The Carlo Ancelotti reign has begun at Everton, but it’s not easy to see which direction the Toffees are heading in yet. Defensively, there is clearly a lot of work to be done although the Italian already seems to be getting a tune out of Dominic Calvert-Lewin in attack. They face Crystal Palace at home next and the visitors remain perilously close to the bottom 3. John Newsome previews the match, along with all others scheduled in game-week 26. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday
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EVERTON v CRYSTAL PALACE
An early start for the Eagle Ultras as they head North for this encounter against the Toffees, in a historic first for the Premier League.
All these Game Week Twenty-Six set of fixtures are split over a 2-week period to give the players a sort of Mid-Season break.
This game at Goodison Park kicks-off at 12.30 PM in England on the 8th of February 2020, live on BT Sport, with 4-games played over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of February and the remaining 6-games played over the weekend of the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th of February 2020.
Maybe a break for the players and management, however, what’s significant about the 10-fixtures split over the 2-week period is all will be shown live on either BT Sport or Sky Sport, with none kicking-off in the Saturday 15.00 PM slot.
In the previous game against Newcastle, Everton conceded 2-late goals to end up just getting a point when 3 were on the cards.
On Saturday, against Watford, the Toffees did the opposite and even went one better.
Trailing 2-0, with the 1st-half, 45-minutes up on the clock, Yerry Mina, not only pulled a goal back to give the Everton faithful hope, Big Yerry scored an equaliser to take both teams in level at the break.
Fabian Delph was shown 2-Yellow Cards midway through the 2nd-half and ultimately had to take an early bath.
Whilst the 2nd-Yellow was warranted, Big Fab can consider himself unlucky with the 1st-one when he clearly won the ball.
Despite only having 10-men, Carlo Ancelotti’s Boys scored a late winner to get the 3-points which were denied them by Newcastle in the previous game.
Theo Walcott (remember him!) with the late winner.
Carlo is 60-years old, yet in his interview on Match of the Day, the Italian legend looked 90.
The last 2-games appear to be taking its toll on Big Carlo, who just needs to be careful and watch his health.
It’s only a game.
The victory against Watford as taken Everton up to 9th-in the Premier League table, with 33-points, 3-more than today’s opponents.
Crystal Palace thought they had been reduced to 10-men when Joel Ward was shown a Red-Card for a challenge midway through the 2nd-half in their game against Sheffield United on Saturday.
However, the on-field referee, Andy Madley, went over to the redundant pitch-side monitor and took the decision to downgrade the Red to a Yellow.
It’s rumoured that Andy wasn’t looking at the challenge by Joel but was watching the closing stages of the 4.25 race from Sandown on ITV Racing.
Either way, it’s taken a long time for the monitor to be turned on and used but it’s the way forward Mike Riley.
The Barnsley FC fans still have beef with Mike following the FA Cup game against Manchester United at Old Trafford in 1998, where The Rileymeister failed to award Barnsley a penalty.
Unfortunately for Roy Hodgson’s Boys, even with 11-men, Palace succumbed to a 2nd-half goal when the Eagles goalkeeper, Vicente Guaita inexplicably failed to catch a routine corner and dropped the ball over the goal-line.
The game finished in a 1-0 defeat for Crystal Palace, which is now 6-winless games, the last 2-being defeats, although there are 4-draws in those 6-games.
Roy’s contract is up at the end of the season and it may just be time for the 72-year old manager to call it a day.
No one would begrudge the old-guy of that after a stellar managerial career.
When the Toffees went to Selhurst Park in the first game of this 2019/20 season, the fans were treated to a spectacular 0-0 draw, coincidentally the same scoreline when Everton visited Selhurst Park the previous season, so it’s fair to say, there may not be many goals on show this afternoon.
Betway offer Everton surprisingly at Odds On 13/20, the Draw at 13/5 and 5/1 for Crystal Palace to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 8/1 for a 0-0 Scoreline and slight Odds On 3/4 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
BRIGHTON v WATFORD
This game takes place at the Amex at 17.30 PM in England, on Saturday 8th February 2020, live on BT Sport.
