Daniel Sturridge trolled by fans after coming off injured THREE minutes into Chelsea game

Sturridge has an infamous record of being persistently injured (Picture: Getty)Daniel Sturridge hobbled off injured yet again just three minutes after kick-off in West Brom‘s Premier League match against Chelsea on Monday night.

Sturridge, who joined the Baggies on loan from Liverpool in January, looked to have pulled his hamstring as he headed straight down the tunnel.

He was replaced by Jay Rodriguez, who had a glorious chance to put the Baggies ahead just after coming on. However, he couldn’t make the most of Victor Moses’ poor backpass and sent his shot miles wide.

But despite his miss, fans watching the game preferred to discuss Sturridge’s early exit, with Newcastle supporters particularly vocal,  claiming their failure to sign the striker themselves in January was a ‘lucky escape’.

Does anyone feel sorry for Sturridge anymore? I don’t.
— Hersini (@HersiniJunior) February 12, 2018

Sturridge seems a boss lad but his body is made of cheese
— Euphoric Mess (@EuphoricMess) February 12, 2018

Lol Daniel Sturridge injured……… some things never change, no matter who the team. 😂
— J Ellacott (@jon_ellacott) February 12, 2018

Sturridge gone off injured, in other news water is wet
— Robert Tyrrell (@SquizzBFC) February 12, 2018

Daniel Sturridge…. what a joke!
That’s another 6 weeks sat on his arse earning a bastard fortune then
— Thomas Liversage (@TomLiversage) February 12, 2018

A shame for Daniel Sturridge, injured before Alan Pardew got the chance to try him out at left back.
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) February 12, 2018

Dodged a bullet with Sturridge glad he went to West Brom injured again by the looks of it 😂 #NUFC
— Rhys Jordan Tullin (@RhysTullin) February 12, 2018

However, there was the odd fan who had sympathy for him…

You’d have to feel sorry for Daniel sturridge a good player struck down by injuries couldn’t be good for him mentally ! As a football fan it’s not nice to see ☹️
— Jason Harkin (@JasonHarkin) February 12, 2018

Don’t think it’s necessary for any banter on Sturridge. And regarding his wages, he didn’t chose to have a career like that.
Feel sorry for him. Was a shrewd scorer when he was fit.
— Ranajit Gopinath (@RanajitG) February 12, 2018

The striker is known for suffering repeat injuries in the past, having not played more than 30 games for Liverpool in a single season since their 2013-14 campaign.

West Brom’s next game is against Huddersfield in the Premier League on February 24.

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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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Daniel Sturridge explains Newcastle snub as details of loan deal to West Brom emerge

Daniel Sturridge has joined West Brom on loan until the end of the season (Getty)Daniel Sturridge has said his decision to snub Newcastle was because West Brom were the ‘right fit’.

The Liverpool striker has moved to the Hawthorns on a loan deal until the end of the season.

It was thought he was going to join Newcastle, with the England international even speaking with manager Rafael Benitez.

But instead the Birmingham-born player opted for a move to the Baggies.

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‘I just felt this was the right fit for me. I’ve got friends here I’ve played with before, the manager spoke very well and there’s the challenge with the team and the style of play,’ said the 28-year-old.

Details of the loan move have emerged, with West Brom understood to be paying all of Sturridge’s £120,000-a-week wages.

They also agreed to pay Liverpool a £2million loan fee, according to the Daily Mail.

Daniel Sturridge has struggled for game time this season, with just five Premier League starts (Getty)

Sturridge’s season so far…

Premier League starts: 5

Substitute appearances: 4

Goals: 2

Assists: 1

Champions League starts: 0

Substitute appearances: 5

Goals: 1

Assists: 2

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West Brom manager Alan Pardew couldn’t hide his delight with the deal, which came just 48 hours after his side beat Liverpool at Anfield in the FA Cup.

‘This is a big coup for us,’ he said. ‘I hope our fans can understand that we are fighting to stay in the Premier League, not just on the pitch but in the market place.

‘I speak for my staff and my players and say thank you to Daniel for agreeing to assist us in league and Cup. He has fantastic talent and will strengthen our ambitions on both fronts.’

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge close to joining Newcastle United on loan

Daniel Sturridge is on the verge of joining Newcastle United. (Getty Images)Daniel Sturridge is close to joining Newcastle United on loan from Liverpool, according to reports.

The 28-year-old has barely featured under Jurgen Klopp this season and has started only five games in the Premier League so far.

