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Premier League 22/23 Match Week 36 Preview

Premier League 22/23 Match Week 36 Preview

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 12 May 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 United host Wolves trying to cements themselves in the top four, Newcastle face a trip to Leeds in the early Saturday game, Everton have a tough game against City, Brighton visit Arsenal, while Leicester will need  a big performance as they host Champions League chasing Liverpool.

 

 

Fixtures — Times are shown as U.K. Time

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

 

Saturday 13th May 2023

Leeds - Newcastle 12.30pm KO (Kick Off)

Aston Villa - Tottenham 3pm KO

Chelsea - Nottingham Forest 3pm KO

Crystal Palace - Bournemouth 3pm KO

Manchester United - Wolves 3pm KO

Southampton - Fulham 3pm KO

 

Sunday 14th May 2023

Brentford - West Ham 2pm KO

Everton - Manchester City 2pm KO

Arsenal - Brighton 4.30pm KO

 

Monday 15th May 2023

Leicester - Liverpool 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.

 

Leeds - Newcastle

Leeds are currently in nineteenth with 30 points as they welcome third place Newcastle, who have 65 points, to Elland Road.

Last time out Leeds fell to a narrow loss against reigning Champions Manchester City, in what was Allardyce's first game in charge of the club. They have only managed to win once in their previous five home league games, and their recent league loss was their 19th of the season. Sitting two points from safety with three games left is far from ideal, and they will need to find maximum points in upcoming games to stay up. Allardyce has had a full week now to instil his methods and, as he said himself, take some hope from the second half performance against City. Tightening up at the back was always his first port of call and this will be another major test.

Newcastle lost at home against title challengers Arsenal by two goals last weekend and will be determined to put their bid to finish in the top four back on track here. With five wins in their last five away league games, Newcastle will be confident of continuing their away form here, and bar the defeat to Arsenal had won three games while scoring 13 goals in the process. Howe knows their Champions League hopes are in their own hands, and while they have the best defensive record in the top flight this season, they have also only managed one clean sheet in their last 14 games. They will need to solidify a defence which has conceded in each of their previous seven away games to get a positive result here.

Leeds will be without Dallas, Sinisterra, and Adams, while they have doubts over Cooper. Newcastle will be missing Fraser, Krafth, Lascelles, and Longstaff, while also having doubts over Joelinton.

Form Last Six League Games:

Leeds: LLLDLL

Newcastle: WLWWWL

This game ended goalless when these sides met back in December, but neither side can afford a similar result this time around. Both these sides are in a habit of scoring and conceding in their recent games, seven for Newcastle and ten for Leeds, so I expect goals. Allardyce will try to make his side tight at the back, but they will be desperate to claim three points and need to attack. Therefore, I think this is a game where both sides will give it their all and the result will not be what either is hoping for, a draw.

Final score: 2-2

 

 

Aston Villa - Tottenham

Villa are in eight with 54 points and face fellow European hopefuls Spurs, who are in sixth on 57 points.

Emery saw his side lost the local derby by a goal against Wolves last time out, as Villa are beginning to stutter in their final push for European football. Villa had managed to score in each of Emery's first 22 games in charge, but have now failed to find the back of the net in their last two. Sitting three points off sixth placed Spurs means they still have hope, but have made things more difficult. Five straight wins at Villa Park will be a welcoming setting as Villa aim to extend that run here, having also not conceded in any of those five games. They have also scored in all of their last 13 home games in all competitions, dating back to October. 

Spurs managed a narrow one goal win over Palace last time out to give their own European ambitions a shot in the arm. Mason claimed his first win in his second spell as interim manager, but all in all it was a far from inspiring performance against a Palace side with nothing to play for. Sitting six points off fourth means their Champions League dreams are all but over, but they are on a nine game scoring run going into this. However, their away form is horrendous, having failed to win since January away from home in an eight game spell. That win was also against Preston North End in the FA Cup. Kane did move into second in the all time Premier League scoring list last time out and Spurs will need plenty more goals from him to get through this one.

