The blue half of Merseyside is feeling very sorry for itself, right now. A comprehensive defeat to local rivals Liverpool led to the inevitable sacking of Marco Silva, yet none of the candidates to replace him look likely to unite the Goodison faithful. Chelsea are this weekend’s visitors and Frank Lampard’s men look capable of inflicting more pain on the Toffee-men. Does John Newsome predict anything other than an easy win, for the West-Londoners? Here are his views on all upcoming matches, in game-week 16. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday
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EVERTON v CHELSEA
Early Saturday Afternoon Football live on BT Sport kicks-off Game Week Sixteen.
Everton host Chelsea at Goodison Park with the news that Marco Silva is the latest managerial casualty and has joined Mauricio, Unai and Quique down the concrete.
Marco’s Swing-Ometer was spinning around like a Catherine Wheel looking for the exit sign, prior to the loss against Liverpool.
However, Marco Silva’s future was finally decided after Wednesday’s fixture at Anfield.
It’s up to the hierarchy at Goodison as to who they should replace Marco with but who’s the answer?
Could any of these do a better job than Marco Silva?
Duncan Ferguson takes temporary charge for this game at Stamford Bridge.
Everton put up a spirited fight at Anfield but were losing 2-0 after just 17-minutes.
Michael Keane did pull a goal back for the Toffees but Liverpool quickly restored their 2-goal advantage.
Richarlison scored right on the half-time whistle but Liverpool had gone 4-1 in front by then, meaning at the break Marco’s men were trailing 4-2.
There were no further goals until the 90th-minute when Liverpool scored a 5th to give the Everton board an excuse to get rid of their man.
The 5-2 defeat against their Merseyside rivals, leaves the Toffees in the relegation places and instead of Marco heading to the Bridge, he will be watching on BT Sport.
Chelsea got back to winning ways on Wednesday when they welcomed back with open arms (and a video) Blues legend John Terry.
After all the shaking of hands and kissing, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea got down to business and beat Dean Smith’s Aston Villa 2-1.
Tammy Abraham continued his fine start to the season with the opening goal and his fellow young England teammate Mason Mount scored the Blues 2nd after Villa had equalised.
The victory keeps Chelsea in 4th-place with 29-points,
Everton beat Sarri-Ball’s Blues by the scoreline of 2-0 back in March at Goodison Park.
Richarlison opened the scoring and although Gylfi Sigurdsson missed his penalty, the ball came straight back to him to make it 2-0.
Betway offer Everton at 12/5, the Draw at 11/4 and 21/20 for Chelsea to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 9/4 that Richarlison Scores Anytime and 7/1 that Jorginho Scores Anytime.
Away Win 1-2
TOTTENHAM v BURNLEY
Tottenham could consider themselves unfortunate to come up against the best Manchester United performance in 5-years.
If United played like they did against Spurs on Wednesday, they would be challengers in all competitions.
Dele Alli equalised an early United opener, to continue his goal-scoring run under Jose.
That’s now 4-goals for young Dele since the Special One arrived at Tottenham.
The goal against United was a superb individual effort but VAR tried to spoil things by indicating the ball may have touched Dele’s arm.
If that great goal had been ruled out then the jobs over and everyone should pack in watching Football.
Luckily for all concerned, VAR were getting ready to watch I’m a Celebrity so decided not to get involved in Dele’s super goal.
After briefly getting back in the game at Old Trafford, the half-time whistle blew and within 75-seconds of the restart, Moussa Sissoko was adjudged to have fouled Marcus Rashford ultimately giving United a penalty.
Tottenham never really troubled United after that and with his belongings successfully collected from the Lowry, Jose trundled off back down to London, actually trying to claim the credit for United’s 2-1 victory.
Only Jose could manage an opposing team but still attempt to take credit for the way United played.
In the 4-games he’s been in charge, Spurs have yet to keep a clean sheet so it’s obvious as to what Jose needs to work on.
Tottenham are in 8th-position in the Premier League table with 20-points, 2-points more than today’s opponents.
Burnley were convincingly beaten at Turf Moor on Tuesday losing 4-1 against Man City.
Robbie Brady got a late consolation for the Clarets who were, at the time, losing 4-0.
That’s now back-to-back home defeats for Sean Dyche’s men which will irk the faithful as, whilst the defeat against Pep’s High Flying City could be excused, the previous loss against Crystal Palace isn’t acceptable and Sean just needs to get his team going again.
Unfortunately, after two successive home defeats, maybe a long trip to the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium, to take on a revived Jose Mourinho inspired Tottenham, is not quite what Burnley need to get back on track.
