Football Match Previews – 22/23 June 2020

The weekend’s action in England is coming to an end. But fear not. Monday and Tuesday have some fantastic football games taking place, with matches in the Premier League and the League Two Play-Offs second leg. We take a look at what’s to come below and offer our thoughts on what could happen.

Monday Night Football

Premier League – Manchester City vs Burnley

The fixture between Man City and Burnley on Monday evening is the only one in the Premier League. It’s Burnley’s first game back after the restart. However, City played Wednesday and beat Arsenal, and this could be crucial. They will have the edge over Burnley when it comes to match fitness and sharpness, and it could see Pep Guardiola’s men have a bit too much for the visitors. Sean Dyche will have his team well-drilled and doing the basics right, but it’s a City win for us.

League Two Play-Offs – Exeter vs Colchester

Colchester head into the second leg of this tie a goal to the good, after Cohen Bramall’s clever free-kick caught Exeter keeper Lewis Ward napping on Thursday. Exeter enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the first leg but failed to register a shot on target from ten taken. They’ll need to be more incisive and clinical at home, in what will undoubtedly be a football game of fine margins. Bramall’s strike last week could be pivotal.

League Two Play-Offs – Cheltenham vs Northampton

Cheltenham has one foot in the play-off final and have the cushion of a two-goal advantage for the second leg of this fixture. Northampton had the opportunity to go a goal to the good from the spot first time around. But Owen Evans saved well from Ryan Watson’s penalty. Northampton will have to come out and attack to try and force their way back into the fixture; which will leave Keith Curle’s men at risk on the counter. Cheltenham will see the job through, in our opinion.

Tuesday Night Football

Premier League – Leicester vs Brighton

Leicester vs Brighton is an exciting football fixture, as the Foxes thought they had beaten Watford when Ben Chilwell put them ahead in the 90th minute at Vicarage Road, only for Craig Dawson to equalise three minutes later. Brighton, on the other hand, netted on 95 minutes through Neal Maupay to snatch victory against Arsenal and will be buoyant as a result. If it was a match based on quality, you’d fancy Leicester, and Brighton travelling up will boost the Foxes as well. However, Graham Potter’s side could still be buzzing after their dramatic late win.

Premier League – Spurs vs West Ham

Spurs vs West Ham is a game both sets of fans relish. But we don’t think West Ham supporters will be confident ahead of this fixture. They were poor against Wolves and look in major trouble. In addition, the Hammers are above the relegation zone on goal difference as things stand. Luckily for David Moyes’ side, those below them are yet to find the points to pull them into the mire. Spurs played well against Manchester United for the most part but had to settle for a draw. Jose Mourinho lamented his lack of attacking options on the bench. However, he will have more for this football game, and his side will win as a result.

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