The Palmerbet Team’s EPL Preview looks at each game for Week 36 with tips and data analysis for each. With just a handful of games to go, teams are fighting for places in Europe and to avoid relegation!
History: Played 153: Liverpool 77 V Stoke City 36 (40 Draws).
Last meeting: November 29, 2017 (EPL): Liverpool 3 d Stoke City 0 at bet365 Stadium.
Final Thoughts: Liverpool are third on the EPL ladder and still in the hunt for a top-two finish, but they were held to a shock 2-2 draw by West Brom last week. They were also thumped 5-2 by Roma in Champions League action midweek and have the second leg of the tie in Italy next week.
Stoke’s hopes of avoiding relegation are fading rapidly, sitting in 19th four points shy of safety. They have earned 1-1 draws with West Ham and Burnley in the past fortnight, but they need wins – of which they have none in their last 11 games.
A late Mo Salah brace powered Liverpool to a 3-0 away win over Stoke earlier this season, the Reds’ fourth straight win in the rivalry. Stoke are out to end a 32-match winless streak at Anfield in league competition.
The brilliant Salah has also scored 11 goals in Liverpool’s past eight games in all competitions, and despite the UCL distraction they should carve out a comfortable win at Anfield.
History: Played 30: Brighton 10 V Burnley 9 (11 Draws).
Last meeting: December 16, 2017 (EPL): 0-0 draw at AMEX Stadium.
Final Thoughts: Burnley have effectively wrapped up seventh spot, sitting eight points clear of Everton with 14 wins and 11 draws from 35 games. However, after their five-game winning streak came to an end with a 2-1 loss to Chelsea two weeks ago, they drew 1-1 with lowly Stoke.
Brighton are 13th and seven points clear of the relegation zone. They are winless in their last five, but held Tottenham to a 1-1 draw at home last weekend.
The teams’ last four matches have ended in a draw, including a scoreless stalemate at Brighton earlier this season. Burnley are winless in their last seven against Brighton.
Expect Burnley’s strong home record to pitch them back into the winner’s circle and keep their push for a top-six finish alive.
Tip: Burnley Win @ $2.20
History: Played 68: Leicester 26 V Crystal Palace 24 (18 Draws).
Last meeting: December 16, 2017 (EPL): Crystal Palace 3 d Leicester 0 at King Power Stadiume.
Final Thoughts: Crystal Palace have moved up to 14th and all but confirmed their EPL survival with two draws (against Bournemouth and Watford) and a win (against Brighton) in the past three weeks.
Leicester have slipped to ninth thanks to back-to-back losses to Newcastle and Burnley followed by a scoreless draw against Southampton in their past three.
Crystal Palace’s stunning 3-0 win at Leicester in December ended a four-match winless run against the Foxes.
A tough game to pick a result, but the overs is worth a nudge.
History: Played 60: Everton 25 V Huddersfield 21 (14 Draws).
Last meeting: December 2, 2017 (EPL): Everton 2 d Huddersfield 0 at Goodison Park.
Final Thoughts: Huddersfield snared a crucial 1-0 win last week over Watford to edge six points clear of the bottom three, bringing a five-match winless run to an end. Town have scored just two goals in their past six games.
Everton are in eighth spot, defeating in-form Newcastle 1-0 last weekend after drawing their previous two against Liverpool and Swansea.
Huddersfield have not beaten Everton since 1956, with the Toffees carving out a 2-0 home win earlier this season.
Everton come into this clash as slight outsiders, but they should clinch at least a share of the spoils on this road trip.
History: Played 119: West Brom 48 V Newcastle 47 (34 Draws).
Last meeting: November 28, 2017 (EPL): 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns.
Final Thoughts: Newcastle sit in 10th but their four-match winning streak – which culminated in a 2-1 victory over Arsenal – ended via a 1-0 loss at Everton last week.
West Brom are destined for the drop despite draws against Swansea and Liverpool either side of a stunning upset win over Manchester United in their past three games. They are last, eight points shy of 17th.
The teams drew 2-all at The Hawthorns earlier this season, while Newcastle are unbeaten in their last four at home against West Brom.
The Baggies’ recent form is tempting to get behind, but the Magpies are a tough beat at St James’ Park and they should cement West Brom’s relegation this week.
History: Played 26: Southampton 12 V Bournemouth 7 (7 Draws).
