Game-Week 12 begins with a contest between, arguably, the two worst teams in the Premier League. Norwich showed some early promise, but Teemu Pukki’s goals quickly dried-up and so did the points. Woeful Watford are still without a victory and the Hornets have mustered a total of just 6 goals. John Newsome looks ahead to what will surely be a wretched affair, along with the more promising fixtures taking place over the weekend. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday
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NORWICH v WATFORD
Friday Night Football live on Sky Sports.
What’s dubbed ‘The Battle of the Bottom 2-Premier League Clubs’
by absolutely nobody sees Watford travel to Carrow Rd to kick-start Game Week Twelve. If a statement was presented about the most unusual result of this 2019/2020 Premier League campaign so far, it would simply be ‘Norwich beat Man City’… Hello! It’s quite incomprehensible to think that Norwich beat Man City!
Out of their 11-games so far, Norwich have lost 8, drew 1 and won 2, with one of the victories being against Pep’s High Flying City.
Daniel Farke’s Norwich are simply rubbish.
Pep must have nightmares every time he sees a Delia Smith cookbook.
That result alone must surely enhance the theory that the Premier League is the number one competition in World football.
Norwich were outclassed against Brighton last Saturday with the Seagulls eating up their little Canary friends.
Two 2nd-half Brighton goals inflicted the 8th-defeat of the season on Daniel’s Yellow and Greens but despite the loss, Norwich still have 2-points more than today’s rivals.
Watford were themselves outclassed by Chelsea in the late Saturday Afternoon kickoff at Vicarage Rd last week despite the close 2-1 scoreline.
In truth, if it was a Boxing Match the referee would have stopped the contest long before the 90-minutes were up.
Ben Foster made countless saves to keep the Blues scoring down to just 2.
Gerard Deulofeu converted a late penalty to give the Hornet faithful brief hope but Chelsea held on for the victory.
Big Ben even popped up in the Chelsea penalty area and got his head onto a cross which Kepa the ‘keeper saved.
Whilst another loss, Quique and the boys shouldn’t be too downhearted as Chelsea are a decent side and will outclass most this term.
Watford have a lot of positives in their team and the possibility of Troy Deeney returning for this adventure to Carrow Rd will give the fans hope.
It’s May 2016, the last time the Hornets faithful travelled to Norfolk and were witness to a very entertaining game that finished 4-2 in favour of the home side.
Troy Deeney did give Watford the lead early on in the fixture but the lead didn’t last long before Nathan Redmond got the Canaries level 4-minutes later.
Dieumerci Mbokani and a Craig Cathcart own-goal gave Norwich the lead at the break.
Odion Ighalo pulled a goal back to give the travelling faithful brief hope of a comeback but that was quickly dashed when Dieumerci, which literally means Thank God, re-established the Canaries 2-goal advantage giving Norwich 3-vital points in their attempt to stave off relegation, which ultimately they fell short and headed back to the Championship.
Betway offer Norwich at 13/8, the Draw at 5/2 and 8/5 for Watford to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offers 11/2 that Gerard Deulofeu Scores First and 21/20 that Teemu Pukki Scores Anytime.
Away Win 1-2
CHELSEA v CRYSTAL PALACE
Early Saturday Afternoon Football live on BT Sports.
Chelsea were outstanding against Watford at Vicarage Rd last time out playing some scintillating football which should have yielded more than the 2-goals that Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic scored in the 2-1 victory.
Unfortunately, for Frank’s Blues, they came up against an inspired Hornet goalkeeper in Ben Foster who made countless saves to keep the score down to just 2.
Chelsea conceded a late penalty which Watford converted to give the Chelsea fans a nervy last 10-minutes but the Blues held on for the victory and sit 4th in the Premier League table.
Crystal Palace entertained Leicester on Sunday and for the 2nd consecutive Home fixture, Roy Hodgson’s Eagles were beaten by the same scoreline of 2-0.
Probably the positive Roy can take from those 2-defeats is that they were against 2 of the Top three sides in the Premier League and Roy just needs to put those results to bed and move on to this London Derby at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea do play in midweek, entertaining Ajax at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League prior to this early Saturday Afternoon kickoff.
This fixture, last season, was played almost 12-months ago to the day on November 4th and finished 3-1 in favour of Maurizio Sarri’s Blues.
Alvaro Morata scored twice, 1 in each half, with Pedro adding the 3rd to give Chelsea a comfortable victory.
