Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 19 Preview

Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 19 Preview

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 26 Dec 2023


Merry Christmas everyone,

I hope you are all well and had an excellent Christmas Day, welcome to CryptoGod-1’s blog on all things sports. This weeks round of games will see us reach the halfway mark in the season, with big games including Sheffield United hosting Luton in a relegation six-pointer, Manchester United hosting high flying Aston Villa, Manchester City visiting Goodison Park, Brighton welcome Spurs, while Arsenal host the Hammers.

 

 

Fixtures — Times are shown as U.K. Time

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

 

Tuesday 26th December 2023

Newcastle - Nottingham Forest 12.30pm KO

Bournemouth - Fulham 3pm KO

Sheffield United - Luton 3pm KO

Burnley - Liverpool 5.30pm KO

Manchester United - Aston Villa 8pm KO

 

Wednesday 27th December 2023

Brentford - Wolves 7.30pm KO

Chelsea - Crystal Palace 7.30pm KO

Everton - Manchester City 8.15pm KO

 

Thursday 28th December 2023

Brighton - Tottenham 7.30pm KO

Arsenal - West Ham 8.15pm 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 week matches. Remember this is just my fun analysis and should not be taken as advice or a guarantee.

 

Newcastle - Nottingham Forest

Seventh place Newcastle with 29 points face off against seventeenth place Forest, who have 14 points.

Howe's side lost against Luton before Christmas and will be looking to make it just two wins in seven games going into their Boxing Day clash. Out of Europe and the Carabao Cup, Newcastle made it five defeats in the last six in all competitions at Kenilworth Road. Injuries have ravaged the side but Howe will want improvement as they sit seven points off fourth placed Spurs. The comfort of home is on the Magpies side however, with the club unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games at St. James Park.

Nuno Santo Espirito oversaw his side losing against Bournemouth for his first game in charge of the club and he will be looking for an improvement here. It was the clubs sixth defeat in their last seven and they now sit just two points above the relegation zone. Their away form is no better, with six defeats in a row on their travels. The club will be hoping for less controversial refereeing in this one after their pre-Christmas game, but ensuring his players maintain their focus and avoid silly red cards will be just as important.

Newcastle will be missing Tonali, Pope, Murphy, Barnes, Anderson, Willock, Targett, and Manquillo. They will also need to assess Joelinton and Lascelles. Forest will be missing Awoniyi and Boly, while Felipe, Sangare, and Aurier need to be assessed.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: WWLLWL

Away: LLLDLL

Newcastle overcame Forest twice last season, winning 2-1 away from home in March and 2-0 at St. James Park in August 2022. Forest have not won a league game at St. James Park since 1988 and I have a feeling Howe's side will have enough about them to secure the three points here.

Final score: 2-0

 

 

Bournemouth - Fulham

Twelfth placed Bournemouth with 22 points host thirteenth place Fulham who was 21 points.

Bournemouth made it a third win in a row as they overcame Nottingham Forest before Christmas and Iraola's side have now taken 16 points from the previous 18 on offer. Solanke's hattrick was the highlight and the striker is clearly enjoying his football in this side. A win here would be the first time Bournemouth ever secured four Premier League wins in a row and and Iraola's footballing philosophy has seen the club score at least twice in each of their previous six league games. Bournemouth are also yet to taste victory on Boxing Day in the Premier League.

The Cottagers lost at home to Burnley just before Christmas and Silva will be wondering how his side went from scoring 5 goals in two consecutive games earlier in December to failing with 19 shots on goal against Burnley. Fulham remain a single point off tenth place and the top half, while they have also progressed into the Carabao Cup Semi Finals. Sitting nine points above the relegation places, they will be looking to end a run of three defeats in their last three away league games. They have also failed to win in their last eight games on the road in the Premier League.

The Cherries will be missing Adams, Aarons, Hamed Traore, Kelly, Fredericks, and Marcondes. They will also need to assess Randolph, Smith, Cook, and Kerkez. Fulham meanwhile are missing Adama Diarra and Raul Jiminez, while they also need to assess Ream.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: WWDWWW

Away: WLWWLL

Bournemouth beat Fulham 2-1 at home back in April while they managed a 2-2 draw away from home back in October 2022. Iraola has a touchline ban and how his side react here without his presence will be fascinating. Their attack is clicking to devastating effect and while Fulham are capable of causing their own problems, I can see Bournemouth finally getting their long awaited Boxing Day win.

Final score: 3-1

 

 

Sheffield United - Luton

A huge relegation battle as bottom side Sheffield United, with 9 points, face off against eighteenth place Luton who have 12 points.

