Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 26 Preview

Premier League 2023/24 Match Week 26 Preview

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 24 Feb 2024

Good day everyone,

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 Liverpool face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup Final so there are only ten league games taking place. The games will include Villa hosting Forest, Fulham visiting Old Trafford, Arsenal welcoming Newcastle, while Brentford travel to West Ham. Liverpool already beat Luton 4-1 during the week as they played their game in advance of the final.



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 24th February 2024

Aston Villa - Nottingham Forest 3pm KO

Brighton - Everton 3pm KO

Crystal Palace - Burnley 3pm KO

Manchester United - Fulham 3pm KO

Bournemouth - Manchester City 5.30pm KO

Arsenal - Newcastle 8pm KO


Sunday 25th February 2024

Wolves - Sheffield United 1.30pm KO


Monday 26th February 2024

West Ham - Brentford 8pm 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.



Aston Villa - Nottingham Forest

The Lions occupy fourth with 49 points while Forest sit in sixteenth with 24 points.

Villa overcame Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage last weekend to make it five away league games without losing. At home it has been a different story, with Villa struggling in front of their own fans by losing their last three. They have moved back into the Champions League places and sit just two points ahead of Spurs. Emery's side have only managed two wins in their last seven games but they have managed to score in each of their previous 33 home games in all competitions as their attacking power is pushing the club towards further European qualification for next season.

Forest got their first Premier League win of 2024 when they beat West Ham 2-0 last weekend. The win keeps Forest four points above relegation as Nuno Espirito Santo's side had only managed one points from their four other league games in 2024 so far. They have just two away wins in the league all season but they have scored in each of their last eight league games. With so much at stake with a possible points deduction ahead, Forest know they need to get points on the board to avoid any disastrous potential relegation.

Aston Villa will be missing Buendia, Mings, Duran, Boubacar Kamara, Diego Carlos, and Konsa. Forest will be without Aina, Wood, Boly, and Sangare, while they need to assess Montiel.

Form Last Six League Games:



Forest managed to beat Villa 2-0 at the City Ground back in November 2023, while last season Forest drew at home but lost away to Villa. The Lions have not lost at home to Forest since 1994 with only two defeats in their seventeen meetings across all competitions since then. With Emery's side scoring in every home game since Chelsea held them out in October 2022 I have a feeling there should be goals in this one. Villa are not as strong as home as they were, and Forest are showing bright sparks, but I have a feeling Villa should have enough to get the win.

Final score: 3-1



Brighton - Everton

Brighton are currently sitting in seventh with 38 points while Everton are in seventeenth with 20 points.

The Seagulls put five unanswered goals past Sheffield United last weekend as De Zerbi's side chase down a potential European place for next season. United sit only six points ahead of Brighton, with Spurs in fifth nine points clear. Brighton have scored at least four goals in every other game over their last nine matches stretching back to December, but patchy form has them in a tight battle with Newcastle only a point behind. At home Brighton have looked their best, managing an 11 game unbeaten run at the Amex in all competitions since their Europa League loss to AEK Athens in September 2023.

The Toffees held managerless Crystal Palace to a 1-1 draw on Monday night and sit outside the relegation places on goal difference. At Goodison they have managed to remain unbeaten since the turn of the year, but they are winless in their last eight league game. It is the longest current winless sequence in the English top flight and followed a run of four wins over two weeks in December. Dyche will need his side to find their winning touch soon as they club faces a potential further points deduction in their battle against relegation.

Brighton will be missing March, Hinshelwood, Milner, and Joao Pedro. They also need to assess the fitness of Mitoma. Everton will be missing Danjuma and Alli, while they also need to check on Coleman, Mykolenko, and Andre Gomes.

Form Last Six League Games:



Brighton managed a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park back in November, but the Toffees did manage a sensational 5-1 win at the Amex last season. Brighton will be more than capable of scoring in this one, and should get multiple goals for their efforts against an Everton team lacking firepower of their own. De Zerbi will need his side to put Everton under pressure from the off and I expect the home crowd will help get the Seagulls over the line.

Final score: 2-0



Crystal Palace - Burnley

Palace are currently fifteenth with 25 points while Burnley are nineteenth with 13 points.

With Hodgson having left his role last week and new manager Glasner not taking control before the game, managerless Palace held Everton to a 1-1 draw last Monday night at Goodison Park. Sitting five points clear of relegation and with a former 2022 Europa League winner now in charge the Eagles will be hoping to move away from any potential relegation fight. They have conceded in each of their last eight games at Selhurst Park and Glasner will need to defy the odds to win his opening game, with only one of their fifteen previous permanent head coaches managing that feat.

