Palmerbet Sports Team’s Premier League Preview has EPL Tips for every match of Week 22, headlined by Tottenham’s showdown with Manchester United at Wembley.
History: Played 139: Arsenal 66 V West Ham 34 (36 Draws)
Last meeting: August 25, 2018 (EPL): Arsenal 3 d West Ham 1 at Emirates Stadium
Final Thoughts: West Ham face a tough ask staying in the top half with a home assignment against Arsenal. Hammers sit 10th after registering just one win – against lowly Southampton – in their last four games. They were beaten by struggling Burnley in Week 20 and held to a 2-2 home draw by Brighton.
The fifth-placed Gunners responded positively to their 5-1 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool in Week 20, punishing Fulham 4-1 three days later. They also enjoyed a 3-0 FA Cup cruise against Blackpool last weekend.
West Ham have won just one of their last 23 games against Arsenal and have been outscored 16-3 in the last six encounters. The Gunners carved out a 3-1 home win earlier this season.
Arsenal are winless in their last four league games on the road but are hard to ignore value-wise in this London derby.
History: Played 28: Liverpool 16 V Brighton 4 (8 Draws)
Last meeting: August 25, 2018 (EPL): Liverpool 1 d Brighton 0 at Anfield
Final Thoughts: Brighton have enjoyed a mini-purple patch since Christmas, inching to 13th with draws against Arsenal and West Ham either side of a 1-0 victory over Everton in a fruitful week. They are equal-eighth in the league for goals conceded, having kept their opponents to two or less in their last 10 games.
Liverpool still hold a healthy lead at the top of the table but are smarting from their first loss of the season, a 2-1 defeat to Man City. It was the first time Liverpool have conceded more than one goal this season. It also ended a 10-game winning streak that culminated in a 5-1 demolition of Arsenal.
Jurgen Klopp trotted out an inexperienced line-up for their midweek FA Cup assignment, which they lost 2-1 to Wolves.
Liverpool have won their three clashes with Brighton since the latter’s promotion by a combined 10-1. But the Seagulls showed some fight in a 1-0 loss at Anfield in Week 3. Brighton’s last win over the Reds was during the 1984 FA Cup.
Brighton have proven themselves as a gritty bunch recently, but goalscoring strike still poses a problem. Liverpool will be too good.
History: Played 95: Burnley 45 V Fulham 31 (19 Draws)
Last meeting: August 26, 2018 (EPL): Fulham 4 d Burnley 2 at Craven Cottage
Final Thoughts: Burnley have made some long-awaited strides in the right direction recently and are now shooting for their third straight win. After a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Everton, the Clarets downed West Ham (2-0) and Huddersfield (2-1) with Kiwi striker Chris Wood scoring in both. They are 16th with five wins on the board.
Fulham are 19th but just four points in arrears of this week’s opponents. Following draws with Newcastle and Wolves, they beat Huddersfield – just their third win of the season – but were hammered 4-1 by Arsenal on New Year’s Day.
Early signs of Burnley’s decline emerged when promoted Fulham pumped them 4-2 in the third week of the season. But Fulham are on an extraordinary 31-game winless streak at Burnley than dates back to the 1950s.
Burnley hold good value head-to-head but we like Wood’s chances of making it three straight games with a goal after rediscovering his scoring touch.
History: Played 74: Huddersfield 29 V Cardiff 24 (21 Draws)
Last meeting: August 25, 2018 (EPL): 0-0 draw at John Smith’s Stadium
Final Thoughts: Another crucial contest in the context of the relegation battle, last-placed Huddersfield Town travel to take on Cardiff City.
Huddersfield have plummeted thanks to an eight-game losing streak, including defeats to fellow battlers Fulham (1-0) and Burnley (2-1) in their last two. Seventeenth-placed Cardiff are doing enough to keep their heads above water, chalking up five wins and a draw in their last 13 games. After upsetting Leicester 1-0 for their maiden away win, they went down 3-0 to Spurs on New Year’s Day.
Cardiff are unbeaten in their last 10 games against Huddersfield, including the teams’ scoreless draw in Week 3. Huddersfield are chasing their first win in Cardiff since 2001.
Cardiff have been a tough proposition at home, winning four and drawing one of 11 games. Huddersfield have picked up just five points in 11 games on the road.
History: Played 118: Crystal Palace 49 V Watford 42 (27 Draws)
Last meeting: August 25, 2018 (EPL): Watford 2 d Crystal Palace 1 at Vicarage Road
Final Thoughts: Crystal Palace have run in some good form and will be looking to put more space between themselves and the relegation contenders when they host Watford.
Palace have lost just one of their last five – to Chelsea – while picking up impressive wins over Leicester, Man City in the upset of the season, and Wolverhampton. Luka Milivojevic bagged a goal in each of those victories.
Eighth-placed Watford, similarly, have lost only one of their last six, also to Chelsea. They are coming off back-to-back draws against Newcastle and Bournemouth.
Watford boast just three wins from their last 17 encounters with Palace, but they did chalk up a 2-1 victory at home earlier this season. Palace have won the last three between the teams at Selhurst Park.
