John Newsome has had to work overtime recently, with Premier League fixtures stacking-up as the always do at this time of year. Game-week 29 now quickly comes into focus and it begins with the North London derby. Spurs have been rattled by defeats at Burnley and Chelsea. The title now looks out of reach, but can Harry Kane inspire the Lilywhites to victory against the Gunners who now appear ready to challenge for 3rd spot? You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday. Now, grab a coffee and enjoy his EPL Week 29 predictions.
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SPURS v ARSENAL
Early Saturday Afternoon Football live on BT Sports see these 2 North London rivals go head-to-head at Wembley.
Tottenham lost on Wednesday away at Stamford Bridge. The 2-0 defeat to the Blues was Mauricio Pochettino 2nd loss in a row and surely now will have put pay to their very slim title chance. The 2 losses combined with Arsenal’s 2 wins has closed the gap between the North London rivals to just 4-points and a loss here for Spurs against Arsenal will reduce the gap to a single point. Kieran Trippier scored a superb goal, unfortunately for the Bury Beckham, he coolly slotted the ball past his own goalkeeper gifting Chelsea their 2nd goal.
Arsenal comfortably beat Bournemouth 5-1 on Wednesday. Mesut Ozil got the opener for the Gunners in a rare start under Unai Emery. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Laurent Koscielny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette added the others to maintain the Gunners Top 4 position with Manchester United in hot pursuit.
This reverse fixture back at the beginning of December at the Emirates finished 4-2 in favour of Arsenal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring with a 1st-half penalty and scored a 2nd for the Gunners just after half-time. Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira added 3 and 4. Tottenham actually lead at half-time through goals from Eric Dier and a Harry Kane penalty but Arsenal took control after the break and gained all 3-points. Jan Vertonghan got an early yellow card after just 9 minutes, which came back to haunt him 75 minutes later when he received a 2nd yellow and ultimately a red and an early bath.
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Home Win 3-1
BRIGHTON v HUDDERSFIELD
Brighton were beaten 2-1 by Leicester on Tuesday night away at the King Power. This was always going to be a difficult game for the Seagulls but Leicester had the extra incentive to play well for their new manager. Davy Propper got Brighton’s solitary goal in the loss which leaves Chris Hughton’s men perilously close to the relegation zone and will be going all out to get a win against bottom of the table Terriers.
Huddersfield surprised everyone including themselves on Tuesday night beating Wolves 1-0. Steve Mounie scored the winner in the 91st-minute at the John Smith Stadium sending the Terriers faithful home ecstatic. That win was only their 3rd of the season and 2 of the 3 wins gained by Huddersfield were against Wolves. The 3-points did nothing to affect their position at the foot of the Table and won’t prevent them from being relegated, however, it will instil some much-needed confidence. Jan Siewart made a number of changes to his team bringing in some youngsters to get them used to his playing methods for life in the Championship.
This reverse fixture back in West Yorkshire at the beginning of December finished 2-1 in favour of the Seagulls. Shane Duffy equalised an early Martin Jorgensen goal to go in at the break even. Steven Mounie was shown a red card after half an hour of play resulting in the Terriers playing the final hour with 10-men. In the 2nd-half the extra man made a difference and Romanian forward Florin Andone scored the winner for Brighton making their long trip home a happy one.
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Home Win 2-0
BURNLEY v CRYSTAL PALACE
Burnley were beaten 2-0 away at St James Park by a resurgent Newcastle side. After a great win at the weekend against Tottenham, Sean Dyche’s men were brought back down to earth. Burnley hadn’t lost a Premier League game this year and are currently 5 points above the relegation places so will need to try and get a result against Palace who are on the same points as their hosts today, so this really is the preverbal 6 pointer.
Crystal Palace lost on Wednesday at Selhurst Park. A resurgent Manchester United came down to London and beat the Eagles 3-1. Joel Ward got the Eagles consolation in the defeat which leaves Crystal Palace on the same 30-points as Burnley, both 5-points above the relegation places.
At Selhurst Park in early December Crystal Palace took all 3-points beating Burnley 2-0. James MacArthur scored in the 1st-half and Andros Townsend made it 2-0 midway through the 2nd-period giving the Eagles all 3-points.
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MANCHESTER UNITED v SOUTHAMPTON
Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 3-1 on Wednesday in what technically was a home fixture with the majority of United fans living in London or so the myth would have it. With United suffering from a tremendous amount of injuries, Romelu Lukaku took advantage of a rare start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and scored his 1st of a double in the 1st-half. He added his and United’s 2nd just after the break and although Crystal Palace pulled a goal back, Ashley Young scored United’s 3rd and Ole’s Pink Devils ran out easy 3-1 winners. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains unbeaten in the Premier League as interim boss and surely will become the permanent Manchester United manager. United’s faith is the key to it the’re unifying for some reason to be and you will see if you stand outside the big boss groove. United lie 5th in the Premier League Table just a point behind Arsenal and 5-points behind 3rd-placed Tottenham and with the North London rivals playing each other, a win against the Saints will reduce the gap on either of the teams immediately above them.
