The Palmerbet Team’s EPL Preview looks at each game from the midweek round of Premier League matches, which comprise of postponed games from Weeks 31 and 35. The relegation and top-four battles are still very much alive!
History: Played 71: Southampton 34 V Swansea 21 (16 Draws).
Last meeting: August 12, 2017: 0-0 draw at St Mary’s Stadium.
Final Thoughts: An absolutely massive match-up with 17th-placed Southampton and 18th-placed Swansea tied on 33 points. The loser is almost certainly destined for the drop.
Southampton have produced some crucial results in the past three weeks, drawing with Leicester and Everton away either side of a home win over Bournemouth. Swansea are winless in their last five, going down 1-0 to Chelsea on the weekend.
Southampton have won six of their last nine against Swansea, but the Swans prevailed 2-1 at home last season and held the Saints to a scoreless draw at St Mary’s Stadium early in this campaign.
Swansea have lost just one of their last six at home while Southampton have won just twice away all season, but a draw seems the best option between two sides fighting for their EPL lives.
Tip: Draw @ $3.20
History: Played 65: Chelsea 29 V Huddersfield 27 (9 Draws).
Last meeting: December 12, 2017 (EPL): Chelsea 3 d Huddersfield 1 at John Smith’s Stadium.
Final Thoughts: Remarkably, Chelsea are a chance of stealing a top-four finish thanks to Tottenham’s late-season stumbles. The Blues have won four straight to edge to within two points of fourth-placed Spurs.
Huddersfield, meanwhile, are dangling perilously close to relegation still, just three points ahead of the bottom-three – despite holding Man City to a scoreless draw last week.
Town have won only one of their last 14 against Chelsea dating back to 1967, with Chelsea running away with the club’s first league match in 33 years earlier this season 3-1.
With plenty riding on the result, expect Chelsea to salute at home while Huddersfield rely on other results to fall their way.
History: Played 138: Arsenal 65 V Leicester 44 (29 Draws).
Last meeting: August 11, 2017 (EPL): Arsenal 4 d Leicester 3 at Emirates Stadium.
Final Thoughts: Sixth-placed Arsenal are in no man’s land but will be eager to finish strong and send Arsene Wenger out on a positive note. The team indicated that is exactly what their intentions are by whipping Burnley 5-0 on the weekend.
Ninth-placed Leicester could tumble down several spots if other results go against them, but on current form they are totally at the mercy of their rivals. A scoreless draw against Southampton in Week 34 provided their only point from their last five games, while they have lost their last two to Palace and West Ham by a combined 7-0.
Arsenal prevailed in a seven-goal thriller at the start of the season, extending Leicester winless streak in the rivalry to 13 games. In fact, the Foxes have not outgunned the Gunners once in the club’s last 21 Premier League meetings.
All signs are pointing to a forgettable final home game of the season for Leicester City.
History: Played 18: Man City 9 V Brighton 5 (4 Draws).
Last meeting: August 12, 2017 (EPL): Man City 2 d Brighton 0 at AMEX Stadium.
Final Thoughts: Two goals in the last 20 minutes carried Man City to a 2-0 win over Brighton in the opening round of the season. Of course, the Citizens have dismantled most opponents in far more convincing fashion since.
Manchester City are 17 points clear of the field in first place, but if they win their last two games they will become the first club ever to crack the 100-point mark. A disappointing scoreless draw at home to Huddersfield should have them all kinds of fired up for their last match of the season at the Etihad.
Brighton are safe in 14th after draws against Tottenham and Burnley followed by a stunning 1-0 upset of Man United last week. They’ll be eager to make it four overachieving results in a row before heading into their final assignment against Liverpool full of confidence.
As with Huddersfield last week, there’s decent value in taking the in-form underdogs with a big head-start.
History: Played 157: Tottenham 67 V Newcastle 58 (32 Draws).
Last meeting: August 13, 2017 (EPL): Tottenham 2 d Newcastle 0 at St James’ Park.
Final Thoughts: Tottenham’s familiar late-season slump has struck the club again, going down 1-0 to lowly West Brom on the weekend. They have won just one of their last four and their top-four spot is now in serious jeopardy.
Newcastle, currently in 10th, are in the midst of a frustrating trot, following up four straight wins with three consecutive losses to Everton, West Brom and Watford.
Newcastle had won five of their last eight EPL clashes with Tottenham leading into this season, but Spurs scored a 2-0 away win in the opening round of the season thanks to goals from Dele Alli and Ben Davies midway through the second half.
Value is hard to come by in this clash with Tottenham short-priced favourites, but we’re leaning towards goals being at a premium at Wembley with both sides struggling for form.
History: Played 138: Man United 65 V West Ham 43 (30 Draws).
Last meeting: August 13, 2017 (EPL): Man United 4 d West Ham 0 at Old Trafford.
Final Thoughts: West Ham have survived the relegation battle, sitting safely five points clear in 15th. They bounced back from consecutive 4-1 losses to Arsenal and Man City with a 2-0 away win over Leicester to clinch their place in next year’s EPL.
Man United effectively have a second-place finish under lock and key but they will be bristling after losses to also-rans West Brom and Brighton in the past month.
West Ham have won only one of their last 17 against Man United, crashing to a 4-0 away defeat in this season’s opener as Romelu Lukaku bagged a club-debut double.
Count on some blowback from Jose Mourinho’s charges after some of their recent upset defeats.