That said, Tottenham do concede goals, even with the usually defensive tactics of Jose, so Sean will know that his front men of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood will get chances.
This fixture last season was virtually 12-months ago played on the 15th of December at Tottenham’s temporary home of Wembley.
Spurs left it very late to get the victory with Christian Eriksen getting the only goal of the game in the 91st-minute.
Betway offer Tottenham at Odds On 2/5, the Draw at 15/4 and 7/1 for Burnley to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 100/30 that Dele Alli Scores First and 5/2 that Ashley Barnes Scores Anytime.
Home Win 3-2
WATFORD v CRYSTAL PALACE
Watford are looking for their 3rd-manager of the season after dismissing Quique Sanchez Flores following the defeat against Southampton.
Another number they are also looking for, which is less than 3, is their 2nd-victory of the season after once again losing midweek and remaining at the foot of the Premier League table.
The 2-0 defeat against Leicester on Wednesday was the 3rd loss in succession for the Hornets leaving them with just 8-points from their opening 15-games.
Big Sam Allardyce is checking his phone, constantly looking out for the Watford dialling code.
There is rumours that another Spaniard, also named Quique is the favourite to take over.
Quique Setien is being lined up for the vacant position in Hertfordshire.
A note to the Pozzo owners, ring Big Sam up if you want Premier League status next year, otherwise get Google maps out for directions to places like Huddersfield, Hull and Barnsley.
Crystal Palace played for over 70-minutes in the opening Amazon Prime fixture on Tuesday with just 10-men after Mamadou Sakho was given a straight Red Card in the 19th-minute against Bournemouth.
That normally would have encouraged the opposition but the Cherries lacked any positivity and the Eagles defended defiantly getting a 2nd-half goal to defeat Bournemouth 1-0.
Jeffrey Schlupp scored his 2nd-goal in 2-games to earn Palace their 2nd-victory in succession.
That puts Roy’s Boys up to 7th in the Premier League table with 21-points and the Eagles Ultras must be relishing this trip to Vicarage Rd against a struggling Watford team who are rock bottom of the Premier League table.
At Vicarage Rd last season, this was an early fixture at the end of August, with Watford beating Crystal Palace 2-1.
Following a goalless 1st-half, Roberto Pereyra and Jose Holebas got the Hornet goals, with Wilfred Zaha replying for the Eagles.
Betway offer Watford at 13/10, the Draw at 23/10 and 11/5 for Crystal Palace to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer slight Odds On 8/11 that there are Under 2.5 Goals and 7/2 that Luka Milivojevic Scores Anytime.
Away Win 0-2
BOURNEMOUTH v LIVERPOOL
After beating Manchester United following a poor run of results, Eddie Howe must have thought his Cherries had turned a corner.
Unfortunately, since that victory against the Gold Devils, Bournemouth have lost 4-straight games, so the corner Eddie turned, must have led him up a Cul-de-sac.
His juiceless Cherries had a 1-man advantage over Crystal Palace on Tuesday for over 70-minutes but couldn’t break down the Eagles defence and succumbed to a 2nd-half goal to register the 1-0 defeat.
The loss leaves Bournemouth in 14th-place in the Premier League table with 16-points, dangerously close to the relegation zone.
What’s surprising is Eddie has been linked with a move to Everton following Marco’s departure.
Eddie and the Toffees doesn’t roll off the tongue as easy as Eddie and the Cherries does so for the time being Eddie just needs to concentrate on getting his boys winning again.
What is a factor to bear in mind is that Eddie’s contract at the Vitality runs out at the end of the season and this just might be filtering into the dressing room.
Football players are fickle, so if they think their manager is on his way, they may have subconsciously downed tools for the time being which Edward needs to address.
When struggling, a visit from Jurgen’s table-topping Reds, is probably not what’s required.
Liverpool comfortably beat their Merseyside rivals on Wednesday getting a great 5-2 victory.
Jurgen mixed it up a bit by starting Divock Origi, Adam Lallana, Xhedan Shaqiri and Adrian in the goals due to Alisson’s sending off against Brighton.
Sadio Mane was in fine form and set up the 1st-two goals with 2-sublime through balls in which Divock and Xherdan both converted.
Everton pulled one back, then Divock and Sadio made it 4.
Everton did actually score themselves before half-time, which set up a brilliant 2nd-half.
Liverpool were a lot more subdued after the break but rounded off the scoring in the 90th-minute.
Georginio Wijnaldum with the 5th for the Reds to give them 43-points from a possible 45 on offer and cement their place at the top of the Premier League table.
This will be a tough couple of weeks for Jurgen’s Boys who have the Premier League, the Carabao Cup and the World Club Championship to contest.
