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Weekend’s Premier League Preview and Predictions

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Leicester V Manchester City

  • Leicester host the champions Manchester City at a good time for the hosts, after an impressive run of games in the league has moved Leicester away from the bottom of the table.
  • Whilst it is never easy facing Manchester City as of late, the Foxes have won two of their last three, keeping clean sheets in four of their last five, a big turnaround from the shocking start to the campaign. Erling Haaland came off at half time against Borussia Dortmund in midweek with a knock, so he might also be unavailable as well, but we will wait and see if this is the case.
  • Manchester City haven’t won in their last three away games in all competitions and could fall victim to a resurgent Leicester side. They beat Brighton last time out in the Premier League and a repeat of that performance would be enough to get the Manchester side over the line.

Liverpool v Leeds

  • Liverpool host out of form Leeds off the back of a midweek win against Ajax.
  • The Reds beat Manchester City and West Ham before losing away to Nottingham Forest to give them two wins from three games. They are still five points off fourth place and 12 off the leaders Arsenal, but a win here would surely close the gap on the teams above them.
  • As for Leeds, they travel to Anfield having lost their last four Premier League games, and Jesse Marsch is under pressure for a result. Leeds dropped into the relegation zone after losing to Leicester and Fulham, despite having a game in hand.
  • We think Jurgen Klopp will inflict more misery on Jesse Marsch at Anfield, with the Yorkshire side’s leaky defense proving costly yet again.

Brighton v Chelsea

  • Brighton host Chelsea, with former Seagulls manager Graham Potter making his return to the AMEX Stadium.
  • Brighton haven’t won a game since Potter left, with Roberto De Zerbi collecting two points from his last five games, despite them coming up against much better opponents, such as Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City and now Chelsea.
  • As for Potter, he is currently unbeaten as Chelsea manager since he took over in September. His side beat RB Salzburg 2-1 in midweek to confirm their place in the knockout round of the Champions League.
  • Graham Potter will want to pick up three points against his former club on Saturday, in what will likely be a close fought affair.

Arsenal V Nottingham Forest

  • Arsenal come into this one having missed the chance to seal top spot in their Europa League group on Thursday, in a game in which they played a relatively similar lineup to which we may see in this game, so may be suffering from fatigue. Despite dropping two points last weekend in the Premier League in a 1-1 draw away to Southampton, the first time the Gunners had failed to win in the league since 4th September, they still remain two points clear at the top, coming into this weekends round of fixtures.
  • Nottingham Forest won their first league match since mid-August, with a shock 1-0 win over Liverpool last Saturday, only their second win of the season. Despite the result, they come into the weekend, joint on nine points with Leeds and Wolves in the relegation zone, but bottom of the table, owing to their inferior goal difference, where they have conceded the second most goals in the league with 23 and scored the second least with eight.
  • Arsenal haven’t been performing at their best in the last couple of games, even when they have won, and are in need of a positive result here, so expect them to get the three points in front of their home fans.
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