Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 18 Preview

Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 18 Preview

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 21 Dec 2023

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I hope you are all well and had an excellent week, welcome to CryptoGod-1’s blog on all things sports. This round of fixtures will determine who sits top of the table on Christmas Day, which can often be an indicator towards the league winner come May. In this round there will only be nine fixtures played as Manchester City are competing in the FIFA Club World Cup. The games going ahead will see Villa host Sheffield United, West Ham welcome Manchester United, Luton welcome Newcastle to Kenilworth Road, Everton visit Spurs, and Arsenal travel to Anfield in the top of the table clash.



Fixtures — Times are shown as U.K. Time

This weeks round of fixtures will see the games spread out across four days from Thursday evening until Sunday evening.


Thursday 21st December 2023

Crystal Palace - Brighton 8pm KO


Friday 22nd December 2023

Aston Villa - Sheffield United 8pm KO


Saturday 23rd December 2023

West Ham - Manchester United 12.30pm KO

Fulham - Burnley 3pm KO

Luton - Newcastle 3pm KO

Manchester City - Brentford 3pm KO - (Postponed)

Nottingham Forest - Bournemouth 3pm KO

Tottenham - Everton 3pm KO

Liverpool - Arsenal 5.30pm KO


Sunday 24th December 2023

Wolves - Chelsea 3pm 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 week matches. Remember this is just my fun analysis and should not be taken as advice or a guarantee.


Crystal Palace - Brighton

The Eagles are currently sitting in fifteenth with 17 points, while Brighton are sitting in ninth with 26 points.

Palace managed a massive result last weekend as they came back to draw 2-2 away to Manchester City, and Hodgson will hope to carry that form into this game. Sitting eight points clear of the relegation zone, they have only managed two points in their last six league games as the pressure has begun to mount on the manager. This run includes loosing their last four as Selhurst Park, and Hodgson will be hoping to give them something to cheer about and lift the mood before Christmas and avoid losing five at home for the first time since February 2017.

The Seagulls were far from their best last time out as they lost 2-0 to Arsenal, although the continental hangover can be attributed to their display. De Zerbi saw his side fall to defeat for just the second time in twelve games but both of those loses were against London clubs in Chelsea and Arsenal. Prior to the Arsenal game Brighton had managed to score in 32 consecutive Premier League games. Brighton remain without a clean sheet away from home in the league this season, and remain seven points off fifth placed Spurs.

Palace will be without Doucoure, Rak-Sakyi, Ward, Holding, Johnstone, and Edouard, while they also need to assess Lerma. Brighton will be missing Fati, Veltman, Estupinan, Webster, Lamptey, Enciso, and March.

Form Last Six League Games:



Brighton managed to beat Palace 1-0 at home last March, while these sides played out a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park back in February. Five of the previous eight games between these sides have ended in a 1-1 stalemate and with both of these coming into this game badly looking for a win, I have a feeling we could be in for another even contest here.

Final score: 2-2



Aston Villa - Sheffield United

Villa are flying high and sitting in third with 38 points as they host bottom of the table Sheffield United with their 8 points.

Emery's side beat Brentford 2-1 last weekend to make it five wins in their last six Premier League games to leave them a single points off the top of the table. Goal difference is all that has them behind second place Liverpool, and Villa have won a club record 15 home games in a row. They also managed to score 39 goals and keep 8 clean sheets in the process. Villa have also managed to win in their last five meetings with promoted sides. They can potentially move top of the table with the two sides above them facing off, so Emery will be keen for a pristine performance here.

The Blades lost 2-0 against Chelsea last time out and currently sit six points off safety. With only one point gained on the road in eight away league games, they have also scored the fewest goals away from home with only four. They have also conceded the most goals on their travels with the ball hitting the back of their net 22 times. With Wilder back in charge the side has shown potential in their recent fixtures, albeit against the leagues leading side. He will want a performance here, especially with a potentially pivotal clash against Luton in the Christmas schedule.

Villa will be without Buendia, Mings, Olsen, Kamara, Bertrand Traore. They also need to assess Torres and Tielemans. The Blades will be without Basham, Norrington-Davies, Egan, Davies, Jebbison, and Brewster.