The Blades have taken four points from their last three league games including their 1-1 draw with Aston Villa before Christmas. Now sitting five points from safety, the Premier League's bottom placed side have looked rejuvenated since Wilder took charge. Making Bramall Lane a fortress once again will be imperative, although the club are without a top-flight Boxing Day win since 1990, with that victory coming against Luton at Kenilworth Road. They have lost their last six Boxing Day top flight games since and failed to score in five of them.

The Hatters have only managed one away win since their return to the top flight but were victorious against Newcastle last time out in front of the Kenilworth Road faithful. Several tributes were paid to Town's captain Lockyer, who suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch in the abandoned game against Bournemouth. The result ended a run of three straight defeats and victory here could see Luton leapfrog Forest and move out of the relegation zone with a game in hand.

The Blades are without Basham, Norrington-Davies, Egan, Davies, Jebbison, Brewster, and Ahmedhodzic. Luton will be missing Lockyer, Burke, Potts.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: LLLWLD

Away: LWLLLW

The Blades lost 1-0 at Bramall Lane against Luton last May while these sides played out a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road in August 2022 during their Championship encounters. Both sides have shown improvement of late and both will be full of belief going into this one. However, I have a feeling that may result in cancelling each other out and a share of the spoils.

Final score: 1-1

 

 

Burnley - Liverpool

Burnley are currently sitting in nineteenth with 11 points and face second place Liverpool who have 39 points.

Kompany's side secured a huge 2-0 away win over Fulham before Christmas and have propelled themselves back into contention for avoiding relegation. They sit a mere three points off seventeenth placed Forest and at Turf Moor have gained seven of their eleven points so far. Although they managed to beat Sheffield United at home, they have lost eight of their nine home games so far this campaign and will be up against it here. Kompany needs to find a formula to get his side performing with consistency both home and away.

Liverpool drew 1-1 at home with Arsenal last time out to leave them a point off the league leaders over Christmas, while also marking their second league draw in a row at home following their 0-0 with Manchester United. Liverpool will feel hard done by with some of the officiating but Liverpool can go top by winning as Arsenal do not play until Thursday. The Reds remain unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League games and have also managed to score in each of their last 13 Premier League games on the road.

Burnley will be without Koleosho while they also need to assess Gudmundsson, Cork, and Ramsey. Liverpool will be without Matip, Thiago, Robertson, Tsimikas, Bajcetic, Mac Allister, and Jota, while they also need to assess the fitness of Diaz.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: LWLDLW

Away: DWWWDD

These side last met in 2021/22 when Liverpool won 1-0 at February 2022 and 2-0 at Anfield in August 2021. As much as Burnley will put up a fight here, I cannot look past Liverpool. Salah will want to ensure his side have the three points as he prepare to leave for AFCON in January, and the Reds attacking power should be too much.

Final score: 0-2

 

 

Manchester United - Aston Villa

Ten Hags side sit eight with 28 points as they host third place Villa with 39 points.

The Red Devils have officially had their worst run of results before Christmas in 93 years as they lost 2-0 against West Ham before the festive holiday. Ten Hag has overseen thirteen defeats this season, including eight in the Premier League. With Sir Jim Ratcliffe having secured 25% ownership in the club and assuming control of football operations, big changes may be ahead. For now the focus needs to be on the pitch, where the club is out of the Europe, the Carabao Cup, the title race, and only a 0-0 draw (compared to a 7-0 loss last season) at Anfield has been a positive in the recent months. They have also failed to score in their last four games for the first time since 1992.

Villa drew with Sheffield United last time to put an end to their amazing home winning run in the Premier League. Emery has his side locked in a title race, sitting a single point off the top of the tree and only in third behind Liverpool on goal difference. Villa are unbeaten in ten games in all competitions but their only clean sheet away from home this season has been against Chelsea. They have also managed to score twice in each of their last three Premier League games.

United will be missing Malacia, Martinez, Casemiro, Mount, Lindelof, Maguire, Dalot, Sancho, and Amad Diallo Traore. They also need to check on the fitness of Martial and Varane. Villa will be without Buendia, Mings, Olsen, Tielemans, Boubacar Kamara, and Bertrand Isidore Traore. Pau Torres is also a doubt.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: WLWLDL

Away: WDWWWD

United managed a 1-0 home win over Villa back in April 2023 while Villa beat United 3-1 at Villa Park in November 2022 to record their first win under Emery. United did also manage to eliminate the Lions from the Carabao Cup third round last season with a 4-2 home victory. United will look to avoid losing at Old Trafford on Boxing Day for the first time since 1978, but I think Emery could pile the misery on them. His side are looking so strong and they will be motivated by the draw with the Blades, and therefore I think it will be 3 points for the Lions.

