There are signs that Crystal Palace may be starting to wake-up, with main man Wilfried Zaha hitting a rich vein of form that bodes well for them as the congested fixture period begins. The Eagles made easy prey of Burnley on Saturday and will fancy their chances against a Bournemouth side that were somewhat flattered by the 3-2 scoreline, in their defeat to Spurs. Does John Newsome predict another victory, for Roy Hodgson’s men? Here are his thoughts on all matches scheduled for game-week 15. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday
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CRYSTAL PALACE v BOURNEMOUTH
A first for the Premier League, in which that, all these midweek Game Week Fifteen fixtures are going to be shown live on Amazon Prime Video.
Tuesday Night Football sees Bournemouth head to Selhurst Park off the back of a narrow defeat against Jose’s new-look Tottenham.
Crystal Palace got one of the shock results of the weekend, beating Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor.
One of, because it was a weekend of shock results.
Wilfred Zaha and Jeffrey Schlupp with the Eagles goals to lift Roy’s Boys up to ## in the Premier League table with 18-points.
Bournemouth, as mentioned, lost narrowly against Tottenham, suffering a 3-2 defeat at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium.
Eddies Boys were trailing 3-0 at one point until Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson scored twice to give the scoreline some respectability for the Cherries.
The defeat against Tottenham leaves Bournemouth in 12th in the Premier League table with 16-points amassed so far.
This game kicks-off 45-minutes before the other game on offer at Turf Moor.
This fixture last season was the final game of the campaign and finished in a goal fest with Palace beating Bournemouth 5-3.
Michy Batshuayi scored twice in his final game on loan before heading back to Stamford Bridge, Bournemouth’s Jack Simpson put past his own ‘keeper before Jefferson Lerma replied for the Cherries to give Palace a 3-1 lead going into the break.
Jordon Ibe quickly made it 3-2 early in the 2nd-half.
Patrick Van Aanholt established the Eagles 2-goal advantage just before Josh King gave the Cherries hope of a comeback.
Andros Townsend completed the scoring to give Roy’s Boys the victory over Eddie Howe.
Betway offer Crystal Palace at 21/20, the Draw at 5/2 and 13/5 for Bournemouth to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 11/5 that there will be a Goal Scored in the First 15 Minutes and 5/1 Luka Milivojevic Scores Anytime.
Home Win 2-1
BURNLEY v MAN CITY
Tuesday Night Football, however, a slightly later kick-off than the game at Stamford Bridge sees relegation-threatened City travel the short distance over to Turf Moor.
This is the 2nd of back-to-back home fixtures for Sean Dyche’s Clarets who surprisingly lost 2-0 against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Sean will just have to put that defeat to bed and concentrate on this tough fixture against Pep’s Not So High Flying City.
Man City could only manage a 2-2 draw against Newcastle at St James Park in the early Saturday Afternoon kickoff.
Raheem Sterling gave City an early lead but Pep’s Blues couldn’t capitalise from the early goal and conceded to make the game level going into the break.
Kevin De Bruyne scored a stunner in the 2nd-half but as with earlier, City couldn’t hang onto the lead and succumbed to another Newcastle goal.
The point gained now leaves Man City with an almost impossible task of retaining their Premier League title.
With Liverpool subsequently winning later in the day, City find themselves 11-points behind Jurgen’s Reds, which is surely too big of a gap to overhaul.
Maybe Pep now needs to fully concentrate on the Champions League but the City defence isn’t good enough at the moment to win any competition.
It’s hoped Aymeric Laporte is close to returning, however, is one man going to be the difference?
City surely need a couple more in January.
Sergio Aguero was the difference between the 2-sides at Turf Moor last April to give City a vital 1-0 victory 2-games out from their Premier League win.
Betway offer Burnley at 12/1, the Draw at 11/2 and massive Odds On 2/9 for City to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 100/30 that Ashley Barnes Scores Anytime and Evens 1/1 that Raheem Sterling Scores Anytime.
CHELSEA v ASTON VILLA
Six Amazon Prime Wednesday Night fixtures.
Chelsea sensationally lost 1-0 at home against a struggling West Ham side who came to Stamford Bridge off the back of 3-straight defeats and not having beaten anyone in the last 8-games.
The great Chelsea legend Jimmy Greaves often said
“it’s a funny old game”
After a great run of results, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have now lost back-to-back league games and lie 4th in the Premier League table, just needing to be careful after Jose took residence at Tottenham, who are up to 5th and Arsenal sending Unai down the concrete.
