David Moyes may not be the boss most Hammers fans ultimately want to see managing their beloved club, but the much-maligned Scot appears to have made an immediate impact. Sheffield United should present a much stiffer test than whipping-boys Bournemouth did though, particularly with the Blades enjoying home advantage. John Newsome casts his eye over this match, along with all the other games taking place in game-week 22. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday
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SHEFFIELD UNITED v WEST HAM
Friday Night Football up in Yorkshire sees the Hammers take on their fellow tools, the Blades, live on Sky Sports.
The Bubbles faithful will love the Premier League fixture compilers giving them this long trip up the M1 to Sheffield on a Friday night.
A bit of advice for the fans, set off early or take the rattler, the M1, on a Friday afternoon is a nightmare, especially around Junction 28-32.
What the Bubbles will enjoy is a night out in Sheffield, where a round of drinks will see the Cockerneys chirping, ‘How much Terry? 4-pints for less than a tenner, can you Adam and Eve it?’ After a great unbeaten run away from Bramall Lane, Sheffield United have now back-to-back away defeats following the losses, by the same 2-0 scoreline, against Liverpool and Man City.
The Blades don’t need to beat themselves up about those losses as no one gets a victory at Anfield and not many come away from the Etihad with points so, although Chris Wilder wasn’t happy, his face told everyone, United just need to dust themselves down and concentrate on the visit of a revitalised West Ham side under the guidance of David Moyes.
The owners of West Ham, David Gold and David Sullivan decided that David Moyes is the man to enhance the fortunes of the Hammers after the sacking of Manuel Pellegrini.
The faithful will hope the 3 Ds get it right.
It could be argued that West Ham’s brilliant 4-0 victory against Bournemouth was David Moyes inspired, however, Eddie’s Cherries are rubbish at the moment and Manuel’s Hammers would probably have beaten them too.
That said, Mark Noble’s 2-goals, along with goals from Sebastian Haller and Felipe Anderson did get David Moyes second reign at the London Stadium, off to a fine start and took the Hammers out of the relegation places.
It’s 2007 when West Ham last ventured to Bramall Lane.
The Blades, under the guidance of Neil Warnock, comfortably beat Alan Curbishley’s Hammers by a 3-0 scoreline.
Michael Tonge, Phil Jagielka and John Stead were the Blades goal scorers back in April 2007, which became an infamous fixture due to West Ham fielding Carlos Teves.
Sheffield United were eventually relegated that season, with West Ham staying in the Premier League, Carlos being a huge influence in their prevention of relegation.
West Ham’s signing of Carlos Teves and Javier Mascherano was eventually deemed unlawful because the two were owned by a third party which was and still is, a Premier League No-No.
Carlos netted the winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford on the final day of the 2006/07 season that kept the Hammers in the division and subsequently relegated the Blades.
Sheffield United did eventually get compensation from West Ham but it took an age to sort out and by that time Neil Warnock had departed Bramall Lane and left United languishing in the lower leagues for 12-years until a return to the Premier League last season.
The Blunts love Carlos Teves.
Little James from Swinton, will be at the Lane early doors, following a couple of fruit Kopparbergs wearing his Argentinian shirt with Teves on the back.
Jimbo will be at the PlayStation, when he finishes his shift pretending to mend cars, to catch the rattler for his night out in Sheffield.
It’s rumoured that Carlos and Javier have been invited to Bramall Lane as VIP guests.
Phil Jagielka will be in the Blades squad on Friday facing another player who was on show back in April 2007, Mark Noble.
Big Phil hasn’t seen much game-time in the last 8-Premier League games but did play 90-minutes in the 3-3 draw against Manchester United and in the recent FA Cup game, so will be ready if called upon.
Betway offer Sheffield United at slight Odds On 7/8, the Draw at 5/2 and 100/30 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 5/1 that Lys Mousset Scores First and 12/5 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
CRYSTAL PALACE v ARSENAL
Early Saturday Afternoon Football live on BT Sports.
Unlike with the Friday Night game, where the fixture compilers decided to send the Hammers up to Yorkshire, the compilers have been kind on the Gooners by giving them the short trip over to Selhurst Park on a Saturday morning.
Crystal Palace got a point on New Years Day away at Carrow Rd following a 1-1 draw.