Villa will be missing Steer but have a full squad bar that. Spurs meanwhile will travel to the midlands without Lloris, Sessegnon, and Bentancur, while Lenglet is also a doubt.

Form Last Six League Games:

Aston Villa: WWDWLL

Tottenham: WLLDLW

The last time these sides met Villa managed a 2-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. With both these sides battling it out for a place in Europe while also aware of Brighton's games in hand, it is likely to be a close and tense game. Spurs are four goals better off in terms of goal difference so Emery will know a winning margin of 3 or more will propel his side ahead of their opponents in the standings. It will be tight, but I think Emery will see his side get back to winning ways here.

Final score: 3-2

 

 

Chelsea - Nottingham Forest

Chelsea sit in eleventh with 42 points as they go up against sixteenth placed Forest, who have managed to get 33 points so far.

Lampard oversaw his first victory as Chelsea caretaker boss when his side beat Bournemouth last time out. Following six straight defeats it was a well needed morale boost for the side, and moved them above the 40 point mark. Attention now turns to improving their home form, having not won at home in six games. They have also only managed 18 home goals all season, with only bottom side Southampton scoring less. They will be looking to put more points on the board and close the gap to tenth, which sits at six points although Chelsea do have a game in hand, and ensure they don't finish in the bottom half of the table for the first time in the top flight since 1995/96.

Forest meanwhile held on to beat Southampton in a seven goal thriller last time out, making it two wins in their last three. Prior to that they were on an eleven game winless run, but Cooper's side have moved three points clear of the relegation zone. Home comforts have been their mainstay this campaign, with 27 of their 33 points gained at home so far. They have the worst away record in the league and the Tricky Trees have only won once away from home in the league all season, while scoring the fewest away goals with just eight. They have lost seven away games in a row going into this one and have conceded the joint most away from home with 41 goals hitting the back of their net.

Chelsea will be without Mount, Broja, Koulibaly, Cucurella, James, Chilwell, and Bettinelli, with doubts over the fitness of Fofana. Forest meanwhile will be without Biancone, Henderson, Wood, Richards, Williams, McKenna, and Dennis. They also have concerns over Aurier, Shelvey, Lodi, Colback, and Scarpa.

Form Last Six League Games:

Chelsea: DLLLLW

Nottingham Forest: LLLWLW 

These sides played out a 1-1 draw when they met earlier in the season. With neither side exactly looking confident in front of goal, this could be another low scoring game. Forest have more to play for, but their away form will make it a difficult task, and Chelsea will want to end the season on a high by putting some good results together. The two largest squads in the league will make for an interesting encounter, and I expect the final result to end in a draw.

Final score: 1-1 

 

 

Crystal Palace - Bournemouth

Palace are sitting in twelfth with 40 points as they welcome fourteenth placed Bournemouth, who have 39 points, to Selhurst Park.

Palace lost to Spurs by a single goal last time out as Hodgson's side showed their heads were already focused on their holidays. It was their third goalless draw in their last four games, but they do sit ten points clear of the drop zone and are in no danger of relegation. Sitting two points off Chelsea, Hodgson may be aiming to push his side even higher before the campaign ends. They have only lost once in their previous eight at Selhurst Park and have taken seven points from their last three home games. 

Bournemouth gave a good account of themselves last time out but ultimately lost in their away game to Chelsea. Although they had plenty of defensive errors, the Cherries are nine points clear of the drop and all but confirmed of their safety. A run of four wins in their last six saw them shoot away from the dotted line and they have also managed three away wins in a row. A win here would be the first time they ever manage four consecutive away wins in the Premier League. Bournemouth are struggling when it comes to Palace though, having failed to keep a clean sheet against them since their first Premier League meeting in 2015.

Palace will be without Ferguson and Tomkins, while McArthur is also a doubt. The Cherries will be missing Traore, Tavernier, Moore, Fredericks, and Stanislas.

