The game weeks are coming thick and fast with no respite for the players or for John Newsome as he pours through the stats and latest team news to deliver his unique and detailed preview of all the upcoming English Premier League week 35 matches. You can view all previous analysis from John’s regular column here: English Premier League Predictions For Saturday
NORWICH v WEST HAM
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Early Saturday Afternoon kick-off at 12.30 PM in England live on Sky Sports.
Norwich remain at the foot of the Premier League table after another defeat last time out.
Despite Emiliano Buendia giving the Canaries an early lead with a great individual effort, Dan’s men conceded 2-goals to ultimately lose the game away at Watford by a 2-1 scoreline.
With only 4-games remaining, Norwich are 10-points from safety, so if another defeat occurs, which is highly likely, Norwich’s fate could be determined after this game against West Ham.
After a victory and a draw against Chelsea and Newcastle, West Ham looked to have turned the corner and were heading away from the relegation zone.
Unfortunately for the cardboard Bubbles, the Hammers were brought back into the mix, following a 1-0 defeat, at home, against Burnley on Wednesday.
The defeat leaves David Moyes men with 31-points, 4-points above safety and 10-points more than today’s opponents.
A victory at Carrow Rd and a win for Watford, would relegate Norwich and leave the remaining 2-relegation places, realistically available for two of Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Watford and West Ham.
Brighton look to be safe and the Seagulls will not want to be added to the Relegation-4.
West Ham still have Watford and Aston Villa to play, with both games at the London Stadium, so will feel they have what it takes to survive, however a couple of indifferent results could make the final fixture against Villa a winner takes all decider.
At the London Stadium in late August, Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham got a great 2-0 victory over Daniel Farke Life.
Sebastian Haller scored midway through the 1st-half to give the Hammers a half-time lead.
Andriy Yarmolenko made it 2-0 just after the break to give West Ham a Game Week-4 win.
Bet 365 offer Norwich at 13/5, the Draw at 5/2 and Evens 1/1 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points.
WATFORD v NEWCASTLE
Early Saturday Afternoon kick-off at 12.30 PM in England.
Watford put themselves 3-points above the relegation places and 10-points above Norwich after a 2-1 victory against the Canaries on Tuesday night.
After conceding an early goal, Craig Dawson scored to take both teams in level at the break.
Danny Welbeck, starting for the 1st time in 3-games, scored Watford’s winner early in the 2nd-half with a superb overhead kick that was a worthy goal to win any match.
A victory here, married with a Norwich defeat against West Ham, would relegate Daniel Farke’s Yellow and Greens.
Newcastle suffered a defeat on Wednesday going down 5-0 against Man City at the Etihad.
Steve Bruce won’t dwell on that too much and will quickly move on to this fixture against Watford at Vicarage Rd.
The fake noise coming from the empty stadium will be the sound of the cardboard Toon Army shouting,
When they ask for a bottle of Newcastle Broon Ale.
When the Hornets headed up to St James Park, at the end of August, under their 1st of 3-managers of this season, Javi Gracia, Will Hughes gave Watford an early lead, with Fabian Schar equalising before half-time.
With no more goals, both teams shared the points.
Javi was the 1st manager sacked this season after this draw against Newcastle, 4-games into the campaign and replaced by Quique Sanchez Flores.
Bet 365 offer Watford at slight Odds On 3/4, the Draw at 13/5 and 15/4 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
LIVERPOOL v BURNLEY
A conventional 15.00 PM kick-off in England live on BT Sport.
Liverpool continued their quest for most-victories, most-points, most-anything in a season with another professional, if not convincing, 3-1 away-day victory against Brighton on Wednesday.
Mo Salah opened the scoring, followed by a 2nd from Jordan Henderson.
Brighton pulled a goal back before half-time to take Liverpool in at the break, leading 2-1.
Mo scored his 2nd and Liverpool’s 3rd, midway through the 2nd-half to give Liverpool another victory and puts them on 92-points from 34-games.
