Can Liverpool be forgiven for their 4-0 drubbing at Man City, considering their few days of well-deserved celebrations? Will the new champions bounce back in the next round of matches? John Newsome pours through the stats and latest team news to deliver his unique and detailed preview of all the upcoming English Premier League week 33 matches. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday
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NORWICH v BRIGHTON
Early Saturday Afternoon 12.30 PM kick-off in England live on BT Sport.
Norwich remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League table following Wednesday’s disastrous 4-0 defeat against Arsenal.
Although no points added, the only positive Daniel Farke can take from the defeat, is that all the teams around them didn’t gain any points either so with 6-games remaining, all connected with the Canaries will feel that their fate is still in their own hands, just 6-points from safety.
Norwich do have to play West Ham at Carrow Rd, along with this game against Brighton and a game against Burnley, in front of the cardboard Canary faithful.
The problem may be on the road, with tough fixtures away at Stamford Bridge, Vicarage Rd, plus a little matter of the final game away at the Etihad against Pep’s High Flying City.
If Daniel needs a result to stay in the league on the final day or night, there’s only one thing that can be said,
‘Good luck Norwich!’
Brighton were put to the sword on Tuesday night against a revitalised Manchester United team.
After a convincing victory against Arsenal at the Amex, then an away-day draw against Leicester, the cardboard Seagulls were expecting another performance against Ole’s Wheels, however, succumbed to a 3-0 defeat that leaves Graham Potter’s men with 33-points, which is still not enough to be considered safe.
Harry will want at least a few more points to give them Premier League status next term.
To be fair there are, at least, 3-worse teams than Brighton so the Seagulls should be ok and the Amex rotund lady isn’t clearing her voice just yet.
These fixtures are the reverse of Game Week-11 played along time before the Coronavirus came to town.
At the Amex, following a goalless 1st-half, Leandro Trossard and Shane Duffy got the Seagulls goals to give Brighton a 2-0 victory.
- Bet 365 offer Norwich at 2/1, the Draw at 9/4 and 11/8 for Brighton to come away with all 3-points
- Bet 365 offer 15/8 that Teemu Pukki Scores Anytime and 9/2 that Neal Maupay Scores First
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LEICESTER v CRYSTAL PALACE
Saturday Afternoon starting at 15.00 PM in England live on Sky Sports and Pick, the home of FreeView football.
Leicester have come back from lockdown like a team that have forgot how they played to elevate them up to 3rd in the Premier League table.
Following 2-draws against Watford and Brighton, the Foxes have now lost their last 2-games against Chelsea and Everton last time out.
The Chelsea defeat being in the FA Cup.
After the Foxes conceded an early goal, Wilfred Ndidi was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area and after several minutes, the dreaded VAR awarded the Toffees a penalty.
Whilst it looked to have struck the hand of Wilf, it took VAR along time and a lot of different camera angles to award the spot-kick, which surely, is not the point of VAR.
Brendan Rodgers made a couple of changes at the break, bringing on James Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho.
Kelechi made an immediate impact pulling a goal back for the Foxes, which ultimately was just a consolation, resulting in a defeat and just 2-points from a possible-9 since lockdown.
With Chelsea’s subsequent defeat on Wednesday, Leicester loss wasn’t as bad as first thought and the Foxes stay in 3rd-place with 55-points, a point above Frank’s Blues but now only 3-ahead of Manchester United and Wolves.
Crystal Palace are a strange side since lockdown too, easily beating Bournemouth in the opening game back, then firing blanks against Liverpool and most recently, Burnley at Selhurst Park.
With an injury to Christian Benteke, it appears Palace lack a cutting edge and Big Chris’ worth to the Eagles is enhanced when he’s not playing.
Wilfried Zaha came off injured against Liverpool so that could explain the lack of touches in the Liverpool box but Wilf did play against Burnley in the 1-0 defeat on Monday Night Football.
