The bottom of the table reaches their third and last consecutive match against another big team after the games against City and Arsenal. After the hard defeat in London at the last minute against Arsenal, Gary O’Neil’s team will have to fortify their defense and look for the same thing as in the capital a week ago. Just as they ended the year 2022, they started the new one. Only 1 victory in 8 games has been achieved so far by Bournemouth, who are just 1 point from first place, so any draw will do, like the 2 that they took out consecutively at home between January and February. They are slightly better at home than away, although the irregularity is present in both conditions since they have only won 1 more game at home than away. With the exception of the 2 draws achieved against Newcastle, they have always lost against the best this season, especially against Liverpool, who endorsed one of the biggest wins in the history of the Premier League with a 9-0 victory last August.
Speaking of Liverpool and wins, we must highlight the last one they got just a week ago in the Premier League. 7-0 was the final score that Liverpool managed to get over its greatest historical rival in the competition, Manchester United. It is a brutal relief for the ‘reds’ that despite the disaster in the first leg of the Champions League, they are confirming their return to the best places in the table. They are already 5th, just 3 points behind the Champions League, and all this has been thanks to the last 5 games, where they have achieved 4 wins and 1 draw, with 11 goals for and 0 against. The only negative for this match is the away factor, which so far has only allowed them to win 3 games out of 12 played and be the 10th team with the worst away performance.
After suffering a 3-2 defeat to Arsenal in their most recent Premier League match, Bournemouth will be hoping for a stronger showing here.
In the most recent games, Bournemouth has not displayed much defensive tenacity at all. In point of fact, Bournemouth has conceded goals in 5 of their most recent 6 matches, totaling a total of 10 goals given up along the way.
Liverpool’s most recent match in the Premier League was a 7-0 victory against Manchester United, and they will bring that momentum into this match.
During that match, Liverpool held a 60% possession advantage and had 18 shots on goal, with 8 of those shots finding the goal. Eight shots were taken at the goal by Manchester United, and four of those shots were on target.
In the last six matches that Liverpool has participated in, our team has scored a total of 20 goals, which works out to an average of 3.33 goals per contest. This demonstrates that Liverpool tends to favor contests that are fruitful for both teams. Five of these goals have been scored by clubs that are competing against us.
Bournemouth vs Liverpool Predicted XI
Bournemouth Predicted XI: Neto; Smith, Mepham, Senesi, Stephens, Zemura; Ouattara, Billing, Rothwell, Semenyo; Solanke.
Liverpool Predicted XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Elliott, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Gakpo, Nunez.
We are of the opinion that Bournemouth have the ability to score against this Liverpool side; however, scoring even one goal might not be enough to prevent them from letting in two or more goals at the other end of the field.
As a result, our forecast is for both sides to score, resulting in a final score of 1-2 and Liverpool emerging victorious from the match.
On Saturday, Manchester City will go to Crystal Palace to play a game at Selhurst Park Stadium. The Citizens will be looking to keep moving toward winning the Premier League title. The team that will be playing at home is currently ranked 12th in the standings with 27 points after 25 matches, while the team that will be traveling is currently ranked 2nd with 58 points after 26 matches. Palace are coming off a defeat that resulted in a score of 1-0 against Aston Villa last week. As a result of this result, Palace have now gone nine matches without a victory in the league. However, the squad has a tendency to fight until the final whistle, as evidenced by the fact that five of their most recent seven matches have ended in draws. It is interesting to note that their defensive record is one of the best in the competition, with only 32 goals allowed to be scored against them. Even though they are competing at home, they have not yet won a match in the Premier League. However, they have drawn their last four matches. Three of those victories have come against Manchester United, and Palace has kept two clean sheets in those meetings. The other two victories have come against Liverpool and Newcastle.
City will be hoping that is not the case here as they look to maintain the pressure on leaders Arsenal, who are five points behind going into this matchday. Arsenal’s lead over City is currently five points. The away team is currently riding high after a 2-0 victory against Newcastle in their most recent matchday, and they will be hoping to extend their winning streak to a fourth game across all competitions. In the first encounter between these two teams, there was a lot of action because Manchester City came back from being down 2-0 to win 4-2 thanks to a hat trick scored by Erling Haaland. The team coached by Pep Guardiola will be cautious about their opportunities, however, because their recent performance on the road has been subpar. In their last five away encounters in the Premier League, City has only won two of them, while also drawing one and losing two.
Crystal Palace DLDDDL
After suffering a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa in their most recent Premier League match, Crystal Palace will be seeking to bounce back with a better performance here.
Crystal Palace had 42% possession of the ball during that game and 3 attempts on goal, but none of them were on target. Aston Villa, their rivals, had eight shots on goal, but only one of them was successful in hitting the goal.
In five out of the last six matches that Crystal Palace has been a part of, the total number of goals scored was lower than three per game on average. In terms of the goal differential from this timeframe, Crystal Palace scored three goals while the other teams scored a total of five.
