The highlight games for this weekend’s action are CHELSEA versus ASTON VILLA and LIVERPOOL versus WEST HAM. Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews these and all game week 6 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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CRYSTAL PALACE v FULHAM
15.00 in England
Roy Hodgson was missing from the game against Aston Villa on Saturday due to illness.
Get well soon, Old Boy.
What Roy missed was a defeat for his Eagles with Villa getting the victory by a 3-1 scoreline.
Odsonne Edouard had scored to give Palace a lead after the break but the home team took control, scoring 3 times to gain the points.
Mr Hodgson had turned the telly over at 2-1 to watch Homes Under The Hammer, contemplating retirement, thinking,
‘Not be much longer Dion!’
The defeat leaves Crystal Palace in 9th place with 7 points from 5 games completed.
Fulham, coincidentally, have the same 7 points and sit a place lower in 10th, following Saturday’s victory against Low Flying Luton.
Nottingham Forest also have 7 points and sit above both of these two purely on goal difference.
Marco Silva sent on Carlos Vinicius in the 62nd minute and was repaid immediately with Carlos scoring the solitary winning goal to give the Cottagers the points from a 1-0 score.
With both teams having 7 points from 5 games completed, it’s more than likely that this game at Selhurst Park will be a tight affair, with probably just a goal separating the two teams at most, however, a draw is predicted.
In last season’s affair between these two at Selhurst Park, which took place on Boxing Day, Crystal Palace finished the game not only with a defeat but also with 9 men.
Tyrick Mitchell was shown a straight Red card after 34 minutes and then James Tomkins, who had received an early Yellow Card was shown a 2nd and the subsequent Red just before the hour mark.
Bobby Decordova-Reid had given Fulham a lead in the 1st-half before the 2 sending offs.
Tim Ream and Aleksandar Mitrovic then scored against the 9 men to give the Cottagers the victory over the Eagles by a 3-0 scoreline.
Betfred offer Crystal Palace at slight Odds On 5/6, the draw at 5/2 and 6/5 for Fulham to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 15/8 that Crystal Palace Score in Both Halves and 5/2 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
LUTON v WOLVES
15.00 in England
Rob’s Low Flying Luton are now 4 from 4 in the Loss Column following Saturday’s narrow defeat against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The Hatters did huff and puff but a single Fulham goal midway through the 2nd-half was enough to inflict the 4th loss in succession and leaves Luton at the foot of the table with Nil Points from 4 played (remember, Luton are a fixture behind due to work completed at Kenilworth Rd at the beginning of the campaign).
It was always going to be a tough old season for everyone at the club, who just need to enjoy the ride and stick behind their boys, knowing that it could be worse, the club could reside at Old Trafford!
If the Wolves players could actually score then the game against Liverpool at Molineux on Saturday, would have been over at half-time.
The Gold and Blacks had 8 Goal Attempts in the 1st-half, however, despite one of those being a goal from Hwang-Hee Chan after 7 minutes, there was only one more that was heading towards the goal with the other 6 being off target.
Liverpool took control in the 2nd-half, scoring 3 times to inflict the defeat on Wolves by a 3-1 scoreline.
Gary O’Neil, like a lot of Managers, needs to work on trying to get his boys to at least put the ball between the goal frame and if possible into the back of the net.
Wolves sit in 16th place with 3 points from the opening 5 games.
Bournemouth also have 3 points.
One has to go back to March 2007, when Luton last hosted Wolves at Kenilworth Rd in a league game.
It was a Championship match and the away team finished victorious by a 3-2 score.
Betfred offer Luton at 5/2, the draw at 12/5 and 11/10 for Wolves to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 6/1 that Carlton Morris Scores First and 5/1 that Luton Win To Nil.
MAN CITY v NOTTINGHAM FOREST
15.00 in England
Man City continued their impressive start to retaining the Premier League gaining a victory against West Ham on Saturday by a 3-1 scoreline, as predicted in this EveryTip column last week.
After conceding a Hammers goal and Erling Haaland missing a couple of clear-cut chances, Jeremy Doku scored just after the restart, then Bernardo Silva added a 2nd.
Erling eventually scored his obligatory goal to seal the win and keep Pep’s High Flying Blues at the summit of the Premier League with a perfect record of 15 points from 5 games.