Andros Townsend getting the Eagles consolation.
Betway offer Chelsea at Odds On 1/3, the Draw at 9/2 and 15/2 for Crystal Palace to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 13/5 that Tammy Abraham Scores First and 9/2 that Luka Milivojevic Scores Anytime.
Home Win 2-1
TOTTENHAM v SHEFFIELD UNITED
Tottenham seem to have lost their mojo at the minute.
The 1-1 draw against Everton at Goodison Park last Sunday was a drab affair with both teams coming out of the game without much credit.
Tottenham took part in a horrendous game which despite a goal from Dele Alli to silence his critics, Spurs conceded in the 97th-minute to leave Merseyside with just a point.
The game will be remembered mainly for the horrific leg break of Andre Gomes which Son Heung-Min was shown a Red Card for.
Son could consider himself unlucky as although the leg break resulted from a tackle made by the South Korean, the impact came more from Serge Aurier.
Tottenham should look to appeal the Red Card given by a referee who had a bad day.
Sheffield United are up to the lofty heights of 6th in the Premier League table after a great 3-0 victory against Burnley.
Chris Wilder was extremely happy with his Blades, honestly, he was, he just can’t relay that happiness to his face and constantly looks like he’s lost a fiver and found a pound.
John Lundstram scored 2-goals and John Fleck got the other in the 1st-half to give the Blades a 3-0 lead going into the break.
There weren’t any further goals in the 2nd-half giving Sheffield United a great victory.
This will be another great day out for the Blunts who still are recovering from their last adventure to the Capital.
James from Swinton hasn’t been seen at his workplace since his day out to the London Stadium.
It’s rumoured he was transferred to another depot but the truth is he’s still down in London looking for his passport.
James still can’t spell it so won’t ask the Cockneys if he needs his passport to get home.
Jim can jump on the steam train back to Sheffield after this fixture at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium.
The Blunts will be singing their favourite John Denver parody and will make sure they have more pound notes in their pockets after the trip to the London Stadium a fortnight ago when they were only able to afford a pint and 6-straws with the constant sound of ‘how much’ and ‘dat beer is dear darn deer’ reverberating around.
Sheffield United are unbeaten away from Bramall Lane and won’t be intimidated by a struggling Tottenham side who will have travelled to Serbia midweek to take on Crvena Zvezda, the old Red Star Belgrade team, in the Champions League, so the Blades could catch Spurs cold and improve their not so good record in the Capital.
It’s 13-years ago that Sheffield United, under the guidance of Neil Warnock last played Tottenham away in the Premier League.
That game at the old White Hart Lane finished 2-0 in favour of Spurs, who at the time were managed by Martin Jol.
Dimitar Berbatov, recently signed from Bayer Leverkusen and Aaron Lennon got the goals for Tottenham in the 2nd-game of the 2006/2007 Premier League campaign.
Betway offer Tottenham at Odds On 8/15, the Draw at 100/30 and 5/1 for Sheffield United to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 13/5 that Harry Kane Scores First and Evens 1/1 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
BURNLEY v WEST HAM
Burnley were well beaten at Bramall Lane last Saturday losing by the scoreline of 3-0 with all the goals coming in the 1st-half.
Sean Dyche got into his Clarets at half-time and they came out after the break to compete with the Blades but couldn’t score against a determined Sheffield United defence.
Despite some great victories and some rugged performances, that’s now 3-straight defeats for Burnley who have slipped down the table and are in danger of being drawn into a relegation battle along with Manchester United.
West Ham have hit the skids themselves of late and also conceded 3-goals at the London Stadium last time out against Newcastle.
However, unlike Burnley, the Hammers pulled 2-late goals back to get back into the game against the Magpies but ultimately lost by the scoreline of 3-2. Fabian Balbuena and Robert Snodgrass with the Bubbles goals.
That’s now only 2-points yielded from a possible 15 on offer for Manuel Pellegrini’s men who find themselves on 13-points, which is a point more than today’s rivals from Lancashire.
At Turf Moor last season, this fixture took place the day before New Year’s Eve with Burnley bursting the Bubble’s New Year celebrations getting an easy 2-0 victory to make the long journey back to London, an arduous one for the Hammers.
Chris Wood and Dwight McNeil got the Clarets goals, both coming in the 1st-half.
Betway offer Burnley at 13/10, the Draw at 12/5 and 21/10 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 9/2 that Ashley Barnes Scores First and 4/1 that Mark Noble Scores Anytime.
