Son Heung-Min has now been sent off as many times in 2019 as Eric Cantona did in his entire Premier League career! Let’s hope the South Korean midfielder finds an anger management book, in his stocking on Christmas morning! Meanwhile, Spurs will have to do without him for Brighton’s visit on Boxing Day. John Newsome runs the rule over all of the Premier League fixtures, in game-week 19. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday
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TOTTENHAM v BRIGHTON
Boxing Day Football, all shown live on Amazon Prime, so the Sky and BT Sport customers can’t watch the games as part of their subscription and will have to wait until Match of the Day.
These Boxing Day games are the reverse fixtures from Game Week Eight played at the beginning of October.
What’s strange about that is it’s Game Week Nineteen, so there are a set of fixtures that the teams haven’t played each other yet, so it’s unsure as to why the teams are facing each other for the reverse fixtures before that final list of games.
This game at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium kicks-off the festive activities at 12.30 PM in England.
Tottenham and Jose were on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea on Sunday conceding 2-goals in the 1st-half.
Unfortunately for Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham, they couldn’t get back into the game and ultimately lost.
It’s now 2-from-2 defeats for Jose against his old clubs following the defeat against Manchester United at the beginning of December.
Brighton were on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline at the weekend, losing at the Amex against Sheffield United.
At the Amex in October, Brighton comfortably beat Tottenham.
Neal Maupay and 2-Aaron Connelly goals gave the Seagulls a 3-0 victory.
Betway offer Tottenham at Odds On 9/20, the Draw at 15/4 and 11/2 for Brighton to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 14/5 that Harry Kane Scores First and 7/5 for Over 3.5 Goals.
Home Win 3-1
EVERTON v BURNLEY
This Amazon Prime game starts at 15.00 PM in England.
In Duncan Ferguson’s final game in charge as temporary boss of the Toffees, Everton drew 0-0 against Arsenal, leaving Duncan unbeaten in the 3-games as the caretaker.
Carlo Ancelotti has been appointed the new manager at Goodison Park and will lead his team in this game against the Clarets.
Burnley left it late to get the victory against Bournemouth on Saturday with Jay Rodriguez getting an 89th-minute winner to give Sean Dyche’s men a great 1-0 victory on the South Coast.
At Turf Moor, in October, Jeff Hendrick got the solitary goal that gave the Clarets a 1-0 victory.
Seamus Coleman was shown 2-Yellow Cards either side of the half-time break to receive his marching orders.
Betway offer Everton surprisingly at slight Odds On 7/10, the Draw at 14/5 and 4/1 for Burnley to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer slight Odds On 10/11 that there are Under 2.5 Goals and 6/5 that Richarlison Scores Anytime.
Home Win 2-1
SHEFFIELD UNITED v WATFORD
Another 15.00 PM kick-off in England at Bramall Lane.
Sheffield United remain unbeaten away from Bramall Lane after getting a monumental 1-0 victory against Brighton.
Ollie McBurnie, who made a return to the starting eleven, justified the faith Chris Wilder showed in him by scoring the solitary goal midway through the 1st-half.
The fans were all singing their famous John Denver song, or as Del Boy would say ‘Joan Denver’ ‘You fill up my senses,
Like a gallon of Magnet,
Like a packet of Woodbines,
Like a good pinch of snuff,
Like a night out in Sheffield,
Like a greasy chip butty,
Like Sheffield United,
Come fill me again
Na Na Na Na Na…Ooooohh’
The Blunts didn’t get back from Brighton until after midnight so there wasn’t much of a night out in Sheffield but they will make up for it over Christmas.
Little James from Swinton was over the moon, he’s not mentioned the dreaded VAR this week, or when he spells it RAV but there were a couple of incidents VAR had to check, however, it’s rumoured they were watching a Christmas Film on Channel 5.
He’s excited for Christmas, 2-more sleeps Jimbo and Santa will be down your Swinton Chimney with your orange.
Watford, under new manager Nigel Pearson, had the new manager bounce against relegation-threatened Manchester United on Sunday getting a great 2-0 victory over the Poor Devils.
