The Cherries are currently suffering from a tough batch of fixtures, but the visit of Huddersfield offers a chance for Eddie Howe’s men to get back to winning ways. Does John Newsome predict a Bournemouth victory? Check out his tips for all encounters in game-week 15! You can view all previous analysis from John’s weekly column here – English Premier League Predictions For Saturday.
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BOURNEMOUTH v HUDDERSFIELD
Bournemouth lost against Man City on Saturday, no disgrace there as most teams will lose at the Etihad. What may be the bigger concern for Eddie and the Cherries is that’s now 4 losses in a row after their great start to the season. 3 out of those 4 losses were by the same scoreline of 2-1 with the Man City defeat being 3-1, so Bournemouth are not exactly being hammered in games but are losing. Callum Wilson did equalise right on half-time for Bournemouth but City ran away in the 2nd-half and inflicted the defeat. Bournemouth will regroup and target this home game against Huddersfield as a game to get back on track.
The fixture list compilers have decided it would be a brilliant idea to send Huddersfield down to Bournemouth on a Tuesday night. A 500 mile round trip for the Terriers faithful. They ll love that!
After 3 great results for Huddersfield, a Win, a Draw and a Win, the Terriers were brought back down to earth suffering a 2-1 loss at the John Smiths against Brighton. The hard part of that result for the faithful to take was Mathias Jorgensen had given Huddersfield a lead in the 1st-minute. Unfortunately, Steve Mounie let his teammates and more importantly himself down getting himself sent off after only half an hour and gave Brighton the advantage. Huddersfield conceded in 1st-half stoppage time and then were outrun in the 2nd half with only 10-men gifting Brighton all 3 points. David Wagner was not a happy chappy and like most managers when their team have lost, blamed the referee. It’s always the ‘refs fault. Poor Ref.
This game last season was played in mid-November and finished 4-0 to the Cherries. New England star Callum Wilson got a hat-trick that day with Harry Arter getting on the scoresheet too. Bournemouth played all the 2nd-half with 10 men after Simon Francis was shown a 2nd yellow card and got his marching orders right on half-time.
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Bet 365 offer 3/1 that Bournemouth will Win and there will be Under 2.5 Goals, which basically means 1-0 or 2-0 to the Cherries.
Home Win 2-0
BRIGHTON v CRYSTAL PALACE
Both teams come into this game off the back of great wins at the weekend. Brighton travelled the long distance North to West Yorkshire and after falling behind in just the 1st- minute, came back and beat Huddersfield 2-1. Huddersfield were reduced to 10 men on the half-hour mark and Shane Duffy got Brighton back on track in 1st-half stoppage time, setting the Seagulls up to come good after the break. Florin Andone, who signed from the Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna in the summer and was making only his 3rd appearance for the club, got the all-important winner midway through the 2nd-half. That well-deserved win lifts Brighton to the lofty height of 11th in the Premier League and would have made the long trip home for the Seagulls faithful a lot easier to endure.
Crystal Palace easily beat struggling Burnley at Selhurst Park on Saturday. James McArthur opened the scoring for Palace on the 16th-minute mark before Andros Townsend made it 2-0 in the 2nd-half, the Eagles held on for the win and collected all 3 points. That win lifted Crystal Palace away from the Bottom 3 and gave them their 1st win in 8 arduous Premier League games.
This is always a feisty affair between the Seagulls and the Eagles and last season was played at virtually the same time at the end of November. The game finished 0-0.
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WEST HAM v CARDIFF
West Ham got arguably the result of the weekend going up to St James Park and comfortably beating Newcastle 3-0. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez gave the Bubbles a 1-0 lead at half-time. The little Mexican striker then made it 2-0 midway through the 2nd-half before Felipe Anderson rounded off the scoring in the 94th minute to give West Ham a great win against the Magpies. Notably ex-Newcastle star Andy Carroll made the bench for the Hammers but didn’t manage to get on. Jack Wilshere also made the bench after injury and managed to get on for the final 10 minutes so that will have pleased Jack and the Beanstalk (Andy Carroll !) With games coming thick and fast both should feature more leading up to Christmas.
A quick Happy Birthday to Neil Warnock who celebrated his 70th, yes 70th Birthday on the 1st of December.
Cardiff head into this game at the London Stadium after beating Wolves on Friday Night Football, giving Big Neil a great start to his 70th Birthday celebrations. Cardiff went into the break losing 1-0 after Wolves took the lead on 18 minutes. Aron Gunnarsson equalised for the Bluebirds midway through the 2nd-half before Junior Hoilet scored a brilliant winner with 13 minutes left. Junior curled the ball into the net and for added pizzazz, the ball bounced off the crossbar into the back of the goal with rain spraying everywhere. A superb win for Neil and Cardiff and temporarily lifted the Bluebirds out of the bottom 3 for at least a few hours. Neil and Nuno were a bit more reserved at full-time unlike their last meeting in the Championship.