With just 4-fixtures left, a possible 12-points to be gained, Jurgen’s Reds can get 104-points for the season, 4-more than Man City’s record of 100, from the 2017/18 season.
In theory, Liverpool could afford to draw or lose one game and still get the points record if 3-victories are achieved out of the 4-left.
Mo Salah now has 19-goals for the season and is on the coattails of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jamie Vardy for the Golden Boot.
Mo has 1-less than Pierre-Emerick and 3-less than Jamie but will feel he’s the favourite considering Liverpool’s remaining games.
Burnley probably got the result of Game Week-34, with a great 1-0 away-day victory at the London Stadium against West Ham.
Jay Rodriguez got the solitary Clarets goal in the 1st-half, to give Sean Dyche’s Boys a great result with the 2-points lifting Burnley up to 10th in the Premier League table, just a point less than Arsenal.
What was another positive for the travelling cardboard Claret faithful was Chris Wood got some more game-time following his recent injury.
In the cold of Turf Moor, at the end of August (it’s always a coat-colder in Burnley, whatever month it is!) Liverpool got a comfortable 3-0 victory to give them 12-points from the 4-games they had played at the time.
Chris Wood got an early goal, unfortunately for the Big Kiwi, it was an own-goal that gave the Reds a lead.
Sadio Mane made it 2-0 before half-time, with Roberto Firmino making it 3-0 with 10-minutes to go and giving the Clarets faithful an early glimpse of the new Premier League champions.
Bet 365 offer Liverpool at Odds On 2/7, the Draw at 9/2 and 17/2 for Burnley to come away with all 3-points.
SHEFFIELD UNITED v CHELSEA
Late Saturday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports with this being a 17.30 PM kick-off in England.
Sheffield United left it very late on Wednesday to snatch all-3-points following a 1-0 victory against Wolves.
With time running out, it looked for all-purpose that it was going to end in a 0-0 draw until Big John Egan, in the 93rd-minute, rose above everyone and headed the ball, powerfully, into the back of the Wolves net.
The victory and 3-points, lifted United up to 7th in the Premier League table with 51-points, just a point behind Nuno’s Boys.
7th-place will be enough to get Sheffield United into the Europa League next season and little Jim from Swinton is already getting his Aldi bag for life ready for the trips to Azerbaijan, Kurdistan and Aberdeen.
Jimbo’s lovely girlfriend won’t be going with him though, as she needs a break from the little man from time to time.
Chris Wilder was happy, honest.
Chelsea played in a very entertaining London Derby on Tuesday against Crystal Palace coming away with a 3-2 victory.
Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for the Blues before Christian Pulisic made it 2-0 with a terrific left-foot strike.
Palace pulled a goal back before the break to take Chelsea in leading 2-1.
Frank introduced Tammy Abraham in the 2nd-half and after only being on the pitch for a couple of minutes, restored Chelsea’s 2-goal advantage.
That wasn’t the end of the scoring with Palace pulling another goal back to give the travelling cardboard Blues a nervy final few minutes and without a superb save from Kepa the ‘keeper, could have turned 3-points into just 1.
The victory gives Chelsea 60-points and lifts Frank’s Blues up above Leicester into 3rd place after the Foxes subsequent draw against Arsenal.
Christian Pulisic is in fine form at the moment and since football resumed, has 3-goals.
(EveryTip’s English Premier League 2019/20-Best Young Players published July 31st 2019)
When little James and the rest of the Blunts went to Stamford Bridge back in August, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham scored twice to give Frank Lampard’s Blues a 2-0 lead at half-time.
Chris Wilder wasn’t happy and got into his boys, in the Bridge dressing room at the break, with the Blades immediately pulling a goal back after the restart.
With time running out and pressure on the Chelsea goal from United, the unfortunate Kurt Zouma scored an own-goal to give Sheffield United a 2nd and a point from a Desmond 2-2 draw.
Bet 365 offer Sheffield United at 11/2, the Draw at 3/1 and Odds On 6/11 for Chelsea to come away with all 3-points.