Brighton got a great result against West Ham last weekend, eventually getting a point following a 3-3 draw.
A great result because Graham Potters Seagulls were losing 2-0 and 3-1 at certain points in the game at the London Stadium.
After trailing 2-0 at the break, Brighton got back into the game when the Hammers defender Angelo Ogbonna turned past his own ‘keeper.
West Ham scored again leaving Brighton with an uphill task.
Pascal Gross scored the 2nd-goal, minutes before old stager Glenn Murray got the Seagull equaliser to give the travelling faithful an easier trip home.
The on-field referee, Michael Oliver, initially ruled out the goal as he thought it had touched Glenn’s arm, however, the dreaded VAR actually did something right for once and told Michael that it hadn’t and the goal should stand.
Funny though that Michael wouldn’t check for himself on the pitch-side monitor, when he was lauded for doing so in the FA Cup.
Not allowed to in the Premier League but nobody dare say anything.
The refs only look at the redundant monitors if it’s a Red or Yellow card incident.
It was rumoured that Big Glenn was set to leave the Amex in the recent January Transfer Window as Graham Potter didn’t think Glenn would fit into his system.
Back in mid-January, this EveryTip column, wrote the following, after the Brighton game against Everton.
‘Old stager Glenn Murray got 20-minutes game time towards the end after not featuring much over the past few fixtures due to injury.
Graham has stated that Glenn could leave the club this month if Glenn feels its best for his career, yet Graham shouldn’t be too hasty in that decision as he could just need the services of Big Glenn in the remaining games, especially if the Seagulls become embroiled in a relegation battle.’
Another set of wise words given by this EveryTip contributor that appear to have been heeded.
Watford did similar to what Everton did against Newcastle last week.
On Saturday, against Everton, Watford took a 2-goal lead and then let that slip, conceding 2-goals in 1st-half injury time.
Unfortunately for Nigel Pearson’s boys, they conceded again in 2nd-half injury time to ultimately lose 3-2 against the Toffees.
Adam Masina and Roberto Pereyra got the goals in the 1st-half to give the Hornets a lead, ultimately proving futile in the end result.
Because of the loss, that leaves Watford in the bottom three of the Premier League, however, Watford do seem the team most likely to get out of trouble.
Nigel Pearson is a bit like Marmite, however, Big Nigel had been booked on Sky Sports Goals On Sunday months ago to appear this weekend.
After getting the Watford job, Nige could have easily rescheduled and more so having been beaten by Everton on Saturday, it would have been easy for Nigel to pull out of the show.
Nigel Pearson is a true man an despite his faults, his fights and his anomaly’s, plus the loss against the Toffees, Big Nigel still turned up for Goals On Sunday and stood his corner against Vicky Gomersall and Chris Kamara.
Respect Nigel Pearson!
At Vicarage Rd in Game Week One, Brighton comfortably beat Javi Gracia’s Watford side getting 3-away goals in a 3-0 victory.
The unfortunate Abdoulaye Doucoure scored an early own goal to get the Seagulls off to a great start.
Florin Andone and Neal Maupay scored the others after the break to give Harry Potter a great start to his career at Brighton.
Betway offer Brighton at 21/20, the Draw at 5/2 and 13/5 for Watford to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 4/1 that Aaron Mooy Scores Anytime and 9/2 that Troy Deeney Scores First.
SHEFFIELD UNITED v BOURNEMOUTH
Bournemouth travel to Bramall Lane for this 14.00 PM kick-off in England, live on BT Sport, on Sunday 9th February 2020.
Sheffield United continued their fine away form with a great 1-0 victory away at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Chris Wilder was extremely happy, yet he forgot to tell his face.
Whilst the game against Crystal Palace won’t win many awards for entertainment this season, a gritty professional display from the Blades, resulted in a mistake from the Eagles goalkeeper to give United the goal and the 3-points which took them temporarily up to 5th in the Premier League table above Manchester United and Wolves, who only managed a draw in their game at Old Trafford.
With Tottenham’s subsequent victory against Man City on Sunday, Chris Wilder’s Boys drop a place to 6th for the time being but are still in contention for the coveted 4th-Champions League place.
