With the intention of avenging the sensational defeat of four months ago (0–6), Southampton hosts Chelsea again, a few days after facing another great team like Manchester United. Under the guidance of Coach Ralph Hasenhuttl, the “Saints” have confirmed that they are a team that fights and never gets tired. At the start of the season, the comebacks against Leeds and Leicester had already happened, despite the unfair loss to United, given all of the chances to tie, including De Gea’s key saves and McTominay’s handball that should have been a penalty but wasn’t.
Chelsea is a potentially very strong team that still has flaws (at least when aiming for goals), both in individuals and in collective defense. The 3-0 shock against Leeds was still present among the Blues against Leicester, where, once leading 2-0, the Londoners suffered a 1-2 by Barnes and then suffered until the end. Certainly, there is technique in all areas of the field, and Raheem Sterling’s first goal can only give hope for the “Blues”, who find their coach, Tuchel, on the bench after the consequent disqualification for the fight with Conte during and after the match against Tottenham. Therefore, an important test for Chelsea, if they want to gain self-esteem and try to mark the rank of a serious candidate for the title, will not have to fail.
After suffering a defeat by the score of 0-1 in their previous Premier League match against Manchester United, Southampton will be looking for a better showing this time around.
During that match, Southampton had 48% of the control of the ball and 17 shots on goal, with 5 of those shots finding the target. On the other hand, Manchester United had 11 shots on goal, and they were successful in scoring on six of those shots. Bruno Fernandes scored the winning goal for Manchester United in the 55th minute.
In recent years, games against Southampton have frequently been exciting affairs, with high scoring being a trait that appears frequently. Over the course of their most recent half dozen matches, a grand total of 21 goals have been scored for both teams combined (which works out to an average of 3.5 goals per match), with Southampton being responsible for 9 of these goals.
In their most recent Premier League matchup, Chelsea prevailed over Leicester City by a score of 2-1 to earn the victory. They will bring that momentum into this contest.
During that game, Chelsea held a 46% possession advantage and had 7 shots on goal, with 3 of them finding their mark. Raheem Sterling was the sole player to record a point for Chelsea, scoring two goals in the 47th and 63rd minutes. The 17 shots that were taken by Leicester City only resulted in 5 goals being scored. The goal for Leicester City was scored in the 66th minute by Harvey Barnes.
The numbers don’t lie, and they show that Chelsea’s opponents have scored in 5 of the last 6 games they’ve played against them, for a total of 8 goals scored against them. There is undoubtedly potential for advancement for Chelsea in their defense.
As we head into this match, Chelsea have yet to suffer a defeat at the hands of Southampton in any of their previous nine away league encounters against the Saints.
Injured and suspended
Southampton: (Tino Livramento)
Chelsea: (N’Golo Kanté).
Southampton vs Chelsea Predicted XI
Southampton Predicted XI: Bazunu, Walker-Peters, Bella-Kotchap, Salisu, Djenepo, Ward-Prowse, Lavia, Aribo, Elyounoussi, Adams, Armstrong.
Chelsea Predicted XI: Mendy, James, Silva, Koulibaly, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Jorginho, Kovacic, Cucurella, Havertz, Raheem Sterling.
Chelsea cannot fail to start with the predictions’ favors, but it still appears to be too stammering for a worry-free statement.
The one against the Red Devils is the second defeat out of four games played in this Premier League season for the Saints (4-1 at Tottenham on their debut). When the level rises, Southampton struggles; we think that Chelsea will win.
The final day of the Premier League revealed that the title race is closer than expected. Arsenal and Tottenham continued to win, Liverpool redeemed themselves, and City recovered two goals thanks to a forward who has scored more goals than matches in this Premier League and for a while in his short career.
Despite having superior technical means, the Citizens face a lot of competition, which is why games like the one against Nottingham Forest should not be underestimated, especially since goal difference matters a lot in the Premier League when arriving on equal points. Forest just got back into the Premier League after a long time away. They started off quietly, even though they lost their last game to a strong Tottenham team.
Even with a pharaonic market, however, the red and white cannot compete with the rival squad and with the absolute level of their offensive phase, and in addition, there is the danger of creating an amalgamation in a squad that has only played a few games together. The two haven’t met in the last decade.
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After a 4-2 victory over Crystal Palace in the Premier League last week, Manchester City will be looking for a repeat performance in this match in order to keep their winning streak alive.
During that match, Manchester City held possession of the ball for 75% of the time and had 18 shots on goal, with only five of them missing the target. John Stones scored an own goal in the fourth minute of play for Manchester City. Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland added goals in the 53rd, 62nd, and 81st minutes, respectively. Crystal Palace, the team that they were playing against, had two shots on goal, both of which hit the target. Crystal Palace’s goal was scored by Joachim Andersen in the 21st minute.
