February 2021

 This much anticipated Merseyside Derby will kick-off on the 20th of February, 2021 at 5:30 GMT, 6:30pm Nigerian time.

It's almost two decades since Liverpool lost four consecutive Premier League games, but are on course of doing that if they don't get a result against their Merseyside neighbours. However, this is a team the Reds are unbeaten against in 23 games in all competitions - their longest run against a single club in their history and also a team they haven't lead let lead in any of their last 14 Premier League derbies.

The second fastest goal in a Premier League Merseyside derby (135 seconds) gave Jurgen Klopp's men the lead in the reverse fixture (2-2), but they haven't scored before the break in all of their last four games at Anfield as they're currently enduring a five game winless Premier League run at home (D2, L3) - their worst since 2003.

It is already clear that halftime hoodoo could be  the key to better home form and recalling happy memories of their last meetings here when Everton conceded four first half goals for the first time in this derby since 1935 - this could be the catalyst. The Toffees also conceded first for fourth consecutive game as they lost 3-1 in midweek, a worry considering they have conceded the opener in nine straight Head-to-Heads at Anfield.

The Merseyside Blue club were very clinical in their game against Manchester United, scoring with all three of their shots on target as the game ended in a 3-3 draw - a game that saw them extend their away Premier League unbeaten run to seven games (W5, D2) and has ignited hopes of a first victory at Anfield since 1999; but five goals conceded before the break during that run shows they are still very much vulnerable early on in the game.

Liverpool's Mo Salah have been the Reds first scorer in all of their last three games and briefly gave Liverpool the lead in the reverse fixture. Meanwhile, Everton's Richarlison was sent off in the reverse fixture but has scored between the 35th and 40th minute in two of Everton's previous three games.

Jurgen Klopp will be very sad as his injury list continue to grow with the likes of Fabinho, Joe Gomez and Diogo Jota suffering from Ankle injuries meanwhile Joel Matip, James Milner and long term absentee, Virgil van Dijk all suffering from Knee injuries.

For Carlo Ancelotti, Joe Gbamin and Yerry Mina are the only absentees with both suffering from Calf  injuries and will both miss this game.

This Merseyside Derby will see Chris Kavanagh as the centre referee

 Southampton will welcome Thomas Tuchel's rejuvenated Chelsea side in a game that will kick-off at 12:30 GMT, 01:30pm Nigerian time.

Southampton have lost all of their last six consecutive Premier League - the first time in history, thereby damaging their next season  European club competition hopes. half of those loses saw them concede at least two goals with Ralph Hassenhutl's side conceding an average of 3.33 goals in that period and they have lost halftime/fulltime in five of their last six Premier League fixtures.

A more disturbing news for the Saints is that they have lost their last five Premier League meetings against Chelsea with four of those losses seeing exactly one goal scored going into the break - the same result have been witnessed in nine of their last ten Premier League fixtures.

Chelsea on the other hand are enjoying a new ease of life as Thomas Tuchel's great start to life at Stamford Bridge is still sustained with the Blues securing a fifth straight competitive win on Monday night against Newcastle United. Putting own-goals aside, the Blues are yet to concede a goal since the German took over and they have been efficient on the other end eight of their 25 shots on target recorded during this tremendous boost of life at the Bridge.

The Blues have gained all points from the five Premier League away games in which they have the lead going into the interval, making them the only team with a 100% record from 5+ road trips lead at the break. Since Tuchel took over, the blues have enjoyed the fair share of possessions in each games played under him so and the trend is set continue as the blues continue their chase for a Champions League spot.

Sanits' loanee, Takumi Minamino will be be looking to score at St. Mary's Stadium for the first time with eight of his last twelve goals haven come during games producing 4+ goals. Chelsea's Timo Werner ended his 14-game goal drought on Monday and he is currently seeking a personal surge, he could be threat for the Saints' backline as he scored a brace in the reverse fixture.

On injury front, Southampton will be without Michael Obafemi, Will Smallbone, Theo Walcott and Kirean Walker-Peters - all suffering from different ankle injuries and will definitely miss the encounter.

Frank Lampard will be without the services of England forward, Tammy Abraham and experienced centre-back, Thiago Silva as the duo are suffering from Ankle and Thigh injuries respectively. 

This St. Mary's Stadium showdown will Anthony Taylor as the centre referee.

 The UEFA Champions League Round-of-16 fixture continue on Wednesday as FC Porto welcome Serie A Champions, Juventus, the game will kick-off at 20:00 GMT, 9:00pm Nigerian time.

FC Porto ended group C in second position in the group stages, losing only to Manchester City as they breeze through the group stages with four wins (D1, L1) with them keeping a clean sheet in all of their four wins. Disappointingly for the Portuguese club, they lost both legs of this fixture without scoring when they last met at this stage in 2016/2017 season.

Inspite of their good Champions League run this season, FC Porto have recorded a stalemate in all of their last four games, conceding the equaliser after the 90th minute in two of the last three draws but could go into this clash with some sort of confidence as they are unbeaten on home turf in 14 consecutive games in all competitions, winning eleven and pulling up 3 draw including all three UEFA Champions League fixtures played at home this season.

Juventus topped group B after defeating Barcelona in the last group match. The Old Ladies of Turin have won six of their last eight games in all competition (D1, L1). This should be a low scoring affair as eight of Juventus' last nine games have seen only one team on the day score; though each of Juve's last four UEFA Champions League games have featured at least three goals.

