After the formguide went out the window midweek, regroup with the Premier League preview and EPL Tips for every match of Week 29.
History: Played 197: Arsenal 82 V Tottenham 64 (51 Draws)
Last meeting: December 19, 2018 (League Cup): Tottenham 2 d Arsenal 0 at Emirates Stadium
Final Thoughts: Tottenham have effectively kissed their title hopes goodbye with back-to-back losses to at Burnley (2-1) and Chelsea (2-0) in the past week. But they still have their top-four spot to protect, so getting back on track immediately is crucial for deflated Spurs.
Fourth-placed Arsenal can close to within one point of Tottenham with a win here. The Gunners have won three straight, including a 5-1 thrashing of Bournemouth midweek. Alexandre Lacazette found the back of the net for the fifth time in six games.
Tottenham are unbeaten in their last three at home against Arsenal, including a 1-0 victory last season. Arsenal romped to a 4-2 win at the Emirates in Week 14 but Spurs grabbed a 2-0 League Cup win on the road a couple of weeks later.
Spurs have won only one of their last six against ‘Big Six’ opposition and are ripe for the picking. Arsenal look outstanding value as sizeable underdogs.
History: Played 13: Man City 11 V Bournemouth 0 (2 Draws)
Last meeting: December 1, 2018 (EPL): Man City 3 d Bournemouth 1 at Etihad Stadium
Final Thoughts: Bournemouth are safe as far as the relegation picture goes, but their overachieving campaign is threatening to go to waste. After sitting in the top half for most of the season, they are now 12th and are winless in their last four, being outscored 11-2 in February. Arsenal towelled them up 5-1 midweek.
Things don’t get any easier with on-fire Manchester City coming to town. The Citizens have won eight of their last nine, have kept five clean sheets in their last seven games, and have beaten Chelsea 6-0 and West Ham 1-0 in their last two league games either side of a Carabao Cup final win over the Blues.
Man City have won all seven games against Bournemouth since the latter’s elevation to the Premier League. It was a hard-fought 2-1 result at Vitality Stadium last season, but Man City have won the last two – both at home – by a combined 7-1.
Bournemouth’s trump card is they are unbeaten in their last five at home. But they are on the slide and on a hiding to nothing against City.
History: Played 57: Brighton 23 V Huddersfield 18 (16 Draws)
Last meeting: December 1, 2018 (EPL): Brighton 2 d Huddersfield 1 at John Smith’s Stadium
Final Thoughts: Brighton will be eyeing this off as a grand opportunity to inch away from the relegation zone. They are only two points ahead of 18th-placed Cardiff, though they do have a game in hand. But they need a form reversal after going winless in their last seven games. They went down 2-1 at Leicester midweek.
It was almost certainly too late to save their spot in the top tier, but last-placed Huddersfield snapped a 14-match winless streak with a 1-0 upset of Wolverhampton midweek. Steve Mounie struck in stoppage time to snatch the result – but they remain 13 points adrift of 17th.
Six of the teams’ last 11 encounters have finished in a draw, including a 1-1 result at Brighton last season. But the Seagulls won 2-1 at Huddersfield in Week 14.
Huddersfield have not scored a goal on the road since Boxing Day. Brighton, who have failed to score a first-half goal in seven of their last eight games, should eventually wear Town down.
History: Played 46: Burnley 18 V Crystal Palace 11 (17 Draws)
Last meeting: December 1, 2018 (EPL): Crystal Palace 2 d Burnley 0 at Selhurst Park
Final Thoughts: Burnley’s stellar eight-game unbeaten streak ended ingloriously with a 2-0 defeat away to Newcastle. But their 2-1 upset of Spurs at home last weekend still gives them plenty of inspiration to draw upon. Likewise, Crystal Palace’s four-game unbeaten run finished with a 3-1 home loss to Man United midweek.
This is a vital showdown, with both sides locked on 30 points – only five above the drop zone.
The last four clashes between the teams – shared two wins apiece – have all seen one team kept to nil. Palace prevailed 2-0 at home earlier this season, but Burnley won the most recent clash at Turf Moor 1-0.
Burnley have three wins and a draw from their last four at home, but Palace have lost just one of their last five on the road. Both deserve respect for their recent form and a draw appears a fitting outcome.
Tip: Draw @ $3.20
History: Played 124: Man United 64 V Southampton 28
Last meeting: December 1, 2018 (EPL): 2-2 draw at St Mary’s Stadium
Final Thoughts: Manchester United are still unbeaten in the Premier League since Ole Gunnar Solksjaer took over 11 games ago. They followed up last weekend’s scoreless draw at home to Liverpool with a 3-1 away victory over Crystal Palace midweek. Taking the goalscoring reins from Paul Pogba – who went on a run of eight goals in eight games – Romelu Lukaku blasted a goal in each half at Palace’s expense.
Southampton clawed their way out of the bottom-three with a clutch 2-0 home win over Fulham midweek. It was their fifth victory in 11 games after chalking up just one win in the first 16 rounds.
