Premier League 22/23 Match Week 21 Preview

Premier League 22/23 Match Week 21 Preview

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 3 Feb 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. This weekend sees a scintillating London derby to kick things off as Fulham travel the short distance to Stamford bridge, Arsenal face struggling Everton, Manchester United host Crystal Palace after their recent draw at Selhurst Park, Wolves and Liverpool face off once more, while we conclude the weekend with Spurs hosting Manchester City.



Fixtures — Times are shown as U.K. Time

This weeks round of fixtures will see the games kicking off on Friday evening until Sunday evening.


Friday 3rd February 2023

Chelsea - Fulham 8pm KO (Kick Off)


Saturday 4th February 2023

Everton - Arsenal 12.30pm KO

Aston Villa - Leicester 3pm KO

Brentford - Southampton 3pm KO

Brighton - Bournemouth 3pm KO

Manchester United - Crystal Palace 3pm KO

Wolves - Liverpool 3pm KO

Newcastle - West Ham 5.30pm KO


Sunday 5th February 2023

Nottingham Forest - Leeds 2pm KO

Tottenham - Manchester City 4.30pm 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.


Chelsea - Fulham

Tenth place Chelsea with 29 points, fresh off the back of another stellar transfer window which saw them secure Enzo Fernandez for a British record fee and spent in excess of £300 million, welcome seventh place Fulham who are sitting on 31 points for this London derby. Those in charge at Chelsea are clearly backing Potter, and he can have little excuses going into the second half of the season with the talent at his disposal. The lost 2-1 to Fulham three weeks ago and drew at Anfield last time out, so the lack of an out and out striker may be their undoing, but there is plenty of excitement amongst the fanbase. Fulham meanwhile have lost twice in the league since they beat Chelsea and forced into an FA Cup replay by Sunderland, as their season hit a stumbling point. They are however soaring under Marco Silva and could be in a position to complete their first ever league double over Chelsea. They have not been playing badly though, instead just undone by stronger opponents in Newcastle and Spurs, barring the cup draw in which they amassed 22 shots on goal. The injury list for Chelsea includes Broja, Pulisic, Kante, Fofana, Sterling, Chilwell, Zakaria, James, and Mendy, while Felix is serving his 3 match ban. Fulham will be without Kebano as their only injury concern. Fulham have the better form, with four wins in their last six league games, with Chelsea only managing two wins in six. The pressure will be on Potter here as there can be no excuses after a £600 million outlay on players this season. It will likely be an electric atmosphere mixed in with suspense and tension as some of the new players will likely make their debuts. Fulham will be no pushovers though, and fear nobody. If Silva can get his side focused for this then there is the potential for an upset in a Chelsea team which is unlikely to gel immediately. Therefore, I am back a 2-2 draw under the Stamford Bridge lights.


Everton - Arsenal

Everton sit in 19th with a poor return of 15 points, but are hoping for an upturn in form under new manager Sean Dyche, and will be up against it as league leader Arsenal, with 50 points, travel to Goodison Park. With Dyche now at the helm this should prove a much tougher game than Arsenal would have been expecting a week ago. There will be no nonsense as Dyche aims to calm a disgruntled fanbase which saw their side eliminated by West Ham from the FA Cup last time out. They are on a four game losing streak in all competitions and the tight-knit defence that Dyche employs will be required from the off. Everton have lost their last four at Goodison Park, but have managed to score in three of those and could cause problems for Arsenal here. The Gunners added Jorginho late in the window after a failed pursuit for Caicedo, as Arsenal fell to Man City in the FA Cup last time out. They are now only playing for the Premier League and Europa League but some fans will welcome the removal of cup distractions. Arteta will need to focus his side as they enter Saturday's game unbeaten in 13 top-flight matches. Arsenal beat Everton 5-1 at the end of 2022 and will be hoping for more of the same here, but must be prepared for the famous 'new manager bounce.' Everton will be without Patterson, Keane. and Townsend, while Garner and Godfrey are doubts. As for Arsenal, they will travel to Merseyside without Jesus, Nelson, and Elneny, while Partey and Smith Rowe are doubts. Form favours Arsenal going into this one, having won five of their last six in the league, while Everton lost five of their last six league games. The impact of Dyche will likely be limited here, having only been in charge a couple of days, but it could be enough. I think Arsenal should have their wits about them and Jorginho will help to negate the loss of Partey, so I will back a 1-3 away win as Arteta's side go marching on.


