Brighton v Manchester City
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Only 4 groups within the Premier League have a greater defensive file than Brighton (42 targets conceded), which is testomony to the energy of their form below Graham Potter. They can be within the high half of the desk if their forwards might solely end, however luckily for Brighton they will not actually need to be creating probabilities for the go to of Man City.
They would fortunately take a 0-0, as they did in a current recreation in opposition to Chelsea by which Thomas Tuchel’s facet dominated the ball put couldn’t get previous this cussed and well-drilled unit. In a 3-5-2, they are going to be able to blocking the width of the pitch whereas making certain there is no such thing as a room within the half-spaces for Phil Foden and Kevin de Bruyne, swarming the center as they did in opposition to Chelsea’s inside forwards.
However, because the match wears on Man City can have the recent legs and the depth of tactical methods to shake issues up with substitutions and discover the breakthrough. A sequence of accidents leaves Brighton with out their first-choice wing-backs, and Riyad Mahrez up in opposition to the inexperienced Jakub Moder is a very apparent mismatch.
Chelsea v Leicester City
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This is actually a Champions League playoff match, and whereas that may make it a nervy contest it should not be as cagey or stuttering because the FA Cup last. Thousands of Chelsea supporters will give the hosts a bonus, as will the very fact Thomas Tuchel absolutely will not make the identical mistake of deploying Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcus Alonso as his wing-backs.
With Leicester City in a mirroring 3-4-1-2 formation this ensured each groups had been blocked throughout the pitch as Chelsea, dominating the ball with 64% possession, had nothing on the flanks to drive them via the traces and counter-balance the swarm of our bodies via the center. Tuchel, then, ought to play Reece James on the precise and Ben Chilwell on the left this time, including attacking dynamism on the wings.
That is particularly worrying for Brendan Rodgers as a result of he doesn’t have an analogous luxurious of rotating gamers. Along with Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic additionally coming in, the more energizing facet with dwelling benefit – and higher wing-backs – can take the three factors.
Tottenham v Aston Villa
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Ryan Mason’s try to channel the power of the Mauricio Pochettino period has made Tottenham Hotspur very attacking and somewhat disordered; with Dele Alli roaming round Harry Kane and Gareth Bale unlikely to observe again, Spurs’ 4-2-4 is broad open to groups that may counter-attack at velocity. Although Aston Villa might be as open as Wolves had been on the weekend, given their season is winding down, Bale’s incapability to defend provides Jack Grealish a bonus.
Bale was at fault repeatedly within the 3-1 defeat to Leeds United, by which Jack Harrison and Ezgjan Alioski labored collectively to get behind Serge Aurier, and that main drawback will rear its head as Grealish enjoys his first begin since coming back from harm. He will mix with the overlapping Matt Targett to harm Tottenham each time Bale jogs listlessly again.
That doesn’t imply Villa will win. Their passive defending in a 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace suggests Tottenham’s entrance 4 will get all of the area they want, significantly on the left the place Heung-Min Son goes up in opposition to Ahmed Elmohamedy. The Egyptian is standing in for Matty Cash, and he regarded nicely off the tempo up in opposition to Wilfried Zaha and Eberichi Eze.
Burnley v Liverpool
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Liverpool had been lucky to get away with one other sloppy efficiency in opposition to West Brom on the weekend, and which may encourage Jurgen Klopp to swap issues again to a 4-2-4 formation; in opposition to probably the most defensive groups within the nation Liverpool want all of their forwards on the pitch. That is particularly true for a visit to Burnley, who started Liverpool’s sequence of dwelling defeats with a 1-0 win at Anfield in January.
In that recreation, Liverpool held 72% possession however most of it was sideways, permitting Burnley to shuffle throughout and maintain Klopp’s facet at arms’ size. The key participant for the guests will probably be Thiago, who topped the charts in opposition to West Brom for touches, passes, tackles, and probabilities created. His capacity to break the traces along with his passing and assist pin Burnley again will probably be important if Liverpool are to grind out a slender win.
But it will be naïve to assume Liverpool will maintain a clear sheet. They are sometimes a bit susceptible down their proper flank, the place Mohamed Salah often fails to get again and the place Trent Alexander-Arnold can go lacking as he seeks to give Liverpool an attacking benefit. In the areas behind TAA, Burnley’s finest participant Dwight McNeil could cause severe issues on the counter-attack.