Why James Milner misses Liverpool v Brighton ahead of Champions League final

James Milner has been struggling with a minor injury this week (Picture: Getty)James Milner has been ruled out of Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Brighton due to a minor muscular injury.

The Liverpool vice-captain has been a key player for Jurgen Klopp this season, making over 40 appearances for the club in all competitions.

But he sits out of the final league match of the season on Sunday after a muscular problem forced him to miss training throughout the week.

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Speaking ahead of the match, Klopp said: ‘It’s a little injury. It’s serious enough to put him out for today; he couldn’t train the whole week.

‘We hope it will work out. But we had to accept it and we had to think about solutions. That’s the solution: Dom is in the team. Now we can go.’

Dominic Solanke replaces Milner for Liverpool, while Jordan Henderson comes in for Nathaniel Clyne and Trent Alexander-Arnold slots back in at right-back.

After missing six weeks of action through injury, Adam Lallana is fit enough to make the bench against Brighton.

‘Good, of course – Adam is an important option for us,’ Klopp added.

‘How long [he could play], I don’t know – we have to see what’s possible. But he trained completely normally, and that’s of course good for us in these times.’

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Liverpool need to avoid defeat to secure a top-four finish above Premier League rivals Chelsea.

They then turn their attentions to the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 26.

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Which Premier League games are on TV today? Sky Sports showing three matches live on final day

Will Mohamed Salah secure the Premier League Golden Boot this afternoon? (Picture: Getty Images)The Premier League season comes to a conclusion on Sunday afternoon and three of the 10 games will be shown live on Sky Sports.

There is little to play for going into the final game of the season, but the matches that have anything on the line are being broadcast.

The battle for fourth spot is still alive and so both Liverpool and Chelsea’s games are being shown.

The Reds have the upper hand in that duel as they just need a draw at home to Brighton to confirm their spot in the Champions League next season.

Antonio Conte may be taking charge of his last Premier League game as Chelsea manager (Picture: Getty Images)Chelsea got to Newcastle needing a victory and in hope of Liverpool losing at home to the Seagulls.

Liverpool vs Brighton will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event, whilst the Blues against the Magpies will be on Sky Sports Premier League.

The other match being shown is Southampton vs Manchester City, with the Saints hoping to confirm survival in the division, but City wanting to reach 100 points for the season.

Raheem Sterling has had a superb season with Manchester City (Picture: Getty Images)Southampton need a point to guarantee their safety, although a loss will probably not hurt them as Swansea need  to win and make up a 10-goal swing to overhaul the Saints.

The Swans are at home to Stoke so victory for them and a loss for Southampton is not out of the question, but the goal difference will likely be too much for them to recover from.

Southampton vs Manchester City is on Sky Sports Mix.

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Which Premier League games are on TV?

Liverpool vs Brighton – Sky Sports Main Event – 3pm

Newcastle vs Chelsea – Sky Sports Premier League – 3pm

Southampton vs Man City – Sky Sports Mix – 3pm

Premier League fixtures on the final day of the season

Burnley  vs Bournemouth

Crystal Palace vs West Brom

Huddersfield vs Arsenal

Liverpool vs Brighton

Manchester United vs Watford

Newcastle vs Chelsea

Southampton vs Manchester City

Swansea vs Stoke

Swansea City look doomed (Picture: Getty Images)Tottenham vs Leicester

West Ham vs Everton

All 3pm kick-offs

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal

It has not been the best of weeks for top-of-the-table Manchester City and things might get even worse for the Champions-elect this weekend given they meet a Tottenham side who are looking to cement their Champions League spot for next season.

Ahead of that match, and the rest of the weekend’s Premier League action, BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen makes his predictions…

Southampton v Chelsea

The opening goal is normally very important in any game but perhaps less so at St Mary’s this weekend, given both sides failed to hang on to a lead last time out. Indeed, Southampton have now failed to win any of the last six Premier League games in which they have opened the scoring!

Southampton lost to Arsenal last weekend despite having been in the lead (Getty)The Saints badly need the points as they look to maintain their Premier League status and if there is to be a winner at St Mary’s I feel it will be the hosts, despite them having lost their last four league games against Chelsea.

Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Chelsea

Burnley v Leicester City

Burnley manager Sean Dyche (Getty)Burnley are looking to win five consecutive top-flight games for the first time since November 1968 and Sean Dyche must be a leading candidate for LMA Manager of the Year irrespective of the outstanding claims of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

Only Mo Salah (21) has scored in more Premier League games than Jamie Vardy (15) so far this season and I fancy the Foxes will pick up a hard-earned point at Turf Moor.

Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Leicester City

Crystal Palace v Brighton

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha (Getty)Palace have not had much luck at Selhurst Park in recent months but that might change this weekend in their ‘derby’ clash with Brighton.

Brighton have failed to score in five of their last seven away Premier League games and I think they will struggle to cope with the pace and flair of Wilfried Zaha. You would have got big odds at the start of the season had you backed Luka Milovejic (10) to be top Premier League scorer for the Eagles this term and it is about time that Christian Benteke stepped up to the plate for Roy Hodgson’s side.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 Brighton

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Huddersfield v Watford

There have been 32 goals in the last seven league games between the sides and I expect to see another entertaining clash in West Yorkshire.