Final score: 1-2

 

 

Brentford - Wolves

The Bees sit fourteenth with 19 points as they host eleventh placed Wolves with 22 points.

Franks side did not play last weekend due to Manchester City taking part in the FIFA Club World Cup and will therefore be very fresh going into this one. The Bees are only three points behind tenth place Chelsea and are ranked fourth in the Premier League for number of different goal scorers. With Toney due back next month the Bees will look to take advantage from set-pieces, in which they were the joint best last season, to breach the rear-guard of Wolves.

Wolves secured a win over Chelsea on Christmas Eve and will be in high spirits going into this one. O'Neil's side are the most successful dribblers in the league, with Cunha only behind Doku and Kudus. The club have four points from their last three games they are comfortably sitting in midtable, although they have only managed two clean sheets all season and have already conceded 29 goals. Attacking wise they have managed 21 goals thus far, but have heavily relied on their attackers with only five non forwards scoring this season.

Mbeumo, Hickey, Henry, Mee, Toney, Schade, Dasilva, Onyeka, and Ajer will all be missing for Brentford. Wolves will be without Otto and Hodge, while they also need to check on the fitness of Semedo, Sa, and Neto.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: LLWLLL

Away: LLWDLW

Brentford lost 2-0 away to Wolves last April while these sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Gtech in October 2022. With only three wins in their last ten at the Gtech Community Stadium, Brentford will be under pressure to perform in front of their own crowd. Wolves will look to cause them problems and are capable of getting goals, but I think the Bees should have enough about them to get over the line.

Final score: 3-2

 

 

Chelsea - Crystal Palace

Chelsea are currently sitting in tenth with 22 points as they host fifteenth place Crystal Palace with 18 points.

Pochettino's side lost against Wolves on Christmas Eve and will need to get back to winning ways soon as they club have lost four of their last six in the league. There were positives, with Nkunku scoring and showing how he could become that missing attacking piece for the side. Only Manchester United have scored less than Chelsea out of the top half sides, and having a legitimate goal threat could spark Chelsea into a run to push up the standings. Not all is doom and gloom for the club, and Stamford Bridge will be enjoying a Carabao Cup Semi Final in the 2024.

Hodgson's side claimed a point in a 1-1 draw with Brighton last weekend and the club are now without a league win since beating Burnley on November the fourth. Rumours will be swirling regarding Hodgson's position given that Steve Cooper is available following his spell at Nottingham Forest so the pressure will be on for Roy to plead his case. Their attacking form has not matched the levels of when Hodgson arrived last season to spark their revival, and many in the crowd may be pushing for a change if the club continues without a victory.

Chelsea will be without Wesley Fofana, James, Cucurella, Sanchez, Chilwell, Enzo, Chalobah, Ugochukwu, and Chukwuemeka. They will need to check on the fitness of Colwill, Madueke, and Lavia. Palace will be without Doucoure, Rak-Sakyi, Ward, Johnstone, Holding, and Edouard. 

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: LWLLWL

Away: LDLLDD

Chelsea beat Palace 1-0 at Stamford Bridge last January while they also won 2-1 away in October 2022. Pochettino will push his side for more here as they look to form a cohesive unit, but with injuries and suspensions to contend with I feel they may struggle in-front of their own fans once again. Palace will need to be spirited but they are capable of getting something from this game, so I am backing a draw.

Final score: 1-1

 

 

Everton - Manchester City

Everton sit in sixteenth with 16 points while Manchester City occupy fifth with 34 points.

The Toffees lost before Christmas in their encounter with Tottenham, but prior to that were on a four-game Premier League win streak. Sitting four points clear of the relegation zone, Everton have navigated their points deduction thus far but will want to ensure they can drag themselves away from any potential relegation battle. They would be tenth in the table without the deduction but Dyche has navugated it excellently. However his record against Pep Guardiola sees his with twelve loses and a single draw against the Spaniard.

City return to domestic action having secured the FIFA Club World Cup before Christmas and will hope to use it as a springboard for their title defence. Languishing in fifth, they are only six points off top spot Arsenal and have a game in hand. Injuries to Rodri and Haaland created a  troublesome period over November and December and the Citizens have just a single win in their last six league games. Sitting outside the top four will be a unhappy sight for Pep, but he will need to reaffirm his sides attention on the league following their recent FIFA competition exploits.

