Championship concluded at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
As a youngster born in the Summer of 69’, one could easily have been called Bryan or Adam but is called John and was brought up watching football, cricket, boxing and snooker.
Ones first recollection of playing the brilliant game of snooker was aged about 7, when a friend who lived a few doors down, invited me in for a game.
The two of us were so new to the sport that the balls were placed on the wrong spot, with the Brown ball being put in the place where the Pink resides.
Most reading that will think the two of us were a bit ‘special’ so to speak but the truth is, there weren’t many colour televisions back in the early 1970s so it was an easy mistake to make.
After a couple of days, the boys realised where the correct coloured balls went and set them up accordingly.
At Christmas, around 1980, John Newsome got his own table, complete with Pool balls, however, it was the game of Snooker that was played.
Every day, after tea, the snooker table was put on the kitchen table.
A small spirit level was used to go around the table and make sure it was straight, with several beer mats placed here and there to steady the bubble.
Then it was game after game after game of snooker, using the pool balls.
To explain, there are 16-balls used for a game of pool, nowadays, it’s usually 7-Reds, 7-Yellows, a Black and a White cue ball.
John Newsome’s set was an old style that was referred to as ‘Colours’ and ‘Stripes’.
The colours were the same as a set of snooker balls, Yellow, Green, Brown, Blue, Pink and Black, plus a Red, making up the seven.
So they were placed on their correct spot and the ‘stripes’ plus the extra ‘red’ were used as the Reds that are on a snooker table.
There are usually 15-Reds in a standard snooker game, the youths back then, used 8.
It was enough.
So it was snooker all the way, on the kitchen table for years until one was old enough to actually go to a snooker hall.
It’s a well-established term, the ‘Class of ‘92’ when referring to the Manchester United players of that era.
David Beckham, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt all came from the Class of ‘92.
There’s also a ‘Class of ‘92’ in Snooker too, with Mark Williams, John Higgins and Ronnie O’ Sullivan all becoming professional snooker players in 1992, 30-years ago!
All were born in 1975, with Mark in March of that year, John in May and Ronnie, the youngest in December.
The World Snooker Championship is a 17-day event that takes place, usually starting over the Easter Weekend and finishing on the May Day Bank Holiday Monday.
The Class of ‘92 all reached the Semi-Final, plus Judd Trump.
Four-times winner, John Higgins took on 6-times Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, with 3-times winner, Mark Williams facing Judd Trump, who’s lifted the coveted trophy once.
A total of 14-World Titles between them.
The event has been held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, since 1977, with the first winner being a guy called John Spencer.
Despite only living down the road from the iconic venue, John Newsome has only been to the tournament once, back in 2012, when Betfred gave this EveryTip contributor a couple of tickets for an afternoon session on the middle Saturday.
John took his great mate, Liccle H to the session, where the players on show were Ronnie O’Sullivan against Mark Williams and Stephen Hendry facing John Higgins.
It was pure coincidence that those 4-icons of the sport were on show that brilliant Saturday afternoon back in April 2012.
At the time, there was a total of 16-World Titles between them.
It’s unlikely that will happen again in this lifetime.
Stephen Hendry had 7-World Titles.
John Higgins with 4, Ronnie-3 and Mark had 2.
Ronnie won the title that particular year, his 4th at the time, winning a further 2 in 2013 and 2020.
Mark Williams had 2-Chocolates in his pocket, winning a 3rd in 2018.
Surprisingly, although John Higgins has reached the Final 3-times since 2012, the 4th and last World Title won by JH was in 2011.
Mr Higgins, unfortunately, lost 3 in a row, 2017, 18 and 19.
Since 1977, there have been 21-winners of the famous trophy.
Whilst there’s Wikipedia and Google around nowadays, John wanted to see if one could remember all the winners from the years gone by.
