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Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 2 Preview

Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 2 Preview

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 18 Aug 2023


Good day everyone,

I hope you are all well and had an excellent week, welcome to CryptoGod-1’s blog on all things sports. With the Premier League well and truly back, we are in for another exciting round of games this weekend as the teams look to push on after the first week back. This week will see Manchester City host Newcastle, Bournemouth travel to Liverpool, Spurs host United, and West Ham welcome Chelsea.

 

 

Fixtures — Times are shown as U.K. Time

This weeks round of fixtures will see the games spread out across four days, from Friday evening until Monday evening, although one game has been postponed due to works taking place at Luton's stadium.

 

Friday 18th August 2023

Nottingham Forest - Sheffield United 7.45pm KO (Kick Off)

 

Saturday 19th August 2023

Fulham - Brentford 3pm KO

Liverpool - Bournemouth 3pm KO

Luton - Burnley 3pm KO (Postponed due to Stadium works)

Wolves - Brighton 3pm KO

Tottenham - Manchester United 5.30pm KO

Manchester City - Newcastle 8pm KO

 

Sunday 20th August 2023

Aston Villa - Everton 2pm KO

West Ham - Chelsea 4.30pm KO

 

Monday 21st August 2023

Crystal Palace - Arsenal 8pm 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.

 

 

Nottingham Forest - Sheffield United

Forest go into this game sitting in fourteenth without any points, while Sheffield United are in sixteenth and also don't have any points.

Last time out Forest were narrowly beaten by Arsenal in a tough game where they saw little of the ball. Cooper's side avoided humiliation against last seasons runner ups, and will be back on their home soil for this one. Last season Forest lost only five of their home games, defeating the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal. In welcoming new boys Sheffield United the tricky trees will be looking to get back to winning ways at the City Ground, where 30 of their 38 points came from last season. Ensuring they rack up points in front of their own fans will be key to their season.

Sheffield United lost to Crystal Palace by a single goal last time out and while the scoreline looked good, the need for new signings is clear. With just 32% of the ball it was telling that the step up will be tough for the South Yorkshire club. Heckingbottom would love new signings, and their squad could do with more bodies in it. They are one of the favourites for the drop, but as Bournemouth showed last season, getting the right bodies in can have a massive impact on the side and prove the doubters wrong.

Forest will be without Richards and Hennessey, while they will need to assess Felipe. Sheffield United will be missing Fleck, Brewster, Coulibaly, and Norrington-Davies, while they have doubts over the fitness of Bogle, Jebbison, and McBurnie.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: L

Away: L

With Forest back playing at home they will certainly fancy themselves here. Awonyi showed last time out he can make a big impact, and the Forest side in general are looking good. They will want to show Sheffield United the steep step up that the Premier League really is, and while it may be early in the season, Forest will want to get the win of a potential relegation rival. 

Final score: 3-1

 

 

Fulham - Brentford

Fulham sit in sixth with 3 points as they host eight placed Brentford, who have a single point.

The Cottagers got off to a flying start with a 1-0 win over Everton, although they were fortunate in the result. Leno once again proved his worth between the posts, keeping Fulham alive in this game as Everton wasted chances. Silva admitted it was not good enough and need to improve. The situations around Mitrovic and Willian are not helping the club, as both are linked with moves to Saudi Arabia. Improving their home form, where Fulham won just two of their final seven Premier League games at Cravan Cottage, will be the main task for now. 

Brentford draw with Spurs in their season opener and will be looking to build on their impressive work last season. A tough preseason which saw no wins was put to rest with the point, as Frank will be looking to regain the form which saw their final two away wins of last season come against London sides in Spurs and Chelsea. Wissa and Mbeumo showed they can help fill the scoring boots of Toney and keep the club going strong while he is banned, and Frank is building a side more than capable of pushing into the top half once again.

