The highlight games for this weekend and coming Monday are MANCHESTER UNITED versus BRIGHTON and EVERTON versus ARSENAL. Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews these and all game week 5 matches with his unique and insightful commentary. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday.
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WOLVES v LIVERPOOL
12.30 in England
Wolves suffered a defeat last time out succumbing to a loss against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park by a 3-2 scoreline.
Hwang-Hee Chan had equalised an earlier Palace goal but with 96 minutes up on the clock, the home team had scored twice more before Matheus Cunha made the score a little bit more respectable.
The defeat leaves Gary O’Neil’s men in 15th place, with the same 3 points as Newcastle both having achieved 1 victory from the opening 4 fixtures.
Matheus Nunes did force a move away from Molineux and joins Pep’s High Flying Blues at the Etihad.
Liverpool remain unbeaten from the 4 opening games following a 3rd win in succession last time out, gaining a home victory over Aston Villa by a 3-0 score.
Dominik Szoboszlai, a Matty Cash own goal and Mo Salah with the Reds goals.
Liverpool did manage to keep 11 players on the pitch, following 2 Red Cards in the previous games against Bournemouth and Newcastle.
Jurgen’s team sit in a group of 6 who are unbeaten and along with Arsenal, West Ham and Tottenham, have 10 points from a possible 12.
Man City are the only team that has a 100% record.
Brentford are in 8th place with 6 points but are still unbeaten, accruing their 6 from a Win and 3 Draws.
There was speculation that Mo Salah was on his way to Saudi Arabia but the Egyptian King is still a Red until at least January, when the Transfer Merry-Go-Round starts again.
Julen Lopetegui’s Gold and Blacks got the better of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds at Molineux last season.
A Joel Matip own-goal, plus strikes from Craig Dawson and Ruben Neves gave Wolves the home victory by a 3-0 scoreline.
What was strange about that fixture was that the two then met at Anfield, 3 weeks later in the re-arranged Game Week-7 affair in which Liverpool were successful, inflicting a defeat on Wolves by a 2-0 score.
Virgil Van Dijk and Mo Salah with the 2nd-half goals.
The game being re-arranged due to the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth the 2nd.
Betfred offer Wolves at 11/2, the draw at 10/3 and Odds On 2/5 for Liverpool to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 3/1 that Mo Salah Scores First and 17/10 that Liverpool Win To Nil.
ASTON VILLA v CRYSTAL PALACE
15.00 in England
Aston Villa come into this fixture following a defeat by a 3-0 score against Liverpool at Anfield before the International Break.
That’s now 2 Wins and 2 Losses from the opening 4 games leaving Villa in 10th place with 6 points, the same as Manchester United, Nottingham Forest and Brentford.
Crystal Palace have a point more than today’s opponents, sitting in 7th place, being the only team to have 7 points from 2 Wins, a Draw and a Loss.
Before the International Break, goals from Eberechi Eze and an Odsonne Edouard double, gave Roy Hodgson’s Eagles the victory over Gary O’Neil’s Wolves by a 3-2 score, with all 5 goals scored in the 2nd-half.
At Villa Park back in March 2023, a single Joachim Andersen own-goal was the difference between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, giving Unai Emery’s home team the victory over Patrick Vieira’s Palace by a 1-0 score.
Betfred offer Aston Villa at slight Odds On 5/6, the draw at 12/5 and 11/4 for Crystal Palace to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 4/1 that Ollie Watkins Scores First and 5/2 that Eberechi Eze Scores Anytime.
FULHAM v LUTON
15.00 in England
Fulham were hammered by Man City last time out with the Blues gaining the victory by a 5-1 score.
Tim Ream did equalise the opening City goal but then it was the home team that scored 4 to inflict the defeat.
There was controversy regarding Man City’s 2nd goal which should have been ruled out for an offside offence but in truth, even though Marco Silva was upset and arguing with everyone who would listen (he always does!) Fulham would still have lost but just by a different scoreline.
The Cottagers sit in 13th place with the same 4 points as the West London rivals Chelsea.
All to play for.
Luton, along with Burnley, are the only teams that haven’t registered a point yet, however, both have only completed 3 fixtures, not the 4 that the rest have.