1977 John Spencer
1978 Ray Reardon
1979 Terry Griffiths
1980 Cliff Thorburn
1981 Steve Davis
1982 Alex Higgins
1983 Steve Davis
1984 Steve Davis
1985 Dennis Taylor
1986 Joe Johnson
1987 Steve Davis
1988 Steve Davis
1989 Steve Davis
1990 Stephen Hendry
1991 John Parrott
1992 Stephen Hendry
1993 Stephen Hendry
1994 Stephen Hendry
1995 Stephen Hendry
1996 Stephen Hendry
1997 Ken Doherty
1998 John Higgins
1999 Stephen Hendry
2000 Mark Williams
2001 Ronnie O’ Sullivan
2002 Peter Ebdon
2003 Mark Williams
2004 Ronnie O’Sullivan
2005 Shaun Murphy
2006 Graeme Dott
2007 John Higgins
2008 Ronnie O’Sullivan
2009 John Higgins
2010 Neil Robertson
2011 John Higgins
2012 Ronnie O’Sullivan
2013 Ronnie O’Sullivan
2014 Mark Selby
2015 Stuart Bingham
2016 Mark Selby
2017 Mark Selby
2018 Mark Williams
2019 Judd Trump
2020 Ronnie O’Sullivan
2021 Mark Selby
Admittedly, not all was done from memory, John had a few years that couldn’t be remembered but all in all, not a bad list, off the top of one’s head.
John Spencer won the World Championship 3-times, however, his last one was the first in what’s known as the ‘Modern Era’ when the tournament was moved to the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
The list shows 1-Win for Ray Reardon and Alex Higgins but again, those are at the Crucible.
Ray had won the title 5-times before 1977 and Alex had won previously in 1972.
Coincidentally, Alex beat John Spencer in 1972 and Ray Reardon in 1982.
The reason that the list is just for the so-called ‘Modern Era’ is although, there has been a Snooker World Championship since 1927, in those earlier tournaments, literally just 2 or 3 players were competing.
The initial matches weren’t played as a knockout tournament, just as an invitational event.
Joe Davis won 15-World Titles between 1927 and 1946 (1941-45 wasn’t played due to the War.)
Joe’s younger brother, Fred then took over the mantle and won 8-titles between 1948 and 1956.
Steve Davis was the one that John Newsome followed in the 1980s and whilst no relation to the great ‘Davis Snooker Brothers’ the name ‘Davis’ is synonymous with the great sport.
What’s brilliant about the World Snooker Championship is the great trophy lifted after 17-days of gruelling action on the 12-foot by 6-foot Green baize, is that it’s the same one that Joe Davis lifted in 1927, 95-years ago.
Made from silver and weighing 46 and a half Troy ounces, (no idea what that means?) the trophy features a trumpet base, plain section handles, two plain knops and is topped by a unique Greek Shepherdess finial.
Joe Davis actually bought the trophy himself but it has gone to 21-different winners’ homes since 1977.
That in itself is quite remarkable, considering the number of professional snooker players that have played the game over the past 46-years.
Only twice has the great trophy been on a plane.
What’s meant by that is, that there have only ever been two overseas players, those being Cliff Thorburn from Canada and Neil Robertson from Australia, that have won the World Championship.
The other 19 are from either, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.
There are some brilliant European and Chinese players that are coming into the sport but as yet haven’t managed to conquer the World.
Strangely enough, there haven’t been any American players that have come into the game.
Canada had a few when John Newsome was growing up, those being Cliff Thorburn as mentioned, Kirk Stevens and the great Bill Werbeniuk.
The great man Bill claimed he needed to drink a pint of lager in each frame he played to calm his nerves.
Those were the days!
This was in an era when the players smoked regularly in the specific match and drank copious amounts of alcohol between shots.
The World Snooker Championship this year is sponsored by one of EveryTip’s betting partners, Betfred.
From the late 1970s to the early 2000s, the sponsors were the tobacco company called Embassy, as in the ‘Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship’.
The players would find a couple of sleeves of cigarettes on their tables.
Alex Higgins is probably the best-drunk snooker player.
Whilst that sounds very disparaging from John Newsome towards the legend, the statement is from a brilliant TV documentary regarding the life of Mr Higgins.
One strange phenomenon over the last 46-years at the Crucible, which simply cannot be explained, is the 21-winners have never been able to follow up their first achievement in the following year.
From Stephen Hendry with 7-titles to Judd Trump with 1, none of the players that won their first World Snooker Championship have been able to return to Sheffield a year later and defend the title.
So the Final has arrived.
Just after the final whistle in the Leeds United v Man City fixture, Ronnie O’Sullivan completed his victory over John Higgins by a 17-11 score.
Half an hour earlier, before the start of the night session between the two legends, Judd Trump inflicted a narrow defeat over Mark Williams by a 17–16 scoreline.
Judd led by 7-frames, twice in the Semi-Final, yet the legendary Welsh Superstar, that is Mark Williams, was resilient and levelled the score at 16-16.
It was then a final frame shootout that saw Mr Trump triumphant setting up a 35-frame Finale against arguably the best Snooker player ever, Sir Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Whilst not officially a ‘Sir’ it is only a matter of time.
