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Premier League 22/23 Match Week 37 Preview

Premier League 22/23 Match Week 37 Preview

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 20 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. With the season nearly over, the penultimate weekend will see United face a top four banana skin away to Bournemouth, Liverpool host Europe chasing Villa, Arsenal away to the Tricky Trees, and the relegation threatened trio of Everton go to Wolves, Leicester go to Newcastle, and Leeds face West Ham.

 

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 20th May 2023

Tottenham - Brentford 12.30pm KO (Kick Off)

Bournemouth - Manchester United 3pm KO

Fulham - Crystal Palace 3pm KO

Liverpool - Aston Villa 3pm KO

Wolves - Everton 3pm KO

Nottingham Forest - Arsenal 5.30pm KO

 

Sunday 21th May 2023

West Ham - Leeds 1.30pm KO

Brighton - Southampton 2pm KO

Manchester City - Chelsea 4pm KO

 

Monday 22nd May 2023

Newcastle - Leicester 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.

 

Tottenham - Brentford

Spurs are sitting in seventh with 57 points going into this one, and face ninth placed Brentford who have 53 points.

Under Mason Spurs have been a mixed bag, showing heart at times but also being a defensive mess. They lost to Villa last time out and their European hopes are fading, with goal difference the only thing keeping them in seventh. The best they can hope for this season is sixth, which would give them a place in the Europa League, compared to the Conference League by finishing seventh. With only one clean sheet in their last eleven games and having conceded at least twice in six of those, Mason could still see Spurs slip as low as tenth before the season is out.

Brentford are guaranteed of a top ten finish after they beat West Ham last weekend, but the news of Ivan Toney facing 8 months out for his betting actions will be a massive blow to the club. They have three wins in their last four and could still break into the top seven, although they play Manchester City in their final game of the campaign. The Bees are already seven points better off than last season, as Frank has overseen remarkable improvement and if they can push into the top seven it would be a perfect triumph for the club who will be without Toney until the 16th of January 2024.

Spurs will be missing Sessegnon, Lloris, and Bentancur, while they also have doubts over Tanganga and Dier. Brentford will be missing Toney, Jansson, Lewis-Potter, Norgaard, and Strakosha.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: LLDLWL

Away: LDWWLW

This game ended as a 2-2 draw when these sides faced off on Boxing day. Spurs have managed to win the previous three time they faced Brentford at home, and knowing Toney will be out is a massive boost. This is a tough one to call, as Brentford could get that extra motivation from the Toney news to push them on, while you never know which Spurs will turn up. Both will be pushed to get a win here to improve on their league standing, but I think the pressure will get to Spurs and Brentford will get a narrow win.

Final score: 2-3

 

 

Bournemouth - Manchester United

Bournemouth lost by two goals against Palace last time out, while United won against Wolves by the same scoreline.

The Cherries have had a remarkable season, from conceding nine against Liverpool and firing Parker to securing their place in the league for next season under the inexperienced O'Neil. They may have lost to Chelsea and Crystal Palace in their last two, but their inability to get a shot on target last time out will be of most concern. Eight points clear of the relegation places means they can breathe easy but the fans would love nothing more than a positive end to the season, and have won three of their last five final home games in Premier League seasons. They did lost three of their last four home games in the league though as they have began to stutter, but O'Neil will be demanding a top performance here.

Their previous win was the 20th of the season for United and helped them to reaffirm their grip on fourth. They are eight points better off than last season but the work is not done yet. Their away form has been nothing short of away, managing just eight points from the previous 27 available away from Old Trafford. Their last two before beating Wolves saw Brighton and West Ham take maximum points so United will need to up their game as they have Liverpool a point, albeit having played a game more, behind them in the table and the race for Champions League.

The Cherries will be missing Semenyo, Traore, Tavernier, Fredericks, and Stanislas. United will be without Heaton, Jones, Greenwood, Sabitzer, van de Beek, and Martinez, while they will be missing McTominay and Rashford.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: WLWWLL

Away: WDWLLW

United managed a 3-0 win when these sides met in January, but will need a strong performance for a similar result here. This will be a tough one to call for sure. Bournemouth have looked poor at home of late, while United have been awful away from home. The pressure will be on United though, as they have Liverpool breathing down their necks. Anything other than a win and the nerves will be sky high at Old Trafford against Chelsea during the win, and I think that is how it will be for them. A draw and a spirited performance from Bournemouth is the most likely outcome.

Final score: 2-2

 

 

Fulham - Crystal Palace

Both these sides won their games 2-0 last time out, as Fulham beat Southampton and Palace beat Bournemouth.