Home Win 1-0
NEWCASTLE v BOURNEMOUTH
Newcastle would have ruined a few Accas when they went down to the London Stadium last Saturday and surprised everyone coming away with a great 3-2 victory.
The scoreline, in truth, flattered the Hammers with goals from Newcastle’s Ciaran Clark, Federico Fernandez and Jonjo Shelvey giving the Magpies a 3-0 lead before West Ham replied.
Allan Saint-Maximin could have easily added to the scoreline in the 1st-half but fluffed his lines on a couple of occasions.
The 3-points gained in the victory against West Ham lifts Newcastle out of the relegation zone and up to 15th in the Premier League table with 12-points.
Steve Bruce might not have been the first choice manager to replace Rafa Benitez but all Big Brucey can do is get his Magpies to put in a performance that appeases the Toon Army and victories against the Hammers in London along with beating relegation-threatened Manchester United, will go along way in getting the appeasement from the faithful.
The Longstaff brothers were given a day off in the game at the London Stadium with Sean serving the 1st of a 3-game suspension following his sending off against Wolves and Matty, although named as a substitute, given a rest.
Jonjo Shelvey was brought back into Big Brucey’s starting eleven after a few games on the sidelines following injury and a loss of form.
Whatever the impression given by Jonjo, who is a bit like Marmite (other Yeast based products are available) where he is either lauded or derided, Jonjo will improve any team and Newcastle are definitely a better team with Jonjo in the eleven than not.
Eddie and the Cherries (what a great name for a band!) beat relegation-threatened Manchester United in the lunchtime kickoff at the Vitality on Saturday.
After going 3-games without scoring a goal, Bournemouth finally notched in the 1-0 victory against the Gold Devils.
Josh King scored the Cherries goal on the stroke of half-time and Eddie Howe’s boys held out in the 2nd-half to gain a vital victory over Manchester United.
The irony in Josh’s goal was the Norwegian striker was a youngster at United and was regularly picked by Ole Gunnar Solskjær when Ole was the Reserves manager at Old Trafford back 10-years ago.
The goal would have definitely pleased Big Josh who never made the grade in Manchester but has forged out a decent career for himself both at the Vitality and for the Norwegian national team.
This fixture last season was also a Game Week Twelve match-up played almost 12-months to the day on the 10th of November and finished 2-1 in favour of the Magpies.
Salomon Rondon got both of the Newcastle goals, with Jefferson Lerma replying for the Cherries.
All 3-goals were scored before the half-time break, making it a long 2nd-half and a long journey home for the Bournemouth faithful.
Betway offer Newcastle at 13/8, the Draw at 11/5 and 9/5 for Bournemouth to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 11/5 that there are Under 1.
5 Goals and 9/1 for a 0-0 Scoreline.
SOUTHAMPTON v EVERTON
After suffering a humiliating 9-0 defeat last time out, the last thing Ralph Hasenhuttl needed was to take his Sorry Saints up to the Etihad to take on Pep’s High Flying City.
Not only did Wreck-It Ralph have to go up to the Etihad once but Southampton had to play against Man City twice in the space of 4-days.
Once in the Carabao Cup midweek where they lost 3-1 and then last Saturday in the Premier League where surprisingly, the Saints took the lead in the 1st-half through James Ward-Prowse.
Unfortunately for Southampton, City wore them down and scored 2-goals after the break to leave Ralph’s Saints with only 1-point gained from a possible 18 and floundering in the bottom 3 of the Premier League table.
Everton scored in the 97th-minute against Tottenham on Sunday to salvage a point in the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.
However, the game will be remembered more for the horrific injury to Andre Gomes who broke his leg in a freak accident where it appeared his studs got caught in the turf following a little trip from Son Heung-Min and then a clattering from Serge Aurier.
Andre’s season is definitely over and it will take a long time for that injury to heal.
Marco Silva’s Swing-Ometer is fast approaching the exit sign with rumours circulating that he only has a couple of games left.
This is a must-win game for the Toffees against a struggling Saints side who find themselves 3-points and 1-place behind Everton.
Everton will certainly miss Andre Gomes.
Southampton got a 2-1 victory when Everton travelled the long-distance South back in January.
James Ward-Prowse and a Lucas Digne own-goal were enough to give the Saints the win.
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a very late consolation for the Toffees in the 91st-minute before time ran out.