The Final of the World Snooker Championship takes place over the May Day Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday in Sheffield.
A truly remarkable experience that sees the best Snooker player in the world officially crowned with the title.
The Final has just finished, at the same time as the whistle blew to end the last Premier League Game Week-35 fixture between Manchester United and Brentford.
The 17-days have come to an end.
The winner is Ronnie O’Sullivan.
There are other snooker tournaments throughout the year but the World Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England is the pinnacle of the 4th best sport on the planet.
As Rafa would say, Fact!
It’s been an emotional journey watching Ronnie O’Sullivan play snooker over the years from the initial winning of the UK Championship in 1993 aged 17, albeit 7-days before his 18th birthday but nonetheless, officially 17.
Not only winning one of the Premier Snooker Titles at such a young age but also being at the tender age of 17, with a dad in prison.
That side of the story about Ronnie is not for John Newsome to comment on.
In 1997, Ronnie made a maximum clearance of 147, which is 15-Reds, 15-Blacks and all the colours of Yellow, Green, Brown, Blue, Pink and Black.
Whilst this was, at the time, the 4th maximum at the Crucible, it was achieved in a remarkable time of 5-minutes and 8-seconds.
Initially, it was registered as 5-minutes and 20-seconds but when replays of the BBC tape were shown again, a few years later, it appeared that the clock started 12-seconds early.
That won’t happen again, purely down to the fact that the referees, through no fault of themselves, are slower at replacing the colours, married with the fact that there’s no one like Ronnie O’Sullivan around.
Ronnie has had his fights over the years both around the green baize and away from the table, including his mum also going to prison when Ron was a youngster, again John Newsome won’t comment on that aspect of his life.
There have been alcohol and drug problems that Sir Ron has had to overcome, yet still, the Maestro remains at the pinnacle of his sport.
In games of the past, Ronnie O’Sullivan has packed in when there was still room to win.
In a game against Stephen Hendry in the 2006 UK Championship, after 5-frames of a best of 17, Mr O’Sullivan walked away.
This is not a physical emotion, this is purely a mental being which at the time was considered outrageous.
No one knows what goes on in a person’s head.
Ronnie is no different and should be afforded tremendous respect for continuing in a sport he loves so much and gives enjoyment to so many.
The ‘Class of 92’ should be afforded respect too, for providing 3 out of 4 of the competitors with the best Semi-Final experience at the Crucible in Sheffield for many a year.
For a long time, 23-years, the legend that is Stephen Hendry has held the record of being the Snooker player that has the most World Championship Titles, that being 7.
Whilst it’s widely considered that Ronnie O’Sullivan is the ‘GOAT’ the Greatest Of All Time in the Snooker World, Stephen has always had the luxury of knowing that he had the most World Titles.
On Monday the 2nd of May 2022, that record was equalled by Sir Ronald O’Sullivan after inflicting defeat on Judd Trump by an 18-13 score.
John Newsome can now die happy.
In 2014, John saw Ronnie give away the World Championship Title to Mark Selby when leading 10-7 overnight.
John had a few bob on Ronnie winning the title so not only was one upset that the bet was lost but also thought it was the end of the road for Mr O’Sullivan, eventually beaten by Mark with an 18-14 score.
To equal, Stephen Hendry’s record of 7-World Snooker Championships not only brings to a conclusion the ‘GOAT’ argument but epitomises the career of Mr Hendry, who himself should be afforded tremendous respect for the career that the Scotsman had.
This is just an added caveat to that to just make the argument solid, whilst not wanting to take anything away from Stephen Hendry, young Mr Hendry didn’t have the competition that the current players have.
Stephen beat Jimmy White, a guy who was, let’s just say, under the influence, 4-times in a Final at the Crucible.
The other 3 were against Nigel Bond, Peter Ebdon and Mark Williams.
Ronnie has beaten John Higgins, Graeme Dott, Ali Carter twice, Barry Hawkins, Kyren Wilson and now, Judd Trump.
In September 1978 Muhammad Ali beat Leon Spinks to win the World Heavyweight Title, the first fighter to win the title for the 3rd-time.
On Bank Holiday Monday, Ronnie O’Sullivan equalled Stephen Hendry’s record to truly establish himself as the greatest Snooker player in our lifetime, certainly John Newsome’s.
A certain EveryTip contributor was extremely happy and knew that this achievement will surely not be matched for some time.
