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Premier League Preview - Week 37

The penultimate round of the Premier League takes place this weekend with Man City looking to secure the title when they take on Chelsea. Check out our preview for what should be a thrilling weekend of action, and if playing online casino is your entertainment of choice, head over to Genting Casino, sign-up and enjoy over 4,000 premium live tables and online slots.


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Tottenham v Brentford 

Tottenham Hotspur will face Brentford in a crucial Premier League clash as they strive to keep their European hopes alive. The hosts have been strong at home, winning six of their last eight league matches. However, their recent form has been inconsistent, and they suffered a defeat against Aston Villa in their previous outing.

Tottenham's aspirations of finishing in the top four this season have faded, and they can now only secure a maximum sixth-place finish. Their defensive vulnerabilities have been a concern, as they have managed just one clean sheet in their last 11 league games and have conceded multiple goals in six of those matches.

In their previous encounter with Brentford, Tottenham conceded twice in a 2-2 draw. However, they have a positive record against the Bees at home, winning their last three meetings by a 2-0 scoreline. Despite their recent struggles, Tottenham will look to capitalise on their home advantage and secure all three points.

On the other hand, Brentford has had a successful campaign, securing a top-10 finish in the Premier League for the first time in their history. They come into this game on the back of a 2-0 victory over West Ham United. The Bees have shown resilience in London derbies, remaining unbeaten in their last eight.

Although Brentford's away form has been less impressive, with just two wins in their last 10 league matches on the road, they did manage to defeat Chelsea 2-0 in April. They will aim to build on their recent successes and keep their slim hopes of European qualification alive.

However, history favours Tottenham in this fixture, as Brentford has failed to win in their last four meetings and has only emerged victorious once in their last nine encounters with the North London side.

Team News

Both teams have injury concerns heading into the game. Tottenham will be without Hugo Lloris, Ryan Sessegnon, and Rodrigo Bentancur, while Eric Dier and Japhet Tanganga are doubtful. Brentford will be missing key striker Ivan Toney due to suspension, along with Christian Norgaard, Pontus Jansson, Keane Lewis-Potter, and Thomas Strakosha due to injuries.

In terms of tactics, Tottenham could field a back three with the potential absence of Eric Dier, while Brentford might opt for a similar setup, potentially switching to a back three as well.

The match promises an intriguing battle, with Tottenham aiming to bounce back and Brentford eager to continue their positive season. Both teams have plenty to play for, and a victory for Brentford would significantly narrow the gap between the two sides in the race for European qualification.

 

Bournemouth v Manchester United

In a bid to solidify their position in the top four of the Premier League, Manchester United will make the trip to the Vitality Stadium to take on Bournemouth on Saturday. The two teams had contrasting results in their previous matches, with Manchester United securing a two-goal victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers while Bournemouth suffered a similar defeat against Crystal Palace.

Despite their recent back-to-back losses against Chelsea and Crystal Palace, Bournemouth has defied expectations this season and successfully maintained their status in the top flight. Currently sitting 14th in the table with an eight-point cushion above the relegation zone, manager Gary O'Neil deserves credit for their achievements. However, the Cherries will be eager to end the campaign on a high note, looking for positive results in their final two fixtures against Manchester United and Everton.

Bournemouth has a history of finishing their home campaigns strongly, having won their final home game in three of the last five Premier League seasons. However, they did suffer a defeat in their most recent final home fixture against Southampton in the 2019-20 season. The Cherries have struggled at home in recent weeks, losing three of their last four matches with a goal difference of 10-1. Nevertheless, they will draw inspiration from their slender 1-0 victory over Manchester United at home in November 2019.

Manchester United will aim to bounce back from disappointing away defeats against Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United. Their recent 2-0 win over Wolves restored some confidence, with Anthony Martial ending his goal drought and teenage Argentine Alejandro Garnacho scoring as a substitute. Sitting in fourth place with 66 points from 35 games, Manchester United are keen to secure Champions League football for the next season. However, their away form has been a concern, as they have accumulated only eight points from their last 27 available on the road since the beginning of the year.

