The Premier League Preview has EPL Tips for every match of Week 35, kicking off with a massive heavyweight duel between Manchester City and Tottenham.
History: Played 157: Man City 61 V Tottenham 61 (35 Draws)
Last meeting: April 9, 2019 (Champions League): Tottenham 1 d Man City 0 at Tottenham Stadium
Final Thoughts: Man City get an early chance at retribution for UCL tie loss to Tottenham. Spurs won 1-0 a fortnight ago and progressed on away goals after City won an extraordinary 4-3 thriller at Etihad midweek. Raheem Sterling and Son Heung-min – stepping up as Spurs’ main weapon with Harry Kane sidelined – both bagged two goals in the latter encounter.
The Citizens’ sole focus will now be on retaining the Premier League title. They sit two points behind Liverpool but with a game in hand. Last weekend’s 3-1 win at Crystal Palace was their ninth straight in the EPL. Spurs are clinging to third but could tumble to fifth even in they manage a draw here. They have broken out of a five-game winless run with handy back-to-back home wins over Palace (2-0) and Huddersfield (4-0).
City have won their last three Premier League encounters with Spurs, including a 1-0 result in Week 10 at Wembley.
Man City are very short favourites and it’s easy to be gun-shy after the Champions League outcome. Expect a more conservative encounter this time around with City, in particular, desperate to bank the three points.
History: Played 29: Huddersfield 14 V Watford 10 (5 Draws)
Last meeting: October 27, 2018 (EPL): Watford 3 d Huddersfield 0 at Vicarage Road
Final Thoughts: Watford slipped to 10th after their 1-0 loss to Arsenal last weekend, but they fought impressively for 80 minutes with 10 men. Despite losing four of their last six, they are heavily favoured to account for relegation-bound Huddersfield.
Huddersfield are rock-bottom with just three wins and five