Fc Barcelona vs Liverpool Predictions

Fc Barcelona vs Liverpool PredictionsFive-time winners Barcelona may have smashed a Champions League (CL) record after notching up a 31-game unbeaten home streak (W28, D3),

but they now take on a team they have never beaten at the Camp Nou (D2, L2) as Liverpool travel to Catalonia hunting a sixth European Cup.

However the hosts are justified favourites having won their last five competitive home games – four of them ‘to nil’ – whilst scoring an impressive eight goals across their last two CL fixtures held here. Furthermore, Barca have been winning at half-time in all five of their CL home games this season, winning 2-0 at the break in the last two.

The Spanish giants can get a further morale boost considering they have lost just one of their previous 15 European games against English opposition (W11, D3, L1). However Liverpool can take solace from the fact they are the only English side to have ever beaten Barcelona at home (twice) in European competition (Barca vs English teams: W21, D11, L2).

In-form Liverpool are on a ten-match winning run (in all competitions), although they registered a clean sheet in just four of those games. In fact both teams have scored in their last three CL away matches (W2, L1), with Liverpool grabbing a first-half goal in each fixture.
Players to watch: Lionel Messi got a brace in Barcelona’s last two CL home games – he netted the opener in four of the five CL fixtures he’s scored in this term.

Mo Salah’s double at the weekend took his tally to 69 goals in 100 appearances – a club record for a Liverpool player after 100 games.

Stat attack: Barca have scored 3+ goals in seven of their last ten CL home fixtures.


Four of Liverpool’s last five competitive away victories involved both teams scoring.

Six of the eight competitive H2Hs have featured under 2.5 goals.

 

Manchester Utd vs West Ham Analysis & prediction

Manchester Utd vs West Ham Analysis & prediction

STANDINGS

1. Liverpool                                  82

2. Manchester City                  80

3. Chelsea                                    66

4. Tottenham                              64

5. Arsenal                                      63 

6. Manchester Utd                     61

7. Leicester                                   47

8. Wolves                                        47

9. Everton                                        46

10. Watford                                     46

11. West Ham                                  42

12. Crystal Palace                         39

13. Bournemouth                          38

14. Burnley                                        36

15. Newcastle                                  35

16. Brighton                                       33

17. Southampton                            33

18. Cardiff                                           28

19. Fulham                                          17

20. Huddersfield                             14

 

HEAD TO HEAD;

West Ham vs Manchester Utd           3 : 1
West Ham vs Manchester Utd           0 : 0
Manchester Utd vs West Ham           4 : 0
West Ham vs Manchester Utd           0 : 2
Manchester Utd vs West Ham           4 : 1

 

MATCH ANALYSIS;

Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat at Wolves on Apr 2 saw them lose ground on the Premier League (PL) top four. It marked what was (as of Apr 9) their third game in succession to yield that scoreline and see one team score consecutive match goals.

United’s PL home form alone offers no respite in that regard either, with just one of their last nine league matches here seeing them keep a clean sheet. In each of the last three home PL games where the ‘Red Devils’ have conceded, their opponent on the day has scored in the 75th minute or later.

The home fans in attendance will be pleased to note that West Ham’s last four matches (W1, L3) have seen them concede 2+ goals, with each seeing them trail by a two-goal margin at one point, and all the defeats ending 2-0. All four games also saw West Ham lose the first half.

Worse yet, after a run of three successive PL away wins in December, West Ham have now taken just a single point from the last 21 available on the road (D1, L6). All of the six defeats in that sequence have yielded a blank for West Ham.

Players to watch: Respectively, each of Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku’s last three home league goals for United have arrived in the first and second half.

With a brace at Southampton (Dec 27), Felipe Anderson remains the last West Ham man to score in an away league match from open play.

Stat attack: Manchester United last suffered a league double of defeats against West Ham back in 2006/07.
West Ham’s last two away PL games have seen them lose the first half 1-0.

Overall, five of West Ham’s last seven matches have seen them concede first.

Arsenal vs Napoli squad analysis & prediction

Arsenal vs  Napoli  squad analysis & prediction

MATCH ANALYSIS

Arsenal are unbeaten in eight Europa League (EL) matches at the Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners’ sole home defeat in their entire history of post-2009 EL participation being an inconsequential 2-1 reverse to Östersunds FK back in February 2018.

The ‘Gunners’ have emerged victorious with a clean sheet in their last three EL outings here, winning the first half 2-0 and the second 1-0 twice in a row.

Even if Arsenal are to concede first against Napoli, a record of  in EL home matches where they have conceded first bodes well, with both wins yielding a 3-1 scoreline.

Napoli arrive in London with a chequered away record in this season’s EL, winning once and losing once – both times by a 3-1 scoreline.