Liverpool are open to allowing Sturridge to leave, although the striker is keen to remain in England.

Sturridge has attracted interest from Inter and Sevilla, but The Times report that Newcastle are closing in on a deal.

Sturridge has started only five Premier League games this season. (Getty Images)The report claims that Rafa Benitez’s side will pay a £1.5 million loan fee to Liverpool and will also cover the striker’s £120,000-a-week salary.

West Ham and West Brom have also expressed an interest in signing Sturridge but Newcastle are hopeful they can secure a deal after missing out on Nicolai Jorgensen.

Newcastle submitted two offers for the Denmark international but Feyenoord are refusing to lower their £20m asking price.

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Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen is also on Newcastle’s radar. (Getty Images)Sturridge has asked to leave Liverpool after falling down the pecking order at Anfield and was left out of the squad for the 3-2 defeat to West Brom in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

Newcastle, meanwhile, currently sit 15th in the Premier League and just a point above the relegation places.

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

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

Christmas is just around the corner and the games in the Premier League are coming thick and fast.

Ahead of the latest round of top-flight fixtures BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen picks out his festive crackers and Christmas turkeys – including from the Friday night clash between Arsenal and his former side Liverpool…

Arsenal v Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are the first team in top-flight English football to have won four successive away league games by three or more goals and I think Arsenal will find the Reds potent attacking threat too hot to handle on Friday.

Mohamed Salah has been the stand-out performer in Liverpool’s incredible attack (Getty)Arsenal have won 13 of their last 14 home games in the Premier League and will be desperate for revenge having been thrashed 4-0 in the reverse fixture at Anfield. The Gunners may score in the first game of the festive period – I just think Liverpool will score more in what promises to be a real Christmas cracker.

Congratulations to Mo Salah who became the first Premier League player to reach 20 goals in all competitions so far this season. He has been quite magnificent for the Reds so far this term.

Prediction: Arsenal 1-3 Liverpool

Everton v Chelsea

Wayne Rooney was on target as Everton beat Swansea in midweek (Reuters)Everton have lost their last three Premier League games against Chelsea by an aggregate of 10-0 and this will be a real examination of the Blues’ recent improvement under Sam Allardyce. The Toffees have had their fair share of luck in recent games but 13 points out of their last five league games shows just how far this young Everton side have come in the last month or so.

That said Chelsea have already beaten Everton three times in 2017 and scored ten times in their last three visits to Goodison. Antonio Conte’s side can take the points back to the capital.

Prediction: Everton 0-2 Chelsea

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Brighton v Watford

Brighton have only scored once in their last five games and that was a disputed penalty in their 5-1 home beating at the hands of Liverpool. Watford have had a player sent off in their last three Premier League games and no side has ever received a red card in four consecutive league games.

The Seagulls have only lost one of their last eight home league games – that 5-1 home defeat to Liverpool – and this is a game I am sure Chris Hughton will expect rather than hope to get a positive result from. The Hornets’ form has cooled in recent weeks after a terrific run, but I expect them to pick up a point at the Amex in a score draw.

Prediction: Brighton 1-1 Watford

Manchester City v Bournemouth

Manchester City came through their League Cup tie with Leicester in midweek on penalties (Getty)Record-breaking City were sensational against Spurs in a high-quality game last weekend and it is hard to see Bournemouth ending City’s run of sixteen successive Premier League wins.

The last English manager to win at the Etihad was Harry Redknapp back in May 2010 and I don’t think Eddie Howe will buck that trend at the weekend. A win over the Cherries and City will be just three wins short of the longest ever winning run in one of Europe’s big five leagues which currently stands at 19 by Pep Guardiola’s Bayern side between October 2013 and March 2014.

Kevin De Bruyne was outstanding against Spurs last weekend and arguably, The Player of the Year in the first half of the season looks overpriced to find the back of the Bournemouth net.

Prediction: Manchester City 5-0 Bournemouth

Southampton v Huddersfield

After seven successive defeats on the road Huddersfield bounced back with an emphatic success at Watford last weekend, but I think they will struggle against a Southampton side who are certainly due a win having only picked up a couple of points from their last 15 on offer. Saints struggle to keep clean sheets, but I will be surprised if they aren’t too good for the Terriers on this occasion.

Prediction: Southampton 2-0 Huddersfield

Stoke City v West Brom

Stoke manager Mark Hughes is under mounting pressure (Getty)Stoke have lost their last three and they will be desperate to get back to winning ways in this local derby. Given the visitors are without a win in their last sixteen Premier League games this looks a gilt-edged opportunity for the Potters but I’m not so sure.