BRIGHTON v MAN CITY
Saturday Night Football kicking-off at 20.00 PM in England live on Sky Sports.
Brighton suffered a 3-1 defeat against the new Premier League champions on Wednesday, however, did put up a great fight and with 36-points, look safe.
Which is probably a good thing, with this tough fixture against Man City the next in line for Graham Potter and his Seagulls.
Graham has a philosophy of how he wants his team to play, starting from the back, yet it was that philosophy that cost them the opening 2-goals against Liverpool.
Leandro Trossard pulled a goal back before the break after matching Jurgen’s Reds for most of the half.
Unfortunately, Brighton couldn’t capitalise on Liverpool’s lack of cutting edge and conceded a 3rd to ultimately lose the game by a 3-1 scoreline.
The Seagulls do have 4-tough games and could quite conceivably lose all of them and not pick up another point, so may have to rely on the 36-points already on the board and hope the 5-teams below them, are unable to close the gap.
As it stands, before this game against City, Harry’s men have 5-points more than West Ham and Watford and 9-points more than Bournemouth and Aston Villa.
With it looking like Norwich have gone, there seems to be a fight between the 4 of the teams below Brighton as to which 2-others are relegated.
West Ham have to play Watford and Aston Villa so there are points that teams will take off each other.
If Brighton do lose all 4-remaining and stay on 36, it would mean that both Aston Villa and Bournemouth would have to win all 4 of their remaining games to overtake Brighton.
That in itself is a tough ask, considering Villa have Everton and West Ham away and Bournemouth also have Everton away and visit Man City.
Whilst no one at Brighton will admit it, their place in the Premier League looks safe for another season.
If West Ham win all of their remaining games, it means Watford and Aston Villa can’t.
With Watford having to play Newcastle, Man City and Arsenal, it looks like the Hornets won’t catch Brighton.
Man City continued their terrific home form on Wednesday with a great 5-0 victory against Newcastle following Sunday’s away defeat at St Mary’s against Southampton.
Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez gave City a 2-0 lead at the break.
Newcastle’s Federico Fernandez scored an own-goal after the break, to give City a 3rd, before the David of the Silva’s and Raheem Sterling made it 4 and 5 for Pep’s Blues to give them the convincing victory against Steve Bruce’s Magpies.
What is good for the cardboard faithful is that City either win or lose, mostly win but occasionally lose, yet seldom draw.
Since City headed to St James Park in November, where the game finished 2-2, Man City have only drawn one other game out of 30-fixtures played, in all competitions, winning 22-games and losing 7-of them.
At the Etihad in August, Man City got a brilliant 4-0 home victory against the travelling Seagulls.
Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero scored to give City a 2-0 lead at half-time.
Sergio added his 2nd and City’s 3rd after the break before the Bernardo of the Silva’s made it 4-0 with 10-minutes to go to give Pep’s Boys 3-wins from 4 at the time after an early draw against Tottenham.
Bet 365 offer Brighton at 17/2, the Draw at 17/4 and Odds On 3/10 for Man City to come away with all 3-points.
WOLVES v EVERTON
A Midday Sunday game kicking-off at 12.00 PM in England live on Sky Sports.
Wolves looked to be heading for a point at Bramall Lane on Wednesday until Sheffield United scored a winner in the 93rd-minute to inflict a 1-0 defeat on Nuno’s Gold and Blacks.
After 3-victories from the 1st games after the resumption of the Premier League, Wolves have now lost 2 in a row and fall further behind Manchester United and the European Champions League places.
The defeat leaves Wolves in 6th-place with 52-points, 6-behind United and now just a point more than Wednesday’s opponents, the Blades.
In the 3-victories, Nuno’s men didn’t score many and now, with the 2-defeats without a goal, it appears to be the problem that Nuno needs to address.
Everton came from a goal behind to gain a point following a 1-1 draw against Southampton on Thursday.
Southampton had taken the lead in the 1st-half but with time running out, before half-time, Richarlison equalised and with no further goals, the game ended, with both going home with a point.