Aston Villa - Leicester

Emery's side side in 11th position with 28 points and will look to pile more misery on Rodgers side, who sit in 14th with 18 points this season. Last time out Villa overcame Southampton in the league to continue their push towards the top half of the division, and have enjoyed a two-week break to rest and recuperate since. Their quiet January window will not stop Emery making his team a force to be reckoned with, although they did fail to replace the outgoing Ings. His five wins from seven league games in charge of Villa has been an excellent start for Emery, and they are unbeaten in their previous four league encounter. Rodgers meanwhile has found his Leicester side back on their miserable run of form, although they did manage another win in the FA Cup last time out against Walsall. Their 2-2 draw with Brighton last time out in the league saw an improvement, but they are five games without a win in the league, having lost four of the last five. An upturn in form is far from guaranteed as they hover above the relegation zone, and a lack of substantial activity in the transfer window means Rodgers needs to discover the solutions from within. Villa will be without Diego Carlos, Steer, and McGinn, while Digne is also a doubt. Leicester meanwhile will travel without Bertrand, Soumare, Ricardo Pereira, Evans, and Justin, while Vardy and Ndidi are doubts. This is a game which should favour Villa, being the more rested side and in much better form than their opponents. Villa will look to add to their four wins from their last six league games but this contest should see goals. The Foxes are struggling and without any real sign of major improvement they are unlikely to end their streak without a win here, therefore I am backing a 3-1 home win.


Brentford - Southampton

The Bees have 30 points and sit in eight placed this season, and will be hoping to build on that as they host bottom side Southampton, who have 15 points, at the Gtech Community Stadium. Brentford will be hoping to secure their third successive top-flight home victory in this one as they sit just one point behind the top six. Having been eliminated from the FA Cup in the third round, Brentford will be fresh after two weeks off. Their home form has been the catalyst in their impressive season so far, gaining 19 of their points in home games this season. These have included wins over United and Liverpool while getting draws against Spurs and Chelsea. They welcome a Southampton side sitting bottom of the table and looking to bounce back from their Carabao Cup semi final defeat to Newcastle during the week. Jones side have strengthened with five new signings during the window as they look to push themselves away from the relegation places, but their form has seen them win just once and suffer defeat five times in their last six league fixtures. Previous meetings between these sides has seen the Saints come out on top twice in the last three, but Brentford are a different looking force this season. The Bees will be missing Onyeka and Jansson, while Baptiste is a doubt. The Saints will be without Livramento, Larios, and Walker-Peters, while McCarthy and Djenepo will require assessment. Brentford are unbeaten in their last six, with four wins and two draws. The Bees have to be favourites going into this one, even with a much strengthened Southampton side. With the Bees in serious contention to secure European football for next season, there is little doubting they will be giving it their all and therefore I expect a 2-1 home win here.


Brighton - Bournemouth

Sixth place Brighton managed to retain Caicedo and knock out Liverpool from the FA Cup in the last week, and will hope to add to their 31 points as they welcome 18th placed Bournemouth who have 17 points so far this campaign. Brighton will be flying having beaten Liverpool twice in a number of weeks, as De Zebri has navigated a host of off field issues which involved Trossard leaving for Arsenal and Caicedo trying to join him. The Seagulls are in the mix for the top six battle, and could even consider themselves contenders to push towards the top four if they can continue their impressive form and their two games in hand on Spurs. Their run of four wins and a draw from their last five games in all competitions is nothing to be snuffed at. The Cherries meanwhile saw themselves dropping two points last time out in the last as Forest got a late equaliser, but they did manage to end a run of six straight defeats in all competitions. Their league from has been awful with one win and four defeats in their last six, but they remain only a point from safety and will still believe they can drag themselves out of the relegation zone. Brighton will be missing Mwepu, Lallana, Mac Allister, Colwill, and Moder, with Buonanette and Ferguson also doubts. Bournemouth will be missing Brooks, Cook, Tavernier, Fredericks, Stanislas, and Solanke, with Billing also a minor doubt. Brighton are one of the inform teams in the league and Bournemouth will have a tough task here. Bournemouth have made some eye-catching additions over the winter including Zabarnyi and Ouattara to boost their survival hopes, but it should prove a step too far against Brighton. The Seagulls will be missing some key players and will not be at their free flowing best, but should have enough about them to secure a 2-0 home win here.


