English Premier League Match Day 36 Preview

English Premier League Match Day 36 Preview

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 7 May 2022


Good day everyone,

I hope you are all well and having a great start to the weekend, welcome to CryptoGod-1's blog on all things sports. Today we will be looking at the upcoming weekend games in the Premier League after an exciting midweek full of European Semi Finals that saw Liverpool progress to the Champions League Final while Man City, Leicester, and West Ham got beaten. The league returns with the relegation and top four race heating up, with the top two fighting it out for the title.

 

Fixtures - Times are shown as U.K. Time

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

 

Saturday 7th May

Brentford - Southampton 3pm KO (Kick Off)

Burnley - Aston Villa 3pm KO

Chelsea - Wolves 3pm KO

Crystal Palace - Watford 3pm KO

Brighton - Manchester United 5.30pm KO

Liverpool - Tottenham 7.45pm KO

 

Sunday 7th May

Arsenal - Leeds 2pm KO

Leicester - Everton - 2pm KO

Norwich - West Ham - 2pm KO

Man City - Newcastle - 4.30pm KO

 

Predictions

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. 

 

Brentford - Southampton

Only goal difference separates these two sides in the table, in 14th and 15th respectively and both on 40 points, meaning there will be no relegation fears hanging over this one. The Bees have been exceptional in their first season in the Premier League, with an opportunity to move in 10th if they win and results go their way. They had a four game unbeaten streak before their loss to United last Monday, and will be full of confidence heading into this one. They have also not conceded at home since early May, and another clean sheet here will make it four in a row at home. The Saints have won just one of their last nine in the league, having losing seven and drawing two  in all competitions since they beat Arsenal in early March. They have given up 26 points from winning positions this season, which is a league high. If they can improve their ability to hold onto leads they could be challenging the top four. Brentford will be missing Pinnock, Onyeka, Canos, and Jorgensen for this one. The Saints will be missing Livramento and McCarthy for this encounter, otherwise they have a full squad to choose from. With Frank's side on better form and playing at home, I think this game will be very open and full of action. Neither have much to play for, but with Brentford making the most of Eriksen and Toney they should managed to see a 3-2 home victory.

 

Burnley - Aston Villa

Amazingly, since Burnley let Dyche go, they have managed to gain 10 points from a possible 12 and have moved clear of the relegation zone, although Everton are two points behind with a game in hand. They have not won four in a row in the league since April 2018 but will be full of confidence when they welcome Gerrard's side. This is the first meeting of these two sides this season after the reverse fixture was cancelled due to Covid-19 in December. They will face off again 12 days after this, with Villa boasting more league losses than the hosts having suffered 17 defeats in the league so far. Villa also have the highest amount of league wins outside the top eight, with 12. With their status all but secured in the league for another season, Gerrard could see his side climb into the top half with a win against the Clarets. Gudmundsson, Westwood, and Rodriguez will all miss out for Burnley, while Cornet and Mee are struggling to be fit. For Villa, Bailey, Hause, and Ramsey will all be missing for this trip. With Villa conceding 22% of their goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season, along with Burnley scoring the most in the league in that period of time bar Man City, expect this to be an exciting opening to the game. With Burnley fighting for their survival and Villa only for final league position, I expect the home side to have too much determination in this one and to win the game 2-1.

 

Chelsea - Wolves

The Blues suddenly find themselves a lot closer to the chasing pack than they would have expected, now sitting only three points above Arsenal and five above Spurs. They welcome Wolves who are three points off West Ham in 7th and will still have slim hope of getting some sort of European football for next season. Tuchel's side have only managed to win once in their last four league games, opening up a possibility for the teams below them to sneak into third. The sale of the club is perhaps causing distractions but they will have their focus on securing ninth home league win of the season and continuing their steak of scoring in every game at Stamford bridge since September. With the FA Cup final ahead they will want to ensure they head into it off the back of a strong result. Wolves have seen their season along with their European ambitions drop off recently, slipping to a third successive defeat without scoring. They have managed just three points from their last five games on the road and scored only twice, meaning they are only sitting 8th thanks to their early season form. Jorginho, Kante, Chillwell, and Judson-Odoi will all be missing for Chelsea, while Wolves will be without Podence, Semedo, and Kilman. This will be interesting as Wolves will hope to give their fans something to cheer about, while Chelsea will want to make amends after loosing to Everton last weekend. I can see this being a close encounter, with Chelsea possibly edging it but I will go for a 2-2 draw.

