Palmerbet Sports Team’s EPL Preview looks at every game for Week 33 with analysis and tips for each, kicking off with the Merseyside derby between Everton and on-fire Liverpool and featuring the top-two Manchester showdown between City and United!
History: Played 181: Liverpool 118 V Everton 82 (81 Draws).
Last meeting: January 5, 2018 (FA Cup): Liverpool 2 d Everton 1 at Anfield.
Final Thoughts: Everton are clear of danger in ninth spot, but after consecutive wins over Brighton and Stoke the Toffees crashed 3-1 at home to Man City last weekend.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are buoyant are consolidating third spot on the EPL table with a win over Palace and then whipping City 3-0 at Anfield in midweek Champions League action.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 16 Merseyside derbies against Everton. The sides drew 1-1 in their league match earlier this season before the Reds prevail 2-1 in FA Cup action in January.
Since that Week 16 clash Everton have been poor against heavyweight opposition – losing their last four against top-six sides by a combined 12-2 – and Liverpool should carry their midweek momentum into this match-up.
History: Played 47: Bournemouth 28 V Crystal Palace 23 (18 Draws).
Last meeting: December 9, 2017 (EPL): 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park.
Final Thoughts: Bournemouth are relatively free from relegation danger in 10th spot, but they host a desperate Palace side this weekend.
Bournemouth have lost only two of their last 13, and backed up a home win over West Brom with a draw at Watford in the past fortnight. Crystal Palace have lost five of their last six, with a somewhat unlucky 2-1 home loss to Liverpool in Week 32 leaving them just two point above the bottom three in 17th.
Jermain Defoe notched a brace for Bournemouth in a 2-2 away draw earlier this season, and this clash is headed for a similar result with Palace’s precarious situation sure to spur them on.
Tip: Draw @ $3.40
History: Played 55: Brighton 22 V Huddersfield 18 (15 Draws).
Last meeting: December 9, 2017 (EPL): Huddersfield 2 d Brighton 0.
Final Thoughts: Brighton have slipped to 13th thanks to consecutive 2-0 losses to Everton and Leicester; they are only six points ahead of the relegation teams.
Huddersfield’s situation is even more urgent: a draw is all they managed from their last four games, leaving the club three points further back in 16th.
Huddersfield have won the last two between the clubs – including a 2-0 result at home in Week 16 – but Brighton are unbeaten in the sides’ last five meetings at Amex Stadium.
Both sides have struggled finding the back of the net in recent weeks and a lone strike might just be enough to take away a vital three points from this one.
History: Played 121: Newcastle 51 V Leicester 43 (27 Draws).
Last meeting: December 9, 2017 (EPL): Leicester 3 d Newcastle 2 at St James’ Park.
Final Thoughts: Eighth-placed Leicester are on a four-game unbeaten streak, including wins over West Brom (4-1) and Brighton (2-0) in their last two outings. Newcastle are keeping their heading above water in 12th, helped by victories over Southampton (3-0) and Huddersfield (1-0) in the past fortnight.
Leicester are on a five-game winning steak against Newcastle, scoring 11 goals and conceding just two. The grabbed a 3-2 win on the road over the Magpies in Week 16.
Form-wise little splits these sides, but Newcastle’s away form has been an Achilles heel this season and enough to back the Foxes with some confidence at King Power.
History: Played 93: Tottenham 47 V Stoke 26 (20 Draws).
Last meeting: December 9, 2017 (EPL): Tottenham 5 d Stoke 1 at Wembley Stadium.
Final Thoughts: Time is running out for 19th-placed Stoke City, who are winless in their last eight games and have lost their last three to Man City, Everton and Arsenal. This tough part of their schedule culminates in a showdown with fourth-placed Tottenham.
Spurs have effectively sealed a top-four finish but they are only four points shy of United in second and would love to climb up the ladder further before the season is out. They are unbeaten in their last 13 games, winning 10 – including a 3-1 victory away to Chelsea last week.
Spurs have won their last four against Stoke by a combined 17-1. Harry Kane scored two goals in a 5-1 rout at Wembley in Week 16.
It could get just as ugly for Stoke in front of their home fans.
History: Played 39: Burnley 18 V Watford 12 (9 Draws).
Last meeting: December 9, 2017 (EPL): Burnley 1 d Watford 0 at Turf Moor.
