Palmerbet Sports Team’s Premier League Preview has EPL Tips for every match of Week 20, headlined by a Liverpool V Arsenal blockbuster.
History: Played 14: Everton 7 V Brighton 2 (5 Draws)
Last meeting: November 3, 2018 (EPL): Everton 3 d Brighton 1 at Goodison Park
Final Thoughts: Brighton head into Week 20 on the back of a confidence-boosting 1-1 draw against Arsenal, snapping a three-game losing run. The 13th-placed Seagulls’ only losses in nine home games were 2-1 defeats to heavyweights Tottenham and Chelsea.
Eighth-placed Everton bounced back from their 6-2 humiliation at the hands of Tottenham by doling out a thrashing of their own, a 5-1 beat-down of Burnley at Turf Moor. The resounding result ended the Toffees’ four-game winless trot on the road.
Richarlison scored a goal in each half as Everton downed Brighton 3-1 at home in Week 11. Brighton’s last win over Everton was in 1982, but they did manage a 1-1 draw at Amex Stadium last season.
Aussie keeper Mat Ryan was outstanding against Arsenal but his absence on Asian Cup duty for the Socceroos shapes as a key factor for Brighton with a suddenly in-form Everton attack arriving in town.
History: Played 67: Huddersfield 26 V Fulham 25 (16 Draws)
Last meeting: November 5, 2018 (EPL): Huddersfield 1 d Fulham 0 at John Smith’s Stadium
Final Thoughts: Second-last Fulham host bottom-placed Huddersfield in a huge opportunity for both languishing clubs.
Huddersfield have won just two games (one of those against Fulham) and are on a six-game losing streak. They lost their last two to Southampton and Man United by 3-1 scorelines.
Fulham are performing significantly better despite being just one point ahead on the table, nabbing three draws and a win from their last seven games. They drew 0-0 at Newcastle in Week 18 and were run down in a 1-1 result at home to Wolverhampton.
Huddersfield’s 1-0 victory over Fulham in Week 11 – via an own-goal – ended an 11-game winless streak in the rivalry. They are searching for their first win at Craven Cottage since 1993.
Town have scored the least goals in the EPL with 12, though two-thirds of those have come on the road. But Fulham are much more formidable at home and should find enough to win a low-scorer.
History: Played 61: Cardiff 24 V Leicester 23 (14 Draws)
Last meeting: November 3, 2018 (EPL): Leicester 1 d Cardiff City 0 at Cardiff City Stadium
Final Thoughts: It’s been a massive week for Leicester City, upsetting Chelsea 1-0 last weekend and Manchester City 2-1 on Boxing Day. The Foxes have moved up to seventh after winning four and drawing four of their last 10.
Cardiff are 17th and picked up a valuable away point by holding Crystal Palace to a scoreless draw midweek. But they remain winless on the road and have scored just five games in nine away fixtures.
Cardiff have managed three wins and two draws in their last seven against Leicester. But the Foxes chalked up a 1-0 when the sides clashed in Week 11 thanks to Demarai Gray’s 55th-minute goal.
Leicester are short favourites on the back of their giant-killing run, but with four clean sheets in their last nine games they shape as solid value to account for Cardiff without conceding a goal.
History: Played 94: Tottenham 47 V Wolverhampton 27 (20 Draws)
Last meeting: November 3, 2018 (EPL): Tottenham 3 d Wolverhampton 2 at Molineux Stadium
Final Thoughts: Tottenham Hotspur have gone on a goalscoring blitz in the past week, demolishing Everton 6-2 and AFC Bournemouth 5-0. Son Heung-min bagged a brace in both routs, Harry Kane tallied three goals across the two games, and Christian Eriksen found the back of the net in each win. Their five-match winning streak has seen them leapfrog Man City into second place.
Wolverhampton’s early-December charge has petered out with a loss to Liverpool (2-0) and a draw at Fulham (1-1) in their past two outings. They sit in 11th amid a huge mid-table logjam.
Tottenham beat Wolves 3-2 earlier this season, storming to a 3-0 lead before holding off a late rally. Spurs have won 11 and drawn three of their last 16 against Wanderers.
Outscoring their opposition 17-3 in their past four outings, it’s hard seeing Spurs being challenged by up-and-down Wolves at Wembley.
History: Played 43: Newcastle 16 V Watford 14 (13 Draws)
Last meeting: November 3, 2018 (EPL): Newcastle 1 d Watford 0 at St James’ Park
Final Thoughts: Tenth-placed Watford can take some heart from their 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Boxing Day, which came on the back of a draw at Everton and wins over Cardiff and West Ham.
Newcastle have scratched their way to 15th but are coming off a disappointing pair of results, held to a scoreless draw at home by Fulham and crashing 4-0 at Liverpool. The Magpies have scored just three goals in the past six outings.
Newcastle ended a five-match losing streak against Watford with a 1-0 result in Week 11. But they are still winless at Vicarage Road since the 2009-10 Championship season.
