Following a lacklustre performance by Liverpool against their Merseyside rivals Everton on Sunday, can they bounce back with a win in Game Week 31, and maybe even lift the title? John Newsome pours through the stats and scours the latest team news to deliver his unique and detailed preview of all the upcoming English Premier League week 31 matches. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday
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LEICESTER v BRIGHTON
Brendan’s Wonderful Human Beings must have thought they had grabbed a late victory on Saturday when Ben Chilwell scored in the 90th-minute to give Leicester a 1-0 lead against Watford.
However, like buses, the fake crowd had to wait 90-minutes for a goal, then 2-came along at once, with the Hornets stinging the Foxes with a very late equaliser, straight after Big Ben’s strike.
There is talk from the so-called pundits that Brendan and his Leicester boys will drop out of the Top Four and miss out on a Champions League place.
Well a quick note to the said pundits, ‘no they won’t!’
The point gained gives the Foxes 54 in total, Chelsea 3-points adrift, with 8-games to go.
Leicester’s remaining 8-games are all against teams lower than them in the league and all very winnable.
Granted, there are only 2-teams that are above Leicester but the chasing pack of Chelsea, Manchester United, Wolves and Sheffield United all have far harder games than the Foxes.
Leicester host both Sheffield United and Manchester United so can keep those two at bay and Chelsea still have to play Liverpool, Man City, Sheffield United and Wolves, so Brendan will feel his boys are in prime position to finish behind City and Liverpool.
The late equaliser conceded against Watford would have hurt so like a wounded animal, i.e a Fox, watch out Seagulls.
At first look, the brilliant 2-1 victory that Graham Potter’s boys got against Arsenal on Saturday would probably have surprised everyone, however, whilst a great result, it was only the Gunners, who have simply lost their way after the lockdown.
Arsenal did actually take the lead at the Amex but goals from Lewis Dunk and Neal Maupay gave Harry’s Boys a great victory and a much-needed 3-points to ease the Seagulls away from the drop-zone.
Brighton sit just outside the relegation places with 32-points, 5-more than Bournemouth who are 3rd from Bottom of the Premier League.
Out of the bottom clubs, Brighton do have the best goal-difference so that could be key come the end of the season.
Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy got the goals that gave the Foxes a 2-0 victory when these two met at the Vitality back in November.
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TOTTENHAM v WEST HAM
Jose Mourinho masterminded a near-perfect away-day display on Friday night against Manchester United.
The problem, if it is a problem, was that Tottenham were at home at their swanky new Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium in front of 60,000 cardboard cutouts.
Dracula will take the point against his old club, having been outplayed by United for most of the game.
Steven Bergwijn put Spurs in front midway through the 1st-half, just before the Deliveroo had arrived, which did come against the run of play.
Dele Alli was missing due to a ban for videoing someone and Harry Kane found it tough against his future teammates.
Most Tottenham fans would scoff at that statement but with Daniel Levy taking out a £150 Million pay-day loan, £150 Million from Manchester United would certainly balance the books.
West Ham performed admirably for 45-minutes at home on Saturday against Wolves, however, following a couple of tactical changes from Nuno, the Hammers succumbed to a 2-0 defeat with both goals coming after the break.
The defeat leaves David Moyes boys with 27-points, perilously close to the drop-zone and only out of it on goal-difference.
West Ham have some tricky fixtures remaining with firstly this trip across London then games against Chelsea and Manchester United plus relegation battles against Newcastle, Watford, Aston Villa and Norwich.
Back in January, this EveryTip column wrote the following,
‘The usual suspects were on the betting sites as to who would be the next new Hammers boss.
David Moyes, Sam Allardyce, Mark Hughes, Chris Hughton and even Alan Pardew, although Big Pards has now got a manager’s job in Holland.
Before even finishing this sentence, it appears David Moyes will be the boss at West Ham for the game against Bournemouth.
Note to the Double Ds, get some imagination into your club.
