Liverpool v Spurs is this weekend’s stand-out fixture and John Newsome predicts goals galore.
BURNLEY v MAN CITY
The games come thick and fast from the midweek action and High Flying City go to Turf Moor in this early Saturday kick off. The surprise is that both teams played Wednesday night and have not had much rest. Burnley managed to earn a point away at Newcastle, but were extremely lucky in that game, getting the equaliser by way of a Newcastle own goal. Newcastle also missed a penalty in that game. They have added a couple of players in the January Transfer window, notably the addition of Aaron Lennon from Everton who will add pace to the side. Man City comfortably beat West Brom on Wednesday and although they have lost the services of Leroy Sane, due to injury, they have added Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for a club record fee of £57 Million. Burnley don’t concede many but City should be too good.
Away Win 0-2
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BOURNEMOUTH v STOKE
Bournemouth surprised everyone with the thrashing and thrashing is not too strong a word, of Chelsea on Wednesday night, with 3 fantastic goals against the Champions. They have slowly pulled away from the relegation zone and will certainly have gained confidence from that win. Stoke are steadily improving under Paul Lambert and have not conceded a goal yet. They ground out a 0-0 draw against Watford and should have the quality and experience to keep away from trouble. There won’t be many goals in this one and a draw is forecast.
BRIGHTON v WEST HAM
Both teams played in games which ended 1-1 midweek. Glenn Murray got the Brighton goal and seems to be the only one scoring for the “Seagulls”. Brighton have re-signed Leonardo Ulloa from Leicester to help Murray out in front of goal and the Brighton faithful know all about his qualities having previously played for them in the Championship. West Ham got a point against Crystal Palace, but are missing the services of Manuel Lanzini and Marco Arnautovic. David Moyes left out Michail Antonio for turning up late, let’s hope they have patched up their differences as the “Hammers” need all their players. They have let Andre Ayew go to Swansea to play with his brother Jordan Ayew. The “Hammers” have confirmed the signing of Jordan Hugill from Preston on a four-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee and should go straight into the team. This will be another low scoring draw.
LEICESTER v SWANSEA
Leicester were beaten away at Everton on Wednesday night. Ryad Mahrez has gone missing after not getting his dream move to Man City. Leicester’s owners stood firm and now Mahrez has to get his head right and get back to the form he was showing. His mate Jamie Vardy scored a penalty against Everton, he rarely goes a game without scoring. They are a better side at the “King Power” and normally would look to this game as a certainty. However, Swansea have hit a bit of form lately under new manager Carlos Carvahal and followed up their fine win against Liverpool with another great win against Arsenal. They have an extra day to recover after playing on Tuesday night. This might be a decisive factor in the outcome of this contest. There were no real significant signings by Leicester and Swansea signed Andre Ayew from West Ham to join his brother Jordan Ayew. Their father is none other then Ghanian legend Abedi Pele. Another tight game.
MAN UNITED V HUDDERSFIELD
After the horror show on Wednesday night at Wembley, United will want to get back to winning ways. Let’s hope for United’s fans sake, that was just a blip. There seemed to be a real lack of cohesion between the players, as well as a few uncertain team selections and tactics from Jose Mourinho. New signing Alexis Sanchez never got going against Tottenham and he will look to make amends against a poor Huddersfield team who were well beaten on Tuesday night against Liverpool. The “Terriers” beat Manchester earlier on in the season at “The John Smiths Stadium” but with a big loss of form, they will find this trip to “Old Trafford” a step too far.
Home Win 3-0
WEST BROM v SOUTHAMPTON
West Brom now sit rock bottom of the league after Wednesday’s loss to Man City. That’s no disgrace as most teams lose to City, so they will put that behind them and look at this home game at the “Hawthorns” as a chance to get 3 points. They have brought in Daniel Sturridge on loan from Liverpool and if he stays fit, will be a great asset to the “Albion”. Southampton are in the bottom 3 and don’t win many games. They have drawn 6 and lost 5 out of their last 11 games and have spent some of the £75 million they got from selling Virgil Van Dijk. The “Saints” have used £19 million of that money and signed Guido Carrillo from Monaco. A striker who has scored a few goals in the French league, but can he score in the Premier League.
