The highlight games for the next set of EPL fixtures are BOURNEMOUTH versus ARSENAL and MANCHESTER UNITED versus CRYSTAL PALACE. Our feature columnist, John Newsome previews these and all game week 7 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
ASTON VILLA v BRIGHTON
12.30 in England
By pure coincidence, both these teams suffered a home defeat by the same 3-2 scoreline in their opening European fixture last week.
Villa succumbed to the loss against Legia Warsaw in the Europa Conference League and Brighton against AEK Athens in the Europa League.
Both, however, got back to winning ways on Sunday with Villa gaining a victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge by a 1-0 scoreline (Ollie Watkins with the goal) and Brighton inflicting a defeat on Bournemouth at the Amex by a 3-1 score (Kaoru Mitoma with 2 of the goals and a Cherries OG) giving Roberto De Zerbi’s Seagulls all 3 points.
The victory for Aston Villa wasn’t expected but Chelsea are poor at the moment and couldn’t score past an inspired Emiliano Martinez in the Villa goal who saved a string of shots from the Blues players, even celebrating the stops like a goal scorer would.
Both Aston Villa and Brighton will put the European defeat to one side as it was only the first of 6 games so plenty of time to get back on track.
Aston Villa sit in 6th place with 12 points from the opening 6 fixtures, with Brighton sitting in 3rd on 15 points from the same 6 games completed.
Both compete in the midweek Carabao Cup, with Villa hosting Everton and Brighton travelling to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.
Whilst it may be difficult to predict the outcome of this early Saturday Afternoon Football, it’s more than likely to be a great game for the watching Millions, whether at Villa Park or on the Gogglebox at home.
This fixture at Villa Park last season was the final game with both teams hoping to round off the campaign with a victory.
Douglas Luiz and Ollie Watkins scored the Villa goals to give the home team the win by a 2-1 score.
Deniz Undav got the Brighton goal, with all 3 being scored in the 1st-half.
As it turned out Brighton finished 6th in the table with 62 points and Aston Villa finished a place and a point below in 7th with 61 points, which ultimately saw both end up in the competitions as mentioned above.
Betfred offer Aston Villa at 7/5, the draw at 13/5 and 8/5 for Brighton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/4 that Jhon Duran Scores Anytime and 21/10 that Joao Pedro Scores Anytime.
BOURNEMOUTH v ARSENAL
15.00 in England
Bournemouth scored 2 of the 4 goals in the defeat against Brighton at the Amex on Sunday.
After Dominic Solanke had notched the opener, the Cherries Defender Milos Kerkez scored to gift the Seagulls an equaliser.
Brighton then added a 2nd within 15 seconds of the restart after the break and rounded off the scoring with 13 minutes remaining to inflict the defeat on Bournemouth by a 3-1 score.
Andoni Iraola’s men sit in 17th place with 3 points from the opening 6 games, sitting just outside of the drop zone purely based on the fact that the 3 newly promoted teams are rubbish.
That said, Luton and Burnley have only completed 5 games and play their postponed fixture next Tuesday, which could result in either jumping above the Cherries depending on the outcome of Game Week-7.
Bournemouth face Stoke in the midweek Cup competition before the visit from Arsenal.
Arsenal played in a great North London Derby against Tottenham on Sunday with both teams sharing the points from a draw by a 2-2 score, as predicted in this EveryTip column last week.
Bukayo Saka saw his shot deflected into the net by Cristian Romero which went down as an Own Goal to give Arsenal the lead.
Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min equalised soon after to take both teams in level at the break.
Bukayo then converted a penalty when the unfortunate Mr Romero saw the ball strike his hand.
Despite a lot of complaints by the Tottenham staff, the dreaded VAR confirmed it was a handball and nowadays will give a penalty.
Whilst Bukayo was celebrating by pretending to throw a dart, copying his mate James Maddison, Jim was nicking the ball off Jorginho (remember him?) and passing to Son Heung-Min who again scored the equaliser.