The Hatters faithful finally saw their idols at Kenilworth Rd in the Premier League for the Friday Night Football against West Ham before the break.
After conceding 2 Hammers goals, Mads Andersen scored Luton’s first Premier League notch in the 92nd minute.
Unfortunately for the home team, that was that and it was a 3rd defeat in succession leaving Rob Edwards Boys in 19th place in the table with Nil Points.
Burnley are below purely due to conceding more goals.
It’s more than likely that a fourth defeat in a row will occur today but the Hatters will just enjoy their ride in the Promised Land, plus It’s only a short jaunt into London from Luton, (38 Mile) so not far to travel home after the game.
It was May 2022, when Luton last visited Craven Cottage to take on Fulham.
That was in the penultimate Championship fixture where the Cottagers, who were already Title Winners, gained an emphatic home victory by a 7-0 score (seven!)
The goals going in as follows,
29′ Tom Cairney
39′ Kenny Tete
54′ Fabio Carvalho
62′ Aleksandar Mitrovic
65′ Bobby Decordova-Reid
79′ Jean Michael Seri
90+2′ Aleksandar Mitrovic
Betfred offer Fulham at Odds On 8/13, the draw at 13/5 and 18/5 for Luton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/4 that Raul Jimenez Scores Anytime and 5/2 that Carlton Morris Scores Anytime.
MANCHESTER UNITED v BRIGHTON
15.00 in England
A rare 3.00 PM kick-off for Manchester United at Old Trafford, which will mean the Glazer Out Girls and Boys will be in full voice for the afternoon’s proceedings.
Manchester United come into the fixture sitting in 11th place after the opening 4 games, with 6 points following 2 Wins and 2 Losses.
In the 95th minute of the game against Arsenal, the scoreline was 1-1 and all at the Emirates and surrounding areas assumed that both teams would share the points following quick-fire goals by Marcus Rashford and Martin Odegaard in the 27th and 28th minutes respectively.
The Mexican Snack, Alejandro Garnacho had a goal ruled out by the dreaded VAR for a contentious offside decision.
Usually, the offside is definitive when the lines are produced on the TV Screens but on this occasion, the decision could have gone either way.
The on-field officials gave the goal and following several minutes of deliberation, the goal was then ruled offside by millimetres.
That was in the 88th minute and it’s fair to assume that the Stockley Park Brigade didn’t want to gift United the victory and thought the game would end in a draw.
As mentioned, in the 95th minute, with the score at 1-1, probably most of the Betting Companies had paid out for the draw if ‘Cash Out’ was offered.
Arsenal then, not only scored a winner but also a 3rd, which inflicted the defeat on Erik’s Red Devils by a 3-1 scoreline.
Most were then left scratching their heads, thinking,
‘What happened there?’
Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans were on the pitch when United conceded 2 late goals.
Not to just sound out Mr Maguire, who is no doubt a decent fella, it has been stated on a few occasions that United and England won’t progress with Harry in the team.
There was the standard chorus of ‘Glazers Out!’ which at the moment is proving to be just a token singalong as the owners, the said ‘Glazers’ are going nowhere and have put a provisional valuation on Manchester United at £10 Billion (that’s Billion!) in 2025.
That suggests the fans need to come up with a different strategy as,
‘Get out of our club!’
Doesn’t appear to be working.
John Newsome has no dog in that particular fight and would not want to upset any of the United faithful but one thing that cannot be said about the Glazers is the fact that they have not backed the Manager and offered up money for the likes of Jadon Sancho, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Antony, Christian Eriksen, Raphael Varane, Andre Onana, Mason Mount, Rasmus Hojlund and initially Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Glazer Out Company might not want to accept that as it goes against the narrative and it’s assumed that the owners have taken money out of the club but no one can say that they have not backed the relevant Managers that does include Sir Alex Ferguson.
Antony won’t be available for this game due to personal issues that one doesn’t want to get involved in but a quick word regarding the Brazilian is, although John Newsome has been critical of the Winger, Antony has had a couple of half-decent games in the last two and from watching the play, the Midfield of United are not quick enough in giving the Winger the ball to allow him to create.
