After a brutal start to the campaign, the Magpies head to Southampton desperately in need of points. Now that the fixtures are turning in favour of Newcastle, can they pick up a win and start to climb up the table? John Newsome takes a look at all of the game-week 10 matches.
SOUTHAMPTON v NEWCASTLE
Southampton come into this game after a hard fought 0-0 Draw against local rivals Bournemouth at the Vitality. There wasn’t really much to report from an evenly matched game where both sides cancelled each other out. The Saints lie just above the relegation places and will definitely target this game against bottom of the table Newcastle who are still winless from their opening 9 games. Mark Hughes is still at St Mary’s but for how long? October and November are usually the months when under fire bosses get the tick-tack treatment.
Newcastle are on are woeful run and lost again on Saturday against Brighton in front of their loyal Toon Army. The Toon Army travel the long trip to the South Coast and will think they are in a different Time-zone. How long can Rafa Benitez stay in the hot seat at St James Park and maybe this might be the last game for one of the bosses and Rafa might just walk away before the clocks go back.
This game last season was played virtually 12 months to the day on the 15th of October and finished in an entertaining 2-2 Draw. Isaac Hayden had put Newcastle ahead, Manolo Gabbiadini pulled a goal back before Ayoze Perez got the Magpies 2nd. Gabbiadini got his 2nd of the day and the leveller for the Saints via a penalty and both came away from St Mary’s with a share of the points.
Bet 365 have Southampton at 21/20, the Draw at 9/4 and Newcastle are 14/5 to get a much-needed win. Bet 365 offer 7/1 for a 0-0 Draw which could get the Travelling Toon Army a bit of Dollar to pay for the long trip South.
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WATFORD v HUDDERSFIELD
Watford come into this game against the Terriers off the back of a great win away at Molineux. Arguably the result of Game Week 9 against a Wolves side who had only lost once in their return to the Premier League.
The Hornets hit Wolves with 2 quick fire goals in the 1st-half. Etienne Capoue and Roberto Pereyra got the goals on the 20-minute mark and remained firm for the rest of the game getting a great win to get back on track after not winning in their last 4 Premier League games.
Huddersfield remain winless after another loss last time out. They can take something from that 1-0 loss against Liverpool and had moments in the game that will give the Terriers loyal fans hope that they can get out of the relegation zone. The highlight of a close game was a Jonathon Hogg shot which rattled the post.
This game last season was played in mid-December and Huddersfield got one of their results of the season beating the Hornets 4-1. Elias Kachunga opened the scoring, Aaron Mooy got a couple for the Terriers that day either side of a goal from Laurent Depoitre. Abdoulaye Doucoure pulled a goal back for the Hornets who did have Troy Deeney sent off when the score was 2-0. The Terriers also had a man sent off when Jonathon Hogg received a 2nd yellow Card midway through the 2nd half.
Bet 365 have Watford as clear favourites at 8/11, the Draw is 5/2 and Huddersfield are 4/1 to repeat the win from last December. Bet 365 offer 4/1 for Watford to win both halves and 2/1 for the Hornets to score in both halves.
Home Win 2-0
LIVERPOOL v CARDIFF
Liverpool remain joint Top of the Premier League on 23 points after a 1-0 win away at the John Smiths Stadium on Saturday. Mo Salah got his 1st goal in 3 games and just his 4th of the season. Mo has had a quiet start to this term after his Golden Boot exploits but will slowly build momentum and know there is a long way to go and a lot of games to get goals in. Sadio Mane was injured for the Huddersfield game and Roberto Firmino started from the bench with Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge coming into the starting line-up. Like most teams, Liverpool are stronger at home and this could be a long hard afternoon for Cardiff.
Cardiff head north to Anfield off the back of their best win of the season. After 5 straight losses, the Bluebirds got back to winning ways with a great 4-2 win against fellow promoted side Fulham. After going behind to an early Fulham goal, Josh Murphy and Bobby Reid put Cardiff ahead. Fulham equalised just before half-time and the teams went in at the break level. Callum Paterson put the Bluebirds back in front midway through the 2nd-half and then substitute Kadeem Harris put the game beyond Fulham in the 87th minute giving Cardiff their 1st win of the season. That result will have given Neil and the Boys confidence but this will be a tough afternoon out for the Cardiff faithful. It’s a long trip North but at least the Cardiff fans will have an extra hour in bed on Sunday morning.
