We’re set for an absolute feast of football this weekend here in the Transfer Tavern with our punters being able to enjoy half of the Premier League’s sides in action live on our TVs around the bar.
It’s going to be an absolute marathon of football so we’ve made sure there’s plenty of drinks and snacks on hand ready for it to all get underway on Saturday at 12:30, with plenty to be played for at both ends of the table.
It’s time to take a look, then, at the games that will be taking centre-stage as well as what some of our punters of the sides involved reckon whilst our landlord will give his verdict ahead of some cracking fixtures:
Saturday: Burnley v Manchester City BT Sport 1 12:30
Burnley host Manchester City in the lunch time game this Saturday as they look to bounce back from a pretty humbling 4-0 victory against West Brom last time out.
The Clarets were completely out-classed at The Hawthorns from the get-go but it is their home form that has seen them do well so far this year. Wins against the likes of Liverpool and Everton have shown they are no pushovers and so City will need to be wary.
The Citizens are just a point behind Chelsea at the top of the league and will go ahead of the Blues with a victory. They’re looking pretty confident at the moment under Pep Guardiola and our resident Citizens fans are feeling the same about the game tomorrow. “We’ve been going well recently and whilst Burnley have shocked a couple of sides this season we won’t be complacent under Pep.”
Our landlord agrees and is going for a 2-0 victory for City.
Saturday: Chelsea v Tottenham BT Sport 1 17:30
Arguably the biggest game of the weekend sees the two London sides face off in what could be a classic.
The two sets of fans have been at each other already after Spurs crashed out of the Champions League and so we’re expecting a great atmosphere here in the Transfer Tavern.
Chelsea go into the game as favourites with their 3-4-3 formation looking very handy but Spurs are still unbeaten despite some poor performances recently and cannot be dismissed – something some Lilywhites have picked up on: “Yeah we’ve been bad recently but we’ve still picked up points in the league and that’s the sign of champions, I don’t see us not raising it for this one either and I reckon we’ll get a good draw out of the game.”
Our landlord isn’t so sure. Chelsea are flying right now and Spurs have been lucky to not have been on the end of a hiding recently, he’s going for 3-0 to the Blues.
Sunday: Watford v Stoke Sky Sports 1 12:00
Watford bounced back from their 6-1 humiliation at Liverpool with a good 2-1 win over Leicester City and have impressed many onlookers here in the Transfer Tavern this season. Whilst they haven’t been unbelievably good this year they’ve found a way to win regularly and will certainly give Stoke a lot to think about on Sunday.
It’s game our Stoke fans are feeling they need to get something out of after losing at home to Bournemouth with the general feeling around the fan-base here by the bar that it’s been okay but could be better this season: “We’ve got better from the start of the year.” One said, “But losing at home to Bournemouth last time out could really set us back if we lose again on Sunday.”
Our landlord thinks they’ll be disappointed this weekend, too, and is going 2-1 to Watford.
Sunday: Arsenal v Bournemouth Sky Sports 1 14:15
There’s a feeling here in the Transfer Tavern that this could be the latest meeting between the master and the apprentice as Arsene Wenger and Eddie Howe lock horns at the Emirates.
Our Cherries fans are certainly concerned Howe could become the Gunners’ manager in the relatively near future but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to try and win the game here after a great victory against Stoke.
Meanwhile, our Arsenal fans are wanting some more clinical finishing after witnessing a draw with PSG and Manchester United last time out: “We’re still in the title race, of course, but I do wonder if we’ve already peaked. The others seem to be getting stronger but we’ve plateaued recently and I hope we can sort that.”
Our landlord reckons they will. 3-1 to the Gunners.
Sunday: Southampton v Everton Sky Sports 1 16:30
The return of Ronald Koeman to St. Mary’s is going to be fascinating to watch and if our Saints fans here in the Transfer Tavern are anything to go by, he’s set for quite a vociferous reception.
“We adored Ronald and genuinely felt he was here for the long-haul, certainly until one of the really big sides came in for him at least, so when he left for Everton who were nowhere near us last season we felt rather hard done by. It’ll be good to beat him and show him his mistake.”
You can see it happening, too, Everton have only won once since September in the league and need a result sooner rather than later whilst the Saints will be looking for a more attacking display than against Liverpool last weekend.
Our landlord can only see one thing happening – a Saints win. He’s going 2-1 to the south coast side.
Not long to go, then, until it all kicks off this weekend and here in the Transfer Tavern we can’t wait. How do you see it all going, though, over the next few days? Let us know in the comments below…
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