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Premier League 22/23 Match Week 34 Preview

Premier League 22/23 Match Week 34 Preview

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 29 Apr 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 will see the relegation and European races getting into full swing, as Liverpool host Spurs, Leicester welcome Everton, Bournemouth face Leeds, while City will look to get past Fulham and get one step closer to the title.

 

Fixtures — Times are shown as U.K. Time

This weeks round of fixtures will see ten games kicking off on Saturday morning until Tuesday evening.

 

Saturday 29th April 2023

Crystal Palace - West Ham 12.30pm KO (Kick Off)

Brentford - Nottingham Forest 3pm KO

Brighton - Wolves 3pm KO

 

Sunday 30th April 2023

Bournemouth - Leeds 2pm KO 

Fulham - Manchester City 2pm KO

Manchester United - Aston Villa 2pm KO

Newcastle - Southampton 2pm KO

Liverpool - Tottenham 4.30pm KO

 

Monday 1st May 2023

Leicester - Everton 8pm KO

 

Tuesday 2nd May 2023

Arsenal - Chelsea 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.

 

 

Crystal Palace - West Ham

Twelfth placed Palace, with 37 points, will host fifteenth placed West Ham who are sitting on 34 points.

Palace lost to Wolves last time out and will be looking to get back on track here. Hodgson had seen his side go unbeaten since his return up to that defeat, but they are on the brink of confirming they will be in the league next season. With eight points between them and the bottom three, they need a couple more positive results to ensure their safety. Returning to Selhurst Park will likely add to their points tally, having only lost once in their previous seven league games at home. They have however ended up drawing five of those games.

West Ham meanwhile lost at home to Liverpool during the week, albeit they played well and were very much in the contest. They remain five points clear of the relegation zone and will need a couple more points on the board to make sure of their top flight status. They had a five game unbeaten run in all competitions prior to hosting Liverpool during the week and will be looking to get back on track here. They have also managed to scoring at least once in each of their last eleven games in all competitions and will be hoping to add to the clean sheets secured in their previous two top flight victories. 

Palace will be without Ferguson, while they also have doubts over Clyne and Andersen. West Ham will be missing Scamacca for this one.

Form Last Six League Games:

Palace: LWWWDL

West Ham: WLWDWL

Palace managed to beat West Ham by a score of 2-1 when these sides met last November. Palace looked out of sorts last time out but it can be downplayed to rotation. With the possibility of a returning Zaha, Hodgson will be plenty confident in his side here. However, Moyes can be just as confident and with his side in another European semi-final, they will need to get as many points on the board in advance of that as possible so they can fully focus on going for silverware. Therefore, I am going for a tight game while will end in a draw. 

Final score: 1-1

 

 

Brentford - Nottingham Forest

Sitting in ninth place with 47 points, Brentford will welcome seventeenth placed Forest who have 30 points to the Gtech Stadium this weekend.

Brentford overcame Chelsea with a 2-0 win during the week as they picked up all three points at Stamford Bridge. The win ended a six game winless run for Brentford in what was a tough run of fixtures. They have however managed to continue picking up points at home, having lost just once in their last twelve league games at the Gtech Stadium. They have also only lost twice at home in the league all season, with seven wins in that run, they will be confident going into this one. Their dreams of European football for next season seem slim at this stage, with six points between them and seventh placed Liverpool having also played a game more, but the Bees will still have their best ever Premier League season regardless of how their remaining five games go.

Forest managed a surprise, and vital, 3-1 win over Brighton during the week to move out of the bottom three. Forest ended their run of eleven league games without a win, but are far from out of danger yet. They have only managed seven wins in the league all season, with six of those coming at home. Cooper will know his side need to improve on the road in their final few games to ensure their safety, with only one points between they and the bottom three. With six points taken on the road all season, they have the worst away record in the top six tiers of English football. They have also only managed to score seven goals away from home all season and need to take their chances going forward.

Brentford will be without Jansson, Lewis-Potter, Strakosha, and Norgaard, while doubts remain over Ajer. Forest will be missing Williams, Henderson, Richards, Yates, Boly, Kouyate, McKenna, Wood, and Biancone, while they have doubts over the fitness of Scarpa, Shelvey, Awoniyi, and Niakhate.

