Manchester United picked up a welcome victory, at home to Everton last week. Eddie Howe’s free-scoring Bournemouth now lie in wait, but can John Newsome, our premier league predictions 2018/19 feature columnist, see the Red Devils finally begin to build some momentum by securing back-to-back victories? Here are his previews for all of the action in game-week 11.
BOURNEMOUTH v MANCHESTER UNITED
The first match of Game Week 11 of the Premier League live on BT Sports sees the Cherries take on a resurgent Manchester United. For the first time in a long while, Bournemouth are higher in the table when they take on the Pink Devils and are currently lying 6th in the Premier League after their fine 3-0 win away at Fulham. Ex-Sheffield United star David Brooks got a goal either side of Callum Wilson’s 2 for the Cherries. David has excelled since his move from Bramall Lane and it’s nice to see Eddie Howe take a chance on a young homegrown player. Ryan Giggs is lucky too that young David chose Wales rather than England to play his International Football and will only thrive training with Galactico Gareth Bale. Callum is also excelling after injury and has taken his tally to 5 goals for the season up to now, just 2 behind Eden Hazard. Callum has weighed in with 4 Assists too and Bournemouth will relish the visit of United knowing they are above them in the table and will want to continue their fine start to the season.
Manchester United beat Everton 2-1 on Sunday afternoon in a very entertaining game at Old Trafford. United were awarded a 1st-half penalty when Anthony Martial took on Idrissa Gueye in the Everton box and beat the Everton defender but was tripped. Although Anthony was a bit theatrical in his fall, it was a penalty. Paul Pogba had the honour of the penalty and in the time he took to take the penalty, Usain Bolt ran his 100 metres. Very annoying and attention seeking from Paul. It cannot be defined as his way to take a penalty and he actually missed. Jordan Pickford saved his shot but Paul was fortunate enough that the ball rebounded to him and to be fair to the very annoying Frenchman he did coolly slot it away to give United the lead. Paul is a World Cup Winner and has obvious talent but whether he purposely under-performs or his performances are under-purpose. A man of his size and athleticism should be able to take every game by the scruff of the neck and dominate opponents but thinks image and fancy flicks are more important. His fancy flick in the 2nd-half nearly cost United the game. He gave away possession which resulted in a penalty for the Toffees. Added to Paul’s give away, Chris Smalling stupidly dove in on Richarlison when all he had to do was stay on his feet. Ultimately them errors by United’s best didn’t cost them the game. Anthony Martial scored a superb 2nd for United which turned out to be the winner. Anthony had a great game but would have been disappointed in his late miss when he was one-on-one with Jordan and the Toffees stopper got the better of him. United were the better side and deserved the win but they are still a long way off City and Liverpool. They need a couple of players but where are these players? and will they come to Manchester?
This game last season was played in mid-April and United ran out 2-0 winners. Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku got the United goals that day.
Bet 365 offer Bournemouth at 27/10, the Draw at 12/5 and 1/1 Evens that United take home all 3 points, which, despite the current league position, is real value. Bet 365 offer 10/3 that Bournemouth score in both halves and 7/4 for United to do likewise.
Away Win 1-2
CARDIFF v LEICESTER
Cardiff find themselves just above the drop-zone after another loss away at Liverpool. No disgrace there as not many teams come away from Anfield with any points so Neil’s boys will put that to bed and move on to this home game against Leicester. Callum Paterson managed to score at Anfield in the 4-1 loss and that will give him confidence on a personal level getting his 2nd goal in consecutive games. It was always going to be a tough campaign for the Bluebirds and all Mr Warnock will hope is that come the end of the season, there are 3 worse teams than Cardiff.
Leicester left it late on Saturday to earn a Draw at the King Power. Wilfred Ndidi got the late equaliser against West Ham to earn a point. Unfortunately, Football became irrelevant soon after the final whistle when tragedy struck. A helicopter believed to belong to the owners of Leicester City Football Club crashed outside the King Power. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was on board
but it’s unknown at this stage how many other people were in the helicopter. Thoughts go out to all connected at Leicester City especially the owners family.
Bet 365 offer Cardiff at 13/5, the Draw at 9/4 and 11/10 for Leicester to go home with all 3 points. Bet 365 offer 3/1 for the Draw and Under 2.5 goals which basically means 0-0 or 1-1.
NEWCASTLE v WATFORD
Newcastle are on a woeful run of form at the moment but did manage a Draw against Southampton last time out. The Magpies drew 0-0 with the Saints and although are struggling, they are not getting hammered so if they can manage to pick up a win then their fortunes might turn. The main problem is scoring goals and apart from the 2 against Manchester United, they have not scored in the 4 games leading up to this match against Watford. If only they had a player like Aleksandar Mitrovic to get the goals needed. There’s a long way to go and the Magpies will keep the faith with Rafa Benitez.