Marco Silva will be aware getting into Europe is likely a stretch too far, but his side survived the loss of Mitrovic and will be looking to complete an excellent season with a strong finish. A run of eight defeats in their last twelve saw their strong start fade away, but they are looking full of confidence once again. This would be their third win in a row and ensure of a top half finish, although Chelsea are eight points behind with three games to play so Fulham are likely to finish in the top half no matter what. A win here would also be the first time Fulham have ever won four London derbies in a single Premier League season, so there is plenty to aim for.

Palace have been a new side under Hodgson and Eze and Olise have looked immense. While they are safe and aiming to reach as high up the standings in the bottom half as possible, their away form has been questionable. They have recently lost back-to-back away matches against and have only managed two away wins in the league in all of 2023. However both were under Hodgson so they can come into this with some hope, but Palace have lost each of their previous three final away league games. 

Fulham will be without Pereira, Ream, and Kurzawa, while James is also a doubt. Palace meanwhile will be missing Ferguson, Tomkins, Milivojevic, and Zaha, while they also have doubts over Schlupp.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: WLLLWW

Away: WDLWLW

Fulham managed a 3-0 win over Palace back on Boxing day and will be aiming for their first ever Premier League double over the Eagles. Although Zaha is a big loss to the club, Palace have their new attacking due and are proving they can cope without their long serving star man. Leicester also showed it is possible to get goals against Fulham in their 5-3 match, so Palace can go into this aiming to score. It will be a close game, but I think Fulham might just have too much about them and get the win.

Final score: 2-1

 

 

Liverpool - Aston Villa

The Reds put in a strong performance to comfortably beat Leicester by three goals on Monday night, while Villa were winners against Spurs last time out in their push to get into the Europa League places.

The Reds are looking to make it eight wins in a row as they play their final game at Anfield this season. This will be a big one for Liverpool in many respects, as they will be saying goodbye to Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, and Keita. Klopp is banned for his comments about the referee Tierney, but the Reds will still be pushing for their place in Europe. With United the likeliest team they can catch, they will need to do their bit and hope results go their way. They have managed three clean sheets in a row and are on an eleven game unbeaten home run in the league, with 29 point taken from 33. They have also not lost their final game of the season since way back in 2014-15 under Rodgers.

Although Emery oversaw victory in the Europa League final over Klopp's Liverpool, he is without a win in his last seven against the Reds. They have drawn level on points with Spurs in their push for a European place, but Villa have lost their last two games on the road. They also failed to score in those games against United and Wolves, while also being held to a 1-1 draw versus Brentford prior to that. Their run under Emery has warranted a place in Europe and they have every chance, with Brighton in sixth only a point ahead having played a game extra. Goal difference is not on their side, and their scoring in every game streak is over, but Villa are dangerous in the box and will pose Liverpool a threat.

Klopp will be missing Thiago, Ramsay, and Bajcetic, while there are doubts over Keita, Firmino, and Nunez. Emery will be missing Coutinho and Steer, while Chambers is also a doubt.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: WWWWWW

Away: WDWLLW

Liverpool overcame Villa 3-1 when they met on Boxing day, and Villa are without a win in their last five against Liverpool. They have not won at Anfield since 2014 and it is difficult to see that changing here. Liverpool are in a great run of form and their attack is looking lethal once again. I can only see one winner here, and that's Liverpool in their late and possible fruitless push for Champions League. 

Final score: 3-1

 

 

Wolves - Everton

Wolves are sitting in thirteenth with 40 points as they host seventeenth placed Everton, who have 32 points and are just above the relegation places.

The home crowd will be up for this one, with Lopetegui wanting to get back on track after their loss to United last weekend. While they are safe and wont be too pushed by it, they have dragged themselves away from relegation in style but bad results in their final two games could see them finish as low as 16th. They have won each of their previous four at home and will want to continue that run, with four clean sheets in those games. They have also managed clean sheet in seven of their nine home league games since the turn of the year, but they did lose at home to strugglers (at the time) Bournemouth and Leeds. 

Everton fans saw their team come alive two weeks ago as they put five past Brighton, but Manchester City got the better of them last time out. With a point between them and Leeds, and point to Leicester, Everton know a win along with poor results elsewhere would ensure their safety. They could just as easily slip to nineteenth, but they have only lost one of their last six away games in the league. The pressure will be on for certain, and it is two years since they managed back-to-back away wins in the league. Dyche will need his side to give everything they have to ensure they remain in the league beyond this season, having narrowly avoided the drop last year. 

Wolves will be missing Francisco Tavares Oliveira and Kalajdzic, while they have to assess Boubacar Traore. Everton meanwhile will be without Davies, Coleman, Townsend, Vinagre, Alli, Godfrey, and Coady. They also have doubts over Calvert-Lewin and Mykolenko.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: WLWLWL

Away: LDLDWL

When these sides last met, on Boxing Day, it was Wolves who managed a 2-1 win at Goodison. I think Wolves will have similar fortune here, even though they have little to play for. Lopetegui will want his players to finish as high up the table as they can, and while Dyche will be making his side difficult to break down, I think the Spaniard will get the best of him in a home win for Wolves.

