English Premier League Previews and Predictions (Game-Week 32)

Liverpool's Fabinho scored a cracking long-range effort against Crystal Palace at Anfield

Aston Villa vs. Wolverhampton
Date: 27/6/2020
Venue: Villa Park
Time: 12:30pm

Relegation battlers Aston Villa are home to a high-flying Wolverhampton, who are firmly poised to clinch a European cup ticket (UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League) at Villa Park in Saturday’s only game.

Villa haven’t played like a team desperate to beat the drop since the restart of the league, picking up just two points from three matches, while Wolves have impressively gone about their job, winning two from two games.

This should be a pretty straightforward win for the visitors, their third on the bounce, although we back Aston Villa to weigh in with at least one goal in the game.

Prediction: Villa 1 – 2 Wolves

Watford vs. Southampton
Date: 28/6/2020
Venue: Vicarage Road
Time: 4:30pm

Relegation strugglers Watford welcomes Southampton to Vicarage Road on Sunday.

The Hornets are neck deep in the battle to beat the drop, picking up just a solitary point from two games and will be overly determined to get that one vital win over the Saints which could go a long way in determining their survival chances.

While Southampton are almost there as regards safety for the season, they are aware yet another away win makes life easier and avoids any last-minute permutations.

We predict an away win for the Saints, partly due to the Hornets’ attack failing to fire in the last two games.

Prediction: Watford 0 – 1 Saints

Crystal Palace vs. Burnley
Date: 29/6/2020
Venue: Selhurst Park
Time: 8:00pmC

CrystalPalace will look to quickly get over their humiliating away defeat at Liverpool when they welcome Burnley to Selhurst Park on Monday night.

Both teams are level on points (42), though the Eagles are ahead on the log due to a superior goal difference.

In the expected absence of Wilfried Zaha, who went off injured against the Reds that could be a major worry for Roy Hodgson’s men, Andre Ayew and Andros Townsend with the added goal scoring responsibility.

We tip Crystal Palace to win by a clean sheet, a fifth win in their last six games.

Prediction: Palace 1 – 0 Burnley

Brighton vs. Manchester United
Date: 30/6/2020
Venue: Saint James’ Park
Time 8:15pm

Manchester United will aim to extend their impressive form as well as banish old memories when they travel to Brighton on Tuesday night.

The Red Devils were the better team as they outplayed Tottenham Hotspur, the outcome a draw, while they easily saw off the challenge from Sheffield United thanks to Anthony Martial’s hat-trick to claim maximum points on Wednesday.

They face a bit of a tricky tie to the Seagulls, a team they lost to on their last league visit in August, 2018 and remarkably are yet to pick up a single point on the ground.

However, an all-round improved team play, an emerging Paul Pogba-Bruno Fernandes midfield partnership and the Martial-Marcus Rashford combination looking unstoppable in attack, these and more could tilt the tie in United’s favour, although they need to be wary of the threat posed by Brigton’s forward duo Neal Maupay and Aaron Connolly, the former carrying the bigger threat.

We tip goals at both ends, over 3.5 goals, a highly entertaining match and a Manchester United away win.

Prediction: Brighton 1 – 3 Man Utd

Tottenham vs Chelsea. Willian scores the first of two goals against Tottenham during the festive matches

Arsenal vs. Norwich City
Date: 1/7/2020
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Time: 6:00pm

Arsenal should be fairly confident of picking a home win when they welcome Norwich City to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners will play their first home game since a London derby victory against West Ham United in March and there really shouldn’t be any problems with adding to Thursday’s win at Southampton against the league’s bottom club.

We expect the Gunners to wrap up a routine win against a team who appear to have lost the fight to stay up and a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal in the game.

Prediction: Arsenal 3 – 0 Norwich

Bournemouth vs. Newcastle United
Date: 1/7/2020
Venue: Vitality Stadium
Time: 6:00pm

Bournemouth and Newcastle United clash at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday evening, in a meeting which could end up being anybody’s game.

The Cherries look doomed for the drop, picking up just one point from the last five matches and to make matters a bit worse, they have failed to score in 180 minutes of Premier League action post Project Restart.

