Leicester City are one of the few Premier League clubs that look to have significantly improved, since last season. Brendan Rodgers men now look genuine top-4 contenders and head to Hampshire looking for their sixth victory of the campaign. They face a Southampton side that sits in 17th place, with a lack of fire-power, up front, still an issue. Does John Newsome predict a Foxes victory? Here are his predictions for all matches in game-week 10. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday
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SOUTHAMPTON v LEICESTER
Friday Night Football live on Sky Sports.
Southampton stopped the losing streak at Molineux last Saturday gaining a well-deserved point against Wolves.
Ralph Hasenhuttl finally had a Saturday Night to enjoy after his Saints side took the lead early in the 2nd-half through Danny Ings.
Unfortunately for Ralph’s men they immediately conceded a penalty which was dispatched by the Gold and Blacks and the game finished in a 1-1 draw.
It’s rumoured the kids wanted to go to McDonald’s on the way home (other fast food outlets are available!) and then watch a Walt Disney Animation.
Wreck-It Ralph put a stop to that straight away and told the kids it was Strictly then X-Factor.
The kids weren’t happy.
The point gained at Molineux leaves Southampton just above the relegation places on 8-points so far.
Leicester are on a roll again after the recent blip against Liverpool which Brendan will still feel a little aggrieved about.
After falling behind against Burnley, Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy headed the Foxes level right on half-time.
Youri Tielemans got the Foxes winner in the 2nd-half and despite a dodgy VAR decision that ruled a Burnley goal out, Leicester held on for a great 2-1 victory.
It was an emotional day at the King Power on the anniversary of the Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha devastating death.
Jamie Vardy had been getting some stick from the travelling Burnley supporters.
Something about his wife and the Rooney’s, tittle-tattle.
That’s 4-wins out of the last 6 now for Brendan’s Boys who sit Third in the Premier League.
He’s Celtic, United but Brendan has decided that Leicester is the best place to be.
Rod Stewart is still not happy!
Last season’s fixture at St Mary’s took place early doors at the end of August and finished 2-1 in favour of the Away side.
After a goalless 1st-half Ryan Bertrand did put the Saints in front just after the break but that just kicked the Foxes into life and goals from Demarai Gray and Big-Headed Harry Maguire, before he had a bump on that big head and left the King Power to play in a relegation-threatened Manchester United side, gave Leicester the victory.
Bet 365 offer Southampton at 23/10, the Draw at 12/5 and 8/7 for Leicester to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 11/10 that Jamie Vardy Scores Anytime and 3/1 that Leicester Win to Nil.
Away Win 0-2
MAN CITY v ASTON VILLA
Early Saturday Afternoon kickoff live on BT Sports.
A word about the EveryTip site.
In life, there are sometimes arguments or disputes or disagreements but one thing the EveryTip site does offer is honesty, integrity and diversity from all angles.
In July the EveryTip site gave afore mention to the Longstaff brothers and the youngsters of the Premier League.
Only last week the EveryTip site gave an article on the plight of Manchester United which included a mention of a Barcelona visit in the 1980s.
Whilst commenting on that adventure to the Nou Camp in 1987, it was mentioned that Barcelona had a blonde-haired German called Bernd Schuster in their ranks.
This week on the popular Saturday morning TV show, Soccer AM, the manager of Man City, the one and only Pep Guardiola (we’ve got Guardiola! We’ve got Guardiola!) mentioned Bernd Schuster has his all-time favourite player.
Stick with EveryTip and stick with Pep.
Because both have Guardiola!
Man City got back to winning ways comfortably beating Crystal Palace in the late Saturday Afternoon kickoff.
What could have been seen as a tricky trip to the Capital for Pep’s Citizens, in truth was a stroll in the Selhurst Park with goals from Gabriel Jesus and the David of the Silva’s giving City a 2-0 victory.
The 3-points gained briefly took them to within 5-points of leaders Liverpool and for 24-hours the Blue half of Manchester were united in their support for their numpty neighbours.
Just for the 24-hours mind!
The numpty neighbours United astonishingly got a 1-1 draw with Jurgen’s boys to leave City 6-points behind Liverpool.
A lot of so-called Pundits have already written City off but the last time Math was contemplated, 6-points equals 2-victories.
City have to play Liverpool twice.
Twice, can equal 2-victories.
2-victories can result in City overtaking Liverpool.
