The Premier League Preview has EPL Tips for every match of Week 32, including a crucial heavyweight showdown between Liverpool and Tottenham.
History: Played 65: Man City 32 V Fulham 17 (16 Draws)
Last meeting: November 1, 2018 (EFL Cup): Man City 2 d Fulham 0 at Etihad Stadium
Final Thoughts: Manchester City had Week 31 off due to FA Cup action, allowing Liverpool to reclaim top spot. But with a game in hand and a visit to lowly Fulham, the Citizens remain in the box seat to claim the title. City have won 10 of their last 11, including their last six straight by a combined 14-2.
With only seven matches to play and 13 points between themselves and 17th, Fulham seem destined for the drop. The 19th-placed Cottagers have lost their last seven straight, but have kept heavyweights Chelsea and Liverpool to 2-1 scorelines in their last two home games.
Man City are unbeaten in their last 13 against Fulham and have scored 21 goals in winning the last seven straight. The Citizens downed the Cottagers 3-0 in Week 5 and 2-0 in a League Cup tie earlier this season, both at Etihad Stadium.
Value is tricky to find with City heading in as $1.12 favourites, but they should be able to blot out the hosts and win to nil.
History: Played 70: Southampton 33 V Brighton 20 (17 Draws)
Last meeting: September 17, 2018 (EPL): 2-2 draw at St Mary’s Stadium
Final Thoughts: A huge clash in the context of the relegation battle. Brighton have given their chances of avoiding the drop a massive boost recently, climbing to 15th with back-to-back wins over Huddersfield and Crystal Palace.
Southampton are three points adrift in 16th but have also enjoyed a recent upswing, beating Fulham 2-0 and stunning Tottenham 2-1 either side of a 3-2 loss at Old Trafford they were desperately unlucky to not get a point from.
Brighton have won just one of their last nine against Southampton, but three of the last four encounters finished in a draw. The Seagulls clawed back from two goals down to force a 2-2 away draw earlier this season.
With both sides in good from, lead towards the hosts here – but the draw also shapes as a handy option.
History: Played 129: Wolverhampton 66 V Burnley 37 (26 Draws)
Last meeting: September 16, 2018 (EPL): Wolverhampton 1 d Burnley 0 at Molineux Stadium
Final Thoughts: It’s desperation time for Burnley, who sit just two points above the bottom three after losing their last four games. The Clarets looked to have sealed their spot in next year’s Premier League with an eight-game unbeaten run but have lost to Newcastle, Palace, Liverpool and Leicester by a combined 11-4.
Promoted Wolverhampton’s main concern is holding onto seventh spot at the end of the season, enjoying a tremendous season back in the big time with 12 wins and 8 draws from 30 games. They have lost just one of their last eight games – to last-placed Huddersfield – but drew 1-1 with Chelsea in their last outing.
Burnley are winless in their last three against Wolves, who prevailed 1-0 at home in Week 5. Wanderers are hunting their first win at Turf Moor since 2010, however.
Burnley’s defence was one of the EPL’s best last year but only two teams have conceded more in 2018/19. Wolves are the value play here.
History: Played 44: Crystal Palace 15 V Huddersfield 12 (17 Draws)
Last meeting: September 15, 2018 (EPL): Crystal Palace 1 d Huddersfield 0 at John Smith’s Stadium
Final Thoughts: Yet another game with a big bearing on the relegation picture. Last-placed Huddersfield’s fate is already sealed barring a miracle – they are 16 points shy of 17th after picking up just three points from their last 18 games. They were run down late in a 4-3 loss at West Ham in Week 31.
Crystal Palace are 14th but only five points ahead of the bottom three. They had turned things around with three wins and two draws from six games (their only loss during that period was to Man United), but they crashed 2-1 at home to Brighton in a crucial six-point swing in Week 30.
Palace have won their last three against Huddersfield to nil, including a 1-0 away victory in Week 5. But Town did score a 3-0 upset at Selhurst Park early last season.
Crystal Palace have led at halftime in all but one of their nine wins this season and should get the job done against the likely wooden spooners.
History: Played 16: Leicester 6 V Bournemouth 5 (5 Draws)
Last meeting: September 15, 2018 (EPL): Bournemouth 4 d Leicester 2 at Vitality Stadium
Final Thoughts: Leicester confront bogey team Bournemouth in an intriguing clash at King Power Stadium. The Foxes are winless in their last seven encounters with the Cherries, though the last three in Leicester have finished in a draw.
Bournemouth whipped Leicester 4-2 in Week 5 after charging out to a 3-0 halftime lead.
AFC Bournemouth, who currently sit 12th, will look to draw level with 10th-placed Leicester on 41 points with an away victory. Bournemouth emerged from a dismal five-match winless run with a 2-0 win at Huddersfield and a 2-2 draw at home to Newcastle in their last two.