The Hornets have only picked up one point from their last nine Premier League away games and coach Javi Gracia is yet to see his side score a goal away from Vicarage Road in four previous games. A hard game to call but I would be surprised if we did not see goals at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Prediction: Huddersfield 1-2 Watford

Swansea v Everton

Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal (Getty)I was disappointed with Everton, despite them picking up a point, against Liverpool in last weekend’s Merseyside Derby. They were second best for much of the game before suddenly waking up in the last fifteen minutes due to the fact that the Reds were there for the taking.

It might be a long time before they a have a similar opportunity to break their Derby hoodoo such is the respective strength of the two clubs at present.

Carlos Carvalhal has won seven of his nine home matches since taking over at the Liberty Stadium and both defeats have come at the hands of Spurs. I think the Swans might edge a low-scoring contest.

Prediction: Swansea 1-0 Everton

Liverpool v Bournemouth

Mohamed Salah will be looking to crack the 30 goal mark (Getty)Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 18 home Premier League games and when they take the field at Anfield on Saturday evening against Bournemouth we will just know the winner of the 2018 Grand National – which starts fifteen minute earlier. But more importantly we’ll also know who the Reds will meet in the semi-final of the Champions League.

The Cherries have only won at Stamford Bridge against the ‘Big Six’ sides on the road in the history of the Premier League and I cannot see past another home win for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Mo Salah has scored in 21 Premier League games so far this season and is one goal from becoming just the eighth player in the history of the competition to score 30 league goals in a season. Seventeen of those goals have come at Anfield but his midweek goal at the Etihad again showed just what a great player he is.

Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

Tottenham v Manchester City

It’s been a poor week for Pep Guardiola (Metro.co.uk)Manchester City have played two great halves of football against United and Liverpool this week, but they were not able to sustain that brilliance over 90 minutes and it has to go down as a disappointing week for the club.

That should not detract, however, from a magnificent season for the team and they will be fitting champions – even if the champagne is currently on ice.

Spurs have won their last two home league games against City and the visitors would not be human if they did not feel a little sorry for themselves.

As an England supporter, I am concerned that England’s first-choice defender John Stones did not even make the bench for either of the games this week and Gareth Southgate must be a little worried about his lack of regular playing time.

These two sides can only play one way and that is to attack, but I feel the hosts will keep the points in the capital.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Manchester City

Newcastle v Arsenal

Can Rafa Benitez mastermind a win over Arsenal? (Reuters)Newcastle will be well aware that they have lost their last 10 Premier League games against the Gunners but I think they will buck that trend at St James’s Park on Sunday.

United have won their last three league games while the Gunners have actually lost their last four Premier League games on the road. Yes – they have not played an away league game since their 2-1 defeat at Brighton at the beginning of March!

Arsenal have only won thirteen of their 54 points so far this season on their travels and if there is to be a winner on Sunday, I expect United will edge it.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Arsenal

Manchester United v West Brom

Manchester United stunned Man City last time out (Getty)Manchester United have kept a league-high 16 clean sheets in the league so far this season and with a trip to Bournemouth to come on Wednesday I expect to see a no-frills success from Jose Mourinho’s side whose confidence must be sky-high after their Etihad derby win.

The Baggies have not won in their last 15 away league games while United have won their last five league games. This looks a banker home win.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 West Brom

West Ham v Stoke City

David Moyes would love to see his side win the Monday night game (Getty)You have to go back to December 2016 for the last time West Ham gained back-to-back home wins and I feel the Potters might take a vital point in the capital on Monday night.

Stoke are fighting for the Premier League lives but do have a good record at West Ham where they are unbeaten in their last five league visits.

Prediction: West Ham 1-1 Stoke City

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Chelsea v Tottenham

The Premier League returns this weekend following the final international break of the season with the visit of Tottenham to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge the highlight of the fixture list.

BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen shares his thoughts on every top-flight match…

Crystal Palace v Liverpool

You have to go back twenty years for the last time Liverpool did the double over Crystal Palace in the Premier League but I will be surprised if the Eagles prevent the Reds from taking the points at Selhurst Park in the early kick-off on Saturday.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool (Getty)Mohammed Salah has scored in 20 of his 30 Premier League games so far this season and he is only one away from the record set by Robin van Persie (2012-13) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08). That statistic shows vividly what a tremendous impact he has had on the Premier League in just his first season.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-3 Liverpool

Brighton v Leicester City

Jamie Vardy scored for England against Italy during the international break (Getty)Brighton have won their last three home league games at the Amex but I feel they may have to settle for a point against a Leicester side who put four past West Brom in their last away game.

Twenty of Leicester’s thirty Premier League games so far this season have seen both sides find the back of the net – more than any other side in the division – and I think we will see goals again at the weekend.

Prediction: Brighton 1-1 Leicester City

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Manchester United v Swansea

Romelu Lukaku is one goal away from joining the 100 club (Getty)Manchester United have already beaten Swansea twice so far this season and I think they will land the treble at Old Trafford.