The Baggies are unbeaten in their last six against Stoke in the Premier League and this is likely to be a tight, close, nervous affair between two sides low in confidence. One goal might be enough.

Prediction: Stoke City 1-0 West Brom

Swansea City v Crystal Palace

The corresponding fixture finished 5-4 last season but Swansea have only scored ten times in their 18 Premier League games so far this term and they may be meeting this improving Palace side at just the wrong time. The Eagles are unbeaten in their last seven, won 3-0 at the King Power last weekend and have the excellent Wilfried Zaha at the top of his game. In contrast Swansea don’t even have a manager after the sacking of Paul Clement.

Prediction: Swansea City 0-1 Crystal Palace

West Ham v Newcastle

David Moyes and Rafa Benitez during their time together on Merseyside in charge of Everton and Liverpool respectively (Getty)West Ham have kept clean sheets in their last three Premier League games and I think they can make it a miserable Christmas for the Toon Army given the Magpies go in to the game having lost their last four.

There wasn’t much love lost between Rafa Benitez and David Moyes when they were managing Liverpool and Everton respectively and the former Reds boss is unbeaten in his last nine Premier League encounters against Moyes. I think the Hammers will edge what promises to be a tight low-scoring affair although the hosts will miss their influential suspended midfielder Manuel Lanzini.

Prediction: West Ham 1-0 Newcastle

Burnley v Tottenham

James Tarkowski of Burnley is suspended and that could make a big difference (Getty)Few would have thought at the start of the season that Burnley would be ahead of Spurs in the table going into the busy festive period. The Clarets have been a revelation so far this term and have kept six clean sheets in their last eight home Premier League games, but I think Spurs can end a run of five games on their Premier League travels without a win.

Burnley are likely to be without defender James Tarkowski, who has been charged retrospectively with violent conduct following a clash with Brighton’s Glenn Murray at the weekend, and that will be a big blow to the Clarets.

Prediction: Burnley 0-2 Tottenham

Leicester City v Manchester United

It’s a case of Pogback for Manchester United (Getty)United have won their last three away from home in the league but have actually conceded in their last five and I think there will be goals in the King Power. The Foxes weren’t able to stop the City juggernaut in the League Cup midweek and they will do well to get something from the visit of United who have their talisman Paul Pogba available following his recent three-match ban.

It promises to be an open entertaining contest – United might shade it but I will be surprised if both sides don’t find the back of the net.

Prediction: Leicester City 1-2 Manchester United

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Man City v Spurs and West Brom v Man Utd

Manchester City gained a record 15th successive win in the Premier League at Swansea in midweek and Pep Guardiola’s side entertain Tottenham in the big game of the weekend on Saturday.

BetVictor brand ambassador and former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen makes his prediction for that game and the other nine Premier League clashes taking place over the next few days.

Leicester City v Crystal Palace

Palace have failed to score in 10 successive away Premier League games and you have to go back to 1950 (Manchester City ironically) for the last time a top-flight English side failed to score in 11 games on the road. Palace are unbeaten in their last six in the Premier League – courtesy of a couple of goalless draws on the road as well as strong home form – but they are meeting a Leicester side who have scored seven times in two away wins this week and are at the top of their game at present.

Prediction: Leicester City 2-1 Crystal Palace

Arsenal v Newcastle United

Rafa Benitez hasn’t had much to smile about in recent weeks (Getty)Arsenal have won their last nine Premier League games against Newcastle and they are likely to make that 10 at the weekend given the Magpies have picked up just one point from their last eight league games – the worst record in the division.

Rafa Benitez has never won at Arsenal in the Premier League and these are worrying times for my former club who face a difficult game at West Ham next weekend before they entertain Manchester City over Christmas.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle United

Brighton v Burnley

Burnley recorded yet another win in midweek (Getty)Burnley have won six of their last eight league games as their excellent start to the campaign shows no sign of letting up, although I feel they may have to settle for a point against a Brighton side who have lost their last three.

The Clarets have only conceded 12 goals so far this term yet have allowed the opposition a league-high 279 shots. Brighton will be desperate to arrest their current slide and I think they will get a draw on the south coast.