The Toffees will be without Alli and Gueye while they also need to check on the fitness of Coleman, Young, and Doucoure. Manchester City will be missing De Bruyne and Doku while Rodri and Haaland need to be assessed.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: LWWWWL

Away: DDDLWD

Everton lost 3-0 at home to City last May while these sides drew 1-1 at the Etihad on New Years Eve of 2022. City have won their last six away games against Everton, while scoring at least three goals in four of those games. While many would think this is a certain win for City, their patchy form means Everton could be set for a Christmas miracle here. It seems unlikely, but I am going to back Everton to take a point off the Champions in a scrappy draw.

Final score: 2-2

 

 

Brighton - Tottenham

Brighton are currently ninth with 27 points as they face fourth place Spurs with 36 points.

The Seagulls secured a draw against Crystal Palace before Christmas and while they remain in the top half of the table, De Zerbi’s side have not been at their best this season. Potentially it has been the additional European exploits, which will resume with their Europa League Round of 16 game in 2024, but Brighton have not matched their fluid heights from last season. The defence has been porous and conceded the most of any side in the top half and they are without a win in their last three as the club looks to get out of its slump during the festive period.

Spurs got back to winning ways before Christmas as they managed to secure a win over Everton to make it three league wins on the bounce. Postecoglou's side have moved back into the top four, although Manchester City have a game in hand, and sit only four points off top spot. The club are back on track after a mid season slump, and keeping Richarlison fit and firing alongside Son will be key to their attacking efforts. While they have only lost once in their last five in all competitions, Spurs are still the worst side defensively in the top five, with only West Ham conceding more from the current top eight sides.

Brighton will be without Fati, Enciso, Veltman, Estupinan, Webster, Lamptey, and March, while they also need to assess Mitoma. Spurs will be without Perisic, Bentancur, van de Ven, Maddison, Sessegnon, Bissouma, Solomon, Udogie, and Whiteman, while both Richarlison and Romero need to be checked. 

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: WLWDLD

Away: LDLWWW

Spurs beat Brighton 2-1 at home last April while they managed a 1-0 away win back in October 2022. This should be an entertaining contest between two attacking sides, with both sides likely to concede and score here. With Spurs in better form and the number of key players missing for Brighton, I imagine this will be a tough game for De Zerbi's side. However, with the home crowd behind them, I think Brighton can match Spurs for intensity and hold them to a draw.

Final score: 1-1

 

 

Arsenal - West Ham

Arsenal are sitting in top spot with 40 points as they welcome Moyes' side who are currently sixth with 30 points.

Arteta's side secured a draw at Anfield before Christmas to ensure they spent the day top of the table. It was a hardfought battle and one which will likely have cost a lot of his players energy, but also a huge morale boosting victory on the ground where Arsenal's title challenge starting faltering last season when they drew 2-2. At the Emirates Arsenal have been formidable this season, with only Newcastle having a better record in their last six at home. Arteta will set his side the challenge of going on to be top of the table come May and not let this position slip once again.

The Hammers defeated Manchester United 2-0 as Moyes got an early Christmas present by beating his former club. With Bowen and Kudus showing impeccable form of late, the Hammers find themselves back in the mix for European qualification. With five wins from their last seven in all competitions, and a single defeat, their away form has been their less impressive feature this season, losing four of their last six games on the road in all competitions. However, against bigger sides West Ham are known to produce and will be keen to test Arsenal at the Emirates.

Arsenal will be missing Vieira, Tomiyasu, Partey, Havertz, and Timber. West Ham will be missing Antonio, while Aguerd and Cornet need to be assessed. 

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: WWWLWD

Away: WDWLWW

West Ham already beat Arsenal 3-1 in the Carabao Cup Round of 16 this season, while they held Arsenal to a 2-2 draw at home last April. Arsenal did manage to win the game at the Emirates 3-1 on Boxing Day last season. West Ham have a habit of causing problems for some of the leagues bigger sides, and although they were heavily beaten by Liverpool in the Carabao Cup, West Ham did beat Arsenal in the same competition. Moyes will want to stifle another big opponent and Arteta will need his players at their best here. I feel their Anfield excursion will have taken more out of the legs than West Ham's visit to Old Trafford, and therefore I think the Hammers could produce a surprise result and steal the win here.

Final score: 2-3

 

 

 

 

Match Prediction Summary

Newcastle 2-0 Nottingham Forest

Bournemouth 3-1 Fulham

Sheffield United 1-1 Luton

Burnley 0-2 Liverpool

Manchester United 1-2 Aston Villa

Brentford 3-2 Wolves

Chelsea 1-1 Crystal Palace

Everton 2-2 Manchester City

Brighton 1-1 Tottenham

Arsenal 2-3 West Ham

 

 

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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