Betway offer Southampton at 17/5, the Draw at 12/5 and 8/5 for Everton to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 100/30 that Nathan Redmond Scores Anytime and 6/1 that Richarlison Scores First.
LEICESTER v ARSENAL
Late Saturday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports and what a cracker of game to round off Saturday’s Premier League fixtures.
Leicester got a great 2-0 victory away at Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon which keeps Brendan’s Wonderful Human Beings 3rd in the Premier League table, however only on goal difference with the same 23-points as Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
The Foxes have a plus 19-goal compared to Chelsea’s plus 8 and it’s Leicester’s ability to keep clean sheets that gives them the jump over the other teams in the Top Six.
Sheffield United have conceded the same 8-goals that Brendan’s Boys have but Leicester have scored 15-goals more than Happy Chris’s Blades.
Caglar Soyuncu opened the scoring at Selhurst Park getting a 2nd-half goal with Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy getting his obligatory goal to give the Foxes a great away day victory.
Jamie is the 1st of the strikers to reach 10-goals so far this term which he matched in the 2015/2016 season.
Leicester have more points at the same stage as their historic 2015/2016 Premier League Title Win.
After 11-games back in 2015, Claudio Ranieri’s Blues had yielded 22-points.
Granted, only a point more this term but nevertheless a point more.
The problem, if it can be deemed a problem, for Brendan Rodgers is that Claudio had a Man City and Liverpool team that were, as they say, in transition.
As everyone knows, transition means rubbish.
Back in the 2015/2016 season, Pep had not yet arrived in Manchester with City under the guidance of Manuel Pellegrini.
Ironically, Jurgen took over at Liverpool in October 2015, taking over from Brendan Rodgers, leaving Claudio’s Leicester to snatch the Premier League title that season.
Man City won’t allow a club of the stature of Leicester to win the Premier League at Odds of 5000/1 and Liverpool will go all out to gain their 1st ever Premier League title and their 1st Top Flight title in 30-years.
Brendan has got his boys playing beautiful football.
What Brendan’s aim, in reality, is to stay in the Top Four and get Leicester a coveted Champions League spot.
The advantage the Foxes have over the other clubs in and around them is they get the midweek free whilst, Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal are competing in this season’s European competitions.
There’s a lot been written and spoke about regarding the so-called Granit Xhaka situation, a situation brought on by Granit himself and what doesn’t warrant any further words.
The player that warrants words is Mesut Ozil.
In the 1-1 draw against Wolves, with the Gunners goal scorer being Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut made only his 2nd appearance of the Premier League campaign for an Arsenal side that often lack creativity.
Lets put this to bed for all the disgruntled Gooners out there once and for all.
Whatever is thought about Mesut, Mesut is a World Cup winner.
Mesut enhances any team he is in, maybe it’s the coach of the team that doesn’t understand what Mesut brings to the table.
Think about that, there are just a handful of footballers currently playing in the Premier League, in a pool of close to 500 players, that have a World Cup Winners medal.
There are rumours circulating that Unai Emery’s residence as the Arsenal coach is coming to an end even with talk of Jose Mourinho taking over.
At least Jose knows Mesut from their days in Madrid where it was a common occurrence that Jose would substitute Mesut on the hour mark in most games.
However, is Jose the right man for Arsenal and Mesut.
One person who definitely would be the right man for Mesut is Ole Gunnar Solskjær and it wouldn’t be beyond the realms of possibility that Mr Ozil finds his way up the M1 and M6 to Manchester.
The Gooners will have mixed feelings about that with a lot screaming on the Arsenal Fans TV that they’d happily drive Mesut up to Manchester.
Well Robbie and the boys, get your fuel card out and fill up the Trabant because the Red Devil’s need someone like Mesut and Mesut definitely needs a new lease of life which he could just find in Manchester.
Arsenal will have travelled to Portugal to play in the dreaded Europa League prior to this fixture at the King Power.
The surprise in the game against Vitoria Guimaraes is that it doesn’t take place in the normal Thursday night Europa League slot but actually kicks-off at 3.
50 PM, GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) on Wednesday afternoon.
Against Wolves, Arsenal couldn’t hold on for the victory and conceded an equaliser midway through the 2nd-half.
Despite only taking the job towards the end of last season, Brendan Rodgers has already pitted his wits against Unai Emery, when these two met at the King Power back in April.
