Many pundits have written-off Cardiff City as being among the worst teams ever to have appeared in the Premier League. Home results against relatively weak opposition will be crucial to the Bluebirds chances of survival and Brighton’s away form is far from great. Does John Newsome think that Neil Warnock’s men can snatch all three points, when the Seagulls invade their nest on Saturday?
CARDIFF v BRIGHTON
The first match of Game Week 12 of the Premier League live on Sky Sports.
Cardiff played in a very emotional game at The Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday entertaining Leicester after the previous weeks’ tragedy. It was always going to be a tough game for everyone concerned and Cardiff played their own respectful part in proceedings. The Bluebird’s matched the Foxes for most of the game but ultimately lost by a single goal. That loss dropped Cardiff into the bottom 3 and Big Neil Warnock has his work cut out to get Cardiff out of the relegation zone but will target this tricky game against Brighton early Saturday afternoon. It’s a toss-up as to how many football fans will get up early after a Friday Night on the booze for this appetising Sky TV game.
Brighton lost against Everton last time out after 3 games unbeaten. The Seagulls matched the Toffees in the 1st-half after Lewis Dunk equalised Everton’s opener but were overtaken in the 2nd-half and eventually lost 3-1. Brighton will come again and Chris Hughton will definitely target this trip to South Wales as a winnable game against struggling Cardiff. Glenn Murray failed to score against Everton but rarely goes a couple of games without notching and himself will target this game against an inexperienced Premier League back-4 to get back to scoring ways.
Bet 365 offer Cardiff at 29/20, the Draw at 21/10 and 2/1 for Brighton to come away with all 3 points.
Bet 365 offer 8/1 for Brighton to win 1-0 which was the result of the 3 previous games prior to the Everton loss.
Away Win 1-0
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LEICESTER v BURNLEY
Leicester have endured a tricky emotional week after last weeks tragedy and the Football Family have rallied together to show support for all concerned. After understandably cancelling their midweek Carabao Cup game, Leicester decided it was only right and fitting to play the game against Cardiff and ran out eventual 1-0 winners. Demarai Gray got the solitary goal of the game and got the Foxes back to winning ways after going 3 games without a win.
After a horrendous week at the King Power, it was a fitting display and result for Leicester who will carry on.
Burnley are struggling at the moment and are conceding goals. They lost their 3rd game in a row and conceded another 4 goals totalling 13 in all in the 3 losses. Joe Hart has impressed this season in the Burnley goal but after conceding the 13 goals in 3 games, it may be time for Sean Dyche to give Joe a rest especially when Sean has 2 other exceptional goalkeepers at Turf Moor. Tom Heaton and Nick Pope are both England Internationals and Tom has been on the bench for the past few games and whilst will be big mates with Joe, will surely be knocking on Sean’s door and asking for a start. Joey Gudmundsson got an equaliser for Burnley in the 1st-half against West Ham and after coming on as a substitute, Chris Wood got the 2nd for the Clarets. This again was another equaliser but West Ham took control of the game and eventually ran out 4-2 winners. The Clarets faithful will know their team can score but it appears the problem is at the other end and it may just be time for Tom to replace Joe.
This game last season was played in early December and finished 1-0 to the Foxes. Demarai Gray got the solitary goal that day.
Bet 365 offer Leicester as Odds-On 4/9, the Draw at 16/5 and 13/2 for Burnley to come away with all 3 points. Bet 365 offer 6/4 for Leicester to score in Both Halves and 40/1 for Burnley to miss a Penalty.
Home Win 2-0
NEWCASTLE v BOURNEMOUTH
Newcastle finally got a win last time out after not winning a game of football since a friendly in July. Ayoze Perez who was a late 1st-half substitute got the solitary goal in a 1-0 win against a very good Watford side. That win took Newcastle out of the bottom 3 for at least 48 hours until the bottom 2 play on Monday Night Football and with all wins will give the Magpies confidence to take into another home game at St James Park. Newcastle Captain Jamaal Lascelles signed a new 6-year deal this week which divided opinion with certain sections of the Toon Army. Not so much the signing but the comments made by Jamaal. Jamaal made reference to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley about being a ‘nice guy’. Parts of the Toon Army weren’t having that and feel Jamaal should be saying bad things about Mr Ashley. The problem nowadays is that an individual is not allowed to be a ‘nice guy’ if someone doesn’t agree with their philosophy. Mike Ashley is a Business Man from London who has no real affinity to Newcastle. That doesn’t make him a ‘nice man’ neither does it make him an ‘ogre’. He’s just given Jamaal a decent 6-year wedge so it’s understandable that Jamaal will speak highly of him.