Leicester have belatedly turned things around, winning three of their last four after picking up just one point in a six-game period. They put away Fulham 3-1 at home and Burnley 2-1 away in their last two. They are the clear pick at King Power.
History: Played 31: Man United 21 V Watford 5 (5 Draws)
Last meeting: September 15, 2018 (EPL): Man United 2 d Watford 1 at Vicarage Road
Final Thoughts: Man United suffered their first EPL loss under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer in their last outing, going down 2-0 away to Arsenal after a 12-match unbeaten run that included 10 wins. Their only game since was a shock FA Cup loss to Wolves. Dropping behind Arsenal into fifth, United will be desperate to bank all three points here.
Eighth-placed Watford have been spanked by heavyweights Liverpool (5-0) and Man City (3-1) either side of a 2-1 win over Leicester in their last three.
Man United have won 15 of their last 16 against Watford, including a 2-1 away victory in Week 5. The Hornets are on an eight-match losing streak at Old Trafford, scoring just three goals and conceding 21.
Watford have lost their last eight games against ‘Big Six’ opposition this season and don’t look much hope of leaving Old Trafford with anything this weekend.
History: Played 139: Everton 69 V West Ham 40 (Draws 30)
Last meeting: September 16, 2018 (EPL): West Ham 3 d Everton 1 at Goodison Park
Final Thoughts: Everton could leapfrog ninth-placed West Ham with an away win this weekend. The Toffees come in confident after upsetting Chelsea 2-0 in Week 31, while they also managed a scoreless draw with Liverpool a fortnight earlier.
Dreadful on the road, West Ham are unbeaten in their last six at home – though they were lucky to beat strugglers Huddersfield with two late goals in Week 31.
After winning only two of the previous 22 games between the sides, West Ham have won their last two against Everton by 3-1 scorelines – last season at home and in Week 5 this season on the road.
The draw is screaming out as the best head-to-head play with both sides’ form difficult to trust.
History: Played 44: Chelsea 19 V Cardiff 15 (10 Draws)
Last meeting: September 15, 2018 (EPL): Chelsea 4 d Cardiff 1 at Stamford Bridge
Final Thoughts: Chelsea languish in sixth but they can still finish in the top four with a form reversal in the closing seven rounds. They have lost half of their last eight games, however – all to nil – and are coming off a 2-0 defeat at Everton.
Cardiff City are in the throes of a fierce relegation battle, sitting 18th two points below Southampton and Burnley. After losses to Watford, Everton and Wovles by a combined 10-1, they beat West Ham 2-0 in their last outing.
Chelsea have won their last four against Cardiff by a combined 14-4, including a 4-1 drubbing at Stamford Bridge earlier this season spearheaded by an Eden Hazard hat-trick. Last season’s clash in Cardiff finished 2-1 in favour of the Blues.
Chelsea’s inconsistency has been a frequent frustration for punters and this feels like a game where Cardiff will lift and get away with a point.
History: Played 171: Liverpool 81 V Tottenham 48 (42 Draws)
Last meeting: September 15, 2018 (EPL): Liverpool 2 d Tottenham 1 at Wembley Stadium
Final Thoughts: Liverpool desperately want a win to aid their battle with Man City for the EPL title, while a loss here would be a big blow to Tottenham’s hopes of a top-four finish.
Liverpool still only have one loss against their name and are unbeaten in their last 10, beating Burnley (4-2) at home and Fulham (2-1) away in their last two. Spurs are in a slump, with a 1-1 home draw with Arsenal their only point from their last four games; they were stunned by lowly Southampton in their last game.
Tottenham have won only one of their last 13 against Liverpool. The Reds won 2-1 at Wembley in Week 5, while Spurs’ last victory at Anfield was way back in 2011.
Liverpool are very short for a match of this calibre, but they have to be favoured to win with Tottenham’s form falling off a cliff of late.
EPL History: Played 181: Arsenal 76 V Newcastle 67 (38 Draws)
Last meeting: September 15, 2018 (EPL): Arsenal 2 d Newcastle 1 at St James’ Park
Final Thoughts: Arsenal are on a high after a 2-0 home win over Man United that hoisted them back into the top four. The Gunners’ worst result in their last five games was a 1-1 draw at Wembley against Tottenham.
Newcastle may sit 13th and are still a relegation chance, but they have been in wonderful form in the past two months. The Magpies have won five and draw two of their last nine games, though each of the wins came at St James’ Park. They have not won on the road since Week 17 against Huddersfield.
Newcastle have notched just two wins in their last 24 encounters with Arsenal. The Magpies won 2-1 at home last season but went down by the same scoreline at St James’ Park in Week 5 this season. The Gunners have won six straight against Newcastle at Emirates Stadium by a combined 18-5.
A tough one to find a solid angle on with Arsenal very short and Newcastle in good touch, but at the Emirates the Gunners should receive another boost to their hopes of a top-four finish.