Connor Wickham, who has been stricken by injuries over the past couple of years, got a late equaliser with 5-minutes left on the clock to cancel out Norwich’s early opener.
The point gained in Norfolk gives Roy’s Eagles a point advantage over today’s opponents, with 28-points from their opening 21-games, leaving Palace in 9th-place in the Premier League table.
Arsenal got a brilliant 2-0 victory against Manchester United on New Years Day to kick-start the Gunners and Mikel Arteta’s season.
Nicolas Pepe and Papastathopoulos Sokratis with the goals, both scored before the break.
That was Arsenal’s 1st-victory in 5-Premier League games and leaves the Gunners in 10th-position in the table, a point behind Crystal Palace.
Pep 2 will have his work cut out at the Emirates but sitting next to the original for the past couple of years is literally priceless and the Gooners should relish the next few seasons. No doubt the fans will be on AFTV shouting and screaming at Robbie Lyle.
Old Tate and will need to get subtitles put up on his YouTube channel soon with all the screaming that goes off.
When these two last met at the Emirates back in October, Unai Emery was still at the Arsenal helm, overseeing a very entertaining 2-2 draw.
Sokratis and David Luiz had given Arsenal an early 2-0 lead before 10-minutes had been played.
Luka Milivojevic scored a penalty as he always does, before half-time, with Jordan Ayew getting the equaliser after the break to give both teams a share of the points, in one of Unai’s final games in charge of the Gunners.
Betway offer Crystal Palace at 14/5, the Draw at 14/5 and slight Odds On 10/11 for Arsenal to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 14/5 that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Scores First and 7/1 that Luka Milivojevic Scores Anytime.
Home Win 2-1
LEICESTER v SOUTHAMPTON
After losing back-to-back games against Man City and Liverpool (cheers Premier League Fixture Compilers!)
Leicester recorded 2-post Christmas away day victories with a great 3-0 New Years Day win at St James Park, following the Foxes victory against West Ham at the London Stadium.
The great achievement for Brendan’s Boys is both victories were without the services of Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy who was left at home to look after Baby Colleen.
Jamie, who will be celebrating his 33rd-birthday when Leicester host Southampton, should be back in the fold at the King Power after the nappy changing.
Ayoze Perez scored the 1st-goal against his former team, with James Maddison making it 2-0 at half-time.
Hamza Choudhury, who was a 2nd-half substitute rounded off the scoring against the Magpies, to keep the Foxes in 2nd-place in the Premier League, with 45-points, a point more than Man City but a massive 13-points behind Liverpool, who also have a game in hand over Leicester.
Rod Stewart is still not happy with Brendan Rodgers.
Big Rod recently took out his anger on a Security Guard in Palm Beach, Florida, as the Scottish crooner tried to gatecrash a New Years party and the guard wouldn’t let Rod and his son in.
It’s rumoured the Security Guard was wearing a Foxes Shirt and started singing to Rod,
‘He’s Celtic, United but Brendan has decided that Leicester is the best place to be’
Rod wasn’t happy!
Southampton have themselves, had a pretty decent Christmas period gaining 10-points from the 4-games over Christmas and the New Year.
What will give the Saints faithful encouragement was that 2 of the victories gained were against Tottenham and a terrific away-day win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Danny Ings scored the solitary goal in the 1-0 victory against Tottenham on New Years Day, giving Danny his 13th-Premier League goal of the season, the same tally as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and just 4-less than today’s rival Jamie Vardy.
The brilliant festive period has elevated Wreck-It Ralph’s Saints up to 12th in the table in a group of 3-teams who have accrued 25-points, which will give everyone connected with Southampton, great confidence to take into the 2nd-half of the season.
At St Mary’s back in October, Leicester were extremely lucky to get the narrow victory over Southampton.
Brendan’s Wonderful Human Beings just beat the Saints by a 9-0 scoreline.
Nine goals, away from home, in the Premier League, on a rainy Friday night, wow!
Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy both scored hat-tricks in the rout, with Ben Chilwell, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison rounding off the goal scoring in the brilliant victory for the Foxes.
Southampton did have Ryan Bertrand sent off in the 12th-minute when the score was only 1-0, so Ralph will use that as a mitigating circumstance and will look to keep the scoring down at the King Power.