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Home Win 2-0
WATFORD v MAN CITY
Midweek Tuesday Night Football live on BT Sports sees the Citizens head South to take on the Hornets.
Watford lost 2-0 on Saturday at the King Power and come into this home game against Pep’s High Flying City having only collected 1 point from a possible 12. Javi Gracia has recently signed an extension to his contract which, if the Hornets results don’t improve, could be a masterstroke by Javi. Big Troy Deeney started on the bench against Leicester but Watford were already losing 2-0 when Troy came on early in the 2nd-half. The influential striker couldn’t prevent the loss and surely will be pushing for a start against City. One player who won’t make the starting 11 against City will be Etienne Capoue. The French midfielder was shown a straight red card late on in the game against Leicester and will miss this one. This will be Etienne’s 2nd suspension in quick succession after missing a game early in November for the accumulation of 5 yellow cards.
Man City continued their excellent form as Premier League Champions getting a comfortable 3-1 win against Bournemouth at the Etihad on Saturday. Despite playing in the Champions League, Pep had enough quality in his squad to put out a team to comfortably beat the Cherries.
The Bernardo of the Silva’s got City going early in the 1st-half. Bournemouth got an equaliser just before half-time giving the Citizens mild concern coming out for the 2nd-period, but Raheem Sterling calmed the nerves on the hour mark and the game was effectively over when Ilkay Gundogan got the 3rd with 10 minutes to go. That win guarantees City being Top of the Premier League heading into this midweek game at Vicarage Rd.
This game last season was played in mid-September and City emphatically beat the Hornets 6-0. Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and Raheem Sterling, added to another Sergio Aguero hat-trick gave the Citizens all 3 points.
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Bet 365 offer 13/10 that City will Win and there will be Over 3.5 Goals.
Away Win 0-3
EVERTON v NEWCASTLE
Everton went 96 minutes at Anfield on Sunday frustrating their Merseyside rivals before a moment of madness from Jordan Pickford gifted Liverpool the win. Jordan inexplicably parried the ball onto the crossbar when he could have just let it go behind. The ball bounced back and Divock Origi headed the rebound into the empty net. Jordan can be forgiven as he has saved the Toffees on numerous occasions this season but the loss against Liverpool would have hurt.
Newcastle were brought back down to earth on Saturday losing 3-0 in front of the Toon Army against West Ham. That was the 1st defeat in 4 after 3 successive wins. Jonjo Shelvey managed to get 20 minutes under his belt after being injured and not featuring in the 2 previous games and will be pushing for a start in this game at Goodison Park. Newcastle are out of the relegation places but it is pretty tight down there with only 4 points separating the bottom 7 clubs so every point is vital.
This game last season was played at the end of April and finished 1-0 to the Toffees. Theo Walcott got the solitary goal at the beginning of the 2nd-half.
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Home Win 2-1
WOLVES v CHELSEA
Wolves have now lost 5 out of their last 6 in the Premier League after Friday Night’s loss away at Cardiff. The other game in that sequence finished as a Draw so that’s 1 point from a possible 18. Worrying times for Nuno and his Gold and Blacks. Matt Doherty had given Wolves the lead in the rain in South Wales in his 200th appearance for the club, but Cardiff took control in the 2nd-half and ran out 2-1 winners. This game against Chelsea will be another tough test and maybe teams have began to work out Wolves after their fine start to the season after promotion from the Championship.
Chelsea comfortably beat West London rivals Fulham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and come into this game against Wolves lying 3rd in the Premier League table. Pedro opened the scoring in the 4th minute after an assist from N’Golo Kante. That will have pleased Maurizio Sarri who has been critical of little N’Golo over the past week. Maurizio has surprisingly criticised the efforts of Kante, saying the French midfielder lacked technical ability to play as a Central Midfielder. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and Sarri has got Chelsea up in the Top 4 of the Premier League but these are bizarre comments levelled at a man who has won 2 Premier Leagues in successive years and the small matter of the World Cup. Maybe Mr Sarri knows what he’s doing? N’Golo would walk into any team in the World and improve them so if Chelsea start sliding down the table, it’s more likely Maurizio will be the one to depart Stamford Bridge, not N’Golo. Ruben Loftus-Cheek made the game safe in the 82nd minute against Fulham who had put up a great fight against their West London rivals.
Wolves did meet Chelsea in the FA Cup last year but haven’t met in the Premier League since January 2012 when Chelsea ran out 2-1 winners.