With Wilfried playing, Palace still lacked any cutting edge, which makes the absence of Mr Benteke more noticeable.
Maybe Roy has settled for the season coming to a slow end, with the points on the board, Palace are safe and without the Eagle Ultras, Selhurst Park lacks the atmosphere to fear the opposition, which clearly showed on Monday.
At Selhurst Park back in November, Caglar Soyuncu and Jamie Vardy scored the Foxes goals after the break to give Leicester a 2-0 victory.
- Bet 365 offer Leicester at Odds On 11/20, the Draw at 3/1 and 11/2 for Crystal Palace to come away with all 3-points
- Bet 365 offer 5/2 that Jamie Vardy Scores First and 9/2 that Luka Milivojevic Scores Anytime
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MANCHESTER UNITED v BOURNEMOUTH
At traditional 15.00 PM start in England with this game live on BT Sport.
Manchester United are now unbeaten in 15-games following a terrific 3-0 victory against Brighton on Tuesday night.
Mason Greenwood opened the scoring followed by a deflected goal from the current Superstar of Manchester, Bruno Fernandes.
In the 2nd-half, Big Bruno added a volley to round off a brilliant team move to make it a comfortable 3-0 victory and 5-from 8-Premier League games, the other 3-being draws.
With Wolves beating Aston Villa on Saturday, temporarily leaving United 3-points behind the Gold and Blacks, it was imperative that Ole’s Wheels put in a good performance and got their 3-points too, to put United back into 5th-place.
With both Leicester and Chelsea suffering defeats the following day, United are now just 2-points behind Frank’s Blues in 4th and 3-points behind Brendan’s Wonderful Human Beings in 3rd.
Bruno Fernandes has been sensational since arriving at United and in all the 13-games he has featured, United haven’t lost, with Bruno scoring 6-goals in all competitions.
The Portuguese star as revitalised Manchester United with all the players upping their game, in a way, not seen since the arrival of Eric Cantona back in November 1992.
Eric was the missing piece in Sir Alex’s Red Devil jigsaw, with United finally winning the Top Flight title after 26-years.
Ole will be hoping that Bruno is not just the one jigsaw piece that is missing but the start of many to come.
Eddie and the Cherries are drifting out of the top-40 and heading for the Championship following Wednesday’s 4-1 home defeat against Newcastle.
Dan Gosling with the solitary Bournemouth goal in the 93rd-minute, which really was a consolation goal after Eddies Boys had conceded 2-goals in each half.
Bournemouth lie 2nd-from bottom of the Premier League table with 27-points, 6-more than Norwich and the same 27, as Aston Villa, who are directly above the Cherries on goal difference.
What probably Eddie Howe could have done without was a visit to Old Trafford against a very in form Manchester United.
Including this venture up North, Bournemouth’s cardboard faithful have away-days against the Blue side of Manchester at the Etihad and a final day or night trip to Goodison Park.
At the Vitality, Eddie and the Cherries host Tottenham, Leicester and Southampton.
‘Good luck Eddie!’
When the Gold Devils travelled to the South Coast in early November, the Cherries got their result of the season beating Ole’s Wheels by a 1-0 scoreline.
Ex-United striker Josh King with the solitary goal just before half-time.
- Bet 365 offer Manchester United at massive Odds On 1/4, the Draw at 17/4 and 12/1 for Bournemouth to come away with all 3-points
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WOLVES v ARSENAL
Late Saturday Afternoon kick-off in England with this game starting at 17.30 PM live on Sky Sports.
Wolves will have had a full 7-days to prepare for the Gunners after getting a great 1-0 victory away at Villa Park last Saturday.
Leander Dendoncker with the solitary goal for Nuno’s Men midway through the 2nd-half.
The victory gives the Gold and Blacks 52-points and temporarily took Wolves above Manchester United until United regained 5th-spot following their victory on Tuesday.
