The Premier League Preview has EPL Tips for every match of Week 33, featuring a crunch clash between Everton and Arsenal.
History: Played 28: Fulham 10 V Watford 9 (9 Draws)
Last meeting: September 22, 2018 (EPL): 1-1 draw @ Craven Cottage
Final Thoughts: After occupying a spot in the top eight for most of the season, Watford are in danger of slipping into the bottom half after losing three of their last four. But the tough run of results has come through a brutal part of their schedule – going down to Liverpool (3-1), Man City (3-1) and Man United (2-1), all on the road.
Second-last Fulham, 16 points adrift of 17th with six games to go, are heading straight back to the Championship. The Cottagers are currently on an eight-match losing streak, though they did well to hold Man City scoreless for the last hour of a 2-0 loss on the weekend.
Watford are unbeaten in their last five against Fulham, who have only scored one goal in the last four matches between the sides. They drew 1-1 at Fulham in Week 6 after Alekasandar Mitrovic’s late leveller for the hosts.
Fulham have lost their last four games on the road by two-goal margins – a good sign for a Watford side that is unbeaten in their last four at home and will be champing at the bit to take on a non-heavyweight.
History: Played 100: Man United 48 V Wolverhampton 35 (17 Draws)
Last meeting: March 16, 2019 (FA Cup): Wolverhampton 2 d Man United 0 at Molineux Stadium
Final Thoughts: Man United will be seeking revenge for last month’s FA Cup loss to Wolves at Molineux Stadium.
Woverhampton remain in seventh, despite going down at Burnley on the weekend. The 2-0 result was just their second loss in nine games – and a far cry from their 1-1 draw at Chelsea in their previous outing. Wolves have overachieved in their promotion season already, but will be eager to finish ‘best of the rest’.
Manchester United are fifth, sitting level on points with Tottenham but with an inferior goal difference. Their 12-match unbeaten run was ended in a 2-0 loss at Arsenal, but they bounced back with a 2-1 win over Watford at home on the weekend.
Wolves have managed two wins and a draw in their last five clashes with superpowers Man United. They grabbed a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in Week 6 of the EPL season and carved out a 2-0 FA Cup upset only two weeks ago.
Wanderers are plucky opponents but the head-to-head price for United is too good to pass up.
History: Played 11: Chelsea 9 V Brighton 1 (1 Draw)
Last meeting: December 16, 2018 (EPL): Chelsea 2 d Brighton 1 at Amex Stadium
Final Thoughts: Sixth-placed Chelsea are the outsiders in the race to finish in the top four, but they are only a point shy of Spurs and United. Their form remains dubious, however, backing up a 2-0 loss at Everton with a 2-1 win at Cardiff City that required two goals in the last 10 minutes.
Brighton sit in 15th but are only five points ahead of the bottom-three. Invaluable back-to-back wins over Huddersfield and Palace were followed by a 1-0 loss at home to Southampton on the weekend.
Chelsea have won their last nine straight against Brighton, including a 2-1 away victory in December. The Blues won both encounters last season by a combined 6-0.
As bad as they’ve been on the road recently, Chelsea have lost just once at home this season and should bank all three points.
History: Played 51: Man City 22 V Cardiff 9 (20 Draws)
Last meeting: September 22, 2018 (EPL): Man City 5 d Cardiff 0 at Cardiff City Stadium
Final Thoughts: Man City are two points behind league leaders Liverpool but have a game in hand. The Citizens are also on a seven-match winning streak, outscoring their opposition 17-2. They accounted for Fulham 2-0 away on the weekend.
Cardiff are 18th and their prospects of avoiding the drop don’t look great, but all hope is not lost. They are five points shy of a three-team logjam directly above them. Cardiff have won three of their last seven games and followed a 2-0 victory over West Ham up with a desperately unlucky 2-1 loss to Chelsea.
Man City romped to a 5-0 away victory over Cardiff in Week 6. Riyad Mahrez scored a second-half double in the rout.
Gutsy Cardiff are unlikely to return home with any valuable competition points but they look decent value with a giant head-start, given six of City’s last seven wins were by two goals or less.
History: Played 54: Tottenham 29 V Crystal Palace 12
Last meeting: January 27, 2019 (FA Cup): Crystal Palace 2 d Tottenham 0 at Selhurst Park
Final Thoughts: Tottenham have been in the top four since Week 15, but on current form that status won’t last much longer. Their only point in their last five fixtures came from a 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Wembley, following that up with losses to Southampton and Liverpool by 2-1 scorelines. A late own goal foiled them against the Reds, however, and the club’s first match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will surely provide some impetus this week.
Crystal Palace have climbed to 13th with four wins and two draws from their last eight games. And when they win, they win well – each of the four victories were two goals or more. They bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Brighton with a 2-0 defeat of Huddersfield on the weekend.
Tottenham are looking to avenge an FA Cup exit at the hands of Palace in January. Spurs have won the last seven EPL encounters between the clubs – including the last five straight by 1-0 scorelines.
Tottenham should rise to the occasion, but given the teams’ recent form they will have to lift a couple of notches to get the win.
History: Played 109: Liverpool 54 V Southampton 30 (25 Draws)
Last meeting: September 22, 2018 (EPL): Liverpool 3 d Southampton 0 at Anfield
Final Thoughts: Southampton have sensationally pulled themselves out of the bottom-three – but the fight isn’t over yet. An unlucky 3-2 loss to Man United is the Saints’ only loss in their last four games, beating Fulham and Brighton either side of a boilover win over Tottenham. They sit five points clear of 17th.
