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Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 23 Preview

Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 23 Preview

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 3 Feb 2024


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I hope you are all well and had an excellent week so far, welcome to CryptoGod-1’s blog on all things sports. This weekend will see Brighton hosting Palace, Newcastle welcome Luton, Chelsea host Wolves, Manchester United face off against West Ham, Bretford host Manchester City, while Liverpool travel to Arsenal in a huge title clash.

 

 

Fixtures — Times are shown as U.K. Time

This weeks round of fixtures will see the games spread out across three days from Saturday morning until Monday night.

 

Saturday 3rd February 2024

Everton - Tottenham 12.30pm KO

Brighton - Crystal Palace 3pm KO

Burnley - Fulham 3pm KO

Newcastle - Luton 3pm KO

Sheffield United - Aston Villa 5.30pm KO

 

 

Sunday 4th February 2024

Bournemouth - Nottingham Forest 2pm KO

Chelsea - Wolves 2pm KO

Manchester United - West Ham 2pm KO

Arsenal - Liverpool 4.30pm KO

 

 

Monday 5th February 2024

Brentford - Manchester City 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.

 

 

Everton - Tottenham

The Toffees find themselves in eighteenth with 18 points while Spurs are currently fourth with 43 points.

Everton drew 0-0 away to Fulham last time out and that result saw them drop into the relegation zone. Dyche oversaw his side take 21 shots but their finishing was lacking. Their springboard from the points deduction has well and truly worn off and the Toffees have just one win from their last nine in all competitions. They have failed to win in their last five league games while also failing to score in their last three games in the league. Dyche will need his players to rediscover their form with a further points deduction looming and the club beginning to show real signs of succumbing to relegation this season.

Spurs secured a 3-2 home win over Brentford in their last league game and in doing so moved above Aston Villa into the Champions League places, albeit on goal difference alone. With only a single win in their last five away Premier League games Ange's side are sitting eight points off the top of the table. Goals have not been an issue, scoring ten times in those five away game but failing to take maximum points will costs the club as they look to book themselves a place back in Europe's premier competition. The Australian has welcomed back the likes of Maddison which could be crucial in their battle to remain in the top four places come the end of the campaign. 

Everton will be without Andre Gomes and Alli, while they have fitness concerns over Danjuma, Coleman, Onana, and Doucoure. Spurs will be without Veliz, Sessegnon, Son, Bissouma, and Solomon, while they need to assess the fitness of Sarr and Lo Celso.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: WLLLDD

Away: WWLWDW

Spurs managed to beat Everton 2-1 at home back in December, while they drew 1-1 at Goodison last April. Dyche will need his side to discover their scoring ability once again but it seems they are really struggling in that department. With their appeal against the original points deduction set to take place the club will have plenty of off field issues to contend with, but they need to do the talking on the pitch. However I can only see one winner here and Postecoglou should leave Goodison with all three points.

Final score: 0-2

 

 

Brighton - Crystal Palace

Brighton are currently ninth with 32 points while Palace languish in fourteenth with 24 points.

The Seagulls were thrashed 4-0 away to Luton in their last league game and De Zerbi will have some serious considerations to make about his side. After winning five of their first six Premier League games this season they have only managed three wins in the sixteen league games since. De Zerbi apologised to the fans after that loss and finding consistency will be key for the remainder of their season. Scoring five against Sheffield United in the Cup before conceding four against Luton shows the haphazard nature of the side and they are slowly creeping towards the bottom half of the table. Any hopes of qualifying for Europe once again will hinge for rediscovering their form from the beginning of the campaign.

Palace managed a 3-2 home win over Sheffield United last time out in the league and Hodgson had Eze and Olise to thank for his sides victory. Those two have carried the team at times this campaign and they now sit six points clear of the relegation zone. That win over the Blades ended a run of three defeats without even scoring and the club are without a win in their last six away games in all competitions. Fan discontent remains and for now the club need to focus on pushing up the table, with questions remaining over the long-term future of the manager and what stars will likely head for the exit doors come the summer transfer window.