The Serie A Champions have been happy hunters away from home as they have won six of their last eight matches away from home. The same feat they have recorded in all of their last three  Champions League away fixtures to date this season but Juventus have lost two of their previous three top-flight away games 'to-nill', which spoils the momentum. They will need to do better here as statistics shows that FC Porto is the only team yet to concede a home goal this season.

FC Porto's Sergio Oliveira have scored three Champions League goals this season  with two coming after the 70th minute. Spanish attacker, Alvaro Morata have scored six goals for Juventus in this competition with five of those six coming after the interval.

On injury front, FC Porto will be without Goalkeeper Mouhammed Mbaye,  Nanu and Ivan Marcano who are suffering from Knee injuries and will all miss the Old Ladies visits.

Juventus will be without Brazilian midfielder, Arthur, Juan Cuadrado and Israel who are all suffering from Ankle injuries. 

This heavyweight clash at Estadio do Dragao will see Spanish Del Cero as the centre referee.

 Everton will host Manchester City for their rescheduled match day 16 fixture which was postponed due to Covid-19 issues ravaging Manchester City then. This rescheduled encounter will kick-off on Wednesday, 17th February, 2021 at 20:15 GMT, 9:15pm Nigerian time.

Everton are still looking to secure an European league spot but with them winning just one of their last six competitive matches in regular time calls for serious concern to their Italian manager, Carlo Ancelotti. Their underwhelming performance of recent can be related to their poor defensive issues with the Toffees failing to keep a clean sheet in any of their last six games, conceding an average of 2.17 goals per game in that period.

The Toffees are seemingly very vulnerable in in closing stages of each game played so as they have conceded goals after the 60th minute in five of those games in the above mentioned sequence. The host will still be skeptical even as this game will hold at Goodison Park as only four teams have picked up fewer points at home this season with the Merseyside club winning just four of their last 11 home games (D2, L5).

Table toppers, Manchester City are strong favourites to be crowned this season Premier League Champions after a record-breaking run of 16 consecutive competitive wins. Interestingly for the Cityzens is that they have not been behind in any of their last 15 Premier League games and it is a thumb up to their back five which have kept 14 clean sheets in their last 23 Premier League games - no team have achieved that feat in as many games as that since 2008/2009 season.

Goodsion Park have been a very happy hunting ground for the Cityzens of late as they have each of their last three visits there, scoring 2+ goals each time. But they have looked more balanced in away games against the better sides  in the league this season winning only two of their last six games against the current top 11 (D3, L1).

Brazilian winger, Richarlison scored in the last Head-to-Head and have three goals in his last five games at home for Everton. January's player of the month, Ilkay Gundogan has nine goals in 2021 - no player has more this calendar year.

On injury front, Everton will be without star striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin who suffering from an Ankle injury alongside Gbamin who has a Tendon tear. Jordan Pickford and James Rodriquez will undergo a late fitness test to ascertain their readiness for this game.

This Goodison Park showdown will see Andre Marriner as the centre referee.

 RB Leipzig UEFA Champions League clash with Liverpool on Tuesday will kickoff at 20:00 GMT, 9:00pm Nigerian time. 

RB Leipzig, last year's semi-finalists will have thought they got a draw when the draw was made in December last year but they may now see things differently as they go into this encounter on the back of a four-game winning streak against a falling Liverpool. They'll look to add more salts on the injury of their visitors by dictating proceedings from the very beginning of the game. The German club have scored twice before the interval in their last two UCL matches.

The German club will have a problem here as this clash will be played on a neutral ground in Budapest, Hungary, but Leipzig's UCL record when facing Premier League teams is a promising one (W3, L1) as they have have led at the break in two of those wins - a feet they managed in all of their last three games too.

Liverpool continue to drop form as they are currently having the worst title defence in the Premier League, the Reds lost 3-1 to Leicester City on Saturday - that was Jurgen Klopp's 300th game in charge of Liverpool. Their loss to the East Midlanders was their third consecutive Premier League defeat; the first time since November 2014. Inspite of their current turbulence, they have a handy record against German teams in Europe as they are unbeaten in ten matches since a defeat to Bayern Leverkusen back in 2012 with the Reds winning seven and drawing three.

Their records with German oppositions at neutral ground is slightly not too strong with the Merseysiders winning just two of their last four meetings versus German teams on neutral venues (D1, L2). With Jurgen Klopp's men last four games witnessing a barren first half and the fact that their previous wins all came on the road by a tow-goal margin, they clearly have a strong foundation to build upon as they look to rebuild their crashing season and an inspiring stats suggest that Liverpool haven't conceded before the 55th minute in any of their last seven UCL fixtures.

RB Leipzig's Christopher Nkunku scored before the break last time they met, four of his last five goals have come between the 40th and 55th minute. Liverpool's Mo Salah have a favourite goal time period too - he has found the net four times between the 55th to 70th minute in all of his last four games for the Reds.

RB Leipzig have some notable injury concerns as Emil Forsberg, Fabris Hartmann, Benjamin Henrichs, Konrad Laimer and Dominik Szoboszlai all suffering from Knee injuries.

For Liverpool ,the injury list keep growing every match week as Fabinho, Joel Matip are suffring from Ankle injurie; while Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota, Divock Origi and long term absentee are all suffering from Knee injuries. Naby Keita, Caoimhin Kelleher and James Milner will be assed before the game.

This clash will be held at Pukas Arena in Budapest and Slovenian Slavko Vincic will be the centre referee.