Sofyan Amrabat finally moved to Old Trafford from Fiorentina, initially on loan so if fit enough, should be on show at the side of Casemiro.
Rasmus Hojlund did get a brief cameo against the Gunners, however, should start today in place of Anthony Martial, who Erik Ten Bob has started in the last 2 games.
God Loves a Trier!
Brighton ended the initial 4-game start to the campaign with a victory against Newcastle.
Evan Ferguson scored all 3 goals in the win against the Magpies by a 3-1 score, which means the Seagulls sit in 6th with 9 points from 3 Wins and a Loss.
The 4 teams immediately above Roberto De Zerbi’s Men have only a point more so 6th isn’t too bad at this stage in proceedings.
The 2022/23 Premier League campaign kicked off at Old Trafford for these two teams last season, with the Seagulls inflicting a defeat on the Red Devils by a 2-1 away day score.
Pascal Gross scored twice in the 1st-half to stun the Glazer Haters, before Alexis Mac Allister was credited with an own goal to give the home team hope of a comeback.
Unfortunately, Erik’s Reds suffered the loss, which is now 3 Premier League defeats out of the last 4 fixtures against Brighton.
The fourth was the FA Cup Semi-Final tie that finished in a goalless draw, however, United progressed to the Final, after winning the penalty shootout.
It probably won’t be a shock anymore if Brighton get the victory today.
Betfred offer Manchester United at 11/10, the draw at 13/5 and 15/8 for Brighton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 13/10 that Rasmus Hojlund Scores Anytime and 13/8 that Evan Ferguson Scores Anytime.
TOTTENHAM v SHEFFIELD UNITED
15.00 in England
Tottenham are one of six teams that are unbeaten and sit in 2nd place behind Man City with 10 points from 3 Wins and a Draw.
Arsenal, West Ham and Liverpool all have 10 points with Tottenham sitting above due to the goal difference.
Brentford are in 8th place with 6 points but are still part of the unbeaten lot.
In the final fixture before the International Break, Ange Postecoglou’s New LilyWhite’s (granted a bit of a mouthful and needs work!) gained a victory over Burnley from a 7 goal thriller, taking the points in a 5-2 away day scoreline.
Son Heung-Min scored a hat-trick with the others added by Cristian Romero and James Maddison.
Burnley scored the opener and the final goal of the 7.
James Maddison started in the first England game during the International Break which resulted in a draw against the Ukraine but remained on the bench for the victory against Scotland at Hampden Park.
England gained the victory by a 3-1 away night score.
A quick note regarding the game against Ukraine is the ex-Spur, Harry Kane was invisible for the first 40 minutes, then within seconds of dropping deep and getting on the ball, supplied a great assist for another ex-Spur Kyle Walker to score the equaliser.
When watching the Three Lions the same old scenario arises and that is the cohesion of the way the team plays.
Everyone looks half decent, they pop the ball around nicely but never seem to have a cutting edge.
For the first 20 minutes, the Ukrainians never saw the ball, yet Gareth’s team didn’t have a goal attempt.
The first time Ukraine got on the ball, it was bump, bump, bump and goal.
Maybe England need to learn a lesson from that and show more attacking prowess after the initial possession.
That was evident in the 150th Anniversary game and 116th Edition of the game between Scotland and England when Gareth Southgate, in the opinion of John Newsome, chose a better starting eleven.
Maybe there were a couple included that weren’t expected, such as Kalvin Phillips, Lewis Dunk and even Kieran Trippier but all in all it was more to do with the omissions, not the inclusions.
There will always be a discussion and a difference in opinion of who should play for England but against Ukraine Gareth’s Lions looked static, however, with Phil Foden, Lewis Dunk, Kieran Trippier and Marcus Rashford, the Lions roared against the Scottish, which considering is the oldest rivalry in World Football, was the youngest satisfaction that an England fan can wish for.
Sheffield United come into this fixture in the Capital having gained their first point of the season from a draw against Everton last time out.
The early Saturday Afternoon kickoff at Bramall Lane saw both share the spoils from a 2-2 scoreline.
The new boy Cameron Archer sort of scored both of the home team goals.
