Jurgen Klopp’s men have become an absolute winning machine and it surely won’t be long before some bookies start paying out on them finally getting their hands on a Premier League title. Watford will be expected to carry little threat, despite Liverpool playing a tough midweek away encounter in the Champions League. Does John Newsome predict a rout? Here are his views on all upcoming matches, in game-week 17. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday
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LIVERPOOL v WATFORD
Early Saturday Afternoon Football live on BT Sport.
Liverpool comfortably beat Bournemouth at the Vitality on Saturday, getting a great 3-0 away victory.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mo Salah with the Reds goals that keep them top of the Premier League table with 46-points from a possible 48-on offer.
With Man City’s subsequent defeat against Manchester United later in the day, Jurgen’s boys are a staggering 14-points ahead of Pep’s Citizens.
That would require Liverpool to lose 5-games from the remaining 22 and City to win all 22 for Man City to retain their Premier League title.
It’s unlikely that Liverpool will lose any game, let alone 5 of them.
The realistic challenger for the title is now Leicester with the Foxes just 8-points behind the Reds.
Liverpool do have a lot of games to play over the coming weeks, more so than Leicester as the Reds have the unusual task of playing 2-games on consecutive days in mid-December.
On Tuesday the 17th of December, Liverpool head to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup.
The following day, Liverpool then play in Doha in the World Club Cup which is their reward for winning the Champions League in June.
The game in Doha, less than 24-hours after the game at Villa Park, is classed as a Semi-Final of the World Club Cup so, in theory, Liverpool will have 2-extra games in the desert.
The Semi-Final and either the Final or the dreaded and utterly pointless Third Place Play-off.
In that Semi-Final, Liverpool will come up against an opponent from one of Al-Sadd, Monterrey, Hienghene Sport, Esperance de Tunis, or Al-Hilal who will fight it out amongst themselves to take on the Reds.
Flamengo from Brazil, also in the World Club Cup, are the other guaranteed Semi-Finalists.
The convoluted way that the World Club Cup is staged is as follows.
Al-Sadd, as hosts, play first against Hienghene in what’s classed as a ‘play-off’.
The winners of that game take on Monterrey in what’s classed as a ‘quarter-final’.
Esperance de Tunis play Al-Hilal in the other ‘quarter-final’.
The winners of those 2-quarter-finals, take on Liverpool and Flamengo in the Semis, with Liverpool likely to face either Esperance de Tunis or Al-Hilal.
The Final of that particular competition takes place on Saturday 21st of December so Liverpool’s Premier League fixture, for Game Week Eighteen, against West Ham, is to be rescheduled.
Jurgen has already stated that there will be 2-different teams fielded for both games.
Firstly at Villa Park, in the Carabao Cup, the team will probably consist of a lot of the Liverpool youngsters, the next day in Doha, a squad which mirrors the Premier League starting eleven.
The fixture congestion comes from being a very successful team and Liverpool, as a team, have the resources to compete in all competitions.
The problem is really for the faithful, who some will have seen every Liverpool game home and away for years.
Now they have to find a way of getting from Villa Park to Doha in less than 24-hours.
Of course, there are ways to do it, Villa Park is close to Birmingham Airport so maybe there are flights already lined up but it is still an inconvenience and the fans, once again, are the last to be thought of.
Good luck Jurgen in Doha!
Good luck also to Nigel Pearson as he starts life in the Hornets Hot Seat.
Big Nigel will certainly need it as he takes his lacklustre Watford side up to Anfield which is definitely a baptism of fire.
Watford did stop the losing streak at the weekend but failed to score in the 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace.
With big Nigel up in the stands, the caretaker boss Aiden Mullins started Troy Deeney and with Troy gaining valuable match time following a long lay off due to injury, Nigel will have a great player in his team that Javi and Quique, unfortunately, couldn’t call upon as the Hornets languish at the foot of the table.
Nigel Pearson will have his work cut out in his task at Vicarage Rd but it’s not beyond comprehension that he will take Watford out of the relegation places.