Lean towards Watford in the head-to-head stakes but the under may provide more value here.
History: Played 225: Liverpool 86 V Arsenal 78 (61 Draws)
Last meeting: November 3, 2018 (EPL): 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium
Final Thoughts: Liverpool remain undefeated at the halfway mark of the premiership and have opened up an imposing six-point lead on the field. And the Reds only appear to be picking up steam, winning their last eight on the trot by a combined 19-2 – including a 4-0 rout of Newcastle on Boxing Day.
Arsenal are 13 points back in fifth after a wobbly few weeks. The Gunners’ 3-1 win over Burnley last weekend was bookended by a shock 3-2 loss at Southampton and a 1-1 draw at Brighton.
Arsenal are winless in their last seven against Liverpool, though four of those finished in a draw – including a 1-1 result in Week 11. Liverpool smashed the Gunners 4-0 at Anfield last season.
Arsenal have scored 41 goals this season – just two shy of top-ranked Liverpool’s tally – but it’s Liverpool’s unbelievable defence, conceding seven goals to the Gunners’ 25, that looms as the key at Anfield.
History: Played 53: Chelsea 26 V Crystal Palace 12 (15 Draws)
Last meeting: November 4, 2018: Cheslea 3 d Crystal Palace 1 at Stamford Bridge
Final Thoughts: Crystal Palace have inched their way up to 14th with three wins and two draws from their last seven games. But they will be disappointed to follow up last weekend’s momentous away win over Man City with a scoreless draw at home to Cardiff.
Fourth-placed Chelsea have endured a frustratingly inconsistent period against going unbeaten in the first 12 weeks of the season. They have lost three of their last seven, but come into this assignment on the back of a 2-1 win at Watford.
Alvaro Morata scored a brace in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace in Week 11, but Palace have managed two wins in their last four clashes with the Blues.
Chelsea should find enough to get another win at Palace’s expense but it is destined to be tighter than last time – back the Blues by a one-goal margin.
History: Played 17: Brighton 12 V Arsenal 3 (2 Draws)
Last meeting: November 3, 2018 (EPL): West Ham 4 d Burnley 2 at London Stadium
Final Thoughts: Last season’s biggest overachievers are headed for relegation if they can’t find a way to turn things around. Conceding the second-most goals in the league, 18th-placed Burnley have picked up just five points in their past 12 outings and were crushed 5-1 by Everton at home on Boxing Day.
West Ham continue to flirt with the top half, jumping from 12th to ninth midweek with a 2-1 win over Southampton – their fifth victory in six outings. Felipe Anderson scored both goals in the come-from-behind success against the Saints.
West Ham scored two late goals – including Felipe Anderson’s second – to beat Burnley 4-2 at home in Week 11.
Hammers are also unbeaten in their last five at Turf Moor, while Burnley have won just one of their last nine against West Ham. The visitors shape as arguably the best-value straight up bet of the round.
History: Played 89: Man City 33 V Southampton 31 (25 Draws)
Last meeting: November 4, 2018 (EPL): Man City 6 d Southampton 1 at Etihad Stadium
Final Thoughts: Reigning champs Man City find themselves in an extremely unfamiliar position. Unbeaten in the first 15 weeks of the season, City have dropped to third after three losses in their last four games – including shock back-to-back losses to Palace (3-2) and Leicester (2-1).
Southampton’s credentials as another potential shock winner against Man City include a 3-2 boilover against Arsenal in Week 17. The Saints downed Huddersfield away a week later, but went down 2-1 to West Ham at home midweek.
Man City have won eight and drawn one of their last 10 against Southampton. They romped to a 6-1 home win earlier this season, with Raheem Sterling scoring twice. The Saints have managed two wins and a draw in their last six against the Citizens, however.
Expect City to get back to basics as they attempt to graft their way back into the winner’s circle. But the Saints could be a handy option with a couple of goals’ head-start.
EPL History: Played 15: Man United 10 V Bournemouth 2 (3 Draws)
Last meeting: November 3, 2018 (EPL): Man United 2 d Bournemouth 1 at Vitality Stadium
Final Thoughts: Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer couldn’t have asked for much more from his Man United charges in his two games since succeeding the axed Jose Mourinho. Sixth-placed United have accounted for lightweights Cardiff (5-1) and Huddersfield (3-1) with relative ease to close the gap to the top four to eight points.
They will fancy their chances of a third straight blowout victory against a Bournemouth side that is looking increasingly ragged. The surprise packet of the opening 10 weeks with six wins, the Cherries have lost seven of their last nine to drop to 12th – including a 5-0 capitulation to Spurs on Boxing Day.
Marcus Rashford’s 90th-minute goal snatched a 2-1 win for United in Week 11. Bournemouth have managed one win and one draw in seven games against United since being promoted to the Premier League.
United’s renewed attacking vigour and Bournemouth’s unravelling defensive resolve point to an emphatic victory for the hosts in the last Premier League fixture of 2018.