Watford head North to St James Park on the back of a superb 3-0 victory over Huddersfield. Roberto Pereyra got his 5th of the season continuing his fine goalscoring run which included a goal for Argentina against the mighty Iraq. Roberto only managed 5 goals in the whole of last season for the Hornets so is well on course to beat last season’s tally. Gerard Deulofeu got Watford’s 2nd. Young Gerard was on loan from Barcelona but made his move to Watford permanent at the start of this season. He has played in the Premier League previously for Everton but Barcelona re-signed the young playmaker. Having failed to nail down a place in the Barcelona team he as returned to England and is a real asset to Watford. The superbly named Isaac Success was successful in scoring the 3rd for the Hornets and after a little blip of 4 games without a win following the opening 4 games unbeaten, Watford have now recorded back-to-back victories and will relish their trip up North.
This game last season was played at the end of November and finished 3-0 to Watford. Will Hughes, Andre Gray and the unfortunate Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin got the goals for the Hornets that day.
Bet 365 offer Newcastle at 29/20, the Draw at 23/10 and 9/5 for Watford to head South with all 3 points. Bet 365 offer 4/1 for Watford to Win and score 3 or more goals.
Away Win 0-3
EVERTON v BRIGHTON
Everton were well beaten at Old Trafford last Sunday after an encouraging run of 3 games unbeaten. Even though the score was only 2-1, the score didn’t really give Manchester United the credit they deserved and in reality, Everton were never at the races and United were comfortable winners. Idrissa Gueye gave away the 1st-half penalty with a foul on Anthony Martial. The surprise then was after already been booked, the referee refused to show Idrissa a 2nd yellow and of course a red. To be fair, not every foul warrants a yellow card so maybe the referee got that right. Jordan Pickford had mixed emotions in the loss at Old Trafford. Although ultimately he was on the losing side, he had a superb game and kept United down to just 2. He even saved a Paul Pogba penalty but was unlucky when the rebound went straight back to Paul who coolly slotted home. Everton will put that 2-1 loss to bed and try and get back to winning ways in front of their loyal Toffee faithful.
Brighton got a decent 1-0 Win at the Amex against Wolves on Saturday. The superb Glenn Murray got the solitary goal and took his tally to 6 for the season. Glenn has just turned 35 and probably his England call-up as passed him by but if a few injuries occur to Gareth’s strike force then he would not go far wrong in ringing Big Glenn and getting him down to the England set-up. Glenn got stretchered off last week at Newcastle after a clash of heads with Magpies defender Federico Fernandez. So to get Big Glenn on the pitch was a great achievement to everyone at Brighton.
This game last season was played in the cold of March during the Beast from the East weather and finished 2-0 to the Toffees. Brighton’s unfortunate Gaetan Bong scored an own-goal and Cenk Tosun got the 2nd to give Everton all 3 points.
Bet 365 have Everton as Odds-on favourites at 13/20, the Draw at 14/5 and 4/1, for Brighton to go home with all 3 points. 14/5 (almost 3/1!) is real value. Bet 365 offer 15/4 that the match will finish as a Draw with less than 2.5 Goals, which basically means 0-0 or 1-1.
WEST HAM v BURNLEY
West Ham took an early lead in the late Saturday afternoon kick-off up at the King Power. Big Paraguayan defender Fabian Balbuena got the Bubbles goal in the 1st-half before Hammers Captain Mark Noble was given a straight red after a horrendous challenge just before half-time. Ultimately West Ham couldn’t hold on in the 2nd-half with just 10-men and gave away a late equaliser to the Foxes. It could be seen as 2 points lost but in the cold light of day its a good point gained against a very good Leicester side. After a slow start to the season losing their first 4 games, the Hammers have steadily improved and move into mid-table and are currently above the Clarets of Turf Moor.
Burnley got smashed 4-0 by Chelsea on Sunday at home in front of the loyal Burnley faithful. That would definitely have irked Big Sean Dyche. Sean will be talking even more gravelly in his post-match interview. Whatever anyone says, Burnley were affected by the Europa League experience. It ’s put them back 6 months. They won’t get relegated but won’t finish in the Top 7 again, which in reality could be a blessing in disguise. It’s strange really, a team plays their heart out one season to finish as high as possible, to gain entry into the elite European competitions then it affects them the following season. Without resources and a big squad, it’s virtually impossible to compete in both. Maybe, in reality, it’s probably better to finish 10th. The wheat usually separates from the chaff and to finish mid-table sort of does the job for teams like Burnley.
This game last season was also played in the cold of March during the Beast from the East weather and finished 3-0 to Burnley. The Clarets goalscorers that day were Ashley Barnes and a couple from Chris Woods.