On the Magpies’ part, they have recorded a win and draw which has guaranteed Premier League safety ahead of what possibly could be a massive turnaround in fortune next season, but first they must navigate their first away trip since a visit to Southampton in March.

We predict an away win, a result which takes Newcastle up to the 40 point mark, while Bournemouth are left further frustrated and are increasingly closer to the Championship.

Prediction: Bournemouth 0 – 1 NUFC

Everton vs. Leicester City
Date: 1/7/2020
Venue: Goodison Park
Time: 6:00pm

Everton hosts Leicester City in what should be an entertaining if not explosive clash at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening.

The Toffees did well to hold out for a point in an uneventful barren draw against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Sunday and followed that performance with an away win at bottom club Norwich City, Michael Keane the match-winner.

They come up against a Foxes side, who have drawn their last two matches and haven’t particularly looked threatening and sharp, Jamie Vardy the biggest culprit in this regard.

While Brendan Rodgers appears to still be struggling with deciding the two forward players to play either side of Vardy, Carlo Ancelotti has a much settled Everton line-up and his twin strike pair of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison should turn up on match day.

We expect Everton to earn a win on the day and equally keep a clean sheet, a result which could throw Leicester a bit off balance in the top four race.

Prediction: Everton 1 – 0 Leicester

West Ham vs. Chelsea
Date: 1/7/2020
Venue: London Stadium
Time: 8:15pm

Chelsea are gunning for a fourth successive win as they travel to relegation threatened West Ham United on Thursday evening, who must look to avoid suffering successive defeats in the same number of games the Blues have come away with maximum points.

Things haven’t worked out for manager David Moyes on his return to the Hammers as they have consistently underwhelmed despite parading an extremely talented squad.

They could hope for some good fortune against the Blues, who somehow have always managed to do things the hard way even against the most suspect opposition in the division.

West Ham won the reverse fixture but on current form can only retain thin hopes of claiming the double.

Despite posting a shutout in front of goal in three straight games, we expect the Hammers to break the duck against a suspect Chelsea backline, but back the Blues to win this London derby away from home.

Prediction: West Ham 1 – 2 Chelsea

Sheffield vs. Tottenham
Date: 2/7/2020
Venue: Bramall Lane
Time: 6:00pm

Sheffield United plays their first home game since March when they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Bramall Lane.

The Blades have been on the receiving end of successive 3-0 away defeats (Newcastle United and Manchester United) and the thoughts of facing an inconsistent Spurs team at this moment really could be upsetting.

It isn’t all gloomy for Chris Wilder and his Sheffield team as they will have goalkeeper Dean Henderson back in goal after been ineligible to face his parent club on Wednesday and the fact that Tottenham’s struggles this year have continued and wouldn’t be fixed at Bramall Lane.

The game should provide Sheffield with an opportunity to finally net a goal after firing blanks in their last three matches.

An average game played on Thursday evening should be settled by a draw, a fair result for both teams on all accounts.

Prediction: Sheffield 1 – 1 Spurs

Manchester City vs. Liverpool
Date: 2/7/2020
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Time: 8:15pm

Manchester City and Liverpool clash in the final game of the round on Thursday evening.

This could have been the title-decider if the Cityzens had won away at Chelsea on Thursday night but now it’s all just a formality and bragging rights at stake, so we don’t anticipate much of a high-pressure contest in the Reds’ first game since been crowned Premier League champions.

Both managers will expectedly make changes to their line-up’s but we expect Pep Guardiola to keep the core of his squad, with a change coming at the heart of defence in place of the suspended Fernandinho and Phil Foden coming in to continue his big game integration for City.

For Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp could find a good mix to his team, handing the youngsters a start as they look to step down on the gas a bit in what has been a truly excellent season.

Regardless of the changes and less significance of the fixture, we still expect a tactical battle which should end in a score draw.

Prediction: Man City 1 –1 Liverpool

Disclaimer- Predictions are just for fun, based on analysis. We do NOT sell or guarantee results.

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