Final score: 2-0

 

 

Nottingham Forest - Arsenal

Forest are sitting in sixteenth with 34 points as they host second place Arsenal, who have 81 points.

Nottingham Forest are not out of the woods in terms of relegation danger just yet, sitting three points above the dotted line. Having managed a draw away to Chelsea last time out, Forest will need another strong performance here. Having beaten Southampton and Brighton in recent outings, if they match or better the results of those in the relegation places they will be guaranteed of their place in the league next season. Home form has been the saving grace for Cooper's men, having lost just twice at home in the league since the turn of the year. They have also scored in each of their previous five league games and will fancy themselves here.

Arteta knows anything other than a win and his side will hand the title to City with this result. Having lost to Brighton last time out they have well and truly accepted defeat in the battle to be champions, but with just two wins in their last seven many will be looking at the mentality of Arsenal's players and coach. They were in the driving seat, but it is gone now. Putting a positive spin on their season will require finishing with wins in their final games and making sure the gap to the top is as narrow as possible. They have lost in their final away game of the season in two of the last three, so rectifying that here would be a step in the right direction as they will aim to challenge for silverware next season.

Forest will be without Biancone, Henderson, Wood, Williams, McKenna, Colback, Shelvey, and Richards, while Scarpa will be back. Arsenal meanwhile are going to be missing Saliba, Martinelli, Tomiyasu, Elneny, and Zinchenko. 

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: LLWLWD

Away: DDLWWL

When these sides last met in October, Arsenal ran out 5-0 winners. Arsenal will need a response here and to make sure they can end the season on a high note, but it wont be easy. I can see Forest causing them plenty of problems, even going ahead. However, Arsenal have shown a strong resilence this season and if they can produce it here once more, then they clearly still have that mental strength. Therefore I am going for a narrow away win.

Final score: 2-3

 

 

West Ham - Leeds

West Ham are fifteenth with 37 points while Leeds are in eighteenth with 31 points.

The Hammers have reached their first European Final in 47 years as they will face off against Fiorentina on the 7th of June in Prague for the Europa Conference League Final. The club will be delighted and having a six point gap on the bottom three with two games to go has all but secured their status in the league, although having lost to Brentford last time out they will want to return to winning ways in front of their fans. They are unbeaten in their last five final home league games of a season, and have managed to score in each home game of 2023. 

Leeds meanwhile are a point from safety and Allardyce has it all to do to ensure they don't go down. A point against Newcastle last time out showed their fighting spirit but they are without a win in seven league games. Allardyce has certainly shown his impact, but their enter this game on the back of four league away defeats in a row. They have however managed to win their final away league game in each of the last three seasons. They could drag themselves out of the relegation places, or have their fate sealed, depending on how other results go.

West Ham will be missing Scamacca, while Leeds will be missing Sinisterra, Dallas, Adams, and Junior Firpo, with doubts over Cooper and Roca.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: WLLLWL

Away: LLDLLD

These sides played out a 2-2 draw when they faced out on New Years, and this game could be just as close and tight. Leeds have both scored and conceded in each of their previous 11 league games, so I expect goals here. West Ham will be tired from their European exploits, but will also be on cloud nine having reached a European final. The game will be close, but I think the tired legs of West Ham will show and Leeds will secure the win.

Final score: 1-2

 

 

Brighton - Southampton

The Seagulls are in sixth with 58 points and will welcome bottom side Southampton, with 24 points, to the Amex.

Brighton were beaten by Newcastle last time out, to all be leave their Champions League hopes in ruins. They have had a tough fixture pile up come the end of the season and it is showing on their players. However, they did beat Arsenal in the previous game, and United, but got destroyed by Everton so their form is very patchy. De Zebri's side are still comfortably a point clear in sixth with a game in hand, and will be hoping to secure Europa League football for next season. Not since October have Brighton suffered back-to-back defeats, and six times they have responded to a defeat in the league by winning their next one. 

Last time out the Saints lost to Fulham, and in the process were condemned to relegation from the Premier League after a ten year stay. Their best hope now can be to avoid finishing bottom of the table, but even that looks unlikely as they sit six points off Leicester with two games to go and a much worse goal difference. The only good thing is the pressure will now be off, with the players having shown their nerves in recent weeks. They are without a win in the Premier League in ten matches, and with Liverpool in their final game of the season, the Saints will be hoping to sign off with at least one last win in the league. 