Brendan’s Foxes got the better of Unai’s Gunners with a goal from Youri Tielemans and 2 from Jamie Vardy giving Leicester a comfortable 3-0 victory over an Arsenal side that had stopped concentrating on the Premier League and were fully focused on their impending Europa League final against Chelsea.
Betway offer Leicester at 6/5, the Draw at 11/4 and 2/1 for Arsenal to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer slight Odds On 3/4 that Jamie Vardy Scores Anytime and 9/5 that Alexandre Lacazette also Scores Anytime.
Home Win 2-0
WOLVES v ASTON VILLA
Early Sunday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports.
Wolves came from behind at the Emirates to get a valuable point from a 1-1 draw against Arsenal.
After conceding a 1st-half goal, Raul Jimenez got Nuno’s Gold and Blacks back level after the break to take a share of the points.
The point gained against Arsenal moves Wolves up to 12th in the Premier League table in a cluster of 4-teams with 13-points gained from the 11-games played so far.
Before this Midlands Derby, Wolves host Slovakian side Slovan Bratislava in the away fixture of their Europa League encounter which Nuno’s men beat Slovan 2-1 in the game at Molineux a fortnight ago.
Aston Villa are starting to become an annoying team in a lot of senses.
Annoying because they promise so much but deliver little.
Annoying because they have taken the lead in games against Tottenham, Arsenal and now Liverpool but have ultimately lost all of 3 of those games.
Against Liverpool, last Saturday, the Egyptian Mahmoud Hassan, who likes to be called by the name of his hero Trezeguet, gave Villa an early lead at Villa Park.
Mahmoud likes to be called Trezeguet after someone likened him to the former French player David Trezeguet who famously scored the Golden Goal winner for France in the final of the European Championship in 2000 against Italy.
Whilst Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet is Egyptian, his idol, David has Argentinian connections and could quite conceivably have played for the Blue and Whites instead of Les Bleus.
Over the past few weeks, this EveryTip column has mentioned the contribution made by Conor Hourihane in the Aston Villa team.
Dean Smith seems reluctant to continually select the ex-Barnsley man and Conor is regularly left out of the starting eleven like that of last week against Man City.
Whilst named as a substitute against City, the Irishman didn’t see game time in the 3-0 defeat against Pep’s boys.
Dean left Conor out of the starting lineup against Liverpool but did give Conor 20 or so minutes at the end.
In the interest of fairness and as not to send folk in the wrong direction, Aston Villa were actually beating Liverpool 1-0 when Dean introduced Conor around the 70th-minute mark.
Villa eventually lost 2-1, with 2-late goals conceded, whilst Conor was on the field.
In the opening game of the new season, Villa were leading Tottenham 1-0 when Dean Smith decided to take Conor off.
Villa lost that game 3-1.
Against City, Conor didn’t see any game time and Villa lost 3-0.
It’s fair to say that picking Conor in the starting eleven enhances Villa’s chances of beating another side.
However, it’s fair to say football doesn’t work like that but a Barnsley fan who has an opinion on football likes Conor Hourihane and likes the Irishman’s style of play.
Dean Smith take note, Villa will win more games with Conor in the starting eleven than not.
Wolves beat their Midland rivals 2-0 at Molineux back in October 2017, however, not a Premier League game but a Championship fixture before respective Promotions for both sides.
Jota and Leo Bonatini getting the Gold and Blacks goals.
Betway offer Wolves surprisingly at slight Odds On 10/11, the Draw at 5/2 and 16/5 for Aston Villa to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 8/1 that Adama Traore Scores First and 5/1 that Conor Hourihane Scores Anytime.
MANCHESTER UNITED v BRIGHTON
Another Sunday Afternoon game due to United’s Europa League adventure, however, not a live TV game.
A fortune is paid every month by subscribers to Sky, yet lately, a few issues have cropped up that Sky could deal with better.
Sky are at the forefront of football coverage in the United Kingdom.
Now, on a Tuesday or Wednesday night, when the English Championship has fixtures, all Sky Sports subscribers can press the Red Button on their remotes and watch the team of their choice.
A wonderful brilliant innovation from Sky.
On a Sunday afternoon, the week of the European competitions, there may be 4-Premier League games like the other week when Manchester United visited Norwich, Crystal Palace went to the Emirates, Wolves went to Newcastle and Tottenham went to Liverpool.
Sky showed Newcastle v Wolves and Liverpool v Tottenham yet the fans of Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Norwich and Manchester United could not watch their team.