Aston Villa got a great result at Old Trafford on Sunday gaining a 2-2 draw against Ole’s Wheels.
Jack Grealish scored a superb opener in the 1st-half to stun the United faithful.
Tom Heaton, unfortunately, turned in a Marcus Rashford effort to make the scores level at the break.
Although Villa conceded midway through the 2nd-half, Tyrone Mings equalised within minutes of falling behind to earn Dean Smith’s Villains a very creditable point.
As mentioned a few times on this EveryTip column, Conor Hourihane enhances Villa and once again a positive result was achieved by Dean Smith after he chose Conor in his starting eleven.
Pick Conor Dean and it appears a positive result follows.
It’s been just over 4-years since the Villains headed to Stamford Bridge.
Diego Costa and an Alan Hutton own goal gave Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea a 2-0 victory over Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa.
Betway offer Chelsea at Odds On 2/7, the Draw at 5/1 and 9/1 for Aston Villa to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 6/1 that Jorginho Scores First and 5/1 that Conor Hourihane Scores Anytime.
Home Win 3-1
SOUTHAMPTON v NORWICH
For 60-minutes at St Mary’s, the boos were ringing out and it looked as if Ralph was about to ring Mauricio and Unai for directions to the Job Centre.
After falling behind against Watford, Wreck-It Ralph’s men left it late to get the victory.
Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse got the Saints goals to give Ralph a stay of execution in these daunting managerial sacking times.
If Watford (twice), Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United, er sorry just Watford, Tottenham and Arsenal but it’s coming Ole, can sack their managers, then Southampton can too.
That great 2-1 victory against Watford spared the Saints from falling to the foot of the Premier League table but leaves them in the Bottom Three just above tonight’s opponents.
Norwich gained a great point against relegation-threatened Arsenal on Sunday.
At first, Daniel Farke-Life would have been looking forward to facing Unai’s Gunners but after Unai was shown the concrete, Daniel must surely have feared the worse.
Fortunately for Dan, the Gunners hadn’t learned that much in the 3-days since Unai left and Teemu Pukki took advantage of the lack defending by Arsenal to score Norwich’s 1st-goal.
Todd Cantwell gained the Canaries advantage before the break after Arsenal had equalised.
Unfortunately, for Dans Yellow and Green’s Arsenal equalised again in the 2nd-half giving both teams a share of the points.
The draw leaves Norwich 2nd from bottom of the Premier League table and just a point behind tonight’s opponents.
Like Villa against Chelsea previously, it’s been over 4-years since Norwich headed to St Mary’s in the Premier League.
Graziano Pelle and a double from Dusan Tadic gave the Saints a 3-0 victory.
Betway offer Southampton 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 14/5 that Danny Ings Scores First and 19/5 that Todd Cantwell Scores Anytime.
Home Win 2-1
LEICESTER v WATFORD
Leicester achieved their 6th-consecutive Premier League victory to now become the new realistic challengers for Jurgen’s Liverpool title hopes.
Leicester surprisingly conceded an early goal on Sunday against Everton but after the break, normal order was resumed with Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy getting his obligatory goal.
The Foxes left it very late to get the victory, however, in the 94th-minute, Kelechi Iheanacho got the all-important winner for Brendan’s Wonderful Human Beings.
That leaves Leicester with 32-points, in 2nd place, 8-points behind Liverpool.
Watford remain at the foot of the Premier League table after the defeat against Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday.
The defeat spelt the end for Quique Sanchez Flores who has the indignity to be sacked twice by Watford, this time after only 85-days.
One victory in ten is simply not good enough for the team languishing at the bottom of the league.
There is talk that Chris Hughton is being lined up to succeed Quique.
It appears Football clubs don’t particularly learn or want to develop as a club.
Everton are thinking of replacing Marco with David Moyes or Mark Hughes.
What is wrong with these clubs? Chris Hughton is a great bloke, so is David and Mark but there are 100s of other managers out there who deserve a chance at a top club.
Daniel Stendel to name but one.
EveryTip is, like it says on the tin, a tipping site, well the tip here is, Watford will be relegated if Chris Hughton is appointed as the new gaffer.
Another manager that Watford could possibly look at is Sol Campbell.
Look downwards instead of sideways.
Ismaila Sarr had given the Hornets an early lead against their fellow relegation-threatened opponents and with the boos ringing out around St Mary’s could have leapfrogged the Saints if they could have held on for the victory.
Unfortunately, Quique and his boys conceded 2-goals in the 2nd-half to ultimately lose the game and remain rock bottom of the table.
