The matches of matchday 18 of the Premier League are approaching and in PlayOn99 News we leave you everything you need to know: news, line-ups and predictions of the most exciting tournament in the world. Unfortunately, the Omicron variant forced the organization to suspend four games: Manchester United-Brighton, Southampton-Brentford, Watford-Crystal Palace and West Ham-Norwich City as we told you yesterday.
Aston Villa – Burnley (8.30 PM)
Aston Villa will host Burnley in Birmingham on the 18th in a match that will spark sparks. The locals want to continue on the path of triumph and stability they have entered since Steven Gerrard took over at the team’s hand. They accumulate 4 victories and 2 defeats – against Citizens and Liverpool – with the new coach.
On the final day they easily beat a weak Norwich with Jacob Ramsey and Ollie Watkins on fire. Emiliano Martínez became a key piece in the team building and each game has key interventions. They will surely repeat the same team that emerged victorious in week 17.
Burnley could not play the last game against Watford due to the wave of Coronavirus that England suffers. They were also the first team to suspend a game on the last day of November against Tottenham. With two days less on the calendar, those led by Sean Dyche are placed in 18th position in the tournament, but with the possibility of recovering points and sinking direct rivals in the fight to maintain the category.
The only question about the visit for this meeting is whether you can count on the presence of Maxwel Cornet. In case of not being available, Jay Rodríguez will continue as the starter.
Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Ramsey; Buendía, Ings, Watkins.
Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Wood, Rodríguez.
Aston Villa is in incredible shape and this type of match is capable of winning them, but Burnley needs a win that will give him peace of mind on the table. The Villains are really a tough bone at heart: Dibu Martínez is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and if you manage to pass that powerful defense you also have to have what it takes to beat the goalkeeper.
Leeds – Arsenal (11 PM)
Leeds and Arsenal will meet at Elland Road for matchday 18 of the Premier League. The locals arrive beaten, with 7 defeats and a painful defeat against Manchester City. It is one of the teams with the most goals in the tournament and the ones that convert the least.
The situation for Marcelo Bielsa is really worrying: speculation began about a possible dismissal and the injuries do not help him to assemble the team. Shackleton’s recent injury adds to those of Bamford, Rodrigo, Daniel James, Cooper, Phillips and Struijk.
Arsenal lives in a world totally different from that of its rival: it has won two consecutive victories and is in Champions League positions. Mikel Arteta seems to have found the solution to the team’s bad regret and goalkeeper Leno’s injury helped bring about the championship revelation: Aaron Ramsdale.
Arsenal enters the game against Leeds with a playing capacity that they had not shown in this Premier League. The team has adjusted every mistake, they have learned that the collective game is paramount in this very difficult championship. Among the collective, an individuality stands out that has taken off in a tremendous way: Gabriel Martinelli. The Brazilian arrives with two goals and two assists in the last five games.
Leeds: Meslier; Ayling, Cresswell, Llorente, Dallas; Forshaw; Raphinha, Roberts, Klich, Harrison; Gelhardt.
Arsenal: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Magalhaes, Tierney; Bukayo Saka, Partey, Xhaka, Martinelli; Odegaard; Lacazette.
It seems that there will be a certain victory for Arsenal and its share is decreasing more and more. Although on the other side there may be a surprise and Leeds’s win rate does not stop rising. Perhaps it is time for Bielsa’s team to take a hit.