Liverpool are Odds On still to win their first Premier League title but in theory, if City win all their remaining 29-Premier League games, Pep’s boys will be Champions.
City will be happy with their Red Numpty Neighbours.
Aston Villa are now unbeaten in their last 3-Premier League games after a 2-1 victory over Brighton at Villa Park last Saturday.
Both of Villa’s goals were scored in stoppage time, Jack Grealish equalising an early Seagulls strike in 1st-half stoppage time, then exactly 45-minutes later, Matt Targett got the winner for Dean Smith’s boy in 2nd-half stoppage time.
It was significant again, that after a few losses without Conor Hourihane, Villa are on an unbeaten run since Dean has stuck Conor back into the starting eleven.
Conor even had a debatable goal ruled out by the dreaded VAR who, it’s rumoured, was watching the 3.
45 Race at Ascot.
Aston Villa are a better side with Conor Hourihane in.
The 3-points gained against Brighton takes Villa away from the relegation zone and up to 11th in the not so infant Premier League table which is a great achievement for Dean Smith’s Claret and Blues.
Dean will relish the chance to pit his wits against Pep who will have played in the Champions League in midweek against Atalanta.
This is Pep Guardiola’s first managerial experience against Aston Villa due to Villa’s absence from the Premier League for 3-season’s.
At the Etihad back in March 2016, Manuel Pellegrini’s Citizens comfortably beat Remi Garde’s Villains.
Goals from Yaya Toure, Raheem Sterling and a couple from Sergio Aguero gave City a great 4-0 victory.
Sergio did have the chance to get a hat-trick when presented with a penalty late on but fluffed his lines and missed.
Bet 365 offer City at massive Odds On 1/11, the Draw at 10/1 and 18/1 for Aston Villa to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 5/2 that Sergio Aguero Scores First and 10/11 that City Win to Nil.
Home Win 5-0
BRIGHTON v EVERTON
Brighton lost 2-1 against newly-promoted Aston Villa away from the Amex after a brilliant 3-0 victory against Tottenham prior to the International Break.
Although Graham Potter and his Seagulls comfortably beat Tottenham, that result masked a poor run of results for Brighton who only have 2-victories out of the 9-games played so far.
In between the 2-victories are 3-draws that bulk up Brighton’s points tally which leaves Harry Potters men just a point behind today’s opponents from Merseyside.
As mentioned, the Merseyside boys have a long trip down South to the Amex but do so off the back of a great victory against West Ham on Saturday.
Finding themselves in the Bottom Three of the Premier League table, the pressure was on for Marco Silva’s Toffees.
Marco’s Swing-Ometer was heading for the exit door if Everton had not won but the Portuguese boss made a few radical changes to his team, noticeably bringing Tom Davies into the starting lineup for the first time since February, in the Premier League.
The midfielder had only made 2-appearances this season for Marco Silva’s side prior to today, 2-cameo’s as a substitute for a mere total of 20-minutes of action.
Tom captained the England Under-21’s in the International Break whilst his midfield opponent against the Hammers, Declan Rice was in Gareth’s Full England Squad.
Tom simply outplayed DR Declan and if no one had known the background, most would have thought Tom had been in Gareth’s England team.
Everton improved immensely from their 4-previous Premier League games which were all losses.
The 3-points gained against the Hammers moved the Toffees out of the relegation zone and up to 13th.
Bernard scored a superb individual goal in the 1st-half with Gylfi Sigurdsson matching the little Portuguese wide-man late in the game getting Everton’s 2nd in the 92nd-minute.
At the Amex back in January, Brighton beat Everton 1-0 with the solitary goal coming from Jurgen Locadia in the 2nd-half.
Bet 365 offer Brighton at 8/5, the Draw at 12/5 and 8/5 for Everton to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer Odds On 8/11 that there are Under 2.
5 Goals and 9/4 that Richarlison Scores Anytime.
WATFORD v BOURNEMOUTH
The Hornets almost stung Tottenham at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium last Saturday taking an early lead through Abdoulaye Doucoure.
With time running out, Tottenham got a dubious equaliser which VAR checked and allowed.
The surprise though was once the goal was given, the Big Screen at the new stadium stated ‘DECISION-NO GOAL’
Obviously, the 4.
45 at Ascot was in-running and the VAR had stuck a fiver on Frankie so wasn’t completely concentrating on affairs at Tottenham’s swanky new home.
It was harsh on Quique Sanchez Flores and his boys but it’s now 2-points from the last 2-games which is an improvement for Watford considering the start they had.