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Away Win 0-2
FULHAM v LEICESTER
Fulham sit rock bottom of the Premier League coming into this midweek game against Leicester. The Cottages put up a great fight on Sunday against Chelsea but ultimately the class and Premier League experience of The Blues came to the fore and Fulham lost 2-0. Its been commented this week that Claudio Ranieri took over Leicester in similar circumstances as to his appointment at Fulham and took the Foxes from the brink of relegation to the Premier League Champions. It won’t happen at Fulham! Fulham will not win the Premier League this season, next season, or the following 10 season’s. As Rafa would say, Fact! Leicester was a one-off and the likes of Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea won’t allow another ‘Leicester’ to come along and nick the Premier League title.
Leicester head to Craven Cottage and a reunion with Claudio off the back of another 2-0 win against Watford. 2-0 seems to be the Foxes favourite scoreline. The goals were down to the 2 Jamie’s against Watford. Sheffield Superstar Jamie Vardy won and converted the penalty to give Leicester an early goal in the win at the King Power and James Maddison scored a 2nd after just 23 minutes to give the Foxes all 3 points. At least ‘Maddie’ didn’t dive this time. It’s only a rumour, but his new nickname in the Foxes dressing room is Tom Daley. This will be an emotional reunion for Claudio Ranieri after the recent unfortunate events at Leicester but he will want to get one over his old club as Fulham are on a poor run at the moment with only 1 Win in the last 9 games.
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Bet 365 offer 10/3 that Leicester Win to Nil.
Away Win 0-2
BURNLEY v LIVERPOOL
Burnley drop into the Bottom 3 after another loss at the weekend losing 2-0 away at Crystal Palace. That’s now no wins in 7 for Sean Dyche’s boys and only 2 points from the 21 on offer in the 7 games. The Clarets faithful won’t be worrying just yet but there won’t be many more games that Sean can lose before the fans start turning. He has credit in the bank but like most people, at Christmas time the credit does run out and Sean will need to turn the fortunes of Burnley round soon before the hierarchy at Turf Moor start looking elsewhere. Big Sam will be keeping an eye out for the Burnley dialling code along with the Southampton dialling code everytime his phone goes off.
Liverpool left it late, very very late, in the Merseyside Derby on Sunday getting a last-gasp winner to claim all 3 points. Everton gave their all but a mistake from Jordan Pickford in the dying seconds’ gifted forgotten man Divock Origi the easiest of chances to score and give the Red half of Merseyside bragging rights. There will be a lot of banter in the Shell Suit factories in Liverpool this week and the scouse humour (they are born with it!) will be evident.
This game last season was played on New Years Day and Liverpool ran out 2-1 winners. Joey Gudmundsson got the Clarets goal after Sadio Mane had put Liverpool in the lead. Ragnar Klavan ( who ?) scored a very late winner in the 94th minute to give Liverpool all 3 points.
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Away Win 0-2
MANCHESTER UNITED v ARSENAL
Midweek Wednesday Night Football live on BT Sports sees relegation battlers Manchester United take on a new and invigorated Arsenal at Old Trafford.
Plain and simply United are rubbish. Jose has had his day in Manchester and the reception staff at The Lowry should start getting his bill ready for when he checks-out. Sir Alex Ferguson was at St Mary’s on Saturday and must wonder why all the hard work he did over the years he spent at United as gone to pot. David De Gea is losing faith in his back 4 and has stated recently that he wants to know if Jose will be still at Old Trafford before he signs his new contract. The Back 4 David has lost faith in are useless. Ashley Young, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones (Phil Jones !), Luke Shaw are all rubbish and should be sold. The midfield of Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba are slower than an old Granny collecting her pension from the Post Office and Romelu Lukaku plays like he’s 2 stone wet through. A man the stature of Romelu should be dictating and bullying the defence of every team in the World. A man the stature of Paul Pogba should be dictating and bullying the midfield of every team in the World. They both play like two 4th Division Journeymen who don’t know what a ball looks like. Marcus Rashford is only 20 and can be excused from harsh criticism as he will come good once Jose has checked-out of the Lowry. It’s a 2-dimensional situation at Old Trafford, Jose says his players should stay at home if they can’t perform in a Manchester United Red or Pink Shirt, however, the players could argue that they can perform if allowed to express themselves but Jose isn’t allowing their freedom of expression. When that scenario occurs there really are only two outcomes. Jose stays and takes United to League 1 or Jose goes and the Bosses at United bring Ryan Giggs back. It’s a question as to what Ed Woodward and The Glazers want. With Jose, they won’t achieve anything. Jose has it in his head that he will win the Champions League, firstly he won’t, and secondly, if he thinks he can win the Champions League with the current Manchester United squad, which by the way, Jose assembled, he is very deluded. United are going backwards not improving, at St Mary’s they were 2-0 down after 20 minutes. Southampton are one of the worse teams in the Premier League, but outplayed United for half hour before United woke up and got back to 2-2 at half-time. However, the 2nd-half was another terrible performance resulting in just 1 shot on the goal from the Blue Devils. At least they weren’t wearing Grey! Romelu Lukaku scored his 1st goal in 15 games and Ander Herrera scored his 1st goal for about the same amount of games. Ander is excused, he’s a defensive midfielder and not paid to score goals. United paid £75 Million for Big Rom to score goals. That’s the equivalent of paying £20,000 for a BMW 3 Series and it drives like a Vauxhall Corsa. Sir Alex had his mistakes in the Transfer market, remember Eric Djemba- Djemba, so good they named him twice. He also had his good moments, buying another Eric for £1.5 Million, buying a young Lee Sharpe, Paul Ince and a Danish goalkeeper called Peter. He also sold a young wayward talent who was no good for him at Old Trafford for £1 Million to Juventus. If only that same guy would return to Old Trafford, win the World Cup and prove Sir Alex wrong. If only!