Form Last Six League Games:

Crystal Palace: WWDLWL

Bournemouth: WWLWWL

The last time these sides met Palace ran out with a comfortable 2-0 victory. While Hodgson will be hoping for more of the same here, it is a much more confident Bournemouth side these days. With little to play for on either side, bar Bournemouth needing a point to officially confirm they cannot be relegated, I expect this to be a free and open game. Both sides will want to end their seasons on a high and get a few more points on the board, and while this game could go either way, I feel the home side should have just enough to secure the win.

Final score: 2-1

 

 

Manchester United - Wolves

United are in fourth with 63 points as they host thirteenth placed Wolves, with 40 points, at Old Trafford.

A lacklustre United performance saw them lose to West Ham in their previous game and they will be looking over their shoulders, with Liverpool only a point behind in the table, although United do have a game in hand. They now have just two wins from their last six in all tournaments, and with goal difference a potential factor their heavy defeat at Anfield could come back to haunt them. They do have a 27 game unbeaten streak at home which will boost their confidence going into this one, and have five clean sheets in their previous five league game at Old Trafford. They have also only conceded eight times at home all season.

Wolves meanwhile managed a 1-0 win over Villa in their west-midlands derby last time out and will be looking to build on the fact they have secured their status in the top flight for another season. Lopetegui claims Premier League survival is his greatest achievement in management to date, with Wolves now ten points clear of the bottom three. However, their away form is not to thank. They have only two away league wins all season, and have lost each of their previous six away from Molineux. They will also be hoping there is not a repeat of the 6-0 defeat they suffered at Brighton in their last away game.

United will be missing Martinez, van de Beek, McTominay, Varane, Heaton, Jones, and Greenwood. Wolves meanwhile will be without Francisco Tavares Oliveira and Kalajdzic, with doubts over Boubacar Traore.

Form Last Six League Games:

Manchester United: WWDWLL

Wolves: WWLWLW

United managed to secure a narrow 1-0 away win when these side met earlier in the season. All the pressure is on United here. If they slip up, Liverpool could move above them into fourth, although United would still have a game in hand. They have been strong at home all season, but their main defensive partnership is gone and the legs are looking tired after a long season. With the FA Cup final three weeks away, some players may have that on their mind and not want to risk injury. I think it will be a close game, and while I cannot see United suffering a defeat at home, I can see Wolves frustrating them and getting a draw from the game.

Final score: 1-1

 

 

Southampton - Fulham

Southampton are bottom of the standings with 24 points as they go up against tenth placed Fulham, with 48 points.

As the games start to run out, so does time for Southampton to pull off the great escape. Their 11-year stay in the Premier League is almost over, as they lost to relegation rivals Forest in a seven goal thriller last Monday night. Currently on a ten game winless run, they are eight points adrift of safety and a defeat here would confirm their relegation. They have the worst home record in the league, with only ten points gained at St. Mary's all season. They are however unbeaten in 21 home encounters with Fulham, dating back to October 1935, and will want to keep that record intact as a minimum.

Fulham ended their three game winless run with an emphatic 5-3 win over Leicester on Monday, claiming their 14th league win of the season. While they are on course for a top half finish, Chelsea are six points behind with a game in hand. Silva will know if they can get a couple more wins on the board they will secure an extremely successful first season back in the division. They have however lost five of their last six away games in the league and will want to rectify that record against a team they have often struggled against on the road. They failed to score in their previous two away defeats and will be looking to avoid making it three away games without scoring, while losing, since December 2018.

The Saints will be missing Bella-Kotchap, Larios, Salisu, and Perraud, while they have doubts over Livramento. Fulham meanwhile will be without Pereira, Ream, Kurzawa, and James, but will be able to welcome Mitrovic back after his lengthy ban.

