The Manchester United corpse appears to be twitching again, following their home draw against Liverpool and comfortable victory over hapless Norwich City. Bournemouth should provide a much stiffer test, for Ole’s men. Can they pip the Cherries? John Newsome looks ahead to all matches, in game-week 11. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday
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BOURNEMOUTH v MANCHESTER UNITED
Early Saturday Afternoon football live on BT Sports.
Bournemouth are struggling to find a goal at the moment drawing their last 2-Premier League games by the same scoreline of 0-0.
In the game previous to those two, the Cherries lost 1-0 against Arsenal, so have failed to score in the 3-Premier League games coming into this fixture against a resurgent Manchester United.
The latest blank for Eddie and the Cherries was an away fixture against bottom of the table Watford so Eddie Howe may just be starting to think that his front lineup needs shaking up a little.
What is surprising for the Bournemouth faithful is that Josh King and Callum Wilson have started the 3-goalless games, Callum even getting a cameo appearance for England.
It’s easy to see what Eddie will be working on this week at the Vitality.
He will simply get the goalposts, a few balls and say to his boys.
“ Ball, Net, put in!”
It’s easy this coaching game.
If Eddie is getting his boys to try and score goals in training, Ole must surely be getting his boys to practice Penalties.
Before the 3-1 victory over Norwich, which eased Ole’s wheel, United had already missed 2-penalties in the Premier League.
At Carrow Rd, they doubled that with firstly Marcus Rashford missing his spot-kick, then after being awarded another penalty, Anthony Martial said to Marcus,
“This one’s mine!”
Tony missed as well or as they say in Barnsley, Tony missed anorl.
Marcus Rashford did manage to score just after he missed his penalty making it 2-0 following Scott McTominay’s opener for United.
The irony in all of the penalties against Norwich was it was the dreaded VAR that awarded United the spot-kicks, not the on-field Referee.
Yet the VAR failed to spit Tim Krull’s encroachment for both the kicks.
Anthony Martial made it 3-0 in the 2nd-half, before Norwich pulled one back to finish 3-1.
Not a penalty insight.
It’s too early to say if United have turned the corner but the display against Liverpool was encouraging and the victory over Norwich has given the Old Trafford faithful some thought that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Anthony Martial makes a difference to the dynamic of United playing down the middle allowing Marcus Rashford and Dan James to work their magic on the outside.
A lot has been written and said about Manchester United over the past few months, none more so than the EveryTip column but like a Technician working on a car, if he hasn’t got the right spanner, he can’t mend the vehicle.
Ole hasn’t had his spanner’s when needed, Tony Martial has missed a lot of the season so far, Luke Shaw is out still, Fred is, well Fred.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær needs time, like that afforded to Sir Alex Ferguson 30-years ago.
Yes, different times and the new way of the world doesn’t afford that time anymore but what is the answer?
Get rid and appoint a renowned manager such as, say Louis Van Gaal or Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United have been down that Cul-de-Sac.
For the time being, Ole’s wheels are slowly reversing out of the Cul-de-Sac, another Transfer Window in January, to bring in a couple more, to take them to the end of the season, will do Ole no harm and a summer to push on, United will come back.
Evolution is football.
Football is Evolution.
Like Snakes and Ladders, United jumped 9-places following the 3-1 victory against Norwich and sit in 7th in the not so infant Premier League table in a cluster of 5-clubs who have 13-points, United being top of the 13-point brigade.
It’s not often you see a pig just nonchalantly walking down the road.
When you do see it, what does one do?
It’s a conundrum.
Manchester United, briefly were the Manchester United of old last Sunday, competing with Liverpool for 70-minutes.
Unfortunately, for the Old Trafford faithful they were outplayed for the final 20-minutes and in truth, another 10-minutes of play, Liverpool would have beaten United.
In 1958 a wonderful man was born who bridged gaps and removed barriers.
He firstly formed a pop group called The Jam who started life as a 3-piece band consisting of Mr Weller as lead guitarist, Bruce Foxton on Base and Rick Buckler on drums, the three of them defined today’s music.