The 52-points is the same as the Red Devil’s but with a slightly inferior goal-difference, leaves Wolves in 6th.
Like Manchester United, Nuno’s Gold and Blacks still have the Europa League to contend with once that particular competition restarts.
Since lockdown, Wolves are currently 3-victories from 3, which is simply superb and are the only club who have that record.
Arsenal were supposedly in turmoil following defeats against Man City and Brighton but since the defeat against the Seagulls, the Gunners have won 3-in a row, including a victory against Sheffield United in the Quarter-Finals of the FA Cup that now pits them against Man City in the Semis.
The latest win was a routine, professional 4-0 victory against Norwich on Wednesday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring then added his 2nd and Arsenal’s 3rd midway through the 2nd-half after Granit Xhaka had scored before half-time to take Arsenal in at the break, leading 2-0.
New boy Cedric Soares, who actually signed for Mikel Arteta back in the January Transfer Window, making his debut after a long injury lay-off, scored the 4th for Arsenal, 4-minutes after coming on as a substitute to make his Gunners debut.
The victory gives Arsenal 46-points, 6-behind Wolves and Manchester United but more importantly for the cardboard Gooners, a point more than the North London rivals, Tottenham.
The much-maligned David Luiz was straight back into the Premier League starting eleven for Mikel, after his 2-game suspension following the sending off against Man City.
It was rumoured that Sideshow Bob was on his way out of the Emirates with his contract running out at the end of this campaign and following the many errors made by the Brazilian defender. However, the hierarchy have extended Big Dave’s contract and it appears the lad will be at the heart of the Gunners defence for another season, which is music to all the other teams in the Premier League.
At the Emirates in November, a 2nd-half Raul Jimenez goal for Wolves cancelled out a 1st-half Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Gunners goal to give both teams a share of the points from a 1-1 draw.
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Home Win 2-0
CHELSEA v WATFORD
Saturday Night football live on Sky Sports, with this game kicking-off at 20.00 PM in England.
Chelsea suffered a 3-2 defeat against West Ham on Wednesday.
The Hammers put in a great performance, initially getting back on level terms after Willian’s opener for the Blues from the penalty spot.
Prior to the penalty, it looked for all-purpose that West Ham had taken the lead but the dreaded VAR got involved and ruled that a Hammers player was a nostril offside.
West Ham did eventually equalise then went ahead early in the 2nd-half.
Frank, knowing that his team were up against it, made a couple or three changes, bringing on Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Olivier Giroud which transformed the Blues for a while and within minutes of the substitutions, Willian scored his and Chelsea’s 2nd, from a superb free-kick.
Unfortunately for the travelling cardboard faithful, West Ham broke away in the dying minutes and scored to inflict a devastating defeat on Frank Lampard and his Blues by a 3-2 scoreline.
With Leicester losing earlier, it looked a great opportunity for Chelsea to overhaul the Foxes but not to be and Frank just needs to process the defeat and move on to this home fixture against the Hornets.
Watford remain just outside of the relegation places, following Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Vicarage Rd against Southampton.
The Hornets solitary goal coming by way of a Saints own-goal.
Nigel Pearson’s men lie in 17th-place, just a point above Aston Villa and Bournemouth but do have fixtures remaining against West Ham who are just above Watford on 30-points and bottom of the table Norwich, as well as, more difficult games, starting with this away-day at Stamford Bridge, a home game against Man City plus a trip to the Emirates on the final day or night.
The other fixture from the 6-remaining is a home game against Newcastle.
Nigel will feel his team have enough to stay out of the relegation places but a trip to the Emirates to avoid relegation could be a tough ask.
The Blues beat the Hornets by a 2-1 scoreline at the beginning of November when these two met at Vicarage Rd.
Tammy Abraham scored 1st for Chelsea to give Frank’s Boys a lead at the break.
Christian Pulisic made it 2-0 early on the 2nd-half before Gerard Deulofeu pulled one back from the penalty spot to give Watford hopes of a comeback.
