Premier League Weekly Preview

The football continues to come at us thick and fast. We have a fresh round of Premier League fixtures starting this evening. Let’s check out what we can look forward to.

Tuesday 7th of July 2020

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

Venue – Selhurst Park

Kick Off – 6.00 pm

Odds – Home Win 7/1 Draw 7/2 Away Win 2/5

Watch On – Sky Sports Main Event

The home side come into this one in poor form off the back of three defeats. They haven’t even managed a single goal in them games. They currently sit 14th in the table. Recent form seems to suggest they have taken their foot off the gas now they are safe from the drop zone.

They’ll need to tighten up their second half performances. They have conceded eight goals in their last three games. Six of them coming in the second half.

On the flip side Chelsea come into this one in inspired form. They have only suffered one defeat in their last nine outings. They bounced back with a win last time out comfortably beating Watford 3-0.

Willian is in flying form for the Blues. Netting four goals in their last three games.

Chelsea have also won the last four meetings between these sides. They’ll need another in this razor close fight for a top four finish.

Palace will be without defender James Tomkins and Jeffrey Schlupp. While Chelsea will be missing several players like N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Fikayo Tomori and Marco van Ginkel. While Martin Kelly is doubtful for Palace.

Verdict – Chelsea

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Watford vs Norwich City

Venue – Vicarage Road

Kick Off – 6.00 pm

Odds – Home Win 4/6 Draw 11/4 Away Win 4/1

Watch On – Sky Sports Premier League

A good old relegation scrap this. More important game for the home side as Norwich are as good as gone. Watford still need to get going soon. They haven’t won a game since beating champions Liverpool back in February. They have also lost three on the bounce. Only earning one point since the return of football. They’ll need to tighten up at the back as they have conceded first in their last five league games.

Norwich are also on desperate form. They too haven’t won a game since the return of football. In fact, they haven’t even gained a single point.

They are rooted to the bottom of the table and seem destined for the drop. Even worse is they haven’t scored a single league won since the return. They haven’t scored in seven straight league defeats. Along with not finding the net in their last four away games in the league.

Watford will be without Gerard Deulofeu, Isaac Success and Daryl Janmaat once again. While Norwich will be without Sam Byram, Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann and Todd Cantwell. Alexander Tettey and Kenny McLean are questionable but could make the squad.

Verdict – Big win for Watford

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Arsenal vs Leicester City

Venue – The Emirates Stadium

Kick Off – 8.15 pm

Odds – Home Win 13/10 Draw 12/5 Away Win 21/10

Watch On – Sky Sports Main Event

A big game to finish up the day. Leicester look to hang on to their top four status. While Arsenal look to continue their late push for European football next season.

Arsenal come into this one with four wins on the bounce after their disaster start when football returned. They have even looked better defensively keeping three clean sheets in their last four games. Goals haven’t been an issue either with the Gunners finding the net in their last five games. They are also unbeaten in their last six league games at home.

3rd place Leicester got a needed win last time out against Crystal Palace. A game which seen current league top scorer Jamie Vardy join the 100 club for goals. That was their first win since the return of football.

All their goals since the restart of football have come in the second half. That will need to change as this one could be a free scoring game. They also haven’t won an away league game in their last five attempts.

Arsenal will be without goalkeeper Bernd Leno. Along with Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Martinelli. Mesut Ozil is also touch and go if he will play or not. Matteo Guendouzi is also expected not to play after falling out of favour with manager Mikel Arteta.

While Leicester will be hoping James Maddison, Ben Chilwell and Ayoze Perez can overcome some knocks leaving them in doubt. While defender Ricardo Pereira is still out with an injury.

Verdict – Draw

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Wednesday 8th of July 2020

Manchester City vs Newcastle United

Venue – The Etihad Stadium

Kick Off – 6.00 pm

Odds – Home Win 1/9 Draw 8/1 Away Win 20/1

Watch On – BT Sports

The title race may be over, but Manchester City are still out for blood. They will be looking to bounce back after somehow losing to Southampton last time out. City have looked great at home this season only losing two games and scoring an average of three goals per game.

Newcastle are also quietly going about their business. They have only lost one game in their last eight. Funny enough that was against Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter finals. On the bright side goals haven’t been an issue lately. With Allan Saint – Maximin really impressing for his new team.

Manchester City will be without main man Sergio Aguero. While Newcastle will be without Ciaran Clark. Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden are also unlikely to play.

Verdict – Manchester City to strong at home

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Sheffield United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Venue – Bramall Lane

Kick Off – 6.00 pm

Odds – Home Win 11/4 Draw 2/1 Away Win 11/10

Watch On – Sky Sports Main Event

Unfortunately, Sheffield United have fell off the wagon since the return of football. The success story of the season has only picked up one win since then. However, they have gone four games unbeaten in the Premier League at home. The Blades will be looking to score first as anytime they took the lead at home this season in the Premier League they haven’t lost.

Wolves currently sit in 6th place also pushing for European football. They lost to Arsenal last time out bringing an end to their eight-game unbeaten streak. The omens look good for this one as Wolves are on a five-game unbeaten run away from home.

Wolves will also be delighted with a full-strength squad to choose from. While Sheffield United will be without John Lundstram, Luke Freeman and John Fleck.

It was a 1-1 draw last time these two met back in December. Expect a similarly close game here.