Matches that feature Manchester City have recently shown themselves to be quite interesting events, with a lot of goalmouth action being more typical than it is to deviate from the norm. The two teams have met six times in recent history, and during that time, a total of 27 goals have been scored between them (which works out to an average of 4.5 goals per match), 17 of which have been scored by Manchester City.
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Nottingham Forest will be looking to get back on track after suffering a loss in their previous Premier League match, which was played against Tottenham Hotspur. They will be attempting to turn things around here.
During that game, Nottingham Forest held possession for 56% of the time and had 17 shots on goal, with only one being on target. On the other end of the field, Tottenham Hotspur had 18 shots on goal, seven of which were on target. Two of Tottenham Hotspur’s goals were scored by Harry Kane (5′ and 81′).
In recent matches featuring Nottingham Forest, there has been a discernible pattern of at least one team keeping a scoreless shutout in those contests. If you look at their results from the last six games, you’ll see that this has happened five times. During those matches, Nottingham Forest have scored a total of 6 goals, while their opponents have managed a total of 5 goals between them.
Injured and suspended
Manchester City: (Aymeric Laporte)
Nottingham Forest: (Omar Richards, Moussa Niakhaté)
Manchester City vs Nottingham Forest Predicted XI
Manchester City Predicted XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva, Mahrez, Haaland, Foden.
Nottingham Forest Predicted XI: Henderson, Worrall, Cook, Mckenna, Williams, Gibbs-White, O’Brien, Toffolo, Yates, Lingard, Johnson.
We expect Manchester City to rise up and be determined to give a sign to the championship as well.
When all is considered, Manchester City have the potential to and should have the most control of the ball and should be able to convert at least some of the scoring opportunities they create.
On the other hand, Nottingham Forest may have trouble scoring goals for themselves, but we anticipate that they will as well.
This is why we anticipate a victory by at least three goals.
The midweek Premier League match is an opportunity for Arsenal to continue their excellent start to the season. Aston Villa, on the other hand, are dealing with one of the best teams in the Premier League and redeeming the disappointing start to the championship will be complicated.
The Gunners come off a difficult victory against Fulham at the end of August, and the fourth consecutive success allows them to lead the standings alone. Except in the city derby, the Londoners have always gotten off to a great start, winning three first halves out of four and reaching an excellent average of almost three goals per game. We therefore believe that, given the state of form, we should continue on this line by exerting great pressure on the Villa immediately.
Arsenal will be hoping for a win like the 2-1 win they had against Fulham earlier this season in the Premier League.
During that match, Arsenal held possession of the ball for 72% of the game and had 22 shots on goal, with 8 of those shots hitting the target. Both Martin Odegaard (in the 64th minute) and Gabriel Magalhoes (in the 86th minute) found the back of the net for Arsenal. Fulham, the team that they were playing against, had 11 shots on goal, with only three of them hitting the target. The goal for Fulham was scored by Aleksandar Mitrovic in the 56th minute.
In recent years, matches against Arsenal have typically been quite exciting affairs, with a high number of goals scored being more typical than the exception. In the last half-dozen meetings between these two clubs, a total of 22 goals have been scored (with an average of 3.67 goals scored per match), with Arsenal receiving 16 of those goals.
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Aston Villa will be looking to make up for their loss to West Ham United in their previous Premier League match by winning this one. West Ham United was the team who handed Aston Villa their loss.
During that match, Aston Villa had 58% possession of the ball and 9 shots on goal, with only 3 of them finding the target. On the other side of the field, West Ham United had seven shots on goal, but only two of them were on target. The goal for West Ham United came in the 74th minute from Pablo Fornals.
In the previous six games that Aston Villa have participated in, a total of 20 goals have been scored, which results in an average of 3.33 goals scored in each contest. This demonstrates the prolific nature of the encounters that they have been a part of. 11 of those total goals have been scored by opposing teams. It will be fascinating to see if that pattern will continue to emerge here in this country.
Aston Villa have not been victorious in any of their previous three league matches played away from Villa Park before this match.
Injured and suspended
Arsenal: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Aston Villa: (Diego Carlos)
Arsenal vs Aston Villa Predicted XI
Arsenal Predicted XI: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka, Ødegaard, Martinelli, Jesus.
Aston Villa City Predicted XI: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Chambers, Digne, McGinn, Kamara, Douglas Luiz, Watkins, Ings, Coutinho.
We believe that Arsenal will win this game and score multiple goals against Aston Villa, who may have trouble scoring themselves.
As a result, we anticipate that Arsenal will emerge victorious with a reassuring lead of 2-0 after everything is said and done.