English Premier League Match Day 27 Preview

English Premier League Match Day 27 Preview

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 25 Feb 2022

Good day everyone,

I hope you are all well and having a great week, welcome to CryptoGod-1's blog on all things sports. Today we will be looking at the upcoming weekend games in the Premier League. There will only be 8 scheduled game due to the Carabao Cup Final on Sunday between Chelsea and Liverpool, but we should still expect to see some thrilling encounters. I have also outlined the Europa League and Europa Conference League draws below, which see West Ham and Leicester involved from the Premier League.


Fixtures - Times are shown as U.K. Time

This weekends round of fixtures take place over 3 days, from Friday evening until Sunday evening.


Friday 25th February

Southampton - Norwich 8pm KO (Kick Off)


Saturday 26th February

Leeds - Tottenham 12.30pm KO

Brentford - Newcastle 3pm KO

Brighton - Aston Villa 3pm KO

Crystal Palace - Burnley 3pm KO

Man United - Watford 3pm KO

Everton - Man City 5.30pm KO


Sunday 27th February

West Ham - Wolves 2pm 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. 


Southampton - Norwich

Tenth placed Southampton face off against bottom side Norwich at St. Marys. The Saints are showing impressive form of late, led by Broja and Ward-Prowse. They have lost just once in eleven matches in all competitions, having lost only one of their 1twelve home league matches this season, a record bettered only by Liverpool. Norwich showed impressive form picking up two wins and a draw, before defeats to City and Liverpool pushed them back to the bottom of the league table. The Canaries are one point behind 18th-placed Watford but five off 17th-placed Newcastle who also have a game in hand. They are in a real battle to stay up but have shown they will not go down without a fight. Southampton will be without Lyanco, Tella, McCarthy, and Perraud. Norwich will be without Rupp, Idah, Krul, Sorensen, Omobamidele for this encounter. With the Saints having won their last four encounters with Norwich in all competitions, this game is only going to go one way and that will be a home win for Southampton by 3-1.


Leeds - Tottenham

Both these sides suffered disappointing results during the midweek rearranged fixtures, with Leeds being dismantled at Anfield while Spurs lost away to Burnley. Leeds are now only 3 points above relegation, with their sides leaky defence seeing them sit in 15th. They have the worst goals against in the league this season with 56 conceded, and have lost three of their last four games at Elland Road. The result against Burnley saw a very revealing interview with Conte, and he will hope for a response from his Spurs side. Having lost four of their last five games in the league, eighth-placed Spurs are seven points off the Champions League places but have two games in hand over fourth placed Manchester United. Leeds will be without Bamford, Phillips, Cooper, Greenwood, and Llorente. On the other side of things, Gollini, Skipp, Tangana, and January signing Bentancur will all miss out for Tottenham. With both teams in need of a morale boosting victory, this should be an interesting encounter. Conte will do his best to get his Spurs side firing while Biesla knows relegation is a real threat. Kane, Son, and Moura will be licking their lips to face the leagues worst defence and build some confidence, and seeing as Leeds like to play instead of sit back, I expect Spurs to pick them open and win this game with a resounding away result of 0-3.


Brentford - Newcastle

Amazingly, Newcastle could extend their unbeaten run in the league to seven matches this weekend when they travel to face Brentford. The Bees sit 14th, just four points clear of the relegation zone and two ahead of Newcastle. Brentford have only amassed one point from their previous seven matches, and have lost seven times in the Premier League at home this season. Newcastle have managed to gain just seven points from their eleven matches away from home this season, but have the better form heading into this game. They are now only five points off 12th placed Leicester in the standings. Fosu and Jeanvier will be out for Brentford, but they could see Eriksen in the squad for the first time. Newcastle will see some big names missing, with Saint-Maximin, Trippier, Wilson, Hayden, and Ritchie all missing. Guimaraes will hope to get a start for the Magpies soon, but Willock, Joelinton and Shelvey are in excellent form. This will be a tough game but the form charts have me backing Newcastle. They will miss Trippier and Saint-Maximin sorely but should find enough to over Brentford, winning away from home with a 0-2 result.