Richarlison has 12-goals this season and most won’t know that the Brazilian is only 23-years old, only really a kid, so to constantly score in the Premier League is a great achievement for young Richie Rich.
The point gained gives Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees 45, for the season so far, a point more than the Saints, leaving them in 11th-position in the table and a firm basis to work on for next term.
When Wolves went to Goodison Park back in late August, Marco Silva was still at the helm, with his Toffees getting a great 3-2 victory against his fellow Portuguese manager, Nuno.
Richarlison and Alex Iwobi scored for Everton in the 1st-half, with Romain Saiss pulling a goal back for Wolves.
After the break, Raul Jimenez equalised for Nuno’s Gold and Blacks, however, Richarlison scored his 2nd and Everton’s winner to give Marco the Portuguese bragging rights.
Willy Boly, who had been shown a Yellow Card early in the 2nd-half, received another in stoppage time and ultimately beat his team-mates into the showers.
Bet 365 offer Wolves at Evens 1/1, the Draw at 11/5 and 3/1 for Everton to come away with all 3-points.
ASTON VILLA v CRYSTAL PALACE
Early Sunday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports with a 14.15 PM kick-off in England.
Aston Villa remain in the bottom-3 of the Premier League following Thursday’s 3-0 defeat at home against Manchester United.
The young Centre-Back, Ezri Konsa (EveryTip’s English Premier League 2019/20-Best Young Players published July 31st 2019) was adjudged to have brought down Bruno Fernandes in the penalty area and after several minutes to see if the VAR could come up with a reason why it wasn’t a penalty, the spot-kick was converted.
With seconds to go to the break, Villa conceded a 2nd, when Tyrone Mings failed to close down the young United striker, Mason Greenwood, who blasted the ball past Pepe Reina.
Pepe was not happy with Big Tyrone, neither was Roy Keane in the Sky Sports studio who ripped into Mr T.
There’s talk that Manchester United are in the hunt for Jack Grealish, however, if Jack’s performance on Thursday, was considered an interview, surely United would say to Jack,
‘Don’t call us Mr Grealish, we will call you’
Unless United need a new kit-man or team hairdresser.
Jack is a decent footballer, just not of Manchester United standard.
Villa, still with the 27-points they had before the United defeat, are now 4-points adrift of safety and the Claret and Blue rotund lady is warming up her vocal cords.
Dean Smith’s Boys have this fixture against Palace, plus games against Everton, Arsenal and a final away game at the London Stadium where it could be a case of winner takes all against West Ham, however, Villa’s season could be well and truly over by then.
Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace played in a very entertaining game against Chelsea on Tuesday but despite scoring 2-goals, ultimately lost the fixture by a 3-2 scoreline.
Chelsea took the lead, then made it 2-0 before Wilfried Zaha scored a beautiful long-range effort to reduce the deficit a few moments later.
Chelsea reestablished the 2-goal advantage midway through the 2nd-half, however, within a minute of the Blues goal, Christian Benteke made it 3-2 with a rare Palace goal.
Rare, being the operative word, with this being only Big Chis’ 2nd-goal of the campaign, which, for a striker, isn’t too good, having featured 23-times this season for Roy.
Since a 15-goal haul back in the 2016/17 season, Big Ben has only scored 5-times for Crystal Palace in 70-appearances.
It’s a redundant argument but a fat, bald bloke from Barnsley, now nearing 51-years old, would still fancy his chances to score more than 5-goals in 70-outings.
Roy can get in touch if he feels a replacement for Christian Benteke is needed.
At Selhurst Park back in late August, a Jordan Ayew goal was the difference between the 2-sides with Big Jordan scoring the solitary Palace goal midway through the 2nd-half.
Villa’s Trezeguet received a Yellow Card just before half-time then 10-minutes after the break was shown another and ultimately a Red to give Palace a man advantage.
Bet 365 offer Aston Villa at 8/7, the Draw at 23/10 and 12/5 for Crystal Palace to come away with all 3-points.
