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Jan 20, 2023
This week we check out another enormous video games at each ends of the desk, together with desk toppers Arsenal who host an in-form Man United, and a crunch match involving two of the underside three, when West Ham welcomes Everton.
This Week’s Premier League Fixtures
Liverpool v Chelsea
Bournemouth v Nottingham Forest
Leicester v Brighton
Southampton v Aston Villa
West Ham v Everton
Crystal Palace v Newcastle
Leeds v Brentford
Man Metropolis v Wolves
Arsenal v Man United
Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool v Chelsea
Liverpool is basically going by means of a horrible transition part this season. After profitable 4 video games in opposition to Spurs, Southampton, Villa and Leicester, they’ve misplaced back-to-back video games, conceding three in each, shedding 3-1 at Brentford and 3-0 at Brighton.
Liverpool actually has struggled to play in opposition to Brighton this season, greater than different groups. Earlier within the season a Trossard hattrick meant that Liverpool solely picked up a degree, and this time spherical a Solly March masterclass decimated Liverpool simply after half-time.
Klopp could possibly be seen pleading with the away finish at full-time, asking his supporters to be affected person and keep behind the group. It’s unusual to see a Liverpool facet managed by Klopp being so open on the again.
Liverpool has dropped all the way down to ninth, degree on factors with Chelsea who sit tenth and are 10 factors behind Newcastle who occupy the final Champions League place. Lacking out on Champions League soccer will likely be an enormous step backwards for them, however they’ve a large activity on their arms to claw again considered one of these areas.
Chelsea lastly obtained again to profitable methods with a slender 1-0 win at house in opposition to Crystal Palace, with Havertz scoring his fifth purpose of the season.
The one urgent subject for Chelsea is that they’ve nonetheless not overwhelmed a prime 6 facet this season, and have additionally not registered a win in opposition to a facet above them within the league.
Chelsea will discover it troublesome to maneuver up the league again in direction of these Champions League locations if they can’t beat the groups round and above them. They’ve already invested within the switch window, prying Mudryk away from Arsenal and including a number of different attacking choices.
They want these transfers to hit the bottom operating and begin performing properly throughout the group. If not, it could possibly be an extended second half of the season for Chelsea followers, and Potter could discover his place underneath risk.
It is a sport in opposition to two struggling large groups. A win for both facet will likely be completely important in kickstarting their hopes of a prime 4 end. Liverpool comes into this out of shape, whereas Chelsea is hoping to make it 2 wins out of two. I feel Chelsea’s curse of being unable to beat a group within the prime half will proceed right here, with one other loss in opposition to a prime 6 facet.
Prediction: Liverpool 2 – 0 Chelsea
Leicester v Brighton
Leicester could possibly be in hassle right here. They’ve misplaced their final 4 video games, failing to attain in 3 of these and have most lately misplaced in opposition to Nottingham Forest. They’re in a short time dropping down the desk and now sit 2 factors above the relegation zone.
Leicester must put money into the switch window. They want a striker to return in and rating targets. Harvey Barnes and James Maddison are their 2 prime scorers this season, with Leicester’s strikers far behind them when it comes to targets. Vardy and Daka want to begin chipping in with a number of.
It’s troublesome to know the way lengthy Brendan Rodgers has left at Leicester. In the event that they go down he will likely be sacked, but when they continue to be in and across the relegation zone for the remainder of the season, at what level do the homeowners pull the set off and rent another person? He has had a very good few seasons with Leicester, however it could be time for somebody completely different to take the helm.
Brighton has been again to their greatest in current weeks. They beat Everton 4-1 the opposite week, after which beat Liverpool 3-0 of their final fixture.
One participant who has been deeply impressed in current weeks is Karou Mitoma. His dribbling and talent to take a participant on are going to be essential for Brighton, particularly now Trossard has left for Brighton.
Trossard could possibly be an enormous miss for Brighton, nonetheless. He’s at present their prime scorer, with 7 targets, though MacAllister and Groß usually are not far behind. Trossard’s stats are good, however they’ve the gamers to fill his place.
