Tuesday, March 21, 2023

EPL: Crumbling Blues Welcome Leeds, As Man Utd Travels To Anfield, Other Fixtures And Prediction

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The English Premier League (EPL) week 26 is set to kick off as Champions Man City and Newcastle take on each other. The match to watch out for this weekend is Liverpool vs Man Utd.

The English Premier League (EPL) title race is intensifying with reigning champions Manchester City maintaining pressure on table-toppers Arsenal after an emphatic 4-1 win at Bournemouth last weekend.

Fixtures for Saturday, March 4 2023.

Man City vs Newcastle (13:30): Man City manager Pep Guardiola – who recently took a swipe at Manchester United’s expenditure – will be desperate to further fuel his side’s momentum with victory against the PL’s richest club Newcastle United.

Prediction: 0-1

Arsenal vs Bournemouth (16:00): The firing Gunners went five points clear at the summit after thumping Everton 4-0 in midweek, marking the 12th time they’ve scored 4+ goals against the Toffees in the PL – a record for one side against another in the competition!

Prediction: 4-1

Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace (16:00): Last weekend, mid-tableAston Villa headed to Goodison Park staring down the barrel of a fourth straight Premier League (EPL) defeat for the first time this season. However, they battled to an impressive 2-0 win over Everton, leading manager Unai Emery to claim he was particularly proud of how his team “reacted very well” to some moments in which they were under real pressure.

Prediction: 0-0

READ ALSO: Manchester City Interested In Signing Kovacic And Mount From Chelsea

Chelsea vs Leeds (16:00): Graham Potter continues to cling on to his position at Chelsea despite another week without a win or a goal. A miserable 2-0 defeat at Tottenham last time out was made even worse by losing star defender Thiago Silva to injury, and rounded off February with the Blues scoring just a single goal throughout the entire month (D2, L3)!

Prediction: 1-0

Brighton vs West Ham (16:00): After beating Stoke City 2-1 to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals, Brighton & Hove Albion’s impressive season is showing little sign of slowing down. Whilst that victory kept hopes of securing a first major trophy remain alive, manager Roberto De Zerbi may have one eye on securing the high-flying Seagulls a first-ever berth in UEFA European competition with their 35 points after 22 games a club-high at this stage of a Premier League (EPL) campaign.

Prediction: 2-2

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Wolves vs Tottenham (16:00): After a bright start to his debut stint in the Premier League (EPL) which helped Wolves move out of the bottom three, Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui has now overseen three winless games to leave them in the thick of the relegation battle. After demanding the best of his players in pursuit of a EPL double against Liverpool, they instead succumbed to a second-half slump and a 2-0 loss at Anfield in midweek that saw them begin this round just three points above the danger zone.

Prediction: 1-0

Southampton vs Leicester City (18:30): Bottom side Southampton’s 2-1 midweek FA Cup loss to Grimsby represented a new low in a traumatic season, as Rubén Sellés endured the ultimate false start on his long-awaited bow at St Mary’s Stadium. Now he and his men must quickly move on, in the hope that they can add to what is currently a 50% success rate in opening Premier League (EPL) home games for new permanent coaches appointed during this season (W4, D1, L3).

Prediction: 2-1

READ ALSO: What Man Utd Should Do To Win More Trophies – Guardiola

Fixures for Sunday, March 5 2023.

Nottingham vs Everton (15:00): This is a huge contest in the Premier League (EPL) relegation battle, with both Nottingham Forest and Everton desperate to secure a positive result that could well shape the remainder of their seasons. Despite playing a game less, Forest come into the contest four points better off than the visitors who start the round in 18th, meaning a win could potentially put some real daylight between them and the drop zone depending on results elsewhere.

Prediction: 1-0

Liverpool vs Man Utd (17:30): While there may be an abnormally large ten-point gap between the two, one of the Premier League’s (EPL) most prestigious rivalries rears its head once again, as the Reds of Liverpool take on the Red Devils of Manchester United. Liverpool’s recent uptick in form has revived their hopes of a top-four finish, with clinical performances the catalyst for a four-game unbeaten streak in the league (W3, D1), most recently beating Wolves 2-0 at Anfield in midweek.

Fixture for Monday, March 6 2023.

Brentford vs Fulham (21:00): The sky appears the limit for Brentford this season if they can retain their focus as they sit just four points adrift of sixth place prior to the weekend’s games, a position which will more than likely be enough to secure a European berth. Scoring the opener will likely be crucial to closing that gap on Monday, though, with the Bees one of just three sides ahead of the round yet to win a PL game when conceding first (D6, L4).

Prediction: 1-1


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