The Seagulls will be missing March, Enciso, Veltman, Mitoma, and Adingra, while they will need to check the fitness of Milner, Joao Pedro, and Fati. Palace will be without Doucoure, Holding, and Ward, while they also need to check on the fitness of Eze.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: LDWDDL

Away: DDLWLW

Brighton held Palace to a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park back in December and four of the last five meetings between these sides have ended in draws. Palace have not managed a win against Brighton since the 2020/21 season and their chances of getting anything from this game will hinge on the fitness of Eze and Olise. If they are available, then I think Palace can get a point here, otherwise I will be backing Brighton to secure the three points.

Final score: 2-1

 

 

Burnley - Fulham

Burnley remain in the relegation zone as they sit in nineteenth with 12 points, while Fulham are currently thirteenth with 25 points.

The Clarets were beaten 3-1 at the Etihad by Manchester City in their midweek league fixture. Kompany's side were not expected to get anything from that game but they remain seven points from safety and only two points clear of bottom side Sheffield United. On home soil they are the worst performing side in the Premier League with just 4 points from 11 home games so far. They avoided humiliation at the Etihad but with only one win in their last six league games the club needs a drastic turn in form to avoid relegation back to the Championship and they are winless in their last five in all competitions.

Fulham held Everton to a 0-0 draw at Craven Cottage during the week and the club sits seven points clear of the relegation zone. They have struggled for goals since the turn of the year, scoring only three times in their six games across all competitions and exiting both domestic cups. They have also lost their last five away games in the league with their only away win of the season coming against Everton on the opening day of the season. Silva will need to act fast to get his side back on track as they risk getting dragged into a relegation scrap if they suffer a defeat here.

Burnley will be without Koleosho and Redmond, while they will need to assess the fitness of Taylor, Delcroix, and Beyer. Fulham will be without Jimenez, Diop, Wilson, Bassey, Ballo-Toure, and Iwobi, while they also need to check on Adama Traore. 

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: LWLLDL

Away: LLLWLD

Burnley managed a 0-2 win at Craven Cottage back in December and that marked the fourth defeat for Fulham against Burnley in their last five encounters. Fulham have had a busy 2024 so far and fatigue could play a part here, along with their awful form on the road. While Burnley are no better when playing at Turf Moor, I feel the Clarets could get a result here to propel them towards potential Premier League safety.

Final score: 1-0

 

 

Newcastle - Luton

Newcastle sit in eight with 32 points while Luton are seventeenth with 19 points.

The Geordies ended Villa's unbeaten home record with a 1-3 win at Villa Park last time out and Howe will hope they can build on that following four defeats in their four league games before their trip to Birmingham. While making it back into the Champions League may be a step too far, Howe's side should be aiming to push up the table and make it into Europe once again. With West Ham 4 points ahead of them in sixth improving their home form will be key for Newcastle, who have failed to win in three of their last four in front of their own fans. They have managed three away wins in a row in all competitions to boost their form as the club looks to push up the standings in the second half of the season.

Luton managed a resounding 4-0 home win over Brighton last time out in the league. The win moved them above Everton and out of the relegation zone, Adebayo scored the clubs first hattrick in the Premier League as club captain Lockyer was in attendance for the first time since his collapse against Bournemouth. They are unbeaten in five games in all competitions while emerging victorious in their last three, while Edwards side have managed to avoid defeat in each of their previous four away games. Maintaining this sort of form could see the club move up the standings and even pull them out of the relegation battle.

Newcastle will be missing Tonali, Pope, Joelinton, Targett, Anderson, and Willock, while Wilson, Barnes, Lascelles, and Isak all need to be assessed ahead of the game. Luton will be without Marvelous Nakamba, Andersen, Kabore, and Lockyer, while they need to check the fitness of Mengi and Brown. 

