English Premier League Match Day 26 Preview

English Premier League Match Day 26 Preview

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 19 Feb 2022

Good day everyone,

I hope you are all well and having a great week after the exciting midweek return to league action, welcome to CryptoGod-1's blog on all things sports. Today we will be looking at the upcoming weekend matches in the Premier League. All twenty sides are back in action this weekend after Chelsea being involved at the FIFA Club World Cup last weekend. Man United also managed to secure a victory over Brighton during the week in their rearranged fixture, while there were mixed fortunes for the clubs involved in European competitions.


Fixtures - Times are shown as U.K. Time

This weeks round of fixtures take place over 2 days, from Saturday lunchtime until Sunday evening.


Saturday 19th February

West Ham - Newcastle 12.30pm KO (Kick Off)

Arsenal - Brentford 3pm KO

Aston Villa - Watford 3pm KO

Brighton - Burnley 3pm KO

Crystal Palace - Chelsea 3pm KO

Liverpool - Norwich 3pm KO

Southampton - Everton 3pm KO

Manchester City - Tottenham 5.30pm KO


Sunday 20th February

Leeds - Man United 2pm KO

Wolves - Leicester 4.30pm 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 weekends matches. Remember this is just my fun analysis and should not be taken as advice or a guarantee. 


West Ham - Newcastle

The Magpies will be hoping for a fourth successive league victory when they visit the Hammers. West Ham slipped out of the top four but they have lost two of their last four top-flight fixtures at London Stadium and conceded three goals on both occasions. The Magpies unbeaten in their last five in the Premier League, drawing with Manchester United and Watford, in addition to beating Leeds United, Everton and Aston Villa, but have lost star signing and leader Trippier to injury. Masuaku and Ogbonna will be unavailable for West Ham through injury, and Moyes will have to decide what to do about Zouma. Along with Trippier, Newcastle will also be without Wilson, Manquillo, Fernandez, Hayden, and Ritchie. Guimaraes is also awaiting his first start for the club following his high profile transfer. Newcastle are a new side after the winter transfer window and even without Trippier will be a challenge for West Ham. This will be a close game and I expect it to end up as a 2-2 draw.


Arsenal - Brentford

Arsenal ended a five game winless run against Wolves last weekend, and will hope to boost their top four hopes with a win over the side who beat them on the opening day of the season. Sitting four points behind United in fourth, Arteta's men have three games in hand over their rivals. The Bees meanwhile managed to avoid a seventh successive defeat in all competitions when they drew at home against Crystal Palace last weekend. Brentford are currently 14th in the table and sit seven points above the drop zone, although the six teams below them each have at least one game in hand. Tomiyasu and Leno are injury doubts for Arsenal, while Martinelli will be unavailable after his red card against Wolves. As for Brentford, they are still waiting for Eriksen to build up match fitness, while Fosu-Henry, Jeanvier, and Jorgensen are all out injured. This wont be an easy game with Arsenal are struggling for goals with only Lacazette and Nketiah to choose from up front. Brentford are tough to play and seeing as they already beat Arsenal this season and will expect to have Toney back available, I will go for a surprise result and call this a 1-1 draw.


Aston Villa - Watford

This game will see two sides struggling for form facing off as Watford travel to Villa Park. After winning four of his first six, Gerrard has since seen his side claiming only one win in their last seven across all competitions, including four defeats. Their recent loss to Newcastle was their 12th league defeat of the season. Villa do however sit 10 points above the drop zone and shouldn't have any relegation fears this season. The Hornets have failed to score in Hodgson's first three games in charge, and have failed to win their previous 12 league games since they beat Manchester United 4-1 in November. They sit six points adrift of safety and only have one point more than bottom side Burnley. Villa will be without the suspended Konsa, with Traore and Marvelous Nakamba also out with injuries. As for Watford, they will be without Etebo, Nkoulou, Elliot and Baah who are out with injury. Watford might hope to score their first gaol in four games against a porous Villa defence, but Gerrard will rely on the magic of Coutinho and co to see them over the line and win 3-1 at home.


Brighton - Burnley

Burnley sit bottom of the league an travel to the Amex searching for their first away win of the season. Brighton meanwhile are yet to win at home in 2022 and have won only one of their last eight top-flight home matches. Having lost to United in their midweek rearranged fixture, the Seagulls remain ninth in the table and only four points of the European places. With eight of the last twelve league games between Brighton and Burnley finishing level, Brighton will hope to do one better than add to their twelve league draws this season. Burnley meanwhile have not won in eleven league games and are favourites for the drop sitting seven points from safety. Brighton will be without the suspended Dunk, while Mwepu and Sarmiento are both injured. As for Burnley, they will be without Gudmundsson and Vydra while Weghorst, Taylor, Cornet, and Barnes will need to be assessed. I believe Brighton will get their first win of 2022 here, especially if Weghorst is out. They should record a 2-0 victory at home.


