Predictions 17 – 19.02.2024

Manchester City vs Chelsea | Premier League

17/02/2024 17:30

Prediction: 2-1

The highlight fixture of the 25th day of the Premier League undoubtedly unfolds at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, where Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City hosts Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea. The showdown is set for Saturday, February 17, 2024. With an 18-point gap in the standings, it’s clear why the Citizens are not only favored to win this match but also to clinch the title. Currently sitting second, just two points behind Liverpool with a game in hand, Manchester City’s recent triumph to the Champions League quarter-finals, secured with a 3-1 victory over Copenhagen, further solidifies their status as contenders. Meanwhile, Chelsea enters the clash on the back of a league victory against Crystal Palace, triumphing 3-1 at Selhurst Park.

Manchester City boasts an impressive streak, having won 11 consecutive games across all competitions since December 19. In head-to-head encounters at home, Manchester City has emerged victorious against Chelsea in the last four meetings, keeping a clean sheet on each occasion. Additionally, City has been prolific in front of goal, scoring at least two goals in their last 8 league games and in 10 of their last 11 competitive matches.

Chelsea, on the other hand, has displayed a penchant for high-scoring affairs, with six Over 2.5 outcomes in their last seven league matches and five in their last six across all competitions. Notably, Chelsea managed a thrilling 4-4 draw against Manchester City at home back in November.

In Manchester City’s recent competitive matches, there have been 11 Over 2.5 outcomes in their last 14 encounters, highlighting their attacking prowess and potential for goal-filled contests. With both teams in formidable form, the stage is set for an enthralling showdown between two Premier League giants.

Brentford vs Liverpool | Premier League

17/02/2024 12:30

Prediction: 1-3

The 25th round of the Premier League kicks off with Liverpool paying a visit to Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium in Brentford. After enduring a two-game barren spell, suffering defeats away against Tottenham and at home against Manchester City, the home team under the guidance of Danish coach Thomas Frank returned to winning ways with a commendable 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on the road. However, they face a difficult task against the table-toppers led by Jurgen Klopp, who hold a staggering 29-point lead over the Bees in the standings and secured a convincing 3-1 victory in their last match at home against Burnley. In the first leg encounter at Anfield Road, Liverpool cruised to a commanding 3-0 victory over Brentford.

Liverpool’s dominance extends beyond this season, remaining unbeaten in 33 of their last 35 Premier League matches, showcasing their consistency and resilience. Moreover, in five of their last six league games, Liverpool has scored at least two goals, underlining their attacking prowess. Over 2.5 goals have occurred in Liverpool’s last five Premier League matches, highlighting their penchant for high-scoring encounters.

Brentford, on the other hand, has displayed a high number for goals in their recent league outings, with both teams finding the net and Over 2.5 goals occurring in their last five league matches. Additionally, the combination of Goals + Over 2.5 has manifested in the last seven head-to-head encounters played at Brentford, indicating the potential for an entertaining and goal-filled affair between the two sides.

Burnley vs Arsenal | Premier League

17/02/2024 15:00

Prediction: 1-2

Arsenal, trailing leaders Liverpool by just two points, resumes their pursuit of the top spot in the Premier League as they face Burnley. Under the guidance of Spanish coach Mikel Arteta, the Gunners are tied for second place with Manchester City, maintaining a two-point lead over Liverpool, although City has a game in hand. Arsenal enters the clash against Burnley on the back of an emphatic 6-0 victory over West Ham United at the London Stadium.

Vincent Kompany’s Burnley, on the other hand, finds themselves in difficulties, having failed to secure a win in their last six league games, suffering four defeats and managing two draws. In their recent outing, they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat against Liverpool. In the first leg encounter at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal emerged victorious with a 3-1 win.

Arsenal holds a strong record against Burnley, remaining unbeaten in their last four encounters with two wins and two draws, including their victory in the first leg. Moreover, Arsenal has been in fine form, winning their last four league games. Additionally, there have been four Over 2.5 outcomes in Arsenal’s last four league matches, indicating their attacking potency.

Meanwhile, Burnley’s struggles are evident, with their winless streak extending to six games in the Premier League, marked by four defeats and two draws. Notably, in Burnley’s last five league games, both teams have managed to find the back of the net, highlighting the potential for goals in their encounters.

Celta Vigo vs Barcelona | La Liga

17/02/2024 17:30

Barcelona returns to La Liga action aiming to maintain a safe distance from Athletic Bilbao, who trail them by five points, and to narrow the gap with Girona, currently second with 56 points, although challenging Real Madrid, who lead with a 10-point advantage, seems improbable. Fresh off a 3-3 draw with Granada, Barcelona faces Celta Vigo, who sit fourth from bottom with 20 points, three more than the relegation-threatened Cadiz, Granada, and Almeria. However, the hosts find themselves in a crisis, having suffered three defeats in their last four matches, with a solitary victory against Osasuna.

There’s a significant 31-point difference in the standings between the two teams, favoring Barcelona. Celta Vigo’s recent form has been dismal, with four losses in their last five matches. Additionally, the home team has endured a barren spell, losing all of their last three matches at home.

In contrast, Barcelona has enjoyed relative success, winning seven of their last eleven matches. Notably, Barcelona remains unbeaten away from home in La Liga, winning all of their last three league games on the road. On the other hand, Celta Vigo’s home record leaves much to be desired, with only two wins, six losses out of twelve matches, and boasting the third-worst home performance in the league, accumulating just 10 points.

As the only team in La Liga yet to taste defeat away from home, Barcelona enters the clash with confidence, aiming to capitalize on Celta Vigo’s struggles and secure a crucial victory on the road.

Rayo Vallecano vs Real Madrid | La Liga

18/02/2024 13:00

Prediction: 1-2

Real Madrid ventures to Vallecano this Saturday with the objective of extending their impressive streak that has propelled them to the summit of the league table and virtually secured their place in the Champions League quarterfinals. The recent days have been particularly fruitful for Ancelotti’s squad. A resounding 4-0 victory over Girona has widened the gap at the top of the table for Madridistas, further aided by the setbacks of Barcelona and Atlético. Just three days later, the Blancos secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Leipzig in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.

Rayo Vallecano, currently in fourteenth place, finds themselves amidst a rough patch, resulting in the dismissal of coach Francisco, who will be succeeded by Íñigo Pérez. The team has suffered three consecutive defeats, accumulating only one point from the last fifteen available. Rayo has endured four defeats and a draw in their last five matches, losing to Las Palmas (0-2), drawing against Real Sociedad (0-0), and suffering defeats against Atlético Madrid (2-1), Sevilla (1-2), and Mallorca (2-1).

On the other hand, Real Madrid enters the fixture buoyed by recent successes, including a 1-0 victory over Leipzig in the Champions League. They have amassed five wins and one draw in their last six games, triumphing over Mallorca (1-0), Almería (3-2), Las Palmas (1-2), and Getafe (0-2), drawing against Atlético Madrid (1-1), and defeating Girona (4-0).

Real Madrid currently leads the league with a five-point advantage over Girona, whom they recently defeated 4-0. Rayo Vallecano sits in fourteenth place, seven points clear of the relegation zone. With their remarkable form this season, the Madrid outfit has suffered only one defeat so far.