Bet 365 have Liverpool as massive Odds-on favourites at 1/10, the Draw is 8/1 and Cardiff are 20/1 even after that great result against Fulham to get a famous Away Win at Anfield. Bet 365 offer 10/11 for Liverpool to win and score Over 3.5 Goals. A better offer is 5/4 for a Liverpool win and Under 3.5 Goals as Big Neil will not want to see his troops get hammered.
Home Win 3-0
BRIGHTON v WOLVES
Brighton got a great win in their long trip up North to St James Park on Saturday. Newcastle are struggling and rock bottom of the Premier League but Brighton still had to take care of business and no game is a gimme in this League. Biram Kayal got the Seagulls solitary goal midway through the 1st-half and held on for the remaining 60 or so minutes to head South with all 3 points. Biram had played 2 games for Israel during the International Break including in a 2-1 win against Scotland at the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa and a 2-0 win against fierce rivals Albania at the Toto Turner Stadium in Be’er Sheva. So the International Break did Biram Kayal no harm at all. Thoughts are with Brighton legend Glenn Murray who was injured early on against Newcastle and was taken off in the 16th minute. Glenn suffered concussion after a nasty clash of heads and was taken to the hospital. Luckily Glenn was discharged and headed back down South to Brighton with the rest of the boys. Glenn will probably have to sit out this contest against Wolves and will be sorely missed.
Wolves were humbled at Molineux on Saturday after an impressive start to their return to the Top Flight. Watford headed to the Midlands as underdogs and surprised Wolves with 2 quick-fire goals midway through the 1st-half and held on for a well-deserved win. That could be a blessing in disguise for the Gold and Blacks and just bring them back down to earth after the start they had made. Nuno had picked the same starting 11 for all of the 9 Premier League games and maybe this was a game too far for the boys and whilst it’s noble of Nuno to stick with the same 11, it’s a reminder that it’s a long hard season in the Premier League and changes need to be made. Nuno will look at that loss and maybe will just mix it up for this game against Brighton.
Bet 365 have this game pretty even and have priced Brighton at 19/10, the Draw at 21/10 and Wolves are 6/4 to come away from the Amex with all 3 points. Bet 365 offer 13/10 for Over 2.5 Goals which could be real value.
FULHAM v BOURNEMOUTH
Fulham lost again on Saturday away in Wales and after initially taking the lead through Andre Schurrle and coming from behind to draw level at half-time through Ryan Sessegnon, the Cottages lost the 2nd-half 2-0 and ultimately lost the contest against Cardiff 4-2. That loss puts Fulham in the bottom 3 of the Premier League but manager Slavisa Jokanovic knows and knew it was going to be a long hard season. Every game in the English Premier League is tough, previously in any of the leagues around Europe, the result was foregone but teams across Europe are taking note of the English Premier League and know that it’s Eleven v Eleven and the teams at the bottom shouldn’t just roll over. In Spain, in Germany, in Italy and France, it’s rare a bottom club beat a top team. In England that can be the same but every team can beat another team on its day. In Spain Real Madrid and Barcelona have suffered shock defeats this season, none less then Levante beating Real Madrid last Saturday and Leganes beating Barcelona a couple of weeks ago. Paris St Germain rarely lose and neither do Juventus but it will catch on and the managers across Europe will think “.. you know what.. we can beat these teams..” Football is cyclical and the main teams across Europe usually come to the fore, however, there will always be a Leicester somewhere.
Bournemouth played in a drab 0-0 against local rivals Southampton on Saturday and not much to report after a couple of brilliant performances previously. The Cherries were involved in a couple of 4-0 games, one which they won against Watford and one which they lost against Burnley. They find themselves 6th in the table going into this game against Fulham and although away from home, will fancy their chances against a struggling Fulham side.
Bet 365 have Fulham at 9/5, the Draw at 5/2 and Bournemouth at 11/8 to head back down to the South Coast with all 3 points. Bet 365 offer 2/1 that both teams will score in both halves.
Away Win 1-3
LEICESTER v WEST HAM
Late Saturday afternoon kick-off live on BT Sports.
Leicester played on Monday Night Football away at the Emirates and were beaten 3-1 by Arsenal. It doesn’t really tell the whole story as although the Foxes were outplayed in the 2nd-half, they could have been 2-0 up before Arsenal scored. They were denied a certain penalty when Arsenal defender Rob Holding handled the ball and the referee bottled the decision. Ben Chilwell got the Foxes goal after a terrific week for the young left-back. He started for England in their 2 games away to Croatia and the excellent win against Spain, then was given a new improved contract at Leicester. Arsenal took control in the 2nd-half and ultimately Leicester lost but things could have been different if that penalty was awarded.