Unfortunately for Quique’s Boys, time ran out and Chelsea got the victory.
- Bet 365 offer Chelsea at Odds On 2/5, the Draw at 7/2 and 13/2 for Watford to come away with all 3-points
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BURNLEY v SHEFFIELD UNITED
A 12.00 PM start in England live on Sky Sports.
Burnley got a great 1-0 away-day victory against Crystal Palace on Monday Night Football.
With the main strikers Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood missing through injury it was left to the stand-in striker Ben Mee (who?) Mee to score.
Well, actually Big Ben was still playing in defence but stepped up to score the solitary Claret goal at Selhurst Park.
There’s a myth about, that the away teams are doing better since the stadiums have no fans and the home teams are struggling from the lack of support.
Whilst a great story for the so-called pundits, it’s not actually correct.
Out of the 3-Game Weeks since lockdown, a total of 32-games including the 2-held over from before the stoppage, there have been 15-home victories, 6-draws and 11-away victories.
In the previous 32-games before the pause in the Premier League, there were 20-home victories, 6-draws and 6-away victories.
Granted there were 5-more home victories before the lockdown but the stat only stacks up depending on who the home or away team is.
For example, Wolves have 2-away victories since lockdown, yet both were against teams struggling at the bottom of the table, to be fair their home victory was also against a team in the relegation zone.
In comparison, Man City have won both of their home games and lost their 1-away fixture.
Bournemouth and Norwich have lost all 3-games since the Premier League restarted, whether home or away.
Basically, whilst a great story, it all depends on who the home team is and who the away team is and nothing to do with the lack of supporters.
Sheffield United got back to winning ways on Thursday, at home, comfortably beating Tottenham by a 3-1 scoreline.
Tottenham did have what looked like a perfectly good goal disallowed by the dreaded early on in proceedings but Chris Wilder won’t lose any sleep over that after being sawn off a few times this season, most notably the recent ghost-goal against Aston Villa that Del Boy’s watch didn’t pick up.
Chris Wilder wasn’t happy that night at Villa Park but was happy on Thursday night, although looking at his face, no one could tell which night it was.
After a draw and 3-straight defeats, one being a loss against Arsenal in the FA Cup, the Blades got back to the form that lifted them up to 6th in the Premier League table.
Sander Berge scored his 1st goal for Sheffield United, on the half-hour mark, following his move from Genk.
Sander Berge, by the way, is an anagram of Beer Gardens, which little James from Swinton is heading for on Saturday to down a gallon of fruit Kopparberg.
Little Jimbo and his lovely girlfriend are heading out to the local boozer in Swinton, which is nowhere near Bramall Lane, to celebrate the reopening of the pubs in England after the pandemic lockdown and are dressing up as Americans with it being American Independence Day also.
Jim’s girlfriend is going as the Statue of Liberty and little Jim is dressing up as an Alien, from the film Independence Day, as like his girlfriend says, there won’t be much makeup needed.
James was literally over the moon when Lys Mousset added a 2nd against Tottenham and ex-Barnsley FC player, Ollie McBurnie made it 3-0 before Harry Kane scored a late consolation, this time, no hand was involved in the making of the goal.
A great night out in Sheffield for the cardboard Blunts who all made a chip-butty at home and along with little Jim, partook in a beverage or three.
The victory gives Sheffield United 47-points, 1-more than Arsenal and 2-more than Jose’s Tottenham who had jumped ahead of the Blades prior to the game.
At Bramall Lane in November, 2-goals from John Lundstram and a goal from John Fleck, all before half-time, gave Chris Wilder’s Blades a comfortable 3-0 victory.
- Bet 365 offer Burnley at 17/10, the Draw at 11/5 and 8/5 for Sheffield United to come away with all 3-points.
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NEWCASTLE v WEST HAM
Early Sunday Afternoon football kicking-off at 14.15 PM in England, live on Sky Sports.