A quick note regarding Jeremy Doku.
The 21-year-old Belgian is going to be a Superstar and the Citizens should be excited about having the Winger at the Etihad.
One player that might not be too happy is Jack Grealish who will have to up his game to compete for a place out on the Left Wing.
That’s for Pep Guardiola to sort out but whoever plays, City have once again, enhanced the squad.
The Champions League starts on Tuesday with Man City facing Crvena Zvezda at the Etihad in the Group Opener.
The older listeners will know Crvena Zvezda as Red Star Belgrade, who actually won the Champions League (European Cup) back in 1991, gaining a victory over Chris Waddle’s Marseille following a penalty shootout.
Man City face Young Boys of Switzerland and RB Leipzig, as well as Crvena over the next couple of months, in the hope of progressing to the Knockout Stages.
Nottingham Forest gained a point from a draw by a 1-1 score, in the Monday Night Football against Burnley at the City Ground.
After conceding a Clarets goal, Callum Hudson-Odoi scored a brilliant equaliser on the hour mark and following a couple of ludicrous VAR decisions that could have ended up in Forest suffering a defeat, the Tricky Trees held out for a well-earned point.
A quick note regarding the dreaded VAR which will be expanded further in the Burnley preview, it appears that, despite Howard Webb (the PGMOL boss) coming out with all types of statements to defend the Stockley Park crew, the decisions are not improving.
Firstly, there is nothing wrong with the concept of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) it’s the human beings that are responsible for reviewing the decisions.
From the outside looking in, VAR want to get involved in every decision when there really isn’t any need.
Continued in the Burnley v Manchester United Preview.
Nottingham Forest sit in 8th place, with the same 7 points as Crystal Palace and Fulham.
Erling Haaland scored a 1st-half hat-trick at the Etihad last season, with a Joao Cancelo goal and a Julian Alvarez double after the break, giving Pep’s High Flying Blues the victory over Steve’s Tricky Trees by a 6-0 score.
Betfred offer Man City at Odds On 1/7, the draw at 7/1 and 16/1 for Nottingham Forest to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/4 that Man City are Awarded a Penalty and Evens 1/1 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
BRENTFORD v EVERTON
17.30 in England
Brentford suffered a narrow defeat against Newcastle on Saturday, succumbing to the loss at St James Park by a 1-0 score.
Thomas Frank’s Bees sit in 11th place with the same 6 points as Newcastle and Manchester United.
Ivan Toney, who isn’t available to play until January, is now allowed to train with the Brentford team, which will inspire the Boys.
Everton themselves, suffered a narrow defeat against Arsenal on Sunday, by the same 1-0 scoreline.
Despite holding out for 70 minutes, Mikel’s Young Guns eventually scored to inflict the defeat on Sean’s Toffees.
Although there wasn’t many goals, it was just a matter of time before Arsenal scored so the loss wasn’t too much of a shock.
Everton sit in 18th place, amongst a group of 3 teams with just a point from the opening 5 games.
Burnley have 1 point from 4 games, whilst Sheffield United, who are just outside of the drop zone have a point from 5 played.
Anthony Gordon scored in the 1st-half for Everton in last season’s game at the GTech, before Vitaly Janelt equalised midway through the 2nd, to give both teams a share of the points from a draw by a 1-1 score.
Betfred offer Brentford at Odds On 8/11, the draw at 11/4 and 7/2 for Everton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 13/8 that Bryan Mbeumo Scores Anytime and 7/4 that Brentford Score in Both Halves.
BURNLEY v MANCHESTER UNITED
20.00 in England
Note the start time, 8.00 PM in England on a Saturday Night, which as got to be better than watching Michael McIntyre’s Big Wheel or The Masked Sewing Machine Repair Man/Woman/Person.
Burnley gained their first point of the campaign on Monday Night Football, following a draw by a 1-1 score against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
Zeki Amdouni scored a great goal following superb Wing play by Luca Koleosho to give the Clarets a lead at the break.
Forest did equalise in the 2nd-half and despite a couple of late VAR decisions, both shared the points.
Burnley sit in 19th place with the same 1 point as Everton and Sheffield United, however, have only played 4 games, not the 5 the others have completed.