After a goalless 1st-half, Ismaila Sarr and a Troy Deeney penalty gave Nigel his 1st-victory in only his 2nd-game at the helm.
The victory still didn’t move the Hornets off the bottom of the table but did put them level with Norwich on 12-points and 6-points away from safety so still hope for the faithful.
The game at Vicarage Rd in October was a drab affair which finished goalless with both sharing the points.
Betway offer Sheffield United at slight Odds On 5/6, the Draw at 5/2 and 7/2 for Watford to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 13/5 that Lys Mousset Scores First and 19/10 that Sheffield United Win to Nil.
Home Win 2-0
BOURNEMOUTH v ARSENAL
Bournemouth are taking 1-step forward and 3-back at the moment.
After a great victory against Manchester United, the Cherries then lost 5-in a row, now after beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge they then go and lose against Burnley by a 1-0 scoreline.
Eddie will hope that his Cherries don’t lose another 5-in a row, however, Arsenal could be a tricky ask after the arrival of Mikel Arteta.
As mentioned, Arsenal have appointed ex-Gunners player Mikel Arteta who for the past few years has been sat next to Pep Guardiola at Man City.
There’s talk that Mikel is the next best thing and maybe he is, to learn from Pep is priceless, however, he is Mikel Arteta who hasn’t managed any team before so time will tell.
One thing is for certain, Arsenal have been rubbish of late and are languishing in mid-table of the Premier League which is probably the lowest they have been in 20-years.
Freddie Ljungberg was in charge when Arsenal headed to Goodison Park and came away with a 0-0 draw.
Both teams were in similar positions with both Everton and Arsenal appointing new gaffers this week but both decided to let the caretaker manager preside over the 0-0 game, with both now in the hot seat, Mikel’s being the one with the heated seat.
Bournemouth were beaten by a solitary goal back in October, a single David Luiz goal early in the game gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory at the Emirates in Game Week Eight.
Betway offer Bournemouth at 5/2, the Draw at 11/4 and Evens 1/1 for Arsenal to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 7/4 that Josh King Scores Anytime and 13/2 that Gabriel Martinelli Scores First.
Away Win 1-3
CRYSTAL PALACE v WEST HAM
Crystal Palace and their Eagle Ultras headed up the A1 to Newcastle on Saturday which is probably a 5-hour trip and other than a bit of Christmas shopping at the Metro Centre, came away with nothing.
Roy Hodgson’s men also had the indignity of succumbing to a 1st-Miguel Almiron goal after 27-games in a Magpies shirt.
It was a longer trip home for the Ultras and not a tune was sung.
West Ham had the afternoon off at the weekend due to Liverpool’s World Club Cup commitments so should be fresh for this short trip across London to Selhurst Park.
Manuel Pellegrini was under pressure but got a much-needed victory against Southampton to keep his job for another couple of weeks and at least until the New Year.
Respect to Martin Peters, a Hammers legend and a goal-scorer in the World Cup Final in 1966 in the famous 4-2 victory against West Germany, who sadly passed away aged 76-years Old on Saturday.
There are only 2-English football players out of the millions and millions of players over the years that have scored in a World Cup Final, Sir Geoff Hirst being the other.
Martin Peters wasn’t knighted like Sir Geoff but should have been as with all the England squad of ‘66.
Rest In Peace Mr Peters.
At the London Stadium in October, Crystal Palace got an away day 2-1 victory over West Ham.
Sebastian Haller did put the Hammers in front early in the 2nd-half before Patrick Van Aanholt and Jordan Ayew got the 2-Eagle goals.
Betway offer Crystal Palace at 23/20, the Draw at 5/2 and 9/4 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 13/5 that Luka Milivojevic Scores Anytime and 14/5 that there are Under 1.5 Goals.
Home Win 1-0
CHELSEA v SOUTHAMPTON
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea got a great 2-0 victory over Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.
The much-maligned Willian got both goals for the Blues in the 1st-half to give Frank the win over his old mentor Jose.
On the talk sport radio shows, the fans get on moaning about Willian who is a bit like marmite, which means if he scores 2-against Tottenham, he’s liked.