‘Sort of’, because the 2nd was a speculative shot from the New Blade that hit the post and rebounded into the net off the back of Jordan Pickford’s head.
Unfortunately for Mr Archer, it was put down as an OG but it was a great performance that should give the Blunts confidence going into the next few games, however, this will be a tough ask in London.
The Blades sit in 17th place with the same 1 point as the Toffees but just outside of the relegation zone due to goal difference.
James from Swinton, nowhere near Bramall Lane, has already got his Passport ready, his Jam Sandwiches and Fruit Kopparberg for the trip on the Rattler down to the Big Smoke.
The Little Blunt has been warned by the lovely Jade, not to attempt to get through the Barriers at Kings Cross with his Blockbuster Video Card, that the lad tried on the last visit South.
That’s not because it might not work but because Blockbuster have cancelled the card due to Jimbo not returning Lemon Popsicle that he borrowed on Betamax back in 1984.
It was May 2021 when the Blades last visited the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium in the final knockings of a sorry relegation campaign, that saw Paul Heckingbottom’s team suffer an away day defeat against Ryan Mason’s Spurs by a 4-0 scoreline.
Ryan had taken over from Jose Mourinho who had just been sacked by the Tottenham hierarchy.
One doesn’t need to adjust one’s eyes when reading the following as this really happened.
Gareth Bale, him of ‘Wales, Golf, Madrid’ fame, scored a hat-trick in one of his final appearances in a Tottenham shirt over 2-spells with the club.
Son Heung-Min added the 4th to give Spurs all 3-points.
Little Jimbo has a similar mantra,
‘Swinton, Football, Pub!’
Betfred offer Tottenham at Odds On 1/4, the draw at 4/1 and 17/2 for Sheffield United to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 10/3 that Son Heung-Min Scores First and slight Odds On 4/5 that Tottenham Score in Both Halves.
***Premier League Team of the Week***
GOALKEEPER- Allison- Liverpool
RIGHT-BACK- Trent Alexander-Arnold- Liverpool
CENTRE-BACK- Joe Worrall- Nottingham Forest
CENTRE-BACK- Joel Matip- Liverpool
LEFT-BACK- Nathan Ake- Man City
MIDFIELDER- Dominik Szoboszlai- Liverpool
MIDFIELDER- Mateo Kovacic- Man City
MIDFIELDER- Anthony Elanga- Nottingham Forest
FORWARD- Evan Ferguson- Brighton
FORWARD- Son Heung-Min- Tottenham
FORWARD- Erling Haaland- Man City
STAR MAN- Joe Worrall- Nottingham Forest
WEST HAM v MAN CITY
15.00 in England
West Ham are part of the Premier League Six, the teams left that remain unbeaten from the opening 4 fixtures.
Along with Man City, who have the only 100% record, the Hammers sit with 10 points in 4th place, the same points as Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham.
As mentioned, Brentford are still unbeaten but have only 6 points.
David Moyes Boys gained a victory in the inaugural Premier League match at Kenilworth Rd on Friday Night Football, with goals from Jarrod Bowen and Kurt Zouma giving West Ham the points from a 2-1 scoreline.
Luton did score a late consolation after CatMan Kurt had got the 2nd West Ham goal.
It is the stark contrast from the opening 4 fixtures of last season that should give the Bubbles tremendous confidence for the next few games and of course, the Europa League, where West Ham entertain TSC, who are a Serbian team in the opening Group Game, following this visit from Man City.
There are ties against Freiburg and Olympiacos also.
Remember that West Ham are in this season’s Europa League due to winning the Europa Conference League last term.
Man City are the only club out of the 20 that have a 100% record from the opening 4 games.
In the outing before the International Break, goals from Julian Alvarez, Nathan Ake and an Erling Haaland hat-trick gave Pep’s High Flying Blues the victory over Marco Silva’s Cottagers by a 5-1 scoreline.
There was conjecture over Nathan’s goal which did appear to be a viable argument.
The goal should have been ruled out by the dreaded VAR, as a City player, stood in an offside position, was obstructing the view of the Fulham Goalkeeper.