Respect Steve Davis.
Respect Judd Trump.
Respect John Higgins.
Respect Mark Williams.
Respect Stephen Hendry.
But most of all, respect Ronnie O’Sullivan.
A man who equals Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Phil Taylor, Eric Bristowe, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Man City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tyson Fury, Muhammad Ali, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton, in the sporting world.
A person who surely is a Sir in waiting.
God bless you, Sir Ronnie O’Sullivan.
When the Seagulls followed the trawler up to Old Trafford in February, the home team got a rare victory by a 2-0 score.
After a goalless 1st-half, Cristiano Ronaldo scored to give United a lead.
Lewis Dunk was then shown a straight Red Card to enable the Brighton Captain to take an early shower.
Bruno Fernandes added a 2nd-goal in the 97th-minute to give the home team something to cheer which has not happened much this campaign.
A quick note to add is Manchester United have got the victory against Brighton in the last 7-meetings between the two, with 6-Premier League wins and 1 in the Carabao Cup.
Betfred offer Brighton at 17/10, the draw at 12/5 and 6/4 for Manchester United to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 4/1 that Cristiano Ronaldo Scores First and 13/5 that Manchester United Score in Both Halves.
LIVERPOOL v TOTTENHAM
19.45 in England
An added bonus for those who love the beautiful game is this Saturday Night Live fixture that gives the girls and boys something to watch instead of the tripe served up by the BBC or ITV in the supposed guise of light entertainment.
Which usually means a dreadful programme with Ant and his mate.
Whilst this is a bonus for the watching millions, it is tough on the Tottenham faithful who have a 420-mile, 9-hour round trip from North London to Liverpool and back, late on Saturday evening.
Let’s hope that the train companies are sensible and put on a couple of extra rattlers for the Cockney girls and boys.
Liverpool jumped above Man City for a couple of hours following the victory against Newcastle in the early Saturday afternoon kick-off at St James Park.
Naby Keita scored the only goal of the game to give Jurgen’s Reds the victory by a 1-0 scoreline.
Although Liverpool weren’t as fluid, as usual, it was a professional performance that keeps the pressure on Man City.
James Milner had a superb game against one of his former clubs, where a Young Mr Milner spent time at St James Park back in the early noughties.
Jim then had the chance to watch 2-more of his former clubs go head to head at Elland Rd, hoping that his hometown club could get the win against the club that provided James with 2-Premier League titles.
Mr Milner started his career at Leeds United, scoring a Premier League goal as a 16-year old.
Following Leeds United’s relegation from the Premier League in 2004, James joined Newcastle.
The lad will likely get another year’s contract at Anfield taking him into his 38th-year, being 37 in January 2023.
Pep’s High Flying Blues gained a victory in their Saturday fixture, against Leeds United in the late Saturday afternoon kick-off.
Liverpool got a great win against Villarreal in the 1st-leg of the Champions League Semi-Final, inflicting defeat on the Spaniards by a 2-0 score.
That sets up a 2nd-leg on Tuesday when the Reds head to the Estadio De La Ceramica to hopefully confirm their place in the Final.
Man City head to Spain also on Wednesday to complete their Semi-Final tie against Real Madrid.
City take a slender 4-3 lead over to the Bernabeu from the 1st-leg which was simply breathtaking for the watching millions.
The Beautiful Game at its brilliant best.
After the weekend’s results, Liverpool remain 2nd in the table, with 82-points, again just a point adrift of Man City.
Tottenham got a comfortable victory over Leicester on Sunday by a 3-1 scoreline, as predicted in this EveryTip column last week.
A Foxes side that are concentrating on Thursday’s trip to Rome, to face the ex-Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho’s AC Roma, in the 2nd-leg of the Europa Conference League Semi-Final.
So it’s fair to say, whilst a brilliant victory for Antonio’s Spurs, it was expected.
Harry Kane opened the scoring midway through the 1st-half to give Tottenham a half-time lead with Son Heung-Min adding a couple more in the 2nd-half before Leicester scored a consolation in the 91st-minute.
Tottenham did leapfrog Arsenal into 4th-place for a couple of hours until Arsenal got a victory against West Ham later in the afternoon.
Spurs sit 5th, with 61-points from 34-games played.
At the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium before Christmas, Antonio’s Spurs gained a great point against Jurgen’s Reds from a draw by a 2-2 scoreline.
Diogo Jota cancelled out a Harry Kane goal to take both teams in level at the break.
