Palmerbet Sports Team’s Premier League Preview has EPL Tips for every match of Week 19, with Manchester City aiming to bounce back from a shock loss when they play Leicester City.
History: Played 90: Wolverhampton 42 V Fulham 26 (22 Draws)
Last meeting: February 24, 2018 (Championship): Fulahm 2 V Wolverhampton 0 at Craven Cottage
Final Thoughts: Fulham remain anchored to the bottom of the EPL ladder, but they have taken steps recently to suggest their relegation is not a foregone conclusion. The Cottagers have managed a win and two draws in their last six outings – including a 0-0 result at Newcastle on the weekend.
Fellow promoted outfit Wolverhampton are handily placed in 10th, but their three-match winning streak was halted by a 2-0 home loss to Liverpool. On the road the season Wolves have won three and drawn two of eight matches.
Fulham carved out a 2-0 win at Craven Cottage last season to snap a six-game winless run against Wolves.
Scoring goals has been a major issue for Fulham – they have tallied just 16, including only two in their last five games – and Wolves hold plenty of value as a modest favourite.
History: Played 112: Everton 48 V Burnley 35 (29 Draws)
Last meeting: March 3, 2018 (EPL): Burnley 2 d Everton 1 at Turf Moor
Final Thoughts: Burnley have picked up only four points in their last 10 outings, while their 3-1 defeat at Arsenal on the weekend saw them slide back into the bottom-three. After conceding a miserly 39 goals in the entire 2017-18 season, the Clarets have already leaked 36 in 18 games.
Eleventh-placed Everton are winless in their last five, struggling through a difficult section of their draw. Liverpool (1-0), Man City (3-1) and Tottenham (6-2) have accounted for the Toffees recently, with draws against Newcastle and Watford producing their only points in December.
After winning four of their previous five against Burnley, Everton lost both clashes last season – 1-0 at home and 2-1 at Turf Moor.
Everton have been fairly prolific in front of goal this season and the over looms as a solid value option in this one.
History: Played 67: Crystal Palace 32 V Cardiff 16 (19 Draws)
Last meeting: April 5, 2014 (EPL): Crystal Palace 3 d Cardiff 0 at Cardiff City Stadium
Final Thoughts: Crystal Palace have climbed to 14th after winning three of their last five and are looking to back up their king-sized 3-2 away upset of Manchester City. It has been a remarkable upswing for Palace, who won just two of their first 13 games.
Cardiff City, who had won four of their previous nine games, fell victim to a fortified Manchester United side last weekend, copping a 5-1 hiding at home. Meanwhile, 17th-placed Cardiff have picked up just one point from eight away games.
Palace defeated Cardiff in both matches by a combined 5-0 during the Welsh outfit’s last EPL campaign.
Brimming with confidence and momentum after last week’s performance in particular, it seems unlikely Palace will falter against travel-shy Cardiff.
History: Played 116: Man City 58 V Leicester 29 (29 Draws)
Last meeting: December 18, 2018 (EFL Cup): 1-1 draw at King Power Stadium (Man City won 3-1 on penalties)
Final Thoughts: Manchester City are in the highly unfamiliar position of having lost two of their last three games, crashing to Chelsea (2-0) and Crystal Palace (3-2) either side of a 3-1 win over Everton.
Man City are on a five-match winning streak against Leicester, but that run includes two penalty shootout victories in League Cup action in the past two Decembers. Last week Marc Albrighton levelled for the Foxes after Kevin De Bruyne’s early strike, but keeper Arijanet Muric got City through.
Meanwhile, Leicester are coming off a major upset result of their own, rolling Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to end a two-game losing run in EPL action.
Leicester have scored more than one goal just once in their past 11 games. City haven’t lost consecutive league games since December 2016, or even been prevented from winning two weeks in a row since the 2016-17 campaign. The Citizens should bounce back hard at the Foxes’ expense.
History: Played 175: Liverpool 83 V Newcastle 50 (42 Draws)
Last meeting: March 3, 2018 (EPL): Liverpool 2 d Newcastle 0 at Anfield
Final Thoughts: Liverpool successfully took the Premier League lead into Christmas – traditionally a great omen – after extending their winning streak to eight games with a 2-0 victory over Wolves. The Reds remain unbeaten with 15 wins and three draws, incredibly conceding just seven goals so far.
Newcastle will be frustrated to have been held to a 0-0 draw by Fulham at home last week, but the 15th-placed Magpies have nevertheless suffered just two losses in their last nine games.
Newcastle have managed two wins and two draws in their last six games against Liverpool. Last season the teams drew 1-1 at Newcastle before Liverpool prevailed 2-0 at Anfield.
Scoring just 14 goals so far this season – second-last in the league – Newcastle simply don’t have the strikepower to trouble Liverpool.