Despite their away struggles, Manchester United will enter the match as favourites, having won eight of their last 11 Premier League encounters against Bournemouth. They recorded a convincing 3-0 victory over the Cherries in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford in January.

Team News

Bournemouth will be without Antoine Semenyo due to injury, while Hamed Traore, Marcus Tavernier, Ryan Fredericks, and Junior Stanislas are also sidelined. Striker Kieffer Moore, who recovered from a concussion, will be pushing for a starting role alongside or in place of Dominic Solanke. Manager Gary O'Neil might consider Adam Smith in defence, replacing Chris Mepham, and Lewis Cook could vie for a midfield start alongside Jefferson Lerma and Philip Billing.

Manchester United will be without Marcel Sabitzer, Lisandro Martinez, Donny van de Beek, Phil Jones, and Tom Heaton due to injuries. However, Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay have returned to training and could feature in the game. Rashford and Garnacho will be competing for a spot on the left flank, while Anthony Martial is expected to continue as the central striker. In defence, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof are likely to form the centre-back partnership, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka or Diogo Dalot as options at right-back.

With Manchester United eager to solidify their top-four position and Bournemouth aiming to end the season positively, the match promises an intriguing battle between the two sides.

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Fulham v Crystal Palace 

Craven Cottage will host the final London derby of the 2022-23 Premier League season as Fulham and Crystal Palace face off in a match that holds little significance for either side. Both teams enter the game on the back of convincing 2-0 victories, with Fulham relegating Southampton and Crystal Palace comfortably defeating Bournemouth.

Fulham's talisman, Aleksandar Mitrovic, made a welcome return from his suspension and made an impact with a second-half cameo in the win against Southampton. The Cottagers put the final nail in Southampton's relegation coffin and will look to continue their positive form. On the other hand, Crystal Palace's Eberechi Eze shone in their recent victory over Bournemouth, scoring two goals to extend both his and the team's impressive run under manager Roy Hodgson.

Crystal Palace currently sits comfortably in 12th place in the standings, level on points with 11th-placed Chelsea, the only team they can potentially overtake. While they have enjoyed success at home, their away performances have been less impressive, losing their last two away matches without scoring. They have also been on the receiving end of heavy defeats in their previous three seasons' final away games.

However, Palace has a strong recent record at Craven Cottage, aiming for a third consecutive win at the venue.

Team News

Fulham, under the guidance of manager Marco Silva, will have a similar squad available from their previous match, with no new injuries reported. Andreas Pereira, Tim Ream, and Layvin Kurzawa remain sidelined, and Daniel James will require an assessment before the game due to a thigh issue. Silva faces a selection dilemma in the number nine position, with Vinicius in good scoring form but Aleksandar Mitrovic eager to start Fulham's final home match of the campaign. Mitrovic, the team's top scorer, will be hoping for a chance to make an impact.

On the other side, Crystal Palace has been dealt a blow with the injury to their influential attacker Wilfried Zaha, who is unlikely to feature again this season due to a thigh injury. Nathan Ferguson, Luka Milivojevic, and James Tomkins are also out, while Jeffrey Schlupp's availability is uncertain. With little at stake, manager Roy Hodgson may consider giving playing time to fringe players, reserving major changes for the final day of the season. Odsonne Edouard could be drafted in to cover for the absence of Zaha.

Although Fulham trounced Crystal Palace 3-0 on Boxing Day, the Cottagers have never achieved a Premier League double over their rivals. With both teams aiming to end the season on a positive note, the final London derby promises an intriguing encounter at Craven Cottage.