It’s likely that Liverpool, Man City and Leicester will stay in positions 1,2 and 3, so Chelsea, with 41-points, are the ones to catch.
With the Blades now having 36-points and still having to play against Franks Blues and Tottenham the Blunts faithful will be dreaming about European Football.
James from Swinton, the one in Rotherham, not Manchester, recently celebrated a milestone birthday.
The little Blunt turned 30 last week, which amazed everyone as, Jimbo still looks 12, bless him.
His lovely girlfriend decided to treat Jim to a romantic weekend away in Rome.
Having dug his passport out for trips to Molineux, as James thought Molineux was in France and not being sure whether the passport was needed for the away day trips to London, Little Jimbo wasn’t going to be tricked into thinking he needed his passport for this trip to Rome as he thought, because Rome starts with the same letters as Rotherham, the Italian Capital was in Yorkshire.
His girlfriend, luckily grabbed the passport from the sideboard before they left home.
James was so excited going on a big white bird to Italy.
The new 30-year old visited the Trevi-Fountain, the Colosseum, and the Pantheon but was disappointed that he couldn’t find the leaning Tower of Pisa, not because he wanted a photo but because he’d heard that everyone who visited got a free slice of Pizza.
Jim didn’t know Pisa is nowhere near Rome bless him.
The loving couple had a great time and theirs rumours of a ring in the offering, however, knowing Jimbo, the ring is more likely to come from Haribo than Harrods.
Happy 30th Birthday James.
Chris Wilder has brought in a couple of players in the January Transfer Window with Blades legend Billy Sharp already penning a tune to the Oasis single ‘She’s Electric’ about new boy Sander Berge,
‘He’s Norwegian, he plays with the Blades with John Egan, we’re playing in Europe next season, He’s Sander Berge’
He’s Norwegian, Norwood and Fleck are the reason, we’re playing in Europe next season, He’s Sander Berge’
Brilliant Billy and Sander Berge is an anagram of Beer Gardens, where the Blunts will be converging, come the end of the season, if Europe awaits.
Bournemouth got a much-needed great 2-1 victory against fellow relegation-threatened Aston Villa on Saturday.
Phillip Billing scored his 1st-Premier League goal for the Cherries, with Nathan Ake adding the 2nd-before the break.
Villa did get a consolation goal midway through the 2nd-half to give the Cherries faithful the jitters for the final 20-minutes.
That’s back-to-back victories for Eddie and his Cherries that releases a bit of the pressure mounting on Eddie Howe.
The victory against Villa leapfrogs Bournemouth above Dean Smith’s Claret and Blues and out of the relegation places, which is all the faithful can ask for.
With Phillip Billing getting his 1st-goal for the club, it might just kick-start his goal-scoring career on the South Coast and help the Cherries get the goals, that gets the victories, to help pull away from the drop-zone.
Eddie will be without the services of Jefferson Lerma following the midfielder receiving 2-Yellow Cards and the subsequent early bath against Aston Villa.
The Premier League fixture compilers decided to send the Blades down to the South Coast in Chris Wilder’s first game back in the big time.
Chris Mepham gave Bournemouth the lead in the 2nd-half but with time running out, the Blades Legend Billy Sharp equalised in the sun-Shine to give Bournemouth and Sheffield United a share of the points in the Blades first game back in the Premier League.
Betway offer Sheffield United at Odds On 4/6, the Draw at 11/4 and 9/2 for to Bournemouth come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 15/4 that Ollie McBurnie Scores First and 7/5 that Sheffield United Win to Nil.
Home Win 2-0
MAN CITY v WEST HAM
A 16.30 PM start in England, live on Sky Sports on Sunday 9th February 2020.
So what happened at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium on Sunday?
Man City were in complete control in the 1st-half and looked certainties for the 3-points.
City were awarded a penalty late in the 1st-half to give them a chance to score and take the lead going into the break.
When awarded a penalty, City would normally turn to Sergio Aguero to put the spot-kick away.
