Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 10) Part 1

Disclaimer: This series is examining the games days prior to matchday, there is always the possibility for injuries, coach selections, etc. They may be updated to reflect most accurate starting lineup.

Brighton & Hove Albion v. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Location: Amex Stadium, Brighton

Wolves come into this match as slight favorites. This match expected is to be around 3 goals, and although Wolves are the favorite on paper — there’s relatively little confidence in any particular outcome.

Brighton come into this game on a 2-match win streak that has shown their best form all season. They currently reside in 11th-place and have actually scored more goals, but have conceded several more as well. The seagulls are averaging 1.1 goals scored/game and are giving up 1.4 conceded/game, however, at home they jump to 1.75 goals scored/game and 1.5 conceded/game.

Wolves come in to this match having won 4 of their last six matches which has moved them up into the top-half of the table and into 9th position. Wolves have only lost one of the last 6 to high-flying Watford and have only lost one other match all season (Leicester). Wolves are averaging 1 goal scored/game while conceding 0.9 goals/game — however, on the road,  the goals scored drops to 0.75 goals scored/game and 0.75 goals conceded. 

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Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 8) Part 1

Disclaimer: This series is examining the games days prior to matchday, there is always the possibility for injuries, coach selections, etc. They may be updated to reflect most accurate starting lineup.
Brighton v. West Ham
Location: AmEx Stadium, Brighton
Much to my surprise, Brighton is actually a slight favorite over West Ham, although the difference is very neglible. I wouldn’t be surprised if this moves to West Ham’s favor as we get closer to kick off. Expectations so far are putting the game at less than 3 goals scored.
The difference between Brighton’s position now and the bottom of the table was their upset win over Manchester United early in the season. Since then Brighton has been leaking goals this season, scoring in excess of 1 goal per game, but conceding almost double that amount. I’m concerned about Brighton’s inability to keep possession and be tidy with their passing, because a misstep against West Ham could lead to some lethal counter attacking opportunities.
West Ham was this weeks feature for Darkhorse Chronicles on their scintillating form for this last month. All of us here at SportMuse though they were in for a great season, then they proceeded to flop really hard for the first several games occupying the basement spot in the table. I think there were a lot of issues that contributed to the start of the season woes, and I think that they should be able to put on a good display this week. During the month of september West Ham have been able to score freely and have limited concessions, I think West Ham wins this matchup.

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Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 7) Part 2

Disclaimer: This series is examining the games days prior to matchday, there is always the possibility for injuries, coach selections, etc. They may be updated to reflect most accurate starting lineup. Manchester City v. Brighton Location: Etihad Stadium, Manchester City are monstrous favorites in this match in this 4+ goal expected match up with Brighton … Read moreWeekend Preview on Thursday (Week 7) Part 2

Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 6) Part 2

Disclaimer: This series is examining the games days prior to matchday, there is always the possibility for injuries, coach selections, etc. They may be updated to reflect most accurate starting lineup.
Liverpool v. Southampton
Location: Anfield, Liverpool
Match Prediction
Livepool come off of a great win over Tottenham which they controlled pretty much from the opening whistle. Michael Vorm won the Man of the Match (MOTM) for his performance saving Tottenham, and that’s exactly what it was, it could have been far worse. Liverpool seems to be on cruise control so far in the season and now it’ll be all about keeping this level of performance up. I don’t think that Southampton will be much of a contest for this side, they should run laps around Southampton.
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Burnley v. AFC Bournemouth
Location: Turf Moor, Burnley
Match Prediction
Burnley have a pretty solid hold on last place in the league right now which only 1 point taken from 5 games and a goal difference of -7. Burnley is tied for 3rd in the fewest goals scored in the Premier League, only trailing the 18th/19th place teams who have managed to score a few more and to concede a few less. Burnley have looked really outclassed at this point in time and have definitely become favorites for the drop this season, and their performances thus far support this idea. They need to improve dramatically to compete with their competition — they really haven’t played many of the top teams (they have one game against Manchester United) at this point in the season and they still have a poor point haul.
AFC Bournemouth came out firing this last week, and they’ve shown that they have the potential for a great season this year. The cherries are holding down the 5th position right now averaging a solid 2 points/game. If they are able to continue on this pace and get to 76 points, they would have finished 4th in the league last year. I’m not ready to hand them entrance to the UEFA Europa League just yet, as they’ve only played 1 game against the big six which they’ve lost so maintaining the current pace might be a little optimistic. Though, they’ve shown that a top half finish is definitely within reach.


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Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 5) Part 2 of 2

Disclaimer: This series is examining the games days prior to matchday, there is always the possibility for injuries, coach selections, etc. They may be updated to reflect most accurate starting lineup.
Newcastle United v. Arsenal
Location: St. James’ Park, Newcastle
Arsenal come into this match as favorites even though they are playing in Newcastle. Goal projections are currently at about three.
Newcastle United’s season to this point has been rough, they’ve managed only 1 point out of twelve, and that came as a man down against Cardiff that has scored only 2 goals on the season. They have a -3 Goal Differential and have only scored 3 goals on the season. However, I think that Rafa’s side should be able to score at least one goal in this match, as Arsenal have allowed the 4th most goals in the league thus far (8) and have yet to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League.

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Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 4) Part 1 of 2

Disclaimer: This series is examining the games days prior to matchday, there is always the possibility for injuries, coach selections, etc. They may be updated to reflect most accurate starting lineup.
Leicester City v. Liverpool
Location: King Power Stadium
Liverpool enters this game as massive favorites against Leicester City. The game is expected to contain about 3 goals, and as of this writing, all are favored for one team.
Maybe I’m just crazy, but I think that Leicester City might be the least convincing 2-win team of the season. Leicester City was only able to score in stoppage time over Southampton last week in stoppage time after the second yellow was awarded to a Southampton player. On the second match day, they were unable to be overcome by a Wolves team that has been unable to take advantage of their opponents being down to 10 men, twice. Basically, I feel like Leicester City has really been gifted games by their opponent and not really that they’ve played well enough to earn it, which will have to change if they want to continue grabbing 3 points. Liverpool love to counterattack and while defense has been one of their more solid positions, I’m nervous to see how they cope.

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