 

Liverpool v Aston Villa

Liverpool will adorn the Anfield turf for the final time this season as they welcome Aston Villa to Merseyside. The Reds will be aiming for an eighth consecutive victory to keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive, while Aston Villa still dreams of securing a European spot. In their recent 3-0 triumph over Leicester City, Liverpool's local talents took centre stage, with Curtis Jones scoring a quickfire brace and Trent Alexander-Arnold adding a superb goal to seal the win.

Liverpool's impressive end-of-season surge has propelled them to within one point of both Manchester United and Newcastle United, who currently occupy the fifth and fourth spots respectively, although both teams have a game in hand. While Liverpool's top-four aspirations may have suffered earlier in the season, their recent run of three consecutive clean sheets is a positive sign for manager Jurgen Klopp. The Reds have also been formidable at home, remaining unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League matches at Anfield, collecting 29 points out of a possible 33.

Aston Villa's head coach, Unai Emery, has unpleasant memories of previous encounters with Liverpool, having failed to secure a victory in his last seven meetings with the Reds. Emery, who previously managed Sevilla, masterminded their Europa League final win over Liverpool in 2016 but struggled against the Merseyside club during his tenure at Arsenal. However, Aston Villa come into this game on the back of a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, with Jacob Ramsey and Douglas Luiz finding the net. They currently sit just one place below Tottenham in the table, with goal difference separating the two teams in the race for a Europa Conference League spot.

While Villa has been strong at home, their away form has been a concern recently. They have suffered consecutive away defeats against Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers without scoring, along with a 1-1 draw against Brentford. Furthermore, Aston Villa has struggled against Liverpool in recent meetings, losing their last five matches against the Reds. Their last victory at Anfield dates back to 2014, when Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the winner.

Team News

Liverpool will bid farewell to four players at Anfield, with Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and James Milner all set to depart upon the expiration of their contracts in June. Firmino, who is dealing with a muscular issue, is expected to recover in time for his final home appearance, while Keita is unlikely to feature. Liverpool will also be without Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, and Calvin Ramsay due to long-term injuries.

On the Aston Villa side, there are concerns over Darwin Nunez's availability after a toe problem kept him out of the win against Leicester. However, Firmino's expected return may see Nunez relegated to the bench. Philippe Coutinho, who is also dealing with an injury, is unlikely to face his former club.

Aston Villa's Matty Cash has recovered from a calf problem and is available for selection. The only absentee for Villa is backup goalkeeper Jed Steer, who is out for the season with a calf injury. Emery may make some changes to the team despite last week's success, with Boubacar Kamara potentially returning to provide midfield stability and John McGinn taking up a wide role.

With Liverpool pushing for a top-four finish and Aston Villa aiming to secure European football, the stage is set for an intriguing encounter at Anfield as both teams look to end their Premier League campaigns on a positive note.

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Wolves v Everton 

In a match with contrasting stakes, Wolverhampton Wanderers, who have already secured their Premier League safety, will host Everton, who are still fighting to avoid relegation, at Molineux on Saturday. Both teams suffered defeats to the Manchester giants in their previous outings, with Wolves losing 2-0 to Manchester United, while Everton fell 3-0 to Manchester City. The result against United was inconsequential for Wolves, who had already confirmed their survival by defeating Aston Villa in a local derby the week before.

Currently occupying 13th place in the table, Wolves can approach the remaining fixtures with a sense of calm. They are just three points behind both Chelsea and Crystal Palace and have the potential to climb as high as 16th place in the final two weekends. Before their final-day trip to Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers will aim to continue their excellent home form. They have won their last four matches at Molineux without conceding a goal and have an impressive record of seven clean sheets in nine Premier League home matches in 2023.

While Wolves have been strong at home, they have suffered two home losses this year to bottom-dwelling teams like Bournemouth and Leeds United, conceding four goals in the latter match. Everton, on the other hand, comes into this game following an extraordinary 5-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion during the Bank Holiday fixtures. However, their hopes of springing another surprise were shattered by a dominant Manchester City, who defeated them 3-0. Everton currently sits just above the relegation zone in 17th place, one point ahead of Leeds United and two points ahead of Leicester City. A victory for Everton, combined with defeats for their rivals, would guarantee their safety, while unfavourable results could see them drop to 19th place heading into gameweek 38.