Oasis, Killers and Ed Sheeran wouldn’t be the artists of today if not for Mr Weller.
What’s not commonly known about Mr Weller is that although he wasn’t a big Football fan (we can just about forgive him for that!) he broke down barriers of racism.
Whilst a MOD and a Modfather to a generation, a generation that believed in the National Front, Capitalism and 80’s Thatcherism, Mr Weller broke down the racist barriers that existed back then.
Paul married Dee C Lee and had 2-mixed race children with his beautiful wife.
Dee was a legend in her own right, being part of the backing group of Andrew Ridgley and a certain George Michael’s Wham of the ‘80s.
Most wrongly depicted The Jam as a National Front group of the ignorant times of the 1970s and Paul as a flag bearer of those abhorrent days.
Paul Weller is a legend, not only in his own country but in the World, he fought racism and racist prejudice.
To judge someone on their colour is not only abhorrent, immoral and wrong but it’s also outdated, it’s 2019, going into 2020, people.
Judge individuals on what they are and have inside them, not the colour on the outside.
He bought the paper yesterday and saw the obituary and read of how you died in pain.
Well, he just couldn’t understand it.
If he could have changed that, then Lord knows he would have done but there is no going back and what’s done is done forever.
At the Vitality, virtually 12-months ago to the day, Jose Mourinho manufactured a rare victory with his Pink Devil’s beating Eddie’s Cherries 2-1.
Callum Wilson gave Bournemouth the lead with Anthony Martial equalising before the break.
United left it late to grab all 3-points when Marcus Rashford got the winner in the 92nd-minute to give Jose his penultimate victory, as the United manager, before he was down the concrete.
Betway offer Bournemouth at 21/10, the Draw at 12/5 and 13/10 for Manchester United to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 13/10 that Marcus Rashford Scores Anytime and 16/5 that Manchester United Win to Nil.
Away Win 0-2
ARSENAL v WOLVES
Arsenal let slip a 2-0 lead on Sunday eventually drawing with Crystal Palace by the scoreline of 2-2.
The Gooners faithful vented their frustrations on their team targeting captain Granit Xhaka with most of their anger when the Swiss star was taken off on the hour mark.
Granit didn’t endear himself to the fans by venting his own frustrations back to the crowd, taking his shirt off, cupping his ears, swearing then going straight down the tunnel for an early bath.
He probably just wanted the hot water.
Arsenal did take an early lead against Palace with Papastathopoulos Sokratis and David Luiz scoring before 10-minutes had been played but gave away a penalty before the break and if Palace get a penalty, Luka Milivojevic doesn’t miss.
Crystal Palace equalised in the 2nd-half leaving the natives restless.
After a great victory in the Europa League with Nicolas Pepe getting 2-great goals, Nicolas, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all fired blanks against the Eagles.
Despite the draw and the unrest, Arsenal find themselves sitting 5th in the Premier League table and have only lost twice in all competitions this term.
Wolves were themselves involved in a draw last Sunday going up to St James Park and coming away with a point following a 1-1 draw against Newcastle.
Newcastle did take the lead but immense pressure in the 2nd-half produced a goal from Jonny giving Wolves a share of the points.
Nuno’s Gold and Blacks sit in 12th place in the Premier League table with 12-points, the same number as Tottenham, Burnley and Brighton and are juggling the Premier League with the Europa League adventure with great composure.
The draw against Newcastle leaves Wolves unbeaten in their last 8-games in all competitions after a tentative start to the campaign.
This game at the Emirates last season was played a week later and was a Game Week 12 offering.
Both teams came away with a point following a 1-1 draw.
Ivan Cavaleiro had put Wolves ahead in the 1st-half but Arsenal replied late on through Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Betway offer Arsenal at 7/10, the Draw at 14/5 and 4/1 for Wolves to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 3/1 that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Scores First and 5/2 that Raul Jimenez Scores Anytime.
Home Win 2-1
MAN CITY v SOUTHAMPTON
Man City briefly reduced the gap at the top of the Premier League to 3-points after comfortably beating Aston Villa on Saturday, 24-hours before Liverpool regained their 6-point margin.
