Get ready for the midweek round of Premier League action with EPL Tips for every match of Week 28, culminating in a huge clash between embattled Chelsea and fellow heavyweights Tottenham.
History: Played 83: Huddersfiled 37 V Wolverhampton 32 (14 Draws)
Last meeting: November 25, 2018 (EPL): Huddersfield 2 d Wolverhampton 0 at Molineux Stadium
Final Thoughts: Wolverhampton have just two wins and a draw from their last 16 games against Huddersfield. Town have won the last four straight – including a 2-0 away victory in Week 13.
But a scoreless draw at Cardiff is all Huddersfield have managed in 14 games since, sitting dead last and 14 points away from safety. Their 2-0 away loss to Newcastle at the weekend represented the fifth time they have failed to score in their last six games.
Wolverhampton are unbeaten in their last five games but slipped to eighth courtesy of 1-1 draws in their last two against Newcastle and Bournemouth.
Wolves have won three and drawn two of their last six on the road – this assignment should present few problems.
History: Played 36: Everton 14 V Cardiff 13 (9 Draws)
Last meeting: November 24, 2018 (EPL): Everton 1 d Cardiff 0 at Goodison Park
Final Thoughts: Cardiff City have been fighting tooth and nail to avoid relegation and looked to be on a roll with back-to-back wins over Bournemouth and Southampton. But they received a brutal reality check courtesy of a 5-0 loss to Watford in Week 27.
Everton, meanwhile, are languishing in 11th after three straight losses to Wolves, Man City and Watford. They have had a 17-day break to prepare for this clash.
Cardiff have won just one (back in 1979) of their last 11 against Everton. The Toffees eked out a 1-0 home win over the Welsh outfit in Wek 13.
Last weekend was a poor example, but Cardiff have generally been a prickly opponent at home. They hold the value here as big underdogs against out-of-sorts Everton
History: Played 32: Leicester 13 V Brighton 13 (6 Draws)
Last meeting: November 24, 2018 (EPL): 1-1 draw at Amex Stadium
Final Thoughts: Given the tragedy they have endured this season it’s little wonder, but Leicester’s campaign is meandering to an unsatisfactory conclusion. The Foxes have dropped to 12th after picking just one point (albeit form an unlikely draw at Liverpool) in their last six games. They were humbled 4-1 at home by Crystal Palace on the weekend.
Brighton have slipped right into the relegation picture, hovering in 16th courtesy of a six-game winless run – though they do have a game in hand after their Week 27 clash with Chelsea was postponed. They were trounced 3-1 at home by Burnley in Week 26.
Leicester won both clashes between the sides last season by 2-0 scorelines. But Brighton managed a 1-1 draw at home earlier this season. The Seagulls have won just one of their last six at King Power Stadium.
With both sides struggling badly for form, expect to get some value out of Brighton as big outsiders.
History: Played 104: Newcastle 42 V Burnley 42 (20 Draws)
Last meeting: November 26, 2018 (EPL): Newcastle 2 d Burnley 1 at Turf Moor
Final Thoughts: It’s official: Burnley are one of the hottest teams in the Premier League. The one-time relegation candidates are on an eight-game unbeaten streak and rolled Tottenham 2-1 at the weekend. Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes have scored 11 goals between them during the unbeaten run that has hoisted the Clarets to 14th and relative safety.
Newcastle, who sit 15th, have enjoyed their own purple patch recently. The Magpies have won three and drawn one of their last five, beating Huddersfield 2-0 on the weekend. They can leapfrog Burnley with a victory here.
Three of the teams’ last five games finished in a draw, but Newcastle ended a 35-year drought against Burnley with a 2-1 away win in Week 13. Burnley’s last win at St James’ Park was in 1976.
Newcastle have won three straight at home, but Burnley are unbeaten in their last four on the road and are very difficult to back against.
History: Played 73: Southampton 27 V Fulham 22 (24 Draws)
Last meeting: November 24, 2018 (EPL): Fulham 3 d Southampton 2 at Craven Cottage
Final Thoughts: An enormous showdown in the context of the relegation battle, with Southampton sitting 18th and Fulham seven points adrift in 19th. It could just about be all over for the Cottagers if they let the Saints get the three points here.
Southampton boosted their chances with a five-game unbeaten run but have lost their last two to Cardiff (2-1) and Arsenal (2-0). Fulham have lost six of their last seven – including their last three to Palace, Man United and West Ham by a combined 8-1.
Fulham ended a six-game winless run against Southampton with a 3-2 victory at home in Week 13. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice for Fulham – including the 63rd-minute winner – while Stuart Armstrong notched a brace for Southampton.
Both sides are battling but getting on Southampton at home seems the only logical option, with Fulham picking up just two points on the road this season.
History: Played 8: Arsenal 6 V Bournemouth 1 (1 Draw)
Last meeting: November 25, 2018 (EPL): Arsenal 2 d Bournemouth 1 at Vitality Stadium
Final Thoughts: Arsenal have moved up to fourth with four wins in their last five games, including a 2-0 home victory over Southampton at the weekend. They also downed BATE Borisov 3-0 in Europa League action last week. Alexandre Lacazette has scored in five of the Gunners’ last seven league games.
Bournemouth sit 10th, following up their 4-0 obliteration of Chelsea with goal-less losses to Cardiff and Liverpool, and a 1-1 draw at home to Wolves.
Bournemouth notched a maiden win over Arsenal at home last season 2-1, but the Gunners prevailed by the same scoreline on the road earlier this season. They have been outscored 11-1 in their four visits to Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have won seven straight at the Emirates and look the goods to continue that streak here.
History: Played 54: Man United 36 V Crystal Palace 7 (11 Draws)
Last meeting: November 24, 2018 (EPL): 0-0 draw at Old Trafford
Final Thoughts: Crystal Palace are in the midst of their longest unbeaten run of the season, notching two win and two draws from their last four outings. Their 4-1 victory at Leicester in Week 27 was arguably their best of the season.
Manchester United remain unbeaten in 10 EPL games since Ole Gunnar Solksjaer took over as manager. But they were edged out of fourth place by Arsenal after drawing with Liverpool 0-0 on the weekend. The stalemate came a few days after eliminating Chelsea from the FA Cup.
A pair of scoreless draws is the best Crystal Palace has managed in their last 12 encounters with Manchester United – including a 0-0 result at Old Trafford in Week 13. But Palace have managed to finish within one goal of United in the last five clashes between the sides at Selhurst Park.
They are on the road, but United are offering a super-generous price head-to-head and it’s too good to pass up despite Palace’s recent surge.
History: Played 31: Liverpool 22 V Watford 5 (4 Draws)
Last meeting: November 24, 2018 (EPL): Liverpool 3 d Watford 0 at Vicarage Road
Final Thoughts: Liverpool have lost just one game this season and hold a one-point lead in a riveting race for the Premier League title. But they have drawn three of their last four games – though a 0-0 result at Old Trafford on the weekend was not the worst outcome.
Watford have clawed their way up to seventh after losing just one of their last eight games. In their last two, the Hornets have beaten Everton 1-0 at home and smashed Cardiff 5-1 away, with Gerard Deulofeu scoring a hat-trick in the latter.
Watford have just one win and one draw from their last 12 clashes with Liverpool. The Reds won 3-0 at Watford earlier this season, while they have won the last four games between the sides at Anfield by a combined 15-1.
Liverpool are by the far the biggest favourites of the weekend and aren’t providing a lot of value here. In-form Watford may be the best option with a head-start.
History: Played 108: Man City 54 V West Ham 37 (17 Draws)
Last meeting: November 24, 2018 (EPL): Man City 4 d West Ham 0 at London Stadium
Final Thoughts: Manchester City are just one point of Liverpool’s pace and have won seven of their last eight EPL games. They demolished Chelsea 6-0 in Week 27 – with Sergio Aguero scoring three times and Raheem Sterling twice – before edging the same opponent in a penalty shootout in the EFL Cup final.
West Ham are ninth on the back of a three-match unbeaten streak: 1-1 draws against Liverpool and Palace, and a 3-1 win over Fulham.
Man City are on a five-match winning streak against West Ham, outscoring them by a combined 22-3. Leroy Sane scored two goals in a 4-0 away rout in Week 13.
The Citizens are negotiating a heavy schedule with another Champions League fixture on the horizon, and the over shapes as a safer play with Hammers also producing some handy recent form.
EPL History: Played 163: Chelsea 69 V Tottenham 54 (40 Draws)
Last meeting: January 24, 2019 (League Cup): Chelsea 2 d Tottenham 1 at Stamford Bridge
Final Thoughts: Chelsea are on the rack after demoralising losses in their last three league games – 2-0 to Arsenal, 4-0 to Bournemouth and a humiliating 6-0 to Man City. In between there was a 5-0 rout of Huddersfield but there’s no question the sixth-placed Blues are under pressure. Even a penalty shootout loss in the EFL Cup final to City was not without bizarre controversy.
Third-placed Tottenham, meanwhile, all but waved their Premier League title hopes goodbye with a shock 2-1 loss at Burnley on the weekend after winning their previous four. It’s been a disjointed campaign from Spurs that has not hit any great heights.
The heavyweights have seen plenty of each other this season. Tottenham cruised to a 3-1 home win in Week 13, before chalking up a 1-0 EFL Cup win at Wembley in early-January. But Chelsea levelled up in the second leg of the Cup semi with a 2-1 win and advanced to the final by prevailing in the penalty shootout.
Incredibly, Spurs are yet to draw a game – but an away clash against an erratic, desperate big gun has stalemate written all over it.