If these had been Championship games, those fans could have pressed the Red Button on their remote and watched their beloved or unloved team.
The Premier League is supposed to be the pinnacle yet, no Red Button is involved in the making of those programs.
Sky need to look at that.
On Boxing Day this year, all the live Premier League football is going to be shown on Amazon Prime.
On New Years Day all the Premier League games will be shown on BT Sports.
Sky Sports have not got any Premier League games on Boxing Day or New Years Day.
Prior to the festive fixtures that all Sky Sports subscribers won’t be able to watch, the Premier League have a midweek fixture list on Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th of December that is only on Amazon Prime.
Is Sky going to offer a discount to their customers?
Amazon are testing the waters, can they get the viewers to pay the dollar.
The simple answer is yes, they can.
Amazon have redefined the parcel delivery market and could quite conceivably redefine the Premier League market too.
Apple, Facebook, Google can blow Sky out of the water in the Money market, if, or when the Premier League realise that the next TV deal is going to be worth a lot more than the £5.
4 Billion Pound paid for the coverage between 2019-2022, Sky Sports are history.
Amazon are testing the water, Facebook are monitoring the situation and Google are google-in the figures.
Sky Sports may just be the new Setanta.
Watch this space.
Sky Sports not only have an issue regarding Football but also Boxing.
In the early hours of last Sunday morning, arguably and probably the best Boxer currently lacing his gloves took on an equally exceptional opponent in Las Vegas.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez stepped up to Light-Heavyweight to take on Sergey Kovalev for the WBO Light Heavyweight Title.
The weight limit for both fighters was 12stone 6pound 12ounce limit (175 lbs)
Saul last fought in May against Daniel Jacobs for the WBA Middleweight Title at a weight which is 11stone 6pound (160 lbs) a full stone lighter.
Saul ’Canelo’ Alvarez is already a World Champion at Super Middleweight which is 12stone (168 lbs) and also at Super Welterweight which is 11stone (154 lbs)
Saul the Cinnamon which ‘Canelo’ is Spanish for, started his career at just under 10stone (139lbs) when he boxed as a 15-year-old in 2005 and has won World Titles at Super Welterweight, Middleweight and Super Middleweight before this latest victory.
The point to all this is the Sky Sports subscribers who pay between £70-£100 a month got to see this great fighter beat another great fighter as part of their subscription.
Next week, Sky are charging £9.
95 to watch 2 YouTubers who are not even boxers fight each other in Las Vegas.
Whilst a spectacle of which the YouTube generation will want to watch, the annoying thing for the true Boxing fan is another great fighter who is unbeaten, British and a possible credible opponent for the Cinnamon Kid, Billy Joe Saunders is fighting for a World Title on the undercard of the KSI v Logan Paul bout.
Sky show the best fighter on the planet currently as part of the Sky Sports subscription, yet charge to watch a couple of non-professional Boxers play out there scenarios.
Whilst denying the true pugilist aficionados the chance to see Billy Joe Saunders unless they fork out a tenner.
Note to Sky Sports, it’s just wrong and immoral.
Eddie Hearn seems to want to take over Sky Sports using the Sky Sports Box Office as a way to rob people.
Charging £20 quid to watch Anthony Joshua try and win back his belts from Andy Ruiz Jnr.
Whilst not wanting to disrespect Anthony, he has to have a look at himself too.
Eddie Hearn has advised him to dodge Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
Feeling that the fights will come down the road.
If he loses his rematch against Andy Ruiz Jnr, the only road Anthony will be down is the one that sees him fighting David Price or Dave Allen on the undercard of a Daniel Dubois World Title shot.
Sky Sports needs to get back to looking after it’s true customer not the Eddie Hearn Matchmaking money makers.
If Amazon, Facebook or Google get control of the Premier League, bye, bye Sky.
Manchester United are playing a version of Snakes and Ladders at the moment.
After the victory against Norwich last week they climbed the ladder up to 7th in the Premier League table, then following a brilliant victory against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, it looked like Ole had got his wheels back.
Wrong, the Gold Devil’s suffered a 1-0 defeat against Bournemouth, at the Vitality, in the early Saturday Afternoon kickoff and snaked back down the table to 10th on 13-points, 2-places and 2-points behind today’s opponent.
United host Partisan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday prior to this Sunday afternoon game.
Brighton comfortably beat Norwich at the Amex last Saturday with goals from Leandro Trossard and Shane Duffy, giving the Seagulls a 2-0 victory.
