Sutton’s Premier League predictions v JayO

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

Arsenal were top at Christmas but have lost their past two Premier League games and are out of the FA Cup – so, can they get their season back on track against Crystal Palace on Saturday?

BBC Sport football expert Chris Sutton said: “They can’t afford to slip up against Palace if they are going to keep their fans believing.

“It feels especially important Arsenal win this one, not just to keep up with leaders Liverpool but with Manchester City coming to the fore too.”

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

The winter break means the current set of fixtures are staggered over a two-week period. For part two of week 21, he takes on singer-songwriter and Arsenal fan JayO.

JayO’s latest track ‘Often’ is a fusion of Afrobeats and R&B. His biggest hit ’22’ has had more than 100m global streams.

JayOJayO has been nominated for a Mobo award as best newcomer. The awards, which celebrate black music and culture, take place at Sheffield’s Utilita Arena on 7 February

JayO grew up in Tottenham and still lives there, but his heart was taken by their north London rivals – he fell in love with Arsenal at a young age and trained with the Junior Gunners as a boy.

The 24-year-old, who helped launch the Gunners’ third kit in August, told BBC Sport: “Why Arsenal? Why not!?

“As a kid growing up, watching them play was memorable. Seeing players like Cesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie made me want to pick a ball up and say ‘I support the Gunners’.

“Those three, plus Jose Antonio Reyes and Samir Nasri were my heroes. They made the game flow for me.

“I actually met Fabregas when I was 11. I remember him scoring a 30-yard goal, and he made me believe I could score from the half-way line.

“My favourite players right now would be Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba, because I like what they do when given the opportunity to play in space.”

Arsenal were five points clear at the top of the Premier League at the same stage last season, the same margin they trail leaders Liverpool by at the moment, so JayO feels they are still right in the race.

“As a team, I still think we are there,” JayO added. “Every team can lose some games but the team mentality has to remain the same.

“The aim is to be a solid side who always puts up a fight but of course we want titles to our name.

“There is still a long way to go but we have to aim as high as we can – that means going for the Premier League and Champions League this season.”

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

When?ResultSuttonJayO
SATURDAY, 20 JANUARY
Arsenal v Crystal Palacex-x2-03-0
Brentford v Nott’m Forestx-x2-12-1
SUNDAY, 21 JANUARY
Sheff Utd v West Hamx-x1-10-3
Bournemouth v Liverpoolx-x1-12-1
MONDAY, 22 JANUARY
Brighton v Wolvesx-x2-13-0

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

SUTTON’S PREDICTIONS

SATURDAY, 20 JANUARY

Arsenal v Crystal Palace

Arsenal v Crystal Palace (12:30 GMT)

Crystal Palace went out of the FA Cup against Everton on Wednesday but they definitely had one eye on this game with the substitutions Roy Hodgson made.

You know what Hodgson will do here – he will shut up shop and try to frustrate Arsenal, then hope to get something on the break, a lot like the Eagles did against Manchester City before Christmas.

They have the quality to hurt Arsenal that way, but I still think this game is more about whether the Gunners can find a way through Palace’s defence.

Of course there are question marks over Mikel Arteta’s side after their recent results, especially in attack where they have not been taking their chances.

They need to find a way of changing that and I suspect they will, but this prediction is really what I’m hoping for more than anything else.

I want to see Arsenal in the title race and challenging Manchester City at the end of the season. For that to happen, they will have to hang on in there during spells like this.

Sutton’s prediction: 2-0

JayO’s prediction: Hopefully the mighty Gunners can get back to winning ways. 3-0

This is a massive game for all sorts of reasons, with both teams just above the relegation zone.

Brentford have only taken three points from the past 24 available and have lost five in a row in the league, but they have Ivan Toney available again after his eight-month ban, which is a huge lift.

We don’t know what condition Toney is in physically and mentally after such a long lay-off, but he has been scoring goals for the B team and in behind-closed-doors matches. Now they need him to do the same for the first team.

Nottingham Forest are 15th, a point and a place above the Bees, after winning their past two league games but they must be concerned about where a possible points deduction would leave them if they are punished after being charged for breaching financial rules.

So, there is a lot for both teams to play for and I can see this being a real battle. Brentford’s home form has been disappointing of late, with three defeats in four games, but I am still going for them to edge it, just.

JayO’s prediction: Even though they are struggling a bit at the moment Brentford can be solid at home. 2-1