West Ham were beaten by Tottenham at Wembley last Saturday, no disgrace there and the Hammers faithful, whilst downbeat by the loss to their arch-rivals Tottenham, will know that they weren’t hammered. West Ham did have Andriy Yarmolenko substituted in the first half so will hope he is not too injured. Andy Carroll has not been seen for a while, it’s definitely not because he has had a haircut. He should be back in training in the next 14 days and will definitely be an asset to The Bubbles.
Leicester played in Monday Night Football at the Emirates and were well beaten by the Gunners. The good thing about the Foxes is they won’t go down for but will always hover around about mid-table and after winning the Premier League in 2016, it’s what the loyal Foxes fans will stand for? Are they happy to just be mid-table and survive or do they want mores They won’t win the Premier League again? Bold statement yes, but they won’t. It was a one-off, a coming together, the planets all aligned, whatever statement matches, but they won’t win it again. Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United all took their eye off the ball and were caught. Like a thoroughbred racehorse thinking the pacemaker is too far in front and taking it steady. That pacemaker doesn’t understand the laws of racing and strikes home. Leicester were a one-off in a year when the thoroughbred took their eye off the ball. The money-men won’t allow another Leicester.
This game last season was played towards the end of the campaign in early May and finished 2-0 to West Ham. Joao Mario and Mark Noble got the Hammers goals that day but it could be argued Leicester were on the Beach and may not have put up that much of a fight.
Bet 365 have Leicester at 11/10, the Draw at 23/10 and 5/2 for West Ham to repeat last season’s win. Bet 365 offer 12/5 for Leicester to score in both halves and 7/2 for West Ham to do likewise.
Home Win 2-0
BURNLEY v CHELSEA
Burnley made the short trip to the Etihad but had to endure a long afternoon of misery. They were hit for 5 by a rampant Man City side who score for fun especially at home. No disgrace there for the Claret and Blues because most teams will struggle at City’s home ground. Joe Hart wasn’t a happy man after picking the ball out of his net 5 times against the club who he had served well but eventually didn’t want him. Joe is a decent goalkeeper but Football moves on and Pep wanted someone else. Burnley will find this visit of Chelsea a tough ask but Sean Dyche will have his men rigorously disciplined for Eden and the boys.
Chelsea got a last minute equaliser at Stamford Bridge against a resurgent Manchester United which sparked wild celebrations in the dugout which angered Jose. He’s not one for celebrating. Chelsea took the lead against United when big Centre Half Antonio Rudiger lost his marker Pogba and headed the ball from a Chelsea corner past a helpless David De Gea. United then bounced back in the 2nd-half and scored 2 and the game was almost up when Ross Barkley scored a last-minute equaliser after De Gea had initially done wonders to stop the ball going into the net. That sparked confrontation between Maurizio Sarri’s Assistant Coach Marco Ianni who ran passed Jose giving the ex-blues boss grief. It all sorted itself out and showed the passion in the great game.
This game last season was played in mid-April and finished 2-1 to Chelsea. The Blues were helped on their way by a Kevin Long own-goal in the 1st-half. Ashley Barnes briefly equalised for Burnley in the 2nd-half, before Victor Moses scored Chelsea’s winner.
Bet 365 have Burnley at 7/1, the Draw at 15/4 and have Chelsea as clear favourites at 4/11 to head back to London with all 3 points and continue their unbeaten start to the season. Bet 365 offer Evens that there will be Under 2.5 Goals which considering Burnley are defensively strong at Turf Moor might be good value.
Away Win 0-1
CRYSTAL PALACE v ARSENAL
Early Sunday afternoon football live on Sky Sports.
Crystal Palace lost 2-0 last Sunday away at Goodison Park. The annoying thing about that game for the Eagles faithful is they were awarded a penalty midway through the 2nd half while the score was still 0-0. Unfortunately, the usually reliable and wonderfully named Luka Milivojevic had his spot-kick saved by Jordan Pickford and this sort of knocked the stuffing out of the Eagles and Everton gained momentum from the miss and scored 2 late goals. A positive for Roy Hodgson to take from the game was Connor Wickham got on for the last 5 minutes. This is Connors first outing in the Premier League for almost 2 years after injury so Roy, Crystal Palace and especially Young Connor will be relieved to get some game time, albeit brief.