Liverpool will have been in Austria prior to this fixture against Watford, taking on RB Salzburg in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, in a crucial game that Liverpool need to win if they are to continue in the competition.
When Javi Gracia headed to Merseyside last season, Liverpool smashed Watford getting a great 5-0 victory.
Both Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk scored 2-goals with Divock Origi getting the other.
Nigel will have had a week to shape his Hornets but the scoreline might just be similar, if not the same as in February.
Betway offer Liverpool at Odds On 1/5, the Draw at 6/1 and a massive 12/1 for Watford to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 4/1 that Sadio Mane Scores Two Plus Goals and Evens 1/1 that Liverpool Win to Nil.
Home Win 4-0
BURNLEY v NEWCASTLE
Burnley headed to the new Tottenham stadium on Saturday to take on a revitalised Jose Mourinho inspired Spurs and came away battered and bruised.
After losing at Old Trafford in midweek, Tottenham blitzed the Clarets with Sean Dyche’s men succumbing to a 5-0 defeat.
That’s now 3-defeats in a row which Sean needs to quickly put a stop to.
Ashley Barnes did miss the defeat against Spurs due to a groin injury and Sean will be hoping that Ashley has recovered after a weeks rest.
Newcastle registered back-to-back victories on Sunday, coming from a goal behind to beat Southampton 2-1.
Jonjo Shelvey scored his 5th-goal of the campaign and his 3rd-goal in consecutive games to put Newcastle level following the Saints opener.
Federico Fernandez got the winner with 3-minutes remaining to give Steve Bruce’s Magpies a great victory.
What is significant in the Newcastle display is, in consecutive games, Steve has thrown on Big Andy Carroll midway through the 2nd-half and on both occasions, the Big fella has passed the ball on for Jonjo to score.
It would be easy to think Big Brucey should start Andy in this game at Turf Moor, however, Steve could just decide to leave him on the bench again for the time being.
It will only be a matter of time though before Andy starts in place of Joelinton or Miguel Almiron.
A quick word about Miguel Almiron.
The little Paraguayan has played 26-times for Newcastle, 10 last season and 16 this term and has yet to score.
It’s fair to say that a fat bald 50-year old EveryTip contributor who can still play a bit, would have scored a goal in the time Miguel has graced the hallowed St James Park and the other grounds around the country.
If Big Brucey is struggling for a striker to replace Miguel, he knows who to contact.
At Turf Moor last November, a Ben Mee own goal and a Ciaran Clark header, before Sam Vokes replied for Burnley, gave Newcastle a 2-1 victory, sending the Toon Army home in raptures.
All 3-goals were scored before the half-time whistle.
Betway offer Burnley at Evens 1/1, the Draw at 5/2 and 14/5 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer Evens 1/1 that there are Over 2.5 Goals and 3/1 that Jonjo Shelvey Scores Anytime.
CHELSEA v BOURNEMOUTH
Frank Lampard would have been licking his lips at the beginning of the week with the prospect of going up to Goodison Park to take on a struggling Marco Silva side.
Unfortunately for Frank, Everton were demolished in the Amazon by their Merseyside rivals Liverpool and the bosses at Everton sent Marco down the concrete and put Duncan Ferguson in temporary charge.
For those who are unfamiliar with Duncan Ferguson, firstly, Big Duncan is so-called because Big Duncan is Big.
Secondly, Duncan is an Everton legend, scoring countless goals for the Toffees.
Frank must have been shaking his head when he found out Big Duncan was in temporary charge of the Toffees.
The Everton players may pick and choose when they want to perform under various managers, the players may decide that they are not performing for Marco if they feel that way but one things for certain, the Everton players don’t pick and choose how they want to perform under Duncan.
It’s not their choice, Duncan says perform lads or else!
If Duncan says ‘tomorrow is Wednesday’ then tomorrow IS Wednesday, irrelevant as to what day it actually is.
A few years back and this is fact, not fiction, a burglar decided to break into Big Duncan’s home on the Wirral.
What the plucky thief didn’t envisage was that Duncan was asleep upstairs.
