Predictions 20.05-22.05.2023

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Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal | Premier League (20.05.2023, 18:30)

Nottingham Forest vs. Arsenal at City Ground Stadium will be exciting. Nottingham Forest, fifth-from-bottom, needs a win to survive. After a strong start, Arsenal has fallen behind Manchester City. They are four points behind and losing the title after recent losses.

As pressure mounts, Arteta and his team are having a nightmare season. Sporting’s Europa League elimination and Manchester City’s FA Cup fourth-round defeat have left the Premier League as their last hope. Nottingham Forest lost to Manchester United in the League Cup semi-finals and to Blackpool in the FA Cup third round. Nottingham Forest manager Cooper is aware of the season-long struggle to secure enough points for survival. However, they have lost 18 games and conceded 67 goals while scoring 36. Arsenal, though, risks losing the title to Guardiola’s team, who are poised to win the English title with three games left.

Cooper’s team is anticipated to play a 4-3-3 formation, unleashing Yates, Gibbs-White, and Awoniyi’s offensive capabilities. Nottingham Forest will struggle without Boly, Henderson, McKenna, Williams, and Chris Wood. Arsenal will miss Saliba, Elneny, Tomiyasu, and Zinchenko, causing selection issues. Saka, Jesus, and Trossard are hungry to lead the Gunners’ attack.


 Form Guide

Nottingham Forest LLWLWD

In a recent Premier League showdown, Nottingham Forest faced off against Chelsea, resulting in an exciting 2-2 draw. Despite holding only 24% of the possession, Nottingham Forest displayed their attacking prowess by taking 11 shots, with 2 of them finding the target. Taiwo Awoniyi was the hero of the day for Nottingham Forest, netting impressive goals in the 13th and 62nd minutes. On the other side, Chelsea mounted a strong offensive, recording 14 shots, with 6 of them testing the Nottingham Forest defense. Raheem Sterling showcased his scoring abilities for Chelsea, finding the back of the net in the 51st and 58th minutes.

Analyzing the past six encounters involving Nottingham Forest, it becomes evident that goals have been a regular occurrence. In five of those matches, a minimum of three goals were scored, providing spectators with thrilling contests. Nottingham Forest’s opponents managed to score a total of 13 goals during this period, while Nottingham Forest themselves showcased their attacking prowess by scoring 12 goals.


Arsenal DDLWWL

Following their disappointing loss to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League, Arsenal and their devoted fans are eagerly anticipating an improved outcome in their upcoming match.

In their recent encounter against Brighton & Hove Albion, Arsenal possessed the ball for 41% of the game and attempted a total of 14 shots on goal, with 2 of them finding their mark. On the other side, Brighton & Hove Albion took 12 shots at goal, with 6 of them hitting the target. The scorers for Brighton & Hove Albion were Julio César Enciso (51′), Deniz Undav (86′), and Pervis Estupiñán (96′).

In five out of their last six games, Arsenal has witnessed a flurry of goals, with at least three being scored in each match. During this period, the average number of goals per game reached 4, with Arsenal themselves averaging 1.83 goals per game.

It is evident that Arsenal’s recent matches have been action-packed affairs with a propensity for goals. Fans will be hoping for a more solid defensive performance in the upcoming match, while also aiming to unleash their attacking prowess and find the back of the net with greater frequency.


Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal Predicted XI

Nottingham Forest Predicted XI: Navas; Worrall, Niakhate, Felipe; Aurier, Yates, Danilo, Mangala, Lodi; Gibbs-White, Awoniyi.

Arsenal Predicted XI: Ramsdale; White, Kiwior, Gabriel, Tierney; Odegaard, Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Jesus, Trossard.   


Prediction

From our perspective, Nottingham Forest possesses the potential to find the net against Arsenal, although a solitary goal may not be sufficient to secure victory.

Considering this, we anticipate a closely contested match with a final score of 1-2 in favor of Arsenal at the conclusion of the 90 minutes. The encounter is expected to be highly competitive, with both teams fiercely vying for supremacy on the field. 


Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig | Bundesliga (20.05.2023, 18:30)

With just two rounds remaining in the Bundesliga, the intense battle between perennial contenders Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund continues. Bayern currently holds a slim one-point advantage and has the opportunity to secure their eleventh consecutive league title. However, this season, Dortmund has proven to be a formidable opponent, pushing Bayern to their limits. In fact, until just three days ago, Dortmund was leading the title race, only to be held to a draw by Bochum, a match that is now regarded as a crucial turning point in the championship.