After a goalless 1st-half, Pep got into his boys in the dressing room and within 20-seconds of the restart, Raheem Sterling put the Citizens in front with a superb individual goal.
There was confusion over who had actually scored Man City’s 2nd-goal with Kevin De Bruyne initially being credited with the goal after a speculative shot found its way into the Villa goal.
On further inspection, it was deemed that the David of the Silva’s got the slightest of touches to claim the goal.
What’s Spanish for “Sorry Kev”?
Ilkay Gundogan rounded off the scoring giving Pep’s boys an easy 3-points to put pressure on Liverpool.
Take the time to make some sense, of what you want to say and cast your words away upon the waves.
Sail them home with Acquiesce, on a ship of hope today and as they land upon the shore, tell them not to fear no more.
Say it loud and sing it proud today.
So dance if you want to dance, please brother take a chance, you know they’re going to go, which way they want to go.
Wow, the words ‘Good’ and ‘Luck’ rarely are spoken in football as luck, although plays an important part in life, as well as football, is not usually the defining factor in a game of the beautiful.
However, good luck Southampton.
At St Mary’s last Friday, the Sky cameras witnessed a rare occasion.
Any team can lose a game of football, any team can have a few goals scored against them but 9(nine! Vidiprinter) Wreck-It Ralph not only broke the Internet but his team also destroyed a few Premier League records.
Such as, Leicester equalled the 24-year-old record for the biggest ever Premier League victory as 10-man Southampton were dismantled at a rainswept St Mary’s.
The result, which ironically, Kasper Schmeichel’s dad Peter was involved in, matches Manchester United’s 9-0 victory against Ipswich in 1995, was only confirmed in stoppage time thanks to Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy’s penalty.
Leicester became only the second team in Premier League history to establish a 5-goal lead in the first half of an away game in the competition, after Manchester City against Burnley in April 2010 (also 5-0).
Whilst a tremendous achievement and a brilliant result for Brendan’s wonderful human beings, Barnsley FC produced an even greater half-time achievement back in November 1998.
Also, a Friday Night game live on Sky Sports, Barnsley FC produced the game of a Century.
At the time, the Oakwell faithful regularly sang the anthem which declares that watching Barnsley is just like watching Brazil and for one fleeting evening it truly was.
The imperious manner in which wing-back Darren Barnard scored Barnsley’s 6th-goal is only meant to emanate from the boot of a South American.
The 6th-goal Darren scored was in the 41st-minute, preceding Darren’s blockbuster were goals from Bruce (Bruce, Bruce, Bruce Dyer!) Dyer, Craig Hignett, who was playing in his debut for the Reds after signing from Aberdeen that morning, Craig’s 2nd, a goal from Eric Tinkler and a 5th for the Tykes from Ashley Ward.
Then came Barnard’s coup de grace.
At half-time, as a contest, it was over long before the Fat Lady had recourse to vocal cords.
In the 2nd-half, Bruce got his 2nd and Barnsley’s 7th.
Huddersfield did get a consolation meaning the final result was a resounding 7-1 victory for the Reds.
What’s missing from that little aperitif of the game is Barnsley had a youngster called Sean McClare playing in midfield who missed 3-clear cut chances whilst the score was 0-0.
Craig Hignett had the chance to score a debut hat-trick when the Reds were presented with a penalty but Craig inexplicably ballooned the spot-kick up to the Alhambra.
Realistically, the score could quite conceivably have been 11-1.
What’s also not commonly known about that great game in November 1998, is that the eleven that were afforded starts by Barnsley legend John Hendrie, who was now managing the Reds, never played together again after that demolition of the Terriers.
Craig Hignett played in his debut and Ashley Ward played in his final game for the Reds before joining Blackburn, then a Premier League club.
It literally, was not only like watching Brazil but it was also like watching Liverpool, Man City, Manchester United (under Sir Alex!), Real Madrid, Barcelona and any other football team that dominates their respective leagues.
For one night only, 99.
9% of the football community thought Barnsley FC were the best team in the World.
1% always knew.
