Premier League team of 2021-22 so far

As the Premier League looks forward to a mini winter break this weekend with UEFA countries not involved in any international fixtures, there’s time to pause for thought. With more than half of the campaign gone for every club bar Burnley, here we name our Premier League team of 2021-22 so far, and tip our proverbial cap to the division’s outstanding manager who’s impressed in the dugout.  Goalkeeper – Jose Sa Replacing the vastly experienced Rui Patricio at Wolves was a tough ask for Jose Sa in the summer. The…

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Southampton vs. Manchester City Tips, Preview and Predictions

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Ralph Hasenhuttl and his Southampton side are up against it when they welcome Premier League champions Manchester City to St Mary’s in Saturday’s late kick-off. The Blues have established a commanding lead at the top of the table as they look to defend their title, but the Saints have upset the odds in recent meetings between these clubs.  Where and when: St Mary’s Stadium – 22 January, kick-off 17:30 Where you can see Southampton vs. Manchester City: Sky Sports Last time: City were below par and fortunate to come away…

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Everton vs. Aston Villa Tips, Preview and Predictions

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Everton begin their post-Rafa Benitez life with a home game against Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa at Goodison Park in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off. The Toffees are only four points behind their visitors this weekend with a game in hand, but these clubs are worlds apart in terms of morale right now.  Where and when: Goodison Park – 22 January, kick-off 12:30 Where you can see Everton vs. Aston Villa: BT Sport Last time: New Villa signing Lucas Digne scored an own goal for former team Everton as the Villans…

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Norwich vs. Everton Tips, Preview and Predictions

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Relegation-threatened Norwich City face a similarly out-of-sorts Everton at Carrow Road in this weekend’s Premier League schedule. Both clubs are hoping for a significant upturn in fortunes in the second half of the season.  Where and when: Carrow Road – 15 January, kick-off 15:00 Where you can see Norwich vs. Everton: N/A Last time: Andros Townsend and Abdoulaye Doucoure struck either side of half time as Everton beat Norwich 2-0 at Goodison Park in the reverse fixture towards the end of September.  Norwich v Everton Predictions and Preview This is…

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Burnley vs. Leicester Tips, Preview and Predictions

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Burnley have a tough ask to climb out of the Premier League’s bottom three this weekend when they welcome Leicester City to Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon. The Foxes will be right up in the European picture should they win the game in hand they have on the majority of the teams above them, whereas the Clarets are seriously threatened by relegation and need to start winning.  Where and when: Turf Moor – 15 January, kick-off 15:00 Where you can see Burnley vs. Leicester: N/A Last time: Burnley twice took…

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Brighton vs. Crystal Palace Tips, Preview and Predictions

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Their fans may not like it being called the M23 Derby, but Brighton host Crystal Palace in what remains a Premier League grudge match on Friday night. Both clubs are aiming to push on from their mid-table security to challenge for the European places ahead of the latest edition of a rivalry that harks back to the 1970s.  Where and when: Amex Stadium – 14 January, kick-off 20:00 Where you can see Brighton vs. Crystal Palace: Sky Sports Last time: Neal Maupay scored a dramatic 95th-minute equaliser to rescue a…

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Brentford vs. Aston Villa Tips, Preview and Predictions

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Brentford play host to Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon in the two clubs’ first fixture of 2022. Just two points separate the sides ahead of this key clash, with the home team able to leapfrog their visitors with a victory at the Brentford Community Stadium.  Where and when: Brentford Community Stadium – 2 January, kick-off 14:00 Where you can see Brentford vs. Aston Villa: Sky Sports Last time: Ivan Toney put Brentford into an early lead when the teams met at Villa Park in August, but Emiliano Buendia drew the…

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Leicester vs. Norwich Tips, Preview and Predictions

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Leicester ended 2021 in perfect fashion by winning 1-0 against Liverpool and the Foxes have a great chance to build some momentum at the start of 2022 when they welcome bottom-placed Norwich on January 1. The visitors are on a dreadful run of five straight defeats without scoring a single goal and are in dire need of points. Where and when: King Power Stadium – 1 January, kick-off 15:00 Where you can see Leicester vs. Norwich: N/A Last time: Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton were on target for Leicester, as…

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Arsenal vs. Manchester City Tips, Preview and Predictions

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In-form Arsenal face a real test of their top-four credentials when they host Premier League leaders Manchester City at the Emirates on New Year’s Day. The Blues are in fine form and have a superb record against the Gunners, who are up against it here.  Where and when: Emirates Stadium – 1 January, kick-off 12:30 Where you can see Arsenal vs. Manchester City: BT Sport Last time: İlkay Gündoğan, Ferran Torres (2), Gabriel Jesus and Rodri were all on target as City thrashed Arsenal 5-0 at the Etihad in August. …

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Crystal Palace vs. West Ham Tips, Preview and Predictions

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Crystal Palace welcome Champions League hopefuls West Ham to Selhurst Park at the start of 2022 in a key Premier League clash. The Hammers need a win if they want to keep up with Arsenal in the top four race, while the Eagles are trying to make their way to the top half of the table after a shaky start to the season. Where and when: Selhurst Park – 1 January, kick-off 17:30 Where you can see Crystal Palace vs. West Ham: Sky Sports Last time: West Ham took the…

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