Form Last Six League Games:

Southampton: LLDLLL

Fulham: WWLLLW

Fulham managed a 2-1 win when these sides met back in December, and Silva will be looking for more of the same here. All the pressure will be on the Saints here, and likely it will show. They know the disappointment that will be felt if (or likely when) the club confirms relegation, but they will also know the fans will stick by them. They will need to start fast as they have in previous games, such as against Arsenal, but ensure they are tighter at the back. However, with Mitrovic back and raring to go, I expect Fulham will have too much for them and break that longstanding record.

Final score: 2-3

 

 

Brentford - West Ham

Brentford are sitting in ninth with 50 points as they go up against fifteenth placed West Ham, who have 37 points.

Frank's side narrowly lost to Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, and the Bees saw their three game unbeaten run ended in the process. They are now five points off seventh placed Brighton, having played two games extra, and they are all but out of the race for Europe. Instead they will focus on their need to fix their home form, having won just twice in their last six at the Gtech Community Stadium. They have only lost twice at home, against Arsenal and Newcastle, and have both scored and conceded in their last six home league games. They will be looking to solidify themselves in the top half and take advantage of a tired West Ham side.

The Hammers overcame AZ Alkmaar by a score of 2-1 in their Europa Conference League semi final first leg on Thursday night, after managing a 1-0 over United in the league last weekend. Moyes will be delighted with their comeback win in Europe but knows there is still plenty of work to do. Domestically they are seven points clear of the relegation places and a win here would secure them in the division for next season. Other results, such as Leicester City and Leeds losing, would also confirm safety for the Hammers, who have lost their previous two away games against Palace and City. 

The Bees will be without Jansson, Lewis-Potter, Norgaard, and Strakosha for this one. West Ham meanwhile will be missing Scamacca and Coufal. 

Form Last Six League Games:

Brentford: LLDWWL

West Ham: DWLLLW

Brentford managed a 2-0 win when these sides met in January, while the Bees have won every encounter against West Ham since their promotion to the Premier League. Moyes did oversee a win when these sides met in the cup, and will be hoping for more of the same here. However, with one eye still on the semi final, I believe Moyes will rotate his side thanks to their important win over United last time out. That ensured they have a buffer and can afford to drop points, although Moyes would still like to make sure of their Premier League survival as quick as possible. Therefore, I think Frank's men will get back to winning ways here.

Final score: 2-1

 

 

Everton - Manchester City

Everton are sitting in seventeenth with 32 points as they welcome league leaders Manchester City, who have 82 points, to Goodison Park in a crucial game for both sides.

The Toffees ran riot last time out, thrashing Brighton in a major boost to their survival. It ended a seven game winless run in the league for Dyche's side and they now sit two points above the relegation zone. However, facing the potential champions in Manchester City will be a tough task in itself and Dyche will his side to dig deep if they are to pull off back-to-back league wins, something they have not done since October. With one clean sheet in their previous eight and only scoring in two of their last ten league games, the pressure is very much still on Everton.

City managed a draw away to Real Madrid in their Champions League semi final during the week, and will once again need to focus on the league in their hunt for a treble. This followed a 2-1 win over Leeds last weekend and Pep will be hoping to get another one over a relegation threatened side this weekend. City will be aiming to make it five away league wins in a row, while they have also won on each of their five previous visits to Goodison Park. Pep's side could move four points clear, albeit temporarily, of Arsenal as they don't play until later, and that could be a further psychological boost to City in their quest for silverware.

The Toffees will be missing Coleman, Townsend, Vinagre, Alli, and Godfrey for this one. City meanwhile will need to assess Ake but besides that have a fully fit squad to choose from.

Form Last Six League Games:

Everton: LLDLDW

Manchester City: WWWWWW

These sides did play out a draw when they met in the league back on New Years Eve, but I cannot see that happening here. I think City are in too good a run of form and Everton will be unable to stop them here. Pep will have his side at their best, although likely some rotation will occur, but I still think City will have too much about them and Everton fans will be once again left sweating over fears of relegation after this one.