Most, when confronted with a burglar downstairs and the partner is digging in the ribs saying ‘there’s someone downstairs’ would freak out and be looking for the phone to call the police.
Not Big Dunc!
The legend did look for his phone and dialled 999 but only after he had gone downstairs and battered the living daylights out of said burglar.
When the operator at the emergency services asked what Dunc wanted,
‘Police, Fire or Ambulance?’
Big Duncan simply replied in his quiet Scottish accent.
‘Police, Oh and you’d better send an ambulance too hen’
It’s definitely Wednesday tomorrow!
Chelsea lost 3-1 against Everton.
Mateo Kovacic with the solitary goal for the Blues up on Merseyside.
What might be a concern for Frank Lampard is, that is now 3-defeats in the last 4-games for the Blues which needs to be rectified.
Chelsea have also this week had there Transfer Embargo lifted.
Frank and Chelsea are free to make signings in January after their 2-window Transfer ban was halved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Whilst Frank has a decent squad at the moment, they do need a couple in just to keep the youngsters on their toes and add experience.
Nathan Ake, currently at Bournemouth, is a January target, along with Jadon Sancho, Ben Chilwell and Wilfried Zaha.
Nathan was at the Bridge at the beginning of his career but wasn’t considered good enough at the time and was allowed to leave.
£40 Million could bring him back, along with £100 Million for Jadon and a few more bob for Ben and Wilfried.
The signings in January have to be selective as Frank doesn’t want to upset the apple cart but with Roman Abramovich’s dollar, Chelsea can cement a Top 4 place.
Bournemouth were once again beaten by Liverpool on Saturday and it appears it doesn’t matter whether the Cherries play Liverpool at Anfield or the Vitality, Bournemouth lose and for that matter, don’t score.
In the last 5 games against Liverpool, 3 at the Vitality and 2 at Anfield, Bournemouth have an aggregate losing score of 17-0.
Eddie Howe has been linked with the vacant Everton managers job but that’s now 5-straight defeats in a row for Eddie and his Cherries.
It leaves Bournemouth with 16-points, just 1-point above the relegation places.
A trip to a wounded Chelsea at Stamford Bridge is probably not what Eddie needs at the minute.
Chelsea entertain Lille on Tuesday night in a must-win Champions League tie prior to this game against Bournemouth.
A single Eden Hazard goal, late in the game, gave the Blues a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge just before Christmas last season.
Betway offer Chelsea at Odds On 1/4, the Draw at 11/2 and 9/1 for Bournemouth to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 23/10 that Tammy Abraham Scores First and 6/5 that Chelsea Win to Nil.
Home Win 2-0
SHEFFIELD UNITED v ASTON VILLA
A battle of the 2-promoted teams with Sheffield United, currently doing the better of the 2-newbies.
After going behind at Carrow Rd and trailing 1-0 at the break, 2-second half goals from Enda Stevens and George Baldock gave the Blades a great 2-1 victory over the 3rd newbie to the Premier League.
Chris Wilder was happy on this occasion, although it wasn’t obvious from his face.
VAR got involved again, James from Swinton was trying to get his Nokia 8310 to predictive spell VAR when he was texting his one mate.
James hasn’t yet comprehended a Wats App group yet, as he thinks his 2-contacts in his phone and him warrant the title of a group.
The Nokia spelt VAR, RAV, so James text read ‘RAV is rubbish’
Let’s hope James doesn’t work for Toyota.
The other contact in James phone is his dog.
Another great result for the Blades who remain unbeaten away from Bramall Lane.
It’s usually the home games that a team relies on to get the points but Sheffield United are picking up more away from home and have lost 4-times at their place.
Maybe it’s the rendition of Annies Song that is affecting them.
Any team that hears ‘like a night out in Sheffield’ must get inspired, as who doesn’t like a night out in Sheffield.
In one night out in the famous Steel City, a guy ordered a round of drinks, 6-pints of Magnet, 2-pints of Fruit Cider (James preferred tipple) a Dubonnet and Coke and a packet of Pork Scratchings and it cost him £6.93.
