Good day everyone,
I hope you are all well and had an excellent start to the week, welcome to CryptoGod-1's blog on all things sports. This week see's 12 teams playing to make up their previously postponed games, including the North London Derby, Everton facing recently relegated Watford, and the top two both playing in their race for the title.
Fixtures - Times are shown as U.K. Time
This midweeks round of fixtures take place over 3 days, from Tuesday evening until Thursday.
Tuesday 10th May
Aston Villa - Liverpool 8pm KO (Kick Off)
Wednesday 11th May
Leeds - Chelsea 7.45pm KO
Leicester - Norwich 7.45pm KO
Watford - Everton 7.45pm KO
Wolves - Man City 8.15pm KO
Thursday 12th May
Tottenham - Arsenal 7.45pm 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.
Aston Villa - Liverpool
Gerrard welcomes his former club to Villa Park on Tuesday night as the Reds look to put more pressure on City after their draw with Spurs on the weekend. After their victory over Burnley they face a much tougher challenge against the Reds who drew with Spurs last time out. The Villain's are on a decent run of late, having taken seven points from their last nine and conceded just once, moving them into 11th in the table with real hopes of a top half finish. They have however managed to win just two of their last eight home games in the league but could take inspiration from Spurs tactics against Liverpool. The Reds suffered a blow in their quadruple hopes as Conte saw his side leave Anfield with a point, but with an FA Cup final next weekend Klopp is certain to have his side fired up for this one. A six-game winning run in all competitions and 12-game winning run at Anfield in the Premier League came to an end but they are unbeaten in 16 league games and and have kept clean sheets in four of their previous five away league games. Gerrard will be missing Ramsey and Hause for this encounter, and Bailey is a doubt. Klopp should have a full squad to choose from with Firmino back from injury. While Liverpool may rotate ahead of their Final, I still expect them to have too much and overcome Villa with a comfortable 0-3 away win.
Leeds - Chelsea
Leeds find themselves in 18th in the table after their defeat against Arsenal last weekend, and they welcome a Chelsea side who conceded twice to give up their lead against Wolves in front of their new owner last time out. After conceding twice early on Leeds managed to get themselves back into the game, although could not secure any points from it but should give them some confidence. They have not managed a clean sheet in 10 home league games and welcome a Chelsea side who will hope Lukaku can continue his goalscoring form. They have managed just one win in five league games and Tuchel knows his side cannot afford to drop more points with their Champions League qualification far from secure. With the FA Cup final on the weekend it will be interesting to see if the Blues decide to rotate for this match. Ayling will miss this game for Leeds due to his 3 match ban, while Summerville, Roberts, Forshaw, and Bamford are all expected to miss this one. Tuchel will be missing Hudson-Odoi, Chillwell, and Jorginho for this one, while Kante is unlikely to be risked. With Leeds struggling at the back and Chelsea looking to impress the manager before the Cup final, I can see the away side winning by a 0-2 margin.
Leicester - Norwich
The Foxes will be looking to avoid a third defeat in all competitions when they host bottom side Norwich. With the Canaries already relegated and Leicester only playing for pride as they cannot make the European places, this should be an open albeit not thrilling encounter. They are winless in seven in all competitions and have only taken two points from the last 15 on offer in the league. After West Ham put four against Smith's side last time out they are on a four-game losing streak which has seen them concede 12 goals and fail to score in each of their last three games. Ndidi, Justin, Pereira, and Bertrand will be missing for the Foxes, while Norwich will be without Idah, McLean, Kabak, Sargent, Omobamidele, and Zimmermann. Although I expect Rodgers to rotate and give some game time to his fringe players, this game should have only one winner and it will be a 3-1 home win for Leicester.
Watford - Everton
With Watford already relegated, all the pressure will be off as they host an Everton side still battling for their survival. Lampard has managed to get some impressive results of late, with wins over Leicester and Chelsea seeing Everton climb out of the bottom three with a game in hand on the teams below them. Hodgson oversaw a sixth loss in a row last time out with Watford and they could still finish bottom of the league as they sit one point ahead of Norwich. Having recorded a staggering 11 consecutive defeats at home in the league, the Hornets will hope they can at least end the season with a home victory. Everton will be going for three wins in a row and face a good team to secure a victory in their fight against the drop. They have taken 10 points from the last 15 on offer in the league, but they are now without a clean sheet in 18 on the road. Cucho, Samir, Cleverley, Louza, and Pedro are all out for Watford, while Lampard will head into this match without Mina, van de Beek, Godfrey, Patterson, and Townsend. With nothing to play for, I cannot see Watford putting up much of a fight and I expect Everton to win comfortably with a 0-2 away win.
Wolves - Man City
Wolves managed a late comeback against Chelsea last time out and will hope for more of the same as they welcome City to Molineux. The midlands side can still push for a European place, with a game in hand and five points behind West Ham in 7th. Lage will demand the same spirit shown against Chelsea which ensured they didn't suffer a 4th league defeat in a row. Their solid defence has conceded in the previous six league games but Wolves know how to frustrate and nick a result. City have opened up a three-point lead at the top of the table with their win over Newcastle, extending their winning league streak to four games which saw them score 17 goals and concede just once. Wolves will be without Podence, Kilman, and Semedo for this match, while Pep will be without his defensive trio of Stones, Diaz, and Walker. Ake is also a doubt leaving City without only Laporte at the back. Even though they will be suffering at the back I still cannot see City slipping up, and they should leave this match with the three points and another step closer to the title with a 1-3 win.
Tottenham - Arsenal
The big game in the race for top four, Spurs welcome Arsenal after Conte oversaw his side drawing at Anfield last weekend. Arteta has gotten his side four points ahead going into this derby, knowing a defeat still leave fourth in their own hands. With this game postponed back in January, much to this dismay of Spurs, we finally get to see these London giants face off. In those four months Conte has gelled his squad and new signings, meaning hey are well poised to take the game to Arsenal with their front three of Kane, Son, and Kulusevski. They have however only managed to keep one clean sheet in their last seven league games but will have gained much confidence from their performance at Anfield. Arteta has overseen a run of four wins from four to galvanise his side, but have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven league games. This should see plenty of goals in what will be a tightly contested affair, with Spurs missing Reguilon, Tanganga, Skipp, and Doherty. For Arsenal, they will be without Tierney and Partey, but will hope that Saka and White are available to play. Arsenal have rode their luck of late but I think Spurs showed against Liverpool how difficult they can be to break down, and because of this I expect them to catch Arsenal out and take a 2-1 home victory to leave the top four race in the balance.
Have a great day and I hope you get to enjoy the games this week.
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