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: WLLLLW

Away: LWWLDW

When these sides met in December Luton managed a 1-0 victory at Kenilworth Road. However they are without a clean sheet on the road this season and have failed to win in each of their last 21 league trips to St James' Park, losing 16 of them. With Luton in good form and Newcastle flying following their victory at Villa Park this is certain to be an exciting encounter. I feel the home fans should be enough to help Newcastle get over the line in a close affair.

Final score: 1-0

 

 

Sheffield United - Aston Villa

Bottom of the table Sheffield United have 10 points as they face fifth place Aston Villa who have 43 points.

The Blades were beaten 3-2 away to Crystal Palace last time out and remain bottom of the table and nine points from safety. Wilder has improved his sides overall play but in terms of their league standing not much has changed. They are at serious risk of an immediate return to the Championship and will have some huge relegation clashes ahead, but they are without a league win since overcoming Brentford in early December. Out of the both cups, they only have the league to focus on and will be pinning their hopes on the scoring ability of January signing Brereton Diaz to drag them up the table.

Emery will be looking for a response from his side following their 1-3 home defeat against Newcastle in their midweek game. The result saw the Lions drop out of the top four, albeit on goal difference, and Emery will be furious they lost their 17 gam unbeaten home record in the league which stretched back to a defeat against Arsenal in February 2023. Their unexpected title challenge has hit the rocks, not sitting eight points off leaders Liverpool, but qualification for the Europa League or Champions League along with progression in the Europa Conference League would be an amazing season for the club. They have only managed 4 away league wins all season from 11 games and improving their form on the road will be crucial to any success this campaign. 

Sheffield United will be without Basham, Egan, Baldock, Brewster, and Jebbison. They will also need to check on the fitness of Davies, Lowe, Grbic, and Brereton Diaz. Aston Villa will be without Buendia, Mings, Duran, and Bertrand Traore, while they also need to check the fitness of Digne and Pau Torres.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: LDLLDL

Away: WDLWDL

Sheffield United held Villa to a 1-1 draw at Villa Park back in December and will fancy their chances here. The Blades have beaten Villa at home in each of their previous three encounters by an aggregate score of 7-1, and another dogged performance will be required here. However, I feel Emery will have lit a fire under his squad after their recent home defeat and securing a win here will be a minimum requirement from his players. It will be a close and tight encounter, but I am backing Villa to end their Bramall Lane hoodoo and take the three points.

Final score: 1-3

 

 

Bournemouth - Nottingham Forest

The Cherries sit in twelfth with 26 points while Forest sit in sixteenth with 20 points.

Bournemouth held West Ham to a 1-1 draw in their last league game and are now three Premier League games without a win. The club sit eight points above the relegation zone but their excellent from the winter period is now long gone. They did end their run of back-to-back defeats but Iraola will be displeased with their lack of finishing. Their 11 goals scored at home all season is the third worst in the division and finding form at the Vitality will be key to pushing the Cherries away from any potential relegation battle, although they do have a game in hand on most of the sides below them, while also sitting only 5 points off tenth placed Chelsea.

Forest were beaten 1-2 at home by Arsenal in their midweek game and are now only two points above the relegation zone. Nuno has brought about his attacking spirit with Forest managing to score twice in their three games at the City Ground before losing to Arteta's side. With a potential points deduction looming for the club getting things right on the pitch will be crucial to staying in the division, but they are without a clean sheet in 11 league games and have lost back-to-back league games. 

The Cherries will be missing Hill, Adams, Hamed Traore, Fredericks, Aarons, and Randolph, while they will also need to assess Ouattara. Forest will be without Aina, Origi, Sangare, Niakhate, Kouyate, Aurier, and Boly. 

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: WWWLLD

Away: LLWWLL

The last encounter between these sides back in December saw Bournemouth emerge with a 3-2 win at the City Ground, and the Cherries are unbeaten in their last seven against the Tricky Trees. Neither side can claim to be in good form heading into this one and I feel it will be difficult to separate these sides, therefore this contest should end in a draw. 

Final score: 2-2

 

 

Chelsea - Wolves

Chelsea are currently tenth with 31 points while Wolves are eleventh with 29 points.