Everton should not be discredited for their loss to Manchester City, and they have performed well on the road recently, with just one defeat in their last six away matches in the Premier League. However, they haven't won back-to-back away games in exactly two years.

In their previous meeting on Boxing Day, Wolves secured a 2-1 victory over Everton, extending their winning streak against the Toffees to three matches since Carlo Ancelotti's side claimed a 1-0 victory on May 19, 2021. Wolves have few injury concerns, with Sasa Kalajdzic, Chiquinho, and Boubacar Traore still recovering from knee problems, while Boubacar Traore is working on his fitness.

Team News

With little but pride at stake for Wolves, manager Julen Lopetegui has promised to rotate his squad while fielding a team capable of achieving a positive result. Players like Adama Traore, Daniel Podence, Joao Gomes, and Hugo Bueno could be considered for the starting lineup. The biggest selection dilemma for Lopetegui might be the choice between goalkeepers, as Daniel Bentley's impressive performance against Manchester United could earn him another start over Jose Sa.

For Everton, Dominic Calvert-Lewin's availability remains uncertain due to a groin issue that forced him to be substituted at halftime in the match against Manchester City. Demarai Gray could be on standby to replace him. Andros Townsend, Dele Alli, Ruben Vinagre, Ben Godfrey, and Seamus Coleman are among the longer-term absentees. Vitaly Mykolenko and Conor Coady are also doubtful for the game.

The clash between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton promises to be an intriguing battle, with Everton desperately needing points to ensure their Premier League

 

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal

Arsenal's quest to keep their Premier League title hopes alive takes them to face relegation-battling Nottingham Forest in their penultimate game of the season. The two teams enter the contest on the back of contrasting results, with Arsenal suffering a humbling 3-0 defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion, while Nottingham Forest managed an impressive 2-2 draw against Chelsea.

Few would have predicted Forest leaving Stamford Bridge with a point, especially after falling behind to a Taiwo Awoniyi header. However, a quick brace from Raheem Sterling turned the tide in Chelsea's favour before Awoniyi equalised once again, securing a hard-fought draw for Steve Cooper's side.

Currently sitting in 16th place, Nottingham Forest finds themselves on the brink of securing their top-flight status. They hold a three-point cushion above the relegation zone and will ensure their survival if they can match or better the results of Leeds United and Leicester City, who currently occupy 18th and 19th place respectively. Forest's recent home victories against Brighton and Southampton have boosted their confidence ahead of the clash with Arsenal. While they have shown attacking prowess, scoring in each of their last five Premier League matches, they have struggled to keep clean sheets, conceding in 15 consecutive top-flight games since February.

On the other hand, Arsenal is looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Brighton. Mikel Arteta issued an apology to the disappointed fans after the match, as their title aspirations now hang by a thread. A loss or even a draw against Nottingham Forest would mathematically hand the title to Manchester City, given their significantly superior goal difference. Arsenal's slim hopes rely on defeating Forest and hoping that City fail to beat Chelsea in their upcoming match.

The Gunners have endured a disappointing end to the season, with only two wins in their last seven games. In the past three seasons, they have suffered defeat in their final away fixture twice. However, there is some positive history for Arsenal against Nottingham Forest, as they secured a comfortable 5-0 victory when the teams met at the Emirates earlier in the season. But Forest managed to defeat Arsenal at the City Ground in last year's FA Cup, and they will be eager to close off another avenue to silverware for their London counterparts.

Team News

Both teams have injury concerns heading into the match. Nottingham Forest may still have several absentees, including Dean Henderson, Chris Wood, Giulian Biancone, Neco Williams, Omar Richards, Scott McKenna, Jack Colback, and Jonjo Shelvey. Gustavo Scarpa and Emmanuel Dennis will require further assessments before their availability can be determined. Forest manager Steve Cooper may deploy a 3-5-2 formation to try to contain Arsenal's attack.

