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The World Cup punctuated the league season, but has it changed the club narrative?

January 26 – The Premier League season, already punctuated by the Qatar 2022 winter World Cup, runs in to another weekend break at the season’s half-way point with the fourth round of the FA Cup taking precedence. It is providing a break and the chance of a rethink for some clubs and an important opportunity for others, and for sports betting too.

Going into the Qatar 2022 World Cup the 2022/23 Premier League season was starting to ask some big questions. Many of those questions are still to have answers but in a season that is fractured and seen the order of the big six English clubs challenged, will the second half give them enough time to pull round league finishes in time for European qualification in 2023/24.

Is it really Arsenal’s turn now? Can the bottom clubs in the league reverse their fortunes? Have Manchester United’s issues been truly resolved?

The chase is on for Champions League slots

Manchester City are in a hard chase for the top spot despite there being five points of daylight between them and Arsenal. The two clubs still have to play each other twice in what could prove to be winner takes all deciders.

Below them it is a fierce battle for a top four position with Newcastle United and Manchester United both showing the style and form that makes them look good for a Champions League qualification slot.

Newcastle have become one of the league’s most attractive sides, built around a rock solid back four and a goalkeeper in Nick Pope who has kept nine clean sheets in the past nine matches.

Newcastle’s problem is whether they can consistently turn pressure into goals. Callum Wilson is currently who they look to first for goals but coming off the bench they have world class in Alexander Isak and creative unpredictability in Saint-Maximan.

Man Utd have hit a rich vein of form under Erik ten Hag who has managed to knit together an undoubtedly talented group of players into a cohesive unit. This has been helped by a rejuvenated and…


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Author : Paul Nicholson

Publish date : 2023-01-26 06:20:30

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