Form Last Six League Games:



Back in the 2021 season both of these sides managed 1-0 home wins in their league encounters with each other. The Blades have managed to keep a clean sheet in three of their last five league encounters with Villa, and their loss at Villa park in 2021 was their only defeat against the Lions in their last five visits to the West Midlands club in all competitions. Although history is on their side, I cannot see the Blades getting a positive result here. Emery will ensure his side is firing and get the three points.

Final score: 3-0



West Ham - Manchester United

West Ham are currently eight with 27 points while Manchester United sit one point and one place ahead of them in the standings.

The Hammers were defeated by Liverpool during their midweek Carabao Cup Quarter Final after beating Wolves last weekend in the league. Moyes' side have been inconsistent over the last month, having conceded five goals in defeats to Liverpool and Fulham in the league, but emerged top of their group in the Europa League. They sit six points off fifth placed Spurs and comfortably in the top half of the table. The club will be hoping to push on and secure European Football for next season and with eight league wins already, they will look to make it nine here. 

Ten Hags side emerged from Anfield with a 0-0 draw last time out as the club ensured there was no repeat of their 7-0 drubbing from last season. With nine league wins already they are still in contention for the Champions League places, sitting six points off fourth placed Manchester City. With no European Football ahead, they will be able to focus on their domestic campaign, with 13 points gained from their away day games already. With a game against high flying Villa ahead, Ten Hag will need to rotate the troops and it will be interesting to see how strong he goes in this game.

West Ham will be missing Antonio, while Aguerd and Cornet need to be assessed. United will be missing Malacia, Maguire, Casemiro, Mount, Lisandro Martinez, Dalot, Sancho, Amad Traore, while Martial, Lindelof, and Eriksen, needs to be assessed. Bruno will be available again following his suspension against Liverpool.

Form Last Six League Games:



The Hammers managed a 1-0 victory at home over Manchester United last May, while United won at Old Trafford by the same score in October 2022. United also overcame West Ham on route to the FA Cup final last season. United had the entire week off and will be the fresher side going into this one, but West Ham are always capable of causing an upset, especially at home. I have a feeling this one will be close, and the Hammers will hold United to a draw.

Final score: 2-2 



Fulham - Burnley

Fulham are sitting in eleventh with 21 points while Burnley are currently in nineteenth with 8 points.

The Cottagers overcame Everton in a penalty shootout during the week to reach the Carabao Cup Semi Finals following their loss against Newcastle last weekend. Only a point off the top half, they have managed to win five of their eight home league games this season. With the Cottagers having put 5 past Forest and West Ham in recent back-to-back wins, Silva will look for the offensive power to continue while his defence remains solid. Sitting exactly 12 points off both the relegation places and fifth, Fulham fans could begin dreaming of Europe if they continue winning by big margins.

Burnley have only managed two wins in the league all season and lost 2-0 to Everton last weekend. Kompany has struggled to ensure his players make the step up in levels since their promotion, and they sit six points off safety. With 13 defeats so far in the league, the club has only managed one win on the road this campaign and have a single point from their last five on the road. Relegation seems likely and the fact Everton, who were deducted 10 points, are sitting seven points clear speaks volumes for Burnley at this moment.

Fulham will be missing Adama Traore and Jimenez, while they need to assess Ream. Burnley will be missing Koleosho, Taylor, and Gudmundsson, while they will also need to assess Ramsey and Cork.

Form Last Six League Games:



When these two faced off in the Premier League back in 2020/21 Burnley managed a 2-0 away win over Fulham, while they played out a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor. While Burnley are capable of making things uncomfortable here, it is clear that there can only be one favourite. Fulham could make this a big score line, although the loss of Jiminez will give Burnley hope. I am going to back a home win.

This game will also see history being made as Rebecca Welsh will become the first female referee to officiate in the Premier League. 

Final score: 3-0



Luton - Newcastle

Luton are in eighteenth with 9 points as they face sixth place Newcastle with 29 points.

Last weekend Luton went through turmoil as once again Lockyer collapsed on the pitch in the middle of their game against Bournemouth. The match was abandoned and Lockyer is recovering in hospital, but emotions of course will be running high in the club and fanbase. Sitting five points from safety with a game in hand, the club is on a run of three defeats in a row. Their recent home performances against Arsenal and Manchester City at Kenilworth Road means they will be confident of a performance here, and no team has beaten them at their home ground by more than a single goal in the Premier League this season.