Now for VAR Part 2.
Callum Hudson-Odoi scored a brilliant equaliser for Forest, however, the Stockley Park brigade did their best to try and cancel out the goal.
When the ball was played into the box, Taiwo Awoniyi chested the ball down to Callum who hit a superb strike into the Burnley goal that no ‘Keeper was saving.
The dreaded VAR, who included the Barnsley Boy Darren England looked at umpteen angles to try and see if the ball had hit Taiwo’s hand/arm.
If that goal had been disallowed because the ball had glanced an arm/hand in the buildup, then the games gone.
Luckily for the neutrals and the Tricky Trees in attendance, the goal stood.
Even the Travelling Clarets weren’t questioning the handball.
Later on in proceedings, Lyle Foster scored what appeared to be the winner but this time, Darren England was convinced that the ball had struck Sander Berge’s arm and despite no one else whether in the ground or at home watching on Sky querying things, Darren wanted to show everyone that he was important and made the on-field referee, Rob Jones go and have a look at the monitor.
Once this happens, the original decision is usually changed as the on-field referee isn’t strong enough to stick to his own opinion and the VAR is deemed to be right.
No one had questioned the original goal and everyone had accepted this was Burnley’s 2nd.
There was no conclusive evidence to say that the ball had hit Sander’s arm, so why is Darren England or whoever is in the Stockley Park Box getting involved?
Lyle Foster’s goal was ruled out, then Lyle had his misery compounded when Mr England got involved again and asked Rob Jones to check the monitor following Mr Foster digging the Forest player Ryan Yates in the ribs.
It was deemed as a ‘Stray Elbow!’
A straight Red Card was shown for a ‘stray elbow’.
Really, is this what football is coming to?
Again, the on-field referee didn’t want to get involved but the dreaded VAR felt compelled to be busy when there was really no need.
The VAR are there to look over contentious situations and should be a backup to the on-field referee, not the other way around.
Lyle’s indiscretion wasn’t contentious and at worst, maybe a Yellow Card but Rob Jones was informed by the VAR to award a Red and again should have been strong enough to say, No!
Over the Game Week-5 set of fixtures, there have been some horrendous decisions made by the different VAR operatives.
The pundits then come out with ‘it’s inconsistent!’
It’s not inconsistent, because it’s not the same person who is the VAR, it’s different people for each game, therefore it will be inconsistent as one person’s opinion of a situation is different to another.
All people want is the correct outcome if an error is made or the on-field referee misses something.
That does seem contradictory to what has just been said but can anyone say that an error was made if Lyle Foster’s goal had been given or if Lyle hadn’t been sent off?
Added to that, Mr Foster could have been dealt with retrospectively after the game, if the officials were adamant that the ‘stray elbow’ warranted a Red Card.
It was the 94th minute!
Anyways, John Newsome isn’t going to change how the dreaded VAR works and no doubt there will be the same questions to be answered throughout the season but in one’s opinion, the on-field referee should referee the game and just check with VAR when something doesn’t appear right, not have it the other way around and have VAR refereeing the game with the on-field referee just taking instructions throughout the 90 odd minutes.
Even definitive decisions such as ‘offside’ are not clear as these lines are put up on the screen that are not conclusive.
Offside is offside, not subjective!
The VAR will do its best to cancel out a goal by saying a player’s armpit is a Millimetre in front of the opposing player’s toenail.
How rubbish are Manchester United?
That’s not a rhetorical question, it’s simply asking how rubbish Erik Ten Bob’s Red Devils are?
The answer is very!
In last week’s column, John Newsome gave Manchester United the benefit of the doubt against Brighton as it was assumed that the Seagulls could not possibly achieve 4 straight Premier League victories against United (2 being at Old Trafford) and the fact that Antony wasn’t going to play and the new boy Rasmus Hojlund would start.
After conceding 3 goals, the substitute Hannibal Mejbri scored a consolation that meant United suffered a defeat by a 3-1 scoreline.
That’s 3 losses from the opening 5 games, leaving Erik’s Reds in 13th place with the same 6 points as Newcastle and Brentford.
It would be difficult to predict a victory for Burnley but it’s just so hard to think that Manchester United can come away from Turf Moor with much more than a point.