 

Crystal Palace - Watford

A loss away here for Watford and they will be officially relegated from the Premier League, while even a win might not be enough as they would require other results to go their way. Twelve points from safety with four games to go is not where Hodgson wanted his side as he visits his former club, who are flying high under Vieira. Watford have also managed to loose 24 of their 34 league games this season, and with Hodgson set to leave and most likely retire at the end of the campaign, it will be an unhappy end to his 46 year career. His hometown club Palace are 12th and only three points off 9th and a top half finish. They have managed a league high 14 draws this season, while  winning just nine times. Since the beginning of February only the top two have conceded fewer than Palace, showing a level of consistency growing within the side that has kept a clean sheet in each of their last three home league games. Ferguson should be the only confirmed injury concern for Palace heading into this game, while Watford will be without Cucho, Nkoulou, Baah, and Sierralta. While the Hornets have generally been better away from home this season, I cannot look past the Eagles and I expect them to win this comfortably, relegating Watford in the process. A 3-0 home win for Palace.

 

Brighton - Manchester United

Both these sides managed to secure 3-0 wins last time out, and face off with United chasing a European place and Brighton looking to cement their position in the top half of the table. Potter has seen his side secure excellent results against sides chasing European football for next season and will hope to add Rangnick's side to that list. After a poor run of form in February and March, the Seagulls have managed to gain 11 points from the last 18 on offer in the league, although them remain winless at home in the league in 2022. They have only scored 12 league goals at home this calendar year and will look to improve on that this weekend. United will travel there having relied on Ronaldo to score the majority of their recent goals in the league. He is carrying the team who know anything other than a win and their Champions League hopes are completely over for next season. Form is against them as United have lost their previous four away games in the league, and will be hoping not to break a 41 year old record by making it five. Brighton will be without Mwepu, Moder, and Sarmiento. United have no fresh concerns but will be without Pogba, Sancho, Rashford, Shaw, Greenwood, and Bailly. Maguire will be back but may not get to start ahead of Varane and Lindelof. It will be an interesting game but United have little motivation left from their recent form in the league, and I dont expect them to light up the Amex. This game will end as a draw, which Brighton are specialists, and the score will be 1-1.

 

Liverpool - Tottenham

The Reds head into this after their first half scare against Villarreal, having turned it around in the second half to progress to the Champions League Final with a lot of credit going to Luis Díaz. They face the side the beat when they won the competition in 2019, who themselves are fighting to secure Champions League football for next season. With Liverpool aiming for the quadruple they will know nothing less than a win will suffice here, and their relentless victories must continue after they became the first club to ever reach the Carabao Cup, FA Cup, and Champions League final in a single season. They have only lost once in the last 29 games in all competitions, and even that was meaningless as they progressed even after loosing 1-0 to Inter Milan. They are unbeaten in 21 home league games, having scored 52 times, kept 10 clean sheets, and only conceding 9. Conte will be up against it but his side need a victory for their Champions League ambitions, and will look to their attacking three to unlock the Liverpool defence. Son is on form, having soared up the scoring charts, while Kane is showing his ability to create as much as score. They will know a draw may not be enough, which might play into Liverpool's hands for this one, but the high line could allow Son the chance to add to his current tally. Firmino is the only doubt for Liverpool as he recovers from a foot injury, while Conte will head to Anfield without Skipp, Doherty, Reguilon, and Tanganga. This is most likely the toughest remaining fixture for Klopp's side, but they know they have the ability to win, especially with the Anfield crowd behind them. While Spurs managed a double over City this term, I cant see them getting a second draw against the Reds. This will be a tight and thrilling encounter, but I expect Liverpool to emerge with all three points and move top for the time being as they win 3-1.

 

Arsenal - Leeds

Arteta, who recently signed a new deal until 2025, will know whether or not his side can put real daylight between themselves and Spurs when they face relegation strugglers Leeds on Sunday. With both sides sitting two points ahead of the team immediately behind them, neither will be able to afford a loss here. Arsenal have closed the gap to third place Chelsea, and although they have managed three league victories in a row, they have not kept a clean sheet in six league games. They are only behind Liverpool and City for home points gained this season, and will look to extended that run here. Leeds have seen the worst record for goals conceded this season extended when City put four past them, and they can ill afford to add more to that in their fight for survival. Everton have a game in hand on them meaning Marsch will need to find something from within his squad to keep Arsenal out. Arsenal will be without Tierney and Partey for this one, while Leeds will travel to London without Dallas, Forshaw, Summerville, Roberts, while it may be too soon for Bamford. As much as Leeds have to play for, the fact Arsenal are still fighting for top four or even top three means I cant look past them for this one, and expect them to pile further misery on Leeds as they win 3-0. 