After being outplayed against Man City in last Sunday’s FA Cup Quarter-Final, Newcastle got back to winning ways on Wednesday by getting a great result against Bournemouth at the Vitality.
Goals from Dwight Gayle and Sean Longstaff gave the Magpies a 2-0 lead at half-time.
Miguel Almiron added a 3rd after the break before the beautifully named Valentino Lazaro got Newcastle’s 4th.
Bournemouth did get a late consolation but the game finished in a 4-1 victory for Steve Bruce’s Black and Whites and the travelling cardboard Toon Army had a great night out but were unhappy paying £7 quid for a bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale from the local South Coast Odd-Bins.
West Ham seemed lost in the 2-games since the comeback, losing both fixtures against Wolves and Tottenham with the same 2-0 scoreline.
After Chelsea had beat Man City in their previous game, it looked ominous for the Hammers in the Wednesday night fixture between David Moyes and Frank Lampard.
All that said, West Ham, put up probably their best performance of the season getting a great 3-2 victory, even having a goal disallowed by the dreaded.
Prior to Issa Diop bringing down the Chelsea forward to concede a penalty, Tomas Soucek had, what looked like a perfectly good goal disallowed after VAR took 19-minutes to decide that Michail Antonio was an armpit hair offside.
A simply ludicrous decision from the dreaded VAR, that are ruining English football and are becoming a laughable organisation.
Big Tom wasn’t to be denied though and scored a legitimate goal just before the half-time whistle to take both teams in level at the break.
Michail Antonio capped off a superb one-man striker role by putting West Ham in front early in the 2nd-half.
Leading the line on his own and despite supposedly being offside for Tomas Soucek’s non-goal, Antonio was superb dragging the Chelsea Centre-Backs all over the field and was the difference between the 2-sides.
If Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are on the lookout for another forward, Big Frank shouldn’t look too far away from the London Stadium and the Hammers number-30.
The victory gives David Moyes and his Claret and Blues, 30-points, 3-above the safety-zone and breathing space.
What might be a factor is that there are simply 3-worse teams than West Ham and with a final home game against Aston Villa, West Ham should be safe for another season in the Top Flight.
Another player that the so-called big teams should be looking at is Declan Rice.
At just 21 and not 22 until January, Doctor Declan is outstanding and will be a real player over the next few years whether in midfield or as a Centre-Back and despite the cardboard Bubbles not wanting to hear this, won’t be at the London Stadium for much longer.
When the Hammers travelled the long-distance North to Newcastle in early November, the Bubbles faithful came away disappointed following a 3-2 away-day defeat but were happy when the bartender said,
‘That’s £3 sir’ when a pint was ordered.
It’s not often the southerners get change from a fiver when a pint is asked for.
Newcastle did actually take a 3-0 lead in the game, with goals from Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez in the 1st-half and a Jon-Jo Shelvey strike early after the interval.
At 3-0 Brucey’s Boys took their foot off the breaks and thus, nearly cost them the points, with Fabian Balbuena and Robert Snodgrass scoring for West Ham to give the travelling Bubbles faithful brief hope.
However, not to be as the Magpies held out for the victory.
- Bet 365 offer Newcastle at 7/5, the Draw at 9/4 and 19/10 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points
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LIVERPOOL v ASTON VILLA
Late Sunday Afternoon kick-off in England with this live Sky Sports fixture starting at 16.30 PM in England.
Liverpool were given a guard of honour at the Etihad on Thursday after being confirmed as the 2019/20 Premier League Champions, ironically, following City’s defeat against Chelsea last Thursday.
There was a lot of talk about the guard of honour from the City players given to the Champions but whatever the arguments and debate, it did inspire Man City and Jurgen’s Reds suffered a post-title winning, humiliating 4-0 defeat and only the 2nd-loss of the season.