Prediction: Brighton 1-1 Burnley

Chelsea v Southampton

Willian and Eden Hazard in action for Chelsea in midweek (Getty)Southampton were well-beaten at home to Leicester midweek and things are likely to get worse for the Saints at Stamford Bridge at the weekend. Eden Hazard has been involved in seven goals in 10 starts against Southampton and it will be interesting to see if Antonio Conte again plays without a recognised striker if Alvaro Morata fails to recover from his back injury in time.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Southampton

Stoke City v West Ham

Stoke have kept just two clean sheets so far this term which is a concern whereas West Ham have picked up just three points from their last 27 on offer on the road. The Hammers have done tremendously well to keep two clean sheets and pick up four points from the visits of Chelsea and Arsenal this week, but the question is can they maintain that recent improvement now they are away from the London Stadium.

Prediction: Stoke City 0-1 West Ham

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Watford v Huddersfield Town

Watford have now lost 13 points from winning positions in the Premier League after surrendering the lead to Crystal Place midweek. The Hornets are ravaged by injury and suspensions for the visit of Huddersfield, but they have a deep squad and I expect Marco Silva’s side to return to winning ways.

The Terriers have lost their last five away Premier League games by two or more goals and have failed to score in any of those games – I expect that run to continue at Vicarage Road.

Prediction: Watford 3-0 Huddersfield Town

Manchester City v Tottenham

David Silva scored twice in midweek (Getty)Manchester City are without a win in their last four Premier League games against Spurs and, surprisingly perhaps, the north London outfit have won more away games against City (10) than they have at any other Premier League club.

That said City have been irresistible so far this season and their record-breaking 15 successive Premier League wins shows no sign of stopping. Pep Guardiola won 19 Bundesliga games in a row between October 2013 and March 2014 when in charge of Bayern Munich and I would expect him to be challenging his City side to break that extraordinary record. Spurs could easily score at the Etihad but I expect City to score more.

Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Tottenham

West Brom v Manchester United – Sunday

Romelu Lukaku his the back of the net in midweek (Getty)West Brom got an excellent point at Anfield in midweek but they have lost eight of their last 11 Premier League games at the Hawthorns against United and I expect the visitors to take the points.

Romelu Lukaku will have been delighted to score the winning goal against Bournemouth in midweek and he famously scored a hat-trick in this corresponding fixture back in May 2013 when a second half substitute in the 5-5 draw that brought the curtain down on the managerial career of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Prediction: West Brom 1-2 Manchester United

Bournemouth v Liverpool – Sunday

Jurgen Klopp has overseen two draws in the last week (Getty)Bournemouth won this corresponding fixture 4-3 when they played 12 months ago but I don’t think they will find the Reds in as benevolent a mood on Sunday.

The Cherries had their chances at Old Trafford earlier in the week and will be disappointed to have come away with nothing. I expect to see goals at the Vitality Stadium in what promises to be an entertaining game.

Prediction: Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool

Everton v Swansea City – Monday

Wayne Rooney is in a great run of form (Getty)Swansea have scored as many Premier League goals this term as Wayne Rooney (9) and the former England striker has a cracking record against the Swans with three goals and four assists against the Welsh side in his last seven games.

Everton have tightened up defensively since Sam Allardyce took over and they are likely to have too much at Goodison for a Swansea side who have had just 33 shots on target in their 17 Premier League games so far this term

Prediction: Everton 2-0 Swansea City

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United

Following a huge weekend in the Premier League in which Manchester City moved 11 points clear at the top of the table, we have another full round of fixtures.

All 20 sides are involved in the midweek action and ahead of the games BetVictor brand ambassador and former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen picks those he thinks will come out on top.

Burnley v Stoke City

There have only been nine goals scored in eight Premier League games at Turf Moor so far this season and it is hard to imagine we will see a goal-fest midweek.

One goal was enough for the Clarets against 10-man Watford on Saturday and these are difficult times for Mark Hughes’ side who conceded five at Wembley at the weekend. The Potters have taken just 41 points from their last 40 PL games and may struggle again in Lancashire midweek where one goal again may be enough to separate the teams.

Prediction: Burnley 1-0 Stoke City

Crystal Palace v Watford

Christian Benteke reacts to his missed penalty (Getty)Palace had a gilt-edged opportunity to climb the table but squandered a late penalty against Bournemouth at the weekend and who knows how important those two points might be at the end of the campaign.

Christian Benteke certainly owes his side, and all Eagles fans, a big game against Watford given he hasn’t scored in his last 12 games for the club over a period of 852 minutes. Palace have scored twice in their last five home games, however, while the Hornets were also free-scoring on the road before they drew a blank with 10-men at Turf Moor at the weekend. I expect to see goals – as is the norm – at Selhurst Park.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Watford

Huddersfield Town v Chelsea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte knows his side must get back to winning ways this week (Getty)Huddersfield have won three of their last four home games and the only defeat in that period was courtesy of a late Manchester City winner.