It would be assumed, for those watching from afar, that Sergio must not have been on the pitch when the penalty was awarded, as Ilkay Gundogan stepped up and spoilt his 100% record with Hugo Lloris saving Ilkay’s penalty.
Wrong, Sergio was in action, so why he didn’t take the kick is like a Toyah Wilcox song.
‘It’s a mystery’
Pep’s Low Flying City went on to regret that decision and with the score at 0-0, City had Oleksandr Zinchenko sent off.
Following the Meerkat’s dismissal, City capitulated and conceded 2-goals to ultimately lose the game 2-0.
After Liverpool’s devastating destruction of Southampton, the mathematicians calculated that If both Liverpool and Man City both won their next 7-games, Liverpool could win the Premier League title at the Etihad.
City were having none of that and thought,
‘No way are the Scousers going to win the Premier League title at our ground, we will lose against Tottenham to put that scenario out of the equation’
They aren’t daft them Citizens.
Pep was happy as Larry (whoever Larry is?) with the defeat against Tottenham as he knew Liverpool would be crowned Champions of the Premier League at someone else’s home.
Nice one Pepster!
West Ham took an early 2-0 lead against Brighton on Saturday with goals from Issa Diop and Robert Snodgrass.
After the break, the Hammers gifted the Seagulls a goal when Angelo Ogbonna scored an own-goal.
Robert Snodgrass restored West Ham’s 2-goal advantage to give the Bubbles hope of a home victory.
Unfortunately for the watching thousands, the Hammers conceded twice to snatch a draw from the jaws of victory.
David Moyes was not happy.
West Ham find themselves in the relegation places and have a run of games coming up that it’s unclear as to where the points will come from to get out of the bottom three.
Starting with this tough trip to the Etihad, West Ham’s next 7-fixtures are against Liverpool at Anfield, Southampton, Wolves and Chelsea at home and Arsenal and Tottenham away.
Good luck David!
At the London Stadium on the opening day of this 2019/20 season, Pep’s High Flying City comfortably beat Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers by a 5-0 scoreline in what was thought at the time, the perfect start to retaining their Premier League title.
Gabriel Jesus gave City a 1-0 lead in the 1st-half.
After the break, Raheem Sterling scored a superb hat-trick with Sergio Aguero scoring a penalty.
What was significant is that when the penalty was awarded, Raheem Sterling had already scored twice, yet Sergio wouldn’t allow Raheem the pleasure of completing his hat-trick and took the spot-kick himself, maybe Sergio should have thought the same against Tottenham.
Raheem did eventually score his 3rd and City’s 5th in injury time.
Betway offer Man City at massive Odds On 1/10, the Draw at 10/1 and 22/1 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 5/4 that Sergio Aguero Scores Two Plus Goals and 13/10 that there are Over 4.5 Goals.
Home Win 4-1
WOLVES v LEICESTER
This fixture at Molineux takes place at 20.00 PM on Friday 14th of February live on BT Sport in England.
The Foxes faithful will be treating their loved ones to a Valentines Day out in the Black Country.
That’s how to treat a young lady or gentleman on Valentines Night, take them to watch Brendan’s Wonderful Human Beings against Nuno’s Gold and Blacks at Molineux.
Wolves took on Manchester United for the 4th-time this season and the 6th-time in 12-months following last season and this season’s Premier League and FA Cup games.
After another 90-minutes at Old Trafford, the game finished 0-0 the 3rd draw out of the 6-games with surprisingly, Wolves only losing 1-out of the 6-games.
That shows just how far Wolves have come and in contrast just how far United have regressed over the past 12-months.
Nuno Espírito Santo has assembled a great team that can rival any one of the top sides, with players such as Rui Patricio, Matt Doherty, Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett, Ruben Neves, Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore excelling under the Portuguese manager.
Big Nuno was 46-years old on the 25th of January which will come as a surprise to everyone, including him, as the big man looks at least 66.
Although Matt Doherty and Conor Coady are thriving in the Premier League and the Europa League, the 2-great defenders will no doubt want to forget a troubled night back in September 2016, when Barnsley FC visited Molineux.