Form Last Six League Games:

Brentford: DLLLDW

Nottingham Forest: DLLLLW

These sides played out a 2-2 draw when they met in the league last November. Forest are really up against it here. They are not showing any signs of producing away from the City ground, while Brentford have only lost twice at home all season. The only real hope the Forest can have is the Bees already being on holiday in their minds, knowing they are safe in the league with little to play for. Therefore, I think this will be a close game and Forest will have a better chance here than in many of their other games away from home this season, but it will end in a draw.

Final score: 2-2

 

 

Brighton - Wolves

Brighton are in eight with 49 points as they welcome thirteenth placed Wolves, with 37 points, to the south coast. 

The Seagulls lost to Forest during the week by a 3-1 score line after losing to United in the FA Cup semi finals on penalties. They remain on the coat-tails of European spots and De Zebri will need to pick his side up to get them back on track. With games in hand on all the sides above them, Brighton have a packed schedule to end their season but could be celebrating if they achieve a European finish. They need to improve, having lost three of their last four in all competitions, but their home form is strong. They have four clean sheets in their last five at the Amex and taken 13 points from 15 available. 

Wolves secured a huge three points as they beat Palace last time out, and their tails will be up having seen an impressive upturn in form over recent week. Lopetegui will know they are not out of the woods yet, but sitting eight points above the relegation places with five to go is a dream compared to where they were when he took over. Their home form has been key, with no wins in their previous five away from Molineux. With only two wins away from home all season, Everton, Leeds, and Forest are the only top flight teams to perform worse on the road. 

Brighton will be missing Lallana, Moder, Sarmiento, Mwepu, and Lamptey, while they also have doubts over Ferguson. Wolves meanwhile will be missing Kalajdzic and Francisco Tavares Oliveira, with doubts over Boubacar Traore.

Form Last Six League Games:

Brighton: WDWLWL

Wolves: LDWWLW

Brighton managed to win 3-2 when these sides met back in November. Wolves are poor away from their home crowd, and the Amex is likely to push Brighton on here. They know they can still catch the teams above them thanks to their games in hand, and are still in contention to push for a top five finish. The Champions League may be a distant dream for the Seagulls at this stage, and Wolves know even if they don't win here they are still clear of the drop zone. Therefore, I am going to back Brighton to secure a home victory and get themselves back on track.

Final score: 3-1

 

 

Bournemouth - Leeds

The Cherries are in fourteenth with 36 points and will be up against fellow relegation rivals Leeds, who are sixteenth with 30 points, in this one.

Bournemouth managed a narrow 1-0 win over Southampton during the week to boost their survival hopes, while putting themselves seven points clear of the relegation zone in the process. The win marked three away league games in a row that the Cherries have taken all three points from, but they have lost their last two at home. A thrashing by West Ham last time at the Vitality Stadium was a stark reminder they are not safe yet, and will need a couple of more points over their final five games to be certain of safety. With games against United and Chelsea ahead, getting points on the board here would be huge to securing their Premier League status.

Leeds drew with fellow relegation candidates Leicester last time out and remain a single point above the bottom three. Gracia ended a three-game losing run in the top flight but his side are up against it in their final games. This is by far their most winnable fixture, with games against Manchester City, Newcastle United, West Ham United and Tottenham ahead. With just one clean sheet on the road in the league all season, they have also lost four of their last five away from Elland Road. However, they have only lost once in their fourteen competitive encounter with Bournemouth and will need to continue that run here to push further away from the bottom three.

The Cherries will be missing Fredericks, Stanislas, and Tavernier, while they also have doubts over Senesi, Vina, Stephens, and Hamed Traore. Leeds will be without Sinisterra, Adams, and Dallas, while they also have fitness concerns over Wober.