Arsenal got the win at home on Monday Night Football but were extremely lucky. Rob Holding punched the ball in the penalty area and as Rob is not the Arsenal goalkeeper, the referee should have awarded a penalty. Leicester then scored and in effect, the Gunners could have been 2-0 down which puts a different complexion on the game. Captain Mezut Ozil equalised right on half-time and the Gooners ran out 3-1 winners with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring twice in the 2nd-half after coming on as a Substitute. It’s 10 wins out of 10 now in all competitions for Arsenal who move into the Top 4 after losing their opening 2 games. Looming on the horizon after this tricky game at Selhurst Park is the visit of Liverpool to the Emirates which will be the first real test in the unbeaten run Arsenal are currently on.
This game last season was played just after Christmas with Arsenal coming out as winners by the odd-goal in an entertaining 5 goal thriller. Shkodran Mustafi opened the scoring for the Gunners in the 1st-half. Andros Townend pulled a goal back for Palace just after half-time, before Alexis Sanchez scored twice for the Gunners. James Tomkins scored a late 2nd for the Eagles, but Arsenal held on for the 3 points.
Bet 365 have Crystal Palace at 3/1, the Draw at 13/5 and Arsenal are 17/20 to win this London Derby.
Bet 365 offer 22/1 that Crystal Palace miss a penalty which happened in their last game against Everton.
Away Win 1-3
MANCHESTER UNITED v EVERTON
Late Sunday afternoon football live on Sky Sports sees a resurgent Manchester United entertain Everton at Old Trafford.
Manchester United got a great result away at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. They ultimately drew the game 2-2 but were many people’s favourites to lose heavily and even the Bookmakers had them at 4/1 to get the win. United weren’t wearing their infamous Pink Shirts and reverted back to their famous Red against the Chelsea Blue. After going behind to an Antonio Rudiger header which Paul Pogba will know that he could have done better, Anthony Martial scored twice in the 2nd-half to put United 2-1 up going into the final minutes. After the referee had signalled 6 minutes added time and with most of the 6 minutes been played, United conceded a late Ross Barkley equaliser which sparked a near riot on the touch-line. Jose was wound up by the Chelsea Assistant-Coach Marco Ianni (Jose hadn’t heard of him either) who ran past the United boss and had a couple of goes at irking Jose. Ultimately this was a Draw for United but not many teams will come away from Stamford Bridge with a point this season so the United faithful should be buoyed by the 2nd-half of the Newcastle game and this game in London and feel they have turned a corner and look to this game against the Toffees to progress further.
Everton beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Goodison Park in last Sunday’s 4.00PM game and exactly 7 days later will want to try and stop United’s resurgence. Everton did concede a penalty to Crystal Palace while the score was still 0-0 but Palace couldn’t take advantage of the spot-kick and Jordan Pickford saved the day for the Toffees. Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun scored the goals to give Everton all 3 points. Both had only just come on as substitutes so Marco Silva will see that as a tactical masterstroke. Everton often find it tough at Old Trafford and have not won a Premier League game there since December 2013.
This game last season was played in the mid-September and was one of Manchester United’s finer performances. United ran out 4-0 winners with goals from Antonio Valencia, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial.
Bet 365 have United as clear favourites at 13/20, the Draw at 11/4 and Everton at 17/4 which is virtually the same price as Bet 365 offered for Manchester United to beat Chelsea.
Bet 365 offer 5/2 for United to Win and Both Teams To Score.
Home Win 3–1
TOTTENHAM v MAN CITY
Monday Night Football live on Sky Sports sees these two Heavyweights of the Premier League go head-to-head. This is the final game of the weekend live on Sky Sports.
Tottenham beat West Ham last time out 1-0 with Erik Lamela getting the all-important decisive goal just before half-time at the London Stadium. Most would have expected more goals but West Ham are in transition and to beat the Bubbles was a great result for Tottenham. They play in midweek against PSV in the Champions League so maybe a bit weary in this game against High Flying City. However, City play a day later in said Champions League so Tottenham, in reality, should be fresher.
Man City hammered Burnley last Saturday 5-0. There were arguments about red cards and decisions but in reality so what? Man City would have beat Burnley regardless. Sergio Aguero got the opening goal, the Bernardo of the Silva’s got the 2nd and Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane finished off the rout by City. Riyad’s goal wasn’t a penalty. As mentioned City play Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday so in theory should be less fresh then Spurs, however, Football doesn’t work like that and Pep won’t want to lose.
This game last season was played in mid-April and City came away from Wembley with all 3 points after a 3-1 win. Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling were the City scorers that day. Christian Eriksen replied with the Spurs consolation.
Bet 365 have Tottenham at 14/5, the Draw is priced the same at 14/5 and 17/20 for Man City to repeat last season’s win. There should be goals in a lively game at Wembley and Bet 365 offer 6/4 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
Away Win 0-3