Despite neither gaining all 3 points, it was a cracker of a game to watch on a Sunday afternoon, leaving both teams with 14 points sitting 4th and 5th in the table after the opening 6 fixtures.
(Tottenham 4th and Arsenal 5th).
Arsenal head the short distance over London to the GTech Stadium on Wednesday to face Brentford in the Carabao Cup.
There’s been a lot of talk regarding Mikel Arteta switching Goalkeepers at the Emirates and whether Aaron Ramsdale has been dropped, rested or whatever, unfairly with David Raya starting the last 3 games including playing in the Champions League, which Aaron was a vital cog for the Gunners gaining entry.
If one remembers, way back in 2016 when Pep Guardiola took over at the Etihad, one of Pep’s first big decisions was to drop, rest or whatever, Joe Hart.
The Manager has to make big decisions and although Joe was the regular City Stopper and the current England ‘keeper, at the time, Mr Guardiola wasn’t a fan and knew in the pre-season that Joe wasn’t the man for him.
Joe Hart was eventually loaned out to Torino in the Summer Transfer Window and never played for Pep or for that matter Man City again.
Ultimately, the England appearances stopped as well.
The point being is Mikel Arteta has to make big decisions and if he feels Aaron Ramsdale isn’t for him or that Arsenal will be a better team with David Raya, then that is Pep 2’s prerogative and Aaron either has to improve or find another club.
There really isn’t any sentiment when a Manager wants to make his team the best in the World and surrounding areas.
At the Vitality last season, Martin Odegaard scored twice in the 1st-half with William Saliba adding a 3rd after the break to give Arsenal the victory over Bournemouth by a 3-0 away day score.
Betfred offer Bournemouth at 9/2, the draw at 10/3 and Odds On 1/2 for Arsenal to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 11/2 that Bukayo Saka Scores First and Evens 1/1 that Arsenal Score in Both Halves.
EVERTON v LUTON
15.00 in England
After being useless for the opening 5 games, Everton went South to the GTech Stadium and smashed Brentford in the late Saturday Afternoon kick-off, with Abdoulaye Doucoure, James Tarkowski and Dominic Calvert-Lewin getting the goals in the victory by a 3-1 score.
Brentford had equalised Abdoulaye’s opener.
It was a great performance from Sean Dyche’s Toffees that lifts Everton up to 15th with the same 4 points as Wolves from the opening 6 games.
There has been a takeover of the club that has seen Farhad Moshiri’s stake being sold to an investment group called 777.
That should bring some stability to the Goodison Park outfit who won’t be at Goodison much longer with the new stadium well on its way to being built.
That means the new owners will want to see Everton play Premier League football in the new home and not Championship fixtures.
Everton face Aston Villa in the midweek Energy Drink Cup Competition.
Luton gained their first point of the Premier League era on Saturday when Carlton Morris converted a penalty to earn a draw against Wolves by a 1-1 score.
After 4 straight defeats, it was a welcome relief for the Hatters who remain in the relegation zone after 5 games completed but have the opportunity to jump to safety following this game against Everton, with the rearranged fixture against Burnley taking place next Tuesday.
Luton head to St James Park before this trip to Everton for the Carabao Cup tie.
Although that does seem an arduous task, it’s not the home of Newcastle that the Hatters travel to but the home of Exeter whose ground is also called St James Park.
It was March 1992 when Luton last visited Goodison Park for a league game which was in the old First Division where a lot don’t know about and think football was invented in August 1992 for the inaugural Premier League.
Unfortunately for the Hatters, Luton were relegated at the end of the 1991/92 campaign so didn’t experience the razzamatazz of the Dawn of Football.
In the fixture back in March 1992, both teams shared the points from a draw by a 1-1 score.
Brian Stein notched to give Luton the lead with Mo Johnston scoring the Toffee equaliser.
The two have met a couple of times since in Cup Competitions with Everton being successful in both games.
Betfred offer Everton at Odds On 8/15, the draw at 11/4 and 5/1 for Luton to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 5/1 that Dominic Calvert-Lewin Scores First and 10/3 that Carlton Morris Scores Anytime.
