The Manchester derby will highlight the upcoming Premiere League weekend. Can the Devils slow down the Cityzens in the title race?
Manchester United v Manchester City
The main headline of this round is the Manchester derby! Everyone hopes to see great football from the two famous teams. City are definitely the favorites in this match, and the incoherent attack by Eric Ten Hag’s team only reinforces this opinion. In any case, the match will be emotional and high-scoring, because the fans will not forgive them anything else.
Crystal Palace – Tottenham
Tottenham, following the results against Fulham, retained 1st place in the table and Palace do not look like those who can knock them off of it. The 4 goal loss to Newcastle may shake up or completely demoralize Palace. But in any scenario Tottenham are the favorites in this match and we expect a confident victory from them.
Chelsea – Brentford
Chelsea travels to play Brentford. The Blues drew with Arsenal in the last round and are on the upswing, slowly finding their game. Brentford confidently won the match against their neighbor and will hope to take points away from Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are undoubtedly the favorites, but if their game doesn’t go as it sometimes has this season, the Bees may seize that chance.
Bournemouth – Burnley
Two neighbors from the bottom of the table will share points. Both teams lost their matches in the 8th round. But Bournemouth look like the favorites in this meeting. And it will be seen whether they justify this status.
Arsenal – Sheffield United
The Gunners host Sheffield at home, there is no question who the favorites are, it’s Arsenal. What could prevent Arsenal from winning? Only fatigue and forced rotation after the Europa League match against Sevilla just 3 days before Sheffield. But the Blades’ results don’t indicate that the team is capable of upsetting Arsenal, even not at full strength. The prediction is a confident Arsenal win by 2 or more goals.
Wolverhampton – Newcastle
Newcastle continue their fight for European competitions and in Europe, and this time they will visit the Wolves. The Wolves, with a slight advantage, hardly but won the last match and can prepare well for this match. And Newcastle will only have 3 days of rest and preparation after the match against Borussia Dortmund, the result of which can both boost and lower the team’s morale. Newcastle are the nominal favorites who still should win and score a couple of goals, but there is also confidence that the Wolves will not lose without conceding.
West Ham – Everton
West Ham have a difficult week ahead, after the heavy defeat by Aston Villa, they face a Europa League match against Olympiacos, which will require showing their morale. And after that, host Everton at home. The Toffees lost the derby to Liverpool, but looked very confident in defense and if they can withstand West Ham’s pace, they have every chance of clinging to points. The match is expected to be equal, and the teams may well part with a draw or gift the opponent a minimal victory.
Liverpool – Nottingham Forest
Liverpool hosts the Forest at home, who are going through a difficult period due to injuries and unconvincing play of their defense. Liverpool will definitely play to win, and the midweek match against Toulouse won’t change anything. We can expect an attacking game from Liverpool and a defensive strategy from Nottingham. However, Liverpool will most likely win by 2 or more goals.
Brighton – Fulham
Both teams lost the previous round, the hosts to City, and the guests to Tottenham. But in those games they were not the favorites. Brighton looks better, but the consistency of play “wanders” from match to match. And Fulham may not have realized their ambitions in the derby with Tottenham and will find someone to take it out on. We should expect goals and a win for one of the sides, most likely Brighton, a draw is unlikely.
Aston Villa – Luton Town
Luton have a difficult away trip to face Villa. The Lions have been in good shape lately, defeating their direct competitors without major problems. Luton, meanwhile, sits 17th in the table with very poor stats across all metrics. Aston Villa should win without any problems, even though they play in the Europa Conference League midweek. We expect an Aston Villa win, where they can produce another goal scoring extravaganza.