There’s talk that Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay had words in the dressing room with Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof also having words.
This is supposed to be a ‘story’!
It would be more of a story if the players didn’t have a go at each other following that performance.
All 16 involved in the game should have been ripping into each other and for that matter ripping into Erik Ten Hag who will be down the concrete soon.
Erik started Scott McTominay, that narrative has been discussed many times in this column, so that particular Cul-De-Sac doesn’t need to be entered.
When trailing by 2-goals to nil, Erik takes off Rasmus Hojlund and sends on Anthony Martial.
Does Erik Ten Bob actually know what he’s doing?
With the previous Managers constantly playing Fred and Scott Mctominay it has set United back 10 years.
Erik relies too much on Casemiro but the Brazilian needs help.
This EveryTip column has been saying for over 12 months that Manchester United should have gone in for James Ward-Prowse but they thought he was beneath them and had to sign a so-called ‘Big Name’ because that’s what United do.
Not good enough and then it will be ‘Glazers Out’ because it’s all their fault.
Why get rid of David De Gea?
Is Andre Onana any better than DDG?
Manchester United have brought in a Left-Back who couldn’t get into Tottenham’s side and then, against Brighton, brought Anthony Martial on, someone who couldn’t get in the team 5 years ago, was loaned out to Sevilla but was that bad they sent him back.
God loves a trier.
When making a prediction about the next set of Games, it’s always difficult when one has an opinion or a thought, then the Manager, regardless of the club, names his starting eleven.
John Newsome isn’t a fan of Harry Maguire and thinks the lad is a liability, however, would Harry be any more of a liability than the current set of Defenders?
This column will be published before Wednesday night’s Champions League fixture against Bayern Munich but would it be a surprise if Harry Maguire starts, especially considering his old mate Harry Kane will be on show?
When Harry Met Harry, could just happen.
It would then show one of two things, Harry Maguire will be determined to prove everyone wrong and have a stormer of a game which would make him a certainty to start at Turf Moor today, or Harry Kane will score 5 and show that Mr Maguire is not up to the riggers of playing for Manchester United.
United face Bayern Munich, FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray in the Group Stage of the Champions League.
Mason Mount and Raphael Varane could be back from injury, which will enhance the United team.
Can anyone remember Paul Pogba scoring for United at Turf Moor back in February 2022?
That gave the away team a lead at the break, however, Ralph Rangnick’s Red Devils conceded a Jay Rodriguez goal just after the restart and with no further goals, both shared the points from a draw by a 1-1 score.
The Manchester United loanee legend from last season, Wout Weghorst was wearing a Claret and Blues jersey that day and still couldn’t score.
It’s quite possible that Jay Rodriguez could feature at some point, however, apart from Jay, Connor Roberts and Josh Brownhill, the rest of the Burnley players that featured have all departed Turf Moor for pastures new.
Betfred offer Burnley at 7/2, the draw at 3/1 and Odds On 7/10 for Manchester United to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 21/10 that Bruno Fernandes Scores Anytime and 11/8 that Manchester United Score in Both Halves.
***Premier League Team of the Week***
GOALKEEPER- Neto- Bournemouth
RIGHT-BACK- Kieran Trippier- Newcastle
CENTRE-BACK- Lewis Dunk- Brighton
CENTRE-BACK- Lloyd Kelly- Bournemouth
LEFT-BACK- Andy Robertson- Liverpool
MIDFIELDER- Luca Koleosho- Burnley
MIDFIELDER- Pascal Gross- Brighton
MIDFIELDER- Richarlison- Tottenham
FORWARD- Danny Welbeck- Brighton
FORWARD- Jeremy Doku- Man City
FORWARD- Erling Haaland- Man City
STAR MAN- Jeremy Doku- Man City
ARSENAL v TOTTENHAM
14.00 in England
The North London Derby sees Arsenal come into the game following a laboured victory against Everton last Sunday.
Leandro Trossard scored the only goal of the game against the Toffees giving Mikel’s Young Guns the win by a 1-0 scoreline.
Although Arsenal did struggle at Goodison Park, the result was never in doubt, with Everton not really posing any threat.
Arsenal sit in 4th place with the same 13 points as Liverpool and Tottenham but sit in the lower position purely on goal difference.