 The most celebrated club football competition in Europe is back with the knockout stages beginning on Tuesday and it promises to be entertaining in the very first day as heavy world clashes are slated for the UEFA Champions League Round-of-16 this campaign. Barcelona will host French Champions, Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday at 20:00 GMT, 9:00pm Nigerian time.

Barcelona go into this clash on a back of a five star performance against Deportivo Alaves at the week as the look to proceed into the Quarter-Final of the UCL for a 14th consecutive time. The Catalan giants finished second behind Juventus in the group stages, winning five of of the six group stage fixtures; those wins  saw them score 1.20 goals on average beyond the hour mark with all of those wins featuring a 12-yard kick - though none of those penalties were decisive as the La Liga club have always done the job before then.

The Catalan club had a tough season earlier on but are  now looking like a team ready to battle perennial rivals, Atletico Madrid for the La Liga trophy; Barcelona have had to recover  after going behind first in three of their last five home league games (W1, D2).  Three of their last four league games have witnessed a second half 1-1 stalemate with the last goal been scored between the 61st to the 75th minute in that three sequence. Barcelona should be fine going into this encounter but statistics shows that since the start of 2003/2004 season, Spanish UCL group runners up have a progression rate of 31.58% from Round-of-16 action against opponents from any of the Europe top five leagues.

Paris Saint Germain's run to the final last season put an end to the their three consecutive elimination in the Round-of-16. Although poor in this round, PSG should find the net here as they've scored at least once in all of their Round-of-16 away games under the post-2003 format winning four in that process ( D1, L2).

The Parisians will be going into this game been skeptical of what to expect as Camp Nou has never be a good hunting ground for them. They've conceded exactly two goals before the break in their last three visits here with PSG recording a 50% overall loss rate in their previous meetings this century. They lost 6-1 here in their previous Head-to-Heads here with that game also being the sixth Head-to Head in succession across all venues to produce a winner out of a halftime leader.

Barcelona's tailisman, Lionel Messi is currently in good run of form and the six times Ballon d'or winner  netted twice in Barcelona's last game, he average 1.0 first-half goals in his last five UCL home wins. Paris Saint Germain's Moise Kean netted the winner in the Ligue 1 side last victiry at the weekend and his last two UCL goals came before the hour mark.

On injury front, Barcelona will be without the services of Sergi Rebertoo, Martin Braithwaite who are both suffering from a Muscle injury while Phillipe Coutinho, Ansu Fati, and Gerrard Pique who are suffering from different Ankle injuries. They will al miss this clash.

PSG will be without the services of high profile players as Juna Bernat, Dagba, Angel Di Maria, Neymar. and Pembele will all miss the trip to Spain .

The Camp Nou showdown will see Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers as the man in the middle.

 

 

 The Premier League clash between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will take place on Saturday, 13th February, 2021 at 5:30 GMT, 6:30pm Nigerian time.

Manchester City look unstoppable at the moment with the Cityzens pulling up 15 straight wins no in all competition this season. Their last Premier League win ended their eighteen years wait for a win at Anfield with their 4-1 win over last season's champions fiving them a 100% league win record in 2021 averaging 2+ goals in all games. 

The Cityzens' impressive win can also be applaud to their defensive back five who are yet to allow an open play goal on ten Premier League games in all hosting grounds now. Pep Guardiola's side are still unbeaten at Etihad since the climax of October international break winning eight of their last ten games (D2) and remarkably soring their first goal inside the first 30 minutes in six of those wins.

Tottenham Hotspur's current three game winless run in the league have seen them drift further apart from an European League spot, though not irredeemably so. They bounced back with a win against West Bromwich Albion in a game that have seen the Lilly Whites' last four Premier League wins seeing them taken a 2-0 scorline to the interval.

The London club have won just once in six Premier League away games (D3, L2) but have an ability to start on the front foot with their last three games won or drawn in that process seeing them taking a halftime 1-o win. But four of their last five games in the same period have seen them concede exactly on goal in the second half, dropping five points of 12 after the break in that quarter.

Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan have scored in five of his last six games for the Cityzens and could look to add to his tally in this game. Tottenham's captain, Harry Kane who is back form injury is a big boost for Jose Mourinho as his pairing alongside Son Heung-Min have been a versatile one for the London club.

On injury front, Pep Guardiola will be without the services of Nathan Ake and Kevin De Bruyne who are suffering from Muscle and Ankle injuries respectively alongside Sergio Kun Aguero who is still isolating as a result of Covid-19 issues. All trio will miss Spurs visits to Etihad.

Jose Mourinho will be without the services of Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon who are both suffering from Muscle injuries alongside Serge Aurier who is out due to a Calf injury.

This Etihad showdown will see Paul Tierney as the centre refere.

 Leicester City's Premier League clash against Liverpool will kick-off on Saturday, 13th February, 2021 at 12:30 GMT, 1:30pm Nigerian time.

Leicester's goalless draw in the Premier League last time against Wolverhampton Wanderers categorically made them let lose of the top two spot in the league as they continue to record unsatisfiable results since their 2-0 win over Chelsea at the King Power Stadium; but as a matter of fact, they remain very good defensively, conceding 2+ goals in only one of their last eleven games in all competition (W7, D3, L1).

The Foxes on the other hand, have scored 2+ goals in four of their last six home Premier League matches, winning three of those games (D1, L2); this shows that when Leicester get on the go, they are hard to stop even as they've gained just 37.21% of their total Premier League points at home this season. In what is an encouraging stats for the Leicester City fans, the Foxes are yet to loose any league fixture considered as underdogs this season. 