David Moyes is David Moyes, he’s the football equivalent of Ronseal, he will do exactly what it says on the tin and if the Bubbles are not relegated, it will only be by the merest of points.
David Moyes is the reason Manchester United are in the position they are now.
Apart from Everton, where granted he had a good tenure, David has failed at every other club since leaving Goodison Park.
Not even lasting a season.
Real Sociedad-sacked after a year.
Sunderland-got them relegated after finishing 20th in the Premier League, even threatening a female reporter with ‘a slap’ if she didn’t conform.
Nice one David!
West Ham-kept them in the Premier League but wasn’t offered a new contract.
It appears there must have been conflict between the 2-West Ham owners as to whether to keep Moyes or go for Manuel.
Now one of the owners has got his way in getting rid of Manuel, the other has to go along with the appointment of David Moyes.
As a Barnsley FC fan, this EveryTip contributor has no dog in the fight but mark these words, West Ham won’t improve under David Moyes and if relegated, the owners will definitely get what they deserve.’
Tottenham came away from the London Stadium with a snatch and grab 3-2 victory against the Hammers, in what turned out to be a closer game than initially thought.
Snatch and grab because Jose’s Spurs were actually leading 3-0 at one point with goals from Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura in the 1st-half, then Harry Kane adding a 3rd after the break.
West Ham, still under the guidance of Chilean Manuel Pellegrini, scored 2-late goals to give the Bubbles faithful hope of a terrific comeback.
Michail Antonio and ABBA favourite Angelo Ogbonna with the West Ham goals.
- Bet 365 offer Tottenham at slight Odds On 3/4, the Draw at 13/5 and 7/2 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points.
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MANCHESTER UNITED v SHEFFIELD UNITED
Manchester United continued their unbeaten run on Friday that stretches to 12-games in all competitions, 8-Wins and 4-Draws.
Whilst only coming away from the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium with a point, the display was encouraging and Ole’s Wheels were simply head and shoulders above Dracula’s Spurs.
Jose’s tactics were simple, score a goal on the counterattack and defend, which pretty much worked, however, for a team playing at home, was very negative.
The goal conceded meant David De Gea came in for some heavy criticism in the Sky Sports studio from none other than Roy Keane.
Big Keano, social distancing, gave Triple-D both barrels over the ‘keepers inability to save Steven Bergwijn’s blast.
Whilst no one wants to argue with Mr Keane, it was very harsh on David as he was let down by his defenders, who appeared to be still Furloughed and was left with Bovine blasting the ball at him from 11-yards.
David’s a goalkeeper Roy, not Superman.
Ole chose to start Fred and Scott McTominay and leave Paul Pogba on the bench, which, although shows loyalty from Gunnar S, won’t happen too many times if Paul stays injury-free.
Fred has improved, simple as that but a fit Paul Pogba is better than Fred, it’s basic maths, so Paul may just come in for Fred at the side of Scott in this game against the Blades.
Scott McTominay, by the way, had a great game down in North London and should keep his place.
Brandon Williams could come in for Luke Shaw who didn’t show much to Jose as a way of saying ‘sod you Dracula!’
As a full back, it is imperative to tuck in when the ball is on the opposite side, yet Luke seemed to be too narrow at times and should have stayed wider.
Harry Maguire seemed to think he was still on lockdown and was another that felt the wrath of Keano in the studio, so needs to improve against his hometown club or the England defender could be on the sidelines with Phil Jones waiting in the wings.
(That’s just a bit of fun by the way!)
Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty late into the game after Eric Dier had upended Paul to earn United a point, which is the least that they would have expected after a great performance.
There are some great penalty takers in the Premier League, Harry Kane, Jorginho, Luka Milivojevic and Sergio Aguero, well maybe not old Sergio but Bruno is up there with the best and if a penalty is awarded for United, whether Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba or Phil Jones is on the pitch, it’s Bruno’s, who will score and is worth an Anytime Goalscorer Bet every game.
