The domestic competition returned last weekend and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Aston Villa maintained their 100% record after a late winner against Leicester, Everton and Liverpool shared the spoils in a feisty Merseyside derby. The top fixtures this weekend are Aston Villa vs Leeds and Man Utd vs Chelsea. John Newsome previews these games along with all the remaining English Premier League week 6 matches. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here:English Premier League Predictions For Saturday.
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ASTON VILLA v LEEDS UNITED
Friday Night football with this fixture kicking-off at 8.00 PM in England live on BT Sport Box Office as part of the new immoral Pay Per View streaming that will cost £14.95.
Wow! Aston Villa are the only team out of the 20 that have a 100% record following Sunday’s 1-0 victory against Leicester at the King Power Stadium.
After a drab 90-minutes that looked like the game would finish in a stalemate, Ross Barkley hit a superb shot past Kasper Schmeichel to score and with time up on the clock, proved to be the last-minute winner that gives Dean Smith’s Clarets 4-wins from 4 and leaves them in 2nd place in the Premier League table with 12-points, a point behind Everton.
Leeds United suffered a 2nd defeat of the season on Monday Night Football losing by a single goal against Wolves.
Marcelo will have to regroup his players for this trip to the Midlands.
It was February 2004 that these 2 great teams last met in the Premier League, with Villa, managed by ex-Leeds boss David O’Leary, getting a 2-0 victory over Eddie Gray’s Leeds.
Juan Pablo Angel and Ronny Johnsen with the Villa goals.
Aston Villa consisted of Thomas Sorensen, Jloyd Samuel, Olof Mellberg, Dion Dublin, Gareth Barry, Ulises De La Cruz, Nolberto Solano, Lee Hendrie, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Juan Pablo Angel and Darius Vassell, with Robot man Peter Crouch, replacing Darius in the 2nd-half.
Leeds starting eleven were Paul Robinson, Gary Kelly, Didier Domi, Steven Caldwell, Dominic Matteo, James Milner, Eirik Bakke, Seth Johnson, Jermaine Pennant, Alan Smith and Mark Viduka.
Bet 365 offer Aston Villa at 17/10, the draw at 23/10 and 17/11 for Leeds United to come away with all 3-points.
WEST HAM v MAN CITY
Early Saturday Afternoon football with a 12.30 start-time in England live on BT Sport.
West Ham somehow miraculously earned a point on Sunday following a terrific comeback against Tottenham.
After conceding 3-goals in the 1st-half and with 82-minutes on the clock, there was no real evidence that David Moyes Boys would earn a point.
Fabian Balbuena headed the Hammers 1st-goal which merely looked like a consolation.
Not so as following good work down the right by new boy Vladimir Coufal, Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez turned past his own ‘keeper to make it 3-2.
What happened next was not only remarkable but a moment of beauty with the little Argentinian, Manuel Lanzini hit a superb 30-yard shot past the helpless Hugo Lloris and the comeback was complete.
A superb point from a great game that gives West Ham a great basis to build on and show the rest of the division that the Hammers won’t lie down.
Man City got back to winning ways with a professional if not convincing 1-0 victory against Arsenal on Saturday evening.
Sergio Aguero made a return after a few months out with an injury and does enhance the City team.
Raheem Sterling got the solitary goal in the 1st-half to give Pep 1 a victory over his protege Pep 2.
Ruben Dias did look more solid at the back and gets his head onto crosses into the box which has been lacking from Pep’s Blues.
At the London Stadium last term this was the first fixture of the protracted 2019/2020 Premier League season where the fans turned up and not only saw Man City hammer the Hammers but were oblivious to what would pan out over the coming months.
Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring midway through the 1st-half and with no more goals Pep’s Blues went in at the break with a slender lead.
Raheem Sterling then scored a 2nd-half hat-trick with his 3rd coming after Sergio Aguero had scored City’s 4th to give City a superb 5-0 opening away-day victory.