The Gunners return to the Champions League on Wednesday, (after 6 years in the wilderness) facing PSV Eindhoven in the opening Group Fixture.
If one remembers, PSV are in the Champions League following a 2-legged victory over Rangers in the Qualifying Round.
The loveable OzScot will be over the Dubai Moon having his team mentioned.
Arsenal face Lens and Sevilla, as well as PSV over the coming weeks in the Top European Competition.
Tottenham come into this Derby sitting in 2nd place, with the same 13 points following Saturday’s victory against Sheffield United by a 2-1 scoreline.
Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski with the Spurs goals.
Most reading will think,
‘Nice one, an expected win for the LilyWhites!’
However, the scoreline doesn’t tell the full story and the Blades could consider themselves extremely unlucky not to at least come away with a point.
James from Swinton, nowhere near Bramall Lane was at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium and gave a live account of proceedings.
After Sheffield United had scored in the 73rd minute, it did appear that the Blades were going to register a first win of the campaign.
Little Jimbo’s live commentary was as follows (but without the expletives!)
‘Corrupt as anything, I said the referee will play on until Tottenham score the winner!’
Or words to that effect.
Tottenham scored the equaliser in the 98th minute and then the subsequent winner in the 100th minute.
Whilst brilliant for Ange Postecoglou and everyone connected with Tottenham, Jimbo and the Blunts, including Paul Heckinbottom were not happy!
Despite the Steel City Unhappiness and suggestions of Corruption, Tottenham gained the victory and have the Midweek off due to being rubbish in the Premier League last season, or as others would say, ‘not qualifying for Europe!’
Liverpool head to London following this fixture against Arsenal so the next two games will definitely sort the Top Four out.
At the Emirates last season, Arsenal gained a comfortable victory over Tottenham with Mikel’s Young Guns inflicting a defeat on Antonio Conte’s Spurs by a 3-1 scoreline.
Thomas Partey got the party started on a Saturday Afternoon, scoring the opener after 20 minutes.
Harry Kane did equalise for the away side to take both teams in level at the break.
Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka added 2 and 3 in the 2nd-half, which saw Emerson Royal shown a straight Red Card and an early bath in between the 2 Arsenal goals.
Betfred offer Arsenal at Odds On 7/10, the draw at 16/5 and 10/3 for Tottenham to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 9/4 that Martin Odegaard Scores Anytime and 21/10 that Son Heung-Min Scores Anytime.
BRIGHTON v BOURNEMOUTH
14.00 in England
Brighton gained a 4th Premier League victory in succession over Manchester United on Saturday and back-to-back wins at Old Trafford.
Not many teams do that!
Danny Welbeck scored the opener against the team that deemed one of their own wasn’t good enough.
Nice one Danny Boy!
Pascal Gross added the 2nd just after the restart before Joao Pedro made it 3-0.
United did score a consolation but the victory happened that leaves Roberto De Zerbi’s Seagulls in 5th place with 12 points from the opening 5 fixtures.
The win also inspired the superb Joe Mahler to ‘head-on’ an assist for England’s Rugby Union team later on Saturday against Japan at the World Cup in France.
Usually, a ‘knock-on’ in Rugby Union is a foul but not when it’s with the head, so the Try stood.
Nice one Joe, who is an avid Brighton fan.
Keep on keeping on Mr Mahler and as always, head the ball!
Although Bournemouth played in the drabbest game of the weekend, the point gained from the goalless draw against Chelsea will feel more of a positive than how the Blues will view it.
Neto was outstanding between the sticks and did prevent the away team from scoring, however, the Cherries couldn’t capitalise up the other end and failed to score the winner.
Bournemouth sit just below Chelsea in 15th place with the same 3 points as Wolves from the opening 5 fixtures.
A single Kaoru Mitoma goal in the 87th minute was the difference between these two South Coast teams at the Amex last season, giving Brighton the victory over Bournemouth by a 1-0 scoreline.
Betfred offer Brighton at Odds On 1/3, the draw at 9/2 and 13/2 for Bournemouth to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 4/1 that Evan Ferguson Scores First and 13/8 that Brighton Win To Nil.
CHELSEA v ASTON VILLA
14.00 in England
How bad are Chelsea?
