This year's English Premier League season is set to run over 34 weekends, with three midweek match rounds and one Bank Holiday match round. There will still be a standalone FA Cup final weekend, and a late-ended season means that the last round will not be played until after the June international break. Luckily, this unusual scheduling won't be in place beyond the 2022-23 season. The following are some points to consider.
In the English Premier League, Liverpool have plenty of options to pick from and there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding their roster. The team has four big targets, including Divock Origi and Joe Gomez, and 24 senior players vying for places. But, with such depth comes the risk of over-spending and Liverpool are likely to make some changes. Nonetheless, they are in the best possible position to avoid this situation in the coming years.
The most significant change in the Liverpool squad came in January. The Reds are able to boast more depth than in previous seasons. While the first XI is still likely to be the most fit for big matches, the club has a number of players who are unlikely to be available if one or two key players are injured. This is a worrying development for the English Premier League 2022 campaign.
The title race is far from over, and it's hard to imagine any other team challenging Manchester City. In fact, City have won all of their last 15 games. Only one team in the English Premier League has won all of their games in the same season. Pep Guardiola's side have gone unbeaten in that stretch. With 18 games left to play, City should win all of them.
Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have been relentless since their last league defeat, and they've looked absolutely flawless since. After losing to Crystal Palace last week, City have bounced back. Last weekend, they lost 3-0 to Newcastle, but they were far from outclassed. After that, City's opponents were unable to recover from their loss. On the other hand, Chelsea won 3-0, extending their lead over second-placed Liverpool. Neither of those results has helped Liverpool's cause, but their recent form has certainly made them hard to catch.
Everton are currently fighting for their Premier League survival next season. With three points behind leaders Manchester United, Leeds and Burnley, Everton must try and win their remaining games to avoid the drop. Although Everton have lost three of their last four games, their recent performances have been impressive. Last week, they defeated Manchester United 4-1 in the FA Cup. And on Saturday, they lost to Newcastle 3-1.
Everton are in good form, but the pressure is mounting. They must win four of their remaining six matches to stay in the Premier League. While they're huge underdogs against the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal, they have been able to keep their own fate and will be hoping to build on last weekend's success. Nevertheless, Everton's fans can take heart in knowing that if they can win their last two games, they'll be in a good position to avoid relegation.
The Arsenal's current form in the English Premier League is not very encouraging. They have lost three of their last four games and are yet to replace their Barcelona recruit, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. They also struggled to stop shots. They also lost to Southampton and Crystal Palace at home, but their opponents are scoring more goals than Arsenal have, with an average of eight goals scored in six games.
With four games remaining in the regular season and a trip to Liverpool next weekend, Arsenal's form could improve. This may be a good time to double up their advantage in the top four race. In the meantime, they need to maintain their consistency in the run-in. This season, Arsenal have won three and lost one. They need to continue that consistency to stay in the top four. But if they fail to do so, they will be left out of the Champions League.
The oddsmakers have given Tottenham a 26% chance of finishing fourth in the English Premier League next season. However, Arsenal are gaining points at an alarming rate, so catching them could prove difficult. According to FiveThirtyEight, Arsenal will finish the season with 69 points, compared to Tottenham's 60 points. To gain back their lost ground, Tottenham must start earning points consistently, and a win over Manchester United on Saturday is essential.
In order to make the English Premier League next season, Tottenham must earn 32 points from their remaining fixtures. This equates to 2.13 points per game. That might seem like a lot, but it is also enough to get Tottenham back into the top four. Spurs still have a game against Arsenal at home, and this game is crucial to their chances of reaching the Champions League. So if they can do that, they'll be in the Champions League.
While West Ham currently have a 94 percent chance of finishing in the top four, they don't have a guarantee of staying up. With only three games to play before the North London derby, it is likely that both Wolves and Norwich City will lose in order to avoid relegation. The bottom three clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Brighton & Hove and Leicester City, are all within three points of the Hammers.
There is still time for West Ham to make some moves to improve their position and climb back into the top four. After all, they still have three games left to play, including the second leg of their Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt. If they can secure at least one point, they will be on the verge of qualifying for Europe. And if they can stay up in the EPL, it's likely that they'll have little trouble finishing in the top half.
Burnley's relegation battle could be a tough one to win, and they haven't won a match in eighteen months. The Clarets are currently in 20th place and haven't won in eighteen months. Even their manager has admitted that the team needs to change its style of play. But the players seem to be enjoying the new style of play.
The relegation race in English football is hotting up. With a total of six seasons to go, and a budget worth hundreds of millions of pounds, the battle for promotion and relegation is heating up. With Everton, Burnley, and Leeds United already heading for the relegation zone, these teams have a real chance of staying up.
It has been nearly three years since Crystal Palace beat Manchester City, the only team to do so this season. After that game, Palace antrenor Patrick Vieira had called on his team to show some personality and clinical play. The Eagles started the match brightly, with Michael Olise's shot narrowly missing the target. But the hosts would have to fight back to earn a point against the reigning champions.
Man City are reigning Premier League champions and have the best squad in Europe. But European champions Chelsea can dethrone them. After winning the Champions League last season, Chelsea will look to add another domestic title to their illustrious European crown. Crystal Palace are mid-table and look set to keep their unbeaten streak alive by beating Wolves 2-0 in the Premier League.
This Saturday's English Premier League clash between Chelsea and Arsenal will be held at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London. The game will kick off at 2:45 PM ET. At Caesars Sportsbook, Chelsea are the -122 favorites. If you're betting $100 on Chelsea, you're taking a chance on the underdogs. In the same way, if you're betting $100 on Arsenal, you're taking a risk on a team that's 3-0 down. Likewise, the total goals scored in this match has been set at 2.5.
After a long ball remained in Chelsea's half, they attempted to break up the play. Arsenal's attack ended in a stalemate, but a counter-attack by the Gunners resulted in the equalizer. While Arsenal had a better first half performance, Chelsea's defending allowed them to get back into the game. Despite the stalemate, they were still in a better position after the break.
This match is likely to be an interesting one. While Tottenham Hotspur are the favourites, schadenfreude could affect their chances of winning this one. Last Saturday's win against Arsenal ended a poor run for the Seagulls, and the players showed an impressive resourcefulness to come away with three points. Tottenham are currently occupying third place in the Premier League table. The match will be played at the Amex Stadium, London.
Both teams are in need of a win to stay in the top four. Brighton have three points less than Tottenham. They will need to win this game to get a point in the Premier League. This match will be aired on BT Sport 1, BT Sport Ultimate, and BT Sport app. A live match blog will be provided by Standard Sport and Malik Ouzia will cover the action on BT Sport.
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