Chelsea only dropped 21 points in their title season last term but have already dropped 16 after their loss at West Ham on Saturday. They must get back to winning ways against the Terriers although it won’t be easy in the John Smith’s Stadium.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 0-2 Chelsea

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Newcastle United v Everton

Newcastle don’t have the best of records against Everton – losing six of their last seven games – and the Magpies have only picked up one point from their last seven league games. Rafa Benitez will have been disappointed to concede three at home to a good Leicester side at the weekend and they must improve defensively if they don’t want to get embroiled in a relegation battle.

That said Everton were poor at Anfield despite picking up a valuable point on Sunday and Benitez has never lost a home PL game against the Blues. I expect that run to continue midweek although both sides may have to settle for a point.

Prediction: Newcastle United 1-1 Everton

Southampton v Leicester City

Claude Puel returns to St Mary’s (Getty)Two improving sides in opposition on the south coast where Claude Puel will make a quick return to St Mary’s with his Leicester side who have won their last three league games.

Saints have only lost one of their 11 home Premier League games against the Foxes and that loss was back at the Den in 2000. This should be an entertaining affair between two in-form teams and I can’t split them.

Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Leicester City

Swansea City v Manchester City

Sergio Aguero should be back in the side (Getty)Manchester City will break Arsenal’s record for successive PL wins (14 between February and August 2002) if they win in South Wales on Wednesday. To put into some context City’s unprecedented start to the season they have picked up 46 points from 16 games. That tally was enough to finish eighth in the PL in the 2016/17 season!

The Swans don’t score, or concede, many goals but I think they will find the visitors too hot to handle at the Liberty Stadium and expect to see Sergio Aguero back in the side and back among the goals having been left out of the team at Old Trafford.

Prediction: Swansea City 0-4 Manchester City

Liverpool v West Brom

Philippe Coutinho started on the bench at the weekend (Getty)Liverpool have to put behind the loss of two points in the Merseyside derby and it will be interesting to see what side Jurgen Klopp starts with at Anfield against West Brom, having shuffled his pack for the visit of Everton on Sunday.

The Baggies have scored in their last six PL games at Anfield and may do so again midweek, but I take the Reds to get back to winning ways.

Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 West Brom

Manchester United v Bournemouth

Romelu Lukaku could do with a goal (Getty)Romelu Lukaku has scored five times in four games against Bournemouth in the Premier League, including four in one game back in February, but badly needs a goal in a United shirt with just one in his last nine in the PL.

United may have lost their long unbeaten home record to City on Sunday but they played their part in a terrific game. You have to go back to January 2014 for the last time United lost back-to-back home games and the Cherries might be in for a long night.

Prediction: Manchester United 3-0 Bournemouth

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Tottenham v Brighton

Brighton have never won at Wembley in three previous visits and it is hard to make a case for the Seagulls who have picked up just one point in their last four games and were no match for another of the newly-promoted clubs Huddersfield at the weekend.

Harry Kane’s brace against Stoke now means the striker has scored 50 goals this calendar year for club and country and the striker will be looking to add to that impressive tally when Chris Hughton takes his side to face his old club.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Brighton

West Ham v Arsenal

Olivier Giroud rescued Arsenal at the weekend (Getty)A fascinating game at the London Stadium with West Ham looking to build on a fabulous win against champions Chelsea at the weekend and Arsenal desperate to return to winning ways having salvaged a point at St Mary’s courtesy of Olivier Giroud’s late header.

Arsene Wenger must do without the injured Aaron Ramsay, which is a blow to the Gunners, and I was taken with the Hammers spirit and defensive qualities against Chelsea. If there is to be a winner midweek, I think it will be the hosts.

Prediction: West Ham 2-2 Arsenal

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

It’s another huge weekend in the Premier League with two North-West derbies as Liverpool host Everton and Manchester United take on Man City at Old Trafford.

BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen, who played for both Liverpool and Man Utd, gives his predictions for those games and the rest of this weekend’s Premier League matches.

West Ham v Chelsea

David Moyes will break an unwanted Premier League record in Saturday’s early kick off when he manages a side for the 41st successive Premier League game who start the fixture in the relegation zone.

David Moyes has picked up one point from four matches since taking charge of West Ham (Getty)I would be surprised if that unwelcome run ends following the visit of the champions, despite an improved showing from the Hammers at the Etihad last weekend. The hosts may well score but with Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata in such good form for the visitors, it is difficult to look beyond an away win.