What could be considered a bad night for Liverpool, especially being the thoughts of Sky Sport’s Gary Neville, the facts still remain that Jurgen’s Reds are the Premier League Champions and not many will remember this defeat.
Well, not many on the Red half of Merseyside.
Aston Villa are currently lying in the relegation places following the 2nd of 4-defeats, since football reconvened, last time out against Wolves.
Dean Smith’s Claret and Blues suffered a 1-0 defeat at home against Nuno’s Gold and Blacks which leaves Villa with just 27-points, a point from safety.
Technically, it should have been 2-defeats from 4, if not for Michael Oliver’s lucky-lucky watch.
As well as this extremely tough away fixture against Liverpool, Aston Villa also have another trip to Merseyside to face Everton and a final away-game at the London Stadium against the other Claret and Blues.
It doesn’t get any easier at home for Dean Smith with Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Arsenal all coming to Villa Park before the season finishes.
So it does look ominous for the Villains and there may be visits to the Riverside, St Andrews or Oakwell next season.
Liverpool surprisingly, went a goal behind early in the game at Villa Park, when Trezeguet put the Villains in front midway through the 1st-half.
It looked like a shock was on the cards until Andy Robertson equalised in the 87th-minute to knock the stuffing out of Dean Smith’s Clarets.
With 4-minutes of injury time played, Sadio Mane scored to give Liverpool the victory and leave Aston Villa deflated.
A month later, Villa got revenge by inflicting a 5-0 victory over Liverpool in the Quarter-Final of the Carabao Cup.
- Bet 365 offer Liverpool at Odds On 1/3, the Draw at 4/1 and 7/1 for Aston Villa to come away with all 3-points
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SOUTHAMPTON v MAN CITY
Sunday Night Football, live on BBC 1, with a 19.00 PM kick-off in England.
Southampton have 2-victories and a loss since post-lockdown with the latest victory being a 3-1 win away at Vicarage Rd.
Danny Ings scored twice, either side of the break with James Ward-Prowse adding a 3rd after the Saints Jan Bednarek had scored an own-goal to give Watford brief hope.
With 40-points, Wreck-It Ralph will feel his team are safe and will look to use the remaining fixtures to build for next season, having had his contract extended during the lockdown.
As well as this game against Pep’s boys, Southampton also host Brighton and Sheffield United in the final game of the season.
The Saints have trips up North to take on Everton and Manchester United and have a South Coast derby against Bournemouth which could actually relegate the Cherries.
Southampton will have had 7-days rest having not played since last Sunday.
Man City, wounded from surrendering their Premier League crown, following a defeat against Chelsea (away!) had to swallow humble pie and give the new Champions, Liverpool a guard of honour at the Etihad on Thursday.
What must have been galling to Pep and the City players was that the night before, they had watched Chelsea lose against West Ham after Frank’s Blues had beaten Pep’s Blues to gift Liverpool the title and produce the guard of honour.
Despite losing the title, Man City produced a devastating display against Liverpool and someone watching, not knowing what had happened this season, must have thought that City had ran away with the title.
The enigmatic Kevin De Bruyne, arguably the best player in the World at the moment, converted a penalty after Raheem Sterling was manhandled in the area by his best mate, Joe Gomez.
Raheem himself got in the scoresheet notching City’s 2nd from a Phil Foden assist.
The Stockport Iniesta, who had another great game and will become a City and England legend, not only assists but scores too, adding the Blues 3rd just before the half-time whistle.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had the misfortune of being credited with City’s 4th after a deflected shot found the back of the net.
A brilliant 4-0 victory that gives Pep’s Boys 66-points for the season, still a massive 20-points behind their sorry opponents.
With the Champions League Semi-Final 2nd-leg still to be played and a FA Cup Semi-Final against Pep 2, Pep 1 could still win 3-trophies that would go along way in making up for the loss of the Premier League.
A quick note on the Champions League, it’s muted that the competition may be played in a Bio-Bubble in Portugal.
