Palmerbet Sports Team’s Premier League Preview has EPL Tips for every match of Week 18, which culminates in a big clash between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.
History: Played 101: Liverpool 49 V Wolverhampton 35 (17 Draws)
Last meeting: January 28, 2017 (FA Cup): Wolverhampton 2 d Liverpool 1 at Anfield
Final Thoughts: Unbeaten Liverpool made another big statement with their sixth straight win last weekend, beating Manchester United 3-1 at Anfield. Sadio Mane scored in the first half, before Xherdan Shaqiri’s late cameo produced two match-winning goals in the last 20 minutes.
Wolverhampton have put their six-match winless run emphatically behind them with a three-match winning streak. Chelsea (2-1), Newcastle (2-1) and Bournemouth (2-0) have all fallen victim to rejuvenated Wolves’ march to seventh. Mexican import Raul Jiminez has scored twice in the past three rounds.
Wolves have only beaten Liverpool once in league action since 1984, but they pulled off an FA Cup upset in Anfield when the sides last met. Liverpool’s last two visits to Molineux Stadium garnered 3-0 victories.
The Reds have conceded just seven goals in 17 games and despite Wanderers’ recent upsurge, they should rack up their fourth consecutive win by two goals or more.
History: Played 105: Arsenal 51 V Burnley 33 (21 Draws)
Last meeting: May 6, 2018 (EPL): Arsenal 5 d Burnley 0 at Emirates Stadium
Final Thoughts: Fifth-placed Arsenal’s 14-game unbeaten run came to an end in inglorious style, crashing 3-2 against battling Southampton. Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored twice to draw the Gunners level, but they conceded in the 85th minute in a frustrating defeat.
Burnely are languishing in 17th but have shown some promising signs in the past fortnight. They broke an eight-match winless streak with a 1-0 win over Brighton then went down just 1-0 to Spurs at Wembley.
Arsenal have won eight straight against Burnley, including a 5-0 beat-down late last season.
The Gunners are equal-second for goals scored with 37, while the Clarets are equal-second last for goals conceded with 33. Consider the over to squeeze out a bit of value from this clash, with the home side very short favourites.
History: Played 107: Bournemouth 41 V Brighton 37 (29 Draws)
Last meeting: January 1, 2018 (EPL): 2-2 draw at AMEX Stadium
Final Thoughts: AFC Bournemouth are on the slide big-time, dropping to 11th with six losses in their last seven games. They have lost 4-0 to Liverpool and 2-0 to Wolverhampton in the past fortnight. It’s a frustrating decline for a side that was placed sixth or higher for 11 of the first 15 weeks.
Thirteenth-placed Brighton have also lost their last two, going down to Burnley (1-0) and Chelsea.
Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last nine against Brighton, winning four of the last five. Last season the Cherries won 2-1 at home and drew 2-2 at Brighton in league action, either side of a 1-0 EFL Cup win at Vitality Stadium.
Brighton are a decent chance for the upset, but with Bournemouth at home we’re backing them to stop the rot with a valuable point this week.
History: Played 112: Chelsea 56 V Leicester 25 (31 Draws)
Last meeting: March 18, 2018 (FA Cup): Chelsea 2 d Leicester 1 at King Power Stadium
Final Thoughts: Chelsea are steady in fourth place after winning their last two against Man City (2-0) and Brighton (2-1). Eden Hazard ended a nine-game goal-less streak when he scored against Brighton. The Blues have lost just twice all season.
Leicester City have slipped to 12th after back-to-back losses to Tottenham (2-0) and Crystal Palace (1-0). The Foxes’ attack has stalled this season, scoring 21 goals in 17 games – and more than one just once in their past 10 games.
Leicester have managed just one win and two draws in their last 16 against Chelsea, who are unbeaten in the last seven matches between the sides. The clash at Stamford Bridge last season finished 0-0 but Chelsea chalked up 2-1 wins at Leicester in the EPL and FA Cup.
Chelsea have managed three straight clean sheets at home and are sound value to do it again given Leicester’s lack of potency in front of goal.
History: Played 26: Huddersfield 11 V Southampton 11 (4 Draws)
Last meeting: December 23, 2017 (EPL): 1-1 draw at St Mary’s Stadium
Final Thoughts: Huddersfield Town are in the bottom-three but can leapfrog 17th-placed Southampton with a home victory this weekend.
Town have lost their last four, including 1-0 defeats to Arsenal and Newcastle in the past fortnight. Southampton, meanwhile, snapped 12-game winless streak with a stunning 3-2 upset of Arsenal last week. Danny Ings scored a first-half brace before Charles Austin netted the late match-winner.
Huddersfield are unbeaten in their last three at home against Southampton, winning two. Last season both clashes between the clubs finished in a draw.