Andy Robertson then had a bizarre 10-minutes, firstly scoring to give Liverpool a lead then receiving a straight Red Card and an early bath.
Son Heung-Min had equalised for Tottenham before Andrew’s indiscretion, following a terrible error by Alisson.
Betfred offer Liverpool at Odds On 2/5, the draw at 19/5 and 6/1 for Tottenham to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 4/1 that Mo Salah Scores First and 6/4 that Liverpool Win To Nil.
LEICESTER v EVERTON
14.00 in England
Leicester were well beaten on Sunday with Tottenham inflicting a defeat on the Foxes by a 3-1 score.
Antonio’s Spurs scored 3-goals before Kelechi Iheanacho notched a consolation in the 91st-minute.
It’s fair to say that Brendan’s Wonderfuls are concentrating more on Thursday’s trip to Italy to face AC Roma in the 2nd-leg of the Semi-Final of the Europa Conference League.
The score from the 1st-leg is 1-1 so all to play for against Dracula’s Romans.
The Foxes sit 11th in the table with 42-points from 33-fixtures played.
Rod Stewart and Lennon the Puppy were over the moon on Sunday when the score came through from the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium.
Sir Roderick was wearing an old Spurs shirt with ‘Archibald’ and ‘9’ on the back which was found in a vintage shop.
A Vintage shop is only found in London, in other places they are called Charity shops.
With Rod being a singer and Tottenham getting the victory, at the new stadium, the Scottish crooner burst into a verse of Snooker Loopy.
‘Snooker Loopy nuts are we, me and him and them and me, we’ll show you what we can do with a load of balls and a snooker cue.
Pot the reds and screw back to the yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and black.’
Lennon in the background, barking along.
Mr Stewart’s beloved Green and White Hoops had got a draw by a 1-1 score in the Old Firm Derby against the fierce Glasgow rivals, Rangers, before the Tottenham v Leicester game.
Celtic remain at the summit of the Scottish Pub League, with a 6-point cushion over Rangers and are surely going to be crowned as the best pub team in Scotland in a couple of weeks.
Rangers complete their Europa League Semi-Final on Thursday, entertaining RB Leipzig at Ibrox, hoping to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the 1st-leg.
There will be a certain OzScot in Melbourne on tenterhooks come Thursday night with the hope that his beloved Teddy Bears can reach the Final and the possibility of facing West Ham in Seville at the end of the month.
As the lovely Penny and Sir Rod sat down on Sunday evening, with a nice glass of JP Chenet from B and M, the discount store, watching the final of the World Snooker Championships, Lennon was in front of the gas fire, with a load of doggy treats, slavering the tune,
‘He’s Celtic, United but Brendan has decided that Leicester is the best place to be.’
Everton got a much-needed victory on Sunday, inflicting a defeat against Chelsea by a 1-0 scoreline.
After a goalless 1st-half, Richarlison scored the solitary winning goal within a minute of the restart.
Whilst it was a brilliant victory for the Toffees, Frank Lampard is a Chelsea legend so maybe not a big surprise that Thomas’s Blue Engines rolled over and let Lamp’s boys tickle their belly.
With Burnley getting a victory on Saturday, extending the lead over Everton to 5-points, it was imperative that Frank’s Blues got something out of the game at Goodison Park.
The Toffees reduced the gap back to 2-points, not just between Michael’s Clarets but also Jesse’s Whites.
Leeds United are the team immediately above Everton with 34-points, the same as Burnley but with an inferior goal difference.
Both having played 34-times.
Everton have 32-points from 33-fixtures so the chance of survival is still in the Toffees’ hands.
This reverse fixture has only just taken place on the 20th of April due to the original game in December being postponed.
The Game Week-18 affair saw both teams share the points from a draw by a 1-1 score.
Harvey Barnes scored after 5-minutes and with no further goals going into injury time, it looked that Leicester would get the away day victory until Richarlison equalised in the 92nd-minute to earn Frank’s Blues a much-needed point.
Betfred offer Leicester at 11/8, the draw at 23/10 and 2/1 for Everton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Jamie Vardy Scores Anytime and 12/5 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
NORWICH v WEST HAM
14.00 in England
Norwich are officially relegated after Saturday’s defeat away at Villa Park by a 2-0 score.
The ex-Villa boss Dean Smith must have hated the fact that the team he had taken from the Championship to the Premier League had relegated the new employers.
That said, the Yellow Canary’s were going down despite who the opponents were.