With both teams performing solidly of late, the draw shapes as the best option.
History: Played 88: Southampton 32 V Leicester 28 (28 Draws)
Last meeting: November 27, 2018 (League Cup): 0-0 draw at King Power Stadium (Leicester won on penalties)
Final Thoughts: A shock home loss to Cardiff was the only blip in a wonderful couple of weeks for Leicester. The Foxes consolidated seventh spot with upset wins over Chelsea, Man City and Everton. They have conceded more than one goal just once in their last 12 games.
Southampton remained mired in the bottom-three despite taking an unexpected point away from Chelsea, earning a scoreless draw. Two of their three wins came in the two rounds preceding Christmas, so it’s not all doom and gloom down south.
Three of the teams’ last six encounters finished goal-less, including their League Cup tie in November (Leicester progressed on penalties). The Foxes bagged a 2-1 away win over the Saints in EPL action earlier this season.
Eager to atone for their last effort at home, Leicester should get the job done in a low-scorer.
History: Played 164: Chelsea 72 V Newcastle 53 (39 Draws)
Last meeting: August 26, 2018 (EPL): Chelsea 2 d Newcastle 1 at St James’ Park
Final Thoughts: Fourth-placed Chelsea are still searching for some consistency after three losses and a shock nil-all draw against Southampton in their past nine games. That period includes a 2-0 win over Man City – the potential is certainly there to launch a top-two assault.
Newcastle have won just one of their last eight and went down 2-0 at home to Man United in Week 21. Their record against the ‘Big Six’ this season is not pretty: Seven games for seven losses by a combined 17-6.
Newcastle have managed five wins and a draw in their last 13 against heavyweights Chelsea, including a 3-0 thrashing at St James’ Park last season. But Chelsea prevailed 2-1 at Newcastle in Week 3 this season and have won six straight against the Magpies at Stamford Bridge.
Newcastle have scored just four goals in their last eight games and will find the going tough against the EPL’s second-most miserly defence.
History: Played 11: Everton 7 V Bournemouth 2 (2 Draws)
Last meeting: August 25, 2018 (EPL): 2-2 draw at Vitality Stadium
Final Thoughts: Everton have dropped into the bottom half courtesy of a horror eight-game run that has netted just one win. The Toffees have lost four of their last five, including 1-0 defeats to Brighton and Leicester in their last two.
Bournemouth have also hit the skids, losing eight of their last 11 games. After going down to Spurs and United by a combined 9-1, they drew 3-3 with Watford in Week 21. But only three teams have conceded more goals than the 12th-placed Cherries’ 40.
Bournemouth have won two and drawn on of their last five against Everton – including a 2-2 stalemate in Week 3 – but all of their points came in home games. They have lost all five of their previous clashes at Goodison Park.
This is a punter’s minefield with both teams out of form, but there does appear to be a high chance of plenty of goals being scored.
History: Played 190: Man United 90 V Tottenham 52 (48 Draws)
Last meeting: August 27, 2018 (EPL): Tottenham 3 d Man United 0 at Old Trafford
Final Thoughts: They say a change is as good as a holiday, and Manchester United have vacationed their way to within six points of the top four since Ole Gunnar Solksjaer took the reins from Jose Mourinho. The Red Devils have won four straight games by a combined 14-1 – including a 2-0 victory at Newcastle in Week 21, their first clean-sheet win in four months.
Third-placed Tottenham have won six of their last seven, responding to their ugly 3-1 home loss to Wolves in Week 20 with a 3-0 shutout of Cardiff City. Harry Kane is on a four-game goalscoring streak.
Spurs trounced United 3-0 at Old Trafford earlier this season, ending a run of seven straight EPL matches in the rivalry in which the home team won. United are searching for their first away win against Tottenham in seven league games, losing 2-0 at Wembley last season – but they did grab a 2-1 FA Cup final win at the venue in April.
Tottenham are the only team in the league without a draw this season, but a hard-fought stalemate looms as the most likely outcome between these in-form heavyweights.
EPL History: Played 118: Man City 47 V Wolverhampton 46 (25 Draws)
Last meeting: August 25, 2018 (EPL): 1-1 draw at Molineux Stadium
Final Thoughts: After a rough trot that saw the previously unbeaten defending champs lose three games in four rounds, Man City reasserted their claim to back-to-back titles by inflicting Liverpool’s first defeat of the season. Leroy Sane’s 72nd-minute goal secured a 2-1 victory in the blockbuster, narrowing the gap between Liverpool and the second-placed Citizens to four points.
Wolverhampton sit ninth and finished 2018 with a stunning 3-1 win over Tottenham at Wembley – their fourth win in six games. But they will be bitterly disappointed with the 2-0 home loss to Crystal Palace that followed in Week 21.
City have won seven of the last nine between the sides, but Wolves managed a shock 1-1 draw at home in Week 3. Wolves’ last away win against the Citizens was back in 1999.
Man City are the shortest-priced favourites of the weekend and it’s tough to dig up decent value in this clash. But the over looks a solid option in a match the hosts should win comfortably.