Betway offer Leicester at Odds On 8/15, the Draw at 100/30 and 5/1 for Southampton to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 8/5 that Danny Ings Scores Anytime and 5/1 that Jamie Vardy Scores Two Plus Goals.
Away Win 1-3
WOLVES v NEWCASTLE
After a superb 3-2 victory against Pep’s Low Flying City, Wolves let themselves down and have lost 2-post Christmas fixtures against Liverpool and Watford.
The defeat against Liverpool at Anfield is understandable but what will have irked Nuno and the faithful is the 2-1 defeat away at Vicarage Rd.
Pedro Neto, which is a great name for a supermarket, got the Gold and Blacks consolation against the Hornets midway through the 2nd-half and could have quite conceivably got back in the game when Watford were reduced to 10-men with 20-minutes remaining.
Watford are a different proposition under Big Nigel and were resilient enough, even with 10-men, to hang on and inflict a 2nd-defeat in a row for Wolves.
Wanderers remain in 8th-position in the Premier League table, with 30-points from the 21-games played so far, the same points has Nuno’s fellow Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.
In the 5-Premier League defeats Wolves have endured, 4 of the 5 were only by a single goal, with a 5-2 home defeat against Chelsea being the anomaly.
The 7-victories achieved have all been by either a single goal or a 2-0 scoreline, with 7 of the 9-draws being 1-1, which basically means nothing but means that when Wolves are playing it will be a close game.
All in all, considering Wolves are competing in the Europa League and have a FA Cup replay to contend with, the faithful should be happy.
Newcastle have been hit with a few injuries of late and didn’t have the best of the Christmas fixtures, losing all 3 of the Post Christmas games.
What will have been disappointing for Steve Bruce is 2 of the 3-defeats were in front of the Toon Army, the latest being a 3-0 loss against Leicester on New Years Day, with the ex-Magpies striker, Ayoze Perez scoring against his old club.
Big Brucey just needs to compose his players and focus on this tough trip to Molineux, where Bruce is remembered fondly as a former Birmingham City player and manager.
Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles scored the opener at St James Park in October to give the Magpies a 1st-half advantage.
Unfortunately, Steve Bruce’s boys couldn’t hold on for the victory and conceded a Wolves goal midway through the 2nd-half, Jonny (we’re sorry!) with the Gold and Blacks equaliser.
Betway offer Wolves at Odds On 19/40, the Draw at 100/30 and 6/1 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 19/4 that Raul Jimenez Scores First and 14/5 that Miguel Almiron Scores Anytime.
Home Win 2-1
CHELSEA v BURNLEY
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea got the full set of results post-Christmas, with a victory against Arsenal, in between a Boxing Day defeat against Southampton and a New Years Day Draw against Brighton.
Cesar Azpilicueta gave the Blues an early lead against the Seagulls but couldn’t hold on for the victory and conceded a late equaliser which gave both teams a share of the points.
It looks like there is only one place in the Top Four of the Premier League that is available with Chelsea occupying that position at the moment, 5-points more than Manchester United and 8-points away from Man City in 3rd place.
Frank will look to target this home fixture against a Burnley side that aren’t firing at the moment and know that United have the relatively easier game against Norwich to possibly close the gap.
Burnley, as mentioned, literally aren’t firing suffering 3-straight post Christmas defeats with only 1-goal scored in the 3-games.
Chris Wood scored a late goal on New Years Day but the Clarets were losing 2-0 at the time and ultimately lost the game against Aston Villa by a 2-1 scoreline.
Sean Dyche will just have one eye on the relegation zone, only having a 4-point gap over the bottom three but will feel his team are good enough to pull away.
It’s not like Sean is missing players with most of Burnley’s first eleven being involved in the 3-defeats.
This was a very entertaining game at Turf Moor back in October, with Chelsea eventually getting the points following a brilliant 4-2 away victory.
Eventually, because the Blues were 4-0 up with time running out and conceded 2-sloppy goals late on to give the travelling fans a nervy last few minutes.
Christian Pulisic scored a hat-trick with Willian adding the Chelsea 4th.
Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil with the late Clarets goals.
Betway offer Chelsea at Odds On 30/100, the Draw at 9/2 and 9/1 for Burnley to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 6/1 that Jorginho Scores Anytime and 9/5 that Jay Rodriguez Scores Anytime.