Norwich sit rock bottom with 21-points from 34-fixtures played.
West Ham suffered a defeat on Sunday against Arsenal at the London Stadium by a 2-1 scoreline.
Jarrod Bowen equalised an earlier Gunners goal on the stroke of half-time but the Hammers conceded a 2nd after the break to ultimately lose the game.
West Ham remain 7th in the table with 52-points from 35-games.
David Moyes is relying on a victory against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday in the 2nd-leg of the Europa League Semi-Final.
The Germans currently lead the Hammers by a 2-1 scoreline from the 1st-leg but now have the advantage of a home game to knock the Bubbles out.
Jarrod Bowen scored twice, one in each half, to give West Ham the victory over Norwich at the London Stadium by a 2-0 scoreline.
Betfred offer Norwich at 16/5, the draw at 11/4 and slight Odds On 4/5 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/5 that Michail Antonio Scores Anytime and 21/10 that West Ham Win To Nil.
***Premier League Team of the Week***
GOALKEEPER- Ederson- Man City
RIGHT-BACK- Joao Cancelo- Man City
CENTRE-BACK- Aymeric Laporte- Man City
CENTRE-BACK- Nathan Ake- Man City
LEFT-BACK- Nuno Tavares- Arsenal
MIDFIELDER- Josh Brownhill- Burnley
MIDFIELDER- Emerson Royal- Tottenham
MIDFIELDER- Anthony Gordon- Everton
FORWARD- Cristiano Ronaldo-Manchester United
FORWARD- Son Heung-Min- Tottenham
FORWARD- Richarlison- Everton
STAR MAN- Nice-One Son- Tottenham
ARSENAL v LEEDS UNITED
14.00 in England
Arsenal regained the 4th-spot in the Premier League late on Sunday after dropping down a place for a couple of hours, following Tottenham’s victory against Leicester earlier in the day.
Rob Holding scored after 38-minutes at the London Stadium against West Ham but the Gunners conceded a goal on the stroke of half-time to take both teams in level at the break.
Gabriel scored the winner midway through the 2nd-half to get the away day victory by a 2-1 score.
Arsenal sit 4th with 63-points from 34-fixtures played.
That’s 2-points ahead of Tottenham and 3-points adrift of Chelsea in 3rd.
‘Leeds, Leeds are falling apart again, Leeds, Leeds are falling apart again.’
Following Saturday’s defeat against Man City at Elland Rd by a 4-0 scoreline, Jesse’s Whites have been dragged back into the relegation battle.
In truth, Leeds were unlucky, firstly losing their inspirational captain, Liam Cooper in the warm-up then purely in the fact that the Whites were up against Man City, who had to get the victory following Liverpool’s win earlier in the day.
Leeds United actually put up a fight despite conceding 4-goals, 1 before the break and 3 in the 2nd-half, however, it was still a defeat that leaves the Elland Rd outfit in 17th-place, with 34-points from 34-games.
Following Everton’s superb victory over Chelsea, Frank’s Blues are just 2-points adrift of Jesse’s Whites and have an extra fixture to complete.
A friend of John Newsome’s, the Greenmeister, said a couple of weeks back that Leeds United could be struggling.
Fair play to the loon.
There was a bizarre occurrence by the Marching On Together crew in the late Saturday afternoon kick-off.
The West Yorkshire puddings kept throwing paper ‘balls’ onto the pitch throughout the 90-minutes.
Whilst the paper was never going to hurt anybody and at times was funny, when chucked at Jack Grealish, who took it all in good spirit, the puddings occasionally threw the paper ‘balls’ at their own players.
Papier-mâché On Together.
At Elland Rd, Arsenal got the away day victory over Leeds United by a 4-1 score.
Two goals from Gabriel Martinelli and a Bukayo Saka strike gave Mikel’s Young Guns a lead at the break.
Raphinha converted a penalty midway through the 2nd-half to pull a goal back for Marcelo’s Whites but ultimately this was just a consolation with Emile Smith-Rowe adding a 4th, late on to give Arsenal the win.
A quick note regarding this iconic fixture between Arsenal and Leeds United is that 3 of the last 7-league meetings have finished in a 4-1 scoreline to Arsenal, with one of the other 3 finishing in a 4-2 score.
Added to that there was a 4-1 scoreline in a FA Cup tie back in January 2004
It would be worth at least a pound on the same scoreline today.