Final Thoughts: Watford are well clear of relegation in 11th but they’ll be desperate to not slip further down the ladder after some disappointing recent results. The Hornets suffered heavy away losses to Liverpool and Arsenal before a 2-all draw at home to Bournemouth last week.
Conversely, seventh-placed Burnley are enjoying a major form upswing, emerging from an 11-game winless run with three straight victories over Everton, West Ham and West Brom. Kiwi striker Chris Wood has scored four goals during the winning streak.
Burnley prevailed 1-0 at home in Week 16, but Watford are unbeaten in their last four at home in this rivalry.
The Clarets look great value here as underdogs with Wood’s strikepower complementing their miserly defence.
Tip: Burnley Win @ $3.25
History: Played 40: Swansea 18 V West Brom 14 (8 Draws).
Last meeting: December 9, 2017 (EPL): Swansea 1 d West Brom 0 at Liberty Stadium.
Final Thoughts: West Brom are destined for the drop, sitting in last seven points shy of 19th. The Baggies have won just once since Week 2 and are currently on an eight-game losing streak.
Swansea have slipped back near danger with a scoreless draw at Huddersfield and a 2-0 loss to United in their last two games, but they have managed four wins in their last eight outings.
The home side is unbeaten in these sides’ last seven meetings, with Swansea aiming for their first win at West Brom since 2013.
This is must-win for the Swans, but a Baggies side with nothing to lose could prove an untimely banana peel – especially given the Welsh club has just two away wins to their name this season. The draw option is calling out in this one.
Tip: Draw @ $3.00
History: Played 175: Man United 72 V Man City 51 (52 Draws) .
Last meeting: December 10, 2017 (EPL): Man City 2 d Man United 1 at Old Trafford.
Final Thoughts: Manchester City are 16 points clear at the top of the table from second-placed United and have won five on the trot by a combined 16 goals to two. But they are smarting from a 3-0 UCL thrashing at the hands of Liverpool; a heavyweight scalp would help ease the pain.
Man United face a tough battle from Liverpool and Spurs for the honour of second place at the end of the season, but they bring a four-game winning streak into this blockbuster – including wins over high-profile rivals Chelsea and Liverpool.
City claimed the long-awaited derby 2-1 earlier this season to remain undefeated. The Citizens are looking for their first win over United at home since 2014, however.
Untied have lost two of their last three away – and four in total from 15 on the road – while a Week 2 draw against Everton is the only result stopping City from having a perfect season at home. They should make it double for the season against their crosstown foes.
History: Played 94: Arsenal 48 V Southampton 20 (26 Draws).
Last meeting: December 10, 2017 (EPL): 1-1 draw at St Mary’s Stadium.
Final Thoughts: After a rough couple of months, Arsenal have bounced back to form with consecutive 3-0 wins over Watford and Stoke. But they remain 13 points adrift of the top four in sixth.
Southampton are in the first of their lives to extend their stay in the Premier League to a seventh season, sitting 18th thanks to just one win in their last 18 games. They are coming off consecutive 3-0 losses to Newcastle and West Ham, and have scored just one goal in their last five games.
A late Olivier Giroud goal salvaged a 1-1 away draw for Arsenal in Week 16. Meanwhile, Southampton have enjoyed some recent success at the Emirates, grabbing two wins and a draw in their last five visits.
A road trip to the Emirates is unlikely to do anything for the Saints’ bid to climb out of the bottom three.
History: Played 109: Chelsea 49 V West Ham 40 (20 Draws).
Last meeting: December 9, 2017 (EPL): West Ham 1 V Chelsea 0 at London Stadium.
Final Thoughts: Chelsea’s hopes of finishing in the top four went out the window last week with a 3-1 loss to heavyweight rivals Tottenham. It was their fifth loss in their last seven games, but the Blues will be eager to finish a highly disappointing EPL title defence on a positive note.
Sitting 14th after a 3-0 thrashing of Southampton last week, West Ham hover two above the relegation zone. That crucial result came on the back of three heavy losses to Liverpool, Swansea and Burnley by a combined 11-2.
West Ham scored a king-sized upset with a 1-0 success against Chelsea at home in Week 16. But Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 12 against Hammers at Stamford Bridge, winning nine.
Don’t expect a repeat boilover from the visitors in this one.