Romelu Lukaku has 99 Premier League goals to his name and I feel he will join the 100 club against a Swans side who have won their last two league games against ‘big six sides’ albeit both at the Liberty Stadium.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Swansea

Newcastle v Huddersfield

Dwight Gayle is Newcastle’s top scorer (Getty)Huddersfield have failed to score in their last three Premier League games and I feel they will struggle against a Newcastle side who have won their last two home Premier League outings.

Dwight Gayle is the Magpie’s top Premier League scorer with five so far this season, which highlights the fact that United have struggled for goals this term, but they put three past Southampton in their last game and I expect the hosts to keep the points in a low-scoring contest.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-0 Huddersfield

Watford v Bournemouth

Watford manager Javi Gracia (Getty)Watford have only lost one of their last 16 home games against Bournemouth and the Hornets will be keen to put behind them their five-goal defeat at Anfield last time out. The hosts have a perfect three from three home record under Javier Gracia and they have never lost to Bournemouth in five previous Premier League games between the clubs.

Prediction: Watford 2-1 Bournemouth

West Brom v Burnley

Alan Pardew’s side look doomed (Getty)West Brom have lost their last seven league games but I feel they can take a point at the Hawthorns against a Burnley side who have only conceded 14 times on the road so far this season. To put that into context only leaders Manchester City (10) have shipped fewer.

The Baggies have fond memories of Burnley, however, winning nine of their last 10 home league games against the Clarets. Albion are ten points from safety and look sure to be playing Championship football next term, but they will not lack for commitment and I feel they might take a point.

Prediction: West Brom 1-1 Burnley

West Ham v Southampton

West Ham will be fearful of a repeat of the ugly scenes that marred their last home fixture (Getty)This is a massive game near the foot of the Premier League table and Mark Hughes will have been delighted by the Saints’ win at Wigan in the FA Cup a fortnight ago.

It is well-documented that West Ham have their problems on and off the pitch having lost their last three league games by a three-goal margin. It looks sure to be a tight, tense affair and if there is to be a winner, I feel the Saints might take the points.

Prediction: West Ham 0-1 Southampton

Everton v Manchester City

Man City boss Pep Guardiola (Getty)Everton won the corresponding fixture 4-0 last season and Manchester City have not actually beaten the Blues in their last four Premier League games, having picked up a point at the Etihad earlier in the season.

Pep Guardiola has never beaten Everton in three previous attempts as a manager but feel he will buck that trend at Goodison as City play the first of two very big games on Merseyside over the next week.

Prediction: Everton 1-3 Manchester City

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Arsenal v Stoke City

Arsene Wenger’s side will be seeking back-to-back league wins for the first time since November (Getty)Arsenal have won their last 15 home games against Stoke in all competitions and it is hard to see past another home win at the Emirates on Sunday.

The Gunners have won their last 24 home league games against sides who started the day in the bottom three but if they beat the Potters at the weekend, it will be the first time they have won back-to-back in the league since November, which highlights their inconsistency this term.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Stoke City

Chelsea v Tottenham

Chelsea have an incredible record over Spurs at Stamford Bridhe (Getty)Chelsea have not lost at home to Spurs in the league since February 1990 – a run of 27 games. Indeed, Spurs have never won at Stamford Bridge in the history of the Premier League – an unwanted record of 25 games and counting.

Sunday’s clash promises to be a quality, full-blooded encounter and I expect to see goals. Spurs have taken the lead but failed to hang on in their last two league games at the Bridge losing 2-1 last term and, famously, surrendering a 2-0 lead back in May 2016 – a result that went down particularly well in Leicester.

Both sides came through difficult FA Cup quarter-final away ties before the international break and this could be a dress rehearsal of the FA Cup final in May, although Manchester United and Southampton will have much to say in the semi-finals.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham

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Michael Owen’s Premier League and FA Cup predictions

After a winning Champions League midweek treble, it is back to domestic action and BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen again shares his thoughts on how he thinks things will unfold this weekend.

On the agenda are the FA Cup quarter-finals and four Premier League clashes.

FA Cup

Swansea City v Tottenham – Saturday

Any club side in the world would miss Harry Kane and his goals but Spurs have to show they are not a one-man band at the Liberty Stadium against an improving Swansea side.

Tottenham will look to Son Heung-Min in the absence of Harry Kane (Getty)Spurs are unbeaten in their last 15 games against the Swans in all competitions although the South Wales outfit did pick up a point at Wembley earlier in the season. Son Heung-Min stepped up to the plate in Kane’s absence at the Vitality Stadium last weekend and the South Korean might again be the difference given he has scored nine times in his last 10 FA Cup starts.

Prediction: Swansea City 1-2 Tottenham

Manchester United v Brighton – Saturday

Romelu Lukaku could be the man to lift the gloom around Manchester United (Reuters)I think Manchester United will be stung by their midweek Champions League defeat, and the criticism of their performance against Sevilla, and expect them to bounce back against Brighton.