Quique’s boys are still at the foot of the Premier League table and will definitely target this home fixture against the Cherries to possibly get their first victory of the season.
Bournemouth head to Vicarage Rd off the back of a bore-draw 0-0 against Norwich last time out.
Eddie Howe would have targeted the home game against Norwich as a certain victory but came up short and will need to regroup for this game against Watford.
That’s now only 2-points from a possible 9 so Eddie and his Cherries need to find some winning formula.
Last season’s fixture between the two was also in October.
Watford’s Christian Kabasele was sent off on the half-hour mark, leaving Bournemouth to run riot over the 10-men Hornets.
David Brooks had already put the Cherries in front, in between Christian’s 2-Yellow Cards.
Josh King scored twice before half-time, one being a penalty and Callum Wilson completed the scoring early in the 2nd-half to give Eddie’s boys a great 4-0 away day victory.
Bet 365 offer Watford at 6/5, the Draw at 13/5 and 2/1 for Bournemouth to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 10/1 that Bournemouth Win from Behind and 15/8 that Gerard Deulofeu Scores Anytime.
Away Win 1-2
WEST HAM v SHEFFIELD UNITED
West Ham were defeated by a resurgent Everton side at Goodison Park last Saturday, going down 2-0 against the Toffees.
Manuel Pellegrini will regroup his Bubbles for this home fixture against newly-promoted Sheffield United.
Mark Noble is a legend at West Ham and is a guru to Declan Rice, however, both the boys were outclassed by the Toffees midfield.
DR Declan played in England’s loss against the Czech Republic but didn’t feature in the controversial game against Bulgaria.
Unfortunately for Doctor Declan and Noble Mark, Everton’s Tom Davies outshone the 2-Bubbles resulting in back-to-back losses for the Hammers.
That’s just 1-point from a possible 9 for Manuel who just needs to keep an eye on the situation as the Hammers faithful are not known for their patience.
Another couple of displays like the one against Everton, Terry will be on TalkSPORT ranting and raving about the West Ham Way, which, although are words, no one, including the Bubbles, knows what the West Ham Way means.
Surely, like every football club around the World, the ‘Way’ is winning and the ‘not Way’ is losing.
West Ham are no different, the faithful will argue their ‘Way’ is better but it’s football, the ‘Way’ is the way.
At least it’s not curds and.
Chris Wilder’s Blades took on Unai Emery’s Gunners on the Monday Night Football and outplayed the Londoners with a Lys Mousset goal on the half-hour mark giving Sheffield United a 1-0 victory and 3-valuable points.
Only Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have beaten Arsenal this season so this was a tremendous achievement for Chris Wilder who was extremely happy after the game.
That said, no one could tell, as Chris’s happy face resembles that of a Bulldog chewing a wasp.
Go on Chris, give everyone a smile.
Joking aside, this was a great victory for the Blades who have not been embarrassed in any of their games so far following promotion from the Championship.
The victory put them in a cluster of 5-clubs who all have 12-points from their opening 9-games.
One of the 5-clubs being today’s hosts West Ham who have the same 12-points as their Northern Rivals.
It also finds them higher in the Premier League table than Manchester United and Everton.
Most newly promoted clubs want to get to the magical 40-point mark as soon as possible.
The Blades are a quarter of the way there already with 29-games still to play and a possible 87-points to compete for.
Can Chris Wilder get his boys into the Europa League and really crack open at least a grin.
Sheffield United are still unbeaten away from Bramall Lane and will want to continue that statistic at the London Stadium.
The Blunts faithful will be asking all their mates over a greasy Chip Butty, “do we need our Passports to go to London?”
They won’t know, bless em.
James from Swinton in Yorkshire, England, nowhere near Bramall Lane, firstly, struggles to say Passport, certainly can’t spell it and when asked to spell it, he went ‘P’ ‘A’ ‘S’ ‘P’, forget it.
James, you should have replied ‘I’ ‘T’.
Butty, by the way, is a sandwich.
The Blade faithful will be on the rattler early doors down to the big Smoke, they will be excited, all with their can of Magnet, a packet of Woodbine and a tin of Snuff.
Like a greasy Chip Sandwich.
However, the Blunts will be over the moon following that Monday Night victory against the Gunners and will all be singing their John Denver parody on the steam train down to the Capital.
The purists will remember the last time these two met in the Top Flight back at Upton Park in November 2006.