Form Last Six League Games:

Bournemouth: WLWWLW

Leeds: LWLLLD

A dramatic late winner saw Leeds overcome Bournemouth by 4-3 when these sides met back in November. Leeds will have the benefit of two extra days rest going into this one and will need to make it count. Anything other than a win and they are all but relegated. The Cherries will need to improve in front of their home fans and that could play into Leeds hands, but its very tough to separate these sides in what is bound to be a tight and tense encounter. Both sides need the win, and with how Leeds have collapsed so often of late, I think Bournemouth will just edge them in this one.

Final score: 2-1

 

 

Fulham - Manchester City

Tenth place Fulham, who have 45 points, are up against it as they welcome second placed Manchester City, who have 73 points, to Craven Cottage.

Fulham lost 1-0 to Villa during the week to all but end their slim hopes of getting into Europe for next season. They are however safe from relegation mathematically, so their fans can be assured of another season in the top flight. At this stage, ensuring a top half finish will be top of their priorities. Their five defeats in their last seven have not made for pretty viewing, but Silva will want a strong end to the season from his side. With Mitrovic still banned, and their in form coming at the same time, they know they can more than compete at this level. However, this game is not one they should be expecting much from.

City managed a comfortable 4-1 win over Arsenal last time out, and put themselves in command of the title. Pep is pushing his side towards a treble, and that win means they can afford to drop points in one of their remaining games and still come out on top of the league. Haaland broke the Premier League record for most goals in a season and will be keen to add more here. They have won 12 of their last 13 in all competitions and are hitting form at the perfect time. They are also unbeaten in 17 games across all competitions, and Guardiola's side will be eager to strengthen their treble hopes with another positive result this weekend.

Fulham will be without Kurzawa and Mitrovic, while also having doubts over Wilson and Willian. City meanwhile will be without Ake.

Form Last Six League Games:

Fulham: LLLWWL

Manchester City: WWWWWW

The last time these sides met, back in November, it was a narrow 2-1 win for City. Its looking increasingly likely that City will life a fifth title in six years, and their third in a row this season. They will likely make it eight league wins in a row here, but Fulham can take heart that City have only kept two clean sheets in their previous eleven league games. While Fulham will likely get themselves a goal, Haaland and co should make light work of the Fulham defence to secure a vital win in the title race. 

Final score: 1-4

 

 

Manchester United - Aston Villa

United are in fourth on 60 points and face a difficult task against high flying Villa, who are in sixth with 54 points.

United let a two goal lead slip as they draw away to Spurs during the week, showing sign of fatigue after their penalty shootout victory over Brighton in the FA Cup last weekend. Ten Hag has overseen his side to the two domestic cup finals this season, already winning the Carabao Cup. However, the Champions League is what the fans want to qualify for. They are six points clear with games in hand over the chasing pack, and are unbeaten in 14 league games at home. They have struggled against top half sides this season, but that has mainly been on the road and therefore the confidence will be flowing going into this one.

Villa have been nothing short of immense since Emery took over. They have picked up 42 points in his 20 Premier League games, the latest being a 1-0 win over Fulham during the week. They are unbeaten in their last ten league games, bettered only by Manchester City, and have kept a clean sheet in nine league games out of twenty under Emery. Villa were 17th when he took charge and are now serious contenders for a place in Europe. Level on points with fifth placed Spurs and six points off United, albeit having played two games extra, a win here could seriously see them looking like Champions League qualification contenders. 

United will be missing Martinez, van de Beek, Varane, Heaton, Jones, and Greenwood. They also have doubts over the fitness of Maguire, Garnacho, and McTominay. Villa meanwhile will be missing Cash, Kamara, Bailey, Coutinho, and Steer.

Form Last Six League Games:

Manchester United: DLWWWD

Aston Villa: WWWWDW

Aston Villa were the winners when these sides met back in November with a 3-1 result in Emery's first game in charge. That game ended a 27 year wait for Villa to beat United at Villa Park in the league. It’s been 68 years since Aston Villa did the home/away league double over United, but they are in a great position to achieve that here. Both sides have in form attackers, with Watkins and Rashford catching the headlines for their sides. I think this will be a very close game, and likely see neither side willing to give up a result and a draw should be the most likely outcome.

Final score: 2-2

 

 

Newcastle - Southampton

Newcastle have moved up to third in the table with 62 points and face bottom club Southampton, who are on 24 points, at St. James Park. 