Bournemouth lost 2-1 to the Pink Devils in the early kick-off last Saturday. The Cherries started the game well and took an early lead through the inform Callum Wilson. Manchester United equalised in the 1st-half and were the more dominant team in the 2nd period. United could and should have scored more but eventually got a last-gasp winner in the dying seconds to inflict defeat on the Cherries. BT Sports pundits said afterwards that the result was harsh on Bournemouth but in reality when Eddie Howe and the staff look at the game in the cold light of day then United were the better side for the last hour and although the late goal was cruel on Bournemouth, in reality, they should have been 3 or 4 down by then. Football legend Glenn Hoddle works at BT Sports and whilst on duty, last Saturday suffered a heart attack. It was on the day of Glenn’s 61st Birthday and after being cajoled into a light-hearted game of Football Table-tennis by Paul Ince, fell ill soon afterwards. Luckily Glenn was saved and is responding well in his recovery. Glenn was the best midfielder of his generation of the late ‘70s and ‘80s and if Brazilian would have earned 150 caps. However, England’s hierarchy only found it in themselves to award Glenn 53 caps in 9 years. Paul Gascoigne was awarded 57 caps in 10 years and Michael Carrick just 34 caps in 14 years available for England. 3 of the best midfielders ever produced by England and none of them got over 60 caps. Phil Neville, Emile Heskey and David Platt have been awarded more England caps than Hoddle, Gascoigne and Carrick and pundits ask why England haven’t won anything since 1966. All the best Mr Hoddle, get well soon.
This game last season was played virtually at the same time in early November and the Cherries ran out 1-0 winners at St James Park. Defender Steve Cook scored a very late winner that day to get Bournemouth all 3 points.
Bet 365 offer Newcastle at 17/10, the Draw at 9/4 and 8/5 for the Cherries to come away with all 3 points.
Bet 365 offer 7/2 that Bournemouth will Win to Nil.
Away Win 0-2
SOUTHAMPTON v WATFORD
Southampton come into this home game at St Mary’s off the back of a bad loss away at Man City. No disgrace there as most teams will lose at the Etihad and the Saints just need to put that to bed and concentrate on this very winnable game against Watford. The plus side from that defeat at City is they did manage a goal which is something the Saints had not done in the previous 5 games. Danny Ings converted a 1st-half penalty which was ultimately just a consolation in the 6-1 loss to City, but Danny can take encouragement from the fact that he did score against High Flying City.
Watford headed North on Saturday in what looked for all purposes like a simple win against struggling Newcastle. That’s why the English Premier League is the best league in the World because nothing is certain. After 6 wins out of 10, Watford were clear favourites to beat Newcastle but came unstuck and lost 1-0. The Hornets will dust themselves down and feel that was an off-day and head south to St Mary’s to take on the Saints. Big Troy Deeney has missed the last 3 games through injury and Watford will want to get their charismatic Captain back on the pitch to strengthen the squad. To be fair to the excellently named Isaac Success, who has stepped into Troy’s shoes upfront, Watford have won 2 of the 3 games Big Troy has missed but the Hornets are stronger with Troy then without.
This game last term was played early on in the season at the beginning of September and finished 2-0 to Watford. Abdoulaye Doucoure got the opener for the Hornets and having just come on as a 2nd-half substitute, Daryl Janmaat scored the 2nd to give Watford all 3 points.
Bet 365 have this pretty even and offer Southampton at 11/8, the Draw at 23/10 and 19/10 for Watford to come away with all 3 points. Bet 365 offer 2/1 that there is only 1 Goal in the game and for a 15/2 for a 0-0 Draw.