Liverpool's title defence became a mediocre after their 4-1 deficit in the hands of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City as the Merseyside club are now ten points behind the league leaders, three points behind Leicester City in a poor run of form that have seen them win just two of their last nine Premier League matches (D3, L4). Klopp's men are now 27 points worse off than they were after match week 23 last season - no Premier League defending champions have suffered such a huge drop off.

In as much as the Reds are currently having an epileptic season, their last two wins on away from home ended in an identical 3-1 scoreline, and the Merseysiders won the reverse fixture 4-0 last season - the Foxes haven't lost at home in such big margin since then. Encouragingly for the Red surpporters, the Reds haven't lost any of their last seven competitive meetings in any venue (W6, D1) and Brendan Rodgers have failed to beat Jurgen Klopp in any of their last three previous meetings.

Leicester's James Maddison has scored in three of his last six appearance for the club and he could be on for an impressive game against an underperforming Liverpool. Liverpool's Mo Salah scored in all of his last five games for the Reds in all competition and have also registered three goals against his host in the Premier League.

Liverpool can go into this game feeling confident as teams playing away have won a 40% majority of games played in the Premier League this season - no previous season have recorded more away wins than home wins  in the Premier League era.

On injury front, Brendan Rodgers will be without the services of four of his star players, with the likes of Timothy Castagne and Will Fofana suffering from thigh injuries meanwhile Wes Morgan and David Praet will miss this encounter due to muscle injury suffered by both.

For Jurgen Klopp, Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota and long term absentee,Virgil van Dijk will miss the encounter due to Ankle injuries meanwhile Naby Keita and Joel Matip will miss this due to Muscle sprain.

This crucial clash at the King Power Stadium will see Anthony Taylor as the centre referee.  

 Sheffield United's Premier league clash against Chelsea on the 7th of February, 2021 will take place at 19:15 GMT, 8:15pm Nigerian time.

After three wins in five Premier League outings including a shock one over Manchester United, Sheffield United still have a tall mountain to climb, but history from the past shows it is very possible. The Blades came from behind to take a 2-1 win against West Brom, which means they have now seen each of their decisive Premier League Match winners come between the 70th and 76th minutes of the games.

Chris Wilder's team have done some good job in their last two games  but late goal fury have worked against them in the past this season with the blades conceding an average of 0.70 goals per game between the 60th minute and fulltime across all their Premier League loss this season. The reverse fixture saw them concede two late goals in that period in they game they eventually lost 4-1 to the then Frank Lampard led Chelsea. The Blades have lost all four Premier League home games against teams who finished inside the top four last season.

Chelsea's title hope is still very far compared to how it was two moths ago, despite accumulating seven points from a possible nine under their new manager, Thomas Tuchel. The Blues are favorite in this very one and it is worth noting that  they've averaged a very consistent 1.56 goals per match after the hour mark in all of their last nine Premier League victories.

With their host still projected for a bottom finish, Chelsea fans would want to know that their  team have a 100% away league win against eventual bottom teams over the preceding seven league seasons. In all of those wins, the Blues average 2.57 goals per match and a margin of 2.14 alongside clean sheets in five of their last six games in that period.

With his winner in the game against West Brom in mid-week, Billy Sharp have scored the winning goal in three of the Blades' last four games in all competition. Meanwhile, Chelsea's Timo Werner is currently not living up to expectations of the fans but the German rounded off the goals in the reverse fixture.

On injury front, Chris Wilder is currently sweating on the fitness of several of his first team players with the likes of George Baldock, Steven Berge, Jack O'Connell and James Robinson all suffering from thigh injury, while Edna Stevens and Ben Osborn are having a knock. 

For Blues, Thiago Silva was taken off in the game against Tottenham and will definitely miss this encounter alongside Kai Havertz.

This Bramall Lane clash will see Kevin Friend as the centre referee.

   

 Super Sunday Premier League clash between Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City will kick-off at 4:30 GMT, 5:30pm Nigerian time.

After going almost 68 games unbeaten at Anfield in the Premier League, Liverpool have lost two consecutive Premier League home games for the first time since 2012. The Merseyside out fit have suddenly become vulnerable at their once acclaimed fortress and their title defending credential is about to be put to test as they face a high flying Manchester City side who are currently top of the table.

Should the Reds fail to score in this game,  they will record  four straight Premier League home games without scoring for the first time since they became part of the English top-flight in 1894/1895. This should be motivation enough for Jurgen Klopp's men to secure a result against a City team they haven't lost to at home in the Premier League since 2003, winning 12 of their last 17 Premier League home meetings (D5). The Reds' six of their last eight games in all competition have featured a halftime draw.

Manchester City are currently enjoying a 13-game winning streak in all competitions and have been firing on all spheres on the as visitors after scoring the opener in the 20th minute of each. The Cityzens will be coming here full of confidence as they visit Anfield haven led at the break in their last eight Premier League away wins.

Pep Guardiola's side have kept six Premier League clean sheets, conceding a league low 0.62 goals per games this season - the third lowest average in all of Europe big leagues. In the reverse fixture, It was honours even at the Etihad Stadium back in November, with Gabriel Jesus' clever turn and finish just after the half-hour cancelling out Mohamed Salah's early penalty.

City could have taken all three points from the spot on the stroke of half-time, but Kevin De Bruyne, while sending Liverpool stopper Allison the wrong way, rolled his effort agonisingly wide of the post.