Brighton - Aston Villa

Both these sides are on two game loosing runs in the league, after the Seagulls lost to Burnley and Villa against Watford. Brighton remain ninth but have not scored in those two defeats, and have just one victory in their previous nine home games. Villa meanwhile have not seen the dividends from their January investment, Gerrards side have one win from their last seven league games. They sit 13th and are only seven points above the drop zone. Sarmiento and Mwepu are the only injury concerns for Brighton, while Villa have no new worries and would hope to field as strong a team as possible including Coutinho, Bailey, Watkins, and Ramsey. This game could really go either way, with Brighton fairly poor at home and Villa no better on their travels. Brighton will try to control the ball, as will Villa, but I can see Gerrard's team clicking to get back to winning ways. It wont be easy but a final score of 1-2 for Villa.


Crystal Palace - Burnley

The Eagles and Clarets face each other after both gaining wins during the midweek fixtures. Palace had been on a six game winless run prior to their victory over Watford, and will hope to pick up more points against their relegation candidate opponents this weekend. Vieira's side have lost their last three at home and face a Burnley side who seem renewed with Weghorst leading the line. They are only two points from safety and sit in 18th but have only one win and 19 goals conceded away from home. Palace will have concerns over the availability of Ferguson, Guaita, and Ward. For Burnley, Westwood will be missing due to Covid-19, Gundmundsson and Vydra are injured, and Cornet is a doubt. This seems like a tough match up, with both teams showing terrible form in terms of Palace at home and Burnley away. If Zaha shows the tenacity he did against Watford then Palace should comfortably win, but I think Burnley will prove tougher to break down. A draw seems most likely, and I believe this game will finish 1-1.


Man United - Watford

These sides meet with both in need of a victory, United for their top four hopes, and Watford for their survival. The Hornets cost Ole his position when these sides met in November, but both have different men in the dugout now. United managed a draw with Atletico Madrid in the Champions league during the week, while Watford lost to Palace. United are unbeaten in five games in all competitions, but have Arsenal only a point behind them having played two games more. They have lost just once from their previous 14 in the league and are aiming to make it three league wins on the bounce for the first time in 2022. Watford sit 19th and four points from safety, although Hodgson's side have lost just once in their last four away league games. The Red Devils will be withouy Cavani and McTominay, while Watford have Etebo and Nkoulou out. A surprise may be on the cards here, although United seem to be finding some form. With Watford all over the place and not looking any better since Hodgson took over, I can see Rangnicks side winning comfortably here. The home crowd will demand a good performance and they should win the match 3-1 at Old Trafford.


Everton - Man City

After the surprise defeat at home to Spurs last weekend, City face Lampard's side who were excellent against Leeds before failing to register a shot on target while loosing to Southampton. Expect more pain for the Toffees this weekend as City look to bounce back and regain their six point lead at the top. Lampard has managed to win both home games as Everton manager, but have only beaten Man City once in their previous seventeen encounters. City are on a twelve game unbeaten run away from home in the league, only conceding eight goals during this period. Everton will be without Mina, Godfrey, Doucoure, Delph and Davies, while Gray requires an assessment. As for City, Grealish, Jesus, and Palmer are all doubts for this clash. While this is an interesting encounter, I can only see one winner here. Man City will want to bounce back and as good as Lampards side have been at Goodison Park, the Citizens will win this game with a 1-3 result.


West Ham - Wolves

These teams both have ambitions of finishing in the top-four this season, or at the very least European football. West Ham have slipped to sixth and sit two points above the opponents, who are in seventh. West Ham have been in mixed form of late, but will rely on Bowen who has been involved in 16 league goals this season. Wolves' best win rate in the league is against West Ham, having won % of their encounters. The Hammers have given Yarmolenko compassionate leave due to the events in Ukraine, so will be without him for this encounter. Coufal and Fredericks will also be missing with injury, with Lanzini also a doubt. Wolves will be assessing Semedo and Body, but have a full squad available outside of that. This will be a tough enocunter at the London Stadium, but with the Hammers fresher heading into this, I expect them to have the edge. They were unlucky to loose against Arsenal but didnt push on after taking the lead, and if they are similar here they will loose again. I think it will be a good performance from both these sides, and because of that I can see this game ending 



Carabao Cup Final Preview

Chelsea - Liverpool

This final will see two successful German managers, who followed a similar path in management at Mainz and then Borussia Dortmund, face off against each other in a final for the first time. It will be Klopp's first domestic final since the defeat against Liverpool to the League Cup final in his first season in charge back in 2016. For Tuchel, he follows on from the FA Cup final last season where Chelsea lost to Leicester. Both of these managers have managed to secure the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup at their current clubs and will look to add domestic cup glory this weekend.

