January 18, 2019

Premier League Match Previews – 19th January Saturday

Liverpool v Crystal Palace

Liverpool will be looking to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League table when they take on Crystal Palace at Anfield for their clash on Saturday. Liverpool are fresh off the back of two separate 2-1 losses to both Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers when they won against Brighton in a 0-1 away fixture over the weekend. They will be coming into this match ready to secure a victory against Crystal Palace. Liverpool cannot avoid a slip-up if they want to keep the lead in the standings.

Though Liverpool encountered a challenging start to the year when they bowed down to Manchester City in their first ever Premier League defeat, it was followed by an unexpected departure from the FA Cup when they were beaten by the Wolves.

If they keep up this form, they might just lose the chance of bagging their first Premier League title. However, they were able to show that they are back in the game as they cruised past Brighton. It wasn’t their most impressive match but it did keep their 4-point lead ahead of Manchester City in the league table.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace have been struggling with their inconsistent form. They were defeated by Watford at home during the last outing, making It 4 victories, 2 draws, and 4 losses in their previous 10 Premier League fixtures. They also lost 5 of their previous 8 league away matches, and taking on the current best team in the league proves to be a tough test for Roy Hodgson’s men.

However, the fact that one of these victories came during their visit to Manchester City will give them a hope in conquering Saturday’s match against the league leaders. If they manage to come out successful on Saturday, Liverpool’s chances of claiming a title victory could weaken.

Man United v Brighton

Manchester United are definitely improving under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when they managed to cruise past Tottenham Hotspur in a 0-1 away fixture at Wembley, making it 6 victories on the trot for the hosts. The development at Old Trafford continues to shock everyone, and if the Red Devils can maintain their momentum when they host Chris Hughton’s Brighton on Saturday afternoon, there’s a possibility they could be included in the top 4 finish.

Manchester United will be coming into this match aiming for a fantastic seventh consecutive win on Saturday. Aside from their victory against the Spurs, they managed to hold a draw with Arsenal on points in the Premier League table and are only 6 points behind the top 4. Things are definitely looking up for the Red Devils especially if they manage a win against Brighton.

Marcus Rashford’s impeccable strike during their match against the Spurs secured United’s win as well as David De Gea’s goalkeeping skills that denied a goal for their opponents. Manchester United will have the opportunity to maintain their stellar form going when they take on Brighton.

It is no doubt that Brighton will be coming into this match as the underdogs. However, there’s no denying that they are a good team as well when they claimed a 3-2 win against Manchester United earlier in the campaign. Brighton are currently placed at the 13th spot in the table and they’re only 6 points behind a possible Europa League qualifying position.

Their form certainly dunked lately as can be seen by their defeat to Liverpool over the weekend that made their record to just 1 victory in 7 of their last league outings. Their form on the road has improved though, but they still have a long way to go if they want to secure a win against the Red Devils.

Bournemouth v West Ham United

Bournemouth will welcome West Ham United at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday for the 23rd round tie of the Premier League. Both of these teams will be coming into this match in completely opposite moods especially after last week’s performance. Bournemouth’s form continues to decline when they bowed down to Everton in a disappointing 2-0 defeat over the weekend. West Ham, on the other hand, won’t be an easy side to take on, being at the 9th place in the league standings.

Following their loss at the hands of Everton last weekend, Bournemouth are down to the 12th position despite having an impressive start to the season. Eddie Howe’s Cherries aren’t giving up that easily though since they are only 5 points below the 7th placed Watford in the table. However, on Saturday, they are the out-of-form side in this clash. They won just 2 of their previous league matches and lost 9 times during this period. Even at home, they managed just 2 victories in their last 7 games. Furthermore, their last fixture ended their hopes of an FA Cup victory.

West Ham, on the other hand, will be a challenge for the hosts. Although they had their fair share of wins and losses this season, they managed to cruise past Arsenal over the weekend and have now came out successful in 6 of their previous 9 Premier League fixtures. Things are definitely looking up for the visitors since they won 3 of their last 4 games on the road and losing just twice in 8 matches since they improved on their poor start to the campaign. Aside from that, their attacking ways have certainly improved which could work to their advantage considering the shaky defence of Bournemouth, who conceded the 3rd most goals in the league this term.

By @EliaasMJ

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