Get your EPL tips for every match of the abbreviated Week 31 schedule – including a key showdown between Everton and Chelsea.
History: Played 11: Bournemouth 5 V Newcastle 4 (2 Draws)
Last meeting: November 10, 2018 (EPL): Newcastle 2 d Bournemouth 1 at St James’ Park
Final Thoughts: AFC Bournemouth are relatively safe from relegation danger after last week’s crucial 2-0 win at Huddersfield. The victory snapped a dismal five-match winless streak in which they scored just two goals.
Newcastle are just three points adrift in 13th and boast some handy recent form. Their 3-2 win over Everton last week was their fifth in eight games, and an ideal bounce-back from a 2-0 loss at West Ham in Week 29.
Newcastle ended a three-match winless run against Bournemouth via a 2-1 home victory in Week 12. The Magpies also managed a 2-2 draw at Vitality Stadium last season.
But Newcastle have just two wins on the road this season and have picked up just two points from their last six away games. Bournemouth boast a 7-4-4 home record and have lost just once in their last five at Vitality Stadium, which gives them a solid edge here.
History: Played 111: Burnley 45 V Leicester 35 (31 Draws)
Last meeting: November 10, 2018 (EPL): 0-0 draw at King Power Stadium
Final Thoughts: Burnley have plummeted back into relegation danger, negating their eight-game unbeaten streak with three consecutive losses to Newcastle (2-0), Crystal Palace (3-1) and Liverpool (4-2). They are just two points clear of Cardiff.
Leicester City have found some form at home – beating Brighton (2-1) and Fulham (3-1) at King Power Stadium in the past three weeks – but they went down at Watford in Week 29, their fourth straight road game without a win. The Foxes sit in 10th spot.
Burnley have won only two of their last 14 against Leicester. But they have managed two wins – in the two most recent clashes at Turf Moor – and a draw earlier this season in the teams’ last four encounters.
Another stalemate beckons with the Clarets out of form and the Foxes poor away from home.
Tip: Draw @ $3.25
History: Played 42: Huddersfield 22 V West Ham 12 (8 Draws)
Last meeting: November 10, 2018 (EPL): 1-1 draw at John Smith’s Stadium
Final Thoughts: West Ham will be looking to consolidate their place in the top half with a win over Huddersfield outfit that is already effectively consigned to the drop.
Ninth-placed Hammers are bristling from a 2-0 loss at Cardiff City last week, their sixth straight winless outing on the road. But they have been strong at home, losing just one of their last eight at London Stadium. They put Newcastle away 2-0 in Week 29.
Town have been unable to parlay their drought-breaking Week 28 win over Wolves into a late charge for survival, losing to Brighton (1-0) and Bournemouth (2-0) since. They remains last, 16 points shy of 17th.
West Ham are unbeaten in their last four games against Huddersfield, winning three straight before playing out a 1-1 away draw in Week 12. The hosts should take all three points relatively comfortably but unspectacularly.
History: Played 68: Liverpool 40 V Fulham 12 (16 Draws)
Last meeting: November 11, 2018 (EPL): Liverpool 2 d Fulham 0 at Anfield
Final Thoughts: Second-last Fulham are all but assured of going straight back down to the Championship, sitting 13 points off 17th place with seven rounds to go. Last weekend’s 3-1 loss at Leicester was their sixth in a row.
Liverpool have slipped a point behind Man City into second, but they responded to a critical scoreless draw at Everton by thumping Burnley 4-2 at Anfield. Sadio Mane – taking his tally to eight goals in his last eight games – and Roberto Firmino both bagged doubles. But the Reds have scored just one goal in their past three away games, drawing all three.
But Liverpool carved out a 3-1 away win over Bayern Munich midweek to qualify for the Champions League quarters.
Liverpool have won their last five matches against Fulham by a combined 16-3 – including a 2-0 home victory earlier this season.
Buoyed by their win in Germany, a trip to Craven Cottage shapes as the ideal opportunity for Liverpool to overcome their dusty EPL road form.
History: Played 180: Chelsea 72 V Everton 54 (54 Draws)
Last meeting: November 11, 2018 (EPL): 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge
Final Thoughts: Everton are looking to push back into the top half and bounce back from a 3-2 loss at Newcastle last week. The up-and-down Toffees can take heart from holding then-leaders Liverpool to a scoreless draw at home in Week 30.
Chelsea won’t be happy with their current sixth-place standing, but they are only three points off fourth. They beat Tottenham and Fulham in consecutive games, but needed an Eden Hazard stoppage-time goal to snatch a 1-1 home draw with Wolverhampton last weekend.
It has been a busy period for Chelsea, though, whipping Dynamo Kyiv 8-0 on aggregate over the paste two Wednesdays in Europa League action. Olivier Giroud bagged a hat-trick in the 5-0 away win midweek.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six games against Everton, but the last two clashes finished in scoreless draws. The Toffees have managed just one goal in their last six encounters with the Blues.
Everton have repeatedly proven this season that they can’t be trusted, and Chelsea bring enough decent form into this clash to back with confidence.