Like a night out in Sheffield!
Go on John Denver.
The victory against Norwich keeps United in a cluster of 4-teams with 22-points, in 8th position in the Premier League table.
Aston Villa took on Brendan’s Wonderful Human Beings on Sunday and we’re soundly beaten at Villa Park.
In truth, the 4-1 scoreline flattered Villa who were simply outplayed by the Foxes.
Jack Grealish did get a consolation goal right on half-time but Villa were already trailing 2-0 at that point.
Villa conceded 2-more after the break.
That is 2-defeats in succession for Dean Smith’s men who fall to 17th place in the Premier League table with 15-points, the same as Southampton who are in the drop zone.
At Bramall Lane, last season, Chris Wilder’s Blades comfortably beat Steve Bruce’s Villains 4-1 in early September.
Big Brucey only lasted another month at Villa Park, following a run of poor results and a Cabbage incident, before he was shown the concrete and replaced by Dean Smith.
This fixture last season, however, was a Championship game before both teams were promoted to the Top Flight.
Jack O’Connell, Mark Duffy and Oliver Norwood gave the Blades a 3-0 lead at half-time.
Billy Sharp made it 4-0 just after the break before Anwar El-Ghazi got a consolation for Villa.
Betway offer Sheffield United at slight Odds On 10/11, the Draw at 13/5 and 3/1 for Aston Villa to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 14/5 that Lys Mousset Scores Anytime and Odds On 4/5 that there are Over 2.5 Goals.
Home Win 3-1
LEICESTER v NORWICH
As football matches go, this is probably one of the easiest games on offer to predict.
Even the Norwich faithful are lumping on Leicester, as the little Canaries are surely Fox food.
Brendan’s Wonderful Human Beings comfortably beat Aston Villa 4-1 on Sunday with Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy getting a brace, the opener and the fourth.
Kelechi Iheanacho and Jonny Evans with the Leicester goals in between Jamie’s strikes.
That’s 9-straight victories for Brendan and Leicester, 8-straight in the Premier League.
Leicester are now the serious threat to Liverpool’s inaugural Premier League title.
Surely Liverpool can’t and won’t blow the title, surely Leicester can’t do a, well, a Leicester and win the Premier League for a 2nd-time.
One thing is for certain after so many Shirley’s is Brendan and Leicester will push Liverpool all the way.
With Jamie Ravdy in the side, don’t throw the betting slips away just yet, just keep them handy, because Brendan is Leicester not Celtic!
Norwich took the lead against Sheffield United on Sunday with Alex Tettey getting an early goal.
Unfortunately, for Daniel Farke-Life, Norwich conceded 2-second-half goals to ultimately lose the game 2-1 against their fellow promoted side from Yorkshire.
After a home defeat, a trip to the King Power is probably not what the Norwich faithful would want.
At least they will get a Melton Mowbray pie to go with the Coleman’s mustard.
It’s been a few years since Norwich last travelled to the King Power.
In February 2016, the Foxes hate up the Canaries, with Leonardo Ulloa getting the solitary goal in a 1-0 victory.
Although a defeat for Alex Neil’s Norwich side, they still can consider themselves part of the historic Leicester Premier League Title Win, giving Claudio Ranieri’s team another 3-points on their way to the title.
Betway offer Leicester at Odds On 2/9, the Draw at 11/2 and 12/1 for Norwich to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 7/4 that Jamie Vardy Scores First and 21/20 that Leicester Win to Nil.
Home Win 4-0
SOUTHAMPTON v WEST HAM
Late Saturday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports.
After 2-successive victories, Southampton suffered a defeat on Saturday losing 2-1 against Newcastle making the long journey back home an arduous one for the Saints faithful.
That is actually the 3rd, 2-1 scoreline in a row for Southampton, the others being 2-1 victories, however, the 2-victories were against Norwich and Watford who are the only 2-sides that the Saints are above.