Liverpool's Mo Salah have scored in three of their last home Head-to-Heads and he could be Liverpool's savior in this very one. Meanwhile, England winger, Raheem Sterling have scored in two of his last three City appearance and have been involved in more goals (99 goals, 55 assists) than any other Citizen player under Spanish tactician, Pep Guardiola.

On injury front, Liverpool are the most endangered team with about six eight first team players currently on the sidelines. Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota and long term absentee, Virgil van Dijk are suffering from knee injuries, meanwhile, Naby Kieta, Joel Matip, and Fabinho are all out due to muscle sprains. First Choice goalkeeper, Alisson is said be ill and we'll sit out this game.

For Pep Guardiola, only Nathan Ake and Kevin De Bruyne who are suffering from muscle and thigh injuries respectively will miss this encounter.

This glory battle at Anfield will see Michael Oliver as the centre referee.  


 Manchester United Premier League battle against Carlo Ancelloti's Everton will kick-off on Saturday, the 6th of February, 2021 at 20:00 GMT, 9pm Nigerian time.

Man United are welcoming the Blue Merseyside on the back of their 9-goal thriller over Southampton a fortnight ago. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are well rooted in the top three and are still leaving on the dream of winning a fourteenth Premier League title with the Red Devils losing just once in sixteen games since November, 1 (W11, D4, L1).  United's current success may be credited to the attack but the Manchester club back four deserves some praise too with their defence holding on to five clean sheets in eight games now.

The Red Devils' home form is not yet worth it but there is still room for improvement with Solsljaer's side winning just five of their last 11 home games (D2, L4).  They've been very good in scoring first at home, doing so in six of their last 11 home games to date. Although, each of last three witnessing the visiting team scoring first at Old Trafford saw the visitors take all three points.

Everton have won just once away to Manchester United in the Premier League era - August, 1992 and December, 2013. The Toffees are back in form after their Wednesday win over Leeds United. The victory against Marcelo Bielsa's team was the first time Everton have won four straight away games since 1985.

About 66.67% of Everton's away league goals this season have come before the break. Despite their good form as visitors this season, Everton haven't won at Old Trafford in any of their last six visits drawing just twice, (L4). They have failed to score more than single goal in any of their last eight visits to Manchester.

Manchester United's Anthony Martial scored a second half brace in United's drubbing of Southampton on Tuesday, he has the joint highest number of goals in England against the Toffees with six goals against the Merseyside Blue team. Meanwhile, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored more headed goals in the Premier League since the start of last season.

There have been four penalties in four of the last four Head-to-Heads between these two at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have no fresh injury concerns as only Phil Jones will miss this encounter with a knee injury.

For Everton, Jean Phillip Gbamin and Allan will miss this encounter due to different degrees of injuries.

This Old Trafford encounter will see Johnathan Moss as the centre referee.


 Aston Villa's Premier League clash against Arsenal on the 6th of February will kick-off at 12:30 GMT, 1:30 pm Nigerian time.

Despite succumbing to a 3-1 home loss to West Ham United, Aston Villa who currently have two games in hand are still confident of securing European spot next season.  They average 1.75 goals per league game this season, generally starting on the front foot in every game they've played so far with 50% of their first half goals in the Premier League coming inside the first 15 minutes, as 76.19% of their second interval goals coming after the hour mark.

Disturbing to the Villans is that they have only taken a first half home lead going into the break just thrice this season in the league, maintaining a stalemate just once (W4, L4). Villa Park have witnessed a high scoring Premier League encounter this season prior to this very fixture but only two of the last five Head-to Heads between these two have produced over 2.5 goals with Villa winning just once (D1, L3).

Arsenal who are 10th in the league table can go above the Villans who sit 9th in the league with a victory here as they look to bounce back after their 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers in mid-week; a game full of so much indiscipline from the Gunners. No team have earned more Premier League red cards than Arsenal under head coach, Mikel Artea and since 2007, no club side has conceded more penalties either.

Prior to their mid-week defeat to Wolves, Mikel Arteta's side won all three of their away league games and just like their host, they've drawn just once away from home this season, winning five (L5). The Gunners are yet to score after the 75th min in 13 Premier League games on the road (W5, D1, L7).

Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins is the Villans' man of moment as he has scored thrice in four home games - he scored a brace in the reverse fixture back in November. Meanwhile, Ivorian winger, Nicholas Pepe has found the net in Arsenal's last two Premier League away games; he has scored the Gunners opener in his last four competitive goalscoring games.

A quick statistics from last Wednesday mid-week fixtures saw a clean win for all visiting teams - it was only the second time ever in the Premier League that a day of at least four fixtures saw that trend - the visiting teams win rate this season in the Premier League is now 40.65%, the highest in all of Europe's big leagues.

Aston Villa have just two injury concerns in Kortney Hause and Wesley; both are suffering from ankle injury and will all miss the Gunners visit.

For Mikel Artea, new signing, Matt Ryan alongside Pablo Mari and Keirian Tierney will miss this encounter due the calf injury all trio are suffering from. Meanwhile, Gunners' first choice goalkeeper, Bernd Leno and David Luiz will begin their suspension from this game as both saw red in their lost to Wolves in mid-week.

The Villa Park encounter will see Chris Kavanagh as the centre referee. 

 Match week 22 of the English Premier League brought to book so much drama the league has always been know for as Liverpool drop more points at home and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer Man United cruise. Mirai Sports bring you a round up of all games played on match day 22 across all centres.