TOTTENHAM v ARSENAL
Late Sunday Afternoon Football kicking off at 16.30 PM in England live on Sky Sports.
Dracula is slowly working his magic again after stints in Romania, Whitby, Porto, London, Milan, Madrid, London again, Manchester and now London for a 3rd-attempt.
Jose Mourinho achieved what no other Premier League manager has done in the last 5-games and that is give Bournemouth a point after the Cherries had 5-straight defeats.
Spurs, that included Harry Kane, Eric Lamela, Giovani Lo Celso and had Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min come on as substitute’s, didn’t, repeat, didn’t have 1-shot on the Bournemouth goal.
It’s rumoured the Cherries ‘keeper, walked off the pitch and said to the kit-man,
‘Don’t bother washing that kid!’
Bournemouth did actually have a goal ruled out by the dreaded.
Whilst most will be up in arms about the VAR interference, it’s the rule that needs changing not the VAR, the rule says if it hits an arm or hand and goes in the goal, it’s disallowed, simple as!
The ball hit the Cherries striker’s hand, before it went in, so no goal.
The point gained by Tottenham gives them 49, just a point behind today’s North London rivals.
Arsenal looked in control for 70-minutes, at the Emirates on Tuesday with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring an early goal to give the Gunners a 1st-half lead.
On the 71st-minute mark, Mikel Arteta introduced Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah to add some firepower to proceedings.
Within 4-minutes of entering the game, Eddie Nketiah was shown a Yellow Card for a foul, that quickly turned into a straight Red after the dreaded VAR, took an age to eventually inform the on-field referee to take a look at the incident himself.
At first, no one knew where the pitch-side monitor was as it hadn’t been used all season.
Having been pointed in the right direction, the on-field referee, Chris Cavanagh took a mili-second to see that Eddie’s challenge was a bit naughty and had no hesitation in changing the Yellow to the Red.
The referees have been informed that they can look at the pitch-side monitors for Yellow and Red Card offences, this needs extending to all controversial decisions and looks like it will be, with FIFA now taking charge of the VAR situation that was previously under the guidance of IFAB.
The sending off of young Eddie gave Leicester the green light to attack 10-man Arsenal and the constant attacking paid off with an equaliser to give both teams a share of the points.
The point leaves Pep 2 and his Gunners in 8th-place in the Premier League table, with 50-points, gained so far, just 1-point ahead of today’s North London rivals and just a point away from Sheffield United who are in the final European place.
When Arsenal visited the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium back in early September, both teams were under the guidance of different managers with Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham getting a point following a 2-2 draw against Unai Emery’s Arsenal.
Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane had given Poch’s men a 2-0 lead but Alexandre Lacazette scored right on half-time to set up a terrific 2nd-half.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised for Unai’s Gunners to give both a share of the points.
Bet 365 offer Tottenham at 7/5, the Draw at 5/2 and 7/4 for Arsenal to come away with all 3-points.
BOURNEMOUTH v LEICESTER
Early Sunday Evening Football, with this game kicking-off at 19.00 PM in England, live on Sky Sports.
Bournemouth, after 5-straight defeats, got a valuable point, at the Vitality, against Tottenham on Thursday.
After a bad head injury to Adam Smith, the 4th-official showed 12-minutes of injury time, where Eddie Howe thought he’d seen his boys score the winner. Unfortunately, Callum Wilson’s late strike in the game clipped Josh King’s hand on its way into the Spurs goal.
The dreaded VAR had no choice but to rule out the goal.
It was a great defensive performance that saw Tottenham not have any effort on goal and the valuable point gained, gives Bournemouth 28, for the season so far and now 3, away from safety so still all to play for.
Eddie needs to play the same defensive game against the Foxes and hope for a goal on the break.
Leicester were on the back foot against Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday and couldn’t break down a resilient Gunners defence until a twist of fate, left Arsenal with 10-men and the Foxes 15-minutes or so to try and get back on level terms.