Klopp was on the loosing sides as manager before he took Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2019, following that up with the Premier League. His side has been transformed into consistent title challengers and this season are giving City real fight for domestic honour. They overcame Norwich, Preston, Leicester, and Arsenal on the route to Wembley, and remain in hunt for four trophies this season. While this is probably the least prestigious of the four trophies - League Cup, FA Cup, Premier League, and Champions League - winning on Sunday will provide even more confidence for a team on excellent form and looking to add more silverware after the disappointments of last season.

Tuchel arrived in Chelsea a mere 13 months ago, and his success has been undoubtable. The led the lead for much of the Autumn this season, but a poor December has seen them slip into third and out of the race. They overcame Aston Villa, Southampton, Brentford, and Tottenham to reach the final, and will hope to inject some life into their season with a victory here. Most will agree Chelsea are out of the running in the league, but they could still achieve a domestic Cup double and European glory again this campaign. Tuchel will also want to prove he is not just following in Klopp's footsteps, instead that he is very much a complete and successful manager of his own.

Liverpool have confirmed that Republic of Ireland international Caoimhin Kelleher will start in goal, and he already played against Chelsea in early January when Alisson was out. This will be a different Liverpool side, who have won ten and drawn one game since, with Jota and Firmino the only doubts. Winter signing Diaz has settled in well, while Salah will want to get his hands on a trophy after his AFCON disappointment. Both Salah and Mané are on form, but will face a solid Chelsea defence. They are cup specialists and known how to sit deep, allowing Havertz and Ziyech to provide outlets in attack. Questions will remain over Lukaku, who has not settled in as hoped to Chelsea since his £97.5million return. 

Both league encounters this season ended in draws between these sides, with Klopp and Tuchel having sat in opposite dugouts 17 times in management. Liverpool's boss has nine victories, with Chelsea's manager winning just three times. This will be a fascinating final, with both sides more than likely to match each other in all departments. Liverpool boast the better attack and I feel that could be the difference here. Salah and Mané have that ability to unlock even the best defence, as Salah did against Chelsea in January, while Van Djik and Matip both scored against Leeds in midweek and should be full of confidence. Chelsea need a solution to their strikers as both Lukaku and Werner have not cut the mustard, but their midfield boasts talent capable of dictating a game while Silva is a leader at the back. Difficult to call, I think Liverpool's form will see them edge Chelsea in this one, either going all the way to a shootout or more than likely wining by a single goal. I will take a guess here of a score of 2-1 in Liverpool's favour.



Europa League / Conference League Round of 16 Draw

After the playoff games in the second and third level of European competition, the draw has taken place for the round of 16 in both of these competitions.


Europa League

Rangers vs Red Star Belgrade

Braga vs Monaco

FC Porto vs Lyon

Atalanta vs Bayer Leverkusen

Sevilla vs West Ham

Barcelona vs Galatasaray

RB Leipzig vs Spartak Moscow

Real Betis vs Eintracht Frankfurt


Europa Conference League

Marseille vs Basel

Leicester City vs Rennes

PAOK Salonika vs Gent

Vitesse vs AS Roma

PSV Eindhoven vs Copenhagen

Slavia Prague vs LASK

Bodo/Glimt vs AZ Alkmaar

Partizan Belgrade vs Feyenoord


Champions League

The last piece of interesting news is that due to the invasion from Russia into Ukraine, UEFA has decided to move the venue for the final of the Champions League. Instead of taking place in St. Petersburg as originally planned, it will now take place at the Stade de France in Paris on the 28th of May.



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

Peace. CryptoGod-1.


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