The serious injury to Son Heung-min threatens to further derail Tottenham’s season, with very few attacking options now available to Jose Morinho. It’s likely that hot and cold Dele Alli spearheads the Spurs frontline at Stamford Bridge, with new signing Steven Bergwijn in close attendance. The home side remain unconvincing though and goals have gradually dried-up for hit-man Tammy Abraham. Neither side has been mean in defence, however. Does John Newsome foresee many goals, in what is usually an edgy London derby? Here are his thoughts on all matches taking place, in game-week 27. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday
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CHELSEA v TOTTENHAM
Early Saturday Afternoon Football live on BT Sports, with this game in England kicking off at 12.30 PM.
These are the reverse fixtures from Game Week Eighteen which took place a couple of days before Christmas.
Chelsea were beaten for the 3rd-time this season by Manchester United on Monday Night Football and the 1st-time in 8-years by United, in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.
Frank’s Blues will consider themselves unlucky in the 2-0 defeat against Ole’s Wheels, having 2-goals chalked off by the dreaded VAR.
The 1st came from a goal by Kurt Zouma which was deemed to follow a push from Michy Batshuayi and the 2nd was ruled out with Olivier Giroud adjudged offside when receiving the ball to score, what would have been an equaliser.
Both goals were disallowed with Frank and his staff not happy.
That leaves Chelsea still in 4th-place in the Premier League table with 41-points, however, now only a point more than today’s opponents, 3-points more than Manchester United and 9-points less than Leicester in 3rd.
This is a really important game for both sides with the winners taking up that coveted 4th-Champions League place, with Chelsea quickly returning to Stamford Bridge for this fixture against their London rivals.
Tottenham are the 3-2 merchants under Jose.
Since Jose has been at the helm Spurs have won 4-times by the scoreline of 3-2, the latest being against Aston Villa on Sunday.
A great result for Dracula and the Lilywhites.
Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld had an indifferent 30-minutes at the start of the game scoring at both ends to make the game level.
The unfortunate Toby scored an own-goal after just 9-minutes, to give Villa the lead.
Toby redeemed his error and scored Tottenham’s equaliser on the half-hour mark and with the game looking like it was going to end in a 1st-half stalemate, Jose’s Boys were awarded a penalty right on half-time.
Toby’s goal was outstanding, of which Harry Kane would have been proud of.
The penalty was taken by Son Heung-Min and was initially saved by the Villa ‘keeper, however, Big Son was the quickest to react and put away the rebound to give Tottenham a 2-1 lead at the break.
Villa’s big Belgium defender Bjorn Engels had a similar indifferent 2nd-half to that of Toby’s in the 1st.
Having got his head on the end of a Jack Grealish corner, early in the 2nd-half, getting the Villa equaliser, Big Bjorn somehow let the ball slip through his legs to gift Son Heung-Min the chance to net the winner for Spurs in the 94th-minute.
Son obliged and gave Dracula Jose the 4th, 3-2 victory of his Tottenham reign.
Nice one Son.
The victory and 3-points lift Spurs above Sheffield United into 5th-place in the Premier League and with Man City’s subsequent European ban could see Jose getting his team into next season’s Champions League.
The folk of Romania, Whitby and North London will be happy.
Maybe a significant factor in this game is that Tottenham will have played midweek in the Champions League against RB Leipzig, with Chelsea not playing in that particular competition until the following Tuesday, giving Frank’s Boys almost a week off.
At the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium in December, Willian scored both goals in the 1st-half, the 2nd-being a penalty, to give Frank’s Blues a comfortable 2-0 victory against ex-boss Jose.
Son Heung-Min saw Red midway through the 2nd-half for a bad challenge on Antonio Rudiger.
Betway offer Chelsea at slight Odds On 17/20, the Draw at 3/1 and 14/5 for Tottenham to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 100/30 that Tammy Abraham Scores First and 23/10 that Chelsea Win To Nil.
Home Win 2-0
BURNLEY v BOURNEMOUTH
The 1st of 4, 15.00 PM Saturday Afternoon kick-offs in England.
Bournemouth suffered a 2-1 defeat away at Bramall Lane prior to their mid-Season break.
Callum Wilson had given the Cherries the lead, early in the 1st-half but the Blades equalised in 1st-half injury time to take both teams in level at the interval, which, in theory, knocked the stuffing out of Bournemouth and gave Sheffield United a boost for the 2nd-half.