With every sport week, it seems increasingly possible Brighton might obtain a European spot this season, which will likely be an unimaginable achievement for the membership.
I feel this sport will solely go a technique. Leicester is in horrible kind, and Brighton comes into this on the again of two wins. A fifth straight league defeat is staring Leicester within the face right here.
Prediction: Leicester 1 – 3 Brighton
West Ham v Everton
What a sport on the backside of the desk, and what a sport relating to the way forward for each of those managers. A loss, or perhaps a draw, for both of those sides, might lead to them being sacked. It is a important sport if regards to each groups Premier League standing.
It’s a troublesome place David Moyes is holding at West Ham. After an excellent season final yr, they achieved a European spot, and have at present certified for the knockout phases. Regardless of doing properly in Europe, their Premier League season has been lower than thrilling.
There was an actual buzz round West Ham final yr, they have been a powerful facet to face within the league, and so they have carried out properly in Europe, not shedding a single considered one of their group-stage video games. The place has it gone fallacious for them? It David Moyes the precise man to proceed and attempt to maintain them up?
It is a essential switch window for them. They have already got a powerful squad, however some gamers are seemingly not taking part in for the badge. Moyes and the board have a significant few days left to strive get the precise calibre of gamers in to assist them keep away from the drop. They haven’t gained of their final 7 video games, solely drawing on of those within the course of.
Everton can be in a really precarious place. They haven’t invested an excessive amount of on this switch window, and have an essential few days coming as much as attempt to get the gamers in to assist them keep away from relegation.
There are additionally questions on Lampard. Everton followers are nonetheless divided over whether or not he’s the precise man for the job, or whether or not the squad themselves are in charge. Both means, the board have a really large determination as as to whether he stays in cost for the remainder of the season or not.
Like West Ham, Everton has additionally not gained of their final 7 video games however has drawn 2 video games as a substitute. The problem with Everton is that they maintain shedding in opposition to the groups round them. They took the lead in opposition to Southampton and ended up shedding, they misplaced in opposition to Wolves from a Ninety fifth-minute winner, and obtained thumped by Bournemouth.
They should begin beating the groups round them in the event that they need to keep up. It’s all properly and good taking factors from Man Metropolis, but when they lose in opposition to Southampton and Wolves, these factors imply nothing.
This sport might go both means. It will likely be a good, nervy affair, which neither facet will need to lose. This could find yourself in a draw, it’s troublesome to see whether or not it will likely be a bore 0-0 or a rating draw, nonetheless.
Prediction: West Ham 1 – 1 Everton
Crystal Palace v Newcastle
Crystal Palace are cruising in midtable, they’re in no actual hazard of a relegation battle in the intervening time, and don’t have any likelihood of ending in a European spot. Another season of ending in a cushty midtable place is on the playing cards for Palace.
Olise scored an unimaginable purpose midweek in opposition to Man United to assist them to a 1-1 draw. He continues to shock folks in weird methods, beforehand giving one of many bluntest post-match interviews of all time, and in opposition to Man United, he didn’t have a good time his 91st-minute equaliser.
They do have some thrilling gamers inside their ranks. Olise and Eze have adjusted to life within the Premier League and at Crystal Palace properly, and so they have linked up properly to date with Zaha. In the event that they proceed to usher in this calibre of participant then they could possibly be a drive to be reckoned with within the subsequent few years.
Palace is an odd group. When at house, they will beat anybody on their day, and at different occasions they will roll over and let groups stroll throughout them. They’re exhausting to foretell at occasions, particularly as they lack consistency. It will likely be fascinating to see how they carry out within the second half of the season.
Newcastle has been a defensive monster this season. They’ve been completely unimaginable on the again, which could have taken many individuals abruptly, particularly once they have been taking part in Dan Burn at fullback. He’s naturally a centre-back and doesn’t have the tempo to play out extensive, but he has proved everybody fallacious this season. He has been colossal for Newcastle this yr.