Mick from Chelsea will be on TalkSPORT tomorrow praising Willian, yet next week, Michael will be on slating the Brazilian.
For the time being, Willian is the man.
Southampton switched places with Aston Villa and are out of the relegation places after a 3-1 victory against Villa on Saturday.
A couple of goals from Danny Ings either side of the break and a Jack Stephens goal gave the Saints a 3-0 lead before Aston Villa got a late consolation.
This will be a tougher ask for Wreck-It Ralph’s men as Chelsea have hit a bit of a slump so need to get a result.
Chelsea hammered Southampton in this reverse fixture at St Mary’s.
Goals from Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi gave Frank Lampard’s Blues a 4-1 victory.
Danny Ings with the Saints consolation.
Betway offer Chelsea at Odds On 1/3, the Draw at 9/2 and 15/2 for Southampton to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 5/2 that Tammy Abraham Scores First and 6/5 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
Home Win 3-1
ASTON VILLA v NORWICH
Aston Villa fell into the bottom 3 of the Premier League having swapped places with Southampton who comfortably beat Villa on Saturday.
Jack Grealish did pull a goal back for Dean Smith’s men but were already losing 3-0 at the time and eventually lost 3-1 at Villa Park in front of the faithful.
Norwich themselves, lost at home on Saturday against Wolves, in front of their fans.
Todd Cantwell did actually give Norwich the lead in the 1st-half but Daniel Farke’s Canaries couldn’t hold on and conceded 2-goals after the break to gift Wolves the 2-1 victory.
Aston Villa blitzed Norwich at Carrow Rd back in October beating the Canaries with a 5-1 scoreline.
Wesley scored 2-goals early on and had the chance of a hat-trick but missed his penalty.
Jack Grealish and Conor Hourihane made it 4-0 just after the break before Douglas Luiz rounded off the Villa scoring late on.
Josip Drmic got a very late consolation for Norwich but the game was over as a contest long before that went in.
Betway offer Aston Villa at Evens 1/1, the Draw at 14/5 and 5/2 for Everton to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 19/10 that Jack Grealish Scores Anytime and 5/2 that Todd Cantwell Scores Anytime.
Home Win 3-1
MANCHESTER UNITED v NEWCASTLE
A 17.30 PM kick-off in England.
Manchester United are on the popular BBC 1, 50th-anniversary programme of ‘A Question of Sport’ over Christmas.
The question being,
How can Ole’s Wheels beat Man City and draw with Liverpool who have beaten everyone, yet lose against bottom of the table Watford?
Sunday’s 2-0 defeat away at Vicarage Rd is just embarrassing for everyone connected with Manchester United.
Although Watford did have the new manager bounce, they are at the bottom of the Premier League for a reason.
The captain on A Question of Sport, whether it be Bill Beaumont, Emlyn Hughes, Frankie Dettori, Ali McCoist or the modern-day Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell all have the same answer.
A lack of professionalism from United.
The players are letting Ole down.
If a team can perform and beat Pep’s City then they should be able to beat Nigel’s Watford, new manager bounce or not.
The players should look in the mirror and be embarrassed.
Paul Pogba was introduced in the 2nd-half probably just to get him warmed up for a January move.
To be fair to Paul. United were already losing 2-0 at the time he was brought on.
Note to Ole, if PPs fit to sit on the bench, he’s fit to start.
It’s too late when United are 2-0 down unless Ole and United have a different agenda.
It is easy to say United have done ok without Paul, granted but United drew their last Premier League game at Old Trafford so it’s not inconceivable to change the starting eleven.
There was a stat before the game stating Ole had kept the same starting eleven for the fifth game in the Premier League and had lost 3-times and drawn once in those 5-unchanged starting eleven.
Paul Pogba is a good player, never mind the doubters and detractors.
However, he’s not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
Paul enhances a team but will never bring a team back from 2-0 down with 25-minutes to go.
There is only so much a person can do.
Newcastle beat Crystal Palace on Saturday by the scoreline of 1-0 with Miguel Almiron getting the solitary goal, his 1st in a Newcastle shirt.
Miguel is obviously an EveryTip reader as a couple of weeks back, it was mentioned 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.