Last meeting: December 3, 2017 (EPL): 1-1 draw at Vitality Stadium.
Final Thoughts: Southampton are 18th and four points shy of avoiding relegation. They ended a four-match losing streak with a scoreless draw at Leicester last week, but they have won just one of their last 21 games.
Bournemouth are safe in 11th but have won just won of their last nine and went down 3-0 to Liverpool and 2-0 to Man United in the past fortnight.
Bournemouth have won just one of their last nine against Southampton, though the last two encounters have finished in low-scoring draws. Ominously, however, Bournemouth have never won in 13 visits to Southampton.
With the Saints in a do-or-die position and playing in front of their home fans, expect them to keep the dream of staying up alive for at least another week.
History: Played 34: Chelsea 16 V Swansea 7 (11 Draws).
Last meeting: November 29, 2017 (EPL): Chelsea 1 d Swansea 0 at Stamford Bridge.
Final Thoughts: Swansea are in 17th, four points clear of the relegation spots, but are now winless in their last five. After showing plenty of defensive grit over the past couple of months, they were pumped 5-0 by Man City last week.
Chelsea are fifth but with little hope of breaking into the top four before the end of the season. They have emerged from a period that garnered just two wins in eight games with away victories over Southampton and Burnley in the last two, however.
Swansea boast just one win in 13 games against Chelsea since winning promotion to the Premier League in 2011, but the Swans last two games against the Blues at home have resulted in a shock win and a 2-2 draw.
With desperation on their side, the Swans are more than capable of rediscovering their early-2018 form and at least grabbing a draw.
History: Played 106: Man City 52 V West Ham 37 (17 Draws).
Last meeting: December 3, 2017 (EPL): Man City 2 d West Ham 1 at Etihad Stadium.
Final Thoughts: West Ham are 15th, six points clear of the bottom three, but they are coming off a 4-1 loss to Arsenal last week after consecutive 1-1 draws against Chelsea and Stoke.
Man City already have the EPL title under lock and key, sitting 16 points clear of the field with an extraordinary record of 29 wins, three draws and two losses this season. Since their April 7 loss to Man United, the Citizens have swamped Tottenham 3-1 and Swansea 5-0.
West Ham have won just three of their last 25 against Man City, who have won four straight against Hammers by a combined 14-2 – though the clash earlier this season saw a more modest 2-1 result.
There’s not a great deal riding on this clash, but however it unfolds the overs looks a top-value play.
EPL History: Played 226: Man United 97 V Arsenal 82 (47 Draws).
Last meeting: December 2, 2017 (EPL): Man United 3 d Arsenal 1 at Emirates Stadium.
Final Thoughts: Manchester United are aiming to seal second spot with Liverpool only three points behind. Their upset of Man City three weeks ago was spoiled by a shock loss to last-placed West Brom, but they bounced back with a 2-0 defeat of Bournemouth last round.
Arsenal are sixth with no hope of a top-four finish, but they do have some motivation: avoiding the ignominy of getting run down by Burnley and coming seventh. They have won four of their last five, responding to a 2-1 loss at Newcastle with a 4-1 home thrashing of West Ham.
Jesse Lingard scored two goals in United’s 3-1 away win over the Gunners earlier this season, while Arsenal is aiming to end a 10-match winless run in EPL games at Old Trafford.
As Wenger prepares to take on Mourinho for the last time as Arsenal boss, we’re tipping the rank underdog visitors could have a surprise or two for United.
EPL History: Played 44: Tottenham 28 V Watford 7 (9 Draws).
Last meeting: December 2, 2017 (EPL): 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road.
Final Thoughts: Tottenham are fourth with a 20W-8D-6L record, but after a 14-game unbeaten run Spurs have lost 3-1 to Man City and drawn 1-1 with Brighton in the past fortnight.
Watford are not in danger of being relegated – sitting 12th, nine points clear of the bottom three – but they have hit the skids big-time. The Hornets are winless in their last six, getting outscored 13-3.
Watford held heavyweights Tottenham to a 1-1 stalemate at Vicarage Road earlier this season, but they are winless in 12 games against Spurs since 1994.
With Spurs’ April issues in past seasons well-documented, we’re tipping them to finish the season strong after a couple of recent hiccups and put a score on struggling Watford.