Hayden Mullins gave Alan Pardew’s Hammers the goal to earn a 1-0 victory over Neil Warnock’s Blades.
Big Phil Jagielka was at the heart of the defence for Sheffield United and is the only player left who could feature 13-years later.
Bet 365 offer West Ham at Evens 1/1, the Draw at 12/5 and 11/4 for Sheffield United to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 5/1 that Sebastian Haller Scores First and 9/4 that West Ham Score in Both Halves.
Home Win 2-1
BURNLEY v CHELSEA
Late Saturday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports.
Burnley were beaten 2-1 away at the King Power on Saturday after initially taking the lead against the Foxes through a Chris Wood goal in the 1st-half.
Unfortunately for Sean Dyche’s Clarets, they conceded right on half-time which changed the momentum of the game after the break.
That’s Burnley’s first defeat since August and leaves them 8th in the Premier League table with 12-points from the opening 9-games.
Chris Wood was unlucky not to get a 2nd for the Clarets with his effort late on deemed a foul by the dreaded VAR.
This will be a tough ask but Burnley at Turf Moor are always going to give teams a great game.
Chelsea continued their fine form beating Newcastle 1-0 last time out.
Marcos Alonso getting the solitary Blues goal.
That’s now 5-straight victories for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea in all competitions and 3-straight wins in the Premier League.
Leaving them lying comfortably in 4th-position in the Premier League table.
All the detractors are now changing their tune about Big Frank.
What the pundits don’t realise is Frank Lampard was never blessed with a natural talent to make him become the footballer he was.
Whilst undoubtedly he had a certain amount of talent, Frank worked hard every day to hone his skills to get him to the top level.
Whilst a lot doubted Frank’s ability to transfer his experience to a managerial career, Frank brings his work-ethic, that made him a top-class footballer, into his management at Chelsea.
Hard work and desire is a must to succeed in any walk of life.
Chelsea head to Amsterdam to take on Ajax on Wednesday in a Champions League fixture.
At Turf Moor last term, this fixture was also a Game Week Ten fixture, played almost 12-months to the day on the 28th of October 2018 and finished in a resounding 4-0 victory for Sarri-Ball’s Blues.
Alvaro Morata gave Chelsea a 1st-half lead with Ross Barclay, Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek rounding off the scoring after the break.
Bet 365 offer Burnley at 10/3, the Draw at 3/1 and Odds On 7/10 for Chelsea to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 13/2 that Chris Wood Scores First and slight Odds On 20/21 that Tammy Abraham Scores Anytime.
NEWCASTLE v WOLVES
Early Sunday Afternoon kickoff live on Sky Sports.
Newcastle went to Stamford Bridge last Saturday and tried their best to stop Chelsea playing but succumbed to a goal midway through the 2nd-half resulting in a 1-0 defeat for Steve Bruce’s men.
After their heroics against Manchester United, both the Longstaff brothers were once again at the heart of the midfield and both put in a shift but couldn’t prevent Chelsea from scoring.
Big Andy Carroll got 20-minutes at the end of the game and did have moments but ultimately Newcastle lost and the long trip back home from the Capital, was an arduous one for the Toon Army.
The defeat leaves the Magpies in the Bottom Three of the Premier League with 8-points yielded from their first 9-games.
Wolves drew 1-1 against Southampton at Molineux on Saturday with Raul Jimenez finally getting his goal after 2-previous efforts were ruled out by the dreaded VAR.
After a goalless 1st-half, the Saints took the lead but Wolves were quickly on level terms after being awarded a penalty which Raul coolly slotted away.
Without VAR, Big Raul could easily have walked away with the Match Ball.
Wolves continue their Europa League adventure with Nuno’s men heading to Slovakia to take on Slovan Bratislava so Newcastle could catch Wolves cold after the long journey back following their game on Thursday.
At St James last term, Wolves beat Newcastle 2-1 in early December.
Ayoze Perez had equalised a Diogo Jota opener before the break.
Newcastle were reduced to 10-men when DeAndre Yedlin was shown a straight Red Card early in the 2nd-half.
Wolves left it late to get the winner, with Matt Doherty coming up with a 94th-minute header to snatch the away day victory.
Bet 365 offer Newcastle at 2/1, the Draw at 11/5 and 11/8 for Wolves to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 6/1 for a 0-0 Scoreline and 13/8 that there are Under 1.
