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Vinnie Jones: I got a yellow card at Wembley and Pickford got f*** all!

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Well, that’s one way to derail Liverpool’s title defence. Not nice, but that’s the game sometimes.

I’m talking Jordan Pickford’s tackle on Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside Derby. It didn’t look good, did it?

Someone said it reminded them of me on Macca in the Cup Final - I left my mark on him, but he played on - Virgil van Dijk wasn’t so lucky. The difference is I went through the ball - and then the player. Jordan wasn’t close to the ball at all, but got the player.

I got a yellow card at Wembley and Pickford got f*** all. How’s that?! And sorry Jordan it was also a penalty - the officials will say the ball was dead because of offside, but that’s b*******.

It doesn’t look like he’ll be banned either, even though some time away can help. He’s one of those players with the spotlight on him now - like Harry Maguire at Man United and Kepa at Chelsea - and trouble can follow you round.

When you’re having a bad run, things just seem to happen - mark my words, I know. But sometimes you just have to stand up, take a breather - and take stock. You then come back stronger - and Jordan will.

Liverpool are just hoping van Dijk comes back this season, full stop. He’s their rock in the heart of the defence and, if you think about recent times, it’s like Man City without Vincent Kompany.

They say Klopp is now looking for a replacement, which will not be easy - and I creased up when I saw Jamie Carragher on Sky asking Conor Coady after the Wolves game if he’d return to his boyhood club! What’s Carra like?

Fair play to Conor who handled it well and shut him down quickly. Here’s a man - unlike Pickford, Maguire and Kepa - who’s absolutely loving his football at the moment, and rightly so. He’s in the England team and sorting Wolves out. Top work.

And going back to that Everton v Liverpool game, don't get me started on the offside. The Reds should have won that - what are they seeing on VAR that we’re not? 

Anyway, let’s move on - and what a game at Spurs at the weekend!

The Hammers were down and out. Three down and Kane was running wild. He was brilliant and so much better than when he played for England just a few days before - he coasted through that game but was bang up for Spurs.

Of course, it all ended badly for Jose’s boys. What a screamer from Lanzini to level things up! It shocked everyone - even the boys in the Sky studio.

I think they’d all done their post-match research - and had to rip it up! They didn’t know what to talk about - except whether Lloris should have saved it. Leave me alone.

And there was me thinking Davey Moyes should have stayed at home on the end of the phone! He was probably thinking the same at half-time. What a turnaround - and just another brilliant Premier League game this season.

I suppose we’ve got to assume it’d be same even with fans in the stadiums, but maybe not.

It was no different at the Bridge when Southampton pegged back Chelsea in the dying minutes. Another cracking finish to a game, but Chelsea were definitely at fault - again.

The Blues still look vulnerable at the back and that will keep Frank on the money this season - and that’s good. They’ve got to see pushing, improving and riding the bumps in the road. 

They’ve got some fantastic players - and play great football. They’ll get better but just lack some bite - what Frank would give for a Drogba, a Costa, a Terry, a Chopper Harris - even another Frank Lampard. You cannot buy that will-to-win.

Chelsea taken on Man United at Old Trafford this weekend. It’s this week’s ‘glamour’ game and I’m going for the Blues to cut Ole’s men down to size - Pulisic and Werner will just be too quick for United’s defence. Get on.

Leeds kick off the next round of Premier League matches on funky Friday night. They’re up against Villa who’ve made a great start to the season - good loan signing Ross Barkley grabbed them three points late on Sunday against Leicester.

However, I’m going for Bielsa and the boys to bounce back and get a win at Villa Park - they’d have learned from the Wolves defeat and had large parts of that game. Bit more ruthless please Marcelo!

Check out all my predictions below.

Right, it’s not often you play 18 holes with the world’s number one golfer and the most famous ice hockey player there’s ever been - but I have!

That’s right. Vinnie Jones against Dustin Johnson and Wayne Gretzky - what a three-ball. I spanked them both.

Alright, maybe not, but the reason for saying is that we played at the exclusive Sherwood Country Club at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains in California.

There’s some history there I can tell you - especially if you love your films, as I do - of course!

Before it was a golf course, they filmed the early Robin Hood films there - I’m talking Douglas Fairbanks jnr and Errol Flynn here! And if you’re a M*A*S*H fan, catch the opening helicopter scene - that’s where Sherwood is.

Anyway, I’ve walked those fairways - and so will the other best players in the world in this week’s Zozo Championship!

It’s a Who’s Who of golfing talent building up to the Masters. Tiger’s in the field as the defending champion - and that’s always a draw. And while my man DJ is still self-isolating the way is clear for others to shine in Vinnie’s Three Off The Tee stateside.

I’m going with Patrick Reed to prepare for his Masters in the best possible way - he shot a 65 during his four rounds last year - plus Scottie Scheffler, who’s back in action after his time off, and Tommy Fleetwood. Tommy got better with each round last year.

As for the European Tour, it’s the dolce vita for Westy and the crew who are playing at Chervo Gold Club in the Brescia area of Lombardy.

There’s not a huge amount of C&D form to go on - but my hunch is for in-form Matt Wallace, home favourite Renato Paratore and Thorbjorn Oleson, who looked like he was getting things back together at Wentworth recently.

Good luck all, enjoy your sporting week and stay safe.

Vinnie

 

Vinnie’s best bets

Golf

Thursday

Italian Open

Matt Wallace
Renato Paratore
Thorbjorn Oleson

The ZOZO Championship

Patrick Reed
Scottie Scheffler
Tommy Fleetwood

Premier League

Friday

Aston Villa v Leeds LEEDS WIN

Saturday

West Ham United v Manchester City MAN CITY WIN

Fulham v Crystal Palace PALACE WIN

Manchester United v Chelsea CHELSEA WIN

Liverpool v Sheffield United LIVERPOOL WIN

Sunday

Southampton v Everton DRAW

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newcastle United WOLVES WIN

Arsenal v Leicester City DRAW

Monday

Brighton & Hove Albion v West Bromwich Albion BRIGHTON WIN

Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur DRAW

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