Meanwhile, Arsenal's fitness worries continue to mount at a crucial stage of the season. Gabriel Martinelli is set to miss the final two games due to an ankle injury sustained against Brighton. There were also rumours about William Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko missing the remainder of the campaign, although manager Mikel Arteta denied those reports. However, Mohamed Elneny, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Gabriel Martinelli are expected to be unavailable due to their respective injuries. Leandro Trossard could potentially replace the injured Martinelli after his disappointing cameo against Brighton.

As the Premier League season nears its conclusion, both Nottingham Forest and Arsenal have something to play for. Forest will be determined to secure their top-flight status, while Arsenal will be eager to keep their title hopes alive. The clash between these two teams promises to be an intriguing battle at the City Ground.

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West Ham v Leeds

West Ham United, fresh off an exhilarating European night, will return to domestic action as they host Leeds United at the London Stadium in a Premier League clash on Sunday. The Hammers secured their place in the Europa Conference League final with a dramatic last-gasp victory over AZ Alkmaar. However, the focus briefly shifted to a disturbing incident involving some AZ supporters attacking the West Ham family section after the match. Now, David Moyes's side must turn their attention back to securing their Premier League safety.

Currently sitting in 15th place, West Ham is not yet mathematically safe from relegation. However, a single point in this match would be enough to secure their top-flight status. Even if they lose and Leeds United win, the Hammers can avoid relegation if Wolverhampton Wanderers defeat Everton the day before.

West Ham has shown good form recently, winning three of their last four matches in all competitions, including a notable 1-0 victory over Manchester United. They have scored in all their Premier League home matches at the London Stadium in 2023 and have remained unbeaten in their last five final home games of a top-flight season since their 4-0 defeat to Liverpool in 2017.

Leeds United, on the other hand, had an eventful 2-2 draw against Newcastle United in their last game. Patrick Bamford was left relieved after missing a penalty, but Rasmus Kristensen's deflected strike secured a point for Leeds. Despite their spirited performances against Newcastle and Manchester City, Leeds is without a win in their last seven Premier League matches and have suffered four consecutive away defeats, conceding at least two goals in each game. However, they have managed to win their final away game of the season for the past three years.

West Ham and Leeds played out a 2-2 draw earlier this year, and Leeds famously won 3-2 at the London Stadium last season thanks to a Jack Harrison hat-trick. Prior to that, Leeds had suffered three successive Premier League defeats against Moyes's side.

Team News

Moyes does not have any fresh injury concerns following the midweek match, and he may opt to make changes to the lineup, utilising the depth of his squad.

On the other hand, Leeds will be without left-back Junior Firpo, who was sent off in their previous game. Firpo's suspension will force Marcelo Bielsa to find a replacement, and Pascal Struijk is a likely candidate. Tyler Adams, Stuart Dallas, and Luis Sinisterra are still recovering from season-ending injuries, while Marc Roca is dealing with a foot problem. Liam Cooper has returned to training following a groin injury and could be an option to replace Firpo.

The clash between West Ham United and Leeds United promises to be an intriguing encounter as both teams aim for a positive result. West Ham will be looking to secure their Premier League safety, while Leeds will be eager to end their winless streak and climb out of the relegation zone.

Brighton v Southampton

Brighton & Hove Albion will host Southampton at the Amex Stadium on Sunday in what will be Southampton's first Premier League match since their relegation to the Championship was confirmed. Southampton's fate was sealed with a 2-0 defeat to Fulham in their previous game, while Brighton suffered a 4-1 loss to Newcastle United, bringing them back down to earth after their impressive victory over Arsenal.

Brighton had a disappointing first half against Newcastle, with their performance being uncharacteristic of the team that defeated Arsenal. They conceded an own goal and a header from Dan Burn before Deniz Undav turned from villain to hero, sparking a late comeback attempt. However, the match ultimately ended in a defeat for Brighton.