21-years on, Craig Hignett has just been relieved of his duties (sacked!) at Hartlepool, Bruce (Bruce, Bruce, Bruce Dyer!) Dyer is still knocking about Barnsley and Ashley Ward is having work done on his home (and face!) to try and resemble Simon Cowell.
Housewives of somewhere.
Now a Championship club, Huddersfield beat Barnsley FC by the scoreline of 2-1 this week.
21-years! Where does the time go?
Like the Bournemouth v Manchester United fixture, this was also a Game Week Eleven fixture last season and finished in an emphatic 6-1 victory for Pep’s Citizens.
The surprise in the scoreline was that Southampton actually scored.
Not that City needed any help but the Saints decided they would give Pep and his boys a start when the unfortunate Wesley Hoedt put past his own ‘keeper.
Sergio Aguero and the David of the Silva’s made it 3-0 before Danny Ings pulled one back from the penalty spot with only half an hour of the game gone.
Raheem Sterling made it 4-1 at half-time.
Raheem then got his 2nd of the game and City’s 5th after the break with Leroy Sane rounding off the scoring in the 91st-minute to give Pep a decent start to his mischievous night out in Manchester.
Betway offer Man City at massive Odds On 1/10, the Draw at 10/1 and 22/1 for Southampton to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 3/1 that Raheem Sterling Scores First and 13/10 that there are Over 4.5 Goals.
Home Win 5-0
ASTON VILLA v LIVERPOOL
Aston Villa lost 3-0 at the Etihad on Saturday.
No disgrace there, as apart from Wolves, most teams lose at the Etihad, Dean Smith needs to just put that to bed and move on to this home fixture against top of the Premier League Liverpool.
What was significant in the loss against City, was Dean decided to leave Conor Hourihane out of his starting eleven.
Conor has been in fine form over the past few months for both club and country.
When not playing, his team seem to lose.
Mick McCarthy, the current manager of the Republic of Ireland, left Conor out of the team in the recent international against Switzerland.
The Republic of Ireland lost that game.
Dean Smith decided to leave Conor out against City.
Aston Villa lost.
Now, no one is saying that Villa would have beaten Man City if Conor Hourihane was in the starting lineup but it’s significant that when Conor has started for Villa and for that matter, Ireland, this season, both haven’t lost.
In the opening game of the season against Tottenham, Conor started, when Dean replaced him in the 2nd-half, Aston Villa were drawing 1-1.
Villa went on to lose that game 3-1.
When Conor has started for club and country, his team haven’t lost.
Prior to the City defeat, Dean Smith has selected Conor in the 4-previous games, Villa won 3 of them and drew 1.
Dean must have his reasons whether to start Conor or not but the stats show that Villa are a better side when Conor Hourihane is in the starting lineup than when he’s warming the bench.
Liverpool were stunned after just 47-seconds of their Sunday Afternoon game against Tottenham going behind via a Harry Kane goal.
Unfortunately for Tottenham and fortunately for the Reds, Spurs didn’t take advantage of the early goal and Liverpool slowly got back into the game.
The unlikeliest of scorer for the Reds first goal after the break was the captain Jordan Henderson who had not scored at Anfield in 4-years.
Mo Salah converted from the penalty spot and in truth, although only a 2-1 victory, Jurgen’s men never looked like losing against a lacklustre Spurs side who are struggling for form at the moment.
With Man City beating Aston Villa 24-hours earlier, Liverpool’s gap at the top of the Premier League table had briefly been reduced to 3-points so it was imperative that they beat Tottenham to restore the 6-point lead over Pep’s Citizens.
There’s a long way to go yet but all Jurgen can do is keep his Liverpool side winning and that’s now 9 out of 10 for the season so far.
A lot of the Anfield faithful will remember a player in the ’90s called David Speedie.
David was a diminutive striker, standing only 5ft 7inch but played in the same position as the Robot Peter Crouch.
David also played International football for his native Scotland.
What’s not commonly known about Big Dave was that after his birth in Scotland, the Speedie’s came down to work in the coal mines of South Yorkshire.
Working in the mines and playing for the local non-league miner’s welfare club, David was spotted by the scouts of Barnsley FC.