Chelsea were humbled at Anfield during their midweek game as they lost 4-1 against Liverpool. Pochettino will know his side can do better and will hope it was not a prelude to their upcoming Carabao Cup final against the Reds. Pochettino will be dismayed by his sides away form, but at Stamford Bridge they have gone ten games unbeaten in all competitions, which included seven wins. Sitting twelve points off the top four means they are unlikely to bridge that gap before the end of the season, but finding form and putting together a string of results while building confidence in the side will be imperative if the clubs want the likes of Nkunku to remain for the long-term as he has been a shining light since overcoming his injury issues.

Wolves lost 3-4 at home against Manchester United during their midweek game to leave the club eleven points above the relegation zone and sitting only two points off their opponents in the top half. O'Neil's men saw their seven game unbeaten run in all competitions ended. Away from home they have only managed eleven of their points tally so far and they are not as fluid away from the Molineux faithful. However, O'Neil has instilled a confidence in this side that had been lacking in previous seasons and if they continue in this vein then a top half finish could be likely come the end of the campaign. 

Chelsea will be without Wesley Fofana, James, Cucurella, Lavia, Sanchez, and Ugochukwu. They also need to check on the fitness of Colwill, Jackson, and Chalobah. Wolves will be without Boubacar Traore and Hwang.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: WLWWWL

Away: LWWWDL

Wolves secured a 2-1 home win over Chelsea back in December, but Chelsea did manage a 3-0 win over Wolves at Stamford Bridge in the 2022/23 season. Wolves have only lost once against Chelsea in their last seven Premier League meetings and O'Neil's side will be plenty confident going into this one. It wont be easy for either team and I think the most likely outcome will be a share of the spoils.

Final score: 1-1

 

 

Manchester United - West Ham

Manchester United are seventh with 35 points while West Ham are sixth with 36 points.

Ten Hag's side managed a late winner in a 4-3 away victory over Wolves last time out to leave them eight points off the top four. Youngster Mainoo stole the show with a late winner and United will hope to take some confidence from the win. It ensured they remained in with a chance when it comes to qualifying for Europe, although it should be noted United have now conceded 50 goals in all competitions so far this season. Three wins and a draw from their last four in all competitions is decent form, but conceding 7 goals in their last three league outings should be a cause for concern. Ten Hag has plenty to do if they wish to salvage this season and the fans will demand qualification to the Champions League as a minimum.

The Hammers drew 1-1 at home with Bournemouth during the midweek games to leave the club sitting seven points off the Champions League places. Moyes handed loan signing Phillips a debut last time out although his lack of match sharpness showed. With Benrahma and Fornals having left the club the fans will hope that Moyes can improve on their run of form which has them with no wins in any of their last five matches in all tournaments. They also have only a single win in their last five away game in all competitions but the club are on a six game unbeaten run in the Premier League with three wins and three draws in that period.

United will be missing Martial, Malacia, and Amrabat, while they have fitness concerns over Mount, Lindelof, and Wan-Bissaka. West Ham will be without Antonio, Paqueta, and Coufal, while they need to assess the fitness of Aguerd.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: DLWLDW

Away: WWWDDD

West Ham beat United 2-0 at home back in December but United have triumphed with a 1-0 score in each of the last three visits of West Ham to Old Trafford. These two sides are neck and neck in the league standings and both know a win would be massive to their European qualification hopes. Therefore I think the defensive weakness of United and the midfield insecurity at West Ham will lead to goals in this game, with the final result likely being a draw.

Final score: 2-2

 

 

Arsenal - Liverpool

Arsenal sit in third place with 46 points while Liverpool are top of the table with 51 points.

Arteta's men secured a 1-2 away win over Forest last time out. The Gunners sit five points off the league leaders and a win here would reignite their title ambitions. Anything else and it will be a two horse race for the title, and with Arsenal already out of both domestic cups they can ill afford to slip further behind in the league. Defeats to West Ham and Fulham have already derailed their season but back-to-back league wins since has got them back on track. Arteta might try some tactical changes to surprise Liverpool as they will need to ensure their balanced and secure style does not hinder their ability to take control of this game, while also being mindful of Liverpool's lightning quick attacking capabilities.

