1) Late goals threaten Tottenham’s top 4 hopes
With 4 minutes to play of their newest fixture at Wolves, Tottenham had been set to complete the weekend third within the desk. In the tip, one other late objective cost Jose Mourinho’s an important win which might have closed the hole between them and leaders Liverpool to 4 factors.
The recreation had a well-known sample to it. No crew within the league has scored extra goals within the opening 10 minutes than Tottenham who took a primary minute lead by way of Tanguy Ndombele’s lengthy vary strike. It was the sixth time Mourinho’s aspect had scored earlier than the tenth minute.
But it is on the finish of video games the place Spurs’ top 4 hopes are in peril of fading. No crew has conceded extra goals within the remaining 10 minutes than they’ve and Romain Saiss’ header was the eighth time Tottenham have given up a objective within the eightieth minute or later and dropped Spurs to fifth within the desk.
Spurs have now dropped 9 factors within the remaining 10 minutes of matches, with Mourinho’s makes an attempt to sit down on leads not proving fruitful. Those squandered factors would have the north Londoners three factors clear.
2) West Brom need Big Sam to play it once more
When West Brom sacked Slaven Bilic and changed the Croatian with Sam Allardyce earlier this month, the choice raised a couple of eyebrows. Allardyce had not managed within the Premier League since his fire-fighting spell at Everton resulted in May 2018.
Allardyce has made a profession of coming into disaster golf equipment and turning their fortunes round to the purpose that the 66-year-old has managed to keep away from being relegated in his prolonged profession at 10 completely different golf equipment.
The former England supervisor misplaced his first recreation in command of the Baggies, however that got here simply 4 days after his appointment. With barely extra time to work together with his gamers, Allardyce got here up with a recreation plan to frustrate champions Liverpool and earn a degree in a 1-1 draw.
Allardyce, who helped Crystal Palace inflict Liverpool’s final league defeat at Anfield in April 2017, labored his magic once more by coming from behind to earn a share of the spoils because of Semi Ajayi’s equaliser eight minutes from time.
West Brom remain in the bottom three, but if Allardyce can continue to get the best out of this squad and perhaps add to it in the transfer window, then Big Sam may well avoid relegation once again. Layers might want to challenge the Baggies for relegation; they are currently 1.4640/85 to lay.
3) Travel illness is derailing Chelsea’s title cost
Before Chelsea traveled to Everton on December 12, Chelsea had been nicely and really within the title race. But defeat at Goodison Park was shortly adopted by a loss at Molineux and a 3rd successive away defeat at Arsenal on Saturday noticed Frank Lampard’s aspect slip to eighth.
The Blues spent essentially the most cash throughout the newest switch window, however the £230m invested in strengthening the squad has but to pay dividends. The excellent news for Chelsea is that their final league recreation of 2020 and their first league recreation of 2021 are at Stamford Bridge.
Aston Villa and Manchester City present the opposition on each these events and nothing shall be taken with no consideration despite the fact that Lampard’s aspect are unbeaten of their final six at dwelling taking 14 factors from a potential 18.
Hopes of a title problem might have taken a blow following these three highway defeats, however with simply 4 factors separating Everton in second place and Southampton in ninth, there may be loads for Chelsea to play for within the New Year.
Blues proprietor Roman Abramovich desires to see an instantaneous return on his pre-season funding, which places strain on Lampard, who appears unsure as to what his greatest beginning XI is. If the title can’t be theirs, then Abramovich may accept second place finish which will be backed at 4.84/1.
4) Wilder residing on borrowed time
Nobody desires to see a supervisor lose their job, however the board at Sheffield United may need a call to make if the Blades’ winless run continues. A 1-0 defeat at dwelling to Everton on Boxing Day saved Chris Wilder’s aspect backside of the desk, 11 factors from security. They haven’t received any of their 15 league video games this season.
United set a brand new undesirable Premier League report by having the bottom factors complete on Christmas Day with two. The board at Bramall Lane can have seen the impression Sam Allardyce has made at fellow strugglers West Brom and if the Blades are severe about staying within the top flight, then a change might be imminent.
More usually than not, a brand new supervisor supplies a much-needed impetus and a change may even give a brand new boss time to guage his squad and permit him time to make signings earlier than the switch window closes on the finish of January.
The Blades are six factors adrift of West Brom in nineteenth place and until a change of supervisor or change of fortune comes quickly, Sheffield United shall be relegated. Right now they’re favourites to complete backside, however they’re currently 1.9310/11 to lay whereas Wilder will be backed at 4.216/5 to be the next manager to lose his job.
5) Grealish has Villa flying excessive
There are 9 Englishmen managing within the Premier League proper now and Dean Smith is at the moment the cream of the crop.
Smith’s Villa aspect are seventh within the desk after the most recent spherical of fixtures following their 3-0 win over Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace.
What made the win all of the extra spectacular was the actual fact Villa had been diminished to 10 males simply earlier than half-time after Tyrone Mings was despatched off with Villa main 1-0.
This is just about the identical Villa aspect that waited till the ultimate recreation of final season to ensure their survival. In Jack Grealish, Villa have a neighborhood lad main the crew and he’s the catalyst for his aspect doing in addition to they’re.
Grealish has been capped by England this season as a reward for his constant performances. If he can proceed to tug the strings for Smith’s aspect, then the 25-year-old might be a contender for the player of the year award the place he will be backed at 3.55/2. Villa may also be backed at 4.47/2 to safe a top six finish.