Bet 365 offer West Ham at 7/1, the draw at 5/1 and Odds On 2/7 for Man City to come away with all 3-points.
FULHAM v CRYSTAL PALACE
A 3.00 PM kick-off in England with this fixture another Pay Per View live on BT Sport Box Office.
Fulham could consider themselves unlucky on Sunday having headed up the M1 to Sheffield and came away with a point from a 1-1 draw when really it should have been a victory.
Aleksandar Mitrovic had a nightmare having first missed a penalty that would have given Fulham the lead, then concede a penalty that gave Sheffield United the equaliser after Ademola Lookman had put the Cottagers in front.
The point gained is the first for Scott Parker that will give them confidence for the visit of Palace.
Crystal Palace themselves earned a point on Sunday following a 1-1 draw against Brighton.
Wilfried Zaha converted a 1st-half penalty but in truth, Palace were under the cosh for most of the game against Brighton and it was only a matter of time before Roy’s boys conceded what was eventually an equaliser that gave both a share of the points.
When Crystal Palace last ventured across London to Craven Cottage it was the first fixture of the 2018/19 season with Palace coming away with a 2-0 victory.
Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilfred Zaha with the goals either side of the break.
Bet 365 offer Fulham at 19/10, the draw at 9/4 and 7/5 for Crystal Palace to come away with all 3-points.
MANCHESTER UNITED v CHELSEA
Early Saturday evening football with a 17.30 kick-off in England live on Sky Sports.
On seeing the team sheet an hour before kick-off, the inclusion of Fred, Scott McTominay and Dan James didn’t inspire confidence in the United faithful who hopefully didn’t pay the extortionate £14.95 Pay Per View charged by the broadcaster.
Watch it on Match of the Day later for free.
Luke Shaw deflected a speculative Newcastle shot past David De Gea to put United on the back foot after just 3-minutes.
Harry Maguire, who it’s fair to say is having a bad couple of months, got his big head on a Juan Mata corner to restore parity.
After the break, United were awarded a very soft penalty that VAR deemed enough to warrant a spot-kick and the usually reliable Bruno Fernandes had his strike saved by the Magpies ‘keeper.
Ole took off Fred and Dan James and introduced Paul Pogba and Donny Van Der Beek and within minutes of the tactical switch, United went ahead with Bruno scoring from open play making up for his missed penalty.
Aaron Wan Bissaka then scored his first Manchester United goal in the 90th-minute before Marcus Rashford rounded off the scoring and in added time to give Ole’s Wheels a 4-1 victory over ex-United legend Steve Bruce.
After the disastrous 6-1 defeat against Tottenham before the International break, this was a better United performance that gets them back on track.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea played out there 2nd 3-3 draw in their last 3-games against Southampton on Saturday Afternoon.
Timo Werner scored his first Premier League goal for the Blues then added a 2nd to give Chelsea a 2-1 half-time lead after conceding a Saints goal just before the break.
Southampton then got back on level terms early in the 2nd-half but Kai Havertz quickly established the Blues lead and with time running out it looked like Frank would hold on for the victory.
Unfortunately for the cardboard faithful, Southampton scored a very late equaliser in stoppage time to give both a share of the points.
Whilst a very entertaining side who will score goals, the Blues are conceding so United will know where to target.
Last season’s fixture at Old Trafford between these 2-heavyweights was the first game of the season and somehow Manchester United got a great victory by a 4-0 scoreline.
Marcus Rashford scored a penalty to settle the Red Devil’s nerve.
After the break, Anthony Martial added a 2nd, before Marcus added his 2nd and United’s 3rd.
Dan James, before he was rubbish, scored to make it 4-0 giving Ole’s Wheels an easy victory over Frank’s Blues.
Bet 365 offer Manchester United at 8/5, the draw at 12/5 and 13/8 for Chelsea to come away with all 3-points.