Newcastle lost in a penalty shoot-out against Chelsea during their midweek Carabao Cup Quarter Final following their victory over Fulham last weekend. That was the clubs only victory in their last five games, having been eliminated from the Champions League in that time. They have only managed one away league win all season, the 8-0 drubbing of Sheffield United, but they remain unbeaten in sixteen games against promoted sides. Sitting five points off the top four, Howe will need to find improvement as his side lost their last three games on the road.

Luton will be without Burke, Potts, and Lockyer. They will also need to assess Woodrow. Newcastle will be without Tonali, Murphy, Pope, Barnes, Willock, Anderson, Schar, Manquillo, Joelinton, Targett. They will also need to check on Krafth, Godron, and Isak.

Form Last Six League Games:



Newcastle were 3-1 winners when these sides last met in the 2018 FA Cup. While Newcastle will be favourites going into this one, Howe's men have been stricken by multiple injuries and have struggled on the road this season. The Kenilworth Road atmosphere will be electric here for Lockyer, and I think it may be enough to see the club secure a draw at the very least, but likely a win.

Final score: 2-1


Nottingham Forest - Bournemouth

Forest are sitting in seventeenth with points as they host fourteenth place Bournemouth who have 19 points.

Forest have made a huge decision to replace manager Cooper with Nuno Espirito Santo following their 2-0 loss against Spurs last weekend. Even the fans wanted the manager to stay, results have been poor and the club sits five points clear of the relegation zone, although Luton have a game in hand. Nuno has plenty of experience, and even though his previous spell at Spurs was ill-fated, he also managed to lead Wolves into European contention. Big pressure will be on Nuno to get the club off to a good start and he will need to get his tactics across to his players immediately to get the club back up the table.

The Cherries had their game against Luton abandoned last weekend due to the collapse of Lockyer and will hope to get back on track in this fixture following a run of three wins in the league, including a win over Manchester United at Old Trafford. Iraola's side are finally showing why the club brought him in from Spain and his tactics are turning the Cherries into one of the leagues form sides. They have emerged victorious in their last three away from home, and a win here would be the first time in the clubs history they won four on the trot away from home in the Premier League.

Nottingham Forest will be without Awoniyi. They will also need to check Felipe, Sangare, and Aurier. Bournemouth will be without Adams, Aarons, Hamed Traore, Kelly, Fredericks, and Marcondes. They will also need to check on Randolph.

Form Last Six League Games:



These sides drew 1-1 at the Vitality Stadium back in January while Bournemouth managed a 3-2 victory at the City Ground back in September 2022. It should be interesting to see how Forest react to their new manager and if he can get them producing the football he requires. Iraola has gotten his side firing at last and they will be tough to overcome here. While Forest will have the crowd behind them, I can see Bournemouth having too much and emerging with the win.

Final score: 1-3



Tottenham - Everton

Spurs are currently fifth with 33 points as they play sixteenth place Everton who have 16 points.

Tottenham managed a 2-0 win over Forest last weekend and the club is finding their form once again following Ange's sides rut during November. Back to back wins means they are only a point behind fourth placed Manchester City and will move into the top four with a win as City take part in the Club World Cup. They have scored in each of their last 17 home Premier League games, while they have also scored in their last 29 Premier League encounters.

The Toffees were eliminated from the Carabao Cup by Fulham thanks to a penalty shootout during the week after beating Burnley 2-0 last weekend. Dyche has overseen his side win their last four in the league while keeping a clean sheet in each to ensure they have moved seven points clear of the relegation zone. With a win in each of their last four away league games, the club will hope to make it five away wins in a row for the first time since 1969/70. Some of their poor penalties against Fulham may ring in the players minds, but they will be confident and focused on the league going into this one.

Spurs will be without Perisic, Bentancur, van de Ven, Maddison, Sessegnon, Bissouma, Solomon, Udogie, and Whiteman. They will also need to assess Lo Celso and Johnson. Everton will be missing Alli while they will also need to assess Mykolenko, Doucoure, Coleman, Young, and Gomes. 