MANCHESTER UNITED v CRYSTAL PALACE
15.00 in England
Manchester United face Crystal Palace on Saturday, following the Carabao Cup tie against the Eagles on Wednesday.
It’s more than likely that there will be a few changes for either team in the starting lineups, however, United are down to the bare bones with a number of players either injured or unavailable due to being on the naughty step.
The Jadon Sancho situation needs sorting out as the guy is needed, despite what a lot think about the lad.
Erik Ten Hag needs to get the lad in a room and have a fight or something and then kiss and make up.
Antony’s situation is a bit different but again the matter needs resolving.
Manchester United gained a victory on Saturday against the Mighty Burnley, labouring to a win by a 1-0 score.
Bruno Fernandes did score a great goal, volleying home a brilliant assist from Jonny Evans.
Yes, the 35-year-old Jonny started for United and whether that was out of necessity or just the fact that it was Burnley is for others to decide.
Bayern Munich inflicted a defeat on United in the Champions League with a win by a narrow 4-3 scoreline.
Whilst it was a narrow margin and United scored 3 times, in truth, Bayern were by far the better side and always looked in control, however, strangely conceded 2 goals from Casemiro.
Whilst the goals were an added bonus from the Brazilian, it was significant that Cassie didn’t tackle or make any fouls on the Germans throughout the game.
There was a bet offered up by Betfred that said,
‘Harry Kane to Score Anytime and Casemiro to Commit 1 Foul.’
Money for rope, most would have assumed, however, despite Harry scoring his obligatory goal, Casemiro was too slow to make a foul on the Bayern players.
The youngster, Hannibal Mejbri started against Burnley and did put in a great performance which should see him at least start against Crystal Palace in the Cup game on Wednesday, then depending on the display, may play in this Premier League fixture against the Eagles.
The victory against Burnley lifts United up to 9th in the table with the same 9 points as Newcastle, who sit a place above on goal difference.
Crystal Palace played in a very entertaining (not) fixture against Fulham at Selhurst Park on Saturday with both teams failing to trouble the scorers.
The game against the Cottagers earned both a share of the points from a draw by a rare 0-0 score, or as some might say, a goalless draw.
Rare, as not many Premier League games finish goalless nowadays.
Roy Hodgson was back in the dugout following his illness last week.
Keep on keeping on Old Boy.
Crystal Palace sit just below Manchester United in 10th place with 8 points from the opening 6 fixtures.
Saturday’s opponents Fulham, also have 8 points.
As mentioned, both face each other on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup.
Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United gained the victory over Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace at Old Trafford last season.
Bruno Fernandes converted an early penalty after 7 minutes, with Marcus Rashford adding a 2nd on the hour mark.
Casemiro then got himself a straight Red Card before Jeffrey Schlupp scored what turned out to be a consolation for Palace, with United getting the points from a 2-1 scoreline.
Betfred offer Manchester United at Odds On 8/15, the draw at 3/1 and 9/2 for Crystal Palace to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/4 that Bruno Fernandes Scores Anytime and 13/8 that Manchester United Win To Nil.
NEWCASTLE v BURNLEY
15.00 in England
Newcastle came into Sunday’s fixture at Bramall Lane full of confidence following the Champions League fixture at the San Siro on Tuesday that earned the Magpies a point from a draw by a 0-0 score.
The confidence manifested itself into a pulsating display where Newcastle gained the victory over a sorry Sheffield United by an 8-0 (Eight-Nil!) score.
What was a bonus to the display was that there were 8 different goal scorers.
21′ Sean Longstaff (0-1)
31′ Dan Burn (0-2)
35′ Sven Botman (0-3)
56′ Callum Wilson (0-4)
61′ Anthony Gordon (0-5)
68′ Miguel Almiron (0-6)
73′ Bruno Guimaraes (0-7)
87′ Alexander Isak (0-8)
Full-time Newcastle Broon Ale.