Romelu Lukaku has scored 11 goals in his last 10 FA Cup appearances and the only tie in that period he failed to score in was against United in the 2016 semi-final for Everton when he missed a penalty for the Blues.

You have to go back to 1986 for the last time Brighton won an away FA Cup match against top-flight opposition and they may have to wait at least another twelve months to buck that trend.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Brighton

Wigan Athletic v Southampton – Sunday

Mark Hughes will take charge of his first game as Southampton manager (Getty)Wigan have already beaten Bournemouth, West Ham and Manchester City en route to the last eight and it will be interesting to see what side new Southampton manager Mark Hughes fields at the DW Stadium given their current position in the Premier League.

There are no replays in the quarter-finals this year and it would be no surprise if the tie went to extra-time or penalties but if there is to be a winner in 90 minutes, I think the 2013 winners might edge out the Premier League side.

Prediction: Wigan Athletic 1-1 Southampton

Leicester City v Chelsea – Sunday

Chelsea will have to bounce back from their defeat to Barcelona (Getty)Chelsea have won twelve of their last 15 games against Leicester but the champions had a tough game at Barcelona midweek and they will have to be at their best against a Foxes side who put four past West Brom last weekend.

Chelsea cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves after they hit the woodwork no less than four times over the two legs against Barca and it is hard not to conclude that Lionel Messi was the sole difference between the sides.

This looks sure to be a close, entertaining affair and I can see opportunities at both ends – but if there is to be a winner in 90 minutes perhaps the hosts can shade it.

Prediction: Leicester City 2-1 Chelsea

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Premier League (all fixtures on Saturday)

Bournemouth v West Brom

Both of these sides lost 4-1 at home last weekend and West Brom’s defeat at the hands of Leicester was probably their death knell as far as their Premier League status is concerned.

The Cherries played their part in a cracking game against Spurs on Sunday and I would be surprised if they did not get back to winning ways having scored in their last 11 league games.

Prediction: Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom

Huddersfield v Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have lost their last four in a row (Getty)Palace were thrashed by Huddersfield at Selhurst Park on the opening day of the season and the Eagles find themselves back in the bottom three having lost their last four in a row. The hosts start the day four days above the drop zone and a draw would not be the worst result in the world for the Terriers. Palace have only kept five clean sheets so far this season and I expect to see goals at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Prediction: Huddersfield 1-2 Crystal Palace

Stoke City v Everton

Paul Lambert will be targeting maximum points (PA)A massive game for Stoke City who have not won in their last three home games under Paul Lambert. The Potters were no match for City on Monday, but they will have targeted maximum points against Everton – this is a game they simply cannot afford to lose.

Everton have lost their last five Premier League away games and will miss the creativity of the injured Gylfi Sigurdsson, but Cenk Tosun has scored in his last couple of games for the Blues who I feel will take a point.

Prediction: Stoke City 1-1 Everton

Liverpool v Watford

Liverpool will be looking to return to winning ways (Reuters)Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 17 home league games and I expect the Reds to return to winning ways after the disappointment of last weekend’s Old Trafford defeat.

Jurgen Klopp has never lost back-to-back in the Premier League and the Reds put six past the Hornets in the corresponding game last season. The sides shared six goals at Vicarage Road on the opening day of the season and I expect to see goals at Anfield – with Liverpool getting more than their fair share.

Prediction: Liverpool 4-1 Watford

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Jose Mourinho tells Manchester United stars to forget about Liverpool victory and focus on Sevilla and Brighton clashes

Jose Mourinho wants Manchester United to forget about the Liverpool win (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho has told his Manchester United stars to move on from their victory over Liverpool and focus on a ‘live or die’ week for the club.

Marcus Rashford’s first-half brace helped the Red Devils secure a 2-1 win over rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The three points saw United move back into second place, but Mourinho labelled upcoming matches against Sevilla and Brighton as more important.

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United can progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday when Sevilla travel to Manchester. The first leg, in Spain last month, finished goalless.

Mourinho’s side then face Premier League rivals Brighton at the weekend for a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

‘Sevilla and Brighton are more important games than Liverpool,’ Mourinho said.

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‘Liverpool was Liverpool, it was a big match, a match against a direct competitor for the top four, but nothing is decided yet. We have eight more games and 24 points to play for.

‘But Seville and Brighton are “die or live” games, so the next two are much more important than the Liverpool one.’

Mourinho has inspired victories over Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool this season but said wins against rivals ‘mean nothing’.

Manchester United 2017/18 Fixtures

Sevilla – Champions League (H) – Tue Mar 13Brighton – FA Cup (H) – Sat Mar 17Swansea (H) – Sat Mar 31Manchester City (A) – Sat April 7West Brom (H) – Sat April 14AFC Bournemouth (A) – Sat April 21Arsenal (H) – Sat April 28

‘It says nothing, in modern football, you have to live day-by-day, week-by week and match-by-match,’ the former Real Madrid boss said.

‘I can imagine that if we lose against Sevilla, everyone will have forgotten what we did in the last couple of weeks. That’s modern football – you have to live in the moment and cope with it.