Southampton got a much-needed win at St Mary’s on Wednesday beating a very poor Fulham side 2-0. Oriel Romeu and James Ward-Prowse were the 1st-half goal scorers for the Saints. The win not only put more distance between themselves and the Cottages but also helped them leapfrog Cardiff out of the relegation places. This will be a tough ask at Old Trafford but the relegation fighting clubs become like wounded animals at this time of the season and will fight for everything.
In early December at St Mary’s Southampton took an early 2-0 lead with goals from Stuart Armstrong and Cedric Soares. Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera replied for United before the break and no further goals were added in the 2nd-half giving both teams a share of the points in one of Jose Mourinho’s final games in charge of United.
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Home Win 3-0
WOLVES v CARDIFF
Wolves were surprisingly beaten 1-0 away at Huddersfield on Tuesday Night. With the form both teams were in, no one really could have envisaged a result like that. Nuno will have to settle his men down and put that shock defeat behind them. This game against Cardiff will be seen as a very winnable game for the Gold and Blacks to get them back on track and cement their Top 8 Premier League place. The loss was only their 2nd defeat since the turn of the year.
Cardiff lost again on Tuesday at home in front of the Bluebird faithful. They were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Everton. With Southampton beating Fulham the following night, that meant Cardiff dropped back into the relegation places and this game against Wolves away at Molineux may not see them climb out. One thing Neil Warnock won’t do is panic and after the emotional season Cardiff have endured, Neil will keep the boys calm and focused on the next task in hand.
Back in South Wales at the end of November, this game was a rare Friday Night fixture and Cardiff got all 3-points beating Wolves 2-1. Matt Doherty had put Wolves in front in the 1st-half. Neil gave his boys a rallying half-time speech and the Bluebirds scored twice in the 2nd-half. Aron Gunnarsson and Junior Hoilett got the goals that gave Cardiff the great win in front of the Bluebird faithful.
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Home Win 2-0
BOURNEMOUTH v MAN CITY
Bournemouth came away from the Emirates on Wednesday night with their Cherries between their legs after being humbled by the Gunners. Eddie Howe does try to play the Arsenal way, the problem for Eddie and the Cherries is Arsenal are better at playing the Arsenal way than Bournemouth and showed it in their convincing 5-1 victory over Eddie’s men. Lys Mousset scored for Bournemouth when the score was only 2-0 to the Gunners giving the Cherries faithful brief hope of a surprise comeback. In the 2nd-half, Bournemouth were blown away by a rampant Arsenal side who eventually ran out 5-1 winners. After a great start to the season, Bournemouth only have 34-points and need at least another 5 to cement their Premier League place for next season and a visit from Pep’s High Flying City is probably not what Eddie needs right now.
Man City maintained their pursuit of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League with a very cautious unconvincing victory against West Ham on Wednesday night. City were gifted a very soft penalty in the 2nd-half which Sergio Aguero converted to give Pep’s boys a narrow 1-0 victory over the Hammers. Although the penalty award was considered soft, City won’t mind a will take the win to remain just a point behind Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table. This game against Bournemouth is played 24-hours before Liverpool play against Everton so City will overtake Liverpool at the top of the Premier League if they avoid defeat.
At the Etihad in early December, City ran out convincing 3-1 winners. The Bernardo of the Silva’s opened the scoring for Pep’s boys in the 16th-minute with Callum Wilson equalising for the Cherries just before the break.
Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan got the 2nd-half goals to give City all 3-points.
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Away Win 1-4
WEST HAM v NEWCASTLE
Late Saturday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports.
West Ham went to the Etihad on Wednesday night and were unlucky to come away with nothing losing 1-0 after a soft penalty awarded against Felipe Anderson was the difference between the 2 clubs. Ex-City boss Manuel Pellegrini nearly had the last laugh over his old employers but ultimately it was a loss for West Ham who have to put that to bed and move onto this game at the London Stadium against a resurgent Newcastle side. Manuel Lanzini got another 45-minutes under his belt added to the 15-minutes he had against Fulham following a long absence out through injury.
Newcastle continued their current fine form beating Burnley 2-0 at St James Park on Tuesday night. Swiss International Fabian Schar scored a superb opener for the Magpies hitting the ball from 25-yards and clipping the post to leave the Burnley ‘keeper unable to get near it to save. Young Newcastle starlet Sean Longstaff scored the 2nd-for Rafa’s boys giving them a 2 goal advantage going into the break. They hung onto that lead in the 2nd-half, earning them all 3-points and leapfrogging Burnley in the Premier League table.
This reverse fixture back at the beginning of December up at St James Park finished 3-0 in favour of the Hammers. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored the 1st for West Ham in the 1st-half. Chicharito added his 2nd and the Hammers 2nd midway through the 2nd-half and Felipe Anderson finishing off the scoring in the 93rd-minute making the long trip South a bubbly one for the Hammers faithful.
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Home Win 2-1
WATFORD v LEICESTER
Early Sunday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports.