Manchester United - Crystal Palace

Fourth place United, with 39 points and after securing their place in the Carabao Cup final against Newcastle , will be looking to get a tighter grip on their position in the top four as they welcome Vieira's twelfth placed side, who have 24 points so far, to Old Trafford. Ten hag will be celebrating getting his side to a Cup final so soon in his tenure, but they will need to turn their attention back to the league for the time being. The last time these side met Olise scored a wonderful free kick to level the game, and United ended up loosing to Arsenal in their next league game. If they don't win here it will be three without a win in the league and could see them dragged back into a battle for fourth spot. Palace have been a difficult side for the Red Devils in recent years, managing only one win in their previous five encounters. As for Palace, Vieira has failed to win any of their last five Premier League matches in charge, but they did manage to secure draws with United and Newcastle in their previous two league games. They have a difficult fixture list ahead and sitting only seven points above relegation means they will need to scrape for every point they can. Their scoring ability away from home has also come into question, with the Eagles failing to find the back of the net in six of their last nine away matches. United will be missing Butland, Eriksen, and van de Beek, while Greenwood remains suspended by the club and Dalot and McTominay are doubts. Palace will travel North without Andersen, Zaha, McArthur, and Ferguson. United will need to get back to business if they want to maintain their position in the top four, and their form of four wins and a draw in their previous six league games makes for good reading. Palace meanwhile have one win and three defeats in their previous six in the league. Therefore it seems likely that United will manage to secure the win here and heap more pressure on Palace. The final score should be a comfortable 3-0 for United.


Wolves - Liverpool

Wolves managed to climb out of the bottom three and take 17th place on 17 points and will hope to cause further headaches for Klopp's side, who sit in ninth position on 29 points this season. Lopetegui has not fielded his side since their defeat to Manchester City in the league, having been cup open by Haaland. They have managed to climb out of the relegation places but only thanks to goal difference, and just one win from their last seven matches in all competitions has confidence at a low level. Their last home game saw them beat West Ham and they need to continue picking up points at home to have a chance of staying in the league, although not since November 2021 have Wolves managed to claim back-to-back wins at home in the league. The visitors to Monileux are in no better form, with Liverpool having been knocked out of the FA Cup by Brighton last time out and injuries hitting hard at Klopp's side. A 0-0 with Chelsea last time in the league did little to lift the fans, and pessimism is rife around Anfield. They have only managed two wins away from home out of nine in the Premier League this season, with Liverpool narrowly beating Wolves in the 3rd round replay of the FA Cup last month. They have however won each of their last six Premier League games at Molineux. Wolves will be missing Francisco Oliveira, Neto, Kalajdzic, and Boubacar Traore through injury. Liverpool will be without Diaz, Jota, Arthur Melo, Konate, Firmino, and van Dijk, while Carvalho and Phillips are being assessed. Wolves will need to be ruthless against a Liverpool side lacking any sort of confidence at the moment. With key players out in defence Lopetegui will see this as a perfect chance to get one over the Reds. Their own struggles in front of goal are well documented, with two wins and three defeats in their last six league games compared to Liverpool who have three wins and two defeats in six. If their FA Cup clashes are anything to go by then Wolves fans should have every hope of getting at least a point here, and its difficult to argue with that. I will back a 2-2 draw here, similar to the Cup game at Anfield.