Home Win 1-0
ARSENAL v EVERTON
The final game on a packed Saturday afternoon live on BT Sports. Arsenal have an extra day to recover after playing and losing to Swansea on Tuesday night. They were woeful in that game with plenty of defensive errors, even the normally dependable Petr Cech made a costly error resulting in a Swansea goal. With the news that Mesut Ozil has signed a new contract and the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the “Gunners” should be boosted in front of their home fans. Everton have brought in Theo Walcott, ironically from Arsenal and he scored twice on Wednesday against Leicester. They have Seamus Coleman back fit after a terrible leg break and was back in the team for the win against the “Foxes” The combination of Walcott and Coleman down the right side could be the spark the “Toffees” need to kick-start their season. Theo will definitely want to perform well against Arsenal and this will be a tough game for both sides.
CRYSTAL PALACE v NEWCASTLE
Sunday afternoon football live on Sky Sports. Crystal Palace will have had 4 whole days to prepare for Newcastle since drawing with West Ham on Tuesday night. Again, both sides were involved in games that finished 1-1 in midweek. Palace didn’t sign any significant stand out players in the January Window and Roy Hodgson must be happy with the players he has. Christian Benteke got a much-needed goal in the Tuesday night draw. Newcastle should have beaten Burnley on Wednesday, missing a penalty, going 1 goal ahead, then finally scoring an own goal. They have managed to bring in 3 loan players who will improve the side, a goalkeeper, Kennedy from Chelsea and Islam Slimani from Leicester. Although the new additions will improve Newcastle, this game will come too soon for them to gel and Crystal Palace should get all 3 points.
Home Win 2-1
LIVERPOOL v TOTTENHAM
The 2nd game on Sunday afternoon, again live on Sky Sports sees 2 inform sides go head to head. Liverpool beat a poor Huddersfield team on Tuesday and have had 4 days to recover, a day more than Tottenham who played Wednesday. Virgil Van Dijk was the only addition to the squad but didn’t feature in the win at Huddersfield. Both the games he has started, Liverpool have lost, not necessarily because of him, but they did lose. He should be back for this game. Liverpool are a better side at Anfield, they rarely lose in front of their loyal fans, even beating Man City here last time out. Tottenham were excellent on Wednesday against a very poor Manchester United side. They scored after 11 seconds which set the tone for the rest of the game. They were helped out by a Phil Jones own goal, but United were so poor, Tottenham would have won regardless of the own goal. They have brought in Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain for £25 million. The Brazilian hasn’t played much for PSG this season and is eligible for Tottenham’s Champions League campaign. Harry Kane is still waiting for his 100th Premier League goal and it’s just a matter of time before this happens. There will be goals in this and neither side will want to lose.
WATFORD v CHELSEA
Monday Night Football live on Sky Sports. Under new manager, Watford got a goalless draw away at Stoke on Wednesday and will be looking to take advantage of a confused Chelsea side. A noticeable addition to the Watford team is ex Everton player Gerard Deulofeu. The “Hornets” have taken Deulofeu on loan from Barcelona. One day he’s training with Messi and Suarez, the next he’s training with Deeney and Cleverley. He’s a decent little player and is a good signing for Watford. Chelsea were comfortably beaten by Bournemouth on Wednesday night. The big surprise was it was in front of the “Blues” home fans. Chelsea rarely lose at home. There appear to be problems at Stamford Bridge but they have brought in Arsenal outcast Olivier Giroud. For some reason, he wasn’t getting game time at the “Emirates” and should boost Chelsea suffering from the loss of Morata. There were a couple of other notable additions to Chelsea’s squad. Ross Barclay from Everton and Emerson Palmieri from Roma. Barclay needs to kick on and try and force his way back into the England squad for the upcoming World Cup. Palmieri is a left back and will give competition to Marcos Alonso. If Chelsea get their act together they can get back to winning ways.
Away Win 0-2
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