The mid-week fixtures began with Sheffield United hosting Westbrom at Bramall Lane in what was a battle against relegation as Chris Wilder's side oust Sam Allardyce in a 2-1 victory. Westbrom took the lead into the break with a fine finish from Matt Philips in 41st minute before a second half comeback by the Blades with goals from Jayden Bogle (56th minute) and Billy Sharp (73rd minute) earned the Yorkshire club their third Premier League win. Sheffield United and Westbrom remained 20th and 19th in the League table respectively.

At the Molineux, Wolverhampton Wanderers picked up their first win in four Premier League home games against Mikel Arteta's Arsenal. The visitors took the lead through a Nicholas Pepe fine finish in the 32nd minute took take the Gunners into a halftime lead before David Luiz was sent off on the stroke of halftime for a clumsy last man tackle that resulted to penalty for Wolves which Ruben Neves made no mistake in converting from 12-yards as both teams went into the interval level on terms. Five minutes into the second half, Joao Moutinho put Nuno Espirito Santos' side ahead with a goal of the season contender as he drove home from aside the penalty area before Bernd Leno was sent off for handling the ball outside his penalty area. Wolves claimed all three points and moved 14th on the log as Arsenal dropped 10th on the current standings.

In the other game of Tuesday, Manchester United were in cloud nine as the Red Devils put nine goals past Ralph Hasenhuttl's side at Old Trafford. The drama all began when Southampton's Alexandre Jankewitz was sent off 90 seconds into his first team debut for a high boot challenge on Scott McTominay reducing the Saints to 10 men. Wan-Bissaka gave Man United the lead in the 18th minute with a new post finish before goals from Marcus Rashford (25th minute) and Edison Cavani (39th minute) on either sides of Jan Bendnarek's own goal (34th minute) as the Red Devils went into the break with a four-goal lead. Man United continued the second half same way they ended the first a second half brace from Anthony Martial (69th & 90th minutes) on either side of Scott McTominay's low drive (71st minute) and a Bruno Fernandes 87th minute penalty that saw Jan Bednarek sent off for an infringement on Martial to see Southampton reduce to 9-men. Daniel James rounded off the victory with a 90+3 minute finish as United cruise into a historic win. The victory keep United on the neck of their Manchester neighbours who are currently top of the table as Southampton drop 12th on the log.

The last game of Tuesday saw Crystal Palace take an away victory at Newcastle. Jonjo Shelvy gave Newcastle the lead just one minute into the game with a riffled shot into the back of the net but Jairo Riedewald's 21st minute goal ensured the Eagles are back into the game. Four minutes later, Gary Cahil head home from close range to give Palace a halftime lead that eventually gave the visitor all three points. The loss means Newcastle sit 16th in the league table, two places above the drop zone as Crystal Palace move 13th on the log.

Wednesday fixtures began with table toppers, Manchester City extending their lead at the top of table with goals from Gabriel Jesus (3rd minute) and Raheem Sterling (38th minute) ensuring the Cityzens keep maintaining their lead at the top while Burnley sits on time bomb in 17th on the log as the fight to beat the drop heighten up at the bottom.

Fulham United are now on a five game winless streak after succumbing  to a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City  The Foxes took a first half lead via goals from Kelechi Iheanacho (17th minute) and James Justine (44th minute) as they went on to take all three points. With the defeat, Fulham remain 18th in the league table as Leicester City maintain 3rd spot.

Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United lost at home to Carlo Ancelloti's Everton. The Toffees took lead in the 9th minute with a Gylfi Sugurdsson's near post finish before Dominic Calvert-Lewin extended their lead 35 minute later to ensure the Merseyside club into the break with a lead. Raphinha's 48th minute strike was a mere consolation for Fulham has Everton held their nerves to secure all three points away from home. Leeds United dropped 11th in the league table while Everton completes the current top 7 in the league.

Aston Villa lost at home to David Moyes West Ham United in a game that saw a second half goal flow. Inform Hammers midfielder, Tomas Soucek gave the London club the lead in the 51st minute before a brace from debutant, Jesse Lingard on either side of Ollie Watkins Villa's consolation goal condemned the Villans to another Premier League defeat in three games. Aston Villa dropped 9th in the league table as West Ham United climbed 5th on the log.

In the last game of Wednesday, Liverpool poor Premier League home form continued as the Merseysiders fell surprisingly to a 1-0 defeat at the hand of Brighton. Steven Alzate 56th goal was enough for Graham Potter's side to take another big away win after his side came out top against Jose Mourinho's Tottenham a fortnight ago. Liverpool remain 4th in the league table, seven points off top of the table  as Brighton moved 15th on the log to ease their nerves on relegation battle.

The last game of match week 22 saw José Mourinho's Tottenham welcome Chelsea to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for a London bragging right. Tuchel's perfect start to life with the Blues continued as Chelsea overcame Spurs 1-0. Jorginho's first-half penalty proved the difference, after a clumsy tackle by Eric Dier on Timo Werner in the 24th minute, and Spurs cannot have any complaints with their loss here. The hosts did have second-half chances through Carlos Vinicius and Hung-Min Son, however, Edouard Mendy was rarely tested throughout, meaning the visitors are deserved winners in this London derby. The loss means Tottenham drop 8th in league table meanwhile, Chelsea climb 6th in the table, four points behind 4th place Liverpool.

Premier League action return again on Saturday, until then, we say goodbye.



 Tottenham's Premier League clash against Chelsea will kick-off at 20:00 GMT, 9pm Nigerian time on the 4th of February, 2021.