The remarkable thing about this fixture at the Vitality is that Liverpool have beaten Bournemouth by the same scoreline of 4-0 in the last 2-seasons.
The other remarkable stat when these two meet at Anfield is the scoreline has been 3-0 in favour of the Reds.
So all in all, the past 2-seasons have seen Liverpool score 14-goals without reply.
At the Vitality last December, Mo Salah scored a hat-trick, with Steve Cook scoring an own goal to give Jurgen’s boys the 4-0 victory.
Betway offer Bournemouth at 11/2, the Draw at 7/2 and Odds On 19/40 for Liverpool to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 5/1 that Mo Salah Scores Two Plus Goals and 12/1 for a 4-0 Scoreline.
Away Win 0-4
MAN CITY v MANCHESTER UNITED
Late Saturday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports.
Man City headed the short distance over to Turf Moor for the Amazon Prime debut and came away with a comfortable 4-1 victory.
Gabriel Jesus scored twice, Roadie Rodri and Riyad Mahrez got the others to give City the win which temporarily took Pep’s boys up to 2nd in the Premier League table for 24-hours until Leicester’s subsequent victory.
Although a good win for Man City, it is another game, 8-in a row now in all competitions, that City have conceded a goal.
Pep’s Blues were beating Burnley 4-0 right up to the final minutes but couldn’t hold out and conceded a late consolation.
That will be a concern to Pep and the faithful and may just be their downfall this term in their pursuit of a number of competitions none more so than the Champions League.
Manchester United played their best game of football in 5-years on Wednesday, beating Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham 2-1 at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford, who could easily say that he was unfairly treated by Jose, scored a superb opener and was the thorn in Tottenham’s side all evening.
Spurs did equalise before half-time but Marcus won and converted a penalty minutes after the restart.
Despite a bit of late pressure from Tottenham, United held on for one of their best victories in recent times.
One player to mention that had his best game in a United shirt was Fred.
Whilst he’s not one that has justified his £50 Million price tag, Fred did go some way in appeasing the United faithful with his performance against Tottenham.
If he keeps that up over the coming weeks the doubters and detractors will come around and Fred could easily become a fans favourite.
Gary Neville said recently that United need 2 or 3 players in January.
United are in phases with Ole, the 1st-phase was to get rid of a couple of big players, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez and quite possibly Paul Pogba.
Some would say Ole needed to get rid of some bad eggs, however, that would be unfair to call human beings bad eggs.
It’s fair to say that Rom and Alexis didn’t have the best of times at Old Trafford but it’s also not fair to call them bad eggs.
Ole has achieved Phase 1, now phase 2 is to get 2 or 3 experienced players into the squad in January, to take them up to the summer.
Even if these experienced players are not going to play every game, just get them in to help the youngsters.
Phases 3 and 4 will come after this season as ended.
Jose Mourinho was in charge when United last visited the Etihad in one of his final games before the Special One checked out of the Lowry.
Pep got the upper hand over Jose that day in November 2018, getting a comfortable 3-1 victory.
David Silva and Sergio Aguero gave City a 2-0 lead before Anthony Martial pulled a goal back for the Pink Devil’s to give the United faithful brief hope of a comeback.
Unfortunately, not to be as Ilkay Gundogan scored late on to give the Noisy Neighbours bragging rights.
Betway offer Man City at slight Odds On 30/100, the Draw at 19/4 and a massive 8/1 for Manchester United to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 4/1 that Raheem Sterling Scores First and 7/2 that Marcus Rashford Scores Anytime.
NEWCASTLE v SOUTHAMPTON
An early Sunday start for the Saints with this being a Sunday Afternoon kickoff, however, not a live TV game in England.
Newcastle left Bramall Lane on Thursday with a great 2-0 victory against Sheffield United.
The very exciting Allan Saint-Maximin put Newcastle ahead in the 1st-half.
Midway through the 2nd-period Jonjo Shelvey scored a controversial 2nd goal for the Magpies which VAR got involved.
Unfortunately at Stockley Park, they had not kept up with their Amazon Prime subscription and with their Direct Debit cancelled, were watching DIY SOS so just said to the On-field referee that it was a goal.
Another great result for Steve Bruce who would have been pleased as an ex-Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United boss to get a result over his old club, where he started his managerial career.
The Toon Army were straight out in Sheffield looking for a greasy chip butty.
Southampton recorded back-to-back victories on Wednesday.
Following Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Watford, the Saints followed that up with another 2-1 victory against Norwich.
Danny Ings and Ryan Bertrand got the 1st-half goals against the Canaries before conceding a 2nd-half goal.