Bet 365 offer West Ham surprisingly at 8/11, the Draw at 11/4 and 7/2 for Burnley to head Back North with all 3 points. Bet 365 offer 1/1 Evens that there will be Over 2.5 goals which basically means 3 goals and at Evens is not the worst way to make money.
ARSENAL v LIVERPOOL
Late Saturday afternoon kick-off live on BT Sports and what a cracker of a game seeing Arsenal entertain Liverpool at the Emirates. Arsenal are on an incredible 12 game unbeaten run including Europa League and the Carabao Cup. Arsenal won 11 of those 12 games and were brought down to earth at Selhurst Park last time out when they were held to a 2-2 Draw. They went behind right on half-time when Palace converted a penalty. As in most games the Gunners play, they are stronger in the 2nd-half. It’s probably a talent of Unai Emery that he sees what needs to be done from the 1st-half’s action then puts his views across at half-time to enable the Gooners to perform better in the 2nd period. At Selhurst Park, the much-maligned Granit Xhaka scored a superb left-footed free-kick which the Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy had no chance in saving. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got the 2nd for Arsenal via Goal Line Technology. The goal in previous years would probably not have been given but now the technology is there the referee immediately points to his wrist and the goal counts. The good thing also is no one argues. Everyone accepts the decision and moves on. Arsenal gave away a 2nd penalty which Luka Milivojevic converted as he did with the 1st and gave Palace a share of the points. This will be a real test for the Gooners having only been beaten by Man City and Chelsea this term and with Liverpool being on a par with those two then Arsenal will know where their marker is.
Liverpool beat Cardiff 4-1 at home on Saturday. They rarely lose at Anfield and if they can match their home form away from Liverpool they will be a real force and will match City and Chelsea all season. Mo Salah got the 1st for the Reds and is slowly getting up to speed to continue his fine form from last season. Sadio Mane got the 2nd and 4th either side of a Xherdan Shaqiri goal and got another 3 points to temporarily take them to the Top of the Premier League. Temporary because Man City don’t play in Game Week 10 until Monday Night so Liverpool will be Top for at least 48 hours.
This game last season was played just before Christmas and finished in a superb 3-3 Draw. Philip Coutinho and Mo Salah put Liverpool 2-0 up, before Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mezut Ozil put Arsenal 3-2 up. Roberto Firmino equalised for Liverpool to give both teams a Christmas point.
Bet 365 offer Arsenal at 11/5 (just over 2/1) the Draw at 5/2 and 23/20 for Liverpool to go home with all 3 points. There should be goals and Bet 365 offer 10/3 for over 4.5 in the game.
Away Win 1-3
WOLVES v TOTTENHAM
Saturday Night Football live on Sky Sports.
Wolves have the unique experience of playing at 7.45 pm on a Saturday Night. Not many teams have had that honour and for a newly promoted team taking on a Top 4 club the Molineux faithful will at least relish the prospect even if their team have hit a bit of a bad patch after a great start in their return to the Top Flight. It’s got to be better than watching an old Harry Potter and the X Factor on a Saturday Night in the Brown Country. After a great run of results, Wolves have lost their last 2 games, the latest being a 1-0 loss away at Brighton. No need to panic, they should be safe but this will be a tough ask against Tottenham who come into this game off a loss from the Monday Night Football against High Flying City.
Tottenham lost 1-0 at Wembley in the final game of the Premier League Weekend. To be fair to Tottenham they did match Man City for the majority of the game but went behind in the first 6 minutes through sloppy defending from Kieran Trippier. After that, the poor playing surface levelled both teams out and Tottenham ultimately lost. Mauricio Pochettino is a target for Real Madrid after they have just sacked Julen Lopetagui following a 5-1 hammering in El Classico. After losing Cristiano Ronaldo in the Summer, Real are not the same team and the Whites won’t put up with losing heavily to arch-rivals Barcelona. Poch is now on their radar and it will be interesting to see how that plays out. This will be another tough game at Molineux late on Saturday night. Dele Alli returned as a substitute against City and should start against Wolves.
Bet 365 offer Wolves at 9/4, the Draw at 12/5 and Tottenham as slight favourites at 23/20 to go home with all 3 points. Bet 365 offer 12/5 that there will be Over 3.5 Goals.
Away Win 0-2
MAN CITY v SOUTHAMPTON
Southampton played in a drab 0-0 last weekend against struggling Newcastle. The Saints have now gone 5 games without scoring a goal and have not won a game since the beginning of September. They have managed to draw their last 2 games so have stopped conceding but it’s obvious the problem is scoring goals. With a strike force of Charlie Austin, Danny Ings and Manolo Gabbiadini its a surprise to see a 5 game drought. Mark Hughes was a prolific goal scorer so should be passing on his expertise to his forward line. However, it’s unlikely that this will be the day to end the drought against a rampant City side.