As it turned out, the point was valuable, with Sheffield United losing on Sunday and Leicester only managing a draw themselves.
Chelsea did get a victory and extended their lead over United to 5-points.
It gives United 46-points, the same as Wolves and with the FA Cup still to play for, as well as the Europa League, this could just turn out to be a great season for Ole Gunnar Solskjær and his Red Devil’s.
Arise, Sir Marcus.
As well as being a World Class footballer, the young man is a credit to his family, the people of Manchester and the whole of England after getting Boris Johnson and the government to do a u-turn and continue to provide free school meals throughout the summer.
A lot of youngsters will go hungry through no fault of their own, when their parents, for whatever reason, fail to provide food for their kids.
Growing up in the 1970s, to a single mother, who had 3-jobs just to make ends meet, it was a godsend to have free school meals and free clothes provided by the authorities.
A new Parka with a snorkel hood in winter, along with a pair of Doc Martens meant the walk to school was a warm one.
Making the Parka cool, along time before Liam Gallagher came along.
At the time, as a 7-year old, it wasn’t understood what struggles the mum had but she always provided a meal at the end of the day, along with the school dinner, no one went hungry.
Unfortunately, nowadays a lot of young parents, don’t have the skills to make their kids a decent meal and just prefer to let the youths go hungry, which is simply unacceptable.
Marcus knows the struggles too and as done wonders for the youngsters.
It doesn’t take much money or time to make a decent meal, it’s just a lot of young parents don’t get taught life skills.
Aldi do a packet of Pasta for 29p and a tin of tomatoes for about the same.
A block of cheese is roughly £1.59.
A loaf of bread for 49p.
For just over £2 quid, a meal for 4, can be easily made.
Pasta, tomatoes and cheese sprinkled on top, with a slice of bread and butter or two, a great nutritional meal for the family for not much money.
Marcus Rashford has highlighted the injustice of youngsters not getting food, now it’s time for education.
Jamie Oliver did it on Channel 4, during the lockdown, it’s just education to the young parents out there who do struggle with money but a meal for 4 can be less expensive than thought.
Sheffield United have now played 2-games since football reconvened and have a draw and a defeat on their record.
However, the draw should have been a victory.
Prior to the lockdown, the dreaded VAR was ridiculed weekly for its inadequacy.
It was probably thought that it couldn’t get any worse.
Wrong, just when everyone thought that VAR was at its lowest, in the first game back after the season was suspended, the dreaded went into overdrive.
Now for those just waking up from a long sleep, or an alien having just landed from the planet VARG, a seemingly flawless system was put in place the is called Goal Line Technology, where cameras spot if the ball goes over the goal line.
Once this happens, the referee, wearing a special watch, receives a message saying ‘Goal’-simple.
After over 9000 games where this as been in operation, there as not been one error.
Or as there?
At Villa Park on Wednesday, it appeared that the Villa ‘keeper had bungled the ball over the line, from a Sheffield United free-kick.
On first looking at the incident, the ball looked over the line, yet neither the linesman nor the on-field referee, Michael Oliver, awarding a goal, with Mr Oliver pointing to his watch and saying the buzzer hasn’t gone off.
Now the aliens from planet VARG will say, ‘well never mind, the VAR will obviously see that the ball clearly crossed the line and there must be a fault with the watch, inform Mr Oliver straight away and award the goal’
Yes, that’s what one would think but not the Premier League’s VAR, no they are above that, they want to be controversial and don’t want to play.
So because the watch didn’t buzz, Mr Oliver must have got it from the Lucky Lucky man on Levante Beach in Benidorm and the VAR (Paul Tierney!) who was obviously watching the One Show, didn’t get involved, Sheffield United were denied a perfectly good goal and 3-points instead of just 1.
Chris Wilder was not happy, his face let everyone know.
