EPL Picks Gameweek 23 Predictions
Watford 2-1 Tottenham
Arsenal 1-1 Sheffield Utd
Brighton 1-1 Aston Villa
Manchester City 4-1 Crystal Palace
Norwich 2-0 Bournemouth
Southampton 2-2 Wolves
West Ham 1-1 Everton
Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea
Burnley 1-2 Leicester
Liverpool 3-0 Manchester United
Watford got themselves out of the relegation zone last week- for the first time this season- with a convincing 3-0 win at Bournemouth. The two sides actually traded courtesy of the result, and I can see Watford cementing their Premiership status moving forward, beginning with an upset over a toothless Spurs side in the early kick-off. Meanwhile, Norwich can pick up a rare win against Bournemouth, who have been sliding down the table for months and looked as bad as you can look last weekend. Both Norwich and Bournemouth look doomed for relegation, and it’ll be one of Aston Villa, Newcastle, Burnley or Brighton who join them in the Championship. I like Bournemouth to be relegated at Evens and I would also recommend a relegation treble on Norwich, Bournemouth and Burnley all to go down, available 14/1 at SkyBet.
Elsewhere, Manchester City, Chelsea and Leicester are all projected to pick up wins this weekend, moving further clear of Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal- none of whom I’ve picked to win- thus, making the gap between the top 4 and the chasing pack, even greater. We will soon have to disband the term chasing pack, as the top 4 places do look to be all but decided, barring an incredible turnaround and run of form from one of the aforementioned under-achievers.
Games of the Week: Liverpool vs Manchester United
Despite the fact these two are the most famous and successful clubs in English football history, this one won’t be close. While Manchester United can take confidence from the fact that they are the only team to have taken points from Liverpool this season, they’re now visiting Anfield, a place where Liverpool haven’t lost at since April 2017.
The Red Devils have at worst on the road, winning just 3 of their 11 Premier League away days and losing 5
Each of these defeats has seen them fail to find the net, and I’m not expecting them to score past a Liverpool team who have kept 6 Premiership clean sheets in a row and have only conceded in 2 of their last 11 matches.
The combined XI highlights the amount of work that Manchester United must do to catch up with this Liverpool team, a feat that could 4 or 5 years, and even that may require Manchester United to make perfect decisions and acquisitions from this point.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have won 18 Premier League matches on the bounce at Anfield, and number 19 will be coming on Sunday. As a Manchester United fan, I am just hoping for a respectable performance, however, given Liverpool’s form this Season, my score prediction indicates otherwise.