The month of January in the Premier League was eventful. There was the pitch excitement, yet even more, off the pitch, the entertainment was simply unreal, theatrical, almost fictional.
The EPL spent £815 million during the winter transfer window, almost four times more than the top five European leagues. The highest spenders, Chelsea, forked out £288 million, including breaking the British record for Enzo Fernandez, the World Cup’s best young player.
Nottingham Forest added six more players to the 22 they acquired in the summer. But now, you cannot fault them for what would seem like extravagant waste. The Tricky Trees, who looked destined for relegation just two months ago, are now eight points off Chelsea in 10th place.
Thus, this weekend’s football will bear proof to these luxurious signings. Some outstanding fixtures will go down in gameweek 22.
Review Of Gameweek 21
The previous week of Premier League action delivered drama and excitement.
The lunchtime kickoff saw Liverpool and Chelsea play a cautious goalless draw.
Brighton had to force a 2-2 draw against Leicester City thanks to an 88th-minute strike by Evan Ferguson.
Ollie Watkins scored the only goal in Aston Villa’s win against Southampton.
Jarrod Bowen’s brace condemned Everton to a 2-0 loss to West Ham. Frank Lampard was fired in the aftermath.
Nottingham Forest secured a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth to extend their unbeaten run since the start of the year.
Crystal Palace and Newcastle shared the spoils in a goalless draw, as Manchester City trounced Wolves 3-0 thanks to an Erling Haaland hat-trick.
Leeds United and Brentford had a scoreless affair, as Eddie Nketiah scored a last-gasp goal in an entertaining 3-2 win against Manchester United.
Harry Kane scored the only goal in Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat of Fulham.
Preview Of Gameweek 22
This gameweek has plenty in store, with some heavyweight clashes set to take place.
Graham Potter will have a rich squad to pick from as Chelsea face Fulham on Friday night.
Everton, under their new coach, Sean Dyche, will be hoping for a change in fortune as they take on the Premier League leaders, Arsenal.
Brighton entertain Bournemouth, as Manchester United look to return to winning ways against Crystal Palace.
Brentford will have their work cut out for them against Southampton, who have recently signed one of Belgium’s best talents, Paul Onuachu.
Liverpool travel to Molineux to play Wolves, while Aston Villa and Leicester City face off.
Newcastle will be keen to get the maximum points against West Ham, as Nottingham Forest and Leeds United do battle.
In the biggest Premier League match of the weekend, Tottenham will take on Manchester City without the recovering Antonio Conte on Sunday afternoon.
Predictions For Gameweek 22
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Chelsea vs Fulham (over 1.5 goals)
Everton vs Arsenal (2)
Brighton vs Bournemouth (1)
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace (under 3.5 goals)
Brentford vs Southampton (goal/goal)
Wolves vs Liverpool (over 2.5 goals)
Aston Villa vs Leicester City (over 1.5 goals)
Newcastle vs West Ham (1)
Nottingham Forest vs Leeds United (1X)
Tottenham vs Manchester City (goal/goal)