Sheffield United now sit 2-points behind Manchester United, on 44-points, after the draw at Villa and a subsequent terrible display on Sunday that saw John Egan sent off and the Blades ultimately lose the game against Newcastle by a 3-0 scoreline.
Little James from Swinton was not happy either, he’d gone to the shops before the game to get some supplies of Fruit Kopparberg and Midget Gems.
The Midget Gems were for his lovely girlfriend and as Jimbo says, they are the only Gems she’s going to get any time soon.
The Kopparberg still went down even though his beloved Blunts were hammered.
The Yorkshire teams had an indifferent weekend with Sheffield United losing, Leeds United losing, Huddersfield losing and Sheffield Wednesday only managing a draw.
The top Yorkshire boys were Barnsley FC, who got a great 1-0 victory away at Loftus Rd against QPR.
That was the first victory against QPR at Loftus Rd in over 70-years.
When Ole’s men headed over the Snake Pass into Sheffield in November, Manchester United’s best goalkeeper wasn’t allowed to play with Dean Henderson being on-loan at Bramall Lane from Old Trafford.
The United of Sheffield stunned the Pink Devils taking a 2-0 lead with goals from John Fleck and Lys Mousset.
Ole’s Wheels then decided to play and scored 3-quick fire goals from Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood and Sir Marcus, all 3-goals within 7-deadly 2nd-half minutes.
Ex-Barnsley loanee, Olly McBurnie equalised in the 90th-minute and after a check from the dreaded about Olly resembling Michael Jordan, the goal stood and both United’s came away with a point each.
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NEWCASTLE v ASTON VILLA
Newcastle blitzed a very poor Sheffield United team on Sunday getting a great 3-0 victory.
Steve Bruce played his final game for the Blades whilst player-manager back in 1999 and would have seen the win as a sweet one.
Alan Saint-Maximin opened the scoring just after the Blades were reduced to 10-men, with Matt Ritchie and Joelinton adding the others to make it a convincing 3-0 scoreline.
Another great performance in front of the cardboard Toon Army that lifts Brucey’s boys up to 12th-in the Premier League table with 38-points and away from the danger zone.
It’s perceived that 36-points will be the magic number to avoid the drop so Newcastle should be ok.
There is still the ongoing off-field scenario of whether Mike Ashley is selling the club to the Saud’s but that particular situation is, well, ongoing.
Andy Carroll got a brief cameo against Sheffield United and is still a force.
Alan Saint-Maximin, aged just 23, is going to become some player and it’s hoped that Newcastle have him on a decent contract because he won’t stay in the North East for long and the Toon Army will want a decent fee for the lad.
Aston Villa have now lost there last 2-games since the return, no sorry, thanks to VAR and Michael Oliver’s dodgy Del Boy watch, Dean Smith’s Claret and Blues have drawn one and lost one.
The loss was on Sunday against Chelsea at Villa Park.
In truth, even though Courtney Laws, well it’s Kortney Hause but the England Rugby player comes to mind when Kortney is thought of, scored first to give Aston Villa a 1-0 lead at the break, Chelsea always looked in command and always looked to be the eventual winners.
That’s exactly what happened, with Chelsea scoring 2-second-half goals to take the victory away from Villa and leave Dean Smith with an uphill task to avoid relegation.
With just 26-points, Villa are 2nd from bottom but will feel that while it is still in their hands, the Villains can get out of the drop-zone.
Conor Hourihane and Anwar El-Ghazi got the goals in the 1st-half to give Villa a great 2-0 home victory against the Magpies back in November.
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NORWICH v EVERTON
Norwich appear doomed and look to be heading back to the Championship to face the likes of Huddersfield, Stoke and the Super Reds.
After another defeat against Southampton on Friday, Daniel Farke’s Canaries sit rock bottom of the Premier League table with just 21-points, 6-from safety and with only 8-games remaining, it does look bleak for Delia Smith and the boys.