Wreck-It Ralph doesn’t appear to be under the same pressure has Manuel but defeat for either team could spell the end for one, if not both, of Ralph or Manuel.
West Ham took the lead against Arsenal at the London Stadium on Monday Night Football with Angelo Ogbonna scoring a 1st-half Hammers goal.
Unfortunately, for West Ham, they conceded 3-goals in 9-minutes after the break to give Manuel Pellegrini another defeat and heap serious pressure on the Chilean manager who may just be joining the Wats App group.
The Bubbles have only registered 1-victory from the last 10-Premier League games, leaving them lying 16th in the Premier League table with 16-points just 1-point ahead of the relegation places.
At St Mary’s, the day after Boxing Day, last year, West Ham took the spoils getting a 2-1 victory over Southampton.
After a goalless 1st-half, Nathan Redmond gave Ralph’s boys a lead.
Unfortunately, the lead didn’t last long, when Felipe Anderson scored 2-quick fire goals to give the Hammers the away day victory.
Betway offer Southampton at slight Odds On 10/11, the Draw at 14/5 and 14/5 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 14/5 that Danny Ings Scores First and 6/4 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
Home Win 3-1
MANCHESTER UNITED v EVERTON
Early Sunday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports.
Ole’s at the wheel, tell us how good does it feel, with Tony, Marcus and Fred.
Fred? What’s happened there then?
He’s gone from Fred Karno who should be in the Circus to Fred Can who’s rivalling Roy Keane as a Manchester United midfield general.
It’s like the films where Tom Hanks wakes up as a 10-year old.
He’s supposed to be a grown-up, like when United signed Fred but he’s acting like a youth, like the umpteen games Fred has played in, before the Tottenham game, where he had his best game in a United shirt.
Now Fred has regressed back to a grown-up Tom Hanks and is starting to believe in himself.
He’s now playing like a £20 Million player, there’s still £30 Million plus to go but Fred, hopefully, will get there.
At the minute every United fan are looking at each other and saying
‘Who’s that number 17? he has Fred on his shirt but that’s not the Fred we have all come to ridicule, that number 17 is not too shabby’ Fred’s new name in the United dressing room is Fred!
As up until now he’s been called several other names since he arrived in Manchester.
Ole’s definitely back behind the wheel after not one but two brilliant results in the space of 3-days.
It was rumoured that Ole had 2-games to save his future at Old Trafford.
The United hierarchy kindly waited until they faced Tottenham and Man City to give Ole the ultimatum.
Ole has gone from ringing Mauricio, Unai and Marco up about seeing how to complete a Job Seekers Allowance form, to ringing the estate agents to get an extension on his rent agreement on his two up and two down in Prestwich.
Quique had sent Ole a Wats App group invitation but for the time being Ole has declined.
After the brilliant victory against Jose’s Tottenham, United took on and beat Noisy Neighbours City 2-1 in the late Saturday Afternoon kickoff.
Marcus Rashford got his 10th goal of the season to open the scoring for United, with Anthony Martial adding a 2nd to give United a 2-0 lead at half-time.
City did pull a goal back but Ole’s Wheels held on for a famous victory to add another defeat to Pep’s Citizens.
United are up to 5th in the Premier League table with 24-points, 5-points behind Chelsea in 4th.
Sometimes in life, people need a sail to help them get over the restricting wave.
Tom Hanks sail came along in Castaway after 4-years stuck on a desert island.
Ole’s sail may just have turned up too.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has had to deal with speculation that ‘he’s not the right man for the job’ ‘shouldn’t have sold Lukaku’ ‘should get Pochettino in’ ‘2-defeats away from the sack’
‘Get back to Molde’
Well, Ole’s going nowhere, he’s at the wheel and all the United faithful are behind him, phase 1 complete.
Everton’s bosses took the decision to sack Marco Silva after a disastrous 5-2 mauling at the hands of their bitter Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
The players were all sat there smug, with a smile on their faces thinking ‘we’ve got rid of another one, who’s next?’ Laughter rang out amongst them until someone said ‘yeah forget Marco Bronze, Duncan Ferguson is going to take charge of us temporarily’ The whole Toffees squad looked around at each other and gulped’
A few of the new fellas said ‘Why? What’s up, guys ?’