Home Win 3-1
EVERTON v BRIGHTON
Everton achieved 2-great post Christmas results, beating Burnley on Boxing Day then Newcastle.
Unfortunately, for Carlo Ancelotti, the new manager bounce ran out for the New Years Day game against Man City and the Italian suffered his 1st Toffees defeat.
Richarlison did pull a goal back in the 2nd-half at the Etihad but City were already 2-0 in front and ran out 2-1 winners.
Everton are up to 11th in the Premier League table joining 2-other teams with 25-points yielded from the opening 21-games.
Prior to this fixture against Brighton, Everton were beaten by their Merseyside rivals in the FA Cup, with the indignity of losing against Jurgen’s Youngsters.
That won’t please the Toffees faithful as losing against Liverpool is bad enough but to lose to Liverpool’s youths had some already Tweeting #Carlo-out.
Brighton got a great point against Chelsea on New Years Day with scrabble master Alireza Jahanbakhsh scoring a superb overhead kick to get the Seagulls equaliser and share the points from a 1-1 scoreline.
Graham Potter’s men had the full set of results post Christmas, with the draw against Chelsea, a 2-0 victory against Bournemouth and a 2-1 Boxing Day defeat against Tottenham.
Harry’s Seagulls are just a point behind today’s host so both will feel a victory is needed to stop the others progressing.
At the Amex back in October, the Seagulls beat the Toffees by a narrow 3-2 scoreline, in one of Marco Silva’s final games in charge of Everton.
The game was a topsy-turvy affair with a couple of own-goals and both teams leading and losing at certain times in the proceedings.
Pascal Gross gave Brighton the lead, before the Seagulls Adam Webster turned past his own ‘keeper to put the scores level at the break.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin put Everton in front midway through the 2nd-half but like a bad dog walker, couldn’t hold on to the lead, with Neal Maupay equalising from the penalty spot.
With time running out, the unfortunate Lucas Digne gifted Brighton the winner scoring another own goal.
Betway offer Everton at slight Odds On 5/6, the Draw at 11/4 and 16/5 for Brighton to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 6/1 that Dominic Calvert-Lewin Scores First and slight Odds On 10/11 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
MANCHESTER UNITED v NORWICH
A rare 3.00 PM kick-off for the United faithful at Old Trafford.
Ole is feeling the strain regarding the constant speculation around Paul Pogba.
Apparently, according to Ole, Pogba’s People want the Frenchman to have an operation on his ankle.
Weren’t Pogba’s People the dancers on Top of the Pops in the ‘70s.
The result on Saturday was 3-2.
Not the FA Cup game at Molineux, that was a bleak 0-0 draw, with Ole’s Wheels not having a shot on the Wolves goal.
The 3-2 was in favour of the man in MAN v FOOD, which is now the go-to program on the Food Network Channel on Sky 140.
Old Adam loves his snap.
It’s debatable but a 50-year old fat, bald Barnsley FC fan, who contributes weekly to this EveryTip column and can still play a bit, would have had at least one effort on the Gold and Blacks goal in the 90-minutes at Molineux.
Ole, get in touch!
After an indifferent Christmas period, which saw United Win-2 and Lose-2, the latest being a poor 2-0 defeat away at the Emirates on New Years Day, their Premier League form is like a game of Snakes and Ladders, which surprisingly, despite the defeat against Arsenal, still leaves United in 5th-place in the Premier League table.
Manchester United are 5-points away from Chelsea in 4th-position and just a point ahead of Tottenham but significantly 13-points behind the Noisy Neighbours City in 3rd-place, so it does appear that Chelsea, United, Tottenham and the rest are competing for that lucrative 4th-spot.
Manchester United take on Noisy Neighbours City prior to this fixture against Norwich, in the Semi-Final, 1st-leg of the Carabao Cup.
Norwich have registered back-to-back home draws in their 2-previous Premier League fixtures but haven’t had a victory for some time, since the 2-0 away win at Goodison Park back in late November.
After a brilliant 2-2 draw against Tottenham, Daniel Farke’s Canaries gained another valuable point against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day.
Todd Cantwell scored Norwich’s goal early on in the game, before Palace equalised with 5-minutes remaining.