Whilst it shouldn’t have stood, it didn’t make a difference to the eventual outcome as Man City were just too good for Fulham.
Kyle Walker, who appears to be the New Club Captain when he plays, scored his first England goal in the draw against Ukraine and was superb against Scotland in the victory by a 3-1 scoreline.
It has been mentioned by this EveryTip column that Man City could quite possibly go the entire season unbeaten.
At the moment, that narrative continues.
Would it be too much of an ask to win all 38 games?
One would probably have to say yes, however, at the minute it’s 4 down, 34 to go.
This fixture last season was the opening match of the campaign, with Erling Haaland scoring goals Number 1 and 2 of a scintillating season to give Pep’s High Flying Trebles the victory over David’s Bubbles by a 2-0 away day score.
Betfred offer West Ham at 5/1, the draw at 16/5 and Odds On 4/9 for Man City to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 11/5 that Phil Foden Scores Anytime and 11/8 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
NEWCASTLE v BRENTFORD
17.30 in England
Is it too early to say that Newcastle are in crisis and Eddie Howe is under pressure?
Most will probably think that’s overreacting but Eddie’s Magpies have suffered 3 defeats from the opening 4 games, with just 1 victory.
Those good at Math will know that’s 3 points which leaves Newcastle in 14th place in the table.
Probably the only solace that the Toon Army can take from the defeats is they were against Man City, Liverpool and Brighton.
The loss against the Seagulls last time out by a 3-1 score, saw Callum Wilson get a late consolation goal.
Callum has been a substitute in all of the 4 games and probably feels it’s his turn to start, having scored twice when coming off the bench.
The lad was in the England squad for the Internationals and saw the last 10 minutes or so against Scotland at Hampden Park, where the Three Lions gained the victory by a 3-1 score.
This fixture against Brentford won’t be easy but Mr Howe will be looking to get back on track, as another defeat will heap more unwanted pressure.
Brentford come up to St James Park sitting in 8th place in a Group of 4 teams who have 6 points from the opening 4 games.
The strange anomaly of that is the Bees are unbeaten so far and have accrued 6 points from 1 Win and 3 Draws, whereas the others (Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and Manchester United) have 6 points from 2 Wins and 2 Losses.
Mathias Jensen opened the scoring against Bournemouth last time out but despite having the majority of possession, conceded 2 Cherries goals before Bryan Mbeumo scored the equaliser in the 93rd minute to earn Brentford a point from a draw by a 2-2 score.
As mentioned that’s Thomas Frank’s 3rd draw of the campaign and although it still leaves the Bees unbeaten, Thomas will want victories not draws.
That said, this does offer up a great spectacle for the watching Millions on Saturday evening or whatever time one sees the game.
Newcastle did the Double over Brentford last season, which means a victory in both the home fixture at St James Park and away at the GTech Stadium.
At home, Eddies Magpies inflicted a devastating defeat on Thomas’s Bees by a 5-1 scoreline.
21′ Bruno Guimaraes (1-0)
28′ Jacob Murphy (2-0)
54′ Ivan Toney (2-1)
56′ Bruno Guimaraes (3-1)
82′ Miguel Almiron (4-1)
90′ Ethan Pinnock O.G (5-1)
Full-Time Gin and Tonic
In the fixture in West London, Newcastle gained the victory by a 2-1 score.
Ivan Toney missed a penalty in the 1st-half but did convert a 2nd on the stroke of half-time.
However, a goal credited to David Raya and an Alexander Isak strike gave Newcastle the 2nd win of the season against Brentford.
Betfred offer Newcastle at Odds On 1/2, the draw at 3/1 and 9/2 for Brentford to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer Evens 1/1 that Callum Wilson Scores Anytime and 13/8 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
BOURNEMOUTH v CHELSEA
14.00 in England
Bournemouth gained a point against Brentford from a draw by a 2-2 score last time out.
The Archbishop was happy.
After conceding an early goal, Dominic Solanke and David Brooks scored to give the travelling Cherries hopes of a victory in West London.
Unfortunately for everyone connected with Bournemouth, Brentford scored the equaliser in the 93rd minute to grab a share of the points.
That leaves Andoni Iraola’s Boys in 16th place with 2 points from the opening 4 games.