Form Last Six League Games:



These sides drew 1-1 at Goodison back in April, while Spurs managed a 2-0 home win over Everton back in October 2022. Everton managed to win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium back in September 2020 and will be more than capable of doing the same here. Postecoglou's offensive style will make it difficult and I expect goals in this one. Everton's defenders will be up against it, and therefore I think Spurs will have just enough to secure the win.

Final score: 3-2



Liverpool - Arsenal

The top two clash here as second place Liverpool sit a point off leaders Arsenal, with the winner of this one guaranteed to sit top of the table on Christmas Day.

Klopp's side managed to draw 0-0 at home against Manchester United last weekend as and were rightfully disappointed in the result. However they roared back to a midweek win over West Ham in the Carabao Cup to reach the Semi-Finals and will hope to end the week by moving back top of the tree before Christmas. The United result was the first time this season that Liverpool dropped points at Anfield and they will look to avoid going scoreless in back-to-back home league games here. Klopp's side are used to the pressures of a title battle and will look to add to their 26 home goals scored this season. 

Arsenal overcame Brighton last weekend to get back on track after their loss away to Villa. The club are sitting top of the table and will want to ensure they remain there for Christmas Day. They have not lost back-to-back games in the league away from home since May 2022. Havertz has been finding the net of late to justify Arteta's decision to pursue him, having scored four in his last seven. A win here would see them top the table on Christmas day for the second season running, but Arteta has yet to taste victory at Anfield as a manager in any competition.

Liverpool will be without Matip, Thiago, Robertson, Jota, Mac Allister, Bajcetic and Gravenberch. Arsenal will be without Vieira, Tomiyasu, Partey, and Timber. They will also be without Jorginho and Elneny.

Form Last Six League Games:



These sides drew 2-2 at Anfield back in April, while Arsenal managed a 3-2 win at the Emirates Stadium back in October 2022. However it was 2012 when Arsenal last managed a win at Anfield as Klopp has been ever dominant at home against Arsenal. With four of the clubs five attackers scoring in their midweek game, the Reds will be soaring going into this and Arsenal will need to be at their best. Diaz will also be looking for revenge following his injury against Arsenal last season, and I expect Liverpool's attack to cause all sorts of problems as they sent the club top of the league for Christmas. 

Final score: 3-1



Wolves - Chelsea

Wolves occupy thirteenth with 19 points as they face tenth placed Chelsea, who have 22 points.

Last weekend Wolves lost 3-0 against West Ham as they now sit ten points clear of the drop zone. O'Neil will be keen to get his side back on form as they look to push further up the table and find some consistency. He is not under pressure yet but the fans will want to see some real improvement from the side and although there are no dreams of Europe, ensuring the club stays clear of any potential relegation battle will be the key going forward.

Chelsea beat Newcastle on penalties to reach the Carabao Cup Semi Finals following their 2-0 win over Sheffield United last weekend. The Blues sit 11 points off the top five and there is real concern the club will miss out on European Football for the second season running. Pochettino will be afforded time but the fanbase will remain impatient, as will the owners, given the money spent. Getting his attack firing has been one of the biggest issues with the club likely to address that in the January Transfer Market.

Wolves will be without Hodge and Otto, while Neto and Sa are doubts. Chelsea will be without Wesley Fofana, Cucurella, James, Robert Sanchez, Chilwell, Chalobah, Lavia, Ugochukwu, and Chukwuemeka. They will also need to assess Madueke, Colwill, and Enzo.  

Form Last Six League Games:



Wolves secured a 1-0 win over Chelsea at Molineux back in April, while Chelsea beat them 3-0 at Stamford Bridge back in October 2022. Although Pochettino will be looking to build some form, I have a feeling Wolves will be capable of causing them problems here. Therefore, I am backing a draw in this one.

Final score: 2-2 




Match Prediction Summary

Crystal Palace 2-2 Brighton

Aston Villa 3-0 Sheffield United

West Ham 2-2 Manchester United

Fulham 3-0 Burnley

Luton 2-1 Newcastle

Manchester City P-P Brentford

Nottingham Forest 1-3 Bournemouth

Tottenham 3-2 Everton

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

Wolves 2-2 Chelsea




Check out my 2023/24 Season Predictions here: Predictions 23/24 Season

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

Peace. CryptoGod-1.


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