Barnsley scored 4-times in the final 20-minutes to thrash Wolves.
Conor Hourihane, ex-Wolves star Adam Hammill, Saidy Janko and Tom Bradshaw got the goals against a Wolves defence that included Big Matt and Big Conor.
Leicester played in a very entertaining game in the early Saturday Afternoon kick-off sharing the points with Frank Lampard’s Chelsea with the game finishing in a 2-2 draw.
After a goalless 1st-half Chelsea took the lead straight away after the break.
Harvey Barnes quickly replied for the Foxes and then Ben Chilwell gave Leicester the lead.
Like a bad dog walker, Brendan’s Boys couldn’t hold on to the lead and conceded another Chelsea goal.
Despite having a number of chances to kill off the Blues, the game finished in a Desmond draw, that keeps Leicester in 3rd-place, with 49-points, 8-more than Chelsea in 4th but only 2-points less than Man City, in 2nd-place.
Rod Stewart is still not happy with Brendan for leaving his beloved Celtic, however, Rod will be happier with his Green and White Hoops who extended their lead at the top of the SPL, which stands for Scottish Pub League, to 7-points ahead of rivals Rangers.
Rod finds it difficult to sing his legendary hit ‘You’re in my Heart’ due to the Leicester fans rewording the lyrics,
‘You’re in my Heart, You’re in my soul, You’re in Leicester Brendan!’
In the opening game of the new season, at the King Power, both teams lacked the will to entertain the fans with the game finishing in a drab 0-0 draw.
Betway offer Wolves at 8/5, the Draw at 23/10 and 7/4 for Leicester to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 14/5 that Adama Traore Scores Anytime and 9/2 that Jamie Vardy Scores First.
Home Win 2-1
SOUTHAMPTON v BURNLEY
This fixture kicks-off at 12.30 PM on Saturday 15th February 2020 in England with the game at St Mary’s being live on BT Sport.
Southampton’s great renaissance came to an abrupt end on Saturday with Wreck-It Ralph’s men suffering a 4-0 defeat.
What’s not included in that sentence, is the 4-0 defeat was against Liverpool at Anfield, so no disgrace there, as no one comes away from the Red half of Merseyside with anything other than a decent bag of fish and chips.
The Saints actually matched Liverpool in the 1st-half and went in level at the break.
Unfortunately, Jurgen told his boys what to do and within 2-minutes of the restart, Liverpool took the lead, the rest was just a possession.
No real damage done, with that being only the 2nd-defeat in 8-Premier League games that leaves Southampton in a cluster of 4-teams with 31-points, the others being Arsenal, Newcastle and today’s opponents, so this fixture really is the proverbial 6-pointer.
Burnley played in an entertaining 0-0 draw against Arsenal on Sunday and could consider themselves unlucky that they didn’t come away with all 3-points.
After a goalless 1st-half, Burnley had chances, even Jay Rodriguez putting the ball in the net but the goal was ruled out.
Sean Dyche’s Clarets are now unbeaten in 3, in the Premier League and with the 31-points can build on a foundation to end the season away from the relegation battle.
At Turf Moor on the opening day of the season, Burnley got a great 3-0 victory with all the goals coming in the 2nd-half.
Ashley Barnes scored twice with Johan Gudmundsson adding the 3rd to give Sean a great start to the season.
Betway offer Southampton at slight Odds On 31/40, the Draw at 13/5 and 15/4 for to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 5/1 that Danny Ings Scores First and 12/5 that Chris Wood Scores Anytime.
Home Win 2-1
NORWICH v LIVERPOOL
At Carrow Rd in England, this is a late Saturday Afternoon kick-off at 17.30 PM live on Sky Sports on the 15th February 2020.
Norwich remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, however, did get a creditable 0-0 draw away at St James Park on Saturday.
Like the certainty that today’s visitors to Carrow Rd will become Premier League Champions, it’s looking increasingly likely that Daniel Farke’s Canaries will be heading back to the Championship following their 1-year stay in the Top Flight.
The problem for Norwich is they have decent players, who will be snatched up if the inevitable relegation happens so may find it difficult to come straight back up.