Quique was on the blower to Mauricio and Unai earlier asking how he goes about getting the Job Seekers Allowance.
It’s rumoured Ole was on the phone to Quique enquiring too.
At the King Power, last season this game was played almost 12-months ago to the day on the 1st of December and finished in a 2-0 victory for the Foxes.
The 2-James got Leicester’s goals with Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy converting an early penalty and James Maddison getting the 2nd before half-time.
Betway offer Leicester at Odds On 7/20, the Draw at 4/1 and 8/1 for Watford to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer that 3/1 Jamie Vardy Scores First and 13/4 that Leicester Win to Nil.
Home Win 4-0
MANCHESTER UNITED v TOTTENHAM
What a midweek cracker of a game with a back-story that Amazon Prime could not have envisaged when they bid for the TV rights.
Manchester United drew 2-2 against Aston Villa on Sunday with a full-strength side on the hallowed Old Trafford turf.
After falling behind to an early Villa goal Marcus Rashford scored a 1st-half equaliser.
Unfortunately, for Marcus, the goal was credited as a Tom Heaton own goal.
Victor Lindelof gave United the lead in the 2nd-half but Ole’s wheels couldn’t hold on for the victory and conceded a Villa goal 2-minutes after Victor’s.
What Ole has to worry about is, apart from Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba this looked like his 1st-eleven.
It’s unsure nowadays whether United will stick with Ole.
With Mauricio on the market, Ole must be looking over his shoulder, however, Ole can only deal the cards he has.
What’s strange though for a lot of United followers is one of those cards is Fred.
If Ole thinks Fred is the future, then Ole does need to have a serious look over that shoulder.
Fred started against Villa with Jesse Lingard sat on the bench.
Jesse isn’t the best at Old Trafford but in a pecking order, must be higher than Fred.
That basically is what a football club needs to pick its players on.
If the squad is diminishing by the week, look at the 1st-eleven in a pecking order.
Is Brandon Williams higher in that pecking order than Luke Shaw?
Luke was on the bench against Villa.
Is Fred higher than Jesse?
The rest of the 18-against Villa are not but Ole has something to juggle with.
For the time being, United should stick with Ole, at least until the January window, after that, if United don’t improve, Ole may just need to ring Mauricio, Unai, Quique and possibly Marco about how to fill in the Job Seekers Allowance form.
Jose heads back to Old Trafford with his Tottenham side who are unbeaten since the Special One became their gaffer after losing his job at Manchester United 12-months ago.
Jose has asked the Tottenham Bus Driver to stop at the Lowry en-route so that he can collect some stuff.
Jose’s Tottenham side played in a great midweek Champions League fixture where a ball-boy got a great assist.
The youngster will be on next year’s ‘I’m a Celebrity’
What Jose will take from his 2-Premier League games so far is that both have been pretty similar.
Against West Ham last week, Tottenham took a 3-0 lead then conceded 2-late goals ultimately beating the Hammers 3-2.
Against Bournemouth, the game panned out pretty much the same, with goals from Moussa Sissoko and 2-from Dele Alli giving Tottenham a 3-0 lead before the Cherries scored 2-late goals.
Another 3-2 victory for Jose and his Spurs but Jose will definitely have noted the concession of the 2-late goals and will be working on that before this important fixture against Manchester United.
This was a Bank Holiday Monday affair in August 2018, when Mauricio’s Spurs side beat Jose’s United side 3-0 at Old Trafford.
One particular United fan was watching this game in a bar in Majorca just a day into his weeks sun-tanning.
Tottenham ruined his week away and the lad came home annoyed.
After a goalless 1st-half, Harry Kane and a Lucas Moura double gave Tottenham the easy victory.
Betway offer Manchester United at 13/8, the Draw at and 13/8 for Tottenham to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 5/1 that Harry Kane Scores First and 6/4 that Anthony Martial Scores Anytime.
Away Win 1-3
WOLVES v WEST HAM
Wolves got a reputable 1-1 draw against Sheffield United who haven’t been beaten away from Bramall Lane.
After conceding a very early goal against the Blades, Matt Doherty scored the Wolves equaliser midway through the 2nd-half, giving Nuno’s Gold and Blacks a valuable point.
Matt Doherty is a Republic of Ireland international and a terrific defender who wouldn’t look out of place in Jurgen’s, Pep’s, Frank’s or Ole’s team, yet it’s unlikely that any of them know about Matt because he’s not called Mateo Doerti.