‘So, yes, we beat Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool – only Manchester City we’ve not beaten in the current top six – but that means nothing because in football these days you have to prove it every day.’

United face Sevilla at Old Trafford on Tuesday (Picture: EPA)

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Club-record signing Paul Pogba missed Saturday’s clash against Liverpool through injury and could also be ruled out of Tuesday’s fixture against Sevilla.

Mourinho said: ‘He was injured in the last minute of the last training session before the game. Incredible!

‘If I finished the training session one minute before he would have been OK. I don’t know how long he is out for.’

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Premier League all-stars: How a North XI v South XI proposed by Romelu Lukaku might look

Romelu Lukaku has suggested a Premier League all-stars clash (Picture: Metro.co.uk)Romelu Lukaku has suggested the Premier League introduce an NBA style all-star game – but what might it actually look like?

Every February in the NBA an exhibition game involving the best talent in basketball is organised and is a major fixture on the calendar.

The proposal put forward by Lukaku is for a North XI v South XI contest.

Here’s an idea for you guys… the nba has all-star game! Don’t you guys think we should organise one in the @premierleague.. The north vs the south! And the fans vote… what do you guys think? @premierleague @FA 😏😉
— R.Lukaku Bolingoli9 (@RomeluLukaku9) February 26, 2018

To start imagining what the two teams would look like, first the 20 Premier League teams would need to be split into those representing the north and those representing the south…

Teams from the north

Man City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Burnley, Leicester, Everton, Huddersfield, Newcastle, Stoke, West Brom

 

Teams from the south

Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, Watford, Bournemouth, Brighton, West Ham, Southampton, Crystal Palace, Swansea

In the NBA, teams are drafted by two players with the most votes. But wanting to see every team in the Premier League represented, we’re insisting on at least one player from every club.

Based on performances this season and sheer star quality – this is how we imagine the XIs to look…

NORTH XI

The front three of Alexis Sanchez, Jamie Vardy and Mohamed Salah looks lethal, with a ridiculous amount of pace between them.

In midfield there’s enough quality to find the passes, with Kevin de Bruyne the standout player. His Man City team-mate Fernandinho joins him to provide some defensive mindedness to proceedings.

Kevin de Bruyne and Alexis Sanchez are in the XIA defence with Burnley defender Nick Pope commanding them looks a solid bet, with West Brom’s Jonny Evans making the cut despite his recent late night antics.

North team in full…

Man City – Kevin de Bruyne + Fernandinho

Manchester United – Alexis Sanchez

Liverpool – Mohamed Salah

Burnley – Nick Pope

Leicester – Jamie Vardy

Everton – Cuca Martina

Huddersfield – Aaron Mooy

Newcastle – Jamaal Lascelles

Stoke – Xherdan Shaqiri

West Brom – Jonny Evans

SOUTH XI

Harry Kane and Eden Hazard were the two easiest selections for the South XI with the pair consistently tormenting defences over the last few years.

There’s pace and creativity behind them in Richarlison, Wilfried Zaha and Manuel Lanzini while Mesut Ozil will be able to pick out the killer passes.

Harry Kane was the easiest pick (Getty)Marcos Alonso of Chelsea is the standout defender while Lucasz Fabianski goes in goal having impressed for Swansea this season despite their struggles.

North team in full…

Tottenham – Harry Kane

Chelsea – Marcos Alonso + Eden Hazard

Arsenal – Mesut Ozil

Watford – Richarlison

Bournemouth – Nathan Ake

Brighton – Shane Duffy

West Ham – Manuel Lanzini

Southampton – Mario Lemina

Crystal Palace – Wilfried Zaha

Swansea – Lukasz Fabianski

 

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Tottenham v Arsenal

Tottenham entertain Arsenal in the North-London Derby on Saturday in what is the pick of this weekend’s Premier League action. Before things get started with that clash at Wembley, BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen makes his predictions for all 10 games…

Tottenham v Arsenal

Spurs lost the reverse fixture 2-0 at the Emirates earlier in the season but I think they can get revenge for that loss against an Arsenal side who still have to prove they can be as effective on the road as they are at home.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made a promising home debut against Everton last weekend and has scored four goals in his four previous games against Spurs when with Borussia Dortmund.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored on his Arsenal debut (Getty)Premier League leading scorer Harry Kane has six in six against the Gunners and I think it will be the hosts who keep the points in what promises to be an entertaining clash with plenty of opportunities at both ends.

Prediction: Tottenham 3-1 Arsenal

Everton v Crystal Palace

Does Sam Allardyce know his best XI? (Getty)Palace have not lost at Everton in their last four Premier League visits and the Eagles have actually won more times at Goodison (4) than at any other ground in the Premier League. The Blues need to bounce back after an abject performance at the Emirates and, worryingly, I am not convinced Sam Allardyce knows what his best XI is.

Two former England managers in opposition and I feel they will share the spoils at Goodison.

Prediction: Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace

Stoke City v Brighton

Brighton have only scored six times away from home in the league this season, three of those came at West Ham, and haven’t scored a goal in their last four visits to Stoke. I would be surprised if there were many goals in the Potteries but suggest my old club will edge a low-scoring affair.