United scored the winner late on to inflict the defeat on Eddie and his Cherries leaving them with 26-points, just 2-points safe of relegation.
Whilst a defeat and a perilous position in the Premier League table, all Eddie Howe needs to do is keep his boys above the relegation places come the end of the season.
Burnley got a great 2-1 away day victory against Southampton on Saturday, with Ashley Westwood getting an early goal.
Southampton did equalise soon after, with the teams going in at the break, level.
Matej Vydra got the Clarets winner on the hour mark to give Sean Dyche’s boys the win to put them on 34-points, which is ever closer to safety and a great start after the mid-season break, which it’s rumoured, Sean took his boys to Blackpool to get some sun on their backs.
This was a pre-Christmas game at the Vitality with Jay Rodriguez leaving it late to score the only goal in a 1-0 victory for Burnley.
Betway offer Burnley at 6/5 the Draw at 23/10 and 12/5 for Bournemouth to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 6/5 that Chris Wood Scores Anytime and 13/10 that there are Over 2.5 Goals.
Home Win 2-1
CRYSTAL PALACE v NEWCASTLE
Another 15.00 PM kick-off in England.
The Battle of The Birds sees the Magpies head South to take on the Eagles, with Roy’s Boys having had their mid-season rest a week later than Steve’s Men.
Crystal Palace suffered a 3-1 defeat away at Everton last time out, which will have been a fortnight ago come this game against Newcastle.
Probably the only positive the Eagles Ultras can take from the defeat was that Christian Benteke got a much-needed goal, his 1st of the season and his 1st for a long time in a Palace shirt.
Palace have 30-points and sit just outside the relegation zone but Roy will be looking over his shoulder and won’t be happy with the lack of investment shown in the recent Transfer Window.
Newcastle held out for 45-minutes at the Emirates on Sunday but came out in the 2nd-half and capitulated against the Gunners.
The Magpies conceded 4, 2nd-half goals to ultimately come away from the capital with nothing.
Steve Bruce will have to go back to the drawing board and get his boys back on track for this back-to-back trip to London.
The Toon Army are not happy having to pay £6 quid for a bottle of Newcastle Broon Ale for the 2nd-successive week.
Some of them have even stayed down in the big smoke, sleeping in Hyde Park, as even though Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis have been kicking about, the weather is still better than Newcastle in June.
Miguel Almiron gave the Toon Army an early Christmas present at St James Park, getting the solitary goal in a 1-0 victory for the Magpies against the Eagles.
Betway offer Crystal Palace at slight Odds On 5/6, the Draw at 12/5 and 15/4 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 15/4 that Luka Milivojevic Scores Anytime and 6/1 that Matty Longstaff Scores Anytime.
SHEFFIELD UNITED v BRIGHTON
The 3rd of 4, 15.00 PM kick-offs in England.
These 2-teams both played a fortnight ago with Sheffield United getting a professional 2-1 victory against Bournemouth at Bramall Lane.
Blades Legend Billy Sharp equalised in 1st-half stoppage time, after conceding an early Cherries goal.
After the break, United took control but left it late to get the winner, with John Lundstram scoring with time running out.
Big Billy did a wonderful act of kindness this week, meeting the Granddaughter of a lifelong Blades fan who sadly passed away.
The Granddaughter herself, is a fan of the Blue side of Sheffield and supports Wednesday but knew how much her Granddad loved United and loved Billy.
Well played Billy Sharp, respect.
Chris Wilder was happy, however, forgot to let his face know.
The win takes Sheffield United up to 6th-place in the Premier League table, with 39-points and with Man City’s subsequent ban from competing in Europe, it’s quite conceivable that the Blades could be in next season’s Champions League.
James from Swinton is getting very excited.
Little Jimbo is like a kid in a sweet shop, literally, as he’s been looking in the Haribo packets for a ring to give his lovely girlfriend.
Jim may now be able to justifiably get his passport out of the draw after recent attempts to use it for trips to Molineux, which James thought was in France and the Blades numerous adventures to London.
Swinton Jimbo will definitely be hoping for trips to the Nou Camp or the Bernabeu and will be getting his Aldi bag for life ready, which he doubles up as a travel case for his trips outside Yorkshire.
Brighton were held at home by Watford, last time out, with a Watford own-goal being the saving grace in a 1-1 draw with the Hornets.
Graham Potter was given a 6-year contract extension a few months back, which since then, as seen his Seagulls plummet down the table and with 27-points, lie perilously close to the drop zone.