If the inevitable does happen, Delia needs to stick with Daniel and hope that Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell like mustard and want to stay in Norfolk as they will be in demand from the gathering vultures.
Having just woke up from the bore-draw 0-0 Merseyside Derby, Everton head to Carrow Rd to take on the Canaries.
The point gained against Liverpool puts Carlo’s Toffees on 38, level with Newcastle and should see them safe to move on to next season.
Carlo will probably have money to invest and it’s rumoured Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser is on his way north to Goodison Park, which will be a great signing to keep mid-table Everton, well, mid-table.
This was one of Marco Silva’s final games in charge when Norwich went to Goodison Park back in November and got a great 2-0 victory over the Toffees.
Marco only lasted 2-more fixtures then was down the concrete.
Todd Cantwell scored just after the break to give Farke’s Life a lead.
Dennis Srbeny, who had only just come on as a substitute, scored the 2nd in injury time to get a great away-day victory.
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WOLVES v BOURNEMOUTH
Wolves continued their great season so far with another 2-0 victory against West Ham on Saturday at the London Stadium.
After a goalless uninspired first hour, Nuno Espírito Santo decided to inject some life into proceedings and brought on Adama Traore.
The ex-Barcelona boy changed the game and provided a great cross for Raul Jimenez to head home the opener.
Supermarket man Pedro Neto scored the 2nd, to give Wolves a great 2-0 victory and close the gap on Manchester United for a coveted Champions League place.
The victory married with United’s draw at Tottenham puts both teams level with 46-points, Manchester United just above Wolves on the tightest of goal-difference.
Apart from their final fixture away at Stamford Bridge, Wolves play their remaining games against teams below them, a couple against teams fighting off relegation, Aston Villa and Bournemouth so all to play for, for the Gold and Blacks.
Eddie and the Cherries are rapidly going down the charts and will be out of the Top 40 very soon.
After another defeat on Saturday night, losing 2-0 against Crystal Palace, Bournemouth sit 3rd from bottom with 27-points and have to contend with a rampant Wolves this time around.
The Cherries do have to play Manchester United, Tottenham, Leicester and Man City in 4 of their remaining 8-games, as well as this tricky away game at Molineux.
Three words can only be said,
‘Good luck Eddie!’
At the Vitality in November, goals from Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez in the 1st-half gave Wolves a great 2-1 victory.
Steve Cook did pull a goal back for the Cherries after the break, who, by then were down to 10-men after Simon Francis had been shown 2-Yellows and the subsequent early bath.
That shouldn’t be used as an excuse as Eddie’s Boys were already 2-0 down when Simon was sent off.
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LIVERPOOL v CRYSTAL PALACE
B and Q will be busy today, folk nipping out to buy paint and watch it dry, as it’s got to be better than watching the recent Merseyside Derby.
Whilst social distancing outside the DIY store, a young lady came up and enquired,
‘How bigs the queue?’
An old miner, cig in mouth, looked the young lady up and down and replied,
‘Same size as the B love’ and took another drag on his Benson and Hedges.
Liverpool seem to be limping to the title, which will inevitably happen, following a lacklustre performance against their Merseyside rivals Everton on Sunday.
With the game finishing in a limp 0-0 draw.
Whether it was the timing? 7.00 PM on a Sunday, the cardboard Scousers or the rain, the match was as lively as a game of Bridge with a bunch of pensioners.
For those not fortunate enough to play Bridge against pensioners, it’s fair to say, it’s not lively.
It’s 1-point closer to the title though and Jurgen will definitely take that and party.
Before this game against the Eagles, Man City will have taken on Burnley and if the surprise happens that the Clarets beat City, Liverpool will be crowned Champions on Wednesday night.
Let’s face it, it’s going to happen, it’s just a matter of when.
Roy Hodgson’s Eagles got a great 2-0 victory against Bournemouth on Saturday evening in the BBC 1 game, which was a lot better than watching The Price Is Right.