Whilst it did look like Chelsea had improved from the disastrous 2022/23 campaign, Mauricio Pochettino’s Blues have only 2 points more than today’s opponents, sitting in 12th with 4 on the scoreboard.
With a Ball Possession of 76% and 21 goal attempts against Nottingham Forest, the fact that 19 of those attempts were off target probably sums up why Chelsea suffered a defeat by a 1-0 score, with one of Forests’ 7 attempts being put into the back of the net.
It’s hoped Mauricio has had his boys out on the training pitch with the simple instructions of,
‘There’s the goals boys, those 2 upright posts holding the horizontal long 1, put the ball in between and below those 3 and you will score!’
One of the attempts against Forest saw Raheem Sterling take on everyone and pass to Nicolas Jackson who had an open goal to tap into but somehow booted the ball over the bar.
If a team cannot score, then it is a certainty that one won’t win and at best can only achieve a goalless draw.
As mentioned a couple of weeks back, there is this horrendous stat that is labelled ‘Expected Goals’ or ‘xG’ that John Newsome informed everyone not to take any notice of as it was a made-up phenomenon by someone who thinks they know more about football.
Chelsea’s ‘Expected Goals’ stat was ‘2.07’ and Nottingham Forest’s ‘xG’ was 0.7.
Chelsea 0 Nottingham Forest 1
Case closed your honour!
In last season’s affair at the Vitality, Chelsea, under the Caretaker guidance of Frank Lampard, gained a rare victory at the time, over Gary O’Neil’s Bournemouth team by a 3-1 away day score.
Conor Gallagher, Benoit Badiashile and Joao Felix with the Blues goals.
Matias Vina had equalised Conor’s opener in the 1st-half before Chelsea took control.
Betfres offer Bournemouth at 16/5, the draw at 11/4 and slight Odds On 4/6 for Chelsea to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 5/2 that Dominic Solanke Scores Anytime and 7/4 that a Penalty is Awarded.
EVERTON v ARSENAL
16.30 in England
Everton played in a great game at Bramall Lane before the International Break, gaining a point against Sheffield United from a draw by a 2-2 score.
Abdoulaye Doucoure scored the opening goal for the Toffees who had failed to score in the opening 3 games.
After conceding 2 and trailing at the interval, Arnaut Danjuma equalised just after the restart and with no further goals both teams gained their first points of the campaign.
Jordan Pickford had an indifferent game, initially being unlucky to see a Blades attempt hit the post but rebound off the Toffee Stopper into the net.
In the dying seconds of proceedings, Mr Pickford made 2 outstanding saves in quick succession from attempts by Ollie McBurnie to prevent the draw from turning into a defeat.
Jordan then played the full 90 minutes in the England game against Ukraine but was replaced by Aaron Ramsdale for the fixture against Scotland, where the Three Lions won by a 3-1 score.
Everton sit in the relegation zone with 1 point but will feel the display against the Blades was an improvement on the previous 3 games so won’t be worried just yet.
After Martin Odegaard had scored to equalise an earlier Manchester United goal and with 96 minutes up on the clock, it appeared that Arsenal were about to earn a point from a draw.
United had just had a goal ruled out by the dreaded VAR so both teams were probably thinking that a point was acceptable, however, Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus scored in the 97th and 101st minute to gain a brilliant victory by a 3-1 scoreline.
Whilst it may appear from the outside that the win was a surprise, Mikel Arteta’s Young Guns showed they won’t give up until the final whistle is blown.
A similar occurrence happened against Man City in the Community Shield when Leandro Trossard scored an equaliser in the same 101st minute, so a warning to other teams,
‘It ain’t over until it’s over!’
Arsenal remain unbeaten, along with Man City, Tottenham, Liverpool, West Ham and Brentford and sit in 5th with 10 points, purely on goal difference.
If one remembers, Sean Dyche had just been appointed the Manager of Everton when Arsenal ventured North for last season’s encounter at Goodison Park.
Somehow, the struggling set of Toffees inflicted a defeat on Mikel’s Title Chasing Gunners by a 1-0 score.
James Tarkowski with the solitary winning goal.