Newcastle secured an impressive 4-1 win over Everton during the week, boosting their Champions League hopes and sitting comfortably in third. They are eight points clear of fifth having played a game less, they have now scored ten goals in their previous two while only conceding two in the process. Isak is on fire with seven goals in his last eight league games, and got the assist of the season against Everton. They have won seven of their last eight in the league and Howe's side have lost just four of their 32 Premier League matches this season. No team has lost less games in the league and also have the best defensive record in England's top tier, with 26 goals conceded. They have only managed two clean sheets in their last twelve league games which Howe will be keen to improve. 

Southampton are all but relegated at this stage, having lost to Bournemouth to leave them six points from safety with five games to go. They have lost four of their last five in the league and let a two goal lead slip against Arsenal in their only draw in that sequence. They are without a win in any of their last eight in the league and have only managed three points in those games. Their last win was against Leicester in March, which was just their third win in their last 22 games in the league. They will be up against it here but should take hope from their performance against Arsenal, which showed that Selles can get his side to perform against the big boys in the league.

Newcastle will be missing Krafth and Fraser, while they also have doubts over Saint-Maximin. Southampton meanwhile will be without Perraud, Larios, and Salisu, while they also have concerns over Ward-Prowse, Bella-Kotchap, and Livramento.

Form Last Six League Games:

Newcastle: WWWLWW

Southampton: DLLLDL

The game ended in a 4-1 Newcastle win when these sides met in the league in November, and Newcastle also beat the Saints twice in their Carabao Cup semi final. Its impossible to see anything other than a home win here, with Newcastle scoring for fun and Southampton showing the nerves of relegation in their recent games. I think it will be comfortable for Howe's men, although Southampton will score to make things somewhat interesting.

Final score: 4-2

 

 

Liverpool - Tottenham

Seventh placed Liverpool, sitting on 53 points, will battle against fellow European hopefuls Spurs, who are fifth and a point ahead, at Anfield in one of the biggest games of the weekend.

The Reds secured a big result when they beat West Ham away from home during the week. They are in good form, having won the last three in a row and unbeaten in five league games, but likely have left it too late for a Champions League push. They are seven points off United in fourth, having played a game more, and would need a miracle to finish over their rivals. They have scored at least two in each of their last four league games, and will aim for a place in the Europa League as a minimum. They are also without a clean sheet in four, but their home form is the fourth best in the league with only Leeds leaving Anfield with all three points this season. Klopp will have decision to make in terms of his line-up, but the recent changes which have seen Alexander-Arnold move inside to midfield during games have brought back that Klopp intensity, and it will be a real test of their progress here.

Spurs managed a 2-2 draw at home to United during the week, putting a huge dent in their Champions League hopes. With Ryan Mason taking charge their vulnerabilities at the back were still the same but they managed to fight back and secure a point. They are six points off fourth having played two games extra, and seven off third having played a game extra. They are seven games without a clean sheet and are seven away games without a win in all competitions. Mason will know he needs to sort out a defence that has conceded eight in their last two games, and a trip to Anfield is only likely to add to that tally. The priority for Mason will be to steady the ship and ensure Spurs finish as high as possible this season so a new manager can come in and take things forward in the summer.

Liverpool will be without Firmino, Bajcetic, and Ramsay, while they also have doubts over Keita and Jota. Spurs will be without Lloris, Bissouma, Bentancur, Sessegnon, and Emerson Royal. 

Form Last Six League Games:

Liverpool: LDDWWW

Tottenham: DDWLLD

Liverpool managed a 2-1 away win when these side met back in November. Spurs have not beaten Liverpool in 11 games, dating back to 2017, and I cannot see that changing here. The Reds are in good form, while the Spurs defence is being cut open for fun of late. Liverpool could put up a big score here and will have the home fans behind them, therefore I feel Spurs will be unable to cope. Kane and co. can cause problems, but they wont be able to do enough to get themselves a win here.

Final score: 3-1

 

 

Leicester - Everton

Two teams sitting in the relegation zone face off heading into this one. Leicester are in Eighteenth with 29 points and welcome nineteenth placed Everton, who have 28 points, to the King Power Stadium.