LIVERPOOL v SHEFFIELD UNITED
Late Saturday Evening Pay Per View football with this game being shown on Sky Sports Box Office at 8.00 PM in England.
Even the most ardent non-Liverpool fan must have been scratching their heads on Saturday after some bizarre VAR decisions.
Virgil Van Dijk was scythed down by Jordan Pickford early in the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park.
What followed was nothing, the dreaded didn’t want to get involved and just advised the on-field referee to play on.
At worse the VAR should have at least asked Michael Oliver to check his pitch-side monitor.
Virgil hasn’t really been injured much over the past couple of seasons but the tackle by the Everton stopper looked like it had damaged ligaments in Big Virgil’s knee and a spell on the sidelines looks to be the prognosis.
Sadio Mane had given Liverpool the lead before that horror tackle but without Virgil at the back, Jurgen’s Reds conceded from a corner.
After the break, Mo Salah scored another superb individual goal which turned out to be the Egyptian Kings 100th for Liverpool which is simply outstanding.
Again, without Big Virgil, Liverpool conceded another equaliser then with time running out, another bizarre VAR incident ruled out what looked like a perfectly good winner from Jordan Henderson when it was adjudged that Sadio Mane was offside after the superb threw ball from Thiago Alcantara.
There is simply no way on this planet or Fullers that Sadio was offside.
His feet were a foot in front of the Everton defenders.
With the goal ruled out the game finished in a Desmond 2-2 draw but Liverpool could consider themselves extremely unlucky.
The Reds have lodged an official complaint to the Premier League regarding the incidents yet in the history of football, no decisions after the event have been overturned.
So Jurgen and his Reds will just have to lick their wounds and put it down to experience as the VAR will work in their favour later on in the season.
Sheffield United salvaged a point from a 1-1 scoreline against Fulham on Sunday which could easily have been a defeat after Fulham missed a penalty.
Billy Sharp converted his penalty to equalise after Fulham had scored earlier following their penalty miss.
The point gained is the first on the board for Chris Wilder’s Blades that must have made him happy. However, he’s forgotten to let his face known.
Ex-Barnsley FC fan, James from Swinton was happy too as the little Blunt got to watch the game on his laptop having rightly refused to pay the extortionate £14.95 Pay Per View and put the money in his kitty for when he buys his lovely girlfriend an engagement ring.
It won’t be long now as time is pushing on and she won’t wait forever.
With the £14.95 saved, Jim has a total of £14.95 and has already been checking out the online jewellery range at Argos for when the purchase is made.
Mo Salah scored early when the Blades went to Anfield last season, in a game that took place the day after the New Year.
Sadio Mane added Liverpool’s 2nd after the break and with no further goals, Jurgen’s Reds got the 2-0 victory over Chris Wilder’s Blades.
Bet 365 offer Liverpool at Odds On 1/5, the draw at 6/1 and 10/1 for Sheffield United to come away with all 3-points.
SOUTHAMPTON v EVERTON
Early Sunday Afternoon football with this game at St Mary’s kicking-off at 2.00 PM in England live on Sky Sports.
Southampton kept on coming back against Chelsea on Saturday with Wreck-Its boys were a constant thorn in Frank’s Blues on Saturday with Danny Ings scoring just before the break to halve the deficit after conceding 2-early goals.
Che Adams who had played a superb pass to Danny for the 1st-Saints goal equalised early in the 2nd-half.
After conceding a 3rd Chelsea goal it looked like Southampton were going to be on the wrong end of the result but in added injury time, Jannik Westergaard got the slightest of touches on Theo Walcott’s speculative shot to send the cardboard faithful back to the South Coast ecstatic.
Everton remains at the summit of the Premier League table thanks in no part played by the dreaded VAR in the Merseyside Derby on Saturday.
After falling behind twice, goals from Michael Keane and Sheffield Superstar 2 that is Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Carlo Ancelotti’s men a share of the points from a 2-2 draw.