Prediction: Stoke City 1-0 Brighton

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Swansea City v Burnley

Swansea have improved out of all recognition under Carlos Carvalhal and they will certainly not be lacking in confidence having beaten Liverpool and Arsenal at the Liberty in recent weeks.

The Swans put eight past a hapless Notts County in the FA Cup on Tuesday and Burnley are without a win in their last nine games.

The Clarets did show against City at Turf Moor last week however that they are capable of giving anyone a game and I expect to see a tight, close affair, but if there is to be a winner I think the Swans might keep the points.

Prediction: Swansea City 2-1 Burnley

West Ham v Watford

Watford impressed in a 4-1 win over Chelsea on Monday (Getty)West Ham are unbeaten in their last four home games but Watford were sensational against a below-par Chelsea on Monday and I feel they can get a point at the London Stadium.

I enjoyed watching the Hornet’s mix of pace and power at Vicarage Road earlier in the week, but Watford have only picked up five points from the last 30 on the road and this game has a draw written all over it.

Prediction: West Ham 1-1 Watford

Manchester City v Leicester City

Jamie Vardy is in a fine run of form (Getty)City are unbeaten in their last 25 home league games, but they have had their share of injuries of late although both Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane are likely to be available to Pep Guardiola sooner rather than later.

Jamie Vardy has scored in his last three league games. He has some way to go to match his record run of 11 in the Foxes’ title season of 2015/16 but I feel Claude Puel’s side will score at the Etihad. That said it might not be enough to take a point.

Prediction: Manchester City 4-1 Leicester City

Huddersfield v Bournemouth – Sunday

Huddersfield have lost their last two home games by a three goal margin and go into the weekend in the relegation zone for the first time this season. Only Spurs and Manchester United (12) have picked up more points in 2018 than Bournemouth but I expect the Terriers to show their true colours against the Cherries in a game of few opportunities.

Prediction: Huddersfield 0-0 Bournemouth

Newcastle United v Manchester United – Sunday

Paul Pogba will hope to return to the starting XI (Getty)Two of my former clubs go head-to-head and I feel United will take the points at a ground where they have won more away Premier League games (12) than at any other club.

The Magpies are without a win in their last eight Premier League home games but, surprisingly, Jose Mourinho has never won a league game at St James’s Park in six previous attempts.

Paul Pogba was left out of the United side against Huddersfield at Old Trafford last weekend but I expect the Frenchman to be back in the starting XI and a winning side at the weekend.

Prediction: Newcastle United 1-2 Manchester United

Southampton v Liverpool – Sunday

Mohamed Salah is now up to 20 in the Premier League (Getty)Congratulations to Mo Salah on reaching 20 goals in his debut season in the Premier League with the promise of many more to come.

Virgil van Dijk returns to St Mary’s for the first time following his big-money January move and is likely to start. Liverpool have won both Premier League games he has not played in since he became eligible for the Reds, however, and not won either game he has started.

Saints begin the weekend just two points above the relegation places despite winning at the Hawthorns on Saturday. Sadio Mane is another former Southampton player and the striker has scored six goals in his last five games at St Mary’s. I expect to see goals with Liverpool getting more than their fair share and giving Jurgen Klopp his 50th Premier League win in his 95th game in charge of the Reds.

Prediction: Southampton 1-3 Liverpool

Chelsea v West Brom – Monday

Antonio Conte saw his side well beaten by Watford last time out (Getty)Chelsea have won all three-league games against the Baggies since Antonio Conte took over and a month ago, you would have thought this was a banker home win. The champions have conceded seven goals in their last two league games against Bournemouth and Watford, however, and looked completely out of sorts at Vicarage Road on Monday.

Conte will demand his side bounce back against an Albion side who go into the game bottom-of-the-league. The Chelsea faithful will demand three points and an emphatic victory and I think the Blues will keep the points.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 West Brom

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including wins for Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool

With Liverpool having inflicted a first defeat on Manchester City last weekend there is a glimour of hope for the chasing pack. All the contenders are in action over the coming days and BetVictor brand ambassador has predicted how they will get on…

Brighton v Chelsea

The 1-1 draw with Norwich (before Chelsea won on penalties) in the FA Cup followed three successive 0-0 draws for Chelsea but the good news for Antonio Conte and Blues’ fans is that Brighton have lost their last seven games against Chelsea in all competitions. I expect the visitors to take the points.

Antonio Conte has seen his side struggle recently (Getty)The Seagulls have been tough to beat, especially at home, this season but their two home defeats have been at the hands of City and Liverpool and they have failed to score in eight of their last 12 league games. They lack the class of the west London outfit.

Prediction: Brighton 0-1 Chelsea

Arsenal v Crystal Palace

Alexandre Lacazette and his Arsenal team-mates will have to pick up the slack with Alexis Sanchez leaving (Reuters/John Sibley)John Salako scored the winner – at Highbury – the last time Palace beat Arsenal away back in 1994 and I think the Gunners will keep the points despite the fact that the Eagles have been on an impressive run since Roy Hodgson took charge.