It was just months ago where Tottenham were being tipped as dark horses for the Premier League title but Spurs are now in danger of even making the top four. Injury to the Lily Whites star striker, Harry Kane was felt in the club’s shocking 1-0 loss to Brighton on Sunday. For the second game running, they lost the entire game after going behind at the interval.

Spurs' home Premier League record since November have been very impressive, winning four of their last seven games at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (D1, L4), but the record against their fellow top-six clubs have been very poor with Spurs winning just one of their last 3 games (L2), each ending in a two-goal cushion. Furthermore, six of the last eight halves played across the last four fixtures I’m that process have each witnessed a 1-0 scoreline. More bad news for Spurs is that they’ve won just three of their last thirteen Premier League games in which Harry Kane have not featured (D4, L6).

'One-nill' have been the scoreline at the break (in favour of the eventual winner) in three of their last seven Premier League Head-to-Heads won/lost either way. It was the same at Halftime in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Burnley on Sunday, which gave them two consecutive clean sheets under their new manager.

Games against the Blues have been a battle of who finds the net first as first scorers have won six (D1) of the Blues last seven Premier League games to produce 0.5 goals. Although, this has worked against the Blues when they travel, with Chelsea recovering just one point out of eighteen from their last six away games in which they’ve scored the first goal.

With Harry Kane out injured, Hueng-Min Son will take the mantle of leadership to fire Spurs past the Blues. Meanwhile, Chelsea are unbeaten in each of Cesar Azpilicueta's nine goals scoring outing (W5, D4) – he was on the score sheet at the weekend.

José Mourinho is currently sweating on injuries of his first team players as the likes of the aforementioned Harry Kane, Giovanni Lo Celso and  Sérgio Reguilon all suffering from ankle injuries, while Bamidele Alli remain sidelined due to a tendon tear issue.

Thomas Tuchel and his Chelsea side are all clear on injury front as the Blues have no fresh injury concerns with all first team players ready for this crucial fixture.

This London derby at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will see Andre Marriner as the centre refree.


 Liverpool's clash against Brighton & Hoves Albion on Wednesday, 3rd February, 2021 will kick-off at 20:15 GMT, 9:15pm Nigerian time.

After a record four scoreless run of games in the Premier League, Liverpool have now won with a scoreline of 3-1 away consecutively to bring them back in their hunt to retain the Premier League title they won last season. But within that streak was Jurgen Klopp's side last game at Anfield - a one-nil loss to Burnley that brought to an end the Red's 68-game unbeaten run at home. The Reds are 21 points fewer than the 42 points they achieved at this stage in their run to the Premier League crown last season.



In this encounter, the Reds must end their three game winless Premier League consecutive run at Anfield (D2, L1) and also try to avoid going four Premier League games without a win for the first time in nine years. The Seaghulls should be a good opponent to end that run based on Liverpool's last four competitive home Head-to-Heads saw them defeat Brighton winning halftime/Fulltime.

Despite Liverpool's quest to end their poor Premier League run at Anfield, they will have to trade with caution as Brighton are currently enjoying some run of fine form. Their 1-0 win over Jose Mourinho's Tottenham over the weekend gave them a fourth successive unbeaten run (W3, D1), and a third consecutive clean sheet for the second time in the club's history. Those impressive results have given them some comfort above the relegation battle as they face a side they are yet to keep a clean sheet against in 37 years.

The Seaghulls go into this game as clear underdogs, but five of their last six Premier League away wins have come away from home, although all of their last four Premier league away defeats this season have come against teams currently in the top eight of the league table.

Mo Salah's brace in Liverpool's last Premier League game means the Egyptian have now score 20+  competitive goals in four consecutive seasons for the Reds - the first player since Ian Rush in the 1980s. Meanwhile, Brighton's Neal Maupay recently became the club's second player to score 10+ Premier League away goals in the club's history.

On injury front, Jurgen Klopp's injury woes continue as most of his first teamers are been sidelined; with likes of Joe Gomez,  and Diogo Jota suffering from a knee injury while the likes of Naby Kieta, Joel Matip, Fabinho and long term absentee, Virgil van Dijk all suffering from different muscle injuries and will alll be exempted from this very clash.

For Brighton & Holves Albion, the list is not a good one for them as teenage right-back, Tariq Lamptey, Florin Andone, Danny Welbeck and Aleriza Jahanbakhsh all suffering from thigh injury problems and will miss the club's trip to Merseyside.

The clash at Anfield will see Kevin Friend as the centre referee.

Burnley's Premier League clash against Manchester City will kick-off at 18:00 GMT, 7pm Nigerian time. Here is an insight on facts and figures before the game.

The 2-0 lost to Chelsea on Saturday was Burnley’s eighth consecutive game in the Premier League without a stalemate (W4, L4), five of their last seven Premier League games have ended in a slender 1-0 scoreline; their last three games that saw over 1.5 goals each saw both halves witnessing a goal.

The Clarets have seen seven of their last ten Premier League home goals come after the break including their treble against Aston Villa on January, 27th. They’ve lost just one of their last six home Premier League games (W4, D1) – putting them clear off the drop zone, although they have an awful record against today’s opponent here at Turf Moor, losing six of their last eight Head-to-Heads against Manchester City.

Table toppers, Manchester City's absolute stunning and impressive January saw them become the first English club to win nine consecutive games in a month. What is even more worrying for the host is that City have put 4+ goals past them in four of their last five Premier Head-to-Heads with the Cityzens winning all five.