Mick McCarthy certainly knows about Mateo.
West Ham ruined everyone’s Accas on Saturday having the audacity to go to Stamford Bridge and beat Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
After a goalless 1st-half, the Hammers scored just after the break with Aaron Cresswell getting the all-important solitary goal to give under-pressure boss Manuel Pellegrini a great 1-0 victory.
With the sack-race in full flow at the moment, Manuel must have been feeling the pressure before this game across London.
That’s the Hammers 1st-victory in the last 8-Premier League games and leaves them 13th in the table with 16-points.
At Molineux last season, this game was played at the end of January and finished in a comfortable 3-0 victory for Wolves.
After a goalless 1st-half, Romain Saiss, and a couple from Raul Jimenez got the Gold and Blacks goals to give them the victory.
Betway offer Wolves at slight Odds On 7/10, the Draw at 14/5 and 4/1 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 19/4 that Raul Jimenez Scores First and slight Odds On 17/20 that there are Over 2.
Home Win 2-1
LIVERPOOL v EVERTON
A Merseyside Derby for the Amazon Primesters, with the kick-off 45-minutes later than the other 5-Wednesday games.
Liverpool sat and watched Newcastle hold Man City to a draw in the early Saturday Afternoon kickoff then knew that if they got the 3-points against Brighton, it would put the Reds 11-points ahead of Pep’s Blues.
Surprisingly for Liverpool, none of the strikers scored and the Reds had to rely on Big Virgil Van Dijk to score the 2-goals in the 2-1 victory over the Seagulls.
The downside to the victory was the Liverpool goalkeeper Allison decided to save a Brighton attempt whilst outside his area, resulting in a Red Card.
Whilst Liverpool were discussing where to stand for the free-kick, Lewis Dunk just decided to place the ball past the new ‘keeper Adrian.
Although a nervy final 10-minutes, Jurgen’s Reds held on for the victory and the valuable points to virtually put City’s title defence to bed.
Liverpool’s main title challengers now come from Brendan’s Foxes.
Following on from that statement, Everton saw at first hand the real threat that Leicester are going to be to Liverpool this season.
Richarlison scored 1st against the Foxes on Sunday but Marco’s Swing-Ometer swiftly pointed in the same direction as Mauricio’s, Unai’s and Quiques and it may not be long before Marco is ringing those up for details of how to fill in a Job Seekers application.
Leicester scored twice in the 2nd-half to inflict another defeat on the Toffees and leave Everton lying in 17th-place in the Premier League table.
The good thing for Marco is that no potential manager, David Moyes or Mark Hughes included will take the job before this venture to Anfield.
The bad news for Marco is it won’t be long!
At Anfield last season, this was a Game Week Fourteen fixture which took place on the 2nd of December.
Everton looked for all-purpose to have snatched a point from their bitter rivals but an inspired substitution by Jurgen Klopp, who sent on Divock Origi in the final 5-minutes, paid dividends with Divock tapping home the winner in the 96th-minute, after an error from Jordan Pickford, gifted the Red half of Merseyside the 1-0 victory.
Betway offer Liverpool at massive Odds On 7/20, the Draw at 4/1 and 8/1 for Everton to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 7/2 that Sadio Mane Scores First and 13/10 that Liverpool Win to Nil.
Home Win 3-0
SHEFFIELD UNITED v NEWCASTLE
The final 2-midweek Amazon Prime Fixtures take place on the Thursday Night.
Like the previous 2-nights, there’s a 45-minute difference between the 2-kick-offs with this game at Bramall Lane starting 45-minutes before the game at the Emirates.
Sheffield United remain unbeaten away from Bramall Lane after a great 1-1 draw at Molineux on Sunday.
Lys Mousset scored a very early goal after just 2-minutes to send the travelling Blunts into rapture singing their famous John Denver parody.
James from Swinton, who must feel like he’s won the lottery, got out his well weary passport as he thought Molineux was in France.
His missus drove him to the game and James was all excited thinking he was going to get some duty free at the port.
After just over an hour in the car, his missus dumped him outside Molineux and then went shopping.
Firstly, what a great girlfriend and secondly young James was straight to the lottery machine as he wasn’t sure when his luck would run out.
Unfortunately, for Chris Wilder, James and the rest of the Blunts, Wolves got a 2nd-half equaliser to dampen the spirits, however, all in all, a great day out for everyone, especially Jim’s girlfriend who went shopping and got Jimbo a great Christmas present.
Newcastle continued to defy critics on Saturday by doggedly getting a 2-2 draw against Pep’s High Flying City.
