Blue on Blue

Champions Chelsea host former champions Leicester City

Current EPL champions Chelsea entertain former champions Leicester City in one of the ties of the weekend. Chelsea will be looking to leapfrog Manchester United into second place, whereas Leicester will be hoping to make up some ground on Burnley and Arsenal having had some poor results over the Christmas period.

Chelsea are one of the teams in my weekend acca, together with Tottenham, Newcastle and Watford.

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New Year – Newcastle

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is looking to add to his squad in January to give them some fresh impetus for the New Year. One of the players he is reportedly looking at is former Newcastle and Liverpool forward Andy Carroll. Carroll, who maybe now regrets ever leaving Newcastle could be a good addition for the Geordie side if he is able to maintain a decent level of fitness. Either way with or without the pony-tailed forward Newcastle should be too strong for Swansea this weekend.

 

Southampton want their players back

Southampton is another side looking to dabble in the transfer market this month. Boosted by the recent £75 million sale of full back Virgil van Dyke, manager Mauricio Pellegrino wants to bring back former academy player Theo Walcott to St Mary’s. Pellegrino needs a goalscorer from somewhere if he is to keep the fans off his back. Unfortunately, he is unlikely to find one by Saturday, which is why I have Watford down as one quarter of my weekend acca.

 

Out with the old, in with the new. Kane and Rooney face off

Tottenham and England superstar Harry Kane goes up against former United and England superstar Wayne Rooney. Who will win? Who knows! This match could be the game of the day though, with Tottenham looking to grab fourth spot from Liverpool and Everton seeking to establish just how far they have come under Sam Allardyce. This has all the makings of a classic. Tottenham to shave it though and complete my weekend acca 😊

 

Can Liverpool succeed where all others have failed?

Without question the game of the weekend should be, Liverpool against Manchester City. Liverpool, playing at home, will want to keep their recent excellent form going with victory over the league leaders. It will be a major challenge for the Reds as they look to hold onto fourth spot ahead of Tottenham.

City have only won thirteen times at Anfield in eighty-four attempts. Liverpool have won forty-nine times with twenty-two draws. However, a Coutinho-less Liverpool will not want a repeat of the result from their last meeting back in September which city won 5-0!

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City to win and both teams to score. £20 stake returns £65

Can Liverpool Bounce Back After Midweek Collapse?

Klopp’s boys need mental toughness to upset the Champions

Jurgen Klopp insisted his Liverpool team showed great mentality in their 3-3 draw against Sevilla on Tuesday. The fans may be thinking differently though. Liverpool have an even bigger test to come at the weekend in the form of a Chelsea side who are flying. Liverpool have the home advantage, but it will be a tough test to try and break into the top four with victory over the current champions.

Expect the Cherries to be Too Sweet for Swansea

Eddie Howe has been performing miracles with his Bournemouth side, who currently stand at 13th in the league. A great result last week against Huddersfield saw them bang in four goals in front of their home fans. This week they take on Swansea at the Liberty stadium, but with Swansea having won only once in their last six home games expect Bournemouth to take all three points.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley Have Eyes on Fifth Spot

Burnley will be hoping that their incredible home record (third best in the Premier League) will give them the edge over Arsenal on Sunday. If they manage to achieve a result against the Gunners and Liverpool lose to Chelsea then Burnley will leap into fifth place, just one point behind Tottenham (assuming they beat West Brom). Should the unthinkable happen and West Brom beat Tottenham, then Burnley would go fourth. Of course, at the end of the day, this is all conjecture and hypothesis, but one thing is absolutely certain, and that is bet £20 on Burnley to win at home against Arsenal would get you a very impressive return of £118!

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Premier League – Week 7

Spurs Bring City Down to Earth

On Sunday Tottenham humbled Manchester City with a 2-0 defeat at White Hart Lane. Leaving Spurs as the only unbeaten team of the league, they have moved into second place in the table, with 17 points, just one less than City. The match was certainly dramatic with  Aleksandar Kolarov giving Spurs a lead after only nine minutes courtesy of an own goal. Dele Alli sealed the deal at the 37th minute after seeing home a pass from Son Heung. Both sides were missing key players in terms of Kane and de Bruyne but, in the end, Spurs beat City at their own high-intensity game.

 

Swans See Red

The Swans were seeing red on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium, as Liverpool secured their fourth Premier League victory in a row, beating Swansea 2-1. Despite securing an early lead thanks to a goal by Leroy Fer in the 8th minute, Liverpool dominated the second half with goals from Firmino and Milner. Guidolin’s side is still sitting just above the relegation zone on goal difference, but haven’t won a match in the league since the opening day.

 

Chelsea Fight Back

The Blues managed to find their spirit, ending their run of defeats, and beating Hull 2-0 at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday. Things looked promising for Hull in the first half, but Chelsea doubled down in the second, with a goal from Willian in the 61st minute, and another from Costa following minutes later at the 67’ mark. Conte’s promised solution materialised as a strategy he’d employed whilst at Juventus, centred on a three-man defence. With Phelan’s team dangerously close to the relegation zone, it seems the party may be over for Hull.

Burnley Gunned Down

It was a painful day for the Clarets at home, as they were beaten by the Gunners in the third minute of added time at Turf Moor. The single, winning, goal of the whole game came courtesy of Laurent Koscielny, and wrapped in controversy. Though unclear at the time, and going undisputed, it appears Koscielny’s hand may have touched the ball. Dyche’s team can console themselves that they held out against a determined onslaught by Arsenal, and are putting in a good showing for a newly promoted team, but the loss at home will still sting.

 

 

Vicarage Road Drama

Watford and Bournemouth clashed in a dramatic performance at Vicarage Road on Saturday. It ended in two goals-a-piece, but it wasn’t for want of trying, with the Cherries hitting the bar three times in the second half. The home side got in 17 shots compared to the visitor’s 11, and demonstrated a determined defence, but in the end Wilson and King found the back of the net for the Cherries and Deeney and Success drove one home each for the Hornets.

 

Stress for Saints

At the King Power Stadium the current champions Leicester, were held to a 0-0 draw by Southampton on Sunday. The Foxes struggled to contain the Saints as Austin, in particular, kept up the pressure with three close shots. Ranieri’s side generally seemed tired after their 1-0 win over Porto on Tuesday in the Champions League. Considering the Saint’s stressful week, suffering delays returning from a Europa League tie in Israel, plus the press attention after assistant manager Eric Black being named in a corruption investigation by the Daily Telegraph, their lacklustre performance is understandable.

 

Meanwhile….

Friday saw Everton and Crystal Palace finish 1-1 at Goodison Park, Palace picking up a valuable point, and the Toffees were briefly able to enjoy sitting third in the table before the rest of the weekend’s fixtures came into play.

Sunderland and West Brom ended 1-1 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. At least the Black Cats broke their losing streak at home, but they remained in the relegation zone. The Baggies could use a little more creativity and imagination.

West Ham managed to end their run of defeats by drawing 1-1 with Middlesbrough at London Stadium on Saturday. Stuani briefly put the visitors in the lead at the 51st minute, before Payet equalised in the 57th. The Boro left with a much-needed point, and Bilic will be hoping the match marked a turning point for his struggling side.

On Sunday, Stoke managed to steal a cheeky point as they drew 1-1 with an aggressive Manchester United at Old Trafford. Lee Grant, making no fewer than eight saves during the game, allowed the Potters to cling on, despite United’s best efforts. However, it was Allen who equalised for the visitors in the 82nd minute. United’s goal came from Martial at the 69’ mark. United now chase Everton in the table, but Stoke are still struggling in the relegation zone.



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