January 2021

 Liverpool extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 68 games in their goalless draw against Manchester United on Sunday – this amazing streak have seen them pick up 178 points from a possible 204 points. The draw was Liverpool’s third game in a bounce in which they’ve failed to score a goal (D2, L1), moving them on the brink of going four games without finding the back the of the net if they fail to score Burnley here.

The Reds will start this game week in fourth place as Jürgen Klopp’s men look to keep pace with the top of the table but their awful conversion of 1.61% in all of their last four Premier League games will be one thing they need to address in this game. Liverpool will be happy facing the Clarets as they have scored in 13 consecutive Head-to-Heads against the Clarets and haven’t lost at home against the East Midlands team since 1974.

Burnley's scoring problem are even worse than their host, they move to Merseyside after failing to score in ten Premier League games this season. Their last 3 Premier League games have finished in a 1-0 loss, which has placed the Clarets just one point above the drop zone. 

The Clarets low scoring form is even more harder away with six of their last seven away games ending in under 1.5 goals and they have lost all of those games.

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane have scored three goals for the club in their last two Head-to-Heads wins before the break. Meanwhile, Chris Wood is Burnley’s sole player to have scored in two or more games in the Premier League this season.

Jürgen Klopp will be without several of his team players including Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota, Naby Keita, Kostmas Tsimikas and long term absentee Virgil van Dijk. They will all miss this encounter.

Burnley will be without Charles Taylor and Peacock-Farrell who are all injured and will miss the team's trip Merseyside.

This clash at Anfield will see Mike Dean as the centre refree


 Fulham United are winless in all of their last five Premier League games. Their 1-0 loss to London neighbors, Chelsea leave them just 5 points from the drop zone. The London club have seen under 2.5 goals scored in all of their last eight matches (W1, D5, L2), accumulating as many cards of 2.06 per Premier League games on average in that period.

In what is a disturbing statistics for the Cottagers, they’re yet to score in three  successive Premier League home games (D2, L1), their last goal at Craven Cottage came against Liverpool, which suggests they can penetrate top class defences. But, they’ll continue to find it hard in front of goal if they fail to work on their attacking flaws.

Top of the league, Manchester United played out a goalless draw with defending Champions, Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday to maintain their slim lead at the top with the Red Devils now unbeaten in 12 consecutive Premier League matches (W9, D3). United have scored 61% of their league goals after the break with 47.62% of the 61% second half goals coming after the 75th minute.

The Red Devils are currently unbeaten in their road trips in the league in 16 consecutive games (W12, D4) – their best run since 1999. They have an average of 2.44 goals per Premier League away games this season, also having the best away record this season (W7, D2) with seven games in those away fixtures featuring over 3.5 goals – as have three of their last four Premier League Head-to-Heads against Fulham United (W3, D1).

Fulham’s Ivan Cavaleiro scored the club’s last goal in their last scoring outting this season – their only goal against Liverpool. His fellow Portuguese, Bruno Fernandes have scored five of his last six goals in all competitions for the Red Devils after the 55th minute. United will look to build on their lead at the top of the table in this game as the title race entered another twist over the weekend.

Fulham United will be without Cairnes, Kongolo and Lemina who are all injured while Robinson will begin his match ban over a red card.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will be without Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Brandon Williams who are injured as Facundo Pellistiri continue to isolate himself after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Craven Cottage's showdown will see Michael Atkinson as the centre refree


 Manchester City go into this game on the back of five consecutive Premier League wins – they defeated Crystal Palace on Sunday 4-0 to take them second on the log, two points behind Manchester neighbors with the Cityzens having a game in hand. The win over Palace increased their unbeaten tun to 15 games in all competition (W12, D3). With the City defense shutting their opponents out over the weekend, they recorded their ninth clean sheet of the Premier League this season.

The Cityzens go into this tough clash as heavy favorites who have won six of their last nine Premier League home games (D2, L1) keeping a clean sheet in six of those games with a defense that boost John Stones and Ruben Dias. Pep Guardiola will look to guide his Blue armies to his 385th victory since taking charge at the Etihad and which will raise his sides hope of a title challenge this season.

The story is different for Aston Villa who play their fourth game in a row against a side who finished inside the top four last season with the Villans always the underdogs in such encounter. Villa's 11 points in December have mulled them to gain 26 points from 15 Premier League games this season – a very big step up on the 15 points they fought for after 15 match weeks in 2019/2020 season.