It was unfortunate for Daniel Farke-Life, as he was hoping for a big win.
Although a valuable point, with Watford’s resurgence under Nigel Pearson and both Southampton and West Ham getting victories, Norwich are still rock bottom of the Premier League table with just 14-points and 7-points from safety.
This trip to Old Trafford will be a tough ask and although the Snakes and Ladders are in play, United usually beat Norwich with the Canaries only having 3-victories against United in the 12-games played over the last 15-years.
The surprise in that stat is United have won the other 9-games, without a draw between the 2-sides.
The Gold Devil’s got a comfortable 3-1 victory against the Canaries at Carrow Rd in October.
Goals from Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in the win, doesn’t tell the full story, as both Marcus and Tony missed penalties in the 1st-half, both saved by Tim Krull.
Onel Hernandez scored a late consolation for Norwich but ultimately, despite the missed penalties, Ole’s Wheels won easily.
Betway offer Manchester United at Odds On 30/100, the Draw at 9/2 and 9/1 for Norwich to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 6/1 that Marcus Rashford Scores Two Plus Goals and 11/10 that United Win to Nil.
Home Win 3-0
TOTTENHAM v LIVERPOOL
Late Saturday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports.
Tottenham were another team that got the full set of results post Christmas with a draw sandwiched in between a Boxing Day victory against Brighton and a New Years Day loss against Southampton.
Although a 1-0 defeat against the Saints, Jose’s Spurs still lie 6th in the Premier League table, just a point behind Jose’s previous club Manchester United.
It was ironic over the Christmas period that the BBC showed a new drama about the infamous Count Dracula.
Jose, no doubt had it on record to try and get some tips from Transylvania’s finest.
It’s rumoured that the Manchester United players, especially Luke, Marcus and Anthony, specifically unplugged the telly when the BBC aired the Count.
Count ! That is !
A significant factor in this fixture is that Tottenham will be without Harry Kane who suffered a torn hamstring injury against Southampton and will be out of action for several weeks, which is a massive loss for Jose and the faithful.
Liverpool are relentless at the moment, Jurgen is simply the Merseyside Messiah, with his Reds being the only team to gain maximum points over the festive period.
The New Years fixture took place on the 2nd, with Liverpool getting a great 2-0 victory against Sheffield United, with Mo Salah scoring early and Sadio Mane adding the Reds 2nd just after the break.
Following the victory against the Blades, Jurgen decided to give most of his World Club Cup winners a little holiday and played a mixture of youngsters and fringe players in the FA Cup against Merseyside rivals Everton.
Mo Salah booked a weekend at Center Parcs in Cumbria.
Liverpool learned from fielding the youths against Aston Villa a couple of weeks back and put in a few experienced players such as James Milner and Adam Lallana.
The hybrid of youth and experience beat Everton by a 1-0 scoreline in that Cup game.
A great result for the Reds but how does that leave Carlo’s Toffees feeling, losing against a bunch of kids.
Jurgen was hoping for very little injury time as most of his players were at school on Monday.
There’s been a lot of talk of late that Jurgen and Pep are the biggest influences on the Premier League.
Settle down people, not just yet.
Sir Alex Ferguson is the biggest influence the Premier League has ever seen.
Come back in 10-years time and see if Jurgen and Pep are still kicking around.
Harry Kane gave Tottenham a 1st-half lead at Anfield back in October.
Unfortunately, for Mauricio’s Spurs, the Lilywhites couldn’t hold on for the victory and conceded 2-goals after the break to maintain Liverpool’s winning run.
Jordan Henderson and a Mo Salah penalty gave the Reds the goals in the 2-1 victory.
Betway offer Tottenham at 16/5, the Draw at 100/30 and Odds On 8/11 for Liverpool to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 4/1 that Mo Salah Scores First and 9/4 that Liverpool Win to Nil.
Away Win 0-3
BOURNEMOUTH v WATFORD
Early Sunday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports.
Bournemouth are just rubbish at the moment and suffered a terrible 4-0 defeat against West Ham on New Years Day.
Eddie’s Cherries subsequently beat Luton in the FA Cup to give the faithful hope that they have stopped the rot having gained only 4-points from their last 10-Premier League fixtures, which is simply relegation form and the defeat at the hands of David Moyes new look Hammers have left Bournemouth in the bottom three of the Premier League table.