ARSENAL v CRYSTAL PALACE
Sunday football for these two London clubs, however, not a live TV game, just on a Sunday because of Arsenal’s Europa League adventure.
Arsenal and the Gunners faithful headed up the M1 to Bramall Lane for the Monday Night live game and came away with the Gunnersauraus tail between their legs after being humbled by Sheffield United.
The Northerners simply outfought, outplayed and outshone a lacklustre Arsenal side that had no direction despite having Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette on display with Pierre starting and Alexandre coming on as a 2nd-half substitute.
The Gooners gifted the Blades a goal after 30-minutes leaving the Sheffield striker unmarked to tap home and never looked like getting anything from the game.
That’s only Unai Emery’s 2nd-defeat of the season in all competitions leaving Arsenal lying 5th in the Premier League table.
Crystal Palace were full of confidence heading into their home game against Pep’s High Flying City but the confidence quickly drained away after 2-quick fire goals from the Citizens at the end of the 1st-half took the game away from the Eagles.
The Gunners host Portuguese side Guimaraes in the Thursday Night Europa League prior to this fixture against Crystal Palace.
Roy’s Boys stunned Unai’s men towards the end of last season at the Emirates.
A rare Christian Benteke goal, followed by goals from Wilfred Zaha and James McArthur gave Palace a 3-2 victory.
Mezut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replying for the Gunners.
Bet 365 offer Arsenal at Odds On 4/9, the Draw at 15/4 and 5/1 for Crystal Palace to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 9/4 that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Scores First and 3/1 that Luka Milivojevic Scores Anytime.
Home Win 3-1
NORWICH v MANCHESTER UNITED
Again, another Sunday afternoon fixture, due to Manchester United’s Europa League commitment, however, not a live TV game.
Norwich finally got a draw in the Premier League after 8-games that were either wins or losses, mostly losses with only 2-victories from the 8-games.
The International Break came at the right time for Daniel Farke’s Canaries who had 3-straight defeats following their shock victory over Man City.
Away at the Vitality, Norwich put in a gritty performance to prevent Bournemouth from scoring but couldn’t find the net themselves so ultimately came away with a well-deserved point following a 0-0 scoreline.
This will be a great game for the Carrow Rd faithful who get to see Manchester United descend on Norfolk in not great form themselves.
Following a string of poor, below average performances from United, the Red Devil’s finally gave the Old Trafford crowd something to be proud of gaining a 1-1 draw against Jurgen’s table-topping Liverpool side on Sunday.
Ole had sent United out with a slightly different formation of a back 5, 3-midfielders with Dan James and Marcus Rashford upfront.
Marcus got his goal in the 1st-half following a great performance for England against Bulgaria.
That’s his 4th-United goal of the season but his first in 5-games in a United shirt.
Manchester United need Marcus Rashford to constantly score, in the same way, Tammy Abraham, Sergio Aguero, Jamie Vardy, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah plus others, constantly score for their respective teams.
Ole’s wheels are languishing in 14th-position in the Premier League table following the point gained against Liverpool so need to put on a good run of results to get back where they belong and that is at least in the Top Six, if not Top Four, of the Premier League elite.
United did put in a fine display against Liverpool with Marcus having an exceptionally good game even managing to make Big Virgil Van Dijk look particularly average.
Not many players can boast that.
Liverpool did come on strong in the last 10-minutes at Old Trafford, getting the equaliser and showing why they are top of the table but for 80-minutes United matched them and should gain some much-needed confidence to take into the next batch of games.
United head to Serbia to take on Partizan Belgrade in their Europa League fixture on Thursday so will have travelled a few miles before this game at Carrow Rd.
The last time United ventured East to Norfolk was back in May 2016 when Louis Van Gaal’s men beat Alex Neil’s Canaries 1-0.
Juan Mata getting the solitary for the Red Devil’s.
Bet 365 offer Norwich at 16/5, the Draw at 3/1 and 3/4 for Manchester United to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 4/1 that Marcus Rashford Scores First and 8/5 that Teemu Pukki Scores Anytime.
Away Win 1-2
LIVERPOOL V TOTTENHAM
Late Sunday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports brings Game Week Ten to a close.
Liverpool remain Top of the Premier League but their winning streak came to an end following a 1-1 draw against Manchester United last Sunday.
After seeing Man City reduce the gap between the 2-sides 24-hours previously, Liverpool were hoping for a victory to stay 8-points ahead of Pep’s boys.