It’s rumoured Teemu Pukki was a late January transfer target for a number of clubs including Manchester United, so it’s difficult to see Norwich keeping hold of the little Fin if relegated.
That’s for the future, for now, the faithful will look forward to seeing the Premier League Champions Elect, up close and personal.
Liverpool continued their pursuit of excellence with another professional display at Anfield on Saturday getting a great 4-0 victory against Southampton.
After a goalless 1st-half, Jurgen got into his boys in the dressing room and within a couple of minutes of the restart, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave Liverpool an early 2nd-half lead.
Jordan Henderson, with a rare Reds goal, added the 2nd and the enigmatic Mo Salah added 3 and 4 to give Jurgen’s Reds another home-victory, their 20th in succession and their 24th victory from 25 matches in the Premier League this season.
Also, their 42nd game unbeaten over 2-seasons, the last time the Reds lost was in January last year against Man City.
What’s not remembered much regarding last season’s near-miss for the Premier League title was that it was the draws that cost Liverpool, late in the season, not defeats.
That won’t happen this term and although no one on Merseyside will admit that Liverpool are the new Premier League Champions, they are.
In effect, Liverpool need 18-points to be officially crowned Champions, therefore need to be victorious in their next 6-games, which will probably happen, meaning the glory could happen, in the fixture against Crystal Palace at Anfield in mid-March, which would be great for Jurgen and the faithful.
That said, for that to happen, would mean City winning all their games too, so in effect, if City slip up, the title could be put to bed earlier than mid-March.
What is for certain, it’s a matter of when not if, Liverpool are crowned the new Premier League Champions, 30-years after their last title.
Norwich had a tricky start to life back in the Premier League when the Canaries headed to Anfield on the opening day of the season.
Jurgen Klopp’s boys beat his fellow German manager Daniel Farke’s men by a 4-1 scoreline, with all the Reds goals coming in the 1st-half.
The unfortunate Grant Hanley scored an own goal to give Liverpool an early lead.
Mo Salah, Virgil Van Dijk and Divock Origi added the others to give the Reds a 4-0 lead at the break.
Teemu Pukki got the Canaries consolation in the 2nd-half but Liverpool got off to a great start in the pursuit of their 1st-Premier League title.
Betway offer Norwich at 13/2, the Draw at 9/2 and Odds On 4/11 for Liverpool to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 12/5 that Todd Cantwell Scores Anytime and 4/1 that Mo Salah Scores Two Plus Goals.
Away Win 1-4
ASTON VILLA v TOTTENHAM
Early Sunday Afternoon Football kicking-off on the 16th February 2020 at 14.00 PM in England, live on Sky Sports.
Aston Villa slipped a couple of places after a 2-1 defeat against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Dean Smith’s side conceded 2-first-half goals to go in at the break 2-0 down.
Dean obviously got into his boys in the dressing room at half-time as his Claret and Blues won the 2nd-half with a goal from new signing Mbwana Samata, who’s quickly got the nickname from his teammates at Villa Park,
Ultimately, the goal from What’s wasn’t enough and the 2-goals Bournemouth scored in the 1st-half resulted in a 2-1 defeat for the Villains.
The loss leaves Aston Villa sitting just outside of the relegation places on 24-points, 1-more than West Ham in 18th-position.
If Villa stay there, it will be a good season for the Holte End faithful.
What’s significant and has been mentioned a few times in this EveryTip column is that Aston Villa are a better team with Conor Hourihane in it, yet Dean Smith doesn’t seem to share that view.
Conor was named as a substitute against Bournemouth but didn’t get any game-time, not telling Dean what to do but give Conor a kick-about, just saying!
Tottenham somehow beat Pep’s Low Flying City 2-0 on Sunday with a great goal from new boy Steven Bergwijn, who as to be nicknamed ‘the Cow’ in the Tottenham changing room, getting the 1st-goal.
Somehow, because Man City were in complete control in the 1st-half hitting the post and missing a penalty.
Son Heung-Min added the 2nd to inflict a surprise defeat on Pep and take the head-to-head between Jose and Pep to 13-6 in Pep’s favour.