Whilst safety is paramount, City will feel they have done the hard work in getting a great 2-1 away victory at the Bernabeu and will want to take advantage of those away goals with their 2nd-leg being a home tie at the Etihad.
If UEFA persist in the Bio-Bubble in Portugal then, City should be given some sort of advantage against Real Madrid, like an extra goal, that is they are now 3-1 in front.
If Real win the tie by a 2-1 or 3-2 scoreline, City go through by way of the Bio-Bubble goal.
If Real win by a 2-0 or 3-0 scoreline, then the Spanish giants go through to the final.
Just a thought.
At the Etihad in early November, Pep’s Blues beat Ralph’s Red and Whites by a 2-1 scoreline.
James Ward-Prowse did give Southampton an early lead but pressure from City, took its toll and 2nd-half goals from Sergio Aguero and a rare Kyle Walker strike gave City the victory.
- Bet 365 offer Southampton at 9/1, the Draw at 4/1 and Odds On 3/10 for Man City to come away with all 3-points
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TOTTENHAM v EVERTON
Monday Night Football with this fixture kicking-off at 20.00 PM in England, live on Sky Sports.
Tottenham have been indifferent since the lockdown gaining all results possible from the 3-games back.
A draw against Manchester United, a victory against West Ham and a disappointing defeat last time out against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
Harry Kane did eventually have a goal credited to him in the 2nd-half but unfortunately for him and Tottenham, the Blades were already 3-0 in front. The dreaded VAR disallowed, what looked like a perfectly good goal early in the game.
It’s rumoured the team at Stockley Park were watching Eggheads on BBC 2 but had to be seen to be watching the game and told the on-field referee that the ball had struck Lucas Moura’s hand in the build-up.
A very harsh decision but that’s football at the moment.
Dracula seems to have discarded Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld at the back in favour of Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez.
That’s obviously Jose’s choice, however, could be Jose’s downfall.
Toby and Jan have a built-up understanding, Eric and Davinson don’t, not yet anyway and to slip Eric into the back-4 at a crucial point in the season, doesn’t appear to be working.
Tottenham lie in 9th-place with 45-points.
What will gripe the cardboard Spurs faithful is that there fierce North London rivals, Arsenal, have a point more and the two, still have to play each other, albeit at Tottenham’s home.
Harry is still looking up the road at Old Trafford and wondering whether his future lies in Manchester.
Everton simply blitzed Leicester for 45-minutes on Wednesday with a brilliant 1st-half team performance that gave them a 2-0 half-time lead.
Richarlison and a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty were the Toffees goal-scorers, the penalty being awarded by the dreaded VAR who took 3-hours to decide if the ball had struck the hand of Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi.
After deciding that it had, Gylfi coolly slotted home.
The Foxes did put up a better fight after the break and pulled a goal back but Carlo Ancelotti’s Blues were always in control and that is now 7-points from the lockdown-9 on offer.
Everton have 42-points so far and are up to 11th in the Premier League table, which is brilliant under the guidance of the cool Italian and with a couple of summer additions, the Toffees will be pushing for Europe when the new season starts.
When Tottenham headed to Goodison Park back in November, both teams were under the guidance of different men with Marco Silva still in charge of the Toffees and Mauricio Pochettino at the Tottenham helm.
Dele Alli gave Tottenham a 1st-half lead then after the break, the game changed when Son Heung-Min’s innocuous challenge on Andre Gomes broke the Portuguese midfielder’s leg and Son was unfortunately shown a Red Card.
The break of the leg was horrendous and Andre has done tremendously well to come back strong and should feature at the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium.
Due to the long delay because of the injury, Everton left it very late before Cenk Tosun equalised in the 97th-minute, with still a further 6-minutes to play.
Poch only lasted 1-more game then he was down the concrete and replaced by Dracula.
Marco lasted slightly longer but then he was joining the Argentinian at the Job Centre replaced by Carlo Ancelotti.
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