Dean Smith’s side go into this away trip in confidence as they have lost just twice on the road this season in eight games (W5, D1). Thanks to a defense that have conceded as low as 0.63 goals per away game this season along with gaining a clean sheet in all of their five Premier League wins.

Manchester City’s Phil Foden is the club highest goal scorer this season and will look to continue his fine form for the Cityzens in this game. Meanwhile, Aston Villa’s in form man, Anwar El Ghazi has four goals in his last four Premier League games, he’ll be out to hunt Pep Guardiola and his boys here.

Pep Guardiola will be without star striker, Sérgio Kün Aguero due to illness while Nathan Ake and Amyeric Laporte will miss the Villans visit due to injuries with Eric Garcia still on the sidelines.

Dean Smith will be without winger, Trezeguet, Wesley and Ross Barkley due to various injury concerns. 

The Etihad showdown will see Jonathan Moss as the centre refree.


 Mirai Sports takes a look at some football matches to be played around the world today bringing you summarized previews and predictions.

Napoli vs Foirentina

Napoli have just three wins in five games (D1, L1). They’ve seen over 2.5 goals in four of their last five matches with both teams scoring in all five games.

Fiorentina have two wins from their last five matches. They’ve seen over 2.5 goals in three of their last five games with both teams scoring on two occasions.

Prediction: Napoli win

Motherwell vs Rangers

Motherwell are winless in their last five games (D3, L2). They’ve seen under 2.5 goals in four of their last five games with both teams scoring just twice in the process.

Rangers are on a five game winning streak. They’ve seen under 2.5 goals in three of their last five matches with both teams failing to score in all of their last five matches.

Prediction: Over 2.5 goals

Black Leopards vs Orlando Pirates

Black Leopards are winless in five games (D3, L2). They’ve seen under 2.5 goals in three of their last five games with both teams scoring on four occasions.

Orlando Pirates have three wins in their last five matches (D1, L1). They’ve seen under 2.5 goals in four of their last five matches with both teams scoring just once.

Prediction: Orlando Pirates win

Perugia vs Feralprisalo 

Perugia have three wins in their last five matches (D1, L1). They’ve seen over 2.5 goals in four of their last five matches with both on four occasions.

Feralprisalo are winless in their last five matches (D3, L2). They’ve seen under 2.5 goals in three of their last five games with both teams scoring in all of their last five matches.

Prediction: Perugia win

Pribram vs Viktoria Plzen

Pribram have two wins in their last five matches (D1, L2). They’ve seen under 2.5 goals in three of their last five matches with both teams scoring on three occasions.

Viktoria Plzen have two wins in their last five games (L3). They’ve seen over 3.5 goals in four of their last five matches with both teams scoring just twice.

Prediction: Viktoria Plzen win


 Everything have gone wrong for Liverpool of late, scoring just once with an abysmal shot conversion rate of 2.2% in all of their last three Premier League games post Christmas. This would not be a good time to welcome their eternal rivals, Manchester United; a team who are three points clear off the Reds at the top of the table. This England North West derby have only produced a goalless scoreline once when held in January – it almost 101 years now (1920).

The Reds have kept four clean sheets against Manchester United at Anfield in their last five Head-to-Heads (W3, D2). Jürgen Klopp’s men have difficulty in the final third in their last three games – producing just a single shot on target in their last Premier League match but can be calm as they are the league best home side this season (W7, D1). The German tactician will call on his front men of Salah, Firmino and Mane to bring their “A” game here as the trio have scored just a combined 3 goals against United in a combined 26 appearances against the Red Devils.

Manchester United, the league's best away side (W7, D1) will look to capitalize on the Liverpool’s injury crisis particularly in defense as they have scored an average of 2.75 goals per away game this season. Liverpool are unbeaten in the Premier League at Anfield in 67 games running, but this will be of no fear to the Red Devils who have won 75% of their away games in which they conceded first in the Premier League this season.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League games (W9, D2) and have scored at least twice on seven occasions – a feat they’ve achieved in 35.71% of their visits to the red part of Merseyside since 1992. A win against Liverpool on Sunday would send them six points clear off the reigning Champions and on current form, you wouldn’t bet against them.

Liverpool’s Mo Salah have scored his last three goals for the club after the hour mark, he could be in for a stretch of that run against the Red Devils on Sunday. Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford have found the back of the net before the interval in two of United’s last three Premier League away games.