Leicester managed to get a point against Leeds during the week, not doing much for either side in their relegation battle, having secured a win over Wolves last weekend. They are a point from safety and have four points from Dean Smiths three games at the helm. He has never lost against Everton in a league game and with games against Fulham, Liverpool and Newcastle ahead, they need to pick up points here. The Foxes have conceded in each of their last eighteen league games, and have lost twenty games this season so far. They cannot rely on others to get them out of this predicament and need to put points on the board in as many games as they can.

Everton meanwhile are coming into this game off the back of twelve away games in the league without a win and having been torn apart by Newcastle during the week. They are 69 years without relegation but looked increasingly likely to go down. They are without a win in six league games and just one win in their last ten in the league. They were five points from safety last season but avoided the drop and will need a similar miracle this time around. They face Brighton and City after this so just like Leicester, they can afford nothing less than a win here.

The Foxes will be missing Iheanacho, Justin, Ricardo Pereira, and Vestergaard, while they have doubts over Evans and Bertrand. The Toffees meanwhile will be without Holgate, Vinagre, Alli, and Townsend, without doubts over Coleman.

Form Last Six League Games:

Leicester: LLLLWD

Everton: DDLLDL

It was a 2-0 win for Leicester when these sides met in the league back in November. With both these sides rooted in the bottom three this game is bound to be intense. Depending on results in the other games over the weekend prior to this, the pressure could be even bigger on both these sides. Its impossible to seperate these sides knowing how in need of a win they both are, and a draw will do little for them. Considering Leicester are the home side and how bad Everton have been away from Goodison, I am going to back the Foxes to win this one, although only by a narrow result.

Final score: 2-1

 

 

Arsenal - Chelsea

Top of the table Arsenal, with 75 points, will look to get back to winning ways against struggling Chelsea, who sit in eleventh with 39 points. 

Arsenal feel 4-1 to City during the week, and following their awful run of form which has seen them without a win in four league games, the fate of the title is now out of their control. Sitting two points above City having played two games more, Arsenal could win all their final games and still finish second. It is the first time all season they have gone four without a win and Arteta will need a response. Playing at home has been favourable to them, having gained 39 points on home soil, which is only bettered by City. Arsenal have also had the upper hand in games against Chelsea over recent years, winning four of their last five meetings, but their drop in for is alarming. Arteta knows he needs to lift his players heads otherwise their excellent season could end in morale destroying results and further claims they are not good enough and just 'bottlers.'

Chelsea are still searching for their first win under Lampard, winless in six league games having lost to Brentford during the week. Their four away wins in the league this season is one of the worst in the division, with only five sides winning less away from home. Questions have surfaced over the quality of manager Lampard, who has lost 16 of the last 19 games as a manager. It has been confirmed he will remain in charge until the end of the season but the finger should not be just pointed at him. The squad has been a mess all season, and whether that is through bad management under Tuchel and more so Potter, or the unbalanced squad Boehly has thrown together, remains to be seen. They are not guaranteed to avoid relegation just yet, but sitting ten points above the bottom three at this stage of the season compared to 21 points off fourth is telling.

Arsenal will be missing Saliba, Tomiyasu, and Elneny. Chelsea meanwhile will be without Broja, Mount, Cucurella, James, Koulibaly, and Bettinelli, with doubts over the fitness of Havertz.

Form Last Six League Games:

Arsenal: WWDDDL

Chelsea: DLDLLL

A narrow 1-0 win for Arsenal was the result when these sides met back in November. Neither side will be in good spirits going into this one, with Arsenal licking their wounds after likely losing the title during the week. Chelsea meanwhile are likely just wishing for the season to end and the players will not have much left to give. I can see Arteta pushing his side here, claiming the title is not lost yet as City still need to win their games in hand, but going off recent form I find it difficult to see Arsenal doing much. Therefore, I think both sides will be a shadow of themselves and the game will end in a draw, giving more strength to City in their title bid.

Final score: 0-0

 

 

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

Have a great day, I hope you enjoyed the preview of the matches and get to see the games.

 

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