It’s early days for Mauricio Pochettino but following Sunday’s abysmal performance against Bournemouth that resulted in a draw by a 0-0 score, or as some might say, a goalless draw, it does appear a tough watch for the faithful.
From watching the game, Chelsea have some decent players, who pass the ball around and with both Raheem Sterling and Enzo Fernandez, will always be in the game.
It’s just the others that are either underperforming or just not good enough.
Mykhailo Mudryk was purchased for £80 Million.
There’s a fat bald 54-year-old who writes this column offering to suggest that one is still a better player than M and M.
Eminem himself is probably a better footballer than Mykhailo Mudryk is a Rapper.
The lad is supposed to be a speedster, yet Chelsea don’t play to his strengths.
Raheem always is there or thereabouts but the lad can’t do it all on his own and Michael Jackson would put in a better performance than Nicolas Jackson.
Sorry, Miss Jackson!
Come on Mauricio, sort it out or the Job Centre will come calling.
The point gained from the drab draw at the Vitality leaves Chelsea in 14th place (14th!) with 5 points from the opening 5 games.
Aston Villa gained a professional victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday, obtaining all 3 points from a 3-1 scoreline.
Despite conceding the 1st goal just after the break, Jhon Duran, Douglas Luiz and Leon Bailey scored for the home team to give the faithful a wonderful Saturday Night in the Midlands.
Jhon is spelt that way and showed his ‘Reflex’ to notch the Villa opener and was ‘Hungry like the Wolf’ throughout the game.
That’s enough of the Duran Duran songs for the time being but there will be more in the future if the ‘Wild Boy’ continues the great start to life at Villa Park.
Unai’s Claret and Blues play in the Europa Conference League on Thursday, facing Legia Warsaw in Poland so Chelsea could take advantage of the travel situation.
Aston Villa also have the Dutch team AZ Alkmaar and Zrinjski Mostar, who are a Bosnian team that play in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Top Flight.
This fixture at Stamford Bridge last season was the final game of Graham Potter’s reign as the Chelsea Manager, with the Blues suffering a defeat against the Clarets by a 2-0 score.
Ollie Watkins and John McGinn with the Villa goals.
Betfred offer Chelsea at slight Odds On 9/10, the draw at 13/5 and 3/1 for Aston Villa to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 5/1 that Raheem Sterling Scores First and slight Odds On 4/6 that there are Over 2.5 Goals.
LIVERPOOL v WEST HAM
14.00 in England
Liverpool started the game against Wolves at Molineux on Saturday very tentatively and conceded a 1st-half goal.
In truth, if the home team could have converted the chances made, the Reds could have been trailing at the break by 5 goals.
As it turned out, Jurgen Klopp made a change at half-time, taking off a beleaguered-looking Alexis Mac Allister, who did appear to be struggling and was replaced by Luis Diaz.
The change did appear to work with Coady Gakpo, Andy Robertson and Harvey Elliott scoring in the 2nd-half to give Liverpool the victory by a 3-1 score.
Harvey’s goal was later given as an OG but it will not take away from the good performance put in by the Youngster who has come on as a substitute in all 5 Premier League games and has changed the outcome with Liverpool winning 4 out 5 and drawing the other.
That’s 13 points from the opening set of fixtures leaving Jurgen’s Reds in 3rd place with the same points as Tottenham and Arsenal, who face each other this weekend.
Liverpool then play against Tottenham so the Top Four will look somewhat different after next week.
Liverpool take on the Austrian team LASK in the Europa League on Thursday, with subsequent fixtures against Royale Union SG of Belgium and the French club Toulouse, with Jurgen hoping that his team are not down To-lose.
Virgil Van Dijk should be back after his 2-game ban following the sending-off against Newcastle, which was initially just a 1-game suspension but was increased to 2 following Big Virgil aiming a few choice words at the officials.
James Ward-Prowse scored the opener against Man City at the London Stadium on Saturday, however, that just poked the Away Team Bear with City scoring 3 times in the 2nd-half to inflict the defeat on the Hammers by a 3-1 scoreline.
David Moyes Boys sit in 6th place with 10 points from the opening 5 fixtures, which is a lot better start to the season than of last year.
West Ham are also in action on Thursday, taking on the Serbian team TSC at the London Stadium.