Anthony Gordon was brilliant throughout the game and was involved in most of the goals, however, didn’t start the tie but was sent on in the 12th minute when Harvey Barnes got injured.
No disrespect to Harvey but it would have been interesting to see how the game had panned out if Anthony had not come on.
The brilliant result lifts Newcastle up to 8th in the Premier League table with 9 points from the opening 6 fixtures.
Manchester United sit in 9th with the same 9 points, however, the 8 goals scored against the Blades gives Newcastle a goal advantage over most of the other teams, with just Brighton scoring more and Man City scoring the same as the Magpies.
Newcastle face Man City at St James Park in the Midweek Cup Competition.
Burnley suffered their 4th loss from the opening 5 fixtures on Saturday succumbing to a defeat against Manchester United by a 1-0 scoreline.
Burnley did play well but couldn’t break down United who, whilst didn’t have the first eleven on show, used all their Premier League experience to gain the victory.
Burnley sit in 19th place with the same 1 point as Sheffield United and Luton.
Vincent’s Clarets face Salford on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup.
The postponed fixture against Luton takes place next Tuesday so both of the promoted clubs will want to get the win, making for what should be an entertaining game.
Callum Wilson scored the only goal of the match when Newcastle last hosted Burnley back in December 2021, giving Eddie’s Magpies the victory over Sean’s Clarets by a 1-0 scoreline.
Betfred offer Newcastle at Odds On 2/7, the draw at 4/1 and 9/1 for Burnley to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 12/1 that Kieran Trippier Scores Anytime and 23/20 that Newcastle Win To Nil.
***Premier League Team of the Week***
GOALKEEPER- Wesley Foderingham-Sheffield United
RIGHT-BACK- Anel Ahmedhodzic- Sheffield United
CENTRE-BACK- John Egan- Sheffield United
CENTRE-BACK- Jack Robinson – Sheffield United
LEFT-BACK- Luke Thomas Sheffield United
MIDFIELDER- Jayden Bogle- Sheffield United
MIDFIELDER- Gustavo Hamer- Sheffield United
MIDFIELDER- Oliver Norwood- Sheffield United
FORWARD- Vini Souza- Sheffield United
FORWARD- James McAtee- Sheffield United
FORWARD- Cameron Archer- Sheffield United
STAR MAN- Paul Heckingbottom- Sheffield United
Up the Blunts!
WEST HAM v SHEFFIELD UNITED
15.00 in England
The Battle of the Ironmongers!
The Irons v The Blades.
West Ham suffered a defeat against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday with the Reds gaining the home victory over the Claret and Blues by a 3-1 scoreline, as predicted in this EveryTip column last week.
Jarrod Bowen did score an equaliser to take both teams in level at the break, however, the Hammers conceded twice in the 2nd-half to ultimately lose the game.
West Ham did gain a victory in their opening Europa League Group Game last week.
David Moyes Boys sit in 7th place with 10 points from the opening 6 fixtures.
West Ham take on Lincoln City at Sincil Bank on Wednesday before the visit of the Blades.
Now for the fun, Sheffield United suffered a horrendous home defeat against Newcastle on Sunday succumbing to a loss by, wait for it, an 8-0 scoreline.
James from Swinton, nowhere near Bramall Lane, was in attendance to witness the destruction from the Magpies and was last seen in the local Spoons drowning his sorrows on the Fruit Kopparberg.
Little Jimbo kept putting his four fingers on his right hand up in the air then counting the other four on the left, shaking his head and saying to the lovely, Jade,
‘Does 4 and 4 equal 8 love?’
After the first 6 times of asking that, in a trance, Jade went home and got the After Eight Chocolates out for when the Little Lad came home.
The defeat needs to be quickly put to bed and Paul Heckingbottom just has to get the boys together and go again for this trip to London.
Whilst there’s no evidence to suggest Paul is under pressure, the ex-Blade Gaffers, Chris Wilder and Neil Warnock are currently out of work and it’s known that the new owners are big fans of Chris, so maybe Mr Heckingbottom should be looking over his shoulder as, if there is another result akin to the Newcastle one, Paul could just be down the concrete.