Manchester City WDDWWW
In their most recent outing, Manchester City defeated Newcastle United by a score of 2-0 to earn a victory in the Premier League.
During that match, Manchester City held 57% of the possession and had 11 shots on goal, with only three of them hitting the target. The team that they were playing against, Newcastle United, had five shots on goal, with two of them actually hitting the goal.
The Manchester City defenders have turned in a string of strong performances, which has resulted in a reduction in the number of goals they’ve given up over the course of their last six matches combined to just four. During the same period, their attackers have accounted for 14 of their team’s goals.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City Predicted XI
Crystal Palace Predicted XI: Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Ahamada, Lokonga, Eze; Ayew, Zaha, Olis.
Manchester City Predicted XI: Ederson; Lewis, Akanji, Dias, Ake; Bernardo, Rodri, De Bruyne; Foden, Haaland, Grealish.
In this encounter, Manchester City will most likely win by a score of two to one against Crystal Palace, who may have a difficult time finding the back of the net.
We expect Manchester City to beat their opponent by a score of 0-2, which should be a pretty comfortable win.
On Saturday, the teams from Real Madrid and Espanyol will face each other on the lawn of the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, in Madrid, in a match referring to the 25th round of La Liga.
The Real Madrid team has disappointed its supporters in the fight for the objective of revalidating the title of national champion, appearing at this time in 2nd place in the leaderboard with 53 points, eight above Atlético Madrid and nine points behind the leadership of Barcelona. Without winning for three consecutive games, Carlo Ancelotti’s team is going through a bad moment of form, coming from a round where they were further away from the title after drawing against Betis (0-0) and losing to rival Barcelona (0-1) in the first leg of the King’s Cup half.
In turn, Espanyol appears in 13th place in the leaderboard, with the same 27 points as Valladolid, one above Cadiz, and with an advantage of two for the relegation zone. After adding two consecutive victories, against Mallorca (2-1) and Elche (1-0), Diego Martinez’s team lost in the visit to Valladolid (1-2) last weekend.
Real Madrid WWWDLD
As a consequence of their La Liga match against Real Betis ending in a scoreless draw, Real Madrid will participate in this match.
During that game, Real Madrid had the ball 62% of the time and took 15 shots on goal, of which 5 were on target. Real Betis had 8 shots on goal, but only 4 of them were successful in hitting the goal.
Real Madrid’s most recent outcomes demonstrate that their defensive unit has shown a great deal of resilience recently. In the last six matches that Real Madrid has participated in, they have allowed only four goals to be scored against them, making them one of the most defensively stout teams in the competition.
Espanyol and their supporters will be hoping for a better outcome this time around after suffering a loss to Real Valladolid in the La Liga competition the last time they played.
During that match, Espanyol held 56% of the possession and had 12 shots on goal, with only 2 of them finding the back of the net. Real Valladolid, their rivals, had 15 attempts on goal, with 5 of them landing in the target area.
In the six previous matches between these two teams, Espanyol has scored a total of eight goals for itself. Additionally, Espanyol has not gone a single one of those matches without scoring at least once. During that time period, their rivals have managed to tally ten goals against them.
Real Madrid vs Espanyol | La Liga Predicted XI
Real Madrid Predicted XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Camavinga; Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos; Valverde, Rodrygo, Vinicius.
Espanyol Predicted XI: Pacheco; Gil, Montes, S Gomez, Pierre-Gabriel; Darder, Vinicius; Puado, Suarez, Braithwaite; Joselu.
Taking everything into account, Espanyol will definitely be able to break through this Real Madrid team’s defense, but it’s unlikely that this will be enough to keep them from losing.
We anticipate that this match will conclude with both teams scoring and Real Madrid coming out on top by a score of 2-1.
Arsenal will get back to playing games within their own league when they make the quick journey to West London to take on Fulham in yet another local derby. Fulham is currently in seventh position in the Premier League standings with 39 points, while Arsenal leads the league with 63 points and is currently atop the standings with 63 points. After a successful return to the top flight of English football, Fulham have reason to believe they can compete for places in continental football. Despite having played a greater number of games, they are only three points away from fifth place. Fulham’s seven-game winning streak came to an end when they were defeated by Brentford in another London derby by a score of 3-2. Up until that point, Fulham hadn’t lost any of their previous games. The home team, on the other hand, should feel satisfied with their scoring output, as they have scored two or more goals in four of their last six encounters.
The ultimate scores of matches between Arsenal and Fulham have generally favored Arsenal, but Fulham is known for giving the Gunners a lot of difficult situations to deal with. Fulham has scored the first goal in each of the last two games, but Arsenal hasn’t lost any of the last nine games they’ve played against Fulham. The Gunners are coming off of a challenging game in Lisbon in the Europa League, where they played Sporting Lisbon and ended up drawing 2-2. They will be looking to recover from that game and pick up three points here to fuel their pursuit of the league championship. Arsenal’s last seven matches have featured five occasions in which both sides have scored, and the club has been on the losing side of the scoreboard in seven of their last 10 matches. However, if the visitors go undefeated in their previous five games and come into this one having won four of those games, then they will be the favorites to win.