The penultimate round poses a significant challenge for Thomas Tuchel’s Dortmund as they face RB Leipzig, who currently sit in third place. This match is likely to determine the fate of the Bundesliga title. Dortmund enters this encounter in good form, having secured crucial victories against Bremen and Freiburg, which are particularly important from a Champions League perspective. They are determined to maintain their current position in the league table. Led by Nkunku and his teammates, Dortmund has accumulated more points than any other team in the last five matchdays, making them formidable opponents for Leipzig.

On the other hand, Bayern Munich, playing at home, is coming off an easy victory against Schalke. In the previous two rounds against Bremen and Hertha, Bayern struggled to break the deadlock until Gnabry scored late goals to secure the wins. Bayern now finds themselves in the penultimate “final” of the season, which could potentially be the decisive one in the title race. However, Leipzig arrives with strength and confidence, fully aware of their abilities, and with significant stakes on the line. The stage is set for a super clash between two top contenders, with the outcome likely to have a significant impact on the destiny of the title.  


Form Guide

Bayern Munich DDLWWW

Following their dominant performance, Bayern Munich will be riding high on confidence and hoping to replicate their recent success, as they secured an impressive 6-0 victory against Schalke in the Bundesliga.

In that match, Bayern Munich asserted their dominance with 62% possession and a staggering 25 shots on goal, 14 of which were on target. On the other hand, Schalke 04 struggled to threaten Bayern’s goal, managing only 8 attempts, none of which were on target.

Bayern Munich’s attacking prowess has been relentless, finding the back of the net in each of their last 6 matches. During this impressive run, they have scored a total of 13 goals while conceding 6.

However, they must remain vigilant defensively as they face upcoming challenges in their pursuit of silverware.


RB Leipzig WLWWWW

RB Leipzig enters this upcoming encounter on the back of a 2-1 victory against Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.

In their previous match, RB Leipzig demonstrated their control with 62% possession and made a total of 20 attempts on goal, 7 of which were on target. On the other hand, Werder Bremen managed 6 attempts on goal, with 2 of them hitting the target. Under the guidance of Marco Rose, RB Leipzig has found the back of the net 12 times in their last 6 matches. Meanwhile, they have conceded a total of 6 goals during the same period.

As they face the formidable challenge of Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig will be aiming to capitalize on their recent positive results and maintain their goal-scoring momentum. It promises to be an enticing clash between two top teams in the Bundesliga.


Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig Predicted XI

Bayern Munich Predicted XI: Sommer; Mazraoui, Pavard, De Ligt, Cancelo; Kimmich, Goretzka; Sane, Muller, Musiala; Gnabry.

RB Leipzig Predicted XI: Blaswich; Simakan, Gvardiol, Orban, Henrichs; Laimer, Haidara; Szoboszlai, Forsberg; Werner, Nkunku.  


Prediction

We believe RB Leipzig has the ability to find the net against Bayern Munich, but it might not be enough to prevent them from conceding a couple of goals in return.

We anticipate a scenario where both teams will score, resulting in a 2-1 victory for Bayern Munich at the end of the game.


Manchester City vs Chelsea | Premier League (21.05.2023, 17:00)

Manchester City will be hosting Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium for the 37th round of the Premier League. It is a dream season finale for Pep Guardiola, who has showcased his coaching prowess and established himself among the best coaches in the world. City has made a remarkable comeback in the league, surpassing Arsenal to claim the top spot in the standings. Currently, they lead the Premier League with a four-point advantage over the Gunners and have one game in hand. This gives City a comfortable margin as they aim to consolidate their position. Additionally, their impressive run includes securing a place in the Champions League final by eliminating Real Madrid under Ancelotti. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Bernabeu, City unleashed their true potential in the second leg with a resounding 4-0 victory, notably keeping Erling Haaland from scoring. City is considered the super favorite to win the Champions League. However, their focus remains on solidifying their lead in the Premier League, as they are coming off five consecutive league wins.

On the other hand, Chelsea has endured a disastrous season, struggling to find stability. Currently occupying 11th place in the standings, they have faced numerous challenges, including their elimination in the Champions League quarterfinals against Real Madrid. The managerial change from Potter to Lampard did not yield the desired effects, and their campaigns in the League Cup and FA Cup ended early, both in the third round against City. Chelsea has experienced a difficult season against Guardiola’s side, but City simply possesses that extra edge with a squad of superior technical and physical capabilities.

As the two teams clash, City will be aiming to further solidify their dominance in the Premier League, while Chelsea will be looking to salvage some pride and end their season on a positive note. 


Form Guide

Manchester City WWWDWW

Manchester City will be looking to carry their momentum from their impressive 4-0 victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League into their upcoming match. In that game, City maintained 60% possession and attempted 16 shots on goal, with 7 of them finding the target. On the other hand, Real Madrid had 7 shots at goal, with 3 on target.