Man City played on Monday Night Football at Wembley and beat a good Tottenham side. After an American Football game played 24 hours before the game at Wembley, the pitch wasn’t in the best condition but Peps boys managed the playing surface better than Tottenham and comfortably beat Spurs 1-0 to go back to the Top of the Premier League. Raheem Sterling took Kieran Trippier on down the right wing and cut back for Riyad Mahrez to coolly slot home. For the remaining 84 minutes or so, the game was pretty even and the pitch levelled the 2 sides out. Tottenham did have chances which included an excellent one for Erik Lamela who no doubt will blame the pitch when he skyed his left-foot shot over the bar. City move back to the Top of the Table on goal difference and will be pleased to get this game out of the way.
This game last season was played at the end of November and City ran out 2-1 winners. Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling got the goals either side of Oriol Romeu solitary goal for the Saints. Raheem Sterling’s winning goal was scored in the 96th minute to send the Citizens ecstatic.
Bet 365 offer City at a massive Odds-on 1/10, the Draw at 9/1 and 22/1 for the Saints to go home with all 3 points. That means if you put a £1 on Southampton to win, you lose a £1. Bet 365 offer for 4/6 for City to Win to Nil and a massive 50/1 for Southampton to miss a Penalty.
Home Win 4-0
CHELSEA v CRYSTAL PALACE
Late Sunday afternoon football live on Sky Sports sees Stamford Bridge play host to the Eagles.
Chelsea continued their fine start to the season beating Burnley 4-0 at Turf Moor last Sunday. Probably the surprise for the Chelsea faithful is that Alvaro Morata scored the opening goal. That takes Alvaro’s tally to 3 for the season which could be argued that for a main striker is not the best but at least he got on the score sheet which may just kick-start his season. Ross Barkley continued his goal-scoring streak getting his 3rd in 3 games and Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek made the score 4-0 against a struggling Burnley side who are still feeling the effects of their Europa League exploits. Ruben scored a hat-trick on the previous Thursday in Chelsea’s Europa League game and came on as an early substitute to get his 4th in 2 games which is all Maurizio Sarri can ask of the youngster.
Crystal Palace ended Arsenal’s winning streak on Sunday gaining a point in a 2-2 Draw at Selhurst Park. Both the Eagles goals were scored by the brilliantly named Luka Milivojevic and both were penalties. The 1st put Palace in front right on half-time and the 2nd came as a result of a dive by Wilfried Zaha who wasn’t really touched but the referee pointed to the spot and Luka coolly slotted home. The 2 spot-kicks were dispatched well by Luka considering he missed one last week against Everton.
This game last season was played in the cold of early March when the Beast from the East struck. Willian scored Chelsea’s opener that day and were helped on their way with a Martin Kelly own goal. Patrick Van Aanholt got a late consolation for Palace but time ran out giving Chelsea all 3 points.
Bet 365 offer Chelsea at Odds On 1/4, the Draw at 19/4 and a massive 10/1 for Crystal Palace to go home with all 3 points. Bet 365 offer 4/1 that Both Teams Score in the 1st Half and a massive 40/1 for Crystal Palace to miss a penalty.
Home Win 3-1
HUDDERSFIELD v FULHAM
Monday Night Football live on Sky Sports sees a struggling Huddersfield take on a struggling Fulham. There could be fireworks. Both teams find themselves in the bottom 3 with Huddersfield rock bottom after another loss last Saturday. They were comfortably beaten 3-0 away at Watford and are finding life in the Top Flight more difficult than last term. As with most teams at the bottom of the table, scoring goals is the main concern and the Terriers faithful haven’t seen a Huddersfield goal this season which is strange really as they have scored 4 but all have come away from the John Smith Stadium. Most teams find it more difficult to score away from home.
Fulham have a slightly better record than the Terriers but still remain in the bottom 3 and have lost their last 4 games after the 3-0 loss to Bournemouth on Saturday. They have won a game this term and have scored quite a few, the problem seems to be at the other end as they have conceded the most goals out of all the 20 Teams in the Premier League, so therein lies the problem that Slavisa Jokanovic needs to solve. No doubt Big Sam Allardyce has his mobile charged up waiting for a call from the Fulham owner Shad Khan. Ironically Shad’s other love, American Football and his NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars were at Wembley on Sunday causing the pitch problems for Poch and Pep. JJs also went the way of Fulham and got beat by the Philadelphia Eagles and like Fulham are at the bottom of their respective table. Maybe Shad Khan needs to take up something else to cheer himself up.
Bet 365 offer Huddersfield at 6/5, the Draw at 23/10 and the same 23/10 for Fulham to head back to the Capital with all 3 points. Bet 365 offer 10/1 for a 0-0 scoreline and 5/1 for Fulham to Win to Nil, which considering Huddersfield haven’t scored at home yet is not a bad shout.