Jürgen Klopp is still sweating on injuries of various first team players such as Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota, Naby Keita, Kostmas Tsimikas and Virgil van Dijk and will all miss this encounter while Joel Matip will undergo a late fitness test to ascertain his readiness for the game.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer have few injury worries in Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Brandon Williams as Facundo Pellistiri tested positive for coronavirus and he’s currently isolating – they will miss the trip to Merseyside. United’s new signing, Ahmad Diallo could make his debut here after completing his move from Atalanta earlier this week and who knows, he could repeat a Martial.

This fierce rivalry clash between England’s most decorated clubs at Anfield will see Paul Tierney as the centre refree.


 It’s football match weekend all across the world and Mirai Sports takes a look at some games to be played today with a brief preview and possible outcome.

Najma Manama vs Riffa Club

Najma Manama have managed just one win from their last five games (D1, L3). They’ve recorded under 2.5 goals in all of their last five games with both teams scoring just once in that process.

Riffa Club are on a five game winning streak. They’ve recorded under 2.5 goals in three of their last five games with both teams scoring on two occasions.

Prediction: Riffa Club win

Bologna vs Hella Verona

Bologna are winless in five games (D4, L1). They’ve seen under 2.5 goals in three of their last five matches with both teams scoring just twice in the process.

Hellas Verona have two wins from their last five matches (D2, L1). They’ve seen under 2.5 goals in three of their last five games with both teams scoring on four occasions.

Prediction: Both Teams To Score

Pacos Ferreira vs Braga

Pacos Ferreira have won two of their last five games (D2, L1). They’ve seen under 2.5 goals in four of their last five games with both teams scoring on three occasions in that process.

Braga have won four of their last five games (L1). They’ve seen over 2.5 goals in four of their last five games with both teams scoring on two occasions.

Prediction: Braga win

Mouscron vs Racing Genk

Mouscron have two wins in their last five games (D1, L2). They’ve seen over 2.5 goals in three of their last five games with both teams scoring on three the process.

Racing Genk have just two wins five games (D2, L1). They’ve seen over 2.5 goals in three of their last five games with both teams scoring on four occasions 

Prediction: Racing Genk win

Slavia Praha vs Sigma Olomouc 

Slavia Praha have won four of their last five games (L1). They’ve seen over 2.5 goals in four of their last five games with both teams scoring just once in the process.

Sigma Olomouc have one win in five games (L2, D2). They’ve recorded under 2.5 goals in three of their last five games with both teams scoring in all of their last five games.

Prediction: Slavia Praha win 

Stuttgart vs Borussia Monchengladbach

Stuttgart have just two wins in five games (D1, L2). They’ve seen under 2.5 goals in three of their last five games with both teams scoring on two occasions.

Borussia Monchengladbach have three wins in their last five games (D1, L1). They’ve seen over 2.5 goals in four of their last five matches with both teams scoring on four occasions in those games.

Predictions: Borussia Monchengladbach win either half

Angers vs PSG

Angers have two wins in five games (D1, L2). They’ve seen over 2.5 goals in three of their last five games with both teams scoring on four occasions.

PSG have three wins in five games (D2). They’ve seen over 2.5 goals in three of their last five matches with both teams scoring on two occasions.

Prediction: PSG win & Over 2.5 goals


 Fulham United, one among the clubs who make up the bottom three of the Premier League go into this London derby in search of their first win over Chelsea since 2006. They have lost 12 of their last 19 meetings with the Blues (D7). The Premier League newcomers have lost all of their last three consecutive home games against their West London neighbors but could go into this game with some confidence after holding Tottenham to a draw in mid-week.

The Cottagers have drawn all of their last five matches in all competition with a games producing under 2.5 goal at full-time. Seen as outsiders in this game, Fulham will be ready to give Chelsea a fight for the points here to set the path straight for their relegation battle.

Chelsea have recorded just one win in their last six League games (D1, L4) – this downward trail have all but dented Chelsea’s title hopes for the time being. But the Blues could rewrite their season from this game as they have the upper hand in all of their last 19 Head-to-Heads, and with the Blues having taken all points from their last three London derbies, it could be an easy win for Frank Lampard’s side.

The Blues are the last team to turn around a halftime deficit to take a win at the end of this very fixture, with their title winning team of 2009/2010 claiming that excellence. They average 2.0 goals per game after the hour mark across their last six Premier League victories.

Bobby Decordova-Reid have found the net within the first 30 minutes in each of Fulham's last three home games. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Jorginho scored a first half winner on his last to Fulham.

Scott Parker confirmed in his press conference that Cairney and Lemina will all miss this game due to various degrees of injuries while Ruben Loftus-Cheek won’t be allowed to face his parent club per FA rules.

