Premier League Matchday 29 Prediction
Manchester City is facing squad issues and therefore may have a tough time defeating Liverpool to seek revenge against their opponents and continue their Premier League championship race with Arsenal. Meanwhile, Manchester United needs to be cautious as they face Newcastle at St James’ Park.
Man City vs Liverpool: The King is in trouble
Manchester City’s streak of six consecutive wins across all competitions may come to a halt as the Premier League resumes after a two-week break. They will face Liverpool at home.
The current Premier League champions are facing a worrying situation as Phil Foden is ruled out due to appendix surgery. The possibility of Erling Haaland’s appearance is also in question due to a groin injury.
Despite playing at Etihad, it’s not necessarily an advantage for Man City. According to statistics from soccerway.com, since November 2020, when hosting Liverpool at this “home field,” Pep Guardiola’s team has only won 1, drawn 2, and lost 1 in 4 matches in the Premier League, FA Cup, and League Cup.
Liverpool just lost to both Bournemouth and Real Madrid, both with a score of 0-1, in the 28th round of the Premier League and the second leg of the round of 16 in the Champions League after their stunning 7-0 win over MU. However, “The Kop” is still very dangerous with Mohamed Salah, their “heavy artillery.”
It was the Egyptian striker who scored the only goal to help the “Reds” win 1-0 against Man City at Anfield in the 11th round of the Premier League this season back in mid-November. Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez, who just returned to training after injuries, could also threaten the goal of the second-placed team in the upcoming showdown.
MU vs Newcastle: Can the Red Devils hold onto their top 3 spots?
After their 0-7 thrashing by Liverpool and a goalless draw against Southampton, Manchester United still sit in third place in the Premier League. However, they are only one point ahead of fourth-placed Tottenham, who have played two fewer games.
The Red Devils are also only three points ahead of fifth-placed Newcastle ahead of their clash at St. James’ Park on Sunday (April 2). In the previous Premier League meeting between the two sides over four months ago, United only managed a goalless draw against the Magpies.
But in the League Cup final in late February, Erik Ten Hag’s squad defeated Newcastle 2-0 at Wembley to claim their first title of the season.
However, visiting a side that is pushing for a top 4 spot at Tyneside will be a challenging task for United, especially with Casemiro suspended. Nevertheless, with the remaining stars, the “Red half of Manchester” still has many opportunities to defeat Newcastle and hold onto their position in the top 3.
Arsenal is poised to accelerate, and Chelsea is cautious about being overtaken
The opportunity for Arsenal to solidify their top spot in the English Premier League and move closer to winning the title for the first time in 19 years is very promising.
If Man City drops points against Liverpool and Arsenal wins at home against Leeds United at the Emirates, the gap between the Gunners and their direct title contenders will widen from 8 points to 10 or 11 points.
Taking 3 points against the Yorkshire-based club is within Arsenal’s reach at the moment, with star players such as Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and Leandro Trossard all in good form.
Arsenal’s neighbor, Chelsea, will face significant pressure when they host Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge at 11:30 pm on April 1. Both teams have 38 points despite having only played 27 matches. Chelsea is currently ahead of Aston Villa due to a better goal difference.
However, with unstable form after being held to a 2-2 draw by Everton in the previous round, Graham Potter’s team could lose points to Unai Emery’s team right on their home ground.
Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur will visit Everton when Cristian Stellini serves as interim manager of “The Rooster of London” after Antonio Conte was fired. Against an opponent who just drew with Chelsea, will Spurs fall behind in their dream to claim the third place of Manchester United?
Predicted scores for round 29 of the English Premier League this season:
- Man City 1-1 Liverpool
- Bournemouth 1-2 Fulham
- Arsenal 2-0 Leeds United
- Brighton 1-0 Brentford
- Crystal Palace 1-2 Leicester City
- Nottingham Forest 1-1 Wolverhampton
- Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa
- West Ham 1-0 Southampton
- Newcastle 1-2 MU
- Everton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
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