Prediction: West Ham 1-3 Chelsea

Burnley v Watford

The last time Watford won at Turf Moor in the league (3-2, April 2004) a certain Sean Dyche was in the Watford side, but if there is to be a winner when the sides meet this weekend I think the Hornets can nick it.

Watford have scored at least twice in their last eight away games in the Premier League and if they can maintain that sequence, they could take the points between two sides who have been outstanding in the first half of the season.

Prediction: Burnley 1-2 Watford

Crystal Palace v Bournemouth

Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke (Getty)Back-to-back 0-0 draws on the road for Crystal Palace and I think they will continue to climb the table against Bournemouth back on home soil.

The Eagles have scored twice in their last four Premier League home games and the hope is that Christian Benteke can find his shooting boots and take some of the pressure off the excellent Wilfried Zaha whose absence earlier in the season coincided with Palace’s poor start to the campaign.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-0 Bournemouth

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Huddersfield Town v Brighton

This is the first top-flight meeting between these two clubs with their other 50 league encounters divided between the second and third tiers of English football.

The Terriers have lost their last four Premier League games, are struggling for goals and I think these two newly promoted sides will share the spoils in a low scoring game.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 0-0 Brighton

Swansea City v West Brom

Alan Pardew is seeking his first win as West Brom manager (Getty)The last time Alan Pardew managed a side at the Liberty Stadium (Crystal Palace, November 2016) they lost 5-4, but I would be surprised if we witnessed another nine-goal thriller at the weekend given the hosts have only had 27 shots on target in their 15 Premier League games so far this term.

The Baggies have only won once on the road so far, this year and I think one goal might be enough in what promises to be a tense, nervous affair in South Wales.

Prediction: Swansea City 0-1 West Brom

Tottenham v Stoke City

Tottenham will hope Harry Kane can fire them to victory this weekend (Getty)Spurs have disappointed in the Premier League so far this term and they badly need to get back to winning ways if they are to mount a top four challenge. Indeed Mauricio Pochettino’s side are currently nearer the bottom of the table (16 points) to the top of the table (18 points) which is something of a surprise given their excellent league record in the last couple of years.

Premier League history will be made at Wembley if the hosts beat Stoke by four or more goals given Spurs have won the last three Premier League games between the sides 4-0. No side has ever beaten another opponent by four or more goals in four successive Premier League games but a return to winning ways in the league is far more important for the north London outfit.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Stoke City

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Newcastle United v Leicester City

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has never lost three successive home Premier League games, but the Magpies have only won once since mid-September and their dip in form is a major concern.

Leicester boss Claude Puel – on the other hand – has never won three successive Premier League games but goes into the trip to St James’s Park on the back of successive wins. A point may suit the hosts more than the visitors, but I expect to see an entertaining draw.

Prediction: Newcastle United 1-1 Leicester City

Southampton v Arsenal (Sunday)

Alexis Sanchez and Co can surely not be left as frustrated as they were last weekend (Getty)Arsenal have had a modest record at St Mary’s in recent times but if they win at Southampton on Sunday it will be a third success for the Gunners on the south coast following their wins in the league and FA Cup earlier in the year.

The Gunners played some terrific football against Manchester United last week and they are unlikely to come up against a keeper as inspired as David De Gea was on Sunday. The Saints are in decent form themselves, but I fancy Arsenal in what promises to be an open entertaining contest.

Prediction: Southampton 1-2 Arsenal

Liverpool v Everton (Sunday)

Liverpool are currently flying with Philippe Coutinho scoring a hat-trick in midweek (Getty)Liverpool have scored 12 goals in their last two games and it will be some feat if Sam Allardyce were able to get a point for his Everton side who will find the Reds at Anfield a different proposition to his first challenge as Blues manager – Huddersfield at Goodison.

Liverpool are high in confidence, have pace and power in abundance and it could be a very long afternoon for the Blue half of Merseyside.

Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Everton

Manchester United v Manchester City (Sunday)

Romelu Lukaku enjoys scoring against Man City (Getty)I would have been more confident of United ending City’s run of successive Premier League wins, which currently stands at 13, had Paul Pogba been available but I am convinced we will see goals at Old Trafford in what promises to be a wonderful end to the weekend action.

Romelu Lukaku scored in both games against City for Everton last season and if the striker were to get the winning goal in a Manchester Derby, it would be a pivotal moment in his United career.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City

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