History: Played 48: Man United 22 V Huddersfield 11 (15 Draws)
Last meeting: February 17, 2018 (FA Cup): Man United 2 d Huddersfield 0 at John Smith’s Stadium
Final Thoughts: Caretaker-coach Ole Gunnar Solksjaer enjoyed a dream start after taking over from the axed Jose Mourinho last week. Manchester United crushed Cardiff City 5-1 – just their second EPL win in seven games – and face a similarly straightforward assignment at home against second-last Huddersfield.
Town are on a five-game losing streak, including a 3-1 home loss to fellow battlers Southampton on the weekend, and have scored a league-low 11 goals.
Huddersfield ended a 65-year drought with a 2-1 home boilover against United last season. But the Red Devils responded with 2-0 wins in the EPL and FA Cup in the space of two weeks in February.
Expect United to ride their management-change momentum for at least another round.
History: Played 7: Tottenham 5 V Bournemouth 1 (1 Draw)
Last meeting: March 11, 2018 (EPL): Tottenham 4 d Bournemouth 1 at Vitality Stadium
Final Thoughts: Tottenham have won four straight and truly flexed their trademark attacking muscle for one of the first times this season on the weekend, whipping archrivals Everton 6-2. Trump cards Harry Kane and Song Heung-min both picked up two goals in the rout. Yet to record a draw this season, Spurs are third with 14 wins from 18 games.
Floundering after six losses in their previous seven EPL games (along with a EFL Cup quarter-final loss to Chelsea last week), Bournemouth jumped back up to eighth via a 2-0 home win over Brighton. But they face a much taller order at Wembley opposite a Tottenham side they have had little prior success against.
The best Bournemouth have managed in six clashes with Spurs since being promoted to the Premier League is a scoreless draw at home in the 2016-17 season. Tottenham won the other five encounters by a combined 17-2.
Count on Spurs putting up another big score in this clash.
History: Played 17: Brighton 12 V Arsenal 3 (2 Draws)
Last meeting: March 4, 2018 (EPL): Brighton 2 d Arsenal 1 at Amex Stadium
Final Thoughts: Thirteenth-placed Brighton have a handy buffer between them and the Premier League’s cellar dwellers, but they come into this daunting assignment on a three-game losing streak. Burnley (1-0), Chelsea (2-1) and Bournemouth (2-0) have taken the wind out of Brighton’s sails after they won five of their previous eight games.
Arsenal responded positively to their 14-game losing streak coming to a shock end at the hands of Southampton in Week 17. The Gunners accounted for Burnley 3-1, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring twice.Arsenal downed Brighton 2-1 at home last season, but the Seagulls responded with a 2-1 upset at Amex Stadium – their first win over the Gunners since 1982.
Brighton have been a far more formidable prospect at home this season; their only losses at Amex Stadium were 2-1 defeats to Tottenham and Chelsea. The over may be a more astute option with Arsenal short-priced favourites.
History: Played 33: Chelsea 17 V Watford 10 (6 Draws)
Last meeting: February 5, 2018 (EPL): Watford 4 d Chelsea 1 at Vicarage Road
Final Thoughts: Watford have moved from 12th to seventh in a fortnight courtesy of back-to-back wins over Cardiff (3-2) and West Ham (2-0).
Fourth-placed Chelsea will be brooding after a shock 1-0 home loss to Leicester that leaves them 11 points in arrears of the competition lead. It was the Blues’ third loss in six games.
Watford stormed to a remarkable 4-1 win over Chelsea at Vicarage Road last season, ending a 13-game winless run against the heavyweights. Chelsea prevailed 4-2 at Stamford Bridge earlier in the 2017-18 campaign.
Chelsea should get the bounce-back win, but they’re likely to be pushed to the 90th minute to achieve it.
EPL History: Played 171: West Ham 75 V Southampton 50 (46 Draws)
Last meeting: March 31, 2018 (EPL): West Ham 3 d Southampton 0 at London Stadium
Final Thoughts: Southampton’s prospects of avoiding relegation are looking a lot brighter than they were a fortnight ago. Enduring a 12-game winless run that cost Mark Smith his job – and winning just one game in the opening 16 weeks – the Saints have chalked up consecutive wins over Arsenal (3-2) and Huddersfield (3-1) under new boss Ralph Hasenhutti. Southampton have inched to 16th place as a result.
Watford suffered a momentum-killing 2-0 loss at home to Watford on the weekend after winning their previous four games. Hammers have a decent away record this season, winning three and drawing two of eight games on the road.
Both sides scored a high-scoring home win over the other last season. Southampton got up 3-2 at St Mary’s Stadium, before West Ham racked up a 3-0 victory at London Stadium.
Watford have done a good job of putting away the league’s genuine strugglers this season, but Southampton appear rejuvenated we like the chances of a draw here.