Despite their recent setback, Brighton remains comfortably in sixth place, one point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, with a game in hand over both clubs. They have shown resilience after defeats this season, bouncing back with a win on six occasions. However, they will face a historical challenge against Southampton, as there has never been a home win in their 11 previous Premier League meetings.

Southampton's relegation from the Premier League marked the end of their decade-long stay in the top tier. With no hopes of avoiding last place or overtaking 19th-placed Leicester City, the Saints can only play for pride in their remaining matches against Brighton and Liverpool. They are currently on a four-game losing streak and have not won a Premier League match in 11 games since early March.

Previous meetings between Brighton and Southampton have seen both teams score in each of their last six encounters. Southampton managed a 2-2 draw at the Amex Stadium last season, but Brighton emerged as 3-1 winners at St Mary's earlier in the current campaign, extending their unbeaten run against Southampton to four matches.

Team News

Brighton will likely be without several injured players, including Tariq Lamptey, Solly March, Jeremy Sarmiento, Adam Lallana, Jakub Moder, and Adam Webster. Joel Veltman's availability is also uncertain due to a thigh concern. Southampton, on the other hand, should have the same group of players available as in their previous match against Fulham, with the potential return of Che Adams to boost their attacking options.

In terms of team selection, Brighton's manager Roberto De Zerbi may recall regulars such as Alexis Mac Allister, Evan Ferguson, and Levi Colwill, who were rested in the midweek defeat. Southampton's manager Ruben Selles may also stick with the same group of players, although Che Adams could make a return to strengthen their attacking lineup.

While Brighton will aim to bounce back from their recent defeat and secure a home victory, Southampton will play with the freedom of having nothing to lose. The match promises to be an interesting encounter with both teams eager to end their seasons on a positive note.

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Man City v Chelsea 

Manchester City will host Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday with the opportunity to secure their third consecutive Premier League title. A victory in this match would be enough to crown them champions. Chelsea, on the other hand, will be seeking revenge, having lost three times to City already this season, including a 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in January.

Manchester City has been in excellent form recently, securing their place in the Champions League final with a dominant 4-0 victory over Real Madrid in the second leg of the semi-finals. They will face Inter Milan in the final on June 10. In addition to their European success, City also has an FA Cup final against Manchester United to look forward to.

Pep Guardiola's side is on an impressive winning streak in the Premier League, having won all of their last 11 matches. Their home form has been particularly exceptional, winning all 16 matches at the Etihad since the start of the year. They have scored 56 goals and conceded only seven in the process. City's run of victories at home began with a comprehensive 4-0 win against Chelsea in the FA Cup in January.

For Chelsea, their season has been less successful, and they currently find themselves in 11th place in the Premier League table. Their chances of finishing in the top half of the table are slim, and they are coming off a 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest, a team fighting against relegation. Chelsea has struggled against teams above them in the table, failing to win any of their last 14 Premier League games in such encounters.

However, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was able to hold City to a 1-1 draw earlier in the season, making him one of only two managers to prevent City from winning at home in the Premier League this season. Lampard will hope for a similar resilient performance from his team to disrupt City's title celebrations.

Team News

In terms of team news, Manchester City's only injury concern is Nathan Ake, who is considered a doubt for the match. Guardiola may make some alterations to the starting lineup to manage the busy fixture schedule. Players like Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, and Julian Alvarez will be pushing for starts.

Chelsea will be without several injured players, including Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Marc Cucurella, Mason Mount, N'Golo Kante, and Armando Broja. Kalidou Koulibaly and Mateo Kovacic are doubtful and will be assessed before the game. Lampard may consider a change in formation, potentially opting for a back three with Wesley Fofana coming into defence.

Both teams have a lot to play for, with City aiming to secure the Premier League title and Chelsea looking to salvage their season with a positive result. It promises to be an intriguing contest between two top sides.

 

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