John Newsome expects Leicester’s ‘Fox in the box’ to trouble Stoke’s hen-house, this weekend. Don’t forget there is another huge game-week 28 fixture, taking place on Thursday March 1st. This match is also covered.
LEICESTER v STOKE
The Premier League returns after the FA Cup exploits. Leicester played in that competition beating Sheffield United 1-0 to progress to the Quarter Final. Jamie Vardy getting his obligatory goal. This is the early Saturday kickoff live on Sky Sports and with Leicester playing their cup game last Friday they will be extremely fresh and raring to go. The Foxes have only collected 1 point out of a possible 9 and were thrashed last time out against Man City. No disgrace there though and will target this fixture, in front of their home fans, as a game to get back to winning ways. Stoke were knocked out of the FA Cup early doors so have had 2 weeks to prepare. Whilst they have improved under new Manager Paul Lambert, they still find themselves in the relegation places. They draw too many games and the old adage of it’s better to Win one, lose one then Draw 2 is quite appropriate. The reverse fixture back in November saw a 2-2 draw, with home advantage, Leicester should win this.
Home Win 2-0
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BOURNEMOUTH v NEWCASTLE
Bournemouth were surprisingly beaten 4-1 at Huddersfield last time out after a run of impressive results. Both teams will be fresh after not being involved in the FA Cup and with just 3 points separating them in the table, this should be a cracking entertaining game. Newcastle surprised everyone last time out, beating Manchester United 1-0 in front of their loyal fans who have waited patiently all season for that result and left them enjoying their Sunday roast. Bournemouth beat Newcastle at St James earlier on in the season. Both teams will go for the win but a draw is forecast.
BURNLEY v SOUTHAMPTON
One-nil to the Burnley, One-nil to the Burnley. Just as it was at St Mary’s in November. Burnley like the 1-0 scoreline, especially at Turf Moor and after not winning in 10 games will look at this game to change their form. The surprise in all that is that they still lie 7th in the league. The Burnley faithful saw an impressive draw against High Flying City last home game and they will want to see 3 points next. The Clarets were not involved in the FA Cup, so should be the fresher of the 2 sides as Southampton played and progressed to the quarter-final of that competition. They could use that momentum in this league game after a poor run of form which have left them in the bottom 3 of the Premier League. That said, one-nil to the Burnley.
Home Win 1-0
LIVERPOOL v WEST HAM
Liverpool will be way too strong for West Ham. At Anfield, they are unstoppable and score for fun. The front 3 of Salah, Mane and Firmino are up there with the best of all time and rival Man City’s frontline. Salah is keeping up with Harry Kane in the goal scoring charts and scored twice in the 4-1 reverse fixture back in November. He will score, it’s as if everyone has forgot about Philip Coutinho ( who?). West Ham have steadily moved away from the danger zone and with Arnautovic back fit are a match for anyone. It’s noticeable that whilst he was injured for a couple of games the Hammers lost and drew. Again both teams were knocked out of the FA Cup earlier so will be fresh. At Anfield though, Liverpool won’t lose.
Home Win 4-1
WEST BROM v HUDDERSFIELD
West Brom have had a difficult week internally and a few players didn’t do the club any favours. That said they only popped out for a Mcdonalds. With all the turmoil in the world is nipping for a Mcdonalds so wrong. Anyways back to Football, West Brom, have won just one of their past 25 league matches, the Albion played and lost in the weekends FA Cup and are lying rock bottom of the Premier League and need to find form pretty quickly, otherwise they will get relegated. Huddersfield also played in this weekends cup competition losing to Manchester United. They beat West Brom 1-0 in this reverse fixture back in November and there will be more goals in this fixture. The Terriers scored 4 in their impressive win against Bournemouth and will score here.
BRIGHTON v SWANSEA
Both these teams played in the FA Cup last weekend, Brighton progressed to the quarterfinals beating Coventry 3-1 the same score as their last Home Premier League game against West Ham. They play better at the Amex and Glenn Murray, like Jamie Vardy, got his obligatory goal. The Seagulls drew their last Premier League game 1-1, this time Glenn Murray, didn’t score but Jose Izquierdo scored a Worldy to gain a point. Swansea, Wow!, they are on fire, they appoint Carlos Carvalhal, a total surprise, rock bottom of the Premier League and haven’t lost. They didn’t win their FA Cup game but didn’t lose, getting a draw at Carlos’s previous club, Sheffield Wednesday. Swansea’s last 5 games, beat Burnley 1-0, drew with Leicester 1-1, beat Arsenal (yes Arsenal) 3-1, beat Liverpool (yes Liverpool) 1-0, drew Newcastle 1-1. There will be goals in an entertaining draw.
WATFORD v EVERTON
Late Saturday afternoon football live on BT Sports sees Watford take on Everton at Vicarage Rd. Both teams have had 2 weeks to prepare as not involved in the FA Cup, Watford are 4 points behind Everton and lost their last game away at West Ham 2-0. Like with the common theme of the weekend, both teams were knocked out of the FA Cup early so have had a free weekend. Everton won their last game 3-1 and in this fixture back in November beat Watford 3-2. Job done, however, this doesn’t explain the full story, Watford were 2-0 up after 64 minutes, Everton then scored 2 and got the winner with a 91st-minute penalty. The drama wasn’t over then though, as Watford got a 95th-minute penalty to equalize but Tom Cleverley missed. Again this match will see goals.
MAN UNITED v CHELSEA
Sunday afternoon football, prior to the Carabao Cup final. Live on Sky Sports. What a cracker of a game, both teams played in the FA Cup, both teams winning convincingly. Manchester won’t lose at Old Trafford, but will they win, that’s the question. United surprisingly lost against Newcastle last time out, Paul Pogba had a poor game, it’s debatable whether he was injured but even so, Jose kept him on for 65 minutes. Jose denies any rift between the 2 of them, but time will play that scenario out. In the meantime, Jose won’t want to lose against Chelsea. Chelsea hit a poor patch recently losing to Bournemouth, then Watford before beating West Brom last Monday. However, West Brom are rubbish so United will try and capitalise on Chelsea’s poor form. It all depends on team selection, but with Home advantage, Manchester should get a low scoring narrow win.
Home Win 2-0
CRYSTAL PALACE v TOTTENHAM
Crystal Palace haven’t won in 4 and go into this South London v North London derby on the the back off a 3-1 loss to Everton. They are just above the relegation places and a win here would take them further away from the drop zone. Palace have had a week off and should be fresh, they were dumped out of the FA Cup weeks ago, whereas Tottenham played in the competition on Sunday and got a respectable draw against the might of Rochdale. Tottenham beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in the reverse fixture and the most the exuberant Palace fans can hope for is a draw. However form suggests a Kane goal or 2.
Away Win 1-3
ARSENAL V MAN CITY
How quirky are the Premiership fixtures, this game was the 10th Premier League game, scheduled for this weekend but due to circumstances beyond everyone’s control, this game has been put back until the 1st of March. The teams will play this weekend, but in the Final of The Carabao Cup at Wembley. This review is for the League game, however, the Carabao Cup is a lottery to predict. Arsenal are 2 teams, brilliant at home, rubbish away, so being at the Emirates should be brilliant. However, they are playing Pep’s High Flying City. Arsenal are currently 6th in the league and have no chance of making the Top 4 and Champions League. Like Manchester United last year, they will go all out to win the Europa League and gain entry that way. That means the league will become second and this won’t be a fixture City will lose. Man City will win this game, they ‘ll probably come off the back of the Carabao Cup win and the FA Cup win. City are still in the hunt for all 4 trophies and are simply the best team of the current era.
Away Win 1-3
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