Fulham will be without Palhinha for this one. Brentford will be missing Toney due to his suspension, while they have doubts over Onyeka, Mee, and Jensen.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: W

Away: D

These two met plenty in their Championship days, with Fulham beating Brentford in the 2020 playoff final. Last season they both managed home wins over the other side, so it will be tough to call going into this game. I think Silva is under more pressure as the rumours swirl around his side, while Frank is quietly building on from last season. It will be a tough encounter, and I think with Fulham's misfiring attack and lack of Palhinha in midfield, it will be a day for Brentford to enjoy.

Final score: 1-2

 

 

Liverpool - Bournemouth

The Reds are sitting in twelfth with a single point as they welcome tenth placed Bournemouth, who also have a single point, to Anfield.

Liverpool began the new season with a draw away to Chelsea, and while things started well, they were lucky to get a point in the end. Between transfers misfortunes and the lack of a DM, it has been a tough start to the campaign for the Klopp's men. They are linked with Japanese midfielder Endo, but it should be noted Liverpool are the form team currently going unbeaten in their last 12 league games since they faced Arsenal last April. Klopp will have big choices to make in his attack and midfield, but expect the same defence to line up here. They put 9 past the Cherries last season at home, and Klopp would love a similar performance.

Bournemouth managed a draw with West Ham last time out, with former Liverpool attacker Solanke rescuing a point. The draw ended their run of four loses at the end of last season, and Iraola is showing his intent to being his more direct approach. They ended the match with 63% possession and while its early days, the signs are positive so far. Last season the Cherries won 3 of their final 5 away games and even managed a 1-0 win at home over Liverpool. Their away game was not as positive, but the hope of a new manager with fresh ideas will see them put up more of a fight at Anfield this time.

Liverpool will need to assess Thiago and Bajcetic ahead of this one. Bournemouth meanwhile will be without Scott, Tavernier, Outtara, Cook, and Fredericks. Kelly and Smith are also doubts ahead of the game.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: D

Away: D

Last season Liverpool managed a 9-0 win against the Cherries at Anfield, which resulted in Scott Parker losing his job. This time around I think the scoreline will be less, but I think Liverpool should have enough about them at home to get a good result here. Iraola is still very much developing his side and while they have looked decent and capable so far, I think the attacking power of Liverpool at home will be too much for them.

Final score: 4-1

 

 

Wolves - Brighton

Wolves are in seventeenth without any points and will be up against it as they host second placed Brighton, who have three points.

A narrow 1-0 defeat against Manchester United was far from a bad result for new Wolves manager O'Neil, especially given they looked the better side and should have been awarded a late penalty. They dominated for large parts and caused plenty of problems, with Cunha lively upfront. Getting goals will be the key going forward, and having Kalajdzic will be a handful upfront for opposing sides. O'Neil showed the fans they can be optimistic even though star manager Lopetegui left days before the season opener, and O'Neil will be looking to make a settled and secure side here.

Brighton continued where they left off under De Zebri last season, ripping new boys Luton apart with four goals. The loss of MacAllister and Caicedo was barely felt as Dahoud looked assured, the attacking output will be Brighton's key going forward. They had 27 shots and 71% of the ball against Luton, albeit a newly promoted side, but De Zebri will look to build on this. They have scored at least two goals in 14 of their previous 25 Premier League games, and their attacking style will always give them an edge.

Wolves have no injury concerns heading into this one. Brighton will be without Moder and will need to assess Lallana and Webster.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: L

Away: W

Wolves look stronger than last season and more together under O'Neil, but Brighton are a tough ask for any side. Brighton put six past Wolves at home last season, and managed a narrow 3-2 away win at Molineux. It will likely be a tight game here as O'Neil makes his side difficult to break down, but De Zebri will ensure his side are full of confidence. Another win is on the cards for Brighton.

Final score: 1-3

 

 

Tottenham - Manchester United

Spurs are sitting in ninth with a point as they face off against seventh placed United, who have three points.