The heir-achy at the Amex may just be starting to regret the contract extension, which Harry signed quicker than Usain Bolt nipping to the shops for a pint of milk.
On the South Coast before Christmas, Ollie McBurnie scored the Blades solitary goal in a 1-0 victory for the Yorkshire club.
Betway offer Sheffield United at slight Odds On 19/20, the Draw at 23/10 and 16/5 for Brighton to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 5/1 that Ollie McBurnie Scores First and 14/5 that Glenn Murray Scores Anytime.
Home Win 2-1
SOUTHAMPTON v ASTON VILLA
The final 15.00 PM game in England.
Southampton suffered a 2-1 defeat against Burnley, at St Mary’s last time out, coming back from the mid-season break still with 1-foot on the beach.
Danny Ings did continue his fine goal-scoring form that surely must see him included in Gareth Southgate’s next England squad.
Danny equalised an early Burnley goal in the 1st-half to take both teams in level at the break.
Unfortunately for Wreck-It Ralph’s Saints, they conceded a 2nd-half goal to ultimately suffer back-to-back Premier League defeats after a bit of a resurgent period.
Ralph does have the chance to avenge that home defeat against Burnley, quickly returning to St Mary’s for this fixture against Aston Villa.
Dean Smith wasn’t happy with the dreaded VAR in Villa’s home game against Tottenham on Sunday.
The boys at Stockley Park, who were rumoured to be watching the Welsh Open snooker final, got involved on the 45-minute mark and informed the on-field referee, Martin Atkinson that the challenge made by Bjorn Engels on Steven Bergwijn should be a penalty.
Aston Villa had taken the lead early in the game through a Tottenham own goal.
After conceding an equaliser, it looked like Villa were heading in level at the break until the dreaded awarded the penalty.
Pepe Reina did save the penalty, however, the ball rebounded straight back to Son Heung-Min who put Tottenham in front at half-time.
Bjorn Engels equalised for the Villains after the break but then had a moment to forget when he let the ball go through his legs to gift Son the winning goal and another defeat for Dean Smith and his Claret and Blues.
The slip by Bjorn was reminiscent of the England v Poland game in 1973, when Leeds United and Barnsley FC legend, Norman Hunter slipped on the ball and allowed the Polish striker in on goal to score an equaliser which ultimately cost England a place in the 1974 World Cup in Germany.
Engels laying cables.
The defeat leaves Villa with 25-points, a point more than West Ham who are in the relegation places but have not played their Game Week 26 fixture yet, however, that fixture for the Hammers, is against Man City, so the places most probably will stay the same, with Villa keeping their heads just above the water.
At Villa Park prior to the festive celebrations, Southampton got the presents and the 3-points with a great away day 3-1 victory.
Danny Ings and Jack Stephens with a couple of goals before half-time, with Danny adding his 2nd and the Saints 3rd after the break.
Jack Grealish did get a goal for Dean Smith’s Claret and Blues midway through the 2nd-half but ultimately Jack’s goal was just a consolation.
Betway offer Southampton at Odds On 3/5, the Draw at 16/5 and 17/4 for Aston Villa to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 13/5 that Danny Ings Scores Two Plus Goals and 3/1 that Jack Grealish Scores Anytime.
Home Win 4-1
LEICESTER v MAN CITY
Late Saturday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports, kicking off at 17.30 PM in England.
Leicester came away from Molineux with a point following a 0-0 draw against Wolves on Friday night.
What is commonly known as the David Attenborough Derby, the Foxes were lucky against the Wolves, when the dreaded VAR intervened to cancel out what looked like a perfectly good goal from the Gold and Blacks.
Somehow the boys at Stockley Park, adjudged that a Wolves players toe was in an offside position when the ball was played.
It’s rumoured that the VAR were in a bad mood because they hadn’t received a Valentines Day gift and were determined to spoil someone’s night.
Hamza Choudhury was shown 2-Yellow Cards in the 2nd-half to ultimately see Red so will miss this clash against City.
Rod Stewart is starting to smile a bit more now his beloved Celtic have virtually guaranteed a 9th-Scottish Pub League title, by going 10-points clear of arch-rivals Rangers.
He’s Celtic, United but Brendan has decided that Leicester is the best place to be.
Man City take on West Ham on Wednesday night after the initial game was postponed due to Ciara working her magic.
The Citizens have been hit with a 2-year European ban from the start of next season due to FFP, which means Financial Fair Play.