Scoring goals hasn’t been an issue for Manchester City recently, as they have found the back of the net in every one of their last 6 matches. During that period, they have scored a total of 15 goals while conceding only 3.

This solid attacking form bodes well for Manchester City as they prepare to face Chelsea. They will be aiming to continue their scoring prowess and maintain their winning streak, while also being mindful of Chelsea’s potential threat. The stage is set for an exciting encounter as Manchester City strives to build on their recent successes.


Chelsea LLLLWD

Chelsea’s recent Premier League match against Nottingham Forest ended in a 2-2 draw. During the game, Chelsea dominated possession with 76% and made 14 attempts on goal, 6 of which were on target. Nottingham Forest, on the other hand, had 11 attempts on goal, with 2 of them on target.

However, Chelsea’s defensive performance has been a concern lately. In their last 6 matches, they have conceded goals in every game, with a total of 12 goals being scored against them. This indicates some weaknesses that Chelsea needs to address in their defensive setup.

It will be a challenging test for Chelsea to overcome their defensive issues and put up a strong performance against Manchester City.


Manchester City vs Chelsea Predicted XI

Manchester City Predicted XI: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte; Stones, Rodri; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Grealish; Haaland.

Chelsea Predicted XI: Kepa; Chalobah, Silva, W. Fofana; Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Fernandez, Gallagher, Hall; Sterling, Havertz.


Prediction

We believe that Chelsea possesses the attacking strength to breach the Manchester City defense, although it is unlikely to be sufficient to avoid a defeat.

Our prediction leans towards a close 2-1 victory for Manchester City at the conclusion of the match. The outcome of this encounter promises to be intriguing, and we eagerly await how events unfold on the pitch.


Napoli vs Inter Milan | Serie A (21.05.2023, 18:00)

Napoli and Inter will clash at the Maradona Stadium for the 36th round of Serie A. Napoli, having already secured the Scudetto, suffered a surprise but inconsequential 2-0 defeat against Monza in the previous round. Napoli, with no specific targets left for the season, has only managed one victory in their last four matches under Spalletti’s guidance.

In contrast, Inter has been in outstanding form, winning their last five league games and booking their place in the Champions League final after a 1-0 victory over Milan in the second leg. Inter currently sits third in the league with 66 points, three points behind Juventus. Inzaghi’s side recently secured a 4-2 victory against Sassuolo and has the Italian Cup final against Fiorentina to look forward to. However, they will be without Mkhitaryan due to a muscle injury sustained against Milan, and Skriniar is also unavailable. In midfield, Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, and Gosens will support Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku as they lead the attack.

Spalletti is likely to stick with the same formation, deploying Politano, Osimhen, and Kvara in the attacking trident. Osimhen’s availability is uncertain as he recovers from the flu, while Mario Rui and Lozano remain sidelined. In midfield, Anguissa, Lobotka, and Zielinski are expected to feature. Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Kim, and Olivera will support Meret in goal while he is back in the lineup for defense. 


Form Guide

SSC Napoli DWDDWL

In their previous Serie A match, Napoli suffered a 2-0 defeat against Monza. Despite having 55% possession and attempting 20 shots, with 7 on target, Napoli failed to find the back of the net. Monza, on the other hand, managed 10 shots with 4 on target.

Looking at their recent matches, Napoli has been involved in games with fewer than three goals in each of their last six outings. During this period, Napoli scored a total of 5 goals, while their opponents also scored 5 goals.

Napoli will be eager to bounce back from their defeat and improve their goal-scoring form in the upcoming match.


Inter WWWWWW

Inter come into this match on the back of a 1-0 victory against AC Milan in the Champions League.

In that game, Inter had 44% possession and took 15 shots on goal, with 4 of them on target. In their recent matches, Inter has been involved in high-scoring affairs, with a total of 21 goals scored in their last six games. This averages out to 3.5 goals per match. Of these goals, Inter opponents have scored 3.

Inter will be looking to carry their goal-scoring form into the upcoming match and continue their positive momentum.


Napoli vs Inter Predicted XI

Napoli Predicted XI: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Kim, Rrahmani, Olivera; Anguissa, Lobotka, Zielinski; Elmas, Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia.

Inter Predicted XI: Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Dimarco; Correa, Lukaku.


Prediction

The match between Inter Milan and SSC Napoli is expected to be a closely contested one, with both teams finding it difficult to score goals.

Given the balance between the two sides, it’s challenging to predict a clear winner. A tight encounter is anticipated, and there is a possibility of the match ending in a goalless draw.

It will be intriguing to see how the game unfolds and whether either team can break the deadlock.