After suffering a defeat against Brentford by a score of 3-2 in their most recent Premier League match, Fulham will be looking to get back on track with a victory here.
During that game, Fulham held 64% of the possession and had 9 shots on goal, with 5 of them finding the goal. On the other end of the field, Brentford had 14 attempts on goal, with 6 of them finding their intended target.
Fulham has scored at least one goal in each of its last six games.
During that time period, they have scored 11 goals while allowing a total of 6 goals to be scored against them.
Arsenal’s most recent match, which was a Europa League encounter against Sporting Lisbon, ended in a tie score of 2-2.
During that contest, Arsenal held possession for 68% of the time and had 14 shots on goal, with 7 of them finding the target. Sporting CP had a total of 10 shots on goal, of which 6 were on target.
At least three goals have been scored in each of Arsenal’s last five and six matches, and in each of those matches, they have won. During that span of time, a total of 4 goals have been tallied on average per match, with Arsenal contributing an average of 2.5 of those goals.
Fulham vs Arsenal Predicted XI
Fulham Predicted XI: Leno; Tete, Diop, Ream, Robinson; Reed, Lukic; Willian, Pereira, Solomon; Mitrovic.
Arsenal Predicted XI: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Martinelli, Nelson.
We have the impression that Fulham have the ability to score against this Arsenal lineup; however, we also believe that a single goal might not be enough for them to escape losing.
As a result, we anticipate that Arsenal will hold a 1-2 lead heading into the final whistle of the game.
At the legendary San Mames, the match is staged between the teams that have won the King’s Cup several times in history and that could do so again this year, perhaps meeting in the final: Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona. However, on Sunday it’s time for Liga, which brings with it, on the one hand, the great ride of Barça, who, at +9 on Real, will try to take another step to bring the title closer, and, on the other hand, Bilbao’s run-up to sixth place, useful for entering the Conference League. However, if Barcelona’s goal is evidently close, that of the Basques was feasible until a few days ago; after only one point in three matches, things are more complicated. Nothing is lost, but now there are more teams to come back and more points to be won, even though the draw at the home of Rayo Vallecano (one of the teams ahead of Bilbao) was mostly good, with chances on both sides, but Williams’ incredible crossbar shot for Bilbao in full recovery stood out.
The red and whites are not in their best shape, especially after losing to Osasuna in the first leg of the Copa del Rey. On the other hand, Barcelona did not slow down when they beat Valencia 1-0 at home, even though they were missing Lewandowksi, Pedri, Dembele, and Gavi. For the match in Bilbao, however, only Gavi will definitely return, so many defections will remain for Xavi. Because of this, the match that will happen could be a little more physical and a little less technical, but it won’t be any less exciting. This is partly because of Bilbao’s spirit and partly because of Barcelona’s problems in training. On the contrary, Barcelona has shown that they know how to navigate even in bad waters and therefore will be ready, as will Atletico Bilbao, who concede very few goals at home. The show at San Mames will certainly be guaranteed.
Athletic Bilbao WWLLLD
Athletic Bilbao is getting ready for this match after their last La Liga game against Rayo Vallecano ended in a scoreless tie.
During that match, Athletic Bilbao held 45% of the possession and had 16 shots on goal, with only three of them finding the goal. Rayo Vallecano had a total of 18 shots on goal, but only two of them were on target.
In recent years, Athletic Bilbao hasn’t shown much in the way of defensive resolve nearly enough. The truth is that Athletic Bilbao’s defense has been broken into in 5 of their last 6 games, which has led to 7 goals being scored against them in that time.
A win against Barcelona in any of the six preceding league matches that Athletic Bilbao has played in has not resulted in a victory for the team.
Barcelona comes into this game on the heels of a victory in their most recent La Liga match, which saw them overcome Valencia by a score of 1-0.
During that match, Barcelona held a 53% possession advantage and had 13 attempts on goal, with 4 of them landing in the target area. Raphinha was the one who put the ball in the back of the net at 15 minutes. On the other hand, Valencia had 13 shots on goal, but only one of them was successful in hitting the goal.
In the six previous encounters that Barcelona has participated in, led by Xavi Hernández, they have been successful in scoring 7 goals, which gives them an average of 1.17 goals per game.
Athletic Bilbao hasn’t been able to beat Barcelona in either of the two league games that both teams have played away from their homes.
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Predicted XI
Athletic Bilbao Predicted XI: Agirrezabala; De Marcos, Vivian, I Martinez, Lekue; Zarraga, Vesga; N Williams, Muniain, I Williams; Guruzeta.
Barcelona Predicted XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Kounde, Christensen, Balde; F de Jong, Busquets, Kessie; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Gavi.
We believe that Barcelona will put in enough effort to score at the other end of the field and take the lead, making it difficult for Athletic Bilbao to score throughout the duration of the match.
As a result, we anticipate a close match that will end with Barcelona holding a 1-0 lead over their opponent when the final whistle sound