Both Michael and Dominic, however, could consider themselves fortunate that Jordan Pickford wiped out Virgil Van Dijk in the 1st-half that resulted in the Big fella being taken off.
Carlo then had another stroke of good fortune when in the dying seconds the dreaded VAR deemed that some part Sadio Mane’s body was offside that resulted in Liverpool’s winner being cancelled out.
It now means that Everton, whilst still unbeaten, have lost their 100% record but are still in the driving seat on 13-points, 3-points more than the Red half and to come away with a point against the current Premier League champions is a marker on just where Everton are at the moment.
Richarlison had a moment to forget late in the game with a bad challenge that saw him receive a straight Red Card and just beat his teammates into the baths.
James Rodriguez again was brilliant in midfield and linked well with the excellent Dominic Calvert-Lewin who is fast becoming a goal sensation with 7-to his name already and is obviously learning from Duncan Ferguson in the heart of heading the ball.
At St Mary’s last season, this fixture took place in early November with Everton getting the victory by a 2-1 scoreline.
Tom Davies opened the scoring after just 4-minutes with Danny Ings equalising after the break.
Richarlison got the Toffees winner midway through the 2nd-half to give Marco Silva a rare victory before Carlo arrived.
Bet 365 offer Southampton at 21/10, the draw at 23/10 and 5/4 for Everton to come away with all 3-points.
WOLVES v NEWCASTLE
Late Sunday Afternoon football live on Sky Sports with a 4.30 PM start-time in England.
Wolves got a great away-day win on Monday, coming away from Elland Rd with a 1-0 victory.
Raul Jimenez scored the solitary goal in the 2nd-half after some great individual work by the Mexican.
His strike was lucky that it came off the head of Kalvin Philips but Raul will claim the goal all day.
The victory lifts Nuno’s Gold and Blacks up to 6th in the table, above his old boss Jose Mourinho.
The scoreline against Manchester United on Saturday was probably a bit harsh on Newcastle with the last 3-conceded late in the game when Steve Bruce’s men were pushing for the victory.
Newcastle went in front early in the game following a deflected shot but quickly conceded a United equaliser.
In the 2nd-half the dreaded VAR awarded a harsh penalty but the Magpies ‘keeper Karl Darlow makes a terrific save to keep Newcastle in the game.
With 5-minutes to play and Steve’s boys pushing for the winner themselves, United scored 3-quick-fire goals to ultimately are Newcastle lose the game by a 4-1 scoreline.
Steve Bruce just needs to put the result to bed as the performance against United was encouraging in parts and it was significant that Andy Carroll, a substitute, was left on the bench so should be fit and raring to go against Wolves.
Last season’s fixture at Molineux saw Leander Dendoncker cancel out a Miguel Almiron strike to leave both teams with a point from the 1-1 draw.
Bet 365 offer Wolves at slight Odds On 3/4, the draw at 11/4 and 10/3 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
ARSENAL v LEICESTER
Another Pay Per View fixture kicking-off at 7.15 PM in England live on Sky Sports Box Office channel.
Mikel Arteta took his chargers up to the Etihad on Saturday and what’s always going to be deemed the apprentice against the master such is the nature of the game, Pep 2 suffered a 1-0 defeat against Pep 1.
Whilst putting up a professional display against Man City and only conceding the 1-goal in the 1st-half, Will in truth, Arsenal lacked any real cutting edge even the usually prolific Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette both having relatively ineffective games. However, Alexandre only saw the last 20-minutes or so and would have told everyone that things would have been different if he had started the game.
New signing Thomas Partey was given 7-minutes at the end to showcase his skills to the cardboard Gooners and will need time to get up to the speed of the Premier League.
Leicester lacked any real cutting edge on Sunday without the services of Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy who has picked up an injury.
It looked for all purposes that Brendan Rodgers Boys would earn a point from a drab game but then saw his Foxes concede a last gasp goal to ultimately lose the game against Aston Villa by a 1-0 scoreline.