At this stage, it would mean that the 5th-Place team in the Premier League would take City’s place, however, City have a lot of money to pay for the best Lawyer’s available so there is still time for them to have the ban reduced or even cancelled.
Watch this space.
With Leicester only managing a draw, City remain in 2nd-position in the Premier League table but an astonishing 25-points behind Liverpool, possibly 22-after the Wednesday game against West Ham, so it’s just a matter of when, not if, that City relinquish their title.
At the Etihad, in December, Jamie Vardy gave the Foxes an early lead, however, the goal just kicked City into life.
Riyad Mahrez equalised soon after Jamie’s goal, then Ilkay Gundogan converted a penalty to give City the half-time lead.
Gabriel Jesus made it 3-1 after the break and with no more goals in the game Pep’s Blues got the victory.
Betway offer Leicester at 100/30, the Draw at 16/5 and surprisingly Odds On 8/11 for Man City to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 5/1 that Jamie Vardy Scores First and 13/10 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
Away Win 2-4
MANCHESTER UNITED v WATFORD
Sunday Afternoon Football, with a 14.00 PM kick-off, however, not a live TV game in England.
Manchester United recorded their 1st-Premier League victory at Stamford Bridge for 8-years, on Monday Night Football getting a great 2-0 victory against Chelsea, albeit with the help of the dreaded VAR.
For most of the 1st-half in West London, it appeared that both teams were reluctant to score until Anthony Martial scored a brilliant headed, right on the 45-minute mark, to give United a half-time lead.
In the 2nd-half Harry Maguire got his big head on the end of a corner and made it 2-0 to the Red Devil’s.
Big Harry was lucky to still be in the pitch after an altercation with Michy Batshuayi which looked like the Red Centre Half kicked out at the Blue Striker.
The boys at Stockley Park didn’t want to get involved at that point as it was rumoured they missed the incident and were watching Mastermind at the time on BBC 2.
The victory leaves United with 38-points in 7th-place, 3-behind Chelsea who sit in 4th.
With Chelsea and Tottenham both playing each other, this is a real chance for Ole’s Wheels to gain ground on at least one of the two, if not both.
The football world lost a true gentleman and a true legend this week, with the passing of Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg.
Harry was a superb ‘keeper for both United and Northern Ireland as well as appearances for Doncaster Rovers and Stoke City.
Big Harry was also on the ill-fated plane that crashed in Munich on February 6th 1958 that caused the death of so many people both Manchester United players and members of the journalist’s community.
Harry Gregg was a true hero that day, not only surviving the crash but also pulling several other survivors to safety.
Harry was 87-years old, respect Harry Gregg, Rest in Peace.
Abdoulaye Doucoure scored an early goal in the 1-1 draw against Brighton last time out, then Big Nigel sent his boys on their mid-season jolly’s.
Watford conceded a 2nd-half equaliser at the Amex with the unfortunate Adrian Mariappa, scoring an own-goal and what an own-goal it was.
Big Adrian smashed the ball into the back of the net when he should have just let the ball go past him.
The point gained gives Watford 24 but leaves them in the relegation places, however, there’s not much between the bottom clubs with a number of them that can get dragged into the fight for survival.
The Hornets stung the Red Devil’s at Vicarage Rd, before Christmas scoring 2-goals after the break to get a great 2-0 victory.
Ismaila Sarr and a Troy Deeney penalty we’re enough to give Nigel Pearson the surprise win over Ole.
United will have travelled to Belgium on the Thursday prior to this fixture, taking on Club Brugge in the Europa League.
A slight digression if one doesn’t mind.
Last week a brilliant young fighter, named Terri Harper won the WBC (World Boxing Council) Super-Featherweight Title in Sheffield, England.
Firstly, what a tremendous achievement by such a wonderful young lady, yes lady, Terri is a girl and has stepped up to the plate, by winning the same coveted Green belt as that held by the WBC World Heavyweight Champion that is Deontay Wilder.
Not many will put Terri and Deontay in the same sentence, this EveryTip column does.
Terri has earned the right to be mentioned in the same breath has Deontay Wilder.
Whilst a tremendous achievement by Terri, what is sometimes forgotten is the Boxing prowess that set women’s boxing on the journey that it affords today.
Jane Couch MBE really is the pioneer for the Women’s Boxing of today and the likes of Terri Harper, Katie Taylor, Savannah Marshall, Christy Martin, Bonnie Cannino, Holly Holm, Layla McCarter, even Rhonda Rousey and Nicola Adams.
