Sutton’s Premier League predictions v Declan McKenna

11 January 2024 0 By Total Football News
Sutton's Predictions

The Premier League’s mid-season break is upon us, with 10 games staggered over the next two weeks.

The first five matches take place this weekend, with three of the top five in action – and all hoping to cut Liverpool’s lead at the summit, with Aston Villa able to move level on points with the Reds if they beat Everton.

BBC Sport football expert Chris Sutton said: “Villa are very capable and well drilled and they can tear a strip off anyone on their day, like they did against the Toffees in August.”

Sutton is making predictions for all 380 Premier League matches again this season, against a variety of guests.

For part one of week 21, he takes on singer-songwriter and Tottenham fan Declan McKenna.

McKenna’s latest single, Elevator Hum, is out now. His new album, What Happened To The Beach?, is released on 9 February.

Declan McKennaMcKenna starts his tour of the UK and Ireland in March and heads for Europe in April

McKenna grew up in Cheshunt, a few miles up the road from Tottenham, in a Spurs-supporting family – and they were the only team for him too.

“Of course it’s a choice but it’s quite an easy one to support the greatest team the world has ever seen,” he told BBC Sport.

“It’s also convenient that Northumberland Park is a 10-minute train ride from my hometown and that my older brothers helped me assimilate.

“I went to my first game was when I was I six or seven but I’ve been watching them longer than that, at least it definitely feels longer. I was watching before I knew what was going on, I just knew somewhere deep down it was, in fact, fun.

“I was always a fan of Robbie Keane and used to emulate his world-famous cartwheel/roly-poly gun-fingers celebration at any given chance.

“But I grew up with such club legends as Ledley King, Aaron Lennon, and, of course, Teemu Tainio too.”

Declan McKennaIn 2020, McKenna’s last album, Zeros, narrowly lost a chart battle for the number one album slot to The Rolling Stones, who had re-released Goats Head Soup

McKenna met one of his current Spurs heroes, Son Heung-min, when he visited Tottenham’s training ground in the summer.

Son signed McKenna’s guitar after he played him one of his songs, Sympathy, but he says another of his tracks, Sonny, was not inspired by the South Korean striker.

“Not quite! I had a song lying around called Sonny that was honestly a coincidence, but the lore around it seems to be evolving,” McKenna explained.

“Nonetheless he’s a legend and was a truly lovely guy, very professional and easy to chat to. The whole thing was quite unreal, but I had a great time and now I’ve just got the guitar lying in my room.

“I’m not really the type to have something like that and never use it but I should probably get it varnished sooner rather than later.”

Chris Sutton and Declan McKenna were speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

When?ResultSuttonDeclan
FRIDAY, 12 JANUARY
Burnley v Lutonx-x1-12-2
SATURDAY, 13 JANUARY
Chelsea v Fulhamx-x2-12-2
Newcastle v Man Cityx-x1-31-2
SUNDAY, 14 JANUARY
Everton v Aston Villax-x1-11-3
Man Utd v Tottenhamx-x1-30-3

A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

SUTTON’S PREDICTIONS

FRIDAY, 12 JANUARY

Burnley v Luton

Burnley v Luton (19:45 GMT)

This is a difficult one to kick off with.

Burnley beat Luton at Kenilworth Road earlier in the season but they have a terrible home record with just three points picked up from a possible 30 so far.

It’s a huge game for Vincent Kompany’s side because they are four points behind the Hatters, who are also in the bottom three.

Win it, and they not only beat the team immediately above them, it could also be seen as the launchpad for the improvement they will surely need at Turf Moor if they are going to stay up.

It’s not a must-win game in terms of the points that are up for grabs, but feels like it because of the belief that a victory would give them.

I just don’t see it happening for them on Friday, though. For starters, the Clarets don’t score enough goals – they have managed only 20 in their first 20 games – and Luton appear to be far more streetwise.

By that, I mean Luton seem to know how to get a result even when their performance probably doesn’t merit one.

They beat Newcastle and Sheffield United over Christmas and although they did not deserve to beat the Blades from the way they played, they were able to capitalise when they were allowed back into the game.

It makes me think Luton won’t lose this and smells like a 1-1 draw to me.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-1

Declan’s prediction: Thinking this will be a heated contest, I’m inclined to fancy Luton but Turf Moor will make it tough for them. 2-2

Chelsea had won three games in a row in all competitions and were showing a bit of consistency before they lost to Middlesbrough in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

I think they have made some progress this season, but only because of how bad they were last season – they scored 38 goals and got 44 points in 2022-23.

They have got 34 goals already this time and their points-per-game is up from 1.15 to 1.4 but it’s still not exactly anything to shout about. They have been average all season and I was expecting a lot more from the money they have spent.

I’ve backed them, and been wrong, many times already this season so do I make the same mistake again?

It doesn’t help me much that there’s not too many reasons to go with Fulham here, either. Their last league game was their excellent home win over Arsenal, but their form away from Craven Cottage is poor.

Marco Silva’s side always seem to carry a threat when I watch them but they have won only one out of 10 games on the road.

What we see from them at Stamford Bridge might depend on how jaded they are from their Carabao Cup semi-final defeat at Liverpool on Wednesday and, against my better judgement, I am going for a Chelsea victory.

Declan’s prediction: Fulham are feeling more together this season. It’s hard to say which Chelsea will turn up, and I’d love to back Fulham over those ‘orrible boys in blue, but I can still see them bagging a few goals, I can taste another score draw but will be rooting for Fulham. 2-2