They don’t know, do they?
As a player, you can play or down tools for whoever takes your fancy.
David Moyes? Whatever.
Roberto Martinez? Yes.
Ronald Koeman? Who?
Sam Allardyce? Yes.
Marco Silva? Gone.
All neither here nor there, however, if Duncan Ferguson is in charge, the players don’t down tools, they play to the very best of their ability and then some.
Big Dunc doesn’t need to speak on most occasions, just a stare from those eyes and the players perform.
Everton beat Chelsea 3-1 on Saturday with Richarlison and a double from Dominic Calvert-Lewin getting the goals to give Duncan his first victory.
There is talk about several people including Niko Kovac and Marcelo Gallardo but the Toffees bosses won’t go far wrong in giving Duncan Ferguson the job full-time.
Big Dunc wants it and so do the players, forget Hosey Espirillo or Jorge Cantdoit, give Big Dunc the job.
One thing is guaranteed if Duncan is in the gaffer’s seat, the players will think twice about downing tools.
United play in the dreaded Europa League on Thursday prior to this visit from Everton.
AZ Alkmaar visit Old Trafford but United have already qualified for the knockout stages of that particular competition so the team Ole fields against AZ should be a lot different from the eleven against the Toffees.
Manchester United beat Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford in late October 2018, in one of Jose Mourinho’s final games in charge.
Paul Pogba had his 1st-half penalty saved but the ball rebounded back to him, which Paul slotted home.
Anthony Martial made it 2-0 after the break before Gylfi Sigurdsson had more luck with his penalty to give the Toffees faithful brief hope of a comeback.
Unfortunately, time ran out for Everton and the Red Devil’s got the victory.
Betway offer Manchester United at slight Odds On 3/4, the Draw at 13/5 and 4/1 for Everton to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 17/4 that Marcus Rashford Scores Two Plus Goals and 23/10 that Richarlison Scores Anytime.
Home Win 3-1
WOLVES v TOTTENHAM
A Sunday Afternoon game, however, not a live TV game in England.
Wolves went ahead at the Amex on Sunday but within minutes Diogo Jota’s opener was cancelled out by 2-quick fire Brighton goals.
Diogo scored Wolves and his 2nd just before the half-time whistle to take them in level at the break.
There were no further goals in the 2nd-half to give Wolves a point from the 2-2 draw.
Nuno’s men are now unbeaten in 8-games in all competitions and lie 6th in the Premier League table with 24-points, 1 more than today’s opponents.
Tottenham comfortably beat Bournemouth 5-0 at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Jose’s new-look Spurs were leading the Cherries 3-0 at half-time with goals from Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and a superb individual effort from Son Heung-Min who ran the full length of the pitch to score one of the goals of the season so far.
Harry Kane scored his 2nd after the break with Moussa Sissoko rounding off the scoring in the 5-0 victory.
That’s Tottenham’s first clean sheet under Jose which will have pleased him as much as the victory.
Both teams will have competed in their respective European competitions prior to this game.
Wolves take on Besiktas at Molineux on Thursday night in their Europa League tie, whilst Tottenham head to Germany the night before to take on Bayern in the Champions League.
The key to those 2-games is both have already qualified for the knockout stages so Nuno and Jose can rest players ahead of this Premier League fixture.
At Molineux last term, goals from Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane gave Tottenham a 3-0 lead before Wolves started to play and scored 2-late goals.
The strange thing about the 2-goals that Wolves got, was both were penalties, however, Ruben Neves, who converted the 1st-spot-kick, even though he was still on the pitch, didn’t take the 2nd-one.
Raul Jimenez stepped up to convert the 2nd-penalty awarded but time ran out for Nuno’s men and Tottenham held on for the victory.
Betway offer Wolves at 23/10, the Draw at 12/5 and 6/5 for Tottenham to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 11/2 that Raul Jimenez Scores First and 12/5 that Son Heung-Min Scores Anytime.