When the sides met in the reverse fixture back in December, Alexis Sanchez scored a brace but it looks as if the Chilean will join Manchester United between now and the end of the window.

Arsenal are entering a period of transition but they still have some quality attacking players and they can keep all three points in what should be an entertaining derby.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace

Burnley v Manchester United

Paul Pogba is in top form (Getty)Manchester United have only conceded one goal in their last nine visits to Turf Moor and I expect Jose Mourinho’s side to have too much pace and class for the Clarets who have not won in their last six Premier League games.

United have scored at least twice in their last five away league games and Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku were back to their best against Stoke earlier in the week. The pair might be the difference between the sides at Turf Moor.

Prediction: Burnley 0-2 Manchester United

Everton v West Brom

Things haven’t been going swimmingly for Sam Allardyce (Getty)Everton have scored just once in their last five Premier League games and have only had four shots on target in that period. This is a big game for both clubs and I am looking forward to the home debut of Cenk Tosun who had just scraps to feed on at Wembley last weekend.

The Baggies have won their last two games including breaking their barren league run last weekend and I expect to see a tight, close affair, which might be decided by a single goal.

Prediction: Everton 1-0 West Brom

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Leicester City v Watford

Watford’s 23 Premier League games so far this season has seen 75 goals scored and I would be surprised if we did not see a number of goals at the King Power Stadium.

The Hornets have only picked up five points from the last 30 on offer and I think things are likely to get worse before they get better for the Hornets.

Prediction: Leicester City 3-2 Watford

Stoke City v Huddersfield

Paul Lambert takes charge of his first game (PA)Paul Lambert will take charge of his first Stoke City game at the weekend and I expect the Potters’ to keep all three points against the Terriers, despite the fact that the hosts have now conceded more goals (50) than any other side in Europe’s big five leagues.

Stoke have some quality players in their ranks, however, and a new manager can often have a galvanising effect on the players who will all want to impress their new boss. Lambert failed to win any of his last 10 games when he last managed in the Premier League at Villa (February 2015) and he will be eager to make a winning start.

Prediction: Stoke City 1-0 Huddersfield

West Ham v Bournemouth

Another game where I expect to see goals given the teams have scored 23 times in the five previous Premier League games between the clubs.

The Hammers have scored 15 times in their last six league games and David Moyes deserves plenty of credit for turning the club around after a difficult start. It will be 364 days at kick-off since the Irons last won back-to-back in the league, but I think they can beat the Cherries despite them showing their mettle when coming from a goal down against Arsenal last weekend.

Prediction: West Ham 3-1 Bournemouth

Manchester City v Newcastle

Pep Guardiola will be hoping to get another lengthy run started (Getty)City are unbeaten in their last 20 Premier League games against Newcastle and I expect Pep Guardiola’s side to bounce back after their Anfield defeat.

City remain unbeaten in their last 23 home league games but, one could argue that the Magpies are a better side on the road this season than at St James’s Park. Rafa Benitez’s side are looking for a third successive away Premier League win for the first time since 2001 when they were managed by the late great Sir Bobby Robson.

Prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Newcastle

Southampton v Tottenham – Sunday

Mauricio Pochettino returns to his former club (Getty)Spurs have won their last two on their travels and they looked back to their very best when giving Everton a 5-0 hiding at Wembley last weekend.

Former Saints’ boss Mauricio Pochettino is unbeaten at St Mary’s since he left the club at the end of the 2013-14 season whilst Saints have not won in their last 10 league games. I cannot see past a Spurs win.

Prediction: Southampton 1-2 Tottenham

Swansea v Liverpool – Monday

Can Mohamed Salah continue his incredible form? (Getty)This game pits the side with the fewest home league goals (6) so far this season with the side with the most goals on the road in the division (29) and I agree with the formbook – an away win.

I was asked earlier in the week if I was surprised with the inclusion of Loris Karius for the Reds over Simon Mignolet for last weekend’s visit of Manchester City and I must admit I was. I think Jurgen Klopp looks upon Karius as the future of the club and a better distributor of the ball with both hands and feet than the Belgian international. There looks little between the pair as shot-stoppers but Karius is perhaps more of a modern ‘sweeper’ and I look forward to watching his development.

Liverpool won the reverse fixture 5-0 at Anfield earlier in the season and the Reds have scored at least twice in their last six away league games.

Just to put the game into some context Mo Salah has scored 18 times from 44 shots on target so far this term. The Swans have scored 14 times from 52 shots on target.

Prediction: Swansea 1-3 Liverpool

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Liverpool v Man City

The big game of the weekend comes at Anfield on Sunday when champions-elect Manchester City are the visitors and we can expect plenty of goals.

Betvictor brand ambassador Michael Owen has shared his thoughts on that clash, and the rest of this weekend’s Premier League action.

