Good day everyone,
I hope you all enjoyed the exciting midweek round of fixtures, welcome to CryptoGod-1's blog on all things sports. This weekend we have an action-packed round of fixtures, including clashes between some of the bottom teams battling against relegation, and what will be Rangnick's first game as interim manager of Man United.
Fixtures - Times are shown as U.K. Time
This weekend's fixtures will take place over 3 days, from Saturday lunchtime until Monday evening.
Saturday 4th December
West Ham - Chelsea 12.30pm KO (Kick-Off)
Newcastle - Burnley 3pm KO
Southampton - Brighton 3pm KO
Wolves - Liverpool 3pm KO
Watford - Man City 5.30pm KO
Sunday 4th December
Leeds - Brentford 2.pm KO
Man Utd - Crystal Palace2.pm KO
Tottenham - Norwich 2.pm KO
Aston Villa - Leicester 4.30.pm KO
Monday 5h December
Everton - Arsenal 8.pm KO
Now for the most exciting part, as I go through the latest info regarding each team to make an attempt at predicting the results for this weekend. Remember this is just my fun analysis and should not be taken as advice or a guarantee.
West Ham - Chelsea
This game will see first verses fourth, in a match will see two strong teams matching off. West Ham have been struggling of late, having only gotten one point from their last three games. They are still in fourth but will feel the typical big teams of Tottenham, Arsenal and even Man United hot on their heels. If Rice and Antonio turn up, anything is possible, although this Chelsea defence is very tight. They do not like to concede and it was mostly due to a much changed line up that Watford got one against them. Tuchel is working wonders and I expect it to continue in this game, but if their overperforming defence finally lets up then expect West Ham to cut them open on the break. The Hammers have a habit of scoring, having gotten goals in 21 of their previous 24 games in all competitions. Anything is possible, but I think Chelsea will edge this game 1-2 away from home.
Newcastle - Burnley
Not a game where we should expect an abundance of goals, but at the same time Burnley and Newcastle are both in the bottom three and in need of a win. They both have leaky defences and forwards who can score on their day. Burnley are very strong in these dog scraps at the bottom and know how to hold solid in tough away games, making themselves very difficult to break down. Newcastle meanwhile with just 7 points after 14 games are in dire straights. If they don't improve soon they will be a certain to go down. Two of the last three games between these sides at St. James Park have ended in a 0-0 stalemate. Don't be surprised if its another draw, although I think with each team needing to win this game will end up with a 2-2 draw.
Southampton - Brighton
Brighton love to get a draw, with no wins in their last nine. They are still in ninth position, which shows how open the table is below the top three. Potter will be hoping to get a win soon to keep the fans happy, with 75 days since their last win. Their excellent start to the season is helping them stay in the top half but they will slip down the table sooner rather than later. Their possession based style is not penetrating enough, and an over reliance on Neil Maupay is holding them back. Southampton are similar with their lack of clinical finishing. The Saints are in the bottom three in terms of goals scored this season. With both these teams capable of holding the ball, the midfield battle might just decide this match. I will back Southampton on home soil to sneak a 1-0 victory.
Wolves - Liverpool
Another game where I can only expect Liverpool to score goals for fun. Wolves have been struggling in front of goal, and while they are solid in defence they are not enough of a threat going forward. Whether home or away Liverpool look unstoppable, having already scored an amazing tally of 63 goals in all competitions this season. Add in the fact they have kept clean sheets in eight of their nine league victories this season and is seem ominous for Wolves. When Wolves loose, they then not to score. Bruno Lage has seen a positive start to his tenure and have a very healthy 21 points already while sitting in eight, but I don't think they will get more points today. Liverpool having scored 4 goals in their last 3 games, and have already scored 5 goals away from home in two games. This could be a very high scoring match, so I will back to destroy Wolves and continue scoring for fun with a result of 0-4.