Big Dave joined the Reds in July 1978 and had a 2-year spell at Oakwell.
On Dave’s WiKi page, it states that he failed to score for Barnsley FC before moving on to Darlington where it was there he honed his skills to gain a move to Chelsea.
There’s a saying in life ‘Don’t believe the hype’
There’s another saying ‘Don’t believe the Wiki!’
A famous Barnsley FC fan, who has a penchant for the EveryTip site, whilst only 8-years old, saw Big David Speedie score twice in a 3-0 victory over Rochdale back in 1978.
Because the young man was only 8 and not necessarily the brightest on St Helens Ave, he thought that ‘Speedie’
was the nickname of David.
The 8-year old went home after the game against Rochdale and played in the park as ‘Speedie’
David Speedie scored goals for Barnsley FC.
As Rafa would say, Fact!
It’s almost 4-years since Liverpool ventured to Villa Park where the Reds emphatically beat the Claret and Blues by the scoreline of 6-0.
Daniel Sturridge, James Milner, Emre Can, Nathaniel Clyne and 2 from Divock Origi got the goals in one of Jurgen Klopp’s early games in his managerial career at Liverpool.
Betway offer Aston Villa at 13/2, the Draw at 4/1 and Odds On 2/5 for Liverpool to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 11/10 that Sadio Mane Scores Anytime and 6/4 that Liverpool Win to Nil.
Away Win 0-2
SHEFFIELD UNITED v BURNLEY
The Blades continued their excellent start to the season and their unbeaten away form at the London Stadium on Saturday getting a well-deserved point in a 1-1 draw against West Ham.
After falling behind in the 1st-half, Lys Mousset equalised for Sheffield United after the break.
Sheffield United notoriously struggle in London so to get a point will please everyone concerned.
Chris Wilder’s boys held on to keep their unbeaten away record going and keep them above the Hammers on goal difference.
It’s fair to say Chris was happy with the result but he forgot to let his face know.
That’s now 3-goals for Lys Mousset, 2 of them being scored within the space of 5-days following Lys’s winner against Arsenal the previous Monday.
The point gained against West Ham puts the Blades on 13 for the season so far which is a great return for the Yorkshire club and puts them a point ahead of today’s opponents.
The Blunts will have loved their day out to the Capital with the constant sound of “How much?” reverberating around the London Stadium as they coppered up all their money to buy a pint and 6-straws, Bless em!
Who takes the heart from a stag.
Who gets pleasure with blood on their hands.
Who strips the wonder of life.
When they don’t have the right but they say it’s fair game and they won’t feel no pain.
As we feel no shame, so let the sun come down, let our eyes close the blind.
Let the rivers run dry.
Let the forest life die but who are they to decide.
As if their right is divine as if their right is sublime.
Who wins the hooves loses respect.
Who kills the grace treads with intent.
Into heaven’s domain, playing little Christians.
Hear their voice soar in church.
Giving thanks for this earth.
Then destroying its birth.
Burnley were simply blitzed by Captain America last Saturday with the young American Christian Pulisic destroying Sean Dyche’s Clarets.
Trailing 4-0 against Chelsea and with time running out, Burnley gave the faithful brief hope of a comeback scoring 2-late goals.
Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil scoring for the Clarets in the 86th and 88th minutes respectively.
Sean wasn’t happy with Callum Hudson-Odoi.
After initially being awarded a penalty for a foul against Callum, the VAR deemed it a dive by Callum Daley and the on-field Referee then booked Hudson-Odoi.
Sean laid into the Chelsea youngster after the match and whilst it must be frustrating for a manager to see opposition players diving to win a penalty, Sean may just have been deflecting his anger away from his own players after a sorry performance against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
Unfortunately for Burnley, that’s now 2-losses in succession and Sean will want to get back on track against newly-promoted Sheffield United.
United are up to the lofty heights of 8th, with 13-points gained so far, a point more than today’s rivals.
It’s 9-years since Burnley travelled to Bramall Lane with the fixture a Championship game at the time.
The game finished 3-3 with the Sheffield United goals coming from Daniel Bogdanovic,
Matt Lowton and Mark Yeates.