The victory and Everton’s subsequent loss as lifted the Saints out of the bottom 3 which is all that the fans can wish for.
Those fans, however, will have to get up early for this long trip up to Newcastle and the 600-miles plus round trip.
It’s surprising that the Premier League fixture compilers haven’t put this game as a Saturday 17.30 PM kickoff, or the late Sunday Afternoon game.
At St James Park last April, Newcastle got a great 3-1 victory over Southampton.
Ayoze Perez scored a hat-trick for the Magpies before his move to Leicester with Mario Lemina getting the Saints consolation before his move to Galatasaray.
Betway offer Newcastle at 17/10, the Draw at 21/10 and 9/5 for Southampton to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 19/4 that Miguel Almiron Scores Anytime and 16/5 that Newcastle Win to Nil.
Home Win 2-0
NORWICH v SHEFFIELD UNITED
Another Sunday Afternoon Football, however, not a live TV game in England.
After a great 2-0 victory against Everton and a 2-2 draw against Arsenal last Sunday, Norwich were beaten 2-1 midweek against Southampton and remain in the bottom 3 of the Premier League table with 11-points, 4-points from safety.
Teemu Pukki did get his 8th-goal of the campaign against the Saints, which on a personal note, is a great achievement for the little Finn.
All Daniel Farke can do is remain positive and see if there are any funds available in January to bring in a few new recruits to freshen up the squad.
In the 15-games the Canaries have played so far, there are only 2-draws on the record so it’s clear to see that Daniel does like to go for the victory, however, that does leave them vulnerable at the back which ultimately results in a loss.
Maybe Dan just needs to have a look at trying to keep a clean sheet and try and stop the losses, get a few more draws then work from there.
Easier said than done!
Sheffield United’s fine run of good results where they were unbeaten in 7-games, came to an end on Thursday Night.
The Blades suffered a 2-0 defeat against Newcastle.
The 2nd-goal awarded when VAR, who had misunderstood the Amazon Prime situation and had left a note on the Stockley Park door saying “Please leave the parcel in the Blue Bin” were unable to confirm that Andy Carroll was offside when he set up Jonjo Shelvey to slot home.
Chris Wilder was not happy, it showed in his facial expression.
Chris gave a rare start to Blades legend Billy Sharp but Billy failed, on this occasion, to take his chance.
James from Swinton wasn’t happy either with VAR, however, Jimbo, bless him, struggles to spell VAR on most occasions and mistakes it sometimes for RAV, which is a Toyota car, something James knows nothing about.
The Blunts are all frantically looking for their passports again, as they rightly think Norwich is in Norfolk but wrongly assume Norfolk is in the Netherlands.
The defeat leaves Sheffield United in 9th-place in the Premier League, with 19-points, which is still a great return for laughing Chris.
The Blades are still unbeaten this season away from Bramall Lane so will want to keep up that statistic at Carrow Rd.
Last season’s game between these 2-sides at Carrow Rd finished in a 2-2 draw, however, not a Premier League fixture but a Championship game before both were promoted to the Top Flight.
Onel Hernandez and Teemu Pukki scored the Norwich goals, with the Blades legend Billy Sharp scoring twice to give both teams a share of the points.
Betway offer Norwich at 15/8, the Draw at 5/2 and 7/5 for Sheffield United to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 23/10 that Todd Cantwell Scores Anytime and 7/2 that Lys Mousset Scores First.
ASTON VILLA v LEICESTER
Early Sunday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports.
Aston Villa put up a spirited display down at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday but ultimately, came away, suffering a 2-1 defeat against the Blues.
After going a goal behind, Trezeguet scored an equaliser to put both teams level at the break.
Unfortunately, for Dean Smith’s Claret and Blues, they conceded a 2nd-half goal which ultimately cost them the points.
This will be another tough ask at Villa Park against a brilliant inform Leicester team.
Leicester continued their fine period with their 7th-win in succession following another 2-0 victory against Watford on Wednesday.
That’s the 4th-victory by the same scoreline of 2-0 in the 7-games and the 6th-time in those 7, that the Foxes have scored 2-goals.
The other game out of the 7, Brendan’s Wonderful Human Beings scored 9.
The 2-James once again got Leicester’s goals against Watford.
Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy converted a 2nd-half penalty and with time running out, James Maddison made it 2-0 again.
Rod Stewart is still not happy.
He’s Celtic, United but Brendan has decided that Leicester is the best place to be.
Maybe Rod will have a smile on his face after Sunday’s Scottish League Cup Final against Rangers, at Hampden Park.
He most probably will be Sailing if his beloved Green and White Hoops get the victory.
