The Premier League Preview has EPL Tips for the four catch-up fixtures for Weeks 31 and 33, headlined by a massive Manchester derby.
History: Played 82: Southampton 35 V Watford 26 (21 Draws)
Last meeting: November 10, 2018 (EPL): 1-1 draw at St Mary’s Stadium
Final Thoughts: Watford stayed in the hunt for a coveted seventh-place finish via a 2-1 away win over lowly Huddersfield on the weekend. Gerard Deulofeu scored both goals for the Hornets, taking his tally to six in their last eight games. Watford have won five of their last nine.
Southampton are 16th and five points clear of the relegation zone – but they would dearly love at least a point out of this road trip. After winning four of their previous six to haul themselves out of the bottom-three, the Saints went down 3-1 at Newcastle on the weekend.
Watford have won just one of their last 11 against Southampton, who boast two wins and two draws in their last four visits to Vicarage Road. The teams played out a 1-1 draw at Southampton earlier this season.
Southampton have produced a few handy away results in the second half of the season, but Watford are the more talented team and shape as good value at home.
History: Played 193: Tottenham 81 V Southampton 63 (49 Draws)
Last meeting: September 22, 2018 (EPL): Tottenham 2 d Brighton 1 at Amex Stadium
Final Thoughts: Tottenham couldn’t back up their Champions League heroics against Man City, going down to the defending EPL champs 1-0 at Etihad Stadium on the weekend. It was their fifth loss in eight league games but there’s no question third-placed Spurs have turned the corner recently – despite Harry Kane’s absence.
Brighton are still very much in the relegation picture in 17th, just three points clear of Cardiff. They followed up four straight losses to nil with a scoreless draw at Wolverhampton – a point that may prove invaluable.
Brighton’s last win over Tottenham was in 1983. But Spurs have not scored more than two goals in three clashes with the Seagulls since the latter’s promotion to the Premier League last year. Tottenham prevailed 2-1 at Brighton earlier this season.
With three teams just three points or less behind them, a win is vital here for Tottenham. Spurs are yet to concede a goal at Tottenham Stadium, which doesn’t bode well for a Brighton outfit held scoreless in five straight matches.
History: Played 103: Arsenal 57 V Wolverhampton 29 (27 Draws)
Last meeting: November 11, 2018 (EPL): 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium
Final Thoughts: Wolverhampton are at the bottom of a four-team logjam vying for seventh place. They will be ruing their performances in the past fortnight, thumped 3-1 away to lowly Southampton before being held to a scoreless draw at home by even lowlier Brighton. Wolves have won only two of their last nine.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are bristling from a 3-2 home loss to Crystal Palace when third spot was there for the taking. It was the Gunners’ first loss at the Emirates since Week 1. With just two wins in their last nine games on the road, this shapes as a significant test for Arsenal.
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 20 games against Wolverhampton and have won six straight at Molineux Stadium. But Wolves have managed a pair of 1-1 away draws in their last three encounters with the Gunners – including earlier this season.
Lean towards Arsenal here, but it might pay to have something on the draw with Wolves unbeaten in their last six at home.
History: Played 177: Man United 73 V Man City 52 (52 Draws)
Last meeting: November 11, 2018 (EPL): Man City 3 d Man United 1 at Etihad Stadium
Final Thoughts: With all teams finally level for games played after this midweek round of catch-ups, Manchester City are looking to reclaim the Premier League lead from Liverpool with a three-point haul from this massive derby.
Despite some less favourable results in other competitions, City are on a 10-match winning streak in the Premier League – conceding just three goals during that period. Most recently they put away Tottenham 1-0 at home.
United are under the pump in their bid for a top-four finish, sitting three points adrift after three losses in their last five games. But the magnitude of their 4-0 defeat at Everton on the weekend has really ramped up the pressure on the Red Devils.
Man City have won at Old Trafford in each of the past two EPL seasons by identical 2-1 scorelines. The blue half of Manchester rejoiced in a 3-1 home victory earlier this season.
United boast just one win and three draws from eight games against fellow top-six opposition this season. Given both teams’ recent formlines, it’s very difficult to go against the defending champions here.