After 3-straight victories, it’s now 2-defeats in a row for Leicester who would have fancied themselves against Villa even though Villa are surprising everyone at the moment.
Rod Stewart was happy after his beloved Celtic had lost the Old Firm Derby the day before, Rod was a Villain for the afternoon and a little smile came across his face when Ross Barkley scored against Brendan’s Wonderful Human Beings in the last minute.
He’s Celtic, United but Brendan has decided that Leicester is the best place to be.
This was a post-lockdown fixture at the Emirates last season with Jamie Vardy scoring late on to cancel out an earlier Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang strike giving Brendan’s Foxes and point against Mikel’s Gunners.
Bet 365 offer Arsenal at 11/10, the draw at 5/2 and 23/10 for Leicester to come away with all 3-points.
BRIGHTON v WEST BROM
Early Monday Afternoon football with a 5.30 PM start-time in England live on Sky Sports Box Office at an additional cost of £14.95.
Brighton were the better side on Sunday at Selhurst Park but actually conceded a 1st-half penalty to go in at the break trailing.
Graham Potter introduced Alexis Mac Allister late in proceedings which turned out to be a masterstroke with Big Mac scoring the equaliser in the 90th-minute.
There was one sour note to the Seagulls day when their influential captain Lewis Dunk had a moment of madness and lunged in 2-footed on Gary Cahill to instantly be shown a Red Card and will miss this visit of the Baggies.
West Brom kept a clean sheet on Monday against Burnley but failed to score themselves that resulted in a 0-0 draw.
Karlan Ahearne-Grant made his debut for the Baggies after the move from Huddersfield but failed to find the back of the net so the faithful will want more in the coming weeks.
The point gained gives West Brom 2 for the season so far and lifts them out of the relegation zone.
It was September 2017 when these two last met at the Amex in the Premier League.
Pascal Gross scored 2-goals either side of the break to give the Seagulls a lead.
Tomer Hemed added a 3rd before James Morrison got a consolation goal for the Baggies but with no further goals, Brighton, under Chris Hughton, got the 3-1 victory over Tony Pulis West Brom.
Bet 365 offer Brighton at slight Odds On 5/6, the draw at 14/5 and 31/10 for West Brom to come away with all 3-points.
BURNLEY v TOTTENHAM
Monday Night Football to bring Game Week-6 proceedings to a close, this being an 8.00 PM kick-off in England live on Sky Sports.
Burnley played out a 0-0 draw on Monday night against West Brom with both teams failing to score.
Sean Dyche’s Clarets have played a game less than those around them so will feel that their residence in the drop zone is a false position, especially with 3 of the 4-games played being away from Turf Moor so Sean will feel that once the home games kick in, Burnley will push on.
Tottenham comfortably beat West Ham on Sunday, well that’s what was the thought up until the 82nd-minute.
Son Heung-Min scored early to give Jose’s men a lead.
Harry Kane, who had a superb game scored twice to put Tottenham in control and for 81-minutes it looked like the 3-points were in the bag.
Jose introduced the prodigal son that is Gareth Bale to give the Welsh Wizard an easy introduction into life back in the Premier League.
What happened from minute 82 onwards would have definitely irked Dracula when West Ham scored 3-times to earn a point from a 3-3 draw.
Maybe the Davinson Sanchez own-goal hurt the most.
It literally was 2-points dropped after such a superb 1st-half especially from Harry Kane who not only showed his scoring prowess but also his assists and even defending in his own box.
Jose just needs to put the result to bed and move on to this fixture against Sean’s Clarets.
This was the last game that took place at Turf Moor with fans back at the beginning of March, before the suspension of the Premier League with a 2nd-half Dele Alli strike, cancelling out a 1st-half Chris Wood goal that gave both teams a pre-lockdown point from a 1-1 draw.
Bet 365 offer for Burnley win at 9/2, a draw at 11/4 and slight Odds On 3/5 for Tottenham to come away with all 3-points.