Verdict – Wolves just about

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West Ham United vs Burnley

Venue – The London Stadium

Kick Off – 6.00 pm

Odds – Home Win 10/11 Draw 12/5 Away Win 11/4

Watch On – BT Sports

Another big game for West Ham who are fighting off relegation. After a poor return to football things are picking up for David Moyes and his men. They picked up a huge win against Chelsea and an away draw against Newcastle last time out.

However leaking goals has been a big issue for the Hammers. They have conceded eight goals since returning. Something that will need to change if they want survival.

Burnley come into this game comfortable with Premier League status confirmed. They sit 10th and will be looking to hold on to a top ten finish at least. They find themselves on a good three game unbeaten run. Conceding only one goal but scoring three in this time. They have lost only one game in their last 11 Premier League games.

West Ham will be without Robert Snodgrass. While Felipe Anderson and Sebastien Haller are carrying knocks but could be included in the match day squad. While Burnley are without skipper Ben Mee, Jack Cork, Ashley Barnes and Matthew Lowton. Verdict – Another big home win for West Ham

Verdict – Another big home win for West Ham

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Brighton and Hove Albion vs Liverpool

Venue – Amex Stadium

Kick Off – 8.15 pm

Odds – Home Win 11/2 Draw 16/5 Away Win 1/2

Watch On – Sky Sports Main Event

The championship parade pulls into Brighton for its next stop. The seagulls will be looking to stop the party.

Brighton have managed to only win one of their last six Premier League games. They haven’t kept a clean sheet at home since December. Worrying news when Salah and Mane are coming to town.

Technically Liverpool are on their worst form of the season. Winning two games from their last five. The champions got a good win last time out beating Aston Villa 2-0. Yet they are still without an away win or an away goal since the restart. A trend that they will be looking to break in this one.

Brighton have all their regulars to call upon. While Liverpool will be without Joel Matip. While James Milner and Dejan Lovren are questionable.

Liverpool have won every meeting between these two since 2011. Including a 2-1 win from earlier in the season. It could be same again for the champs.

Verdict – Liverpool

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Thursday 9th of July 2020

Bournemouth vs Tottenham Hotspur

Venue – Vitality Stadium

Kick Off – 6.00 pm

Odds – Home Win 7/2 Draw 3/1 Away Win 8/13

Watch On – Sky Sports Main Event

Bournemouth are looking more relegation bound by the week. Leaking goals and not scoring many is never a good receipt for survival. It’s a shame to see because Eddie Howe and his men are always nice to watch.

Unfortunately, they do look like a sinking ship. They are on an eight-game run without a win. With only one of those games been a draw. They have conceded 12 goals since the restart. While only netting three themselves.

The Cherries are coming up against a Spurs side fresh off a 1-0 win against Everton. They have been patchy lately but have still only lost one game since the restart. They are without an away win in their last three outings. It could be a good opportunity for Bournemouth to get something.

Bournemouth are without Charlie Daniels. While Simon Frances, Chris Mepham and Steve Cook are questionable. Spurs will be without Troy Parrott, Japhet Tanganga and Juan Foyth. With Dele Alli also being questionable.

Verdict – Tottenham

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Everton vs Southampton

Venue – Goodison Park

Kick Off – 6.00 pm

Odds – Home Win EVS Draw 12/5 Away Win 13/5

Watch On – Amazon Prime

Everton looked abysmal in their latest match against Tottenham. They lost 1-0 but just didn’t look bothered at all. Everton currently sit 11th and will have to be better here to push into the top ten. They were on a decent run to on a three-game unbeaten streak. They just looked so uninspired last time out. However, they haven’t lost at home in the league since November.

Southampton come into this one on a two-game win streak. With a huge win over Manchester City in their last game. They currently sit comfortably in 13th and could make a push for a top ten finish. Striker Danny Ings has been the MVP of the league since its return. Che Adams also grabbed his first goal for Southampton against City. Some good fire power needed to have a strong finish to the season.

Everton will be without Fabian Delph and Theo Walcott. While Mason Holgate and Alex Iwobi are carrying knocks but are expected to be involved. The Saints will be without Pierre – Emile Hojbjerg and Sofiane Boufal, Both Jannik Vestergaard and Yann Valery are very doubtful.

Verdict – Draw

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Aston Villa vs Manchester United

Venue – Villa Park

Kick Off – 8.15 pm

Odds – Home Win 17/2 Draw 4/1 Away Win 3/10

Watch On – Sky Sports Main Event  

Aston Villa are another side desperately fighting off relegation. They will have a hard task as a in form Manchester United come to town.

Villa haven’t won a game since January and have only scored twice since the restart. Main man Jack Grealish hasn’t found his old form yet either. He may be looking to do so against the club he is heavily linked with. Even worse for Villa they have only earned one point at home since that win in January.

United are the most in form team in the league. With their front three and midfield making headlines. They haven’t lost a game since January. Have only dropped two points against Spurs since the restart. They have also scored twelves times in the league since then. They still look a bit nervous at the back. Something Aston Villa will need to exploit.

Villa will be without Matt Targett, Wesley and Tom Heaton. Its also highly unlikely Bjorn Engels won’t be involved. Manchester United will be without Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe. There is some concern around Victor Lindelof, but he should be good to go. Jesse Lingard is also expected to not get a run in the squad again.

This was a 2-2 draw earlier in the season. United are in much better form going into this game.

Verdict – Manchester United

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