Steve Bruce isn’t the most popular man on Tyneside but he is slowly getting the fans on his side by continually getting his Magpies to perform to the best of their ability.
After falling behind against Man City, the Toon Army could easily have turned against their team, however, they backed their players and were rewarded with a 1st-half equaliser.
Jetro Willems, who has got to be nicknamed Tully by his teammates,(ask your dads!) got Newcastle level midway through the 1st-half.
Late in the game, with 10-minutes remaining, City restored their lead and looked like they were going to leave Newcastle with all the points.
Jonjo Shelvey had different ideas, converting a well-worked free-kick which was disguised beautifully to allow Jonjo to slot home.
A great goal from a great player who Big Brucey has made the Newcastle captain in the absence of Jamaal Lascelles.
Newcastle lie 14th in the Premier League table with a commendable 16-points.
The last time Newcastle played in Sheffield was in November 2009 which the Magpies beat the Blades 1-0.
This was a Championship fixture back then with Chris Morgan scoring an own goal to give the Toon Army a great night out in the Steel City.
Betway offer Sheffield United at slight Odds On 19/20, the Draw at 9/4 and 100/30 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 13/8 that there are Under 1.5 Goals and 13/2 for a 0-0 Scoreline.
ARSENAL v BRIGHTON
Amazon’s football comes to an end with this final fixture of Game Week Fifteen at the Emirates.
There’s an old song out there which starts,
“Anything you can do, I can do better.
I can do anything better than you.
No you can’t.
Yes, I can.
No, you can’t.
Yes, I can.
No, you can’t.
Yes, I can, Yes, I can”
That appears, is what the heir-achy at the Emirates were singing after their fierce North London rivals at the New Swanky Stadium decided to do last week.
After a horrendous display in the Thursday Night Europa League against Eintracht Frankfurt losing that particular game 2-1, the fans voted with their feet’s and the Emptyrates remaining crowd vented their anger against Unai, who within hours was joining Mauricio at the jobcentre.
Anything you can do Spurs!
The only thing to add that song for the Gooners is,
‘What exactly can Arsenal do better?’
No doubt the obvious names will crop up such as Carlo Ancelotti, Massimo Allegri and the likes, even some will want Arsene Wenger back and they will.
Not wanting to upset the Blunts but why don’t Arsenal look at Chris Wilder.
Chris hasn’t failed at any of his clubs.
What many won’t know about laughing Chris is before he took his beloved Sheffield United into the promised land, Chris gained promotion with Northampton Town from League 2 to League 1 as Champions.
Unlike a lot of managers, who move from clubs to clubs, after being sacked from one, just changing ties, Chris wasn’t sacked from Northampton but head hunted by Sheffield United who were themselves a League 1 club.
In his first season at Bramall Lane, Chris made Blades legend Billy Sharp, who was already in his 2nd-stint in Sheffield, the club captain and after only one season lead the Blades to the League 1 Champions.
Chris then took Billy and his fellow Blades into the Premier League after just 2-seasons in the Championship where everyone, including an EveryTip contributor, thought that Sheffield United would finish bottom of the table.
Sheffield United are currently lying 7th in the Premier League table, above Arsenal.
Utmost respect to Chris Wilder and the bosses at Arsenal wouldn’t go far wrong in offering Chris the £6 Million a year Unai reportedly earned to get Chris at the Emirates.
Brighton did what most teams haven’t this season and that was to prevent any one of the Fab Three of Liverpool from scoring, none of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino notched against the Seagulls.
Unfortunately, the Brighton back-line failed to prevent Big Virgil Van Dijk scoring 2-identical goals.
A bit of quick thinking from Lewis Dunk pulled a goal back for Harry’s Boys but the game ended in a 2-1 defeat for the Seagulls.
The annoyance for Graham Potter would probably be that he would have fancied his chances against Unai’s Gunners but with the Arsenal board deciding to end Unai’s misery, Arsenal could be a different proposition.
That said, Norwich weren’t troubled.
Last season, this was the penultimate game of the 2018/2019 Premier League season and finished in a 1-1 draw to give Chris Hughton’s Seagulls a valuable point in their fight to stay in the division.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted an early penalty to give the Gunners the lead at the break before Glenn Murray equalised midway through the 2nd-half.
Betway offer Arsenal at Odds On 8/13, the Draw at 3/1 and 9/2 for Brighton to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 5/1 that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Scores First and 19/10 that Arsenal Win to Nil.
Home Win 2-0