There are Freiburg and Olympiacos in the same Group as the Hammers.
It’s worth adding that Liverpool travel to Austria, whereas West Ham stay in London.
That said, does that make a difference nowadays with the luxurious way that the Premier League teams travel?
Darwin Nunez scored the solitary winning goal in last season’s encounter between Jurgen’s Reds and David’s Irons giving Liverpool the victory over West Ham by a 1-0 scoreline.
Jarrod Bowen did miss a penalty on the stroke of half-time.
Betfred offer Liverpool at Odds On 4/9, the draw at 18/5 and 11/2 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 18/5 that Mo Salah Scores First and that Evans 1/1 there are Over 3.5 Goals.
SHEFFIELD UNITED v NEWCASTLE
16.30 in England
Sheffield United were on their way to a brilliant victory against Tottenham at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium on Saturday when the referee decided to play on until the home team scored an equaliser and then a subsequent winner in the 98th and 100th minute.
Gustavo Hamer had scored the Blades goal in the 73rd minute that sent the Travelling Blunts wild in the away end.
James from Swinton, nowhere near Bramall Lane was in attendance and provided John Newsome with an up-to-date analysis of what was happening.
Little Jimbo’s live commentary was as follows (but without the expletives!)
‘Corrupt as anything, I said the referee will play on until Tottenham score the winner!’
Which eventually happened.
Paul Heckinbottom wasn’t happy either and vented his anger at the officials after the game which could land the Barnsley Boy in hot water after describing the on-field referee Peter Bankes as ‘bonkers’ and ‘appalling’.
The Blades Manager raged at the match officials after his team suffered a defeat by a 2-1 score against Spurs having led 7 minutes into 12 that were added on.
Ollie McBurnie was shown a 2nd-Yellow Card and the subsequent Red to beat his mates into the showers.
Mr Heckinbottom did say that Ollie was shown a Yellow for stating that his shirt was being tugged.
Whilst that might be correct, Ollie does come across as aggressive and could have said a few other words.
The defeat leaves Sheffield United in 17th place, with 1 point from the opening 5 games.
Everton and Burnley also have 1 point.
Little Jimbo was last seen in Leicester Square asking where Jamie Vardy was.
Newcastle gained a narrow victory over Brentford on Saturday with a Callum Wilson converted penalty being the difference between the Magpies and the Bees.
The win by a 1-0 scoreline leaves Eddie’s Black and Whites in 12th place with the same 6 points as Manchester United and Brentford.
Newcastle come into this fixture following a trip to Milan and a Champions League encounter against AC.
There are also trips to face Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund over the next couple of months plus the home games in front of the Toon Army at St James Park.
It was January 2021 when Chris Wilder’s Blades last hosted Steve Bruce’s Magpies at Bramall Lane, with a single Billy Sharp goal in the 2nd-half giving the home team the victory by a 1-0 scoreline.
Betfred offer Sheffield United at 6/1, the draw at 18/5 and Odds On 4/9 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 13/5 that Cameron Archer Scores Anytime and 21/20 that Newcastle Score in Both Halves.
To appease the Australian Branch of this EveryTip column, Celtic remain at the summit of the Scottish Premier League following a victory against Dundee (who?)
The surprise then is that the Glasgow rivals Rangers are 4th following their victory over St Johnstone (who?) and not in the usual 2nd place.
That honour currently goes to St Mirren (who?) with Motherwell (who?) in 3rd.
Celtic face Feyenoord in Holland for the opening Group Game of the Champions League.
There will be subsequent matches against Atletico Madrid and Lazio in the coming weeks.
The 4th place team in the Pub League and the loveable OzScots’ beloved heroes Rangers, face Real Betis in the Europa League on Thursday, with additional fixtures against Sparta Prague and Aris Limassol.
Rangers are already 4 points adrift of Celtic at the summit, plus, will next play on Sunday after Celtic’s game, so could be 7 points away from the Green and White Hoops come kick-off.
Braveheart/Kylie was last seen arguing with the Dubai Hotel Owners about the price of a Glass of Wine (£37.50) and the cost of a Beer (£13).
In an Australian/Scottish/Barnsley accent, the scream of,
‘How Much?’ was heard around the corridors of the Ali Baba Hotel.