ARSENAL v MAN CITY
Late Sunday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports.
Arsenal came from behind on Monday Night Football trailing 1-0 at half-time at the London Stadium.
Interim coach, Freddie Ljungberg must have had a strong chat with the boys at the break, as the Gunners came out and scored 3-goals in the 2nd-half to give Freddie and the Dreamers a much needed 3-1 victory against West Ham.
Youngster Gabriel Martinelli, who was included in an EveryTip article back in July about the Best Young Premier League players on show this season, got the equaliser for Arsenal.
Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored 2-quick fire goals to take the game away from the Hammers and leave Arsenal in a cluster of 4-teams with 22-points.
Ten points behind today’s opponents.
Freddie Ljungberg may just be in charge at the Emirates for a while yet as there aren’t many other candidates on offer.
Man City have virtually surrendered their Premier League title to Liverpool after yet another defeat, this time against Noisy Neighbours Manchester United.
City were comprehensively beaten by Ole’s Wheels in the late Saturday Afternoon kickoff losing 2-1.
Nicolas Otamendi did pull a goal back late on and the Citizens had 10-minutes of pressure against the Red Devil’s but ultimately were unsuccessful leaving Pep’s Low Flying City in 3rd-position, a massive 14-points behind Jurgen’s Liverpool and look like they will have to put all the eggs in the Champions League basket.
Arsenal head to Belgium on Thursday to take on Standard Liege in an important Europa League fixture which could see Standard eliminate the Gunners.
Could, because Standard need a lot of scenarios to go their way to prevent Arsenal from progressing.
Even with a loss against the Belgium side, Arsenal should be ok, having a far superior goal difference over Standard Liege.
Man City have their own European adventure this week and have the furthest to travel out of all the teams playing midweek.
City head to Croatia on Wednesday to take on Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.
Pep’s boys are comfortably through to the knockout stages so could rest a few before this game at the Emirates.
This was a Game Week 1 fixture last season giving Unai Emery an early 2-0 defeat in his start in the Arsenal Hot Seat, following on from Arsene Wenger.
Raheem Sterling and the Bernardo of the Silva’s got the City goals to give Pep’s High Flying City a great start to their Premier League title-winning season.
Betway offer Arsenal at 9/2, the Draw at 17/4 and Odds On 19/40 for Man City to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 4/1 that Raheem Sterling Scores First and 21/10 that City Win to Nil.
Away Win 0-3
CRYSTAL PALACE v BRIGHTON
Monday Night Football live on Sky Sports.
The Eagles v The Seagulls.
Crystal Palace drew 0-0 on Saturday against Watford which leaves the Eagles unbeaten in the last 3-games.
There wasn’t much action at Vicarage Rd but this game against Brighton is usually a lively affair so the Eagle Ultras should have a bit more to shout about.
Wilfried Zaha is in fine form at the moment which could potentially see a bid come in for him from Chelsea when the Transfer Window opens in January.
Brighton played in a very exciting game last Sunday at the Amex.
After going a goal behind against Wolves, Neal Maupay and Davy Propper scored 2-quick fire goals to put the Seagulls ahead.
The lead didn’t last long as Wolves equalised before the half-time whistle.
That was the end of the scoring as both teams battled out a goalless 2nd-half, with the game finishing in a 2-2 draw, to give both a share of the points.
At Selhurst Park in March, Brighton took the spoils, getting a great 2-1 victory.
Glenn Murray got a 1st-half goal to give the Seagulls the lead at the break.
Crystal Palace were awarded a penalty early in the 2nd-half and if Palace get a penalty, Luka Milivojevic doesn’t miss.
Anthony Knockaert restored Brighton’s lead to give the Seagulls the victory and flying bragging rights over the Eagles.
Betway offer Crystal Palace at 7/5, the Draw at 11/5 and 21/10 for Brighton to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 100/30 that Luka Milivojevic Scores Anytime and 7/4 that Neal Maupay Scores Anytime.