Despite not having any fans in the stadium, the Premier League is back! And boy are we happy! An ecstatic John Newsome is also back to bring you all the best previews and predictions for the final games of EPL Week 29, which take place on Wednesday 17th June. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday
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ASTON VILLA v SHEFFIELD UNITED
Guess what’s back, back again
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Guess what’s back, guess what’s back?
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It’s like Christmas Eve for a kid, finally, after 102-days, umpteen weeks on Furlough, (102-days ago, no one on this planet or Fullers, had heard the word Furlough, never mind knew what it meant!)
Despite not having any fans in the stadium, the Premier League is back.
Snooker returned and really wasn’t much different without the fans, other than the players automatically going for the rest at the end of the table, only to find it in a stand in the corner, it shows how the mind works.
Horse racing is back on the screens, again without punters in the stands, yet not much difference, whether their punters or not, the specific horse bet on, still finishes last and the telly nearly goes through the window!
When the Fun Stops, Stop! Most punters, who like a cheeky fiver here and there, want to know when the Fun actually Starts!
The Germans led the way in opening up the Bundesliga and showed the World how football can reconvene.
Now it’s our Boys turn!
Aston Villa and Sheffield United are the ones to kickstart the season, little James from Swinton is like a kid in a sweet shop, literally as he’s been in their 102-days trying to find some sweets to take away the hurt of his furlough.
Jim’s been onto Sky Sports to get his subscription up and running for Wednesday and told his boss that he’s finishing at 4 o’clock to get home for the match.
James boss, by the way, used to go out with Jamie Vardy but that is a different story and not a story for this EveryTip family column.
The fruit Kopparberg’s are in the fridge, chilling and the kids will be with their mam, little Jimbo is ready.
The Blades travel, without the Blunts faithful, down the M1 to Birmingham to take on relegation-threatened Aston Villa in a fixture that is part of Game Week-28 and should have been played back in March.
Villa lie in the relegation places with 25-points from the 28-games played prior to the Lockdown.
Dean Smith’s Claret and Blues are only 2-points from safety and a win at home against Sheffield United will lift them out of the bottom-3 and up to 16th in the table, with all teams, now completing 29-games.
A win would put Watford into the drop zone, along with Bournemouth and Norwich.
West Ham, Watford and Bournemouth all have 27-points and all will be temporary Blunts for the night.
It is really imperative to get these 2-Game Week 28-fixtures out of the way to put all teams on an even keel.
In the lower tiers of the English Football League, League 1 and 2 cancelled their season due to financial problems and had a unique system of deciding the final positions on a Points Per Game ratio.
This subsequently threw up situations where teams were promoted and relegated and given a Play-Off spot with games decided without any proper reasoning.
For example, in League 1, Peterborough were in the final Play-Off place when the season came to a halt.
Points Per Game means that if a team has 59-points over 34-games they are now higher than a team with 59-points having played 35-games (59/34 = 1.73, compared to 59/35 = 1.68)
Now with the Points Per Game decision, the Posh on 59-points over 35 games, drop to 7th and Wycombe, with 59-points over just 34-games, jump into the Play-Offs, without a ball being kicked.
It doesn’t seem fair and the Posh Boys and Girls are not happy.
At the bottom, it saw Tranmere relegated when they still had games in hand over the others.
The Tranmere Boys and Girls are not happy either.
However, it is what it is and there are always going to be unhappy folk when a situation is thrown up that as simply not happened before.
Back in April, during the Lockdown, EveryTip published an article about Liverpool’s All-Time Premier League Best Eleven, wherein, it was muted how the Premier League should reconvene.
At the time, no decision had been made and it wasn’t certain that football would reconvene.
However, despite the dates being slightly different, the thoughts on how football could restart by EveryTip are pretty much correct.
Once again, EveryTip is at the forefront of sporting debate.
Whilst the 3-points from a victory for Villa would take them out of the bottom 3, a victory for the Blades would lift them above Manchester United and Wolves into 5th-place in the Premier League table, which effectively, could mean a Champions League qualifying position if things go against Man City.
Little Jimbo will definitely be digging out the passport.
When Villa had their night out in Sheffield back in December, John Fleck scored both goals after the break, to give United a comfortable 2-0 victory.
Bet365 offer Aston Villa at 3.20, the Draw at 3.40 and 2.25 for Sheffield United to come away with all 3-points.
MAN CITY v ARSENAL
After the 18.00 PM game at Villa Park, it’s up the M6, to the Etihad for another Wednesday Night Football in England, with this rearranged Game Week-28 fixture kicking-off at 20.15 PM in England.
Pep 1 v Pep 2.
In early March, prior to the lockdown, City were beaten by a 2-0 scoreline against the Numpty Neighbours United.
In the Premier League game previous to the Derby, City beat the Foxes at the King Power.
Gabriel Jesus netting a late winner in a 1-0 victory over Leicester.
Just prior to Gabriel’s solitary goal, Sergio Aguero missed a penalty, which was City’s 4th penalty miss in a row, so it won’t be a surprise if Ederson takes the next spot-kick, seeing as Pep thinks his goalkeeper is the best penalty taker at the club.
In between the Derby and the trip to the King Power, City had beaten Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup Final, then went to the Bernabeu and beat Real Madrid by a 2-1 scoreline in the Champions League 1st-leg tie of their last-16 fixture and came away from Hillsborough with a 1-0 victory against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup.
In comparison, Liverpool, who will win the Premier League title, lost their FA Cup and Champions League games in that period and their unbeaten run in the league.
City are still a massive 25-points behind Liverpool in the title race but do have this fixture against Arsenal to close the gap.
Despite missing out on retaining their Premier League title, City could still win 3-trophies, with the Carabao Cup in the bag already, Pep will go all out to get the other 2 that City remain in.
Arsenal’s last venture in the Premier League was a successful one, getting a great 3-2 victory over Everton at the Emirates.
The Gunners fell behind to an early Toffees goal until Eddie Nketiah equalised midway through the 1st-half.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal a lead which looked like it would take them in with a 2-1 lead, however, 4-minutes into 1st-half stoppage time Everton equalised, to take both teams in level at the break.
Mikel Arteta must have given an inspired half-time talk, as within 30-seconds of the restart, Pierre-Emerick scored again and with no other goals in the half, Arsenal got the 3-2 victory.
Since that Premier League fixture, the Gunners have been dumped out of the Europa League but progressed to the Quarter-Finals of the FA Cup which realistically is the only way that Mikel’s boys can gain entry into Europe next season.
At the Emirates back in mid-December, Pep 2 wasn’t at the Gunners helm when three-1st-half goals from City gave Pep 1 the win.
Raheem Sterling scored one in between 2-Kevin De Bruyne strikes at either end of the half to give City the 3-0 victory.
Whilst this looks like an easy Home Win for City, Arsenal will try and take advantage of the empty Stadium and snatch a victory.
However, if the Manchester United fans are to be believed, City’s Etihad is renamed Emptyhad so there won’t be much difference.
In fact, if one puts Empty Stadium into Google Maps, it actually comes up with directions to the Etihad, bit harsh!
Betway offer Man City at slight Odds On 1.36, the Draw at 5.25 and7.5 for Arsenal to come away with all 3-points.