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Premier League Preview - Week 28

Matchweek 28 of the 2022/23 Premier League season is upon us, and the dust from last week’s round has finally settled. Bournemouth shocked Liverpool, Arsenal bested Fulham, and Manchester City laboured to victory thanks to an Erling Haaland penalty.

There was disappointment for Manchester United after their draw with lowly Southampton - a game made even more frustrating for United fans thanks to Casemiro’s second red-card of the season. Newcastle got back to winning ways, whilst Chelsea finally look like a side capable of challenging for the European places.

Three games have been postponed this weekend, so let’s take a look at the games which remain unaffected.


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Nottingham Forest  v Newcastle United 

Nottingham Forest were outclassed at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last week, but Steve Cooper’s men remain in the relegation zone only on goal difference. 

A win over Newcastle will lift them to the safety places at least temporarily, though the task remains easier said than done considering how few losses Newcastle have registered this season. 

Eddie Howe’s Newcastle side got back to winning ways last weekend and the Toon Army will hope that the positive momentum continues even further. Miguel Almiron was back on the scoresheet, whilst Alexander Isak seems to be settling in at long last. 

Dean Henderson, Willy Boly, and Scott McKenna remain sidelined for Forest, whilst Chris Wood will miss out to both injury and his inability to play against his parent-club. 

Newcastle forward Anthony Gordon will be out for the next couple of weeks and Joelinton remains suspended due to his acquisition of 10 yellow cards. 

Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle will take place at the City Ground, kicking off at 8pm on Friday 17 March. 

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Brentford v Leicester City

High-flying Brentford could further challenge for the European places by defeating below-par Leicester City on Saturday. 

The Bees were cold and clinical in the win over Southampton this week, with Ivan Toney once-again proving how valuable he is to Thomas Frank. The Englishman is behind only Karry Kane and Erling Haaland on the top-scorer charts, whilst Yoane Wissa continues to impress. 

It’s been a season to forget for Leicester City who are only out of the bottom three on goal-difference and face their biggest threat of relegation since their return to the top-flight almost ten years ago. The Foxes’ FA Cup victory was only two years ago, but their poor form this season has made the triumph feel like it took place a lot longer ago than that. 

Brentford vs Leicester will take place at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday 18 March at 3pm. 

Southampton v Tottenham 

Saints’ run of improved form came to a grinding halt on Wednesday after their loss to Brenford, and Ruben Selles desperately needs his Saints to get back to winning ways if they have any hope of remaining in the Premier League. 

Tottenham, on the other hand, could further strengthen their top-four credentials with a win at St. Mary’s and shake off the malaise generated by their dismal exit from the Champions League earlier this week. 

Southampton vs Tottenham will take place at St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday 18 March, with kick-off being at 3pm. 

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Aston Villa v Bournemouth 

Aston Villa’s improvement under Unai Emery is clear to see, however Villa have lost their last two league games and any drop-off in form could easily land them back in the relegation dogfight. 

A home win against struggling Bournemouth sounds simple on-paper, but it’s worth considering that the Cherries will be invigorated after beating Liverpool last week. 

Both sides need the three points, though Bournemouth could pull away from the drop-zone altogether if they emerge victorious. 

Aston Villa have only beaten the Cherries once in the Premier League, losing the last two meetings in the process - including on the opening day of the season. 

Aston Villa vs Bournemouth will take place at Villa Park on Saturday 18 March, with kick-off being at 3pm. 

Wolves v Leeds United

Wolverhampton Wanderers continue to frustrate with their inconsistent performances and lack of firepower in the final third. The club may be 13th, but they’re only above the relegation zone by three points and have only scored 20 goals this season. 

Diego Costa is nudging his way back to fitness, but the striker is some time away from starting and will likely be out for the next few weeks. Other than that, there are no new injury concerns for Wolves, and we can expect the same starting XI as last week to be fielded. 

Leeds United have won the fewest games of any Premier League side this season - a statistic Javi Gracia will have to change if he wishes to keep the famous club in the Premier League. 

Liam Cooper is the latest Leeds player to be ruled-out, but it’s likely that the defender will be back by the beginning of April. 

Wolves vs Leeds will take place at Molineux Stadium on Saturday 18 March at 3pm. 

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Chelsea v Everton 

Chelsea are showing signs of improvement at long last and their abundance of new signings finally look as though they’re gelling together. 

The Blues have won their last two games and are through the quarter-finals of the Champions League - which they won only two years ago. 

It’s been a miserable season for Chelsea, but it seems as though the worst is over and the club is through its bad patch. Kai Havertz is in good form, whilst new signings Enzo Fernandez and Benoit Badiashille have produced impressive performances. 

Everton remain out of the bottom three thanks to a single point, and a loss here could easily demote them back into the relegation places. 

The Toffees produced an impressive win over Chelsea last season, and many pinpoint this as the start of Everton's successful bid for survival. 

Chelsea vs Everton will take place at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 18 March at 5:30pm. 

Arsenal v Crystal Palace 

League-leaders Arsenal will hope to continue their momentum by defeating Crystal Palace in this weekend’s London derby. 

The Gunners played another London rival, Fulham, last week and comfortably dispatched them 3-0 thanks to goals by Gabriel, Odegaard, and Martinelli. Should Mikel Arteta’s win here, then they’ll go 8 points clear at the top due to Manchester City’s postponed game. 

Crystal Palace were insipid in their defeat to rivals Brighton earlier this week, and Patrick Viera’s side remain only three points clear of the drop-zone despite being their 12th-placed position. 

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace will take place at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday 19 March at 2pm.

Postponed Games

Liverpool vs Fulham, Manchester City vs West Ham, Brighton vs Manchester United

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