Betfred offer Arsenal at Odds On 4/9, the draw at 19/5 and 11/2 for Leeds United to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 6/5 that Eddie Nketiah Scores Anytime and 3/1 that there are Over 4.5 Goals.
MAN CITY v NEWCASTLE
16.30 in England
Man City got a great professional victory away at Elland Rd against Leeds United on Saturday.
Professional because Pep Guardiola had witnessed Liverpool get their Game Week-35 victory away at Newcastle earlier in the day, which saw City temporarily drop to 2nd in the table.
Whilst playing catch-up can be a tricky situation, goals from Roadie Rodri, Nathan Ake, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho gave Pep’s High Flying Blues the victory by a 4-0 away day score.
City went back to the summit of the Premier League, with 83-points from 34-games played.
A point more than Liverpool in 2nd, with 4-fixtures remaining.
Man City have this fixture against Newcastle, plus Wolves and West Ham away and a final fixture against Aston Villa at the Etihad.
Liverpool take on Tottenham at home, Aston Villa and Southampton away, then a game against Wolves at Anfield on the final Sunday.
The simple Math is this, if Pep’s Blues and Jurgen’s Reds both win all 4-remaining fixtures, Man City will be the 2021/22 Premier League Champions.
Newcastle have the unfortunate task of taking on the two best team in the Premier League in succession.
This trip to the Etihad follows last Saturday’s visit of Liverpool to St James Park.
Despite putting in a dogged display over 90-minutes, Eddie’s Magpies suffered a defeat against Jurgen’s Reds by a 1-0 score.
Newcastle drop a place to 10th after the weekend’s fixtures, with 43-points from 35-played.
At St James Park in December, Newcastle weren’t the force of now and were sat in the relegation zone.
Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo scored to give Pep’s High Flying Blues a lead at the break.
Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling added 3 and 4 in the 2nd-half to give Man City the victory by a 4-0 score, leaving Newcastle at the foot of the table.
The goal scorers sort of epitomise City’s season with goals going in from all directions.
Imagine Man City with Erling Haaland up top.
Betfred offer Man City at Odds On 2/11, the draw at 6/1 and 14/1 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 4/1 that Raheem Sterling Scores First and slight Odds On 5/6 that Man City Win To Nil.
ASTON VILLA v LIVERPOOL
20.00 in England
Aston Villa entertain Liverpool after Saturday’s game against Burnley with Steven Gerrard hoping to inflict a defeat on Jurgen Klopp to put a dent in Liverpool’s title challenge.
Yes, right oh!
Whilst one doesn’t want to cast aspersions, will Stevie G really want his Villa team to get the victory over Jurgen’s Reds?
Liverpool will have played against Villarreal and Tottenham, before this trip to Villa Park, where the Anfield Rappers will be hoping Steven Gerrard is still a Red.
A single Virgil Van Dijk goal for Liverpool was the difference between these two at Anfield back in December.
Betfred offer Aston Villa at 11/2, the draw at 15/4 and Odds On 9/20 for Liverpool to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 5/1 that Sadio Mane Scores First and 3/1 that Liverpool Score in Both Halves.
LEEDS UNITED v CHELSEA
19.30 in England
‘Leeds, Leeds are falling apart again, Leeds, Leeds are falling apart again.’
It’s quite conceivable that Jesse’s Whites are in the bottom-3 come this midweek rearranged fixture against Chelsea if Leeds suffer a defeat against Arsenal on Sunday.
Marching On Together!
(Possibly back to the Championship!)
Again, another possibility of a switch in places is Chelsea could have been overtaken by Arsenal if Mikel’s Young Guns get a victory over Leeds and Thomas’s Blue Engines suffer a defeat against Wolves.
However, the first scenario is more probable than the second, with Bruno’s Lage Louts on the beach already.
At Stamford Bridge back in December Chelsea got the victory over Leeds United in a 5-goal thriller by a 3-2 scoreline.
Raphinha converted a penalty on the half-hour mark, with Mason Mount equalising just before the break to take both teams in level.
Jorginho also converted a penalty in the 2nd-half before Joe Gelhardt equalised for Leeds in the 83rd-minute.
Unfortunately for the away team that wasn’t the end of the action with Marcelo’s Whites conceding another penalty in added on injury time, that Jorginho converted to give Thomas’s Blue Engines the victory.
Betfred offer Leeds United at 19/4, the draw at 16/5 and slight Odds On 4/7 for Chelsea to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 4/1 that Jorginho Scores Anytime and 7/4 that Chelsea Score in Both Halves.
