English football began on Wednesday of last week, and already people can’t get enough of the midweek action. And, the great news is, there’s plenty of games to feast on in the coming days. So, if you want the lowdown and our tips, keep reading.
Wednesday Night Football
Premier League – Man Utd vs Sheffield Utd
The Blades have been the surprise package of the season so far, with Chris Wilder and his men having a fantastic campaign. However, since the restart, they’ve looked out of sorts, losing 3-0 last time out to Newcastle. They won’t have centre backs Jack O’Connell and John Egan available for their trip to Old Trafford, due to injury and suspension respectively. And Dean Henderson is unavailable to play against his parent club. All three are key players, and Manchester United will have too much for the Blades on the day.
Premier League – Newcastle vs Aston Villa
Newcastle was impressive in their dismantling of Sheffield United at the weekend, and they will take this into their second home game in a matter of days against Villa. Dean Smith’s men played well against Sheffield United midweek but had to settle for a point. They were beating Chelsea but ended up losing. Their latest setback will have knocked the stuffing out of them, and it will see Steve Bruce get one over his former employers.
Premier League – Norwich vs Everton
Norwich is all but relegated and have shown no sign they have it in them to pull off a miraculous escape. Everyone expected Liverpool to beat Everton in the Merseyside derby at the weekend, and while Jurgen Klopp’s men dominated the football, it was Everton who came closer to winning. They did everything but score. So, expect to see Carlo Ancelotti’s men do the business at Carrow Road.
Premier League – Wolves vs Bournemouth
Wolves were fantastic against a lacklustre West Ham last time out; with their key men showing up and putting in a performance to edge them closer to a top-five finish. Bournemouth, like Norwich, is a team who look beaten before they start. They won’t be able to live with Wolves, and Eddie Howe’s men will lose again here.
Premier League – Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
Liverpool wasn’t at their best in the Merseyside derby, but they were missing key men. They dominated possession but lacked a cutting edge, something they’ll need against Palace. Roy Hodgson, former Liverpool manager, has got the Eagles flying this season. They’re organised, committed and capable of beating anyone. Liverpool should win, but Palace may upset the odds and force a draw.
Thursday Night Football
Premier League – Burnley vs Watford
Burnley was well beat at the start of the week by Pep Guardiola’s Man City, and they’ll want to respond positively against Watford. Watford snatched a late draw against Leicester City at the weekend, and with Sean Dyche and Nigel Pearson working in similar ways, we can see a draw being on the cards at Turf Moor. It will be a game where organisation and commitment are top of the agenda.
Premier League – Southampton vs Arsenal
Southampton brushed Norwich City aside 3-0 in their first game following the restart, while City have played two and lost both. Usually, you will fancy an Arsenal team to go to St Mary’s and come away with three points. However, it’s an Arsenal side with mounting injury problems and a lack of confidence. So, we think the Saints could win the game and pile on the misery.
Premier League – Chelsea vs Man City
The football game of the week in the Premier League sees Chelsea take on Man City at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea was losing to Villa at the weekend but quickly spun the game on its head to take three points. City, on the other hand, have won both of their matches following the restart convincingly. We can’t see City losing, but it’s difficult to say they’ll win. City or the draw is the pick for us.
Friday Night Football
Championship – Brentford vs West Brom
Brentford vs West Brom is a crucial football game in the Championship on Friday. West Brom is top of the pile, but only on goal difference; while Brentford is fourth but one point off third and only two clear of fifth. Brentford play some good stuff and beat Fulham who is a place above them last time out. West Brom drew 0-0 with Birmingham, a team you’d expect them to bear. So, we think this one could end in a draw.