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Weekend Football Preview

Happy New Year to all! 2022 is upon us and with that more football!

Premier League MW 21

Arsenal vs. Man City

We kick things off in the New Year with Arsenal welcoming Man City to the Emirates. Arsenal sit 4th in the table with 1 game in hand and 4 points clear of 5th. City sit 8 points clear at the top of the table and everyone will be hoping Arsenal can cause un upset here. Arsenal are unbeaten in their last four games but have not done well against big six opposition this season. The reverse fixture was a 5-0 win for Man City. 

Watford vs. Tottenham

A London Derby for Watford as they welcome Tottenham to their stadium. West Ham ended Watford’s New Year with a loss and another top team from London visits them in the first game of 2022. Watford sit 17th in the table with 3 games in hand while Spurs sit 7th in the table with 3 games in hand and are yet to lose under Conte in the Premier League. This should be a win for Spurs. The reverse fixture was a 1-0 win for Spurs. 

Crystal Palace vs. West Ham

Another London Derby to begin the year as high flying Palace take on West Ham who are looking to continue the positive momentum from the midweek game. Palace sit 11th in the Premier League with 1 game in hand while West Ham sit 5th in the table with 1 game in hand as well. Palace are inconsistent at the moment but always give a good fight while West Ham have also been through poor form recently. The reverse fixture was a 2-2 draw.

Brentford vs. Aston Villa

14th placed Brentford take on 12th placed Villa with both teams going through inconsistent form. Villa haven’t played any games in a week so they should be fresher than Brentford who’s squad is barebones at the moment. Both teams also have 2 games in hand. The reverse fixture was a 1-1 draw.

Southampton vs. Newcastle

13th placed Southampton take on 19th placed Newcastle with Southampton in good form and Newcastle looking to continue on from that good game against United. Both teams have one game in hand. The reverse fixture was a 2-2 draw.

Leeds vs. Burnley

Leeds sit 16th in the table and have lost their 3 games and have 2 games in hand having not played recently as they take on Burnley who sit 18th in the table with 4 games in hand but just lost to United during the week. The reverse fixture was a 1-1 draw.

Everton vs. Brighton

15th placed Everton have three games in hand as they take on 10th placed Brighton who have two games in hand and cheated their way to a point against Chelsea during the week. The reverse fixture was a 0-2 win for Everton.

Man United vs. Wolverhampton

6th placed United take on 8th placed Wolves with both teams having 2 games in hand. United haven’t been great recently but are still unbeaten under Rangnick while Wolves have done well against the top teams but have rarely come out winners. Wolves also didn’t play during the week. The reverse fixture was a 0-1 for United.

La Liga MW 19

Valencia play Espanyol, Real Madrid travel to Getafe, Atletico play Vallecano, Sociedad travel to Alaves, Barcelona travel to Mallorca, Villarreal entertain Levante, and Sevilla travel to Cadiz. Most of the teams having winnable games as La Liga returns after it’s winter break. Squads have had positive covid tests so players will of course be missing. Real Madrid lead La Liga by 8 points with a game in hand while Sevilla, Real Betis, and Rayo Vallecano make up the top four. Atletico sit 5th in the table a point behind 4th while Barcelona sit 7th in the table 2 points behind 4th. Real Sociedad are sandwiched in the middle of the two. Villarreal sit 9th in the table. Real Madrid in cruise control at the moment and people will have to work to catch up with them.

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