The Seagulls will be missing Lamptey, Sanchez, Mwepu, Sarmiento, Moder, Webster, March, and Lallana, with doubts over Veltman. Southampton meanwhile will be without Perraud, Bella-Kotchap, Livramento, Salisu, and Larios, with doubts over Adams.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: LWWLWL

Away: LDLLLL

Brighton emerged with a 3-1 win when these sides met earlier in the season, and will be confident of a similar result here. Southampton have been poor to say the least, and a win for Brighton will see they go four games unbeaten against the Saints. Southampton will have little to play for bar pride, but even then I cannot see them producing the goods to get a win here. The only chance they have is the tired legs of Brighton, but I will still back the Seagulls for a narrow win.

Final score: 1-0

 

 

Manchester City - Chelsea

City are top of the table with 85 points and host eleventh placed Chelsea, who have managed 43 points.

Pep oversaw his side destroy Real Madrid during the week to reach the Champions League final against Inter Milan. Having beaten Everton in the league last weekend, they could wrap up the title with a win here, assuming Arsenal have not already dropped point in their game. With the treble well in their sights, City will be looking to break the 90 points mark once again this season. They will also be looking to wrap up their third title in a row, something only achieved twice previously by Man United between 1998 and 2001 and between 2006 and 2009. They have also won all sixteen home games since the turn of the year in all competitions, as Pep is creating a team which seemingly nobody can defeat. 

Chelsea meanwhile are enduring their worst season in recent memory, and seem destined for a bottom half finish. A draw with Forest last time out saw Chelsea battle back to take the lead only to quickly relinquish it themselves. They are a staggering 42 points behind the league leaders going into this one, and Lampard's side are eight points off tenth with three games to play. They have failed to win any of their 14 recent games against teams above them in the standings, and have lost six of their last seven games away to City. Lampard did manage to secure a point away to City while in charge of Everton earlier this season, and will need a similar performance to secure the same here. 

City have doubts over Ake, while Chelsea will be missing Broja, James, Kante, Mount, Chilwell, Cucurella, Badiashile, and Bettinelli/. They also have doubts over Kovacic and Koulibaly.

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: WWWWWW

Away: LLLLWD

As much as we would all like to see Chelsea win to drag out the title race for another week, it is already sown up as far as I am concerned. Unfortunately I have felt for a long time that no matter how good Arsenal were, City would fight back to win it, and I feel they will do enough here to make it happen. Chelsea have been all over the place this season and I cannot see them suddenly clicking here, although knowing my luck they will become prime Barcelona here lol. In all seriousness though, this should be a comfortable home win for City.

Final score: 2-0

 

 

Newcastle - Leicester

Third place Newcastle have 69 points and are a single win off securing Champions League football next season as they face nineteenth placed Leicester, who have 30 points.

The Magpies secured a big win against Brighton on Thursday night to move four points clear of fifth placed Liverpool with two games remaining. A win here would move them onto 72 points and guarantee a place in next seasons Champions League for the first time in 20 years, something Howe and his players could only have dreamed about at the start of the season. With 19 goals scored in their last six league games Howe has got his side focused and firing, and they look destined for a top three finish. Newcastle have shown recent wobbles against Arsenal and Leeds, so they will need to ensure they are focused in their final home game of the season, and what a result it could be in front of their own fans if they secure the win.

The Foxes were outplayed by Liverpool last time out and are now in serious danger of relegation, sitting two points from safety with two games to go. They have not won an away match since February and could have their relegation sealed if other results go against them. The Foxes have shown they can score goals, but they are struggling at the back and after winning the league seven years ago, their time in the top flight could be coming to an end. Leicester have already conceded 41 away league goals this season which is their most in a 38 game season since 1914-15.

Newcastle will be without Willock, Ritchie, Fraser, Lascelles, and Krafth. They also have doubts over Longstaff, Murphy, Trippier, and Joelinton. Leicester will be without Vestergaard, Ward, and Justin, with doubts over the fitness of Soyuncu, Iheanacho, Dewsbury-Hall, and Bertrand. 

Form Last Six League Games:

Home: WWWLDW

Away: LWDDLL

Newcastle beat Leicester at the King Power Stadium 3-0 in the reverse fixture back in December. Unfortunately for Leicester, I can see a similar result happening this time around. The Foxes have not been good enough this season and will have plenty of regrets about how it has gone. Newcastle fans will be partying achieving something Leicester struggled with so many times in recent years, breaking into the top four. The Foxes will go down tot he Championship, seeing their squad picked apart, and I worry about their chances of coming straight back up.

Final score: 4-1

 

 

 

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 article on Medium on the 20th of May 2023, which can be found here: https://medium.com/@1r3n9project/premier-league-22-23-match-week-37-preview-282fafdadf42?sk=d2e4861e4915d5f105339324ea414e4f **

 

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