Given that, there is potential relevance in the fact that the visitors’ last four away trips (in all competitions) have produced over 1.5 goals and seen the first two match goals shared equally.

There should be no lack of action at the start though, with three of Napoli’s four EL games this year seeing them score inside the first 15 minutes of play. Additionally, three of their last four EL away goals (in 2019 alone) have arrived inside the first half-hour.

Players to watch: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the first and last Arsenal scorer in their most recent EL game here.

Both legs of the previous round saw Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik score the opening goal for his team inside the first 15 minutes.

Stat attack: Each of Arsenal’s last four competitive home games have seen them win both halves.

Across all competitions and venues, Arsenal have scored first in seven of their last nine matches.

Each of Napoli’s last six games have seen both teams score.

Last matches: ARSENAL

Everton vs Arsenal                          1 : 0
Arsenal vs Newcastle                    2 : 0
Al Nasr vs Arsenal                           2 : 3
Arsenal vs Rennes                          3 : 0
Arsenal vs Manchester Utd        2 : 0

Leicester vs Cardiff Prediction

Leicester vs Cardiff Prediction

Following a 1-0 win at Chelsea, Leicester City claimed yet another major scalp in the 2018/2019 Premier League season, with the team beating star-studded Manchester City at their King Power Stadium. The Foxes are brimming with confidence ahead of their last game of the year and we predict that they are going to go all guns blazing at Cardiff City this weekend.

A man to watch in the home team will be, as always, Jamie Vardy, who provided an assist for Mark Albrighton in the 2-1 win over Pep Guardiola’s troops. The Bluebirds, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a heavy 5-1 loss to Manchester United, with the team sharing the spoils with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. The Welsh outfit aim to move away from the danger zone, but seeing that Leicester City have found their best form of late, we believe that the newcomers are going to return home empty-handed.

Fulham vs Huddersfield Prediction

Fulham will be looking for their first win at Craven Cottage since their opening day victory over Newcastle. The Lilywhites managed a narrow 1-0 win on that day, kick-starting a run of five league games without defeat. However, since then, Slaviša Jokanovi?’s men have only won one of their previous nine matches, edging them closer to the dreaded relegation zone. As for their opponents, Huddersfield have quashed pre-season tags of relegation contenders, instead finding themselves at the opposite end of the table in third place. With two teams in contrasting form, our prediction is that the Terriers will have far too much for struggling Fulham.

Although, the sides played out two 1-1 draws against one another, last season.

Brighton vs Everton Prediction

Brighton vs Everton Prediction

After drawing with Arsenal on Boxing Day, Brighton will be looking end their four-game winless streak in the English Premier League when they host Everton at their American Express Community Stadium. They aim to regain their place in top ten. We anticipate that they are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s football game. The Toffees, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in back-to-back defeats to the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham, but they proved their worth in a thrilling 5-1 win at Burnley. Marco Silva’s men regained a much-needed confidence, but beating Brighton on the road is easier said than done. Seem that the two teams are almost level on points in the Premier League standings, we predict that they are going to share the spoils on Matchday 20.

Crystal Palace vs Cardiff Prediction

Crystal Palace vs Cardiff Prediction

Last time out, Roy Hodgson and his Crystal Palace side shocked the nation with their coupon-busting 3-2 victory over Manchester City. However, the reality remains that only three Premier League (PL) sides have picked up fewer points at home than Palace’s eight.

That said, the ‘Eagles’ have not conceded a goal in 204 minutes of football here at Selhurst Park. With the visitors from the Welsh capital in possession of the PL’s worst goal return away from home, scoring (on average) just 0.63 goals per game on the road so far, it could be a tough afternoon for the ‘Bluebirds’.

Having conceded five goals last time out – and for the second time this season – Cardiff also boast the PL’s second-worst defence, with Neil Warnock’s men shipping 2.11 goals on average per match. Eagles prey on small birds, and could do so here – Cardiff are one of just two sides yet to register an away win this season (D1, L7). Furthermore, they have lost on four of their last five visits here in all competitions (W1, L4).

Players to watch: Palace’s Andros Townsend scored a goal of the season contender with a stunning volley into the top corner last time out, for his third goal of the campaign. Cardiff’s Víctor Camarasa has been directly involved in two of his side’s last three PL goals (one goal, one assist).

Stat attack: Only five PL sides have picked up more bookings than Palace’s 34 (1.9 bookings per match). Neil Warnock is unbeaten in 11 of his 13 prior managerial H2H meetings vs Crystal Palace (W9, D2, L2), and both teams have found the net in each of the last four occasions. Cardiff have conceded three or more goals in seven of their 18 PL matches so far (39%).