You certainly bashed your bookie, if you backed John Newsome‘s correct score tips for game-week 28. Big-price wins on Liverpool v West Ham (4-1) and Bournemouth v Newcastle (2-2) will have boosted your bank-roll, hugely. Can he deliver again, this coming weekend?
BURNLEY v EVERTON
Early Saturday lunchtime kick-off live on Sky Sports sees 2 mid-table teams battle it out. Burnley were leading Southampton 1-0 last time out, a late equaliser meant they were denied 3 points. Surprisingly Burnley haven’t won a game in 11 but still lie 7th in the table. There are 3 points separating these 2 sides and Everton will want to bounce back from the defeat to Watford last weekend. Again another late goal cost the ”Toffees”. The reverse fixture back in October saw Burnley’s favourite scoreline of 1-0 and this game won’t be too different.
Home Win 1-0
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LEICESTER v BOURNEMOUTH
Leicester were held at home last Saturday lunchtime coming from behind to get a draw against Stoke. They are once again playing in front of their loyal fans and will want to improve. Jamie Vardy almost got his obligatory goal, shooting from a tight angle with the ball finding the back of the net. However the Stoke goalkeeper, Jack Butland couldn’t hold onto Vardy’s shot and the goal was credited to Butland. Bournemouth were 2-0 down against Newcastle last Saturday afternoon but scored 2 late goals to gain a well-deserved draw. The ”Cherries” are only 4 points behind Leicester so will look at this game to close the gap. At the ”Vitality” Stadium back in October, this reverse fixture was a goalless draw. There will be goals today though.
SOUTHAMPTON v STOKE
Both teams played in games that finished 1-1 last weekend, the difference being is that Southampton were losing 1-0 and Stoke were winning 1-0. Manolo Gabbiadini started on the subs bench but came on in the 81st minute and scored 9 minutes later to earn a point for the ”Saints”. He will be hoping that goal gets him a start against Stoke. Stoke lie 2nd bottom of the Premier League table but are only 1 point behind Southampton, so will see this game as an ideal opportunity to get a win and overtake their rivals. Stoke won this reverse fixture 2-1 back in October but a draw is forecast.
SWANSEA v WEST HAM
Like the above fixture, both teams played last weekend in games that finished with the same scoreline. Unfortunately for these 2, they both lost 4-1. The ”Swans” were surprisingly beaten 4-1 by Brighton after a run of good results and remain in the bottom 3. Much less of a surprise was West Ham’s 4-1 loss away to Liverpool. No disgrace there, as Liverpool beat everyone at Anfield. There are just 3 points separating the ”Swans” and the ”Hammers” so this is a must-win game for both teams. In October, a solitary Diafra Sakho goal gave West Ham all 3 points. He won’t score in this game as he now plays in France for Rennes.
Home Win 3-1
TOTTENHAM v HUDDERSFIELD
A rare 3.00pm Saturday afternoon kickoff for Tottenham see them entertain Premier League new boys Huddersfield. The added treat for the ”Terriers” is that ”Spurs” play their home games at Wembley giving the Huddersfield fans a great day out. Tottenham managed to grind out a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace last Sunday with a late Harry Kane goal. They lie 4th at the moment just above Chelsea and will look to this game to grab all 3 points. Huddersfield beat a poor West Brom side last weekend and gained another 3 points in their fight to survive in the Premier League. They have had a brilliant debut season in the top flight so far and as mentioned earlier, this will be an excellent day trip from Yorkshire down to the ”Home of Football’ Wembley Stadium. The reverse fixture back in October saw Tottenham comfortably win 4-0. This won’t be too dissimilar.
Home Win 4-0
WATFORD v WEST BROM
Watford beat Everton late last Saturday evening in front of their home fans and should look to this fixture to do the same. The ”Hornets” very own superstar, Troy Deeney got the goal to take them up to 10th in the table. What can be said about West Brom, other than they are rubbish? It was pointed out that Alan Pardew wasn’t the right man to take them up the table but that’s for the ”Albion” board to worry about. They lost again at the weekend, in front of their loyal fans, against Huddersfield, a team they would have looked to beat. This fixture in October produced 4 goals in an entertaining draw. With home advantage, Watford should get all 3 points.