The Blades sit at the foot of the Premier League table with 1 point from the opening 6 fixtures.
As well as being useless in the Premier League, Sheffield United are out of the Carabao Cup already so won’t be playing midweek, however, should be fresh for the trip to West Ham.
‘Does 4 and 4 equal 8 love?’
It was February 2021 when Sheffield United, under the guidance of Chris Wilder, last ventured to the London Stadium.
Declan Rice converted a 1st-half penalty, with Issa Diop and Ryan Fredericks scoring 2 and 3 after the break to give the Hammers the victory over the Blades by a 3-0 scoreline.
Unfortunately for everyone concerned, it was at the height of the Coronavirus situation so there weren’t any fans in attendance, this time the Blunts (including Little Jimbo) will be travelling on the Rattler down to the Big Smoke for this fixture.
It’s hoped the Unlucky Blunt doesn’t get the Number 8 seat on the Train.
Betfred offer West Ham at Odds On 4/9, the draw at 10/3 and 11/2 for Sheffield United to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/5 that Jarrod Bowen Scores Anytime and 11/10 that West Ham Score in Both Halves.
WOLVES v MAN CITY
15.00 in England
Wolves didn’t get off to the greatest of starts down at Kenilworth Rd on Saturday, with Jean-Ricner Bellegarde being shown a straight Red Card just before the half-time cup of tea.
However, the 10-man Wolves team took the lead with Pedro Neto scoring a wonderful individual goal 5 minutes into the 2nd-half restart.
Unfortunately, Gary O’Neils Gold and Blacks couldn’t hold on to the lead, a bit like the Manchester Stick Thrower when he’s on the park with Enzo and after conceding a penalty that was converted, both Luton and Wolves shared the points from a draw by a 1-1 score.
Wolves sit in 16th place with the same 4 points as Everton, who are above purely on goal difference.
Wolves travel to Portman Rd to take on Ipswich in the Midweek Carabao Cup Competition.
Man City continue their dominance of the Premier League, registering their 6th straight victory on Saturday, following a win against Nottingham Forest at the Etihad by a 2-0 score.
Phil Foden and Erling Haaland scored before half-time and it looked like City would push on after the break, however, a moment of madness from Roadie Rodri, within a minute of the restart, saw the Spanish Midfielder shown a straight Red Card, leaving Pep’s High Flyers to retreat within themselves and hold out for the victory with just the 2 goals.
Rodri will be a big loss for Man City but probably one of the positives to take is that the first of the three-game ban is against Newcastle in the Carabao Cup.
However, the negative (as there’s always a negative to a positive) is the third of the three-game suspension is against Arsenal.
It does allow Kalvin Phillips to show his worth and more than likely will fill in, as Pep sent on KP against Forest when Rodri was sent off.
Man City overcame RB Leipzig in the opening Champions League Group Game and as mentioned, take on Newcastle on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup.
Pep’s Blues sit at the summit of the Premier League table with 18 points from 6 games played, with Liverpool being the next best of the chasing pack.
It was almost 12 months ago (17th of September 2022) when Man City went down the M6 to face Wolves at Molineux.
Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland scored in the 1st-half to give City a lead at the break.
Nathan Collins was shown a straight Red Card to leave Wolves with 10 men for over an hour, however, City had scored the 2 goals before Nathan’s indiscretion.
Phil Foden added a 3rd in the 2nd-half to give Pep’s High Flying Blues the victory over Bruno Lage’s Gold and Blacks by a 3-0 score.
Betfred offer Wolves at 15/2, the draw at 4/1 and Odds On 3/10 for Man City to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 11/8 that Julian Alvarez Scores Anytime and slight Odds On 5/6 that Man City Score in Both Halves.