That’s exactly what happened, with the 11-men pressure taking its toll on the 10-men Gunners and Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy scoring a late equaliser to give Leicester a point.
That’s 22-goals so far for Jimmy V who is at the top of the goal-scoring charts, 2-more than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and 3-more than Mo Salah.
So as well as trying to make sure the Foxes have a Champions League spot for next season, Jamie is also trying to win the Golden Boot at the ripe old age of 33.
Although a point gained against Arsenal, Leicester actually dropped a place in the Premier League table, from 3rd to 4th following Chelsea’s victory.
Leicester, with 59-points, are now just a point ahead of Manchester United but do face Ole’s Wheels on the final day of the season, so that could mean a Champions League place, winner takes all, decider.
That said, at the moment, Man City are banned from competing in the next 2-seasons of the Champions League so finishing in 5th-place could still see entry into that competition.
In late August, at the King Power Stadium, Leicester took the spoils with a professional 3-1 victory over Eddie’s Cherries.
Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy scored the Foxes 1st, which was quickly cancelled out by the Callum of Bournemouth’s Wilson’s.
Youri Tielemans put Leicester back in front just before half-time.
Jamie Vardy made it 3-1 and game-over, midway through the 2nd-half to give Brendan’s Wonderful Human Beings a great victory.
Bet 365 offer Bournemouth at 15/4, the Draw at 11/4 and slight Odds On 3/10 for Leicester to come away with all 3-points.
MANCHESTER UNITED v SOUTHAMPTON
Monday Night Football live on Sky Sports with a 20.00 PM kick-off in England.
Manchester United continued their fine current form with the 17th-unbeaten game in all competitions and a 4th-consecutive Premier League victory since football resumed.
A 4th consecutive fixture that Ole has kept the same Wheels, which, in itself, shows how far United have come since a lot of the faithful, mainly the cardboard ones, wanted Ole out.
The Social Media keyboard bullies, typing from their mum’s bedroom, who haven’t a clue about football, got the hashtag #OleOut trending.
Stick to playing Fortnite lads, against 11-year olds and leave the football to those who know.
Paul Pogba had another stellar game and is slowly winning over the fans.
Not this EveryTip contributor though, he’s always known how good PP is.
Paul has always been thought of as a class player, just didn’t have the top quality players around him to showcase Paul’s tremendous attributes, which, let’s not forget, made him the owner of a World Cup winners medal.
Players don’t win one of those chocolates if they aren’t good players.
There’s talk that United are interested in Jack Grealish?
If there is a player from Villa Park, that Manchester United should target, then it should be John Terry, none of the others would get a parking spot at Old Trafford, Jack included.
The convincing 3-0 victory against Villa with goals from Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Paul Pogba, gave United the points to move the Gold Devil’s within 1, of Leicester in 4th and 2, behind Chelsea in 3rd.
Considering Chelsea have to face Liverpool at Anfield, Ole Gunnar Solskjær will feel that 3rd place is well within their grasp.
United’s final 4-fixtures, as well as taking on the Saints, are away against Crystal Palace, home against West Ham and a final away fixture against Leicester.
Chelsea have away trips to Bramall Lane and Anfield, as well as home games against Norwich and Wolves, so in theory, the money should be on Manchester United, as to who finishes 3rd.
Southampton took the lead on Thursday night at Goodison Park with the inform, Danny Ings scoring his 19th-goal of the season.
Unfortunately, the Saints couldn’t hold on to the lead and conceded an equaliser before the break.
With no further goals, Wreck-It Ralph’s men, earned a point against Everton, from a 1-1 draw.
The point leaves them with 44, a point behind the Toffees but safe for another season in the Top Flight and a long way from last October’s 9-0 drubbing by Leicester, in front of the Saints faithful.
At St Mary’s back in late August, Jan Vestergaard cancelled out an early Dan James strike to give both teams a point following a 1-1 draw.
Bet 365 offer Manchester United at Odds On 2/7, the Draw at 9/2 and 17/2 for Southampton to come away with all 3-points.