Burnley’s goal scorers were Dean Marney, Chris Eagles and Jay Rodriguez.
Both Matt and Jay will be on show today with Matt Lowton now plying his trade for the Clarets and should get a nice warm welcome from the Blunts.
That’s if they remember that Matt actually played for them.
Betway offer Sheffield United at 11/10, the Draw at 12/5 and 13/5 for Burnley to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 19/4 that Lys Mousset Scores First and 13/5 that Chris Wood Scores Anytime.
Home Win 2-1
WEST HAM v NEWCASTLE
West Ham have hit the skids of late so to speak only yielding 2-points from a possible 12.
The Bubbles faithful return to the London Stadium for a 2nd-consecutive week to try and see if their team can get back on track.
Last Saturday they managed a 1-1 draw against newly-promoted Sheffield United who noticeably struggle when visiting the Capital.
Robert Snodgrass gave the Hammers the lead just before the break to make the half-time cup of tea palatable.
Sheffield United equalised late on to prevent West Ham getting all 3-points and give Manuel Pellegrini some food for thought this week to maybe shake up his team selection for this visit of Newcastle.
Newcastle had a similar scenario to that of West Ham last Sunday, taking the lead, through their Captain Jamaal Lascelles, against Wolves at St James Park but couldn’t hold on for the victory.
Like West Ham, the Magpies conceded late on in the game and had to share the points following a 1-1 draw.
The Longstaff brothers have been lauded over the past few weeks and both started for Newcastle, however, the Sean of the Longstaff’s let the family down by seeing Red, literally, midway through the 2nd-half.
The on-field Referee didn’t need VAR to show Sean a straight Red Card following a rash challenge on Ruben Neves.
Because it was a straight Red Card, Sean will now miss the next 3-games for the Magpies starting with this trip to the London Stadium.
At least the Toon Army have a 3.
00 PM kickoff allowing them plenty of time to get to and from London.
West Ham are now 10th in the Premier League table on 13-points, whilst Newcastle are just outside of the relegation places with 9-points.
Last term at the London Stadium, this fixture took place in the cold of early March and 2-first-half goals from Declan Rice and Mark Noble gave the Hammers a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Magpies.
Betway offer West Ham at slight Odds On 10/11, the Draw at 13/5 and 3/1 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 7/2 that Mark Noble Scores Anytime and 11/5 that West Ham Win to Nil.
Home Win 2-0
BRIGHTON v NORWICH
Brighton eventually got the victory against Everton at the Amex on Saturday with VAR playing a vital part in the win.
Justice wasn’t done at the Amex with the dreaded VAR, at the minute, being beyond comprehension.
Against Everton, Martin Montoya clearly brought down Richarlison in the area but VAR was obviously watching the 3.
20 from Cheltenham and deemed it not a penalty.
Half an hour later, Everton’s Michael Keane was harshly adjudged to have fouled Brighton’s, Aaron Connolly.
VAR gave a penalty.
It’s quite obvious VAR had lost on the 3.
20 at Cheltenham, on a horse called Toffee and thought, that’s a penalty!
Pascal Gross scored a superb goal to give the Seagulls an early lead but unfortunately for Brighton’s young defender, Adam Webster, Everton we’re quickly back level following Adam’s own-goal.
Everton then took the lead in the 2nd-half before Neal Maupay levelled for Brighton from the penalty spot.
The Toffees repaid Brighton with an own-goal themselves, this time gifting the Seagulls the victory in the 94th-minute with the game ending 3-2 in Brighton’s favour.
Graham Potter is slowly using his wizardry to move the Seagulls away from the relegation zone.
With the 3-points gained against the Toffees, that gives them 12-points for the season so far.
Norwich lost again last Sunday.
That’s now 4-defeats out of the last 5-games following the 3-1 defeat against Manchester United.
Substitute Onel Hernandez, who was introduced at half-time by Daniel Farke, got Norwich’s consolation goal.
Tim Krull, who has gained a reputation of a somewhat Penalty Saving specialist, saved 2-United spot-kicks in the 1st-half.