LEICESTER v NORWICH
19.45 in England
Leicester will know whether they are in the Final of the Europa Conference League coming into this fixture against Norwich.
As well as the visit to Rome, there is a fixture against Everton on Sunday before this visit of the Yellow Canary’s.
Norwich, already relegated, take on West Ham at the weekend before this trip to the King Power Stadium.
At Carrow Rd at the end of August 2021, Teemu Pukki converted a penalty before the break to cancel out Jamie Vardy’s earlier opener.
Marc Albrighton scored the winner midway through the 2nd-half to give the Foxes the victory over the Yellow Canary’s by a 2-1 score.
Betfred offer Leicester at Odds On 4/7, the draw at 16/5 and 19/4 for Norwich to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that James Maddison Scores Anytime and 11/10 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
WATFORD v EVERTON
19.45 in England
Hodgson’s Hornets will most probably be relegated before this fixture against Everton after the Game Week-36 set of fixtures and Watford’s trip to Selhurst Park.
Even if a victory is achieved against Crystal Palace on Saturday, it is only delaying the inevitable.
Everton could be out of the drop zone if results go the Toffees way at the weekend.
It’s quite conceivable that Arsenal can inflict a defeat on Leeds United and Everton can get a victory against Leicester, which would mean that Jesse‘s Whites swap places with Frank’s Blues.
If one remembers, Claudio Ranieri’s Watford annihilated Rafa Benitez‘s Everton at Goodison Park back in October by a 5-2 away day scoreline.
Tom Davies opened the scoring for Everton before Josh King equalised for Watford to take both teams in level at the break.
Richarlison added a 2nd for the Toffees midway through the 2nd-half which preceded a bizarre final 12-minutes, where Watford scored 4-goals to seal the victory.
Juraj Kucka and Emmanuel Dennis scored with Josh King scoring 2 in between to complete a great hat-trick.
It was a sweet moment for Josh who spent 3-months at Goodison Park but didn’t exactly feature much under Carlo Ancelotti.
Betfred offer Watford at 13/5, the draw at 5/2 and 21/20 for Everton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/5 that Emmanuel Dennis Scores Anytime and slight Odds On 10/11 that there are Over 2.5 Goals.
WOLVES v MAN CITY
20.15 in England
Wolves face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before this visit from Man City.
Bruno’s Gold and Blacks may need an extra scorer in the stands to keep track of the goals that Pep’s High Flying Blues could get against the flip-flop wearing Lage Louts.
Man City will know whether they are in the Final of the Champions League before this trip to Molineux, as well as being either 1st or 2nd in the Premier League following the Game Week-36 affair against Newcastle.
A Raheem Sterling converted penalty in the 2nd-half was the difference between the two teams back in December at the Etihad giving Pep’s Blues the victory over Bruno’s Gold and Blacks by a 1-0 score.
Just before the break, Raul Jimenez received 2-quick fire Yellow Cards in the space of a minute resulting in a Red that enabled the Mexican to put the kettle on for the half-time cuppa.
Wolves did put in a great dogged display even with 10-men for the whole of the 2nd-half but ultimately the penalty cost the visitors the game.
Betfred offer Wolves at 10/1, the draw at 9/2 and Odds On 2/7 for Man City to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/5 that Phil Foden Scores Anytime and Evens 1/1 that Man City Win To Nil.
TOTTENHAM v ARSENAL
19.45 in England
This North London Derby could decide who plays in Europe on a Tuesday and Wednesday night or a Thursday evening with both coming into this game following the weekend’s fixtures against Liverpool and Leeds United respectively.
If one was an Arsenal fan more so than a member of the Tottenham faithful, the Game Week-36 fixtures favour the Gooners more than the Lilywhites.
Arsenal at home against Leeds United or Tottenham away at Anfield against Liverpool?
It could possibly mean that Mikel’s Young Guns have a 5-point advantage over Antonio’s Spurs before this rearranged North London Derby.
The reverse fixture at the Emirates took place in late September 2021 and saw the home team Arsenal, who were struggling at the time, get a convincing victory over the North London rivals Tottenham, by a 3-1 scoreline.
All 3-Gunners goals from Emile Smith-Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka were scored in the 1st-half with the Spurs’ reply by Son Heung-Min coming after the break.
Betfred offer Tottenham at 13/10, the draw at 12/5 and 21/10 for Arsenal to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 5/1 that Harry Kane Scores First and slight Odds On 19/20 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.