However, that won’t bother Dracula tonight, he will be literally ‘over the moon’ with his eyes shut.
The surprise 2-0 victory against Pep’s Low Flying City, as elevated Spurs into 5th-place with 37-points, a point more than Sheffield United and 2-more than Jose’s Manchester United.
You can hear the dressing-room now in a slightly racist, slightly wrong Portuguese voice saying,
‘I am Dracularrr, I vill not be beaten by Ole and his inadequate Veels! Tottenham must vin and stay above Manchester United!’
For 70-minutes in Aston Villa’s debut game in their return to the Top Flight, Dean Smith’s Villa were the better side with John McGinn getting the early goal to give Aston Villa the lead at the break.
Unfortunately, the unleaded ran out of the Villains tank on the 73rd-minute, when Tanguy Ndombele equalised for Spurs.
Harry Kane then scored twice to give Mauricio Pochettino’s boys a great 3-1 victory and an opening day defeat for the Claret and Blues.
Betway offer Aston Villa at 3/1, the Draw at 14/5 and slight Odds On 17/20 for Tottenham to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 12/5 that Jack Grealish Scores Anytime and 9/5 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
Away Win 2-3
ARSENAL v NEWCASTLE
Late Sunday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports with this game kicking-off at 16.30 PM on the 16th February 2020 in England.
Arsenal played out yet another draw on Sunday, heading up North to Turf Moor and coming away with 1-point but no-goals.
That’s Arsenal’s 13th-draw from the 25-Premier League games played and the 5th-draw under the reign of Mikel Arteta, who is 7-Premier League games in.
It’s clear to see what Mikel is working on at the training ground, starting with the defence to make the Gunners more secure at the back.
A lot of Gooners will be on the AFTV, screaming at Robbie Lyle saying they want more attacking options, yet a good football side starts at the back and moves forward.
Mikel is making sure his team are solid at first then the midfield and forwards will become more attacking.
Pep 2 knows what he’s doing, the Gooners should at least give him time and stop screaming and shouting at old Tate And.
Newcastle, coincidently, also played in a game that finished in a 0-0 scoreline last time out, against Norwich.
Probably the only drawback for the Magpies, as opposed to Arsenal’s 0-0 draw was Steve Bruce’s Boys we’re at home and the Toon Army would have expected more from their beloved Black and Whites against the team at bottom of the Premier League.
This will be a long journey South to the Capital for the Toon Army who will be heard, in their dulcet Geordie tone enquiring,
‘Hoo much?’ ‘Away man!’
When finding out that the bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale, which is a real drink by the way, that they are asking for, is £7 quid a bottle.
Newcastle haven’t lost any game of football, since a New Year’s Day defeat against Leicester but have drawn 3-out of the last 4-Premier League games and sit in a cluster of 4-teams with 31-points, the same as today’s opponents, so this is another of the proverbial 6-pointers.
Many won’t understand that saying but a ‘6-pointer’ is when 2-teams, with the same number of points, take on each other.
If one team wins they gain 3-points more than the team that loses, who lose the chance to get 3-points more themselves, as they won’t play that team again, hence 3-points gained and 3-points not lost, equals the proverbial 6-points.
Big Brucey has brought in a couple of January Transfer Window signings, with both Valentino Lazaro, who is a Striker and Danny Rose, the ex-Tottenham Defender, coming on against Norwich as 2nd-half substitutes.
At St James Park on the opening weekend, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got the solitary goal in the 2nd-half to give Unai’s Gunners a 1-0 away-day victory.
Betway offer Arsenal at Odds On 9/20, the Draw at 15/4 and 11/2 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 4/1 that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Scores First and 7/1 that Danny Rose Scores Anytime.
CHELSEA v MANCHESTER UNITED
Monday Night Football on the 17th February 2020, live on Sky Sports, brings to a close this historic 2-week Premier League Game Week Twenty-Six.
This cracker of a finale kicks-off at 20.00 PM in England.
Chelsea came away from the King Power on Saturday, with a point, from a very entertaining Desmond.