Miguel had overheard Steve Bruce and Steve Agnew talking and were considering ringing EveryTips fat lad, Agnew had obviously remembered, when the 2-were youngsters, that John Newsome scored a superb individual goal against him and his team.
Miguel was having none of it and thought to himself,
‘I need to score and lively ‘
At St James Park in October, Matty Longstaff got the solitary Magpies goal to give Newcastle a great 1-0 victory.
Betway offer Manchester United at Odds On 4/11, the Draw at 4/1 and 15/2 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 2/1 that Marcus Rashford Scores First and 21/10 that Manchester United Win and Both Teams to Score.
Home Win 2-1
LEICESTER v LIVERPOOL
This game kicks-off at 20.00 PM in England and is Liverpool’s 1st-game since their World Club Cup victory over Flamengo in the desert of Doha.
Leicester were beaten in the late Saturday Afternoon kick-off at the Etihad against Man City.
Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy opened the scoring for the Foxes but like a very bad dog walker, Leicester couldn’t hold onto the lead and succumbed to 3-City goals eventually losing 3-1.
Jamie was superb all of the 1st-half at the Etihad, not only scoring a brilliant individual effort but constantly running at City’s back-line causing problems.
The loss against City still leaves Brendan’s Wonderful Human Beings in 2nd place in the Premier League table but now only a point ahead of City after the defeat.
The Foxes need to regroup, however, a visit from the World Champions is probably not what Brendan needs at the minute.
Liverpool head to the King Power following a great 1-0 victory against Flamengo in World Club Cup.
Roberto Firmino scored the solitary extra-time goal to give Jurgen’s Reds their 1st World Club Cup.
With City beating Leicester, Liverpool remain 10-points ahead of today’s rivals and now have a game in hand.
As predictions go, it’s now virtually impossible to predict anything other than a 1st-Premier League title for the Reds of Merseyside.
Sadio Mane won a very dodgy penalty in the final minutes of the game at Anfield in October, which James Milner coolly converted to give Jurgen’s Reds a great 2-1 victory.
Sadio Mane had given Liverpool the lead in the 1st-half before James Maddison equalised.
With time running out, Marc Albrighton was alleged to have fouled Sadio and after a bit of VAR, the referee awarded a penalty.
Leicester will definitely want to exact revenge for what the would consider a travesty of justice.
Betway offer Leicester at 21/10, the Draw at 11/4 and 23/20 for Liverpool to come away with all 3-points.
Away Win 1-2
WOLVES v MAN CITY
This game takes place the day after Boxing Day, on the 27th of December, at 19.45 PM in England.
Wolves came from behind at Carrow Rd on Saturday getting a great 2-1 victory against Norwich.
Having conceded an early goal and trailing at the break, Nuno’s Gold and Blacks scored twice in the 2nd-half to take the spoils.
Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez got the Wolves goals to give them the 3-points and takes them up to ###in the Premier League table.
Man City came from a goal behind themselves to beat Leicester by a 3-1 scoreline on Saturday and closed the gap to just 1-point away from the Foxes and now 11-points off Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.
After an early Leicester goal, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan gave City a 2-1 lead at the break.
Gabriel Jesus scored City’s 3rd in the 2nd-half to give Pep’s High Flying City the victory over their nearest rivals.
Whilst a tough ask to overhaul 11-points and with Liverpool not playing at the weekend, giving them a game in hand as well as the points advantage, Pep won’t concede the title just yet.
Guardiola’s right-hand man and supposed protege has left the Etihad to join Arsenal as the Head Coach.
It’s too early to see if Pep will miss Mikel’s input, the victory against Leicester didn’t appear to show any negative impact of Mikel’s departure.
In October, at the Etihad, Wolves got one of the results of the season so far. Adama Traore scored 2-very similar, late, counter-attacking goals to give Nuno’s Gold and Blacks a great 2-0 victory.
Betway offer Wolves at 7/1, the Draw at 15/4 and slight Odds On 2/5 for Man City to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 11/2 that Adama Traore Scores Anytime and 15/4 that Gabriel Jesus Scores First.
Away Win 1-3