Final score: 0-3

 

 

Arsenal - Brighton

Title challengers Arsenal, with 81 points, are in second as they go up against seventh placed Brighton, who have 55 points.

Arsenal produced a nervy performance in their 2-0 win over Newcastle last time out, but they managed to keep themselves on track and maintain the pressure on Manchester City in the title race. Arteta oversaw a first clean sheet in eight attempts at St. James Park and will need more of the same from his side here. Arsenal have managed to establish a 17 game scoring streak in all competitions, and have scored 14 in their last four home league games. They have also been known to slip up at home at times this season, and they certainly wont be given an easy time by Brighton.

Brighton were torn apart by Everton last time out and will be looking to get things back on track in their bid to break into the European places for next season. With two games in hand on those around them, the Seagulls could realistically aim to finish at least sixth and get into the Europa League. De Zebri has warned Arsenal they will face the real Brighton here, but they do only have two wins from their previous seven away games in the league. They have managed to score in eleven successive away games, but only managed two clean sheets away from home all season. 

Arteta will be missing Zinchenko, Saliba, Tomiyasu, and Elneny for this huge clash. Brighton meanwhile will be travelling to the capital without Veltman, Moder, Lallana, Mwepu, Sarmiento, Lamptey, and March.

Form Last Six League Games:

Arsenal: DDDLWW

Brighton: LWLWWL

When these sides met on New Years Eve it was Arsenal who won the game 4-2, but Brighton did manage to win in in three of their last four trips to Arsenal. This game wont be easy for either side, as both have plenty to play for. Arsenal will be missing some key players at the back and that will play into Brighton's hands, although Brighton have their own injury concerns. This will be a close game and could go either way, but I think Brighton will get themselves back on track here and manage a narrow victory to end Arsenal's title hopes.

Final score: 1-2

 

 

Leicester - Liverpool

Leicester are eighteenth with 30 points and in real danger of relegation as they welcome top four chasing Liverpool, who sit fifth with 62 points, to the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes find themselves two points from safety following their loss against Fulham last Monday. They have only managed two points out of their last nine as they are struggling to pull themselves out of the bottom three. Having initially gone three games unbeaten, Smith has struggled in the dugout and the fans are unimpressed, chanting "you're not fit for the shirt" at the players last time out. With one win in their last thirteen league games, time is running out to save the club which won the league back in a miracle 2015/16 campaign. A game against Newcastle follows this one and they may indeed need another miracle to stay up.

The Reds overcame Brentford by a single goal last time out to extend their winning run in the league to seven games. After three home games in a row this will be a big test for Klopp's side, as they are in the hunt for the top four by sitting a point behind United having played a game more. They can ill afford to drop anymore points as winning their remaining three would put them on 71, and could just about see them sneak into the top four. They will be aware of their recent record away to Leicester, as the Foxes won the previous two between these sides at the King Power Stadium. 

The Foxes will be without Justin, Iheanacho, and Vestergaard, while there are doubts over the fitness of Bertrand. Liverpool will be without Thiago, Ramsay, and Bajcetic, while Keita and Firmino will need to be assessed ahead of this one. 

Form Last Six League Games:

Leicester: LLWDDL

Liverpool: WWWWWW 

When these sides last met it was Liverpool who managed a 2-1 win on New Years Eve. While that score line was close, I doubt it will be as close this time around. Liverpool have found their groove and Leicester are crumbling slowly into the Championship. With the Merseysiders still in the hunt for Champions League then they cannot be written off, and Klopp will have them fired up to get a win here. I think it will be comfortable for the Reds with a big result. 

Final score: 0-3
 

 

 

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.

 

Have a great day.

Peace. CryptoGod-1.

 

** I first posted this story on Medium on the 12th of May 2023, which can be found here: https://medium.com/@1r3n9project/premier-league-22-23-match-week-36-preview-9d93359bb863?sk=b87d884734e6e44c7bd08bf8ba7eaec6 **

 

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