The Cityzens have scored more Premier League away goals (15) than Sean Dyche's side have managed in the league (14) with a Premier League scoring tally of those goals coming before the interval. The Manchester based club have an average of 2.2 goals per match in all of their last five trips o Turf Moor (W4, D1).

Former Manchester City defender, Ben Mee scored the Clarets' first goal in each of their last two goal scoring home Premier League games. Meanwhile, City's Algerian winger, Riyad Mahrez grabbed a treble against the host earlier this season and netted and also assisted in the Cityzens' last Premier League away game. Pep Guardiola beating Sean Dyche is a better love story than Twilight as the Spanish tactician have beaten his counterpart 11 times – more than he has against any other manager in his career.

On injury terms, Burnley are sweating over the fitness of several high profile players as striking duo, Ashely Barnes and Chris Wood are currently suffering from a knock and a thigh injury respectively alongside Charles Taylor and Joe Brownhilll, both who have sorry foot. All four players will still be assessed by the medical team before been able to play a part in this game.

Pep Guardiola have three high profile injury concerns as Kevin De Bruyne who has a thigh problem, Nathan Ake who is having a muscle problem alongside long term absentee, Sérgio Kün Aguero will all miss the trip to Burnley.

The clash at Turf Moor will see Micheal Atkinson as the centre referee..


This relentless 2020/21 campaign continues with another midweek game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds and United will look to get back to winning ways, after a defeat and a draw against Sheffield United and Arsenal respectively.


Manchester United are slowing taking off their foot off the pedal in this title race as they sit just one point above third place Liverpool wo have won back-to-back league games for the first time this year. The Red Devils goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium means they are winless in all of their last two Premier League games (D1, L1) as they have failed to take their chances in all two games but are expected to see off Southampton at Old Trafford giving that they have lost just once to any club they played against that ended Saturday in the second half of the Premier League table.

The Red Devils lost to Sheffield United a fortnight ago increased their home defeats rate to 44% (W4, D1, L4) - the worst of any team that finished in top four last season. Manchester United have a strong record against Southampton. The sides have met on 128 occasions across all competitions since 1897, with United winning 66. Tuesday’s visitors have won the 27, with the remaining 35 games being drawn.

As for Southampton, January has not been the best month. The year started well with a 1-0 victory over Liverpool on January 4 but since then the Saints have lost all their league fixtures as Leicester, Arsenal and lastly Aston Villa have all come out on top against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side. They have also failed to score in five of their last seven Premier League games.

The Saints have lost just once away from home in the Premier League since October, 2020 (W2, D4). They have travelled as matchday outsiders and gone ahead to pick a draw in 50% of their PL away games this season and this would not be a different game for the South coast team as they look to get their early season mojo back.

Manchester United's Mason Greenwood scored the opener in the Red Devil's last home win, as three of his last five goals have come in the second interval. Meanwhile, Danny Ings is the Saints' main danger man. The 28-year-old striker has found the back of the net seven times in the Premier League this campaign, including the winner against his former side Liverpool at the start of 2021.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer have no fresh injury concern as only Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo who are both suffering from a calf injury will miss this encounter.

For  Ralph Hasenhuttl,  he will pray his shrinked squad get the job done in Manchester as the Saints will be without the likes of Michael Obafemi, Keriean Walker-Peters who are suffering from a thigh injury alongside Jannik Vestergaard,  Nathan Tella, Will Smallbone and Mohammed Salisu who are out due to knee injuries will all miss the trip to Manchester.

This Old Trafford clash will see Mike Dean as the centre referee.

 Wolverhampton Wanderers are winless in all of their last eight Premier League games (D3, L5). They lost surprisingly to Crystal Palace 1-0 over the weekend as the pressure at Molineux continue to rise. They are further off the fight for an European spot but are pretty far away from relegation battle, they have fired blank in seven of their last 21 Premier League games.

Even encouragingly, both teams have scored in about 69% of their home league games this season as the Park are yet to keep a clean sheet in six of all of the league games they've played at home this season. Nuno Santo's side have made life difficult for visiting teams in the first interval as almost half of games played at Molineux have gone into the break all squared and goalless but have seen a flurry of goals in the second interval after the 75th minute.

Although still 10th on the Premier League table, Arsenal's goalless draw at home to Manchester United on Saturday, moved them closer to European qualification spot - their third Premier League in four that have seen a goalless first interval. This very fixture have actually seen over 0.5 goals in the first 45 minute.



Mikel Arteta's young guns have been very impressive after the break this season, as they have conceded just once in the second interval , no team can boast of that this campaign. In this very clash, the away team have only lost once in their last seven Head-to Heads.

Wolves new signing, Willain Jose might make his debut in this encounter; he has scored after the 50th minute in eight of his last nine games in all competition.  Arsenal's Emil Smith Rowe have been a revelation for the for the Gunners of late, he coould come out top for Mikel Arteta in this game as the odds are in favour of Arsenal who have won ten of their last 15 meetings this millennium (D3, L2).

On injury front, Wolverhampton will be without the services of Ryan Ait Nouri who has suffered a knock alongside Jonny and Fernando Marcal who are suffering froma knee injury as Raul Jiminez is still recovering from his head concussion.

Mikel Arteta's injury list growing as Dani Ceballos, Pablo Mari, Bukayo Saka and new signing, Matt Ryan are all suffering from a calf injury while club captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang is currently isolationg from the squad.

This encounter at the famous Molineux will see Craig Pawson as the centre refree.