Premier League Postponed Games Week 3 Preview

Premier League Postponed Games Week 3 Preview

By cryptogod-1 | CryptoGod-1 : Sports | 23 Feb 2022


Good day everyone,

I hope you are all well and having a great week, welcome to CryptoGod-1's blog on all things sports. Today we will be looking at the upcoming midweek games in the Premier League which are taking place due to them being postponed earlier in the season. With some interesting clashes including Liverpool's game in hand taking place, it should provide four interesting fixtures.

 

Fixtures - Times are shown as U.K. Time

This weeks round of fixtures take place over 2 days, on Wednesday and Thursday evening.

 

Wednesday 23rd February

Burnley - Tottenham 7.30pm KO (Kick Off)

Watford - Crystal Palace 7.30pm KO

Liverpool - Leeds 7.45pm KO

 

Thursday 24th February

Arsenal - Wolves 7.45pm 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 weeks matches. Remember this is just my fun analysis and should not be taken as advice or a guarantee. 

 

Burnley - Tottenham

This game was postponed back on the 28th of November after heavy snowfall made the pitch at Turf Moore unplayable. Burnley showed some excellent play during their weekend win over Brighton, making excellent use of new signing Weghorst. As for Spurs, they were involved in what was probably the game of the season and showed the character to beat Man City away from home, giving everyone at the club a massive boost in the process. That was Burnley's first away win of the season, and only their second win of the season at that to end a winless run of twelve games. It mean Burnley have their fate in their own hands, sitting 5 points behind Newcastle who are in 17th, but having two games in hand. Tottenham are 8th in the table but have games in hand over all their rivals above them bar Arsenal. With their patchy form of three wins and three losses from their last six league games, Spurs will hope Kane can showcase the same world class tempo against the relegation candidates. Burnley will be sweating over the availability of Weghorst, Cornet, Taylor, Tarkowski, and Westwood, but will definitely be without Vydra and Gudmundsson. Regulion has Covid-19 and will miss for Spurs, along with Skipp and Tanganga due to injury. Assuming Tottenham show the same motivation that they did against City they should get the points in a hard fought battle against Burnley. The score line will be tight as the Clarets have given both Liverpool and United a tough time at home, but it should end up being a 1-2 win for the away side.

 

Watford - Crystal Palace

The original Vicarage Road fixture, which was due to be played on Saturday December 18th, was postponed due to Covid-19. The Hornets picked up their first win under Roy Hodgson at the weekend, while Palace were defeated with a last minute goal against Chelsea. Watford remain 18th and four points off safety, but after their 12-game winless run came to a welcome end at Villa Park. They remain without a home win since they beat United in November, and their tally of seven home points is the worst home record in the Premier League this term. Vieira's side put in hard work on the weekend but got no reward, and now sit only 8 points above their opponents heading into this match. The Eagles are waiting for their first league win since the turn of the year and are on a six game winless run in the league. Watford will head into this game without Nkoulou, while Palace will likely be without Guaita after he was subbed off against Chelsea. In what will most likely be a very tight game, I cannot see Palace or Watford beating each other. The Eagles wont want to drop towards the relegation battle and the Hornets are not showing good enough form to pick up the three points, so I will go for a boring 0-0 draw.

 

Liverpool - Leeds

This game was called off on Boxing day due to high numbers of Covid-19 in Leeds squad. The Reds are on a good run of form and a victory at home to Leeds will see them reduce the gap to Man City to only 3 points. After coming from behind to beat Norwich, Liverpool will need to be at their best to stop Leeds giving them the same scare they gave United at the weekend. Liverpool have won their previous eight games in all competitions, and are the only side not to loose at home in the league this season. They will expect to continue that run and put pressure on City in the process. Leeds showed their commitment to attacking football on the weekend with two quick goals against United, but conceding four will have done their confidence no good. They have lost three of their last four in the top flight and have shipped at least three goals in each of their last three, and now face a formidable strike force in Liverpool. Leeds have the worst away defensive record this season, with 29 goals conceded on the road. Liverpool will be without Firmino and possibly Jota for this game, while Leeds have a long injury list of Greenwood, Bamford, Phillips, and Cooper. While Liverpool may have one eye on the Wembley final on the weekend, I expect them to put on a good show especially to put pressure on City. While Leeds will do their best, I think the weekend will have taken a lot out of them and Liverpool should have the Anfield crowd in great form before the Cup Final, winning at home with a 4-1 result.

 

Arsenal - Wolves

The original fixture on the 28th of December was called off due to a high number of Covid-19 cases in the Wolves squad. This game sees two teams with realistic hopes of finishing in the top four facing off. Arsenal managed to secure the three points against Brentford on the weekend, while Wolves overcame Leicester to boost their European football ambitions. After an awful January, Arsenal have two wins from two league matches in February and are showing great form for the top four race. Level on points with West Ham and four points off United who occupy fourth, Arsenal have two games in hand on them and currently sit sixth. They are the third best team at home this season, with a tally of 26 points being the third-best in the division, bettered only by Liverpool and Manchester City.  Lage's side are undeniably realistic contenders for top four, six points off United and having two games in hand. They travel to the Emirates having won each of their last four away games in the league, and will take plenty of confidence from their seventh-placed ranking in the table. Arsenal should have their entire squad available after recent injuries and suspensions. Wolves only have to worry about AIt-Nouri, who will need to be assessed. Lage's side will still be wondering how they failed to take something from their meeting with the Gunners at Molineux last month, and this should be a close encounter. While Arsenal are tough to beat at home, I actually fancy Wolves to continue their great form and push for Europe by beating Arteta's side 2-3 at the Emirates. 

 

 

Have a great day, I hope you enjoyed the preview of the league matches and get to see the games. The league returns to action this weekend on Friday evening, with only  8 games taking place thanks to the Carabao Cup final on Sunday between Liverpool and Chelsea.

Peace. CryptoGod-1.

 

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