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I hope you are all well and had a great day, welcome to CryptoGod-1's blog on all things sports. Today I will be going through the six midweek round of game taking place in the league, which were postponed earlier in the season. There are some massive fixtures, including the derbies of Liverpool and Manchester United facing off while Chelsea will play Arsenal. City will look to bounce back after FA Cup defeat and Newcastle will try to continue their impressive home form.
Fixtures - Times are shown as U.K. Time
This weeks round of fixtures take place over 3 days, from Tuesday evening until Thursday evening.
Tuesday 19th April
Liverpool - Manchester United 8pm KO (Kick Off)
Wednesday 20th April
Chelsea - Arsenal 19.45pm KO
Everton - Leicester 19.45pm KO
Newcastle - Crystal Palace 19.45pm KO
Manchester City - Brighton 20.00pm KO
Thursday 21st April
Burnley - Southampton 19.45pm 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 weeks matches. Remember this is just my fun analysis and should not be taken as advice or a guarantee.
Liverpool - Manchester United
After a big win for Liverpool in the FA Cup over Manchester City, which keeps their hopes of a quadruple alive, they host Manchester United in a bid to keep their Premier League ambitions alive. Liverpool beat the Red Devils 5-0 at Old Trafford earlier in the season, but new management has arrived in Rangnick since then. Amazingly he had previously been involved in managing or signing a number of Liverpool players from his days at Leipzig, Salzburg, Schalke, and Hoffenheim. These include Mané, Keita, Matip, Minamino, and Firmino, which Klopp developed his style based off the original theories and ideas of Rangnick. This means we should be in for an exciting game, but with United struggling past Norwich on the weekend, and the tragic news that Ronaldo's son died, expect it to be a one sided affair once again. A win would put Liverpool top for at least 24 hours and have on ten in a row at home in the league. United have not kept a clean sheet on the road since December, meaning there should be opportunities for Liverpool. Rangnick's side are 5th, three points off Spurs in 4th with the same number of games played. They know no less than a win is required to keep their hopes of top four alive. Liverpool have no injury concerns that we are aware of, while United will be without Cavani, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Varane, Greenwood, and Ronaldo will miss this match due to the terrible tragic recent events in his personal life. The 37 year old will be a big loss in such a big fixture, as his goals have often saved United this season. There can only be one winner, and I think it will be another big margin score which Liverpool win this by, putting a statement out that they are serious about the quadruple by beating Manchester United 4-0 at home.
Chelsea - Arsenal
Arteta saw his side slip to a third defeat in a row as their top four bid fades away, sitting three points off Spurs but with a game in hand. He knows they will have to overcome FA Cup finalists Chelsea if they wish to keep that dream alive. The Blues beat Crystal Palace at Wembley on Sunday after the disappointment of being knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid last week. Back-to-back home defeats to Brentford and Real Madrid for Chelsea will give Arsenal belief they can revert their own form back to winning ways. Chelsea have only managed to win 50% of their home league games this season, while Arsenal have avoided defeat in their last two visits to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea will be without Kovacic after he got injured at Wembley, along with Chilwell, Barkley, and Hudson-Odoi. Arsenal will be missing Partey and Tierney, while Lacazette is a doubt due to Covid-19. This will be an interesting London derby, but given the depth of Chelsea's squad and the difference in their form, I think the Blues will emerge with a victory at Stamford bridge and win this game 2-1.
Everton - Leicester
Another big test for the Toffees in their battle to avoid the drop, who had the weekend off due to fixture clashes with the FA Cup, as they face a Leicester side who lost to Newcastle late on over the weekend. Lampard saw his side beat Manchester United last time out, and sit three points above the relegation places with a game in hand. They have big fixtures with with Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal in the coming weeks, so will need a big performance here. Rodgers has led his side to a European Semi Final, explaining their much changed side for the game against the Magpies. It brought an end to their five game unbeaten run in all competitions, leaving them 9th in the table. The Foxes have managed to win just one of their last 10 away league games in the league this season. Everton will be without Davies, Patterson, and Townsend for this fixture, while Leicester will be missing Ndidi, Ward, Bertrand, while Vardy works back to full fitness and could miss out. While Everton could easily sneak three points here, I think the Foxes will put out a decent side and this game will most likely finish level, with the final score being 2-2.
Newcastle - Crystal Palace
Who would have thought at this stage of the season that the Magpies would only be three points off ninth in the table? Howe has done an excellent job, especially as his key winter signing in Trippier got injured after making an excellent start. They are a force at St. James park and have won five in a row at home. They are twelve points clear of the drop, Howe will ensure they don't let performances drop for the remainder of the campaign. As for Palace, they enter this game after their loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup. Vieira has done an excellent job, and they sit level on points with their opponents. They will have Gallagher back who will boost this impressive side even further. Neither side has any fresh injury concerns heading into this game, although Newcastle will still be without Wilson and Trippier. Palace will be eager to get back to winning ways, but I suspect the atmosphere and energy of St. James park will be enough to see Newcastle over the line, and they will earn a 1-0 home victory.
Manchester City - Brighton
Pep will hope to see his side bounce back after their FA Cup defeat against Liverpool, who could be ahead of them in the table by the time Manchester City kick off. After making a number of changes for the Semi Final, Pep is likely to restore his key stars to the team for the league encounter as he knows they cannot afford to slip up seeing as they are only fighting on two fronts now. Steffen is likely to return to the bench, as City look to end a run which has seen them without a win in three games in all competitions. Brighton are such a hot and cold team, failing to win in six of seven games before getting the unlikeliest of back-to-back victories over Arsenal and Spurs away from home. They sit 10th on 40 points and know they are safe from the drop, but would love to make it three away wins in a row. They have only lost away from home three times in the league all season and know how to stifle the opposition. City will be missing Walker for this, while Kevin De Bruyne is likely to be rested to allow him to return to full fitness. Palmer will miss out also, but Dias and Laporte should return to the defence. Brighton will be without Moder and Duffy, while Alate is ill and may miss out. I think Brighton could pull off a shock here, similar to how they did against Arsenal and Spurs recently. City will be eager to get back to winning ways but with KDB likely to miss out, I think Potter's side will frustrate the champions and earn themselves a point with a 2-2 draw.
Burnley - Southampton
Another game for Burnley without a recognised manager in the dugout, as they face a Southampton side who managed to beat Arsenal last time out. With Burnley rooted in the relegation places having earned only 10 points in their last 10 matches, including a point against a tired West Ham side, they will need to improve drastically before its too late if they wish to remain in the division. The Saints have earnt 14 points in their last 10 matches so are very much in mixed form, but will be certain of avoiding a 0-6 defeat here as they did against Chelsea. These sides played out a 2-2 draw at St. Marys back in October, but with the Saints 14 points clear of the drop it is surely Burnley who have more to play for at Turf Moore. Burnley will be without Gudmundsson, Pieters, Westwood, and Mee, who was playing the role of manager last time out alongside Jackson. As for Southampton, they will be missing the services of McCarthy. Hasenhuttl will be hoping his side kick on from their latest victory, and could go with the three man defence again here. in a game they are expected to win. I can see Southampton coming away with the three points in this one as they win with a result of 0-2.
I hope you enjoyed the preview and get to see the games during the week, have a wonderful day.
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