After a couple of controversial VAR incidents, Liverpool went in at the break trailing 1-0 against United.
With time running out, Jurgen tweaked a few things, threw on a couple of substitutes and the pressure exerted on the Red Devil’s paid off with Adam Lallana getting the equaliser in the 85th-minute.
Although the Reds will see it as 2-points lost, in truth, apart from the final 10-minutes when United had their backs against the wall, Liverpool lacked ideas and never really looked like winning.
The league position rarely comes into play when Liverpool take on Manchester United, form goes out of the window and it’s usually who’s up for it most on the day.
Liverpool, for all their endeavour, lacked a cutting edge significantly missing Mo Salah who was ruled out of the game with an injury.
The usually calm and composed Virgil Van Dijk was actually rattled a few times with Marcus Rashford getting the better of him on numerous occasions.
Liverpool are Odds On still to win their first Premier League title but in theory, if Man City can beat Liverpool in both the games between them yet to take place, City could still pip Liverpool to become Champions.
That’s all ifs and buts and maybes, for the time being, Jurgen will be hoping Mo is back fit and can join the other 2 of the Fab Three upfront for this fixture against a struggling Tottenham side.
As mentioned, Spurs are struggling at the moment and could have quite conceivably lost against bottom of the table Watford last Saturday.
Already trailing 1-0, Jan Vertonghen brought down Gerard Deulofeu inside the box.
What looked a nailed-on penalty was waved away and then the dreaded VAR, who are supposed to be there to clear up issues of this nature, wouldn’t get involved.
It’s rumoured he was too busy watching ITV racing and screaming at Frankie Dettori.
It’s completely incomprehensible to see what the VAR people are supposed to be looking at if they can’t see that the Jan Vertonghen tackle on Gerard Deulofeu is a penalty.
There’s a lot of disgruntled people around who simply can’t come to terms with VAR.
VAR is supposed to be there to help the on-field Referee with decisions that he’s missed.
In Europe, the VAR will give the on-field
Referee advice in which the Referee then goes over to a monitor to check for himself and give the final word on all decisions.
In the Premier League, this is not happening, the on-field Referee simply takes advice from someone in Stockley Park watching the 4.
45 from Ascot.
Not one Referee in the 90-games played in the Premier League so far has gone over to look at a monitor showing a replay of an incident.
This is simply wrong and does not make sense.
If the on-field Referee misses something or is not clear the VAR in Stockley Park seem reluctant to say to the Referee that he’s got something wrong.
It’s like they are scared to hang their mate out to dry.
A simple request in the on-field Referees ear to go and look at the monitor will clear everything up.
It’s frustrating for the fans in the crowd who don’t have a clue what’s going on.
The Rugby World Cup is taking place at the moment in Japan (come on England!)
The Rugby officials are head and shoulders above the Football officials.
Everyone knows what’s happening from clear and concise instructions from the on-field Referee and the VAR.
Rugby is a different game than Football, everyone knows that but Human Beings are not different.
Football’s governing body could take a few leaves out of the Rugby Referees book.
VAR is a good introduction to the beautiful game but only if used correctly and with common sense, which at the minute, isn’t.
Tottenham’s equaliser against Watford was another confusing VAR situation.
Dele Alli capitalised on an error by the Watford goalkeeper and tapped home, yet VAR appeared to question the ball hitting Dele’s upper arm.
The goal was deemed legitimate and given by the on-field Referee after consultation with the VAR yet the Big Screen showed ‘DECISION-NO GOAL’
The goal did stand and Tottenham got a valuable point.
Both teams will have played midweek in the Champions League with Liverpool heading to Belgium to take on Genk on Wednesday Night and Tottenham hosting Serbian side Crvena Zvezda, who are commonly known as Red Star Belgrade, at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium the night before, so Spurs will have a day extra to rest before this game on Merseyside.
At Anfield last season, in late March, Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-1.
Tottenham actually scored 2 of the 3 goals with the unfortunate Toby Alderweireld turning into his own net to gift Liverpool the winner.
Roberto Firmino had put the Reds ahead early in the 1st-half with Lucas Moura equalising after the break.
Big Toby’s gaffe gifted Liverpool the victory.
Bet 365 offer Liverpool at Odds On 4/9, the Draw at 15/4 and 11/2 for Tottenham to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 7/2 that Sadio Mane Scores First and 11/8 that Harry Kane Scores Anytime.
Home Win 3-1