HUDDERSFIELD v WEST HAM
Huddersfield are at the John Smiths Stadium for the 2nd game in a row after Monday Nights great win against Fulham. The Terrier faithful finally saw a goal after 5 Home games without hitting the home net. The irony in that goal in the 1-0 win against Fulham was it was credited as a Timothy Fosu-Mensah own goal. So technically the Terriers still haven’t scored a goal at home yet. That could just be the catalyst that Huddersfield need but in truth, the quality in the game against Fulham wasn’t good and Huddersfield do need players in the January Transfer Window if they are to survive in the Premier League. David Wagner isn’t under the same pressure as his Fulham counterpart Slavisa Jokanovic and whatever happens to the Terriers, David’s job should be safe.
West Ham travel up to West Yorkshire to play bottom of the league Huddersfield after a superb 4-2 victory against Burnley at the London Stadium. Marko Arnautovic and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez got the goals either side of a Felipe Anderson brace which gave the Hammers all 3 points. Burnley had managed to equalise twice in that game but the Bubbles took control late on and sealed the win. There was talk before the game that West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini was under pressure to hang onto his job if the result went against him but having invested so much money in him and the squad, the Hammers owner’s have to be patient and play the long game.
This game last season was played in mid-January and West Ham ran out convincing winners beating Huddersfield 4-1 at the John Smiths Stadium. Joe Lolley had equalised a Mark Noble opener to make the scores level at half-time, but the Hammers took control in the 2nd-half and Marco Arnautovic and a Manuel Lanzini brace put the result beyond doubt, making the Bubbles trip back down South a happy one.
Bet 365 offer Huddersfield at 23/10, the Draw also at 23/10 and 6/5 for West Ham to come away with all 3 points. Bet 365 offer Evens 1/1 that Both Teams Will Score and 11/4 that West Ham will Win Both Halves.
Away Win 0-2
CRYSTAL PALACE v TOTTENHAM
Late Saturday afternoon kick-off live on BT Sports sees Tottenham travel across London to Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace played in London at Stamford Bridge last time out and were well beaten. Andros Townsend did pull a goal back just after the break to make the scores level, but Chelsea brought on Eden Hazard, which changed the game and eventually ran out 3-1 winners. Palace are hovering above the relegation places but should be safe, there are definitely 3 worse teams than the Eagles in the league and with Wilfried Zaha in the side will always be in games. The problem is if Wilfried gets injured. Roy Hodgson doesn’t have the replacements to match Zaha.
Tottenham played in the unusual and new slot of 7.45PM on a Saturday Night last week and were cruising on the hour mark leading Wolves 3-0. Inexplicably Tottenham gave away 2 penalties both by Argentinian defender Juan Foyth. Juan had not seen much game time this season for Spurs but was brought into the team a couple of days earlier when Tottenham played West Ham in the Carabao Cup. Unfortunately, the young Argentinian gave the Spurs faithful a nervy last half-hour but Tottenham held on and took all 3 points home (wherever Tottenham are calling Home at the moment). It’s rumoured Daniel Levy is in negotiations with the Big Issue for possible sponsorship. As Arsenal had only managed a point in their home game against Liverpool, the 3 points gained by Tottenham took them above the Gunners into 4th place in the Premier League. Tottenham play in the Champions League midweek so team selection is key.
This game last season was played at the end of February and finished 1-0 to Tottenham. Tottenham left it late that day and Harry Kane scored the decisive goal to give Spurs all 3 points.
Bet 365 offer Crystal Palace at 15/4, the Draw at 5/2 and 3/4 for Tottenham to come away from Selhurst Park with all 3 points. Bet 365 offer 8/5 for a Spurs Win and over 2.5 Goals which is real value. Palace are 25/1 to Miss a Penalty.
Away Win 3-1
LIVERPOOL v FULHAM
Early Sunday Afternoon Football live on BT Sports sees Liverpool host Fulham.
Liverpool are much stronger at Anfield and come into this home game against struggling Fulham off the back of a great point earned at the Emirates at the same time last week. As with Man City, Manchester United and Tottenham, Liverpool will have played in a midweek Champions League game so team selection is key, but Jurgen Klopp has an array of exceptional talent at his disposal. The Reds took the lead at Arsenal through an excellent James Milner strike on the hour mark but couldn’t hold on and let Arsenal back into the game to take a share of the points. That temporarily put Liverpool top of the Premier League for 24 hours until City beat Southampton. James Milner is 33 in January but what an excellent professional he has been throughout his career. He is the exact same age as Wayne Rooney and burst onto the scene at roughly the same time as a 16-year old at Leeds United. Whilst Rooney was making his mark at Everton, Milner was equalling Rooney and whilst still, only 16, became the youngest player to score in the Premier League. He is still a pivotal member of the Liverpool team that has seen the arrival of newcomers like Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho and never lets the Reds down.
