Saturday in EPL: Onto Saturday’s, Premier League fixtures and we have priced up a three team home banker for you. £20 on Leicester, Liverpool and Spurs to win returns a cool £56*
Super Sunday as Man City host Chelsea: Reigning champions Chelsea head north with their top 4 ambitions on the line whereas Man City will want to show why they will win the League this year. £20 on Man City to win and over 3.5 goals returns £70*
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History was made at Anfield as VAR was used to great effect in a pulsating fixture between Liverpool and West Brom. VAR are not the initials of Liverpool’s new Dutch defender but the Video Assistant Referee. For the first time in an English football fixture the actual referee (Craig Pawson) went to the touchline to use a video monitor to aid in making a penalty decision. As it turned out, Firmino failed to convert said penalty which, as it happens had a dramatic effect on the result.
West Brom subsequently went on to win the game 3-2 and dump the hosts out of the FA Cup. Although VAR certainly had some influence on the game, it was Albion’s forward Jay Rodriguez who outshone even the technology, scoring two goals in a MOTM performance that may have catapaulted him back into England reckoning.
Leicester thump Peterborough 5-1
Leicester enjoyed a pleasant day out at the Abax stadium with a comfortable 5-1 victory. Two goals each from Diabate and Iheanacho plus one in extra time from Ndidi saw the Foxes advance to last 16.
Millwall Scrape Last-Minute Equaliser to Earn Replay
Millwall scored in the 90th minute to earn a replay at home to Rochdale. The Lions who have been close to invincible at home all season lost their way against a team struggling for survival in League One.
The day started well for Millwall after Jed Wallace converted a penalty in the 17th minute. Unfortunately, things got a lot worse for the home team with goals either side of half time for the Northerners. Millwall’s blushes were spared in injury time though by midfielder Ben Thompson. What may have seemed to Millwall fans as an easy progression to the last sixteen now requires a tricky and challenging journey north to keep their cup ambitions alive.
Upset of the Day
Wigan is a town famous for its Rugby League. It is now famous for having knocked Premier League side, West Ham out of this years FA Cup. Whether they made the Londoners play 90 minutes with an oval ball has not been confirmed, but they may as well have as the Hammers offered little in the way of resistance to the League One leaders.
Four fixtures ended in stalemate and will be replayed in February Rochdale v Millwall, Birmingham v Huddersfield and Swansea v Notts County will play again on Tuesday 6th. Newport County travel to Wembley to take on Spurs in their replay on Wednesday 7th.
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City have now beaten every team around them except Spurs. Will Tottenham be the team to instil some doubt into the champions elect? Pochettino’s men certainly have the pedigree and having already beaten Real Madrid this season in the Champions League they will go into the game confident in their ability. However, some poor results recently have seen Spurs drop off the pace and they remain outside the top four. This could be a season defining game for both teams. Having recently beaten second placed United, City have already put plenty of daylight between their challengers. Victory for Tottenham though could just explode City’s air of invincibility.
Arsenal can’t afford to fail again
The Gunners take on Newcastle at the Emirates in a game that they really need to win having lost recently to Man Utd and only managed a draw against Southampton at the weekend.
Newcastle have been on a terrible run with no wins in their last five games and uncertainty surrounding the club’s potential take-over. Recent results certainly can’t have helped Mike Ashley’s negotiations as Newcastle’s value must be plummeting by the week.
Could Leicester City push for Champions League spot?
Leicester’s recent form has seen them move up to 8th in the league, just seven points off a Champions League spot.
This week’s game against Crystal Palace is another great opportunity to put some pressure on the teams above them and with many of the main title challengers apparently faltering, a top four finish is not as silly as it sounds.
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