 

Leicester - Everton

A disappointing result in Europe leaves the Foxes struggling to ensure European football for next season, as they welcome an Everton side battling to stay in the division. Lampard saw his side overcome Chelsea last time out, but their away form is of real concern, having conceded at least 2 goals in all of their away games in 2022. Rodgers will be disappointed his side couldn't overcome Roma, but they will need to focus on the league and try to give themselves a respectable finish to the season with them currently sitting in 11th. They have a 10 game unbeaten run at home heading into this game, meaning form is certainly with the Foxes for this one. Everton are two points from safety with a game in hand on the teams above them, who all play before the Toffees this weekend. Their seven game loosing run away from Goodison must come to an end if they want to remain in the league, having taken only 6 points away from home all season in the league. The Foxes will be without Bertrand and Ndidi while Vardy will need to be assessed. Lampard had a scare with Richarlison needing to be taken off last weekend but it was just cramp. They will however be without Godfrey, Patterson, and Townsend, while van der Beek needs to be checked after his groin problems. With Everton putting in some excellent performance's since their defeat at Liverpool, it wouldn't be a surprise if they took advantage of a deflated Leicester side and managed a win. I will however be somewhat cautious about that and believe Rodgers will find a way to motivate his side and this game will end in a 1-1 draw.

 

Norwich - West Ham

Already relegated Norwich welcome West Ham fresh from their disappointment in the Europa League where they were eliminated in the semi finals. With Norwich having nothing to play for and after loosing four of their last five at home, West Ham will look to consolidate their 7th position in the table, although the Hammers have lost seven of their last eight matches on the road across all competitions. This was Norwich's sixth relegation since the Premier League formed in 1992, which is a new record for the division. They are only a point behind Watford so can still finish off the bottom of the table, but they are struggling all round with only 4 points from their last six league games. Moyes will look to boost his teams spirits here after their defeat in Europe, but they can be proud of their memorable campaign and look towards creating another one next season. They are six points off United but do have a game in hand, but they have lost five and drawn one of their last six league away games. This could be the morale boosting fixture they needed at exactly the right time. Norwich will be without Idah, McLean, Zimmermann, Kabak, and Omobamidele for this game, while the Hammers will be missing Ogbonna and potentially a couple of unnamed players who have picked up 'niggles'. With this a must win for West Ham seeing as Wolves are three points behind with two games in hand, I expect them to be at Norwich from the off and record a comfortable 0-2 away win.

 

Man City - Newcastle

The scenes in Madrid were astonishing on Wednesday night as Man City were minutes from the final, only to concede twice in injury time and loose in extra time. Will Man City see their season implode having been beaten in the Semi Finals in both the FA Cup and Champions League, especially having been so close to another final in Europe. It remains to be seen, but they face a Newcastle side full of confidence who would love to make a statement of intent by beaten the reigning champions. Liverpool could overtake City in the table by the time they play, but Guardiola's men have had no problems finding the net in the Premier League, scoring 16 times in their last five outings. Interestingly, since the beginning of 2022 only Liverpool (41) and Man City (33) have gained more league points than Newcastle (32). They are pushing for a top half finish which seemed unthinkable when these sides met last December. Howe oversaw four straight victories before their loss against Liverpool last weekend, which was their first home loss since Man City beat them. City may be fired up though so Howe will need to make sure his side keeps things tight at the back. City are doubtful over both Walker and Stones being available, while Newcastle will be without Fraser, Hayden, Lewis, and Schar, but Trippier is back in training and could be involved. Wilson is also back in training and could provide an option from the bench. It is a really dificult game to call, with City being both mentally and physically tired after their loss in Madrid, and Newcastle fully fresh after a week off. Most likely Pep will find a way to get his side over the line, but I think this game could cause an upset and we could see a final score of 2-2.

 

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

Peace. CryptoGod-1.

 

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