Kompany's side lost 5-0 at home to Arsenal last weekend and have the second worst defence in the Premier League following Sheffield United. Burnley sit level on points with the bottom side and are sitting 7 points from safety. They are yet to win in any competitions in 2024, and they have conceded three times in each of their last three away league games. A return to the Championship looks certain but Burnley know potential points deductions to Everton and Forest could see them move above those clubs if the Clarets can find the form to keep adding points to their tally.

Crystal Palace will be without Guehi, Rak-Sakyi, Olise, Doucoure, and Holding, while Hughes and Eze need fitness tests. Burnley will be missing Ramsey, Foster, Redmond, Beyer, and Koleosho.

Form Last Six League Games:



Palace managed a 2-0 win at Turf Moor back in November with two draws and two Burnley wins in the previous four meetings between these clubs before this season. Palace will want to make the most of any potential new manager bounce and they will likely employ a solid defensive structure to get them through this game. Burnley are poor away from home, so once Palace score they should be getting the win.

Final score: 2-0



Manchester United - Fulham

The Red Devils are currently in sixth with 44 points while Fulham are twelfth with 29 points.

United managed a 2-1 win over Luton last weekend and will be hoping to make it five league wins in a row. With new part-owner Ratcliffe being approved by the Premier League for his minor acquisitions, the club are aiming to push into the top four and sit only five points off fourth place Villa. United will be hoping for back-to-back league wins at Old Trafford for the first time at Old Trafford since last August. Ten Hag is beginning to get the best from his young attacking side but will want to keep expectations to a minimum, but Old Trafford will be craving for another top four finish to the season.

Fulham lost 2-1 at home to Aston Villa last weekend and it marked their 12th league defeat of the season. Silva saw his side lost at home for the first time in 2024, but they have the second worst away record in the league behind Sheffield United. Fulham remain eight points away from the relegation zone but consistency has escaped them this season. They have lost seven of their last eleven away league games and their only away win came on the opening day of the season at Goodison Park. 

The Red Devils are missing Shaw, Martial, Martinez, Hojlund, Mount, Malacia, and Wan-Bissaka. Fulham will be without Raul Jimenez and Palhinha, while they need to assess Tete and Willian.

Form Last Six League Games:



United managed a 1-0 victory at Craven Cottage back in November and lost both league encounters 2-1 last season. The Cottagers have not won at Old Trafford since 2003 and are facing a United side finding form in front of goal. Ten Hag's side should have enough about them to secure the win in front of their own fans but Fulham will give them a test and definitely find the back of the net.

Final score: 2-1



Bournemouth - Manchester City

The Cherries are currently thirteenth with 28 points, while City are second with 56 points.

Bournemouth let their lead slip against Newcastle last time out and only managed a 2-2 draw, meaning Iraola's side are without a win in 2024. Form has left the Cherries since the turn of the year with only three points collected in 2024 so far. Sitting eight points clear of the relegation zone, largely thanks to their six wins in seven league games before the end of 2023, but are in danger of slipping down the standings without an improvement at the back. Attacking wise they have shown consistency by scoring at least once in 15 of their last 16 league games and will feel like they could add to their tally against this City backline.

City drew 1-1 with Chelsea last weekend before playing their rearranged fixture against Brentford during the week and securing a 1-0 win. The Citizens sit four pints off top place Liverpool, who have played a game more, and Pep's side are now unbeaten in their last ten league games. Haaland is back and finding his goalscoring touch while City are entering the stage of the season where they have often showed relentless form to go on and win titles. Knowing Liverpool are not in action will give Pep the chance to close the gap to a single point while also keeping the pressure of Arsenal ahead of their big Manchester Derby next weekend.

The Cherries will be missing Fredericks, Billing, Adams, Hill, and Aarons. They will also be missing Faivre. City will be without Gvardiol and Grealish, while De Bruyne is a doubt.

Form Last Six League Games:



City beat Bournemouth 6-1 back in November and the Citizens have won all 13 of their top-flight encounters with the Cherries. Bournemouth have not emerged with a victory in their last 19 meetings with City so Pep's side will be full of confidence going into this one. Haaland will be looking for more goals but Solanke can cause problems of his own, however City should get the three points here.