Frank Lampard and his side are injury clean but will have N'golo Kante out of this trip due suspension.

This West London derby at Craven Cottage will see Peter Parker as the centre refree.


 Arsenal go into this game with high optimism after winning all of their last four competitive fixtures with each game seeing them scoring first.

Each of their last 12 Premier League Head-to-Heads have seen goals scored in both halves of the game. The Gunners are yet to keep a clean sheet at Emirates Stadium this season adding to the fact that the North Londoners home ground is the only venue yet to witness a goal in the early fifteen minutes this campaign in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace are unbeaten against Arsenal in the Premier in four games now(W1, D3). They have found the net twelve times in the first half this season – more than they managed in the entirety of last season. The Eagles will look to correct their late defensive frailties as they have conceded a high 64.71% of goals in the second half after the 75th minute.

The Eagles are yet to shut out their opponents in any of their away Premier League games this season but have a 42.86% record of avoiding defeat as underdogs – this could make them pose a tough game opposition for Arsenal here!

Arsenal’s resurgence have been sustained by a defense that have Kieran Tierney who recently became the first Scotland International to score a top-flight away goal for Arsenal since Charlie Nicholas in 1986. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace's Christain Benteke have found the net in three of his last four Premier League away games for the club.

On injury front, Mikel Arteta will be without teenage sensation Gabriel Martinelli and Sokratis who are injured as Mesut Özil is still not part of the team. All trio will miss the Eagles visit.

Crystal Palace have a very long injury list that includes Neil Ferguson, Wayne Hennessey, Matt Kelly, Mohamodu Sakho, Jeffrey Schlupp and Connor Wickham and they will all miss the Eagles trip to North London.

The Emirates Stadium showdown will see Andre Marriner as the centre refree.


 Manchester United long awaited outstanding game against Burnley will be played on Tuesday, 12th January, 2020 – a game that was originally drawn for the Premier League opening weekend.

After a turbulent start to the season, Burnley are in form now, losing just one of their last six Premier League games. The Clarets are in a run of form that have seen them beaten Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United. They are yet to lose at Turf Moor since October, 2020  when they lost to Chelsea.

Burnley are still on the run to get farther away from the drop zone as they look to get a win at Turf Moor for the third time in a row since 2016/2017 season. They haven’t won against Manchester United in five attempts (D1, L4) and have failed to score in any of the lose games  but have conceded two goals or less in each of their last four defeats to the Red Devils.

Manchester United are in an impressive Premier League form. The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last ten Premier League games. Since November 1, only Manchester City and Leicester City have denied the Old Trafford outfit maximum points – winning six of their last seven Premier League away games. This has been their best season in terms of points gained at this stage since they finished behind neighbors, Manchester City in 2017/2018 season in second position. They average three goals per away Premier League game this season – the best of any side in the division this season. They’ve won all away games in which they conceed first. 

The Red Devils will need to avoid defeat at Turf Moor as only that would guarantee Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s boys the liberty to go top of the log ahead of their mouth-watering clash against Liverpool on Sunday.

Burnley's Chris Wood have two goals against the Red Devils in their last three Premier League meetings and he could look to hunt the Manchester club in this encounter.

Bruno Fernandes have 16 goals involvement (10 goals, 6 assists) for Manchester United in the Premier League this season. He has been through club’s tailisman!

Sean Dyche will be without four if his star players which includes Jack Dunne, Daniel McNiel, Jay Rodriguez and Taylor who are all suffering from various degrees of injuries.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer confirmed in his press conference that Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba and Victor Lindelof will all sit out this game due to minor injuries. Other first team players to be excluded from this game include long term absentee, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo who are still sidelined. Edison Cavani will be available for this game as he has completed his three match ban given by the FA for racial remark.

This Turf Moor encounter will see Kevin Friend as the centre refree.


 Chelsea host League Two side, Morecambe in Round three of the FA Cup on Sunday. This is their first ever meeting in any competition or friendly game. The Blues go into this encounter rallying to correct a run of poor form that have seen them won just once in six games (D1, L4). The atmosphere at Stamford Bridge is in chaos and a victory here could ease the pressure on embattled manager, Frank Lampard. 

The Blues have been paired with tier-four side nine times before in this competition, winning seven and losing two. The two loss were all at Stamford Bridge with Crewe (1960/1961) and Wigan (1979/1980) all coming to pick a win as underdogs. A Chelsea win will extend the club’s unbeaten run in the third round of FA Cup to 23 consecutive seasons.