Home Win 3-1
LIVERPOOL v NEWCASTLE
Late Saturday afternoon kickoff live on BT Sports. Liverpool are on fire at the moment and score for fun, especially at Anfield. They ”hammered” West Ham 4-1 last Saturday and will beat Newcastle, it’s just a case of how many. Liverpool always win at Anfield, however current Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez will remember 10 years ago, almost to the day, ( 16/02/2008) when in charge of Liverpool. The mighty Barnsley FC beat Liverpool at Anfield, 2-1. What a day, and what a team, ”Super Tykes”. Newcastle were 2-0 up against Bournemouth last Saturday afternoon, going into the final 10 minutes, but let slip that lead and were lucky to come away with a point, as the ”Cherries” scored 2 late goals. This game finished 1-1 at ”St James Park”. The ”Toon Army” will enjoy this live telly game and whilst Rafa will relish his trip back to Anfield, they will try and keep the scoreline respectable.
Home Win 3-1
BRIGHTON v ARSENAL
This game is the early Sunday afternoon live game on Sky Sports. Brighton got the result of the weekend last time out, beating inform Swansea 4-1. Glenn Murray got his obligatory ”Seagull” goal, then scored a second, unfortunately for him, he couldn’t manage the hat trick. He’s got 10 now this season which to be fair, is a brilliant return for a 34-year-old. The same number of goals as Alvaro Morata and Wayne Rooney, so not bad company to keep. Arsenal, like most teams, are better at Home then Away and have had some noticeable losses away from the ”Emirates” this term. Having lost to Man City in the Carabao Cup and then playing City again 4 days later, they will be shell-shocked and Brighton can capitalise and get at least a draw, if not, go all out for the win.
MAN CITY v CHELSEA
The second Sunday TV game live on Sky Sports and what a cracker. Man City and Pep have just won their first piece of Silverware of the season beating Arsenal 3-0 in the Carabao Cup. They were going for all 4 competitions but were surprisingly dumped out of the FA Cup by Wigan last week, so only have the UEFA Champions League to go for now. (The Premier League Title is theirs in waiting). They will be happy. They play football simply but effectively, The White Rectangular Posts at either end of the pitch don’t move, the premise of football is to put the ball between the ”posts” more times than the opposition, a team as a head start in the fact that ”The White Rectangular Posts” don’t move, so City get the ball, move it forward and put the ball in between them posts, thus, eventually winning football matches, thus eventually winning Silverware. Chelsea are in Manchester for the second week in a row, after losing to United last Sunday. Because of that result they have dropped out of the top 4 and won’t make the Champions League next season unless they win the Competition itself. There’s a long way to go yet, but this is surely one of the games of the season. City won this
1-0 at ”Stamford Bridge” but there will be more goals at the ”Etihad”
Home Win 3-0
CRYSTAL PALACE v MAN UNITED
There was a stat put up in last weeks televised loss against Tottenham that Crystal Palace have played 9 games without Wilfried Zaha and lost all 9. That was the downfall of Frank De Boer, losing his job after 7 games. Zaha got injured in the first game of the season and didn’t play again for De Boer. He returned in Crystal Palace’s 8th game after Frank had been sacked and Palace beat Chelsea. That really tells you everything about Crystal Palace this term. With Wilfried they are good, without him, they ll go down. Manchester beat Chelsea last Sunday and will carry that confidence into this Monday Night Football live on Sky Sports. United are somehow 2nd in the Premier League but play boring negative football. A far cry from their “Noisy Neighbours” entertaining, Fergie like of the 90s, free-flowing football. Jose, for some reason, won’t pick Marcus Rashford. There is no reason not to, he is the best English striker out there. Yes, there is Harry Kane but Rashford can’t score the goals if Jose doesn’t pick him. United should be too good for Palace, however, if Zaha is fit and plays he will want to prove a point against the team that signed him from Palace, didn’t play him, then sold him back to Palace. Strange, football sometimes defies comprehension.
Away Win 0-2
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