Final score: 2-3



Arsenal - Newcastle

Arsenal sit in third with 55 points, while Newcastle are in eight with 37 points.

Arteta's side put five past Burnley last weekend having scored six against West Ham the weekend before, but they lost the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie with Porto 1-0 during the week. Scoring 11 unanswered goals in back-to-back league games has propelled Arsenal's goal difference and put them right in the title mix. They sit five points off the top with a game in hand, and have won their last five in the league. Arteta will hope their clash with Porto, where his side registered no shots in the game, wont have an adverse impact on his side ahead of this one. With only 22 goals scored Arsenal have the best defence in the league as they look to find the goals once again.

Newcastle drew 2-2 with Bournemouth last weekend and have only lost once in their last seven games in all competitions. While Champions League football may be a stetch too far with the Magpies sitting 12 points off fourth place Villa, they will be dreaming of pushing into the European places. Sixth place United are seven points ahead and Newcastle have been scoring multiple times in their previous games. They are however without a clean sheet in their last eight league games but Howe has got them back to their near best with a last resurge in form coming at the right time of the season.

Arsenal will be without Tomiyasu and Timber, while they also need to assess Zinchenko, Partey, and Jesus. Newcastle will be missing Tonali, Pope, Joelinton, Wilson, Anderson, and Targett. They also need to check on Willock and Isak. 

Form Last Six League Games:



Newcastle beat Arsenal 1-0 back in November in a game which Arteta noted as a "disgrace" thanks to three VAR checks being contentious. Arsenal secured a win at St. James Park last May while Newcastle held Arsenal to a nil all at the Emirates in January 2023. Arsenal have failed to score in three of their last four games with Newcastle and their showing in Porto was ominous. Arteta will expect a big showing but Howe's side are more than capable of matching their opponents and I think this will end as a draw.

Final score: 1-1



Wolves - Sheffield United

Wolves are currently eleventh with 35 points while the Blades are bottom of the table with 13 points.

O'Neil's side beat Tottenham 2-1 last weekend and remain only three points off seventh place in the standings. It marked their second successive away win in the league and moved Wolves to within three points of seventh placed Brighton. A move into the top half is on the cards for O'Neil's side as they have won their last three away from Molineux in all competitions but lost their last two in the league at home. Europe is not the priority for now as the club still has -1 as a goal difference, but moving into the top half will be crucial for the club in its current progress and trajectory. 

The Blades were thrashed 5-0 by Brighton last weekend after Holgate got sent off for one of the worst tackles this season so far. Wilder has seen his side struggle at home as they prop up the table and remain seven points adrift of safety. They became the first team in English top-flight history to concede five goals in three straight home matches in all tournaments last time out and have the worst defence in the league with 65 goals conceded. They have managed two wins from their three away games so far in 2024 so Wilder's side may benefit from another away day here.

Wolves will be missing Cunha for this one. The Blades will be without Basham, Lowe, Norrington-Davies, Holgate, and Jebbison, while they need to check on the fitness of Brereton Diaz, Archer, and Baldock.

Form Last Six League Games:



The Blades won their first Premier League game of the season when they overcame Wolves 2-0 back in November at Bramall Lane but Wilder's side have failed to win at Molineux since 2022. O'Neil's men will want revenge for that loss while they will also know expectations have been raised and they will be expected to win in front of their own fans.

Final score: 3-0



West Ham - Brentford

West Ham are currently ninth with 36 points while Brentford are fourteenth with 25 points.

The Hammers lost 2-0 to Forest last weekend to follow up a 6-0 defeat against Arsenal and 3-0 against Manchester United. They have not won in the league since their back-to-back 2-0 league wins over Arsenal and United in December, and the sentiment is glum for Moyes. His side drew SC Freiburg in the Europa League but their own lack of transition from defence to attack this season is costing their bid to get back into Europe next season. West Ham remain two points off Brighton in seventh but having only scored nine times at home from open play in the league they will need to maximise all possible points to keep themselves in the top half hunt of the table.

The Bees lost to Manchester City during the week having lost at home to Liverpool last weekend. Frank's side remain five points clear of relegation but mixed form means they are far from safe just yet. They have lost four of their last five in the league but that included the top two sides and Frank will hope a somewhat kinder fixture list will ensure his side can push further up the league. Their promising recent performances, especially during their midweek game with City, showed the Bees are more than capable of staying up and with Toney back firing they should be looking at more favourable results to go with their performances.