Louis Van Gaal famously brought Tim on as a last-minute substitution in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil to take part in a Penalty Shootout against Costa Rica.
Tim saved 2-penalties in the shootout to give Holland the victory.
Whilst a brilliant penalty saver, it could be argued Tim encroached for both of Manchester United’s spot-kicks and if VAR wasn’t watching Country File on BBC2 would have allowed United to re-take the kicks again.
In this year’s Women’s World Cup, the encroachment of goalkeepers was a big thing.
It appears that it’s not anymore.
After a brilliant victory against the current Premier League Champions, Norwich have only gained 1-point from a possible 15 and find themselves 2nd from bottom of the Premier League table with just 7-points.
It’s exactly 3-years virtually to the day that Norwich last ventured South to the Amex.
However, that was a Championship game which saw the Seagulls smash the Canaries 5-0.
Glenn Murray scored a hat-trick that day in October 2016 with Lewis Dunk and Anthony Knockhaert getting the others.
Betway offer Brighton at slight Odds On 8/11, the Draw at 16/5 and 100/30 for Norwich to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 4/1 that Aaron Connolly Scores First and 6/4 that Teemu Pukki Scores Anytime.
Home Win 3-1
WATFORD v CHELSEA
Late Saturday Afternoon football live on Sky Sports.
Watford have now drawn their last 3-Premier League games, following the 0-0 draw against Bournemouth last Saturday.
Unfortunately for the Hornets faithful, they are not seeing goals with Quique Sanchez Flores rightly concentrating on the defence.
It was the 2nd successive 0-0 draw at Vicarage Rd.
Watford are still to register a victory this season with their 5-points gained coming via 5-draws leaving them bottom of the Premier League table.
The good news coming out of Watford is star man Troy Deeney is nearing a comeback following injury and if not ready for this visit of Chelsea, could be back next week against Norwich.
Watford have definitely missed the Big Fella, not only for his goals but for his all-round contribution to the team.
It sometimes gets a bit boring, blowing the said trumpet.
EveryTip were there again with their predictions.
Back in July, EveryTip gave an article about the top Twenty Under-21 players in the upcoming Premier League.
One of the players mentioned was Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic.
Captain America Christian scored a perfect hat-trick against Burnley last Saturday.
A right-foot, a left-foot and a header.
Whilst Christian found it difficult adapting to the Premier League following his move from the Bundesliga, he silenced a lot of critics and found the Turf Moor onion 3-times.
Stick with Captain America and stick with EveryTip.
Willian scored Chelsea’s 4th in the 4-2 victory against Burnley with the 2-conceded coming late in the game to give Frank a little bit of a scare.
Chelsea are holding their own in the Premier League with the Transfer embargo still in place which has meant Frank Lampard has had no choice but to play the kids, Christian justifying his inclusion after taking a bit of time to settle to life in the Premier League.
Franks young Blues have won 7-games in a row in all competitions and sit nicely, 4th in the table on the same 20-points as Leicester and just 2-points adrift of Pep’s High Flying City.
At Vicarage Rd last season, this fixture took place on Boxing Day with Chelsea taking home the belated presents.
Eden Hazard and Roberto Pereyra scored before the break with both goals coming in 1st-half stoppage time.
Eden scored his and Chelsea’s 2nd after the break giving Sarri-Ball’s Chelsea a festive 2-1 victory over Javi Gracia’s Hornets.
There will be 2-new managers in the dugout for this renewal with both Javi and Maurizio gone.
Betway offer Watford at 15/4, the Draw at 16/5 and slight Odds On 4/6 for Chelsea to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 6/1 that Christian Pulisic Scores First and 11/2 that Jorginho Scores Anytime.
Away Win 0-3
CRYSTAL PALACE v LEICESTER
Early Sunday Afternoon football live on Sky Sports.
Crystal Palace came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.
Having conceded 2-early goals, the Eagles were given a lifeline when the on-field Referee, with the help of VAR, awarded them a penalty.
If Palace get a penalty and Luka Milivojevic is about, Palace are virtually guaranteed a goal and that is just what they got when the reliable Luka, who still lives on the 2nd-floor, slotted the spot-kick home.