A thrilling 2-2 draw with Brentford was the result of Postecoglou's first game in charge of Spurs. With Kane gone to Munich, Spurs took the forward-thinking philosophy of Postecoglou to the fore, but their defensive vulnerabilities showed once again. Its early days, but the signs are obvious of the intent and style. Expect more signings from the Kane money before the end of the window, allows Ange to get his type of players in and bulk up his defence and attack. The pressure will be on Richarlison to fill Kane's boots, but other bodies may be brought in to help. Spurs have not failed to score at home in the league since January and although they won just one of their final four home, they will be confident going into this one.

United managed a narrow 1-0 win over Wolves last time out but Ten Hag's side looked far from their best at home. Varane got the vital goal but it was Onana who made the headlines, as he should have given away a penalty for a clash with Kalajdzic. Luck was on his side and not Wolves, but overall United were not at their best. They have won each of their last five Premier League games, but their away form against the top half sides in concerning under Ten Hag. They managed just three wins in their final ten away league games last season, and suffered away humiliation such as 7-0 at Anfield and 6-3 at the Etihad.

Spurs will be without Sessegnon, Gil, and Bentancur, while doubts remain over the fitness of Forster, Ndombele, and Romero. United will be without Hojlund, Malacia, Mainoo, Heaton, and Diallo Traore, while they will need to check on the fitness of Martinez.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: D

Away: W

Last season this game finished as a 2-2 draw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in April, while United won 2-0 at Old Trafford. Postecoglou has things looking promising for Spurs so far, and will want a strong start to life at the home stadium. United are poor on the road, and looked poor against Wolves. Ten Hag has a lot of work to do if he is to get his side back to their best, therefore I can see a win for Spurs in this one.

Final score: 2-1

 

 

Manchester City - Newcastle

Manchester City are third with three points and face the early league leaders in Newcastle, who also have three points.

City managed to secure a fine win over Burnley last weekend and during the week they beat Sevilla on penalties to win the UEFA Super Cup for the first time in the clubs history. City will be playing at the Etihad for the first time this season, and will have two European Trophies to show off to the crowd. They have won the last ten home league games in a row, since a draw with Everton last January, and will look to extend that here. The news of De Bruyne being injured will cause concern, but Pep will likely bring in reinforcements to negate his loss.

Newcastle started with a fine display against Villa, putting five past them. The Geordies will be happy sitting pretty at the top of the table, but there is a long way to go. They will have one mind on their European adventure in the Champions League, but getting results domestically will be important this season. Newcastle were always strong at home, but it was away that let them down at times. The home of the Champions will be no easy task, but any sort of result here would be a statement of intent for Howe's side. They have however conceded in each of their last 9 away games and are likely to extend that here.

City will be without De Bruyne, while they will need to assess Bernardo Silva. Newcastle meanwhile will be missing Willock, Krafth, and Manquillo. 

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: W

Away: W

City won 2-0 at home last March, while these sides played out a 3-3 draw at St. James park in August last season. Expect more goals here, as Haaland looks to continue scoring for fun and Isak shows his intent to be Newcastle's main man. This should be a thrilling and exciting game, but I think City will be too strong for Newcastle, just about winning this one with a tight and narrow game.

Final score: 3-1

 

 

Aston Villa - Everton

Bottom placed Villa, with no points, host fifteenth placed Everton who also don't have any points on the board.

Villa had high expectations going into the new season after their work in the transfer market and the ability of Unai Emery, but Newcastle dashed that with a 5-1 drubbing last weekend. Emery will need to lift the spirits and demand a response from his players. They looked excellent last season, scoring for fun and getting into the Europa Conference League. They have won each of their last seven home league games, and only Manchester City have picked up more Premier League points than Aston Villa this calendar year.