The Saints head in as favourites, despite notching just a scoreless draw at Bournemouth in their last seven away games. Having something riding on a draw would be prudent, however.
History: Played 59: Man City 31 V Crystal Palace 15 (13 Draws)
Last meeting: December 31, 2017 (EPL): 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park
Final Thoughts: Manchester City bounced back from their first loss of the season – a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea – like the champions they are, accounting for Everton 3-1. Gabriel Jesus bagged two of City’s goals.
Crystal Palace, delicately placed in 15th, eased some pressure last weekend with a 1-0 home win over Leicester City. But they are winless in their last six on the road, losing five, and have conceded three goals in three of their last four away games.
Man City boast 14 wins and a draw in their last 16 games against Palace. Palace ended a seven-game losing streak in the rivalry via a scoreless draw at home last season, but they have lost nine straight at Etihad Stadium. The Citizens have won their last four home league games against Palace by a combined 17-0.
City have won all nine of their home games this season, outscoring the opposition 33-6 at Etihad Stadium. That provides more than a little hint about the likely scoreline this weekend.
History: Played 71: Fulham 31 V Newcastle 27 (13 Draws)
Last meeting: March 11, 2017 (Championship): Fulham 3 d Newcastle 1 at St James’ Park
Final Thoughts: Newcastle moved to 14th with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield – their fourth victory in seven games. But they have lost seven of their nine home games this season, including their last two to West Ham (3-0) and Wolves (2-1).
Promoted Fulham have been anchored to last place for the past seven weeks, boasting just two wins and three draws. They were outclassed 4-1 by Man City and 2-0 by West Ham in their last two outings and have conceded nine more goals (42) than the next worst team.
Fulham are on a three-match winning streak against Newcastle, but the Magpies have won three of the last four encounters at St James’ Park.
The Magpies have scored just 14 goals this season but they should be able to overcome their recent struggles at St James’ Park with Fulham on a six-match losing streak on the road.
History: Played 75: West Ham 42 V Watford 20 (13 Draws)
Last meeting: February 10, 2018 (EPL): West Ham 2 d Watford 0 at London Stadium
Final Thoughts: There’s almost nothing between ninth-placed West Ham and 10th-placed Watford: They are tied on 24 points with seven wins and three draws; West Ham have scored 25 goals and Watford 23; and both sides have conceded 25.
But the Hornets can’t match Hammers’ recent upswing. West Ham have won four straight – albeit against low-quality opposition Newcastle, Cardiff, Palace and Fulham – and scored 11 goals in the process. Watford ended a six-game winless run by downing Cardiff 3-2, racing to a 3-0 lead before conceding two late goals.
Watford boast six wins and two draws in their last 11 clashes with West Ham. Last season both teams’ bagged a 2-0 home win over the other.
West Ham are coming in hot, but Watford are a better team than Hammers have beaten since their Week 7 upset of Man United. Back the draw here.
History: Played 29: Man United 14 V Cardiff 7 (8 Draws)
Last meeting: January 28, 2014 (EPL): Man United 2 d Cardiff 0 at Old Trafford
Final Thoughts: Manchester United bit the bullet midweek and dumped embattled manager Jose Mourinho. Their 3-1 loss to Liverpool – which meant they had only beaten last-placed Fulham in the past six weeks, and left them 11 points off the top four – was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Cardiff City have been in a win-loss pattern for the past six weeks, winning their last three at home against Brighton, Wolves and Southampton. A couple of late goals masked the convincing nature of their 3-2 loss at Watford last week.
Cardiff’s last win over United was in 1960, though they did manage a 2-all draw in the teams’ last encounter at Cardiff City Stadium.
The managerial change should spark United initially – especially with the popular Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepping in as caretaker – but Cardiff’s home record, winning four and drawing one of nine games with a goal difference of just -3, can’t be ignored.
EPL History: Played 175: Tottenham 66 V Everton 55 (54 Draws)
Last meeting: January 13, 2018 (EPL): Tottenham 4 d Everton 0 at Wembley Stadium
Final Thoughts: Everton are clinging to eighth but have endured a tough month. In-form Tottenham are third but need to keep winning to stay in touch with Liverpool and Man City.
After producing five wins and a draw in seven games from Week 7, Everton are winless in their last four. Losses to Liverpool and Man City bookended home draws against Newcastle and Watford. Tottenham have won 13 of their 17 games, including their last three against Southampton (3-1), Leicester (2-0) and Burnley (1-0).
Tottenham are on an 11-game unbeaten streak against Everton that stretches back to 2012. Last season Spurs won 3-0 at Goodison Park and 4-0 at Wembley, with Harry Kane scoring a brace in both matches.
Everton have lost just once at Goodison Park this season, while Tottenham have a record of eight wins and two losses on the road. Expect a tough low-scorer between the old rivals.