After a goalless 1st-half, the unlikeliest of Frank Lampard’s Blues Antonio Rudiger scored the opening goal, with Big Ant getting his 1st-goal for Chelsea this term.
Leicester equalised then took the lead midway through the 2nd-half.
After scoring the opener, Antonio got a taste for goal-scoring and like buses, another one came along in quick succession, to give Chelsea the 2nd and a share of the points in the 2-2 draw against the Foxes.
For those scratching their heads thinking,
‘What’s a Desmond?’
Desmond Tutu, meaning a 2-2 draw.
The point gained leaves Chelsea with 41-points, in 4th-place, 8-behind Leicester but just 4-more than Tottenham who move into 5th-place after their smash and grab victory against Man City.
After having their Transfer Ban reduced, it was assumed that Frank Lampard would bring in a couple of new players in this recent window, however, none arrived, so Chelsea will stick with this current squad until the summer.
Manchester United took on Wolves on Saturday in the 2-clubs, 4th-meeting this season and the 6th-time in the last 12-months following the FA Cup replays.
The game finished in a very entertaining 0-0 draw with Ole introducing his new January Transfer Window signing Bruno Fernandes.
Bruno had only just signed a couple of days before this fixture against Wolves and it was unsure as to whether Ole would throw Big Bruno straight into the starting eleven.
Ole had no qualms about that and Bruno played the full 90-minutes and looks a very good player from the initial outing.
United have also signed ex-Watford star Odion Ighalo who scored a hatful of goals in his time at Watford getting 20-goals in the Hornets promotion-winning side from the Championship in 2014/15.
In his 1st-season in the Premier League Odion scored 15-goals that helped Watford stay in the top division.
However, Odion only managed 1-goal in the 2016/17 season and left for China.
Although the Chinese League is nowhere near the standard of the Premier League, Odion Ighalo has continued to score goals and could just be the answer to Ole’s striking conundrum following the 0-0 draw against Wolves.
Anthony Martial has come in for a bit of stick from the Old Trafford faithful, yet Anthony is simply a different player, without Marcus Rashford and is definitely not a main striker.
Tony is better when there is a focal striker up top and he can play off the frontman, so with Odion’s arrival, Anthony Martial could just unlock a few more defences, than of recent times.
With Bruno and Odion arriving in the Red half of Manchester, Ole has got the tools to achieve the 2nd of a number of Phases to get Manchester United eating at the Top Table again and should be backed by, not only the bosses at Old Trafford but the many millions of Red Devil followers.
It’s a bit sad that Ed Woodward, aka the Equaliser, couldn’t watch the game at Old Trafford last Saturday because of the numpty fans who think it’s great to abuse an individual and threaten his and his families life, including 2-young twin daughters, over a game of footie, they really should get over themselves.
United fans, of which this EveryTip contributor is part of, should be ashamed.
It’s just football girls and guys, not war, whatever you think about Ed Woodward, he’s a human being with kids, how would the fans feel if someone attacked their family.
Love Football Love Life.
To attack an individual and his family because it doesn’t go their way is simply abhorrent, if any United fan feels different then they really need to have a good look in the mirror.
Agree or disagree Girls and Guys but have a rinse, talk about it, laugh and shout but don’t commit a crime.
That’s not what Football is.
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At Old Trafford back in August, Ole’s Wheels got a great 4-0 opening day victory against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea that the scoreline didn’t tell the full story.
Chelsea were actually the better side in the 1st-half and but for a couple of great saves from David De Gea and the woodwork, Franks Blues could have gone in at the break in front. Marcus Rashford scored an early penalty to settle United’s nerves after a great start from Chelsea.
After the break, Anthony Martial, a 2nd for Marcus and Dan James getting the 4th, gave United the 4-0 victory and a great start to the new season for Ole Gunnar Solskjær and his much-maligned round-ones.
Betway offer Chelsea at slight Odds On 10/11, the Draw at 13/5 and 3/1 for Manchester United to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 5/1 that Jorginho Scores Anytime and 12/5 that Odion Ighalo Scores Anytime.