West Ham will be missing Phillips while they need to check the fitness of Paqueta. Brentford will be without Henry, Hickey, Pinnock, Schade, Mbeumo, and Dasilva.

Form Last Six League Games:



Brentford have won all five of their meetings with West Ham since their return to the top flight in 2021, with the latest one being their 3-2 home win back in November. While all the pressure is on Moyes to kept their top seven hopes alive, there is also plenty on Frank to keep his side out of the relegation battle. This feels like a make-or-break game for the Hammers and I think Brentford will take advantage of the pressure to secure a narrow away win.

Final score: 0-1



Match Prediction Summary

Aston Villa 3-1 Nottingham Forest

Brighton 2-0 Everton

Crystal Palace 2-0 Burnley

Manchester United 2-1 Fulham

Bournemouth 2-3 Manchester City

Arsenal 1-1 Newcastle

Wolves 3-0 Sheffield United

West Ham 0-1 Brentford





Carabao Cup Final 2024

Chelsea - Liverpool

Chelsea will enter this final as the 'home' side at Wembley following their recent 1-1 draw away to Manchester City. The result left Pochettino's men sitting tenth in the table with 35 points while aiming to break into the top half of the league once again. Their lack of European Football this season meant Pochettino's side entered the Carabao Cup in the second round, and a win here would be the managers first trophy in English Football. Having already won the trophy five times in their history, this will be Chelsea's tenth appearance in the EFL Cup Final. Chelsea will also be hoping for revenge against Liverpool given their recent domestic cup final meetings of 2022.

The Reds enter this game having beaten Brentford 4-1 last weekend before doing the same to Luton in their midweek clash to leave Klopp's side sitting top of the league with 60 points. Still alive in four competitions the Reds will hope to tick off their first trophy of the season this weekend. This will be the Reds 14th appearance in the EFL Cup Final while they have already won the trophy a record nine times. Klopp will be taking charge of his third EFL Cup final for the club having won and lost one previously. Having failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their games on the route to the final, Klopp will be relying on his attacking prowess to get his side over the line. They have scored at least 3 times in their last three games but also conceded in each of their last seven contests.


Chelsea will be missing Wesley Fofana, James, Badiashile, Lavia, Chukwuemeka, Ugochukwu, and Cucurella. They also need to assess Sanchez and Thiago Silva. Liverpool will be missing Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Jota, Thiago, Bajcetic, and Jones. They will also need to assess Alisson, Szoboszlai, Salah, and Nunez.

Route to Final:

Chelsea: AFC Wimbledon (2nd Round), Brighton & Hove Albion (3rd Round), Newcastle United (4th Round), Blackburn Rovers (Quarter Final) and Middlesbrough (Semi-Final)

Liverpool: Leicester City (3rd Round), Bournemouth (4th Round), West Ham United (Quarter Final) and Fulham (Semi-Final)

Form Last Six League Games:

Chelsea: WWLLWD

Liverpool: WWLWWW

These sides met on the opening day of the season where Chelsea held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw. The reverse fixture save Liverpool beat Chelsea 4-1 back at the end of January. That win ended a run of seven straight draws between these sides, which includes both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup Finals of 2022. Liverpool won on penalties in both of those games and will be hoping to make it three cup final wins over Chelsea in a row. The Blues meanwhile have lost their last five domestic cup finals and will make history if they become the first team to lose six in a row. Penalties may be on the cards, but I feel the attacking of Liverpool may be too hot for Chelsea to handle. Both sides will score in this one, but like the Reds win recently at Anfield, they should be able to cause enough problems at the back for Chelsea to get over the line against this young Blues side. Liverpool to win.

Final score: 1-2





Europa League Round of 16 Draw

  • Sparta Prague vs Liverpool
  • Marseille vs Villarreal
  • AS Roma vs Brighton
  • Benfica vs Rangers
  • Freiburg vs West Ham
  • Sporting CP vs Atalanta
  • AC Milan vs Slavia Prague
  • Qarabag vs Bayer Leverkusen



Europa Conference League Round of 16 Draw

  • Servette vs Viktoria Plzen
  • Ajax vs Aston Villa
  • Molde vs Club Brugge
  • Union Saint-Gilloise vs Fenerbahce
  • Dinamo Zagreb vs PAOK Salonika
  • Sturm Graz vs Lille
  • Maccabi Haifa vs Fiorentina
  • Olympiakos vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv




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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