Morecambe have been under isolation since the game at home to Grimbsy on the 26th of December – they won the game and it was their fifth League win in six games. The Shrimps are back in training though, and they could attempt make history here.

The Shrimps have scored in every game they’ve played since mid-October till date. They have won 50% of their League two away games this season, scoring in 90% of those matches and are just three points short of a promotion slot. They are an impressive and entertaining counter attacking side who have found the back of the net in 80% of their away goals after the break.

Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi scored the Blues only goal of the game against Manchester City last Sunday and he’s been in form. He could be Chelsea’s hit man in this very encounter!

Adam Philips is Morecambe's leading goal scorer and creator and his found the net in five of the Shrimps' last six matches.

Frank Lampard confirmed in his press conference that N'golo Kante have sustained a harmstring injury and will miss the Blues next two games. He is Chelsea’s only current absentee.

Morecambe have no injury concerns for this game and Derek Adams would field his strongest XI for this game.

This FA Cup clash at Stamford Bridge will see Darren England as the centre refree.


 Manchester United kick start their 2020/2021 Emirates FA Cup tie with a home clash against Championship side, Watford on Sunday.

The Red Devils go into this encounter on the back of a disappointing outting in mid-week with a 2-0 loss to Manchester neighbors, City that saw them exit four consecutive Semifinals in twelve months. The loss in mid-week was United first in eleven games in all competitions (W8, D2) as Solksjaer’s side gathers momentum after a poor start at the beginning of the season.

Solksjaer will hope the lost to City will not affect the psyche of his players as they look to gain a berth into the fourth round of this competition with a win.

Watford currently occupies the sixth position in the Championship table after 22 match weeks. They have a good home record as they have won eight of their last eleven games at the Vicarage Road but are poor travellers, winning just twice on the road.

The Hornets have problems  in front of goal and coupled with the departure of manager Vladimir Ivic few days  before Christmas just four months after taking the job, the team was hit with a downward stride. They are now been managed by Xisco Munez who oversaw their 1-0 win over Norwich City in his first game in charge.

Watford, boosted by goalkeeper, Been Foster, Craig Cathcart and Tom Cleverley have the second best defence in the Championship this season.

As part of the current coronavirus regulations and fixtures pile in England, replays have been scrapped for this season’s competition. If games go level at the end of regulation time, extra time will be played and if necessary, penalties will be the deciding factor.

Manchester United's Edinson Cavani will see the last of his three game match ban in this game, with long term injury absentee, Phil Jones United’s only likely players to miss encounter.

Watford will be without midfielder, James Garner who is ineligible to play against his parent club while Domingos Quina, Isaac Success and Stipe Perica will all miss this clash due to various degrees of injuries.

This FA Cup encounter at Old Trafford will see Andrew Madley as the centre refree.


 This is the second Manchester Derby of the season as both Manchester clubs played out a goalless draw in the first derby at Etihad in the Premier League. Manchester United will be optimistic of making it to the finals when they host Manchester City in the  Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Should Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and his lads overcome the “noisy neighbors”  in this one-legged tie, they will be filling out in the finals at Wembley in April and they’ll also become the first team to oust Pep Guardiola’s City in this competition for the first time in three years.

The Red Devils go into this game haven won five of their last six games in the Premier League. They’ve come out victorious in their last three games at Old Trafford and haven’t lost any domestic game in almost two months. Solksjaer’s side are in the Semi-final after putting aside Luton Town, Brighton and Everton, keeping clean sheets in all three games. 

Manchester City are unbeaten in this competition for three years as they’ve won all three editions of this very competition. People Guardiola’s side have won their last four competitive fixtures, inclusive of the 3-1 win at  Chelsea on Sunday. They are unbeaten in ten games, scoring nine times in their last three games. The Cityzens are in the Semi-final after eliminating Bournemouth, Burnley and Arsenal.

Bruno Fernandes scored the winning penalty on Saturday against Aston Villa as United go level on point with Liverpool. Kevin De Bruyne is the plug in this Manchester City side, the Belgian was involved in two goals against Chelsea on Sunday.

On injury front, Victor Lindelof remains a doubt with a back injury while Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo remains sidelined as Edison Cavani serve the second of his three match ban.

Pep Guardiola have his team ravaged with coronavirus issues as Ederson Morales, Kyle Walker, Eric Garcia, Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres all suffering from the novel virus. Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte are out due to injuries. 

This Cup clash will see Martin Atkinson as the centre refree.