It regarded as if Newcastle have been heading for his or her third 0-0 in a row final week in opposition to Fulham. Regardless of being the higher group, they got here up in opposition to a resilient and defensively strong Fulham, who might have taken the lead had Mitrovic’s penalty not been dominated out for a double contact.
Newcastle remained targeted and was most likely even higher after the penalty name. They went ahead with goal and their persistent strain paid off when Isak netted the winner within the 89th minute.
Newcastle has an enormous battle on their arms to stay within the Champions League locations. They’re at present competing with an in-form Man United, with Spurs sitting 5 factors behind them. The extra factors Newcastle can get on the board while Spurs are knowledgeable the higher.
This sport will all rely on how Palace resolve to play. In the event that they flip up this could possibly be an intriguing tie, if Palace rolls over and doesn’t flip up then Newcastle might run riot. I feel Newcastle will maintain one other clear sheet and decide up one other 3 factors right here.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 0 – 2 Newcastle
Arsenal v Man United
This would be the sport of the weekend. Arsenal is flying on the prime of the desk, Man United are in nice kind and is wanting like a totally completely different animal currently. This will likely be an excellent sport in opposition to two large sides.
Arsenal simply retains impressing week after week and they’re exhibiting no indicators of slowing down. That they had a tough tie in opposition to their North London rivals Spurs, profitable 2-0. They have been completely sensible within the first half, and while Arsenal was unreal going ahead, their first purpose was a calamitous try at a save by Lloris, who scored the twenty sixth personal purpose of the season.
Arsenal did enable Spurs again into the sport within the second half, however they defended resolutely and saved the clear sheet they in the end deserved. Arsenal have been title contenders earlier than the World Cup break, however persons are beginning to take them critically now, to the purpose the place they’re now odds-on favourites to win the league title.
Arteta is cooking up one thing particular at Arsenal. They’ve thrilling younger gamers, sensible assault gamers with aptitude and the flexibility to take their man on, and a really artistic attacking midfielder, supported by two incredible ball-winners. Their defence is strong and exhausting to penetrate, with a promising younger goalkeeper within the internet. Now they will begin to flesh out their group with a number of extra squad gamers to assist them when accidents hit.
Man United continued their good run of kind, however stalled barely with a draw in opposition to Crystal Palace. They’re now unbeaten in 6 and have solely dropped factors of their one sport in opposition to Palace. They’re placing an enormous quantity of strain on Man Metropolis and Newcastle to maintain tempo with them.
Marcus Rashford has been in unbelievable kind, and it’s protected to say that ten Haag is getting the perfect out of him. He has scored in 4 out of his final 5 league video games, additionally scoring in 4 of his final 5 league house video games. If he can proceed this run of kind then United have an excellent likelihood of securing their prime 4 spots.
United even managed to make Man Metropolis look strange, with an excellent second-half comeback the opposite week, in a sport, they sometimes battle in. Their group is lastly clicking, and their younger gamers are performing properly, with standout performers like Garnacho coming into the facet and offering assists, it will likely be fascinating to see how far United can go this season.
United will likely be with out Casemiro resulting from his reserving in opposition to Crystal Palace, which will likely be an enormous loss for United. He has utterly remodeled their midfield, and United could battle except somebody can fill his function completely. It will likely be intriguing to see who ten Haag goes with as a substitute.
This sport might go both means, with each United and Arsenal knowledgeable, each taking part in sensible soccer and scoring targets. I feel house benefit will likely be important right here, and with no Casemiro for United, they are going to be rather a lot weaker in midfield than they’ve been currently.
Prediction: Arsenal 2 – 1 Man United
- Bournemouth 0 – 1 Nottingham Forest
- Southampton 1 -1 Aston Villa
- Leeds 1 – 2 Brentford
- Man Metropolis 2 – 0 Wolves
- Fulham 2 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur