Palmerbet Sports Team’s Premier League Preview has EPL Tips for every match of Week 24, including Leicester City trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool.
History: Played 45: Arsenal 21 V Cardiff 10 (14 Draws)
Last meeting: September 2, 2018 (EPL): Arsenal 3 d Cardiff 2 at Cardiff City Stadium
Final Thoughts: Fifth-placed Arsenal have been patchy over the past six weeks and are desperately seeking consistency. They bounced back from a shock loss to West Ham with a 2-0 win over Chelsea in Week 23, but crashed 3-1 to Man United in FA Cup action on the weekend.
Cardiff slid back into the bottom-three via a 3-0 loss at Newcastle in Week 23. They have scored just one goal in their past five games. The harrowing disappearance of star signing Emilano Sala has also cast a pall over the club.
Cardiff are winless in their last 14 against Arsenal, with their last victory over the Gunners coming in 1961. But Arsenal needed an 81st-minute goal from Alexandre Lacazette to clinch a 3-2 away win in Week 4.
With a record of one win and two draws from 11 away games – and a -15 goal differential on the road – it’s difficult envisaging anything but a convincing Arsenal win here.
History: Played 49: Fulham 22 V Brighton 22 (5 Draws)
Last meeting: September 1, 2018 (EPL): 2-2 draw at Amex Stadium
Final Thoughts: Fulham are deeply entrenched in the relegation battle, second-last and seven points away from safety. After a bright post-Xmas patch, the Cottagers have lost three straight – including an agonising 2-1 defeat to Tottenham in Week 23 thanks to a stoppage-time goal.
Brighton sit 13th with seven wins and five draws to their credit. They were edged by heavyweights Liverpool (1-0) and Man United (2-1) in their last two games. With just two wins in 12 away games, the Seagulls will be eyeing this trip to London as an ideal opportunity to grab three points on the road.
Brighton have won five of their last six against Fulham, while a late Glenn Murray brace salvaged a 2-all draw at home in Week 4 this season.
Fulham have been much more competitive at home – all three of their wins, along with three draws, have come at Craven Cottage – but Brighton are extremely juicy underdogs here.
History: Played 62: Everton 26 V Huddersfield 21 (15 Draws)
Last meeting: September 1, 2018 (EPL): 1-1 draw at Goodison Park
Final Thoughts: Huddersfield are rapidly running out of time to avoid relegation, running last with just two wins and five draws in the bank. A scoreless draw against fellow battlers Cardiff is the only point Town have mustered from their past 10 games. A league-low 13 goals is at the heart of the side’s problems.
Everton are languishing in an underachieving 11th with just 15 games left. They have last five of their last seven games – including a 2-1 defeat at Southampton in Week 23.
Huddersfield are winless in their last 10 against Everton, though five of those finished in a draw. The teams finished 1-all at Goodison Park earlier this season.
This is an outstanding opportunity for the Toffees to reignite their charge for a top-half finish.
History: Played 62: West Ham 29 V Wolverhampton 19 (14 Draws)
Last meeting: September 1, 2018 (EPL): Wolverhampton 1 d West Ham 0 at London Stadium
Final Thoughts: Wolverhampton’s thrilling 4-3 win over Leciester in Week 23 – after two convincing losses to Palace and Man City in their previous two – catapulted them into eighth spot. Wolves are hunting their fourth win from their last seven home games.
Tenth-placed West Ham can leapfrog Wolves on the ladder, but they need to bounce back from a disappointing 2-0 EPL loss to Bournemouth and a 4-2 FA Cup defeat to Wimbledon. Prior to that double-whammy, Hammers had won six and drawn one of their previous nine games.
Wolves bagged a 1-0 upset on the road against West in Week 2. The teams’ last four clashes have produced two goals or less.
But both teams have been in prolific goalscoring form of late while also conceding plenty, so look to the over as a value play with no obvious favourite standing out.
History: Played 127: Man United 61 V Burnley 44 (22 Draws)
Last meeting: September 2, 2018 (EPL): Man United 2 d Burnley 0 at Turf Moor
Final Thoughts: Manchester United’s stunning revival has picked up irresistible momentum, winning six straight EPL games since Jose Mourinho’s departure. They also carved out a 3-1 FA Cup victory over Arsenal over the weekend.
Burnley have also turned their season around since Christmas, winning three straight before drawing with Watford in Week 23. But they were brought back to earth via a 5-0 FA Cup loss to Man City on the weekend.
Burnley have managed just one win in their last 26 clashes with Man United, through they have picked up a point from each of their last two visits to Old Trafford. United carved out a 2-0 win at Burnley in Week 4.
The Clarets are unlikely to be able to halt United’s steamrolling offensive streak, which has seen them outscore their opposition 20-5 in seven games since Ole Gunnar Solksjaer took over.
History: Played 178: Newcastle 71 V Man City 68 (39 Draws)
Last meeting: September 1, 2018 (EPL): Man City 2 d Newcastle 1 at Etihad Stadium
Final Thoughts: Newcastle made a timely return to the winner’s circle in Week 23, chalking up their first victory in over a month with a 3-0 walloping of Cardiff City. It was the 17th-placed Magpies’ highest score of the season (after netting just two goals in their previous five games) and their first winning margin of more than one goal.
But a visit from Man City shapes as a mountainous task compared to taking on the struggling Welsh outfit. The second-placed Citizens have won four straight league games – including back-to-back 3-0 victories over Wolves and Huddersfield – and punished Burnley 5-0 in FA Cup action on the weekend.
Despite a superior overall record in the rivalry, Newcastle have won just one of their last 24 against City. The Citizens notched a hard-fought 2-1 victory at home earlier this season.
Only five teams have conceded less goals than Newcastle, but they have the second-worst attacking record in the EPL. City’s recent efforts at both ends of the field do not bode well for the hosts.
History: Played 14: Chelsea 11 V Bournemouth 3
Last meeting: December 19, 2018 (League Cup): Chelsea 1 d Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.
Final Thoughts: AFC Bournemouth’s early-season shine has worn off, but they remain solid in 12th after a 2-0 win over West Ham in Week 23. The Cherries came into the match after losing nine of their previous 12, negating their overachieving start to the campaign.
Fourth-placed Chelsea suffered a crucial 2-0 loss to Arsenal in Week 23. They have had a busy but successful schedule in the 10 days since, eliminating Spurs from the EFL Cup semis then beating Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 in FA Cup action.
Bournemouth scored a stunning 3-0 upset at Stamford Bridge last season, but Chelsea have won twice at home so far this season – 2-0 in Week 4 of the EPL and 1-0 in EFL Cup action.
There’s solid value in Chelsea given the gulf in class between the sides and how much the Blues need these three points.
History: Played 107: Southampton 46 V Crystal Palace 39 (22 Draws)
Last meeting: September 1, 2018 (EPL): Southampton 2 d Crystal Palace 0 at Selhurst Park
Final Thoughts: Southampton and Crystal Palace are tied for 14th on 22 points, with relegation danger hovering a mere three points away. The teams both approach this crunch clash with some handy form behind them.
Southampton have climbed off the canvas with four wins (plus a draw against Chelsea) from their last seven. Palace have lost their last two league games but put up a strong fight in a 4-3 loss to Liverpool in Week 23, before bundling Spurs out of the FA Cup 2-0 on the weekend.
The Saints have won five of their last seven against Palace, including a 2-0 away victory earlier this season. But Palace grabbed a 2-1 at St Mary’s Stadium last season.
Southampton are favourites at home but with Palace buoyed by some of their recent giant-killing efforts, we like the draw here.
History: Played 111: Liverpool 48 V Leicester 39 (24 Draws)
Last meeting: September 1, 2018 (EPL): Liverpool 2 d Leicester 1 at King Power Stadium
Final Thoughts: Liverpool still hold a four-point lead at the top of the EPL ladder, despite having a few problems in beating Brighton (1-0) and Palace (4-3) since their sole loss of the season to Man City in Week 21.
Ninth-placed Leicester – who beat Chelsea and Man City back-to-back either side of Christmas – are coming off disappointing losses to Southampton (2-1) and Wolves (4-3).
Leicester have managed three wins from their last eight against Liverpool, but the Reds have won the last three – including a 2-1 away victory in Week 4. Meanwhile, Liverpool are unbeaten in the last seven against the Foxes at Anfield.
After early exits from the knockout cups, Liverpool should be fresh – though Leicester have also had a 10-day rest. The hosts should get the win without too much trouble but we’re backing Leicester to get on the scoreboard.
EPL History: Played 47: Tottenham 30 V Watford 8 (9 Draws)
Last meeting: September 26, 2018 (EPL): 2-2 draw at Wembley Stadium (Tottenham won on penalties)
Final Thoughts: Tottenham remain in third spot but have not had the best time of it in recent weeks. They have lost two of their last four league games and needed a stoppage-time goal to get past Fulham in Week 23, while they crashed out of the EFL Cup semis to Chelsea and the FA Cup fourth round to Palace over the past few days.
Watford have moved up to seventh after picking up points from seven of their last eight games. It has come through a soft section of the draw, though, and a scoreless draw at home to Burnley in Week 23 was not a particularly inspiring result. They did grab some momentum from a 2-0 FA Cup win at Newcastle on the weekend, however.
Watford snapped a 13-game winless streak against Tottenham with a 2-1 upset at Vicarage Road in Week 4. But Spurs gained some quick revenged by eliminating the Hornets from the League Cup on penalties. Watford’s last away win against Spurs was during the 1994-95 League Cup.
Watford shape as a tricky opponent for out-of-sorts Tottenham and it’s worth keeping the possibility of a draw handy as an option.