Liverpool hold a two-point lead at the top of the ladder but have played one more game than Man City. They still have just one loss against their name this season and have won three straight against Burnley, Fulham and Tottenham, netting the winner against Spurs in the 90th minute.
After a five-match winless run in the rivalry, Liverpool have won their last three against Southampton by a combined 8-0. All three goals came in the first half of the Reds’ 3-0 home win over the Saints in Week 6.
Southampton should be applauded for their recent turnaround but another heavyweight scalp seems unlikely.
History: Played 29: Burnley 12 V Bournemouth 6 (11 Draws)
Last meeting: September 22, 2018 (EPL): Burnley 4 d Bournemouth 0 at Turf Moor
Final Thoughts: Bournemouth are safe in 12th with a 10-point break between themselves and the bottom-three. But they will be hoping for a late-season form turnaround after winning just one of their last eight. They have been held scoreless four times during that stretch – including in a 2-0 loss at Leicester last weekend.
Burnley lifted five points clear of the relegation zone with a clutch 2-0 win over Wolverhampton at Turf Moor, snapping a four-match losing streak. It was their first win to nil since December and could not have come at a better time.
Burnley stormed to a 4-0 home win over Bournemouth in Week 6, with Ashley Barnes notching a late brace. The Clarets also won 2-1 at Vitality Stadium last season.
Burnley are tempting underdog value here. Kiwi striker Chris Wood – who was hot with six goals in an eight-game run – is goal-less in his last five games. Back him to get the Clarets on course for an upset.
History: Played 62: Huddersfield 28 V Leicester 24 (10 Draws)
Last meeting: September 22, 2018 (EPL): Leicester 3 d Huddersfield 1 at King Power Stadium
Final Thoughts: It is now mathematically impossible for Huddersfield to avoid relegation. But their fate was effectively sealed long ago. Town have picked up three points from their past 19 games and went down 2-0 to Palace last weekend.
After bumbling through January and February, Leicester are suddenly on fire, winning four of their last five – including their last three straight against Fulham, Burnley and Bournemouth.
Eighth-placed Leicester are unbeaten in their last five against Huddersfield and have won nine of the last 12 clashes between the clubs. The Foxes prevailed 3-1 at home earlier this season.
Huddersfield have been held scoreless in eight of their last 11 games. And although their relegation confirmation could provide them with a spur in front of their home fans, Leicester should continue their winning run.
EPL History: Played 44: Newcastle 26 V Crystal Palace 9 (9 Draws)
Last meeting: September 22, 2018 (EPL): 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park
Final Thoughts: Crystal Palace will back up from their midweek clash at Tottenham with a trip to Newcastle less than 72 hours later. But they take the confidence of four wins and two draws from their last eight games into the arduous double-assignment.
Newcastle have had a miserable time of it on the road – including a 2-0 loss at Arsenal last weekend – but the 15th-placed outfit are on a remarkable five-match winning streak at home, outscoring their opposition 12-3.
Palace have won just one of their last 16 against Newcastle and are searching for their first victory at St James’ Park since 1998. The last two encounters – both at Selhurst Park – finished in draws, but Newcastle won the last two at St James’ Park by 1-0 scorelines.
The Magpies’ rampant home form and the short turnaround is set to prove Palace’s downfall.
EPL History: Played 211: Arsenal 106 V Everton 60 (45 Draws)
Last meeting: September 23, 2018 (EPL): Arsenal 2 d Everton 0 at Emirates Stadium
Final Thoughts: Everton have endured a largely indifferent campaign but look determined to finish it on a high. The Toffees climbed back into the top half with back-to-back 2-0 wins over Chelsea and West Ham, and have kept four clean sheets in their past five games.
Arsenal are in tremendous touch, picking up five wins and a draw at Tottenham in the past six games. They are also coming off consecutive 2-0 wins, over Man United and Newcastle. They sit in third spot but the chasing pack of Spurs, United and Chelsea are all within three points.
Arsenal have won eight of their last nine against Everton, including the last four straight by a combined 15-4. The Gunners won 2-0 at home in Week 6. Everton have scored at least two goals in four of their last five EPL clashes with Arsenal at Goodison Park.
The Toffees’ recent upswing renders them a great chance of taking a share of the spoils at home, despite the Gunners’ outstanding form.
EPL History: Played 111: Chelsea 49 V West Ham 40 (22 Draws)
Last meeting: September 23, 2018 (EPL): 0-0 draw at London Stadium
Final Thoughts: Chelsea get five days to recover from their midweek showdown with Brighton. Both games being at home is another bonus, but it will interesting to see how coach Maurizio Sarri rotates his squad.
Eleventh-placed West Ham have been locked in a win-loss pattern for six rounds, culminating in a 2-0 home loss to Everton last week. They are looking to break a six-match winless run on the road, which includes a dismal 2-0 loss at Cardiff City in Week 30.
West Ham have won three and drawn three of their last eight against Chelsea. But Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 13 against West Ham at Stamford Bridge. The teams played out a scoreless draw at West Ham’s home ground in Week 6.
Despite the heavy workload, Chelsea should grind out a tough win.