Watford, like most teams this season, came away from Anfield on Wednesday night with absolutely nothing. After scoring 5 goals themselves last time out away at Cardiff, they were on the receiving end of a 5-0 defeat against Top of the Premier League Table Liverpool. No disgrace there as not many teams come away from Anfield with anything other than feeling sorry for themselves. Watford are comfortable in 8th place in the table on 40-points but will want to make sure they don’t switch off and head to the beach this early in the season.
Leicester beat Brighton 2-1 on Tuesday night in front of the Foxes faithful and in front of new boss Brendan Rodgers. The King Power heir-achy decided to head North to Scotland, in particularly Glasgow and raid Celtic to prise Brendan Rodgers to Leicester and give him the chance to reconvene his Premier League managerial career after his exploits at Liverpool. The Celtic faithful are not happy and are looking for William Wallace to come and find Richard the Third. All sorts of comments have come from the Celtic fans saying Brendan has betrayed them and left them in the lurch. In truth, Brendan had a limited window to act, Celtic are 8 points ahead of their bitter rivals Rangers in their pursuit of 10 in a row and the Chuckle Brothers (sadly only Paul is left after the death of Barry, rest in peace Barry! ) could manage Celtic to the title. So calm down Green and White Hoops and respect someone’s wishes to further their career. The irony in raiding Celtic is 2 recent Celtic managers came via Leicester, Martin O’Neil left Leicester for Celtic in 2000 taking with him the player and current interim Celtic boss Neil Lennon. So Leicester will feel vindicated in nicking Brendan off Celtic. Brendan saw his new side finally win a game after going 6 without a win and ultimately costing Claud Puel his job. The performances in those 6 winless games weren’t far off and Brendan has a good bunch of players to work with. Demarai Gray and Jamie Vardy were the goal scorers in the victory against Brighton. Leicester are in mid-table and Brendan will be looking to get them as high as possible this term then work with the players over the summer and with a Transfer Window to recruit his own players could be a force next season.
At the King Power back in early December, Leicester comfortably beat Watford 2-0 with the goals coming from a Jamie Vardy penalty and James Maddison adding the 2nd before the break giving the Foxes all 3-points. Etienne Capoue was sent off for the Hornets right on full-time.
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FULHAM v CHELSEA
Mid-Sunday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports sees a West London Derby at Craven Cottage. Five Past Two.
Fulham look doomed and are surely heading for the Championship along with Huddersfield after yet another defeat on Wednesday against Southampton at St Mary’s. The Cottages were on the wrong end of a 2-0 Scoreline and have only gained
3-points out of a possible 24. Fulham need 8-points just to get on level terms with Cardiff who sit 3rd bottom and are 10-points from safety.
Chelsea beat Tottenham 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. After losing on penalties against Man City in the Carabao Cup Final and the exploits of Kepa Arrizabalaga, Maurizio Sarri decided to flex his muscles and dropped Kepa to the bench replacing him with Willy Caballero. After a goalless 1st-half, Pedro broke the deadlock after the break giving Chelsea the lead. With time running out, Chelsea were gifted the win when Kieran Trippier inexplicably put the ball past Hugo Lloris into his own net giving Chelsea a comfortable 2-0 win. Sarri-Ball’s decision to replace Kepa with Willy appeared to have paid off but will he keep faith with Willy or reinstate Kepa the Keeper?
In early December at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea ran out comfortable 2-0 winners. Pedro scored in the 4th-minute and Ruben Loftus-Cheek completed the scoring almost 80-minutes later giving the Blues all 3-points in only the 2nd game of Claudio Raniers reign at Fulham.
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Away Win 0-3
EVERTON v LIVERPOOL
The final game of the weekend live on Sky Sports and what a cracker of a game with the little matter of a Merseyside Derby which includes the added ingredient of the Toffees doing their utmost to stop their bitter rivals from the Red half of the City gaining 3-points to go back to the Top of the Premier League assuming Man City have gained at least a point against Bournemouth the day before.
Everton went down to South Wales on Tuesday and comfortably beat Cardiff 3-0. Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a goal either side of half-time then Dominic Calvert-Lewin made it 3-0 in the 93rd-minute to give Marco Silva his 2nd Premier League victory in the last 6 games. The win lifts the Toffees up to 9th in the Premier League Table, whether they beat Liverpool or not, the result won’t lift them any higher as the gap to Wolves in 8th is 4 points.
Liverpool smashed Watford on Wednesday night at Anfield comfortably beating the Hornets 5-0. Sadio Mane scored twice in the 1st-half. Divock Origi made it 3-0 just after the break and Big Virgil Van Dijk got 2 late goals to give Jurgen’s men a convincing victory and maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League just a point ahead of Pep’s chasing Citizens.
At Anfield in early December, Liverpool narrowly beat Everton 1-0 with the goal coming via a rare Jordan Pickford mistake. With time running out and the game looking like it would finish 0-0, Divock Origi came off the bench to score a 96th-minute winner for Liverpool when Jordan inexplicably parried the ball onto the bar and back to Divock to simply head home sending Jurgen and the Anfield faithful wild.
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Away Win 0-3