Everton meanwhile fell to a narrow 1-0 loss against Fulham last time out, and will be up against it again here. They had only 41% of the ball in that game and Dyche will know his side are facing another relegation battle this season. All the hallmarks of last season's struggles

Aston Villa will be missing Buendia, Mings, Ramsey, Bertrand Traore, Dendoncker, Moreno, Duran Palacio, and Iroegbunam, while they will need to assess Bailey. Everton will be without Alli, Coleman, Harrison, and McNeil, and will need a late check on Calvert-Lewin.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: L

Away: L

Villa beat Everton twice in the league last season, 2-0 away and 2-1 at home. With both these sides looking for their first win of the season, this could be a close and tight game. Emery will be keen to ensure his side get back to their best, while Dyche will want his side to get points on the board as quick as possible. A draw could be very likely, but I think at home Villa will have enough about them to get the win.

Final score: 3-0

 

 

West Ham - Chelsea

The Hammers are in thirteenth with a single point as they go up against eleventh placed Chelsea, who also have a single point.

The Hammers started the new season with a draw against Bournemouth and will be hoping to build on that here. They have had a difficult summer, with rumours swirling of discontent at the club and difficulty in bringing in new signings following the departure of Rice. They could hand Ward-Prowse a debut here, while Edson Alvarez could also make an appearance. They will still look to bring in more players to beef up the squad as Moyes hopes for a better domestic campaign this time around. The Europa Conference League winners will be playing competitively at home for the first time since they won the trophy.

Chelsea drew with Liverpool at home last time out and have been busy spending money, bringing in Caicedo and on the verge of signing Lavia. They were rebuffed by Olise, but their spending has now gone over the £300 million mark this summer. They were the better side against Liverpool after a slow start, and Pochettino will hope for more of the same. Upfront they may be light but the goals will come, and its about getting this side to gel under their new managers style. Big things are expected and a much better season than last time out is the minimum requirement. 

West Ham will have a fully fit squad to choose from here. Chelsea meanwhile will be without Wesley Fofana, Nkunku, Broja, James, and Bettinelli. They will also need to assess Badiashile and Chalobah.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: D

Away: D

Chelsea managed a 2-1 home win last September while these sides played out a 1-1 draw in February. Both sides will be integrating new players into their sides and it is difficult to pick a winner here. Chelsea have plenty of talent but also plenty of youngsters breaking into the side. West Ham are somewhat disjointed, but with the addition of Ward-Prowse their midfield will be stronger than last time out. All in all it will be close, and I think it will end in a draw.

Final score: 2-2

 

 

Crystal Palace - Arsenal

Fifth placed Palace, with three points, will be hosting fourth placed Arsenal in the final game of the round, with the Gunners also on three points.

Palace got their season off to a win with a 1-0 win over new boys Sheffield United, but this will be a much bigger ask for Hodgson's side. They have been boosted with the news of Olise signing a new contract to knock back Chelsea's advances, but the team is still a work in progress. Getting the most of their wide players on the counter is key to Hodgson's side pushing for a top half finish this season. There are rumours of Doucoure being linked away from the club so the transfer business may not be concluded just yet, but Hodgson will be more than capable of creating a firm and solid side no matter what he has to work with come September.

Arteta side his side secure a 2-1 home win over Forest last time out and ensured there was no last comeback from the visitors. Ensuring they don't allow Palace the same route back into the game as they did with Forest will be key for Arsenal, as they push to end their Premier League title drought. They are still lacking upfront, as questions need to be answered over Havertz and his role, but the wide attacking talent is there for all to see. Rice looked assured in the middle of the park and the team will be full of confidence, and maintaining a winning start will be key to building confidence with Champions League games coming in September.

Palace will be missing Hughes, Olise, and Franca. Arsenal will be without Jesus, Timber, and Elneny. They will also need to look at the availability of Zinchenko. Lokonga, and Balogun.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: W

Away: W

Arsenal beat Palace 2-0 away last September, and 4-1 at home in March last season. Arteta has a lot more talent at his disposal than Hidgson, albeit a lack of a clear cut striker. Nketiah has the chance to stake his claim for the position, and Palace will be mindful of the attacking wide threats. While Hodgson will make his side compact and attack on the counter, I think Arsenal will be too strong for their London counterparts.

Final score: 1-3

 

 

 

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.

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