Newcastle - West Ham

High flying third place Newcastle, with 39 points and their Wembley spot booked for the Carabao Cup final against Manchester United, host struggling West Ham as Moyes men sit in 16th position with 18 points. Newcastle have made their first final since 1999 after beating Southampton in the Carabao Cup semi finals during the week, and they will look to push on in their bid for a top four finish here. Their defence is solid having lost just twice all season in all competitions, and remain unbeaten in their last 15 home games since a loss to Liverpool last April. Their current league run sees them having recorded six clean sheets in a row, with a league-high 12 overall. Their attack has been questionable at times this season but Gordon was signed from Everton to boost their output. West Ham meanwhile ended a seven game winless run when they beat Derby County in the FA Cup last weekend, with three wins and a draw in their previous five in all competitions. However their away form in the league leaves a lot to be desired, having failed to win in any of their previous eight. They are out of the bottom three by a single point and will need to build on that to ensure their status in the league for next season, with the Europa Conference League to resume in March having skipped the play-off knockout round in February due to winning their group. Newcastle will be without the injured Krafth, Isak, Targett, Manquillo, and also Bruno Guimaraes who is suspended. The Hammers meanwhile will be missing Cornet, Scamacca, Ings and Zouma. Newcastle have three wins and three draws in their previous six league games, while West Ham have four defeats and a single win. Moyes side will fancy themselves here given their upturn in form recently, but they are facing a tough opponent. The lack of Bruno Guimaraes is a major blow, but the elevation of reaching a Cup final will likely propel Newcastle forward to a 2-0 home win.


Nottingham Forest - Leeds

Forest sit in 13th position with 21 points, and having secured their 30th signing of the season they will welcome a Leeds side sitting in 15th with 18 points having brought in McKennie from Juventus to boost their survival hopes. These sides will face off for the first time in 24 years against each other in the Premier League as Forest look to continue their upturn in form with no losses in their last four league games. Such has been their upturn in form, Cooper's Tricky Trees have only lost two of their previous 10 Premier League games. They are unbeaten in six at home in the league, with their improvement in defence the biggest highlight. They had conceded 21 in their first eight league games this season, but have only conceded 14 in their last twelve in the league. Their 5-0 defeat across the Carabao Cup semi finals was a dampener, but getting that far in the competition was an achievement in itself. As for Leeds, they have won all five of their away matches against newly promoted teams since their return to the Premier League in 2020. However, their excellent start to the season has not been built upon, as they could slip into the bottom three with a defeat here. Marsch's side have not won in the league since October, but their FA Cup is a nice respite to their league struggles. They have the second worst away record in the league in only taking 5 points, but they have scored more away goals than nine Premier League teams this season. Forest will be missing Awoniyi, Richards, Henderson, Niakhate, Biancone, Kouyate, and Gibbs-White through injury, while Colback, Wood, and Yates will need to be assessed. Leeds will be missing Forshaw, Gray, Summerville, Dallas, and Kock. Cooper and Adams are also a doubt. Forest have three wins and two draws in their previous six league games, while Leeds have three draws and three defeats in their previous six. Forest will be confident despite their drubbing against United in the cup and will look to move further away from the drop zone here. Leeds wont make it simple, and there will likely be goals in this one, but I will back Coopers' men to secure a 2-1 home win.


Tottenham - Manchester City

The weekend ends with fifth place Spurs, with 36 points, hosting second place City who have gotten 45 points so far this season. Man City could be as much as eight points behind Arsenal depending on other results by the time they kick off here, and they head to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium where Pep has lost all four of his previous visits in all competitions. City have not done the league double over Spurs since 2018-19 but did manage to secure the three points when these sides met last month. Pep will be doing all he can to ensure his side do not go behind again this time against Spurs, and their FA Cup win over Arsenal last time out will have given his side a boost in their ability to close the gap. Spurs meanwhile come into this game off the back of two away wins, one in the league over Fulham and then in the FA Cup against Preston. Conte has seen his side concede at least twice in each of their previous five Premier League home matches, having also conceded first in each of those games. Their last home clean sheet came in October 2022, prior to the World Cup break. The upside is that Kane is on form and could score his 200th Premier League goal here in his 304th game. He has two games to score another goal to break the record set by Shearer, which was done in 306 games. Spurs will be missing Sarr and Lucas Moura, with Richarlison needing a fitness test. City will be without Stones while Foden is also a doubt. The odds look set for Pep to finally get his first win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, given the horrific form of Spurs and the unstoppable scoring power of Haaland. Conte will look to create an atmosphere and tactic which hampers the pressing play of City, but Pep will likely ensure that Mahrez and De Bruyne torment their opponents here. I am going to back a 1-3 away win for Man City, but in reality this game could go either way.



Check out my 2022/23 Season Preview and Predictions here: Premier League 2022/23 Prediction

You can also find my updated predictions after the Round of 16 Champions League draw here: Champions League 22/23 Round of 16 Draw & Prediction

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