Liverpool put Chelsea to the sword at Anfield in their midweek game with a 4-1 victory and the Reds will be hoping to put some distance between themselves and title rivals Arsenal with a win here. Klopp's side have been scoring for fun of late and it seems Klopp's announcement he will leave at the end of the season has only made his side better. While Salah will be missed Liverpool should have a stronger line-up than the one which beat Arsenal in their FA Cup clash last month. With the likes of Alexander-Arnold back, even though young Bradley has more than stepped up, Klopp has the ability to change a game with his substitutes, as he did in their FA Cup tie, and I expect the German tactician will employ similar ideologies in this tie as he looks to continue their four game winning run in the league.

Arsenal will be missing Timber while they need to check on the fitness of Partey, Elneny, and Vieira. Liverpool will be without Salah, Matip, Bajcetic, Thiago, Endo, and Tsimikas, while Mac Allister and Nunez will need a check on their fitness.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: WDLLWW

Away: DDWWWW

These sides played out a 1-1 draw at Anfield back in December, while Liverpool managed a 2-0 win at the Emirates in the FA Cup third round in early January. Klopp's side have to be favourites going into this one, not only because they lead the table but they do so with Salah injured after being at AFCON and the club have navigated all their games without him with ease. Arteta will be determined to put one over on his title rivals, especially at home, but Liverpool have fire in their belly and I feel they will secure the win here to all but end Arsenal's hopes of a title challenge.

Final score: 2-3

 

 

Brentford - Manchester City

The Bees sit in fifteenth with 22 points while City sit in second with 46 points.

Brentford lost 3-2 away to Tottenham last time out and sit only four points above the relegation zone. Frank has welcomed Toney back into the side but their form is abysmal, with only one league win in their last six outings. They have slipped down the standings and now sit just 4 points above the relegation zone, although they do boast a game in hand on some of the sides around them. The Bees are also without a clean sheet in their last 11 Premier League games and have conceded at least twice in each of their previous five league games. Brentford have also lost the most points from winning positions this season, dropping a total of 23.

City overcame Burnley with a 3-1 home win in their midweek fixture and are five points off league leaders Liverpool, although the Citizens do have a game in hand. Pep could be ready to start Haaland from the off with the striker not starting a game since December due to injury. After a blip in form which saw City slide out of the top four they will be in a position to close the five points gap on leaders Liverpool if the Reds slip up against Arsenal. Having won their last 8 in all competitions and their last four in the league, City look like they are embarking on the sort of run when in recent seasons has seen them go on to win the title. However Haaland has never scored against Brentford and the Citizens will need to be at their best to ensure complacency does not thwart them here.

The Bees were without Henry, Mbeumo, Schade, Hickey, Onyeka, Wissa, and Ghoddos. Manchester City will need to assess the fitness of Akanji ahead of this match.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: LLLLWL

Away: WDWWWW

Brentford managed a league double over Manchester City last season, winning 1-0 at home in May 2023 and 2-1 away in November 2022. These sides have yet to face each other this season as their game in December was postponed due to Manchester City competing at the FIFA Club World Cup. While Brentford have their firepower back in Toney, City will also be able to call upon Haaland and that should be the big difference between these sides. City will have to be at their best to win here but I feel that Pep will ensure they don't get complacent and put the points on the board to keep on Liverpool's heels. 

Final score: 1-3

 

 

 

 

Match Prediction Summary

Everton 0-2 Tottenham

Brighton 2-1 Crystal Palace

Burnley 1-0 Fulham

Newcastle 1-0 Luton

Sheffield United 1-3 Aston Villa

Bournemouth 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Chelsea 1-1 Wolves

Manchester United 2-2 West Ham

Arsenal 2-3 Liverpool

Brentford 1-3 Manchester City

 

 

 

 

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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