TOTTENHAM v LIVERPOOL
17.30 in England
Probably the game of the weekend, so get the shopping done, get the takeaway ordered, make sure the kids have their iPads or PlayStation charged up, with Call of Duty or Fortnite loaded and the dogs have been walked and settle down early on Saturday evening with a nice glass of something to watch Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs take on Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
Tottenham gained a great point from a draw by a 2-2 score (as predicted in this EveryTip column last week) in the North London Derby, with Son Heung-Min equalising both of the Arsenal goals.
Big Aussie Ange, as the Spurs Manager is affectionately known, then took Nice-One Son off when everyone had lumped on the lad completing his hat-trick.
Despite Ange taking off Sonny, it was still a great performance from Tottenham who are a different beast this season and sit in 4th place with the same 14 points as Arsenal but currently 4th due to a superior goal difference over the Gunners in 5th.
Tottenham don’t play this week having already been eliminated from the Carabao Cup.
Liverpool are the leaders of the chasing pack so to speak, sitting in 2nd place just behind Man City on 16 points following Sunday’s victory against West Ham by a 3-1 scoreline, also predicted in this EveryTip column last week.
Mo Salah was tripped in the area, that the on-field referee Chris Kavanagh had no option but to point to the spot.
Not even the dreaded VAR could change that decision and for once, weren’t needed.
Mo dusted himself down and converted the spot-kick to give Liverpool the lead.
West Ham did score an equaliser but 2nd-half goals by Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota earned Jurgen’s Teeth, sorry, Reds all 3 points.
There’s a long way to go yet, another 32 Premier League fixtures but John Newsome, as stated in the Game Week-1 Premier League Preview, does think that it will be Liverpool that finish in 2nd place behind Man City.
Jurgen’s Reds take on Leicester in the Carabao Cup before this mouthwatering fixture against Tottenham on Saturday.
Liverpool did the double over Tottenham last season, with the fixture at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium finishing in a 2-1 scoreline in favour of Jurgen’s Reds over Antonio Conte’s Spurs.
Mo Salah scored both of Liverpool’s goals in the 1st-half with Harry Kane getting Tottenham’s after the break.
At Anfield later in the season, Liverpool gained the home victory by a 4-3 scoreline, this time over Ryan Mason’s Spurs.
Betfred offer Tottenham at 15/8, the draw at 11/4 and 23/20 for Liverpool to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 11/8 that Son Heung-Min Scores Anytime and 11/8 that Darwin Nunez Scores Anytime.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST v BRENTFORD
14.00 in England
Nottingham Forest suffered the expected defeat against Man City on Saturday and just need to quickly put that to bed and move on as most will lose against Pep’s High Flying Blues this season.
There was a bit of handbags between Morgan Gibbs-White and Rodri that did see the City Midfielder being sent off but only a Yellow Card for Morgan.
After conceding 2 early goals and playing all of the 2nd-half against 10 Men, Steve Cooper’s Tricky Trees couldn’t gain an advantage and despite City not scoring after the break, Forest ultimately suffered the defeat by a 2-0 scoreline.
That leaves Nottingham Forest in 12th place with 7 points from the opening 6 games completed.
Forest are out of the Carabao Cup, so don’t play in midweek.
Brentford suffered a surprise defeat against Everton at the GTech Stadium late on Saturday Afternoon.
The surprise came from the fact that the Toffees had only scored twice in the opening 5 games but then scored 3 times against the Bees to get the victory by a 3-1 scoreline.
Mathias Jensen did score to equalise the Everton opener.
That is now back-to-back defeats for Brentford who haven’t gained a victory since the middle of August, losing the last 2 and drawing the 2 previous to that.
Brentford sit in 13th place with 6 points, a place and a point adrift of today’s opponents, both having completed 6 games.
The Bees host the Gunners in the Midweek Cup Competition so that could have a bearing on fitness with Forest not playing and possibly being the fresher of the two.
It was Bonfire Night last year when the Fireworks went off at the City Ground with both sharing the points from a draw by a 2-2 score.
Guy Fawkes was happy!