That win for Graham Potter’s boys moved them up to 8th in the table which, as mentioned, is above Manchester United.
At Old Trafford last season, this game took place in mid-January and was part of Ole’s temporary revitalisation of the Red Devil’s with 1st-half goals from Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford giving United a 2-1 victory.
Pascal Gross replied for the Seagulls midway through the 2nd-half but United held on for the win.
Betway offer Manchester United at slight Odds On 4/7, the Draw at 3/1 and 5/1 for Brighton to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 7/2 that Anthony Martial Scores First and 7/5 that Manchester United Win to Nil.
Home Win 2-0
LIVERPOOL v MAN CITY
Late Sunday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports and what a game to bring Game Week Twelve to a conclusion.
Liverpool eventually got the better of a solid Aston Villa side on Saturday coming from behind to score 2-late goals and earn another 3-points that keeps them 6-points ahead of City.
Whilst a lot has been said about Liverpool leaving it late to score against Villa, the Reds did have a perfectly good goal ruled out by the dreaded VAR in the 1st-half which would have changed the whole complexion of the game.
Roberto Firmino’s armpit was adjudged offside.
Yes, read that again Bobby F’s armpit!
VAR are beyond comprehension at the moment giving decisions that defy logic.
In this week’s Champions League and Europa League, the on-field Referee will use the pitch-side monitors on occasions to see for himself any dubious decisions.
In the 110 games so far played this season in the Premier League, the pitch-side monitor has seldom been viewed by the on-field Referee.
The monitors will soon be on eBay.
That’s beyond the law of averages, the decision not to go over to the monitor is a definite directive from the powers that be to stop the on-field Referee from looking for himself.
Edwin Starr sang a song in the ’70s called ‘WAR’.
Covered by various artists down the years including The Jam.
The lyrics were
‘War, huh, yeah!
What is it good for?
Say it again.
War, huh, yeah!
What is it good for?
Just change one letter and Edwin has another hit.
VAR, huh, yeah!
What is it good for?
Say it again.
Sadio Mane assisted Andy Robertson’s goal and then got the winner himself in injury time with a brilliant glancing header to give Liverpool their 10th-victory of this campaign and set up this mouthwatering clash against Pep’s High Flying City.
Man City, for once, kicked off at the same time as their Red Rivals and the game at the Etihad followed the same pattern as the one at Villa Park, with, surprisingly, Southampton taking an early lead.
Sergio Aguero equalised for the Citizens then a rare goal from Kyle Walker, with time running out, gave City the 2-1 victory and the 3-points to keep on Liverpool’s coattails.
Pep has already stoked the fire, which is fitting, seeing as its Bonfire Week.
It used to be Bonfire Night, November the 5th, Guy Fawkes Evening or to give him his full name, Guido Fawkes.
Now Bonfire Night starts in late September (back in ‘62) and goes on until mid-January.
Pep just came straight out with it and called Sadio Mane a diver.
It’s rumoured Tom Daley was seen leaving Liverpool’s training facilities this week.
Jurgen countered that spurious comment from Pep and categorically stated that Sadio Mane is not a diver, 48-hours after Sadio was booked for diving, brilliant!
Pep is taking a leaf out of the great manager’s book from the Red side of Manchester and getting the mind games going early doors.
Both teams will have played in the Champions League in midweek with Liverpool hosting Genk and City travelling to Atalanta.
The significance in those Champions League encounters is that Liverpool play on Tuesday, at home, so no travelling involved and City play on Wednesday and have to get back from Italy which will be in the early hours of Thursday morning meaning, in theory, Liverpool should be fresher for this Sumptuous Sunday Afternoon kickoff.
At Anfield last October, surprisingly for these two high scoring teams, the game finished 0-0.
What would have irked Pep and the travelling faithful was that City were awarded an 86th-minute penalty.
With Sergio Aguero off the pitch, Gabriel Jesus wanted to take the spot-kick but was overruled by Riyad Mahrez who took the ball off the Brazilian star.
Unfortunately for Riyad, he smashed the ball over the bar, over the stand and out over the Anfield Rd where The John Lennon Airport staff had to put out an emergency warning to their incoming flights.
Betway offer Liverpool at 17/10, the Draw at 13/5 and 6/4 for Man City to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 6/5 that Sergio Aguero Scores Anytime and 7/5 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
Away Win 1-3