Premier League 2020-21 season continued to reflect its uncertain nature last matchweek as a struggling Wolves side got the better of Arsenal, while title-holders Liverpool were stunned at home by Brighton.
In other matches, table-toppers Manchester City, Manchester United and Leicester City registered comprehensive victories in order to keep their title hopes alive.
Premier League matchweek 23 could see further disruptions in the points table with some big teams taking on each other. Here are the numbers that can help to win big with stakes quite high.
Aston Villa vs Arsenal
Arsenal's journey back to the top four isn't going to be easy this season, with numerous mid-table clubs posing a real threat. Aston Villa will be one such side, who will look to complete a double over Arsenal as they look to bounce back from their 1-3 loss against West Ham United.
However, Arsenal will head into the encounter as the more in-form side after losing just once in their last five matches. Villa, on the other hand, have lost three times, two of which have come at home.
The Gunners have been the superior side in Aston Villa vs Arsenal head-to-head as well, with 27 wins and 14 draws in 51 encounters. They have also won twice and drawn the same in their last five EPL encounters against Aston Villa.
Under the tutelage of Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s playing style has been more consistent away from home and the Gunners will be expecting a comprehensive win.
|Last 5 matches (Home Vs Away)|
|4||Goals Scoring Matches||5|
Manchester United vs Everton
Manchester United vs Everton will be a battle between two of the more in-form sides in the Premier League, both of whom are strong contenders for the top four. While United have been a team on the rise with every win, the Toffees have a strong enough team to turn up and stun any Premier League club on their given day. And a trip to Old Trafford demands that.
United come to the match following a whopping 9-0 victory over Southampton while Everton saw off Leeds United 2-1 in a hard-fought battle. And Carlo Ancelotti will be looking to use this tenacity on Saturday at the Theatre of Dreams, where Everton had last won in 2013.
Despite the lopsided past record between the two sides, which Man Utd lead 37-9 in head-to-head, Manchester United vs Everton have always promised goals and Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer will expect his men to get on the bandwagon from the word go.
|Both Teams to Score H2H (Premier League Only)|
|48||Goal Scoring Matches||33|
Liverpool vs Manchester City
After two years of sheer dominance, where Liverpool first won the UEFA Champions League and then the English Premier League, the Reds have again fallen behind Manchester City in the title race with Pep Guardiola's men looking to march to another title this season.
The loss against Burnley and Brighton have not only tainted Liverpool's enviable home record but also affected their chances of retaining the PL title this season. On the other hand, Pep Guardiola's men don't look to stop anytime soon with their last defeat in the Premier League coming way back in November 2020.
Though Liverpool lead Manchester City 20-10 in their head-to-head stats, the Cityzens have lost to the Reds just once in their last five encounters. And Manchester City's unparalleled form away from home make them outright favourites in the blockbuster clash on Sunday.
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|Liverpool (Home)||Metrics||Manchester City (Away)|
Sheffield United vs Chelsea
Quite interestingly, for all of Chelsea's achievements in the Premier League over the last two decades, the London side has struggled to establish dominance against Sheffield United. Both the teams have won 4 matches each and drawn once in the nine times they have played each other.
Both Sheffield and Chelsea come to this clash with three defeats and two victories in their last five matches, with the Blades getting the better of Chelsea thrice in their last four encounters at the Bramall Lane.
While Chelsea might have found a rejuvenating form under Thomas Tuchel, as was evident by their 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur last matchweek, the Blues might struggle with their conservative approach against the Blades away from home.
|Last 5 matches (Home vs Away)|
|Sheffield United (Home)||Metrics||Chelsea (Away)|
|4||Goal Scoring Matches||4|
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