Morgan Gibbs-White opened the scoring for Forest after 20 minutes with Bryan Mbeumo equalising for Brentford on the stroke of half-time.
Yoane Wissa then scored to give the Bees the lead midway through the 2nd-half and when it appeared that all 3 points were heading back to London, the unfortunate Brentford Defender Zanka was credited with an own goal to gift Forest a point in the 96th minute.
Betfred offer Nottingham Forest at 7/4, the draw at 21/10 and 6/4 for Brentford to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 7/4 that a Penalty is Awarded and Evens 1/1 that there are Over 2.5 Goals.
FULHAM v CHELSEA
20.00 in England
A West London Derby to round off Game Week 7
Fulham played in the bleakest of games against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday, with both teams failing to score but gaining a point from a 0-0 draw.
Marco Silva’s Cottagers sit in 11th place with the same 8 points as Saturday’s opponents Palace.
Fulham head to Carrow Rd to face Norwich in the Carabao Cup.
Chelsea are just rubbish at the moment and despite creating a few chances, couldn’t convert those into goals on Sunday against Aston Villa.
Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Jackson and Ben Chilwell all had efforts saved by the Villa Goalkeeper who celebrated the stops like a Striker scoring a goal.
At the minute Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t appear to be in danger of getting sacked but the owners won’t put up with losing every week and if the slump continues, Mo Po might just be contacting Paul Heckingbottom, enquiring about how to complete a Job Seekers Allowance Application Form.
Mo Po is a trendy abbreviation for Mauricio Pochettino, however, Po He doesn’t sound right for Paul Heckingbottom who would probably prefer By Heck.
Chelsea currently sit in 14th place, with 5 points from the opening 6 games, the lowest of the West London trio and the lowest of all the Capital Clubs for that matter.
Chelsea take on Brighton in the Midweek Cup Competition.
At Craven Cottage last season, this fixture was also a Game Week-7 affair, however, took place in January 2023, due to the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth the 2nd which saw the original match postponed.
The ex-Blue Willian scored the opener for Fulham, to give the hosts a lead at the break, which was equalised by Kalidou Koulibaly within minutes of the restart.
Joao Felix, who was making his debut for the Blues, was shown a straight Red Card just before the hour mark.
Carlos Vinicius then scored the winner to give Fulham the victory over Chelsea by a 2-1 scoreline.
Betfred offer Fulham at 12/5, the draw at 23/10 and 21/20 for Chelsea to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 8/5 that Bobby Decordover-Reid Scores Anytime and 2/1 that Fulham Win To Nil.
LUTON v BURNLEY
19.30 in England
Both will have played their Game Week-7 affair before this rearranged fixture, with Luton facing Everton at Goodison Park and Burnley heading NorthEast to take on Newcastle at St James Park.
Both also have an extra game in the Carabao Cup, before the weekend fixtures.
Luton taking on Exeter and Burnley facing Salford for a chance to progress to the next round.
These two met last season on the way to both being promoted from the Championship.
At Kenilworth Rd back in February 2023, a single Ashley Barnes goal gave Burnley the away day victory by a 1-0 score.
Betfred offer Luton at 3/1 the draw at 5/2 and 5/2 for Burnley to come away with all 3-points.
Betfred offer 5/1 that Carlton Morris Scores First and Evens 1/1 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
The status quo at the top of the Scottish Pub League remains the same with Celtic at the summit following the victory against Livingston (who?) on Saturday and Rangers inflicting a defeat on the Mighty Motherwell (who?) on Sunday.
The Green and White Hoops did suffer a defeat against Feyenoord in the opening Champions League encounter, whilst the Teddy Bears gained a victory over Real Betis in their Europa League opener.
The loveable OzScot was last seen wearing the new Barnsley FC shirt over in Melbourne, running around the garden, with the beautiful April (the wife of 30 years) shouting,
‘Put some trousers on you Big Daft Teddy Bear!’
Rangers are up to 3rd in the table with just another place to achieve so that the real status quo at the Top of the Pub League can be maintained.