Fulham slumped to the bottom of the Premier League after Monday’s loss away at Huddersfield. That was the Cottages 5th loss in a row, 6th if you include the Carabao Cup defeat to Man City and pressure is mounting on Slavisa Jokanovic. Big Sam will definitely have the mobile phone on. The loyal Fulham fans had a long trip back from West Yorkshire and wouldn’t have got home until after midnight. The game against Huddersfield lacked quality and both teams struggled to get any real chances. The unfortunate Timothy Fosu-Mensah was credited with the own goal that gifted Huddersfield all 3 points. This will be another tough day out up North for the fans and may result in a 7th straight loss.
Bet 365 offer Liverpool at 1/8, the Draw at 15/2 and a massive 16/1 for Fulham to head South with all 3 points. Bet 365 offer 4/5 for Liverpool to Win to Nil.
Home Win 4-0
CHELSEA v EVERTON
Mid-Sunday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports sees Stamford Bridge entertain the Toffees.
Chelsea went 2nd on goal difference after the superb and thoroughly professional 3-1 win against Crystal Palace on Sunday. That win gave Maurizio Sarri a share of a record for a new coach taking charge of a Premier League team, equalling Frank Clark’s record of 11 games unbeaten for Nottingham Forest back in 1994. After struggling for a while, Alvaro Morata has found his goal scoring boots and scored twice against Palace taking his tally to 5 for the season so far. What would have irked Alvaro was that with seconds remaining, Eden Hazard put Morata clean through and the Spanish striker should have scored his hat-trick but instead of taking it around the Palace goalkeeper, he tried to chip Wayne Hennessy and Hennessy just clutched the ball out of the sky, denying the big forward. Alvaro’s Spanish teammate Pedro got the 3rd for Chelsea giving them the 3 points and putting them 2nd behind City.
Everton head to Stamford Bridge off the back of a great win against Brighton. Brighton are a tough team to get the better of but Marco Silva is putting together a good set of Toffees who rarely lose at Goodison Park now. Marco’s old mate from Watford Richarlison got 2 goals in the game either side of a rare Seamus Coleman strike. Brighton had equalised the 1st Richarlison goal but Coleman’s effort settled the Toffees and Richarlison’s 2nd put the game to bed giving Everton the much deserved 3 points. It’s easy to see why Marco wanted the ex-Watford man and he takes his tally to 6 for the season so far. Everton have won 4 out of the past 5 games and are getting used to Marco Silva’s management style but this will be a real test against Chelsea. The one thing Everton can grab onto is that The Blues will have played in the Europa League on Thursday so that could be a factor.
This game last term was played at the beginning of the season in late August and finished 2-0 to Chelsea. Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata got the Blues goals that day to give Chelsea all 3 points and begin the demise of the then Toffees boss Ronald Koeman’s managerial stint at Goodison Park.
Bet 365 offer Chelsea as Odds-on favourites at 4/11, the Draw at 15/4 and 15/2 for Everton to come away with all 3 points. Bet 365 offer 10/11 that Chelsea score in Both Halves and 6/1 for Everton to do likewise.
Home Win 3-1
ARSENAL v WOLVES
Arsenal got a great result against Liverpool in the late Saturday afternoon kick-off to continue their fine start under Unai Emery. After the 2 losses at the beginning of the season, Arsenal are now unbeaten in all competitions and the yardstick was that game against Liverpool. Liverpool took the lead in the 2nd-half, but like the majority of games Arsenal play, they come on stronger in the 2nd period and got a superb equaliser late in the game. Alexandre Lacazette latched onto a through ball and converted past Liverpool stopper Allison who had gone walkabouts. It could be argued that Liverpool had a legitimate goal disallowed in the 1st-half which could have altered the result but the linesman can only give what he sees. If and when VAR is introduced, that goal would have been given. The Draw was a fair result and Arsenal now know where they are at and know they are a match for anyone at the Emirates.