It was January 2016, that Leicester last visited Villa Park with Rudy Gestede scoring a 2nd-half equaliser for Villa to cancel out Shinji Okazaki’s 1st-half goal for the Foxes.
As it turned out, Riyad Mahrez’s missed Penalty on the half-hour mark wasn’t too costly for the Blues.
The point gained by Leicester in the 1-1 draw almost 4-years ago helped them on the way to winning the Premier League title in their historic year.
Betway offer Aston Villa at 100/30, the Draw at 3/1 and slight Odds On 3/4 for Leicester to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 100/30 that Conor Hourihane Scores Anytime and 13/5 that Jamie Vardy Scores First.
Away Win 1-3
BRIGHTON v WOLVES
Late Sunday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports.
Brighton stunned relegation-threatened Arsenal on Thursday beating the Gunners 2-1 at the Amex.
Big defender Adam Webster opened the scoring for the Seagulls in the 1st-half.
Arsenal equalised after the break but Graham Potter’s men weren’t going to be denied and with 10-minutes remaining, Neal Maupay made it 2-1 in favour of Brighton to give them their 1st-victory in 4-games, after 3-straight defeats.
Although 3-straight defeats, those were against Liverpool, Leicester and Manchester United so no disgrace there and to beat Arsenal will give the Seagull faithful tremendous hope for the coming games.
That puts Harry Potters Boys up to 13th in the Premier League table with 18-points which is only 5-points behind Wolves in 5th-place, so this is a huge game to close the gap.
Wolves went 5th in the Premier League table on Wednesday following a great 2-0 victory against West Ham.
Leander Dendoncker opened the scoring for Wolves midway through the 1st-half to give them the lead at the break.
Patrick Cutrone, who had come on as an 84th-minute substitute, scored 2-minutes later to give Nuno’s Gold and Blacks the 2-0 victory and their 3rd win in the last 4-games and 10-points from a possible 12 on offer.
With games coming thick and fast and juggling the Europa League adventure, Nuno is doing a great job at Molineux, which as levered him into pole position for the vacant Arsenal manager’s position.
Would Nuno leave Molineux to head to the Emirates?
Old stager Glenn Murray’s solitary goal was the difference between these 2-teams when Wolves last visited the Amex last season.
Betway offer Brighton at 17/10, the Draw at 21/10 and 9/5 for Wolves to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer Odds On 4/7 that there are Under 2.5 Goals and 5/1 for a 1-1 Scoreline.
WEST HAM v ARSENAL
Monday Night Football live on Sky Sports.
The good thing for the neutral is that both of these teams are rubbish at the moment so anything could happen.
After stunning Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, West Ham lost 2-0 against Wolves on Wednesday, meaning they have accrued just 5-points from a possible 27-on offer, in the last 9-games, leaving them 15th in the Premier League table with 16-points.
With it currently being sacking-season, which is ironic really, as Christmas is looming and Santa Claus always brings a sack, Manuel Pellegrini must be fearing the worst and it’s rumoured he’s already messaged Mauricio, Unai, Quique and Marco in their little Wats App support group, which is getting more members by the day.
It’s understood that Manuel’s message simply read,
“How do you fill these Job Seekers Allowance forms in boys?”
Arsenal are just struggling at the moment, with the famous U2 song ringing out regarding Unai Emery.
‘With or without you’
The Gunners are just rubbish, with or without Unai at the helm and need someone in quick to steady the ship.
Freddie Ljungberg has overseen the last 2-games since Unai joined Mauricio down the concrete but has had to watch his beloved team concede 4-goals in 2-games.
Following Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Norwich, Arsenal went down to the South Coast and lost 2-1 against Brighton on Thursday.
Alexandre Lacazette had equalised for the Gunners just after the break but as with most games Arsenal contest, they concede late goals which either result in draws, or, like against Brighton, a defeat.
Former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, who some of the Gooners wanted as the new gaffer, has said he will not be returning to management until the summer, ruling out the possibility of taking over at Arsenal midway through the season.
Freddie was once voted the 11th Best ever Arsenal player, which is a great individual achievement, however, he is dangerously close to being voted Arsenal’s worst-ever Caretaker Manager and desperately needs a victory against their London rivals.
The defeat against Brighton leaves Arsenal 10th in the Premier League table with 19-points, which is just 3-more than today’s opponents.
At the London Stadium in January Declan Rice scored for the Hammers to give Manuel Pellegrini’s Bubbles a 1-0 victory over Unai’s Gunners.
Betway offer West Ham at 5/2, the Draw at 100/30 and slight Odds On 7/8 for Arsenal to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 15/4 that Mark Noble Scores Anytime and 13/5 that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Scores First.