Alan Carr, bless him, he’s a trier and trying harder than Bournemouth it seems to win on a Saturday night.
Luka Milivojevic scored a rare non-penalty goal to give Crystal Palace the lead, then Jordan Ayew made it 2-0 midway through the 1st-half.
With no more goals, Roy’s Boys got the victory that lifts them up to 9th-in the table with 42-points, the same as Tottenham.
The cardboard Eagle Ultras were happy.
A quick word about the Crystal Palace Eagle Kayla, who for years has swept the pitch pre-match in honour of her team.
Unfortunately, aged-26, Big Kayla died following a heart attack.
Jurgen Klopp and his Champions elect beat ex-Reds boss Roy Hodgson and his Eagles by a 2-1 scoreline at Selhurst Park back in November.
Wilfried Zaha had equalised and early Sadio Mane goal to give the Eagle Ultras something to sing about but Roberto Firmino got the Liverpool winner late in the game.
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BURNLEY v WATFORD
Watford got a last gasp equaliser on Saturday Afternoon when Craig Dawson popped up with an overhead kick, to score in the 93rd-minute against Leicester.
The game did look like it was going to end in a draw anyway until the 90th-minute when the Foxes took the lead, followed swiftly by Craig’s equaliser.
The point gained means Nigel Pearson’s Hornets are just outside of the relegation places, a point more than Bournemouth and West Ham who both suffered defeats and with Aston Villa’s subsequent loss against Chelsea on Sunday, it meant that Watford were the only team out of the bottom 5 to gain any points.
Burnley had an extended lockdown with the game against City finally getting Sean’s boys back out on the turf.
After 90-minutes at the Etihad, the Clarets would have wanted to still be furloughed as the performance wasn’t too encouraging.
That was the third 5-0 defeat against City at the Etihad in a row, Sean can’t wait for next season’s visit to the home of the Citizens.
Admittedly, Burnley were without their main strikers of Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes who both remain injured and may not be ready to face Watford.
The 5-0 defeat against City leaves the Clarets with 39-points sitting in mid-table and should see them safe but Sean will want another couple of victories to cement their position in the Top Flight for another season.
This was Quique Sanchez Flores penultimate game in charge at Vicarage Rd, when these teams met back in November.
Sean Dyche’s Clarets comfortably beat Watford by a 3-0 scoreline, with all the goals scored after the break.
Chris Wood, Ashley Barnes and Jack Tarkowski with the Burnley goals to increase the pressure on young Quique.
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SOUTHAMPTON v ARSENAL
Southampton comfortably beat Norwich on Friday with 3, 2nd-half goals from Danny Ings, Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond giving Wreck-It’s boys a great 3-0 away-day victory.
The 3-points gained gives Southampton 37 so far, which should be enough to help them avoid relegation, which is all the cardboard faithful will ask at the moment and then hope to build on for next season.
Prior to the lockdown, Arsenal had gone 8-Premier League games unbeaten but since resuming are now 2-from-2, in the defeats column.
Admittedly, the 1st defeat was against Man City at the Etihad so no disgrace there, however, to then lose against Brighton on Saturday must immediately set alarm bells ringing and Mikel Arteta has serious problems to attend to.
Nicolas Pepe had given the Gunners a lead midway through the 2nd-half but like a bad dog walker, Arsenal couldn’t hold on to the lead and succumbed to 2-Brighton goals to eventually lose the game by a 2-1 scoreline.
There was a bit of handbags at the end from Matteo Guendouzi on Neal Maupay which was quickly sorted but it did show the frustration of losing 2-games on the spin and this visit to St Mary’s will now be Arsenal’s 3rd-successive away game, which the Gooners will hope is not a 3rd-successive away-day defeat.
Some so-called pundits still see Arsenal making a European place, which simply won’t happen this season unless they get free tickets from EasyJet for a jaunt to the Costa Del Sol.