Type Women’s Boxer’s in Google and lingerie comes up, which is a sad indictment on, firstly Google but also the British Boxing Board of Control who never acknowledged Jane Couch MBE.
Initially not granting Jane a licence because get this and this will shock many, Jane is a woman.
Even implying that PMT (google it !) was a factor in not issuing a licence, stating that women were “too unstable to box” That’s your men for you in the early 1990s.
Jane got her licence granted towards the end of 1990, which took nearly a decade to establish herself.
Jane won the WBF (World Boxing Federation) title in 1999, on the same card as Cornelius Carr, who had the honour of sharing the ring with the great Dean Francis.
Jane fought on the Undercard of Micky Ward who’s career is portrayed in the Oscar-Winning film starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, The Fighter.
On the same bill that night in Mashantucket, Connecticut USA, was a certain Prince Naseem Hamed who was defending his WBO (World Boxing Organisation) title.
Jane fought on Million Dollar bills in the States but couldn’t get a gig in Britain due to the sexual discrimination of the BBBofC.
On a June night in 2003, Jane Couch fought Lucia Rijker at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
On that particular bill in LA, was Lenox Lewis who defeated Vitali Klitschko to defend his WBC World Heavyweight Title.
Having also been on the same undercard as Roy Jones Jnr, Jane deserves tremendous respect and recognition for what she had to go through to get her to where she is now and the women’s Boxing to where it is now.
Imagine waking up on Sunday and seeing the headlines ‘Katie Taylor shouldn’t box because of PMT’
That’s effectively what Jane Couch MBE had to deal with.
Respect Jane, keep on keeping on.
Betway offer Manchester United at Odds On 8/13, the Draw at 14/5 and 19/4 for Watford to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 16/5 that Odion Ighalo Scores First and 8/5 that United Win To Nil.
Home Win 3-0
WOLVES v NORWICH
Another 14.00 PM kick-off in England, again not a live TV game, just similar to the Manchester United v Watford fixture, on Sunday due to the Europa League.
Wolves could consider themselves unlucky in the Friday night game against Leicester, having had a Willy Boly goal disallowed due to Neto having his big toe offside.
It really is a farce, the whole VAR situation and is something that the authorities need to get to grips with.
On no planet of football should Willy Boly’s goal have been disallowed and is just making a mockery of the Premier League.
It’s unclear as to whether the authorities want to change and are quite happy with the turmoil, however, one thing that will make people sit up and listen and make changes to the laws, is if it starts costing the Premier League money in TV rights.
If Sky Sports or BT Sport see a reduction in the monthly subscriptions because the fans are getting fed up with the dreaded VAR and can’t afford the millions they currently pay to the Premier League then the VAR problems will get fixed.
The annoying thing about the problems is that they can be easily solved by just tweaking a few things.
The main reasons that fans are upset with is the ridiculous offside rule that states a toe is in an offside position and the handball law that states if the ball touches an arm or hand in the build-up to a goal then the goal shouldn’t count.
These are the main sticking points that rile fans and could be changed without too much trouble.
The Premier League need to look at these at the end of the season and change for the start of the next.
Wolves lie in 8th-position in the Premier League table, with 36-points, just 3-behind Tottenham in 5th-place.
Norwich were like a boxer on the ropes for 90-minutes at Carrow Rd in the late Saturday Afternoon kick-off against Liverpool.
The scoreline of 1-0 in favour of Liverpool doesn’t really tell the full story as, if it was a boxing match, the referee would have stopped the contest before the final round.
Norwich remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League table with 18-points, which is 7-adrift of safety.
It’s looking increasingly likely that the Canaries are heading for the Championship, hopefully, Delia Smith and the other bosses at Carrow Rd will stick with Daniel Farke.
However, that said, there will be a host of clubs come hovering around to pick up players like Todd Cantwell, Emiliano Buendia and of course Teemu Pukki.
In a recent interview on a popular Sport show, one of the panellist talking about Teemu enquired,
‘Is Teemu Finnish?’
To which the reply was,
‘He’s not finished, just because Norwich will be relegated, Teemu is only 29 and still has a lot left in him’ Wolves host Spanish side Espanyol in the Europa League prior to this visit from Norwich.
At Carrow Rd, before Christmas, Todd Cantwell gave Norwich an early lead to take the Canaries in at the break leading 1-0.
Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez got the Wolves goals in the 2nd-half to give Nuno’s Gold and Blacks a 2-1 victory.