Wolves lost against Tottenham in the very late slot on Saturday night. At one point, the Gold and Blacks were 3-0 down but rallied in the 2nd-half and forced Tottenham into conceding 2 penalties. Both penalties were converted to give Wolves a glimmer of hope, but time ran out and ultimately they lost 3-2. The odd quirk about the penalties was that the 1st one was taken and converted by Ruben Neves. When the 2nd one was awarded, Raul Jimenez took over the duty, even though Ruben was still on the pitch. Luckily for Raul, he too converted to offer Wolves slight hope of a fight back. After going 6 games unbeaten in the Premier League, Wolves have now lost 3 in a row and will find this trip to North London very difficult and could suffer successive losses to the 2 North London clubs.
Bet 365 offer Arsenal at 8/15, the Draw at 3/1 and 5/1 for Wolves to surprise the Gunners and come away with all 3 points. Bet 365 offer 13/8 that there will be more than 3.5 Goals in the Game and 9/1 for Wolves to Score a Penalty, which considering they got 2 against Tottenham is not beyond the realm of possibility.
Home Win 4-1
MAN CITY v MANCHESTER UNITED
Late Sunday afternoon football live on Sky Sports and what a cracker of a game to round off Remembrance Day Football as the 2 Manchester heavyweights go head-to-head.
City blitzed a very poor Southampton side last Sunday. Not that they need help scoring, but the Saints Wesley Hoedt decided to give City a head start and put into his own net early on in the proceedings. Sergio Aguero and The David of the Silva’s made it 3-0 before 20 minutes had elapsed. City then conceded a penalty and Saints pulled a goal back. This turned out to be a mere consolation when Raheem Sterling got the 1st of his 2 goals right on half-time. Raheem made it 5 midway through the 2nd-half and Leroy Sane completed the 6-1 rout in added time to take City back to the Top of the Premier League. City are the team to beat again this season and Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham will run them close, but the squad Pep has assembled means there are no real weak spots. Kevin De Bruyne has been injured but not missed and now has picked up another injury so will be sidelined again for a while. Again the impressive Belgium playmaker won’t be missed and City have others to fill his boots. City can get goals against a poor Manchester United defence who do concede. Like their rivals today, Liverpool and Tottenham, City will have played a midweek Champions League game so team selection is key.
United left it late in the early Saturday afternoon kick-off to snatch all 3 points against Bournemouth. The Pink Devils went behind early in the game through poor defending. For the 1st 30 minutes, Bournemouth were the better side, but United slowly came into the game and Anthony Martial got United back on level terms before the break. United had a hat-full of chances in the 2nd-half but couldn’t convert and in the dying seconds, substitute Marcus Rashford rounded off a Paul Pogba cross and lashed home to sink the Cherries and give United all 3 points. In truth, although the winner was late, United were the better team throughout the 2nd-half and deserved the win, Bournemouth fans won’t agree but that’s football. The Pink Devils will have to defend a lot better against Noisy Neighbours City. They have got the players to score but it all depends on how many they concede. Jose is a master at setting his teams up tactically so no doubt will have a plan. It won’t be a surprise to see Ander Herrera start. Ander is a great player, but can be negative and passes backwards too many times. If he can get into the habit of passing forward, the little Spanish playmaker can become a real asset to United.
This game last season was played in early April and Manchester United inflicted the only loss at the Etihad that City endured all season. City had taken the lead in the 1st-half and were comfortably 2-0 up with goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan. Jose must have read the riot act in the dressing room as United came out all guns blazing and blitzed City in the 2nd-half. Paul Pogba scored 2 quick-fire goals to make the scores level then Chris Smalling scored the winner to stun the Noisy Neighbours. City did have the final laugh beating United to the title.
Bet 365 have City as clear favourites at 1/3, the Draw at 4/1 and 8/1 for United to repeat last season’s win and come away with all 3 points. Manchester United at 8/1 to win a game of football !!! Bet 365 offer 6/1 that the game will end in a Draw and Under 3.5 Goals and a massive 16/1 for a 0-0 scoreline.
Home Win 2-0