Arsenal are still in the FA Cup and face Sheffield United in the Quarter-Finals, so that may be a way of gaining European football next term, however, on current form, to win the FA Cup looks extremely unlikely.
At the Emirates, back in November, Arsenal were still under the guidance of Dick Emery, when Wreck-It Ralph’s Saints came and got a great point following a Desmond 2-2 draw.
The fixture turned out to be Unai’s penultimate game in charge of the Gunners and after a defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt a couple of days later, Unai was the first in the sacked managers Wats App group, quickly followed by Quique and Marco. Alexandre Lacazette equalised an early Southampton goal after Danny Ings had scored 1st.
James Ward-Prowse put the Saints back in front midway through the 2nd-half scoring the rebound after his penalty kick was saved.
Arsenal left it very late to grab a point, with Mr Lacazette scoring his and the Gunners 2nd in the 96th-minute.
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CHELSEA v MAN CITY
Chelsea were extremely dominant against Aston Villa on Sunday and despite Villa taking a 1-0 lead into the break following a goal scored against the run of play, Frank Lampard knew that all he had to do was stay patient and the goals would come in the 2nd-half.
Within 5-minutes of introducing Christian Pulisic, just after the break, the American scored to equalise the Villa goal.
Olivier Giroud then made it 2-1 and it was plain sailing from then on for the Blues without any further threat from Villa.
The 3-points gained, gives Chelsea 51-points, 3-away from Leicester who sit 3rd in the Premier League table.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea do have some tough games remaining but will feel that a Champions League place is there’s for the taking with Manchester United and Wolves now 5-points adrift, however, the Blues do face Wolves at Stamford Bridge in their final fixture and have games against Liverpool at Anfield, plus 3-fixtures against relegation-threatened West Ham, Watford and Norwich.
Man City got a professional 5-0 victory against Burnley on Monday Night Football to keep Liverpool waiting and everyone now knows that the Reds can’t have the Premier League title confirmed until at least the fixture against, Guess Who?
Yes, that’s correct, Man City!
Liverpool face Crystal Palace at Anfield the day before this fixture between the two-Blues and assuming Jurgen’s Reds beat Palace, City will be 23-points behind Liverpool with 8-games, including this against Chelsea, left, so still a possible 24-points.
The next fixture for Pep’s Boys is a home game against Liverpool.
It is all ‘ifs and buts’ at the moment and it is inevitable that Liverpool will win the title but it would still be good to go into the game at the Etihad on the 2nd of July with the title still undecided.
That said, if Chelsea beat City in this game, the title goes to Anfield before the 2nd.
Phil Foden opened the scoring against Burnley with Riyad Mahrez adding a 2nd before half-time, just before the referee blew for the tea-break, the dreaded VAR, who had been watching old Eastenders clips, decided to intervene and awarded City a penalty for a foul on Sergio Aguero.
Riyad stepped up and scored his 2nd and City’s 3rd before the half-time whistle blew.
Whilst the decision bemused most of the Burnley boys, it was correct and maybe what VAR was brought into the game for.
In the 2nd-half City were just too good and scored 2-more goals with David Silva scoring number 4 and Phil Foden getting his 2nd of the game and City’s 5th.
That’s the third 5-0 victory in a row at the Etihad against Burnley.
Phil Foden is a superb player that oozes class and having just turned 20-years of age, both City and England have a great player on their books for years to come.
The Stockport Iniesta is a natural replacement for David Silva who leaves Manchester when the season ends.
At the Emptyhad back in November, Chelsea stunned the Citizens when N’Golo Kante scored for Franks Blues after just 20-minutes.
That kicked Pep’s Blues into life with Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez getting the goals to give City a 2-1 victory.
- Bet 365 offer Chelsea at 14/5, the Draw at 14/5 and Odds On 17/20 for Man City to come away with all 3-points.
- Bet 365 offer 6/1 that Tammy Abraham Scores First and 11/8 that Raheem Sterling Scores Anytime.
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