Watford - Man City
With all due respect to Watford, who gave Chelsea a good run for their money in the last encounter, Man City should win this easily. The last 14 encounters has seen Man City win every time, and those included 8-0 and 6-0 results. Ben Foster will be out, which will probably make things even easier. The last time Watford beat City was in 1989! The flip side is that Ranieri has recorded victories in eight of his nine matches against Man City. Cancelo will be a big threat marauding down the wing and creating attacking opportunities for City. He averages about 2 shots on goal over his previous nine games, and may fancy himself to get a goal in this match. Midfield will be dominated by City, who will play the ball around the pitch for fun. This will lead to a one sided victory and I expect City to win away from home comfortably 0-3.
Leeds - Brentford
The recent win for Leeds will have lifted the spirits for everyone at Elland Road. Eight points in their last five games makes good reading for the fans, who will hope to see their team push away from the relegation places. Currently 15th, they face a high flying Brentford who have been sliding down the table over their last five games, only getting four points. Injury to David Raya has seen Brentford become the third worst team for expected goals against. Two teams who will most likely be in the bottom half at the end of the season, this match would be a huge 3 points for either side. Brentford will hope to take advantage of the lack of goals and entertainment from Bielsa's side this season, and might fancy themselves to sneak a victory here. I think it could be very close, and with neither side scoring much, a 2-1 home win could be on the cards.
Man Utd - Crystal Palace
This will be Rangnick's first game in charge, and he will be relishing it in from of the Old Trafford crowd. Carrick has fully left United after his successful stint as caretaker manager, so now we will get to see how Rangnick tries to transform this sides luck. Expect the tempo to be high with players desperate to impress and stake a claim in the side. Whether Ronaldo will start or not remains to be seen, especially after his heroics in midweek. Crystal Palace are a good side to face, as they have failed to score in the opening half in of their league games so far. Anderson and McArthur missing from midfield has seen the fast start to the season fade away for Vieira's side. Palace have not lost at Old Trafford since September 2017, but if United turn up, then they should walk this match in the first half, with a result of 3-1.
Tottenham - Norwich
Conte will demand his team tear Norwich apart in this match. They are much stronger than their opposition, but they are struggling big time so far. Kane is not at the races, but Son managed to score in the midweek win over Brentford. Norwich are on a four match unbeaten run with 8 points from their last 12. They might just do the impossible under Dean Smith and beat the drop. They were awful against Newcastle in midweek though, and very lucky that Pukki scored a wonder goal to steal a point. This starts a run of games which will include Arsenal, West Ham and United over the winter period, so expect a long run of games ahead. I don't think they will have the same luck against Spurs, especially with Conte drilling his team to get more energy from them. This is a perfect chance for Kane and co. to get their confidence back before Conte can restructure the team in January, and I expect a result of 2-0.
Aston Villa - Leicester
Brendan Rodgers has really let his team fall apart in defence this season. This will see Gerrard face the manager who let him leave Liverpool, so I expect this to be a match with little love lost between the former Old Firm managers. Gerrard will set up his team with a tight defence and tough to break down, while Leicester have not kept a clean sheet in their previous 13 league games. Vardy is getting on now and their replacements have not lived up to their potential so far. This should make for an exciting contest and I would imagine we will see Villa return to winning ways, with a 2-1 victory and Villa scoring at least one goal from a set-piece.
Everton - Arsenal
Rafa is in turmoil with the Toffess. Will they stand by him or pull the trigger? Another tough defeat at home in the derby during the week did not help matters, although its almost impossible for any team against Liverpool currently. No wins in their last eight, I would expect Arteta's side to make in nine after Monday night. The injuries are not helping Rafa's side and perhaps the tides will turn with another transfer window and return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Until then, they must struggle on, especially against an Arsenal side who excel against teams outside the traditional big-six. I expect Arsenal to take the win, with a result of 1-3.
Have a great day and enjoy the midweek round of games.
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