A cautionary note, that was the 3rd home victory for Everton against Arsenal in succession.
It would take a lot to register a 4th but it’s not to be ruled out.
Betfred offer Everton at 9/2, the draw at 3/1 and Odds On 1/2 for Arsenal to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/4 that Bukayo Saka Scores Anytime and 13/8 that Arsenal Win To Nil.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST v BURNLEY
19.45 in England
Note the start time, which is 15 minutes earlier than the usual Monday Night Football kick-off.
Nottingham Forest sit in 9th place with 6 points from 2 Wins and 2 Losses.
Somehow, the Tricky Trees gained a victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last time out, with a single Anthony Elanga goal giving Forest the points from a 1-0 away day score.
As well as 3 points coming up the M1 from Stamford Bridge, Steve Cooper also brought Callum Hudson-Odoi with him to the City Ground.
One player who won’t be playing today is Brennan Johnson who has headed to London, joining Tottenham in the recent Transfer Window.
Burnley sit in the relegation zone having suffered the 3rd defeat of the season against Brennan’s new club last time out.
Lyle Foster scored the opener for the Clarets with Josh Brownhill adding a 2nd late on.
Unfortunately for Vincent Kompany and his Burnley Boys, it was the 5 that were scored in between by Tottenham that saw the Clarets register 3 from 3 in the Loss Column and sit at the foot of the table with Nil Points, the same as fellow newbies Luton but at the bottom having a slightly inferior goal difference.
Having played Man City, Aston Villa and Tottenham, Vincent will feel that this fixture against Forest should be slightly easier, however, will know that every game in the Premier League is a tough one and won’t be taking anything for granted.
It was October 2016 when these two teams last met for a League fixture, which was in the Championship.
Eric Lichaj scored to give Forest a lead before Matty Taylor equalised in the 90th minute to give both teams a share of the points from a draw by a 1-1 score.
Forest did host Burnley a couple of weeks ago in the Carabao Cup, where Vincent Kompany’s Clarets knocked out Steve Cooper’s Tricky Trees to progress to the next round.
Burnley got the victory over Forest by a 1-0 score.
Betfred offer Nottingham Forest at 21/20, the draw at 9/4 and 11/5 for Burnley to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 4/1 that Taiwo Awoniyi Scores First and 11/5 that Nottingham Forest Score in Both Halves.
The Australian branch of this EveryTip column was unhappy that the Scottish Premier League hadn’t been included in the last few issues.
So to appease the loveable OzScot, a few paragraphs regarding the football up in Scotland.
Celtic remain at the summit of the Pub League following a victory against the bitter Glasgow Rivals Rangers in the Old Firm Derby at Ibrox before the International Break.
Probably the surprise in the positions of the teams in the SPL, is Rangers are currently sitting in 4th place with the same 6 points as Ross County (who?)
Celtic are at the top with the same 10 points as Motherwell (who?) with the Title surely over for another season.
Added to that (Braveheart was adamant that he wanted his beloved Teddy Bears included in this column!) Rangers have already been knocked out of the Champions League suffering a 2-legged aggregate defeat against PSV Eindhoven in the Qualifyiers.
Whilst the Green and White Hoops will play in the Group Stages on a Tuesday and Wednesday evening, the Blues will be playing on Thursday Night Football in Europe and then on a Sunday in the Pub League.
In the Champions League, Celtic face Lazio, Feyenoord and Atletico Madrid for a (slim) chance to progress.
In the Europa League, Rangers face the Dog and Duck of Sparta Prague, the King Charles of Betis and the Rose and Crown of Aris Limassol for a (no) chance of qualification to the knockout stages.
To compound matters, Braveheart/Kylie, who is currently on holiday celebrating his 30th Wedding Anniversary to the lovely April, saw Scotland suffer a defeat against the Auld Enemy in the 150th Anniversary Match at Hampden Park on Tuesday.
The scoreline being 3-1 in favour of England!
The loveable OzScot was distraught (not because of the 30 years with April!) but due to Scotland’s heavy loss, once again, against the Mighty England.
The lad was last seen running around Kefalonia shouting,
‘You’ll never take our freedom!’