Man United are unbeaten in their last six against Southampton, though three of the last four finished in a draw – including a 2-2 result at St Mary’s Stadium in Week 14. The Saints have also picked up two wins and a draw in their last five visits to Old Trafford.
The bogey-team factor aside, the value lies with United as a relatively cautiously-priced favourite here.
History: Played 62: Wolverhampton 28 V Cardiff 20 (14 Draws)
Last meeting: November 30, 2018 (EPL): Cardiff 2 d Wolverhampton 1 at Cardiff City Stadium
Final Thoughts: Wolves are licking their wounds after becoming the first team to lose to Huddersfield in almost three months, going down 1-0 at John Smith’s Stadium. The disappointing loss ended a five-match unbeaten run but they have retained seventh spot on the ladder.
Cardiff City have slipped back into the bottom three after losses to Watford (5-1) and Everton (3-0) at home in the past week. But they boast two wins and a draw from their last five games on the road (after picking up just one point from their first eight away games) and will be looking to draw upon that form.
Cardiff have won five of their last seven against Wovles, including a 2-1 home victory earlier this season. Five of the team’s last six encounters have produced three goals or more.
The Welsh outfit are $7.00 outsiders but they look a real chance of at least taking a share of the spoils here.
History: Played 132: Newcastle 54 V West Ham 41 (37 Draws)
Last meeting: December 1, 2018 (EPL): West Ham 3 d Newcastle 0 at St James’ Park
Final Thoughts: Tenth-placed West Ham did their reputations no harm midweek, with Man City requiring a second-half penalty to rebuff their challenge 1-0 at Etihad Stadium. That came off the back of West Ham’s three match unbeaten run that including a draw with Liverpool and a 3-1 defeat of Fulham.
Newcastle are six points back in 13th, but they are in a purple patch of form with four wins and a draw in their last six games. As well as a 2-1 win over Man City, they have won their last two against Huddersfield and Burnley by 2-0 scorelines.
Newcastle have won three of their last four against West Ham. But Hammers cruised to a 3-0 away victory in Week 14.
The Magpies have conceded just three goals in their past six games, while Hammers have been similarly stingy at the back. A solitary goal is a strong chance of winning this one.
History: Played 66: Leicester 29 V Watford 20 (17 Draws)
Last meeting: December 1, 2018 (EPL): Leicester 2 d Watford 0 at King Power Stadium
Final Thoughts: Watford are aiming to consolidate their spot in the top eight, as well bouncing back from a woeful 5-0 loss to Liverpool midweek. The Hornets had lost just one of the previous eight, culminating in a 5-1 thrashing of Cardiff. But they had no answer the Reds’ dominance.
Eleventh-placed Leicester have experienced the inverse in recent days, break a six-game run in which they earned just one point by beating Brighton 2-1. They needed an 84th-minute goal from Jamie Vardy to grab the win, but it was an important response to their 4-1 loss to Crystal Palace a week earlier.
The teams’ last five encounters have been won by the home side, with Watford prevailing 2-1 at Vicarage Road in both of the past two seasons. Leicester clocked a 2-0 win at home in Week 14.
A tough game to get a read on in the wake of the results of the past week, but it would seem like plenty of goals are on the cards.
History: Played 84: Chelsea 47 V Fulham 11 (26 Draws)
Last meeting: December 2, 2018 (EPL): Chelsea 2 d Fulham 0 at Stamford Bridge
Final Thoughts: Chelsea, who sit sixth but have a game in hand, revived their top-four hopes with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham midweek. The victory put aside the humiliation of their 6-0 loss to Man City in Week 26 and the controversy surrounding their EFL Cup final loss to the same opponent last weekend.
Second-last Fulham are eight points from safety and have lost seven of their last eight games, including their last four by a combined 10-1. Southampton put them away 2-0 midweek.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 18 games against Fulham, including a 2-0 home win earlier this season. The Cottagers have been held scoreless in seven of their last 10 against the Blues.
Chelsea have lost their last three on the road by a combined 12-0, but after their circuit-breaking win over Spurs they should have too much firepower for their lowly hosts.
EPL History: Played 283: Liverpool 119 V Everton 82 (82 Draws)
Last meeting: December 2, 2018 (EPL): Liverpool 1 d Everton 0 at Anfield
Final Thoughts: Everton snapped a three-game losing streak by thumping Cardiff 3-0 midweek, with Gylfi Sigurosson scoring a goal in each half. Worryingly ahead of this assignment, they have managed just one point from seven games against the ‘Big Six’ this season and have been outscored 16-4 in those games.
Liverpool retained their slender league lead with a 5-0 beatdown of Watford midweek. Sadio Mane notched a first-half brace and Virgil van Dijk bagged a double in the second stanza.
Everton are winless in their last 18 games against Liverpool, though eight of those were drawn. Liverpool won 1-0 at home in Week 14 – the fourth time in seven meetings they have held Everton scoreless.
Liverpool have one just one of their last five on the road but should have far too much class for a wildly erratic Everton side.