The Palmerbet Team’s EPL Preview looks at each game for Week 34 with tips and data analysis for each. With just a handful of games to go, teams are fighting for places in Europe, avoiding in relegation and remarkably, Manchester City could take the title this weekend!
History: Played 37: Southampton 8 V Chelsea 21 (8 Draws).
Last meeting: December 17th, 2018 (EPL): Chelsea 1 d Southampton 0 at Stamford Bridge.
Final Thoughts: Southampton currently sit in relegation and are desperate for a win. Its been 8 games since they’ve secured a home win and they are on the terrible end of a 1 from 19 run.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are in serious danger of missing out on Champions League football next year which could see plenty of player and staff departures. They’ve lost their last 3 away and have only secure 4 of the last 15 available points and sit 10 clear of 4th spot.
Chelsea have won the last 4 against Southampton and simply must win this one. They’ll need to tighten up their defence and focus on a clean sheet first, then look to break down Southampton who are likely to park the bus for a point.
EPL History: Played 5: Burnley 1 V Leicester City 3 (1 Draw).
Last meeting: December 3, 2017 (EPL): Leicester 1 d Burnley 0 at King Power Stadium, Leicester.
Final Thoughts: The season is slipping away from Leicester as they sit 8th with little chance of European football next year, whilst Burnley are desperate for a win as they try to qualify for the UEFA cup.
Burnley have the 3rd best form in the Prem. Wins from the last four, albeit against sides well beneath them on the table. Its also come off the back of an great away run where they’ve scored 7 in those last 3. Kiwi Chris Wood has been especially impressive.
Leicester City’s post Christmas doldrums are over with two strong wins before a shock loss to Newcastle despite bossing the game. Jaime Vardy has been strong with 16 goals, but they need more from Riyadh Mahrez who hasn’t reached the heights of their championship year.
Expect all out attack in this game. Burnley have cost themselves dearly with too many draws that should have been wins. This should open up opportunities for Vardy and Co on the break. Bring on the goals!
EPL History: Played 1: 1 Draw
Last meeting: November 29, 2017 (EPL): Draw 0-0 at Amex Stadium, Brighton.
Final Thoughts: 6 points from an available 30 in their last 10 games is not what Palace want or need in their relegation fight. A win at home will gap the last three and bring comfort.
Palace have been far from terrible this year, conceding less goals than Everton in 9th. They just can’t find an effective strike partnership. Milivojevic has been clinical but Zaha and Benteke are a bust. If they survive the season, they need to spend in the summer.
Brighton might bore their way to survival. With only 29 goals in 32 matches, if they concede early, they don’t have the power to come back. Thankfully they’ve got Aussie Maty Ryan doing an amazing job in goals, conceding just 43, the same as Arsenal in 6th.
We can’t see a classic here, each side likely to be happy with a point.
EPL History: Played 1: Huddersfield 1 V Watford 0 (0 Draws).
Last meeting: December 17th, 2017 (EPL): Watford 1 d Huddersfield 4 at Vicarage Road.
Final Thoughts: Relegation threatened Huddersfield welcome 12th placed Watford and its an absolute must win for Huddersfield. With 5 games to go and four points clear of 18th place, its the next 4 games that could cost them a place in the Prem. With Man City, Chelsea, Everton and Arsenal to come, Watford becomes the must win.
Huddersfield’s brilliant start to the season is a distant memory. Their goal drought a crisis. 3 goals in their last 6 games has put a hand brake on their ability to gain points with 2 from their last 15 available.
Watford sit comfortably mid table but own a horrid away record with just 4 points from the last 36. When they play away they also get pumped. 15 goals conceded in their last 6 away must give Huddersfield confidence
EPL History: Played 13: Swansea 2 V Everton 6 (5 Draws).
Last meeting: December 19, 2017 (EPL): Everton 3 d Swansea 1 at Goodison Park.
Final Thoughts: Swansea will be happy to be home after a three game road trip delivered 2 points and just a single goal. Also in danger of relegation, they’ve pulled themselves up to 15th thanks to four wins on the trot at Liberty Stadium including Liverpool and Arsenal.
Any dreams Toffee fans had of local boy Wayne Rooney and import Theo Walcott taking them back to European football have been torn away thanks to a terrible recent away record including 4 goal thumping by Arsenal and Spurs.