Betway offer Wolves at slight Odds On 1/2, the Draw at 100/30 and 11/2 for Norwich to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 14/5 that Raul Jimenez Scores First and 13/10 that Wolves Win To Nil.
Home Win 2-0
ARSENAL v EVERTON
Late Sunday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports, this being a 16.30 PM kick-off in England.
Arsenal played out a drab 1st-half at the Emirates on Sunday, going in at the interval with the score still 0-0 against Newcastle.
Mikel Arteta got into his Gooners in the dressing room at the break and in the 2nd-half, goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette giving Arsenal a great 4-0 victory.
Mesut and Alexandre’s goals came when the 90-minutes were up.
Pep 2 and his Gunners are now unbeaten in 8-games, 6-in the Premier League and with 34-points, lie 10th in the table, however, only 6-points behind Tottenham who lie in the coveted 5th-spot, which could become a Champions League place.
Everton comfortably beat Crystal Palace 3-1 last time out and have had a fortnight off before this trip to North London.
Bernard gave the Toffees a half-time lead, with goals from Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin after the break, to seal the victory.
Palace did briefly equalise Bernard’s goal but that just spurred Carlo’s Blues on to get the great victory that took the Toffees up to 9th-in the Premier League table, with 36-points, 2-more than today’s opponents.
Arsenal will have been to Greece and back prior to this game against Everton, taking on Olympiacos in the Europa League on the Thursday evening.
Before Christmas, these 2-teams were under the guidance of caretaker manager’s and played out a very entertaining (not!) 0-0 draw, with both sets of players wanting to get home to finish off their present wrapping.
Betway offer Arsenal at Evens 1/1, the Draw at 5/2 and 11/4 for Everton to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 6/4 that Alexandre Lacazette Scores Anytime and 21/20 that there are Under 2.5 Goals.
LIVERPOOL v WEST HAM
Monday Night Football, bringing a close to Game Week Twenty-Seven.
This fixture is a 20.00 PM kick-off in England, live on Sky Sports.
Liverpool continued their historic Premier League performance with a professional, if not goal-laden, victory against Norwich in the late Saturday Afternoon kick-off.
After literally battering the Canaries for 60-minutes without scoring, Jurgen decided to bring on Sadio Mane who had been left out of the starting eleven.
Sadio got the solitary winning goal in the 1-0 defeat of Norwich that gives the Reds 25-victories from their 26-Premier League games, which is simply outstanding and may just put every other Premier League achievement in the shade.
With Man City struggling both on and off the pitch, it’s only a matter of time before Liverpool will be crowned the 2019/20 Premier League Champions and could be confirmed in the next 5-games.
With 76-points sitting at the top, Liverpool have 15-more than City who can get a maximum of 90-points if and it’s a big if, Pep’s Blues win all their remaining 13-games.
That basically means, Liverpool have to get 15-points to get to 91, which the simple Maths (Math if reading in America) is 5-more victories.
The next 5-games for Jurgen’s Reds, starting with this home game against West Ham, are then, away against Watford, home against Bournemouth, away against Everton and the 5th one being a home fixture against Crystal Palace on the 21st of March.
The hypothetical scenario would mean that if both Liverpool and Man City win their next 5-games, Liverpool will be crowned the Premier League Champions on the 21st of March 2020.
However, as every football fan knows, the beautiful game isn’t played out in hypothetical scenario’s and often throws up unimaginable scenarios.
Maybe City lose one of their next 5-games, which then means Liverpool can win the title with a victory in their 4th game, Liverpool’s 4th game out of the next 5 is away at Goodison Park against their Merseyside rivals Everton.
That would be a great scenario for the whole of Merseyside and the Blue half would certainly welcome the opportunity to wish their Red Rivals all the best.
West Ham play there Game Week-26 fixture on Wednesday away at Man City, so effectively, could still be in the bottom three of the Premier League table heading to Anfield.
City are a wounded animal following the news of their European ban.
Good luck Bubbles.
Liverpool travel to Spain prior to this game to continue their defence of the Champions League taking on Atletico Madrid in the 1st-leg of that particular tie.
These teams only met a couple of weeks back at the London Stadium, due to Liverpool’s exploits in the World Club Cup before Christmas.
Mo Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored either side of the break to give Liverpool the easy 2-0 victory.
Betway offer Liverpool at massive Odds On 1/6, the Draw at 13/2 and 14/1 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points.
Betway offer 5/2 that Mo Salah Scores Two Plus Goals and 7/5 that there is a Goal in the First 15-Minutes.
Home Win 4-0