Jordan Ayew got the equaliser after the break and following a lot of comings and goings, the game finished 2-2 with both taking a point.
That leaves Roy’s Boys in 6th-place in the Premier League table, on 15-points, just point behind Arsenal and 5-points adrift of today’s opponents, which is a great start for Crystal Palace.
Get the abacus ready after Leicester’s 9-0 destruction of Southampton at St Mary’s last Friday.
Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez both got hat-tricks.
Ben Chilwell and Youri Tielemans scored the Foxes first 2-goals before a couple from Ayoze and 1-from Jamie gave Leicester a 5-0 lead at the break.
James Maddison scored in the 2nd-half along with Ayoze’s 3rd and Jamie’s other 2, to round off a resounding 9-0 victory over the sorry Saints who had been reduced to 10-men in the 1st-half.
Leicester briefly went 2nd in the Premier League table but slipped back to 3rd following Man City’s subsequent victory the day later.
This fixture last season took place in mid-December and was settled by a Luka Milivojevic goal to give Roy Hodgson’s Eagles a 1-0 victory over Claud Puel’s Foxes.
What was a surprise was the goal Luka scored wasn’t a penalty.
Does Luka still live on the second floor?
Betway offer Crystal Palace at 12/5, the Draw at 12/5 and 23/10 for Leicester to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 16/5 that Jamie Vardy Scores First and 7/2 that Luka Milivojevic Scores Anytime.
Away Win 1-3
EVERTON v TOTTENHAM
Late Sunday Afternoon football live on Sky Sports brings Game Week Eleven to a close.
The great thing about this game is both teams are struggling so anything could occur.
Marco Silva’s Swing-Ometer had swung the right way following Everton’s comprehensive victory against West Ham but the pendulum swung back to the negative after an away day defeat at the Amex.
The unfortunate Lucas Digne turned past Jordan Pickford in the closing stages of the game to gift Brighton a 3-2 victory.
Everton had got level in the 1st-half following a Brighton own-goal, then briefly went in front when Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who had only been on the pitch 2-minutes, scored to give Marco hope of another victory.
Unfortunately, VAR intervened and presented Brighton a penalty.
With time running out, Lucas scored his own-goal and ruined Marco and the Toffees Saturday night.
The defeat leaves Everton just above the relegation places and the pundits feel the time is coming to an end for Marco Silva’s reign at Goodison Park.
Another manager struggling at the moment and appears to be devoid of ideas is Mauricio Pochettino.
After surprising everyone and stunning the Anfield crowd, Tottenham scored 47-seconds into the game against Liverpool on Sunday but couldn’t capitalise on the early Harry Kane goal and eventually succumbed to 2-Liverpool goals to ultimately lose the game against the Reds 2-1.
The Spurs players seem to be lacking a lot of things at the moment, confidence, calmness and the ability to play as they have done over the past few years.
Maybe they are missing Wembley.
It’s ironic that Tottenham have to visit Merseyside on successive Sundays to take on the Blue half following the defeat against the Red half.
Along with Ole Gunnar Solskjær, it was a competition between, Mauricio, Marco and Ole as to who would win the sack-race first.
Ole seems to be out of that race, for the time being, leaving M and M to fight it out between the two of them as to who loses their job first.
The result of this game might see the sack-race come to fruition.
At Goodison Park last season this game took place on Christmas Eve-Eve and much of what could happen this term, the game finished in a bizarre 6-2 away victory for Tottenham.
The Toffees took the lead through Theo Walcott early on which sparked Spurs into life.
Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli and Harry Kane replied for Tottenham to give them the lead at half-time.
Christian Eriksen scored a 4th for the Lillywhites after the break.
Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled a goal back for the Toffees giving the faithful brief hope of a comeback before Son and Harry both got their 2nd goal of the game to make it a Happy Christmas for Tottenham.
Betway offer Everton at 9/5, the Draw at 12/5 and 6/4 for Tottenham to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer Odds On 3/5 that Both Teams Score and 6/1 that Son Heung-Min Scores First.
Away Win 1-3