Crystal Palace - Chelsea

Chelsea return from being crowned club world champions to face a Palace side winless in the league in 2022 and sitting 13th in the table. Chelsea have been in mixed form, having won their second trophy of the season last weekend but failing to record back to back league wins since October. They remain 5 points clear of West Ham, but have slipped away in the title race. Palace face the prospect of loosing three league games in a row if they loose to Chelsea, and will be without Gallagher who cannot face his parent club. For Chelsea, James is a doubt but may be included in the match day squad, while Chilwell and Mount will both miss the encounter with injury. These sides have not drawn against each other in their previous 21 league encounters, and while Palace have been difficult to beat this season Chelsea should have enough to earn all three points, winning the game at Selhurst Park by a score of 1-3.


Liverpool - Norwich

Title challengers Liverpool host relegation threatened Norwich in what should be a very one sided affair. Fresh off their victory in Milan the Reds will be flying, unbeaten in all competitions this calendar year while winning their last seven games in all competitions in a row. Norwich have boosted their survival hope in recent weeks, having gained seven points from their last twelve available. Their three goal win over Watford represent half of their away goal tally this season, but they have managed to win three of their last four away from home in all competitions. Jota is the only injury concern for Liverpool after picking up a knock against Inter Milan. Krul, Idah, and Sorensen will miss this match with injury, while Omobamidele is also a doubt for Norwich. As shown against City last weekend, Norwich are still far off from competing with the top teams in the league. Due to this and the fact Liverpool are in such good form, I expect a very comfortable win for Liverpool at home, winning with a result of 4-0 at Anfield.


Southampton - Everton

Lampard marked an excellent home start with an Everton win over Leeds last weekend, but head to St Mary's to face a Southampton team who been been excellent in their previous three games, holding Manchester City to a 1-1 draw before winning 3-2 away to Tottenham Hotspur,  then drawing away to Manchester United last weekend. Southampton have only lost seven league games this season, drawing eleven along the way. A record of six wins, four draws and twelve defeats from 22 matches has left Everton 16th in the table on 22 points, five points clear of the relegation zone although they have two games in hand over 18th-placed Norwich. Southampton will be without Lyanco, McCarthy, and Tella through injury. Everton will be missing Gray, Doucoure, Godfrey, Delph, Mina, and Davies. With both these sides showing decent form in their recent games it will be tough to call but I think Lampard will use his January signings well and manage a 1-1 draw away from home.


Manchester City - Tottenham

The highest profile game of the weekend sees Man City facing Tottenham at the Etihad. City were unstoppable against Lisbon in the Champions League and face a Spurs side in terrible form. City have won 14 of their last 15 games, and they have been defensively excellent for much of the campaign, conceding just 14 times, which is the best record in the division. Spurs are in bad form but have managed to beat City three of the last four times they met, although each time it was in London. Conte's side currently sit eighth in the table, seven points behind fourth-placed Man United, but they have three games in hand on the Red Devils. Grealish and Jesus are the only injury concerns for City, while Tanganga and Skipp are unavailable for Spurs. City have won 10 of their 12 matches at the Etihad Stadium and I can see that continuing here, with them recording a 3-2 victory over Spurs.


Leeds - Man United

Man United moved up to fourth in the table with their midweek win over Brighton, while Leeds sit 15th and six points clear of the drop. Leeds will be looking over their shoulders with Everton and Newcastle showing improved form of late, and know they could get dragged into a relegation battle if they don't start matching their levels of last season. Leeds have managed just thirteen points in eleven home games this season, while they have won just one of their last four league fixtures at Elland Road. Man United are unbeaten in their last six league matches, having won three of their last five, and not loosing away from home in England's top flight since the 4-1 loss at Watford in November. Leeds will be without Phillips, Cooper, Hjelde, Bamford, and Greenwood. United will be without Cavani, Heaton through injury and Greenwood due to his offences off the pitch. With United in a tight battle for fourth and Leeds suffering mixed fortunes this season, I can see this being a very close game. I think Leeds will give them a great battle and unless Ronaldo produces some magic, I can see this game ending in a 1-1 draw.


Wolves - Leicester

Wolves will continue their push towards European football against a Leicester side ten points behind them in the table. Wolves sit six points off fourth, and amazingly if they win their two games in hand have a realistic chance of securing Champions League football. I am certain they would be delighted with any level of European competition but have realistic chances for the elite competition. Wolves, excluding their misfortunate defeat to Arsenal, have not lost in the league since December 11th and have won five of their last seven. Leicester were expected to be the side challenging for Champions League football but instead are stuck in mid table, but have not won in the league since beating Liverpool on December 28th and only picked up two points from their last four matches. The Foxes did however record a 4-1 victory over Randers in the first leg of their Europa Conference League knockout round playoff clash on Thursday. Wolves have a fully fit squad, with Neto and Moutinho back from injury. Leicester will be missing Maddison, Soyuncu, Castagne, Fofana, Justin, Vardy, Bertrand, and Evans. With Lage's side in excellent form and such an impressive defensive record, they will expect to take advantage of Leicester's weakness at set pieces and I can see Wolves winning this game at home by a result of 2-0.



Have a great day, I hope you enjoyed the preview of the league matches and get to see the games over the weekend.

Peace. CryptoGod-1.


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