Chelsea v Leicester City

Since losing at home to City back in September, Chelsea have won their last seven home Premier League games and have conceded just three times in the period. The Blues were in Carabao Cup semi-final action on Wednesday but I do not expect fatigue to play a part given the strength of Antonio Conte’s squad.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte (Getty)The Foxes have scored and conceded in 14 of their 22 league games so far this term and they may find the back of the Blues’ net on Saturday. They don’t have a great recent away record, however, against ‘big six’ opposition given they are without a win in their last 12 Premier League away games.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 Leicester City

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Crystal Palace v Burnley

Palace have lost just one of their last 11 league games after a terrible start to the season and they will want to bounce back after their defeat at Brighton in the FA Cup earlier in the week.

Burnley have been excellent on the road in the league so far this season, but I just think the Eagles will take the points, having rested their talisman Wilf Zaha at the Amex on Monday.

Palace should have beaten City at Selhurst Park in their last home game and I think they will have too much pace and power for the Clarets in what should be an entertaining game.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 Burnley

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Huddersfield v West Ham

Huddersfield have drawn three of their last four games and I expect the Terriers to again have to settle for a point against a West Ham side who are unbeaten in their last three away league games under David Moyes.

I wouldn’t expect to see many goals at the John Smith’s Stadium in what is likely to be a tight, tense affair.

Prediction: Huddersfield 1-1 West Ham

Newcastle v Swansea

Rafa Benitez has seen an improvement in his side recently (Getty)Newcastle have picked up seven points from their last four games and I expect them to maintain their recent improvement with a win against Swansea at St James’s Park.

Swansea did come from behind to win their last away league game at Watford but they remain at the-foot-of-the table and did lose their last seven on the road before their trip to Vicarage Road.

Prediction: Newcastle 2-1 Swansea

Watford v Southampton

Watford have lost six of their last seven Premier League games and have lost more points (16) from winning positions than any other side in the division. I haven’t lost faith in the Hornets, however, and expect them to beat a Southampton side who are, themselves, without a win in nine league encounters.

There are normally goals when these sides meet (34 in the last eight) and I expect to see the hosts keep the points on home soil.

Prediction: Watford 2-0 Southampton

West Brom v Brighton

Alan Pardew is without a win since taking charge (Getty)West Brom have never lost a home league game against Brighton and, although they have not won in their last 20 Premier League games, I think the Baggies can keep the points at the Hawthorns.

There are unlikely to be many goals despite the fact that the last three league games between the sides have finished 3-1 to the hosts. The Seagulls have failed to score in eight of their away league games so far this season, and I think the Baggies will win a low-scoring contest.

Prediction: West Brom 1-0 Brighton

Tottenham v Everton

Harry Kane is on the verge of a huge milestone (Reuters)Harry Kane (96) is just two goals away from becoming Spurs’ top scorer in the Premier League with my old England teammate Teddy Sheringham currently ruling the roost on 97.

Kane has scored twice in his last two Premier League games against Everton. The England striker will become only the seventh player in the history of the competition to score two or more goals against the same opposition in three successive games if he grabs a brace or more at Wembley.

Everton played well in patches at Liverpool in the FA Cup last time and it will be interesting to see if manager Sam Allardyce gives the exciting Ademola Lookman a chance after his Anfield cameo.

That said Everton have only won one of their last 43 away league games against the ‘big six’ and I cannot see them getting a result in the capital.

Prediction: Tottenham 3-1 Everton

Bournemouth v Arsenal – Sunday

Arsene Wenger will have to watch the match from the stands (Getty)Bournemouth have never beaten Arsenal in six previous games although they were three-nil up in this corresponding fixture last season before having to settle for a point.

The Cherries have conceded in their last nine league games and it is hard to see them keep a clean sheet against the Gunners. That said I cannot see the Gunners holding out for 90 minutes and there ought to be a number of goals at the Vitality Stadium.

Prediction: Bournemouth 1-2 Arsenal

Liverpool v Manchester City – Sunday

Will Mo Salah be able to continue his incredible form against Man City (Getty)Liverpool begin life without Philippe Coutinho in what promises to be one of the games of the season played between the two most exciting sides in the division.

I was asked this week if I thought Riyad Mahrez, who has been linked with a move to Anfield, would be the ideal replacement for Coutinho but I couldn’t agree. As good a player as Mahrez is, he might not possess the pace or work ethic that Jurgen Klopp might be looking for and I wonder where he would fit into the starting XI – certainly not instead of the brilliant Mo Salah on the right side of the front three.

Liverpool will be looking for revenge after their 5-0 defeat at the Etihad earlier in the season, but make no mistake they were every bit as good as City until Sadio Mane was red-carded at 1-0. It should be a cracker with plenty of chances and goals played in a white-hot Anfield atmosphere – I cannot wait!

Prediction: Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City

Manchester United v Stoke City – Monday

Jesse Lingard is on fire (Getty)You have to go back to 1976 for the last time Stoke won at Old Trafford and it is hard to make a case for the managerless Potters given their current form. I’ve been impressed by the development in Jesse Lingard’s game this season and his 11 goals and five assists make him something of an unsung hero at Old Trafford. Stoke fans can take heart from the fact that they have never lost an away league game on a Monday night – until now!

Prediction: Manchester United  Stoke City

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