Everton away with an out of form strike force worries us against a hungry Swansea in need of a win.
Tip: Swansea WIN @ $2.50
EPL History: Played 5: Liverpool 3 V Bournemouth 1 (1 Draw).
Last meeting: December 18th, 2017 (EPL): Bournemouth 0 lost to Liverpool 4 at Vitality Stadium.
Final Thoughts: Bournemouth head to possibly the most daunting ground in Premier League football, Anfield to take on a red-hot Reds outfit, high off a dismantling of Manchester City in the Champions League Quarter Final last week.
Liverpool have been ruthless at home, free-wheeling and a joy to watch Mo Saleh is likely golden boot and player of the year winner and the Reds have to be strong favourites to make the Champions League final. They haven’t lost an Anfield all season and have scored 38 goals in their 16 games so far.
Bournemouth sit 11th and play a great brand of football. Unfortunately they’ve got a defence that leaks like ex FBI employees. Conceeding 10 in their last 6 away, the Reds line up of Saleh, Firminio etc are likely to tear them apart. If they can breach the fragile Reds defence early, that will go a long way. I’d be parking the bus if I was Bournemouth
EPL History: Played 40: Spurs 23 V City 12 (6 Draws).
Last meeting: December 17, 2017 (EPL): City 4 d Spurs 1 Etihad Stadium.
Final Thoughts: Match of the Round as Spurs welcome City to Wembley in what should be a cracker. This one promises to have plenty of goals!
Spurs look set for Champions League next year, sitting 4th and 10 points clear of Man United. They’ve been very tight with their defence only letting in 27 goals all year, not conceding at home since the 4th of January. More impressive has been their unbeaten run since the 17th December.
It was the 17th of December that City took them apart at Etihad Stadium. 4 goals up, City’s lineup is as good as it gets. With 5 of the top 8 passing players, 2 of the top 4 goal scorers and the tightest defence in the league (24 goals against), City have it all.
Its a simple one for City, stop Harry Kane. The question for us is, with a 13 point lead with 6 games to go, could City ease off.
Tip: Draw @ $3.50
EPL History: Played 45: Newcastle United 9 V Arsenal 26 (10 Draws) .
Last meeting: December 17, 2017 (EPL): Arsenal 1 d Newcastle United 0 at Emirates Stadium.
Final Thoughts: How much pain can Arsenal fans put up with? 30 points and 200 million pounds behind league leaders, the gradual fade of this power house will soon be complete as they miss Champions League qualification and possibly UEFA cup.
Four road losses on the trot surely must end in Newcastle. Technically superior, but impotent in front of goal, their superior defence, ball retention and passing play should see of Newcastle. If they don’t, expect the Wenger Out movement to avalanche towards the Emirates.
Newcastle are undefeated at home in their last six with their last three wins including against Man United. Sitting tenth on the table, they’ll be tough physically, but Arsenal must win if they want their coach and large salaries to be maintained.
EPL History: Played 23: Man United 15 V West From 3 (5 Draws).
Last meeting: December 18, 2017 (EPL): West Brom 1 lost to Man United 2 at The Hawthorns.
Final Thoughts: Man U welcome West From to Old Trafford in very solid form. 9 wins from their last 11 Prem games, United go in big favourites.
Defeated only once at home this season by bitter rival Man City, United are firing. Pogba and Rashford have led them to wins over City, Swansea and Liverpool in their last three. Thats daunting form.
Expect a well parked bus from West Brom. With 2 wins and a draw from their last 4 visits to Old Trafford, the Magpies will want to blunt the red-hot United and aim for a point.
EPL History: Played 17: West Ham 5 V Stoke 5 (7 Draws).
Last meeting: December 17, 2017 (EPL): Stoke 0 V West Ham 3 at bet365 Stadium.
Final Thoughts: Its desperations stations for Stoke as they visit the old Olympic Stadium in London’s west on Monday night local time. Sitting second last and four points from safety, they need to take their opportunities against bottom half of the table teams like West Ham.
West Ham’s form has been all over the place, but a late equaliser to draw with Chelsea last week showed they can perform when they want to. They do have to contend with having the third worst defensive record and must tighten things up.
West Ham were bossed in their last game at Stoke in December, but their counter attack was brilliant enough to walk away easy 3 nil winners. Expect West Ham to take this one.