Sir Alex knew what he was doing. Playing for Manchester United is above winning the World Cup in a tournament that a team who drew 1 and lost 2 games got to the Semi-Final. So out of 6 games that meant something at a World Cup which the team got to the Semi-finals, the team Won 3, Drew 1 and Lost 2 and became a Nations Favourite and the next Big Thing! Wow!
At Italia ‘90, the same said team played 6 meaningful games and never lost, Won 3, Drew 3 and Lost None, Zero, Nadda. So make of that what you will. Manchester United are not only a football team in the Premier League, they are an institution, a part of history, a legend! Granted that still doesn’t guarantee them anything but it should guarantee TRYING!!!!!
Arsenal are back! Arsenal are back! That’s what the Emirates faithful are singing after a famous 4-2 win against North London rivals Tottenham. The Gunners took the lead early in the 1st-half after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted a penalty but let Tottenham go in at the break 2-1 up. Pierre-Emerick got Arsenal level in the 2nd-half and then his mates Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira got 2 quick-fire goals to take the game away from their fierce rivals. Unai Emery has certainly injected more life into the Gooners after Arsene Wenger’s reign and whilst they won’t win the Premier League just yet, have a great foundation to build on. Jose will no doubt negate Arsenal and stop football from breaking out but if Arsenal do get the win at Old Trafford, get ready!
This game last term was played at the end of the season and United took the honours beating Arsenal 2-1. Paul Pogba opened the scoring for United with Henrikh Mkhitaryan equalising for the Gunners in the 2nd-half. Marouane Fellaini, who was a 2nd-half substitute, got the winner in the 91st minute sending the Old Trafford faithful wild.
Bet 365 offer Manchester United at 5/4, the Draw at 12/5 and 11/5, just over 2/1 for Arsenal to come away from Old Trafford with all 3 points. The Odds compilers at Bet 365 must not have watched United lately.
Bet 365 offer 13/2 for a 1-1 Scoreline and 6/5 that there will be Under 2.5 Goals.
TOTTENHAM v SOUTHAMPTON
Tottenham lost to their fierce rivals on Sunday resulting in them dropping out of the Top 4 which won’t appease the Tottenham faithful. That’s Spurs first loss in 7 games in all competitions. Eric Dier and a Harry Kane penalty gave Tottenham the lead at half-time but Arsenal blew them away in the 2nd period obtaining bragging rights across North London. This game at Wembley against a very poor Southampton side will give Mauricio Pochettino the chance to get his side back on track.
That very poor Southampton side ripped Manchester United apart for the 1st 30 minutes of their game at St Mary’s on Saturday. Stuart Armstrong got his 3rd goal in 2 games and Cedric Soares scored a superb free-kick against probably the best goalkeeper in the World at the moment. He has to be the best goalkeeper because of the useless team he’s playing for. Mark Hughes earned himself a stay of execution but the draw against a very poor United side may just paper over the cracks and his time may be coming to an end at St Mary’s. Surely the bosses at Southampton have Big Sams mobile number. This will be a tough test at Wembley and with Southampton now in the relegation places Mr Hughes needs a big result to keep his tenure at Southampton going.
This game last season was played on Boxing Day and finished 5-2 to Tottenham at Wembley. Harry Kane got a hat-trick that day along with goals from Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min. Sofiane Boufal and Dusan Tadic replied for the Saints.
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Home Win 3-1