The Cherries have accrued 20-points so far, which is just 1-point more than today’s opponents, so both will be going all out for the victory to hopefully get out of the relegation places.
Watford have had a great Christmas period, gaining 10-points from a possible 12 on offer.
Nigel Pearson has certainly inspired the Hornets who have collected victories against Manchester United, Aston Villa and Wolves and a draw against Sheffield United from the festive fixtures, which as lifted them off the bottom of the table and within 2-points of safety.
What may be a slight setback for Big Nigel is that his side were leading 3-0 in the FA Cup at half-time against League 1 side Tranmere but succumbed to 3-second-half goals to ultimately draw the tie and face a replay.
What is noticeable about Big Nigel’s influence on the team is that out of the 6-games he’s overseen, in the last 3-games, Watford have had a man sent off.
Nigel Pearson wasn’t averse to a hard challenge in his playing career and has been seen to dish it out on the sidelines, in his management career, ask James McArthur.
So it’s clear to see a bit of what Nigel has been instilling into his Hornets on the training pitch.
Quique Sanchez Flores was in charge of the Hornets in the drab 0-0 draw against Bournemouth back at Vicarage Rd in October, which is all that really can be said about the game.
Betway offer Bournemouth at 6/4, the Draw at 12/5 and 9/5 for Watford to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 5/1 that Troy Deeney Scores First and 15/4 that Watford Win to Nil.
Away Win 0-2
ASTON VILLA v MAN CITY
Late Sunday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports brings Game Week Twenty Two to a close.
Aston Villa got 2-great victories over the Christmas period as well as 2-defeats, so 6-points from 12 isn’t too bad of a return and keeps Dean Smith’s Villains just above the relegation zone.
The Boxing Day victory against Norwich, was followed by an away defeat at Vicarage Rd.
New Years Day brought a 2-1 victory against fellow Clarets Burnley, with Wesley and Jack Grealish getting the early Villa goals.
Burnley did score a late consolation but the Clarets of the Midlands held on for the valuable 3-points.
What would have irked the travelling Villa faithful was the changes made by Dean Smith for the FA Cup against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The fans had to fork out in the region of £30 each for a ticket plus travel costs down to London, to see a 2nd-eleven lose against the Cottages.
Dean will say that Aston Villa’s priorities are the Premier League, which is all well and good if the club are only charging a fiver or so for FA Cup tickets.
£30 plus travel to watch the reserves lose in London could gripe the fans a little bit.
That’s for the bosses at Villa Park to worry about, for now, all they will be concerned with is trying to stop Pep’s High Flying City.
Man City had a decent Festive Football period winning 3 out of the 4 played over Christmas.
The one result that doesn’t weigh up is the 3-2 defeat, the day after Boxing Day, away at Wolves.
Wolves had beaten City at the Etihad so another victory is not without much surprise, it was more the manner of City’s defeat that will rankle the travelling Citizens.
City had taken a 2-goal lead through Raheem Sterling and although they had Ederson sent off, the score was still 0-0 when the goalkeeper went for an early bath.
So despite taking a 2-goal lead with 10-men, Pep’s Low Flying Citizens capitulated and conceded 3-goals to ultimately lose the game.
Man City did then beat Sheffield United.
New Years Day saw City host Everton at the Etihad and Gabriel Jesus scored 2-second-half goals to give Pep’s boys a 2-0 lead.
The Toffees did get a consolation but City held on for the 2-1 victory to close the gap on Leicester to just 1-point, yet still a massive 14-points behind Liverpool.
Man City progressed to the 4th-round of the FA Cup and will have faced Numpty Neighbours United prior to this visit to Villa Park in the Semi-Final, 1st-leg of the Carabao Cup.
After a goalless 1st-half, City took control and comfortably gained a 3-0 victory against Villa at the Etihad back in October.
Raheem Sterling, the David of the Silva’s and Ilkay Gundogan got the City goals after the break to give Pep’s boys the win.
Betway offer Aston Villa at a massive 10/1, the Draw at 6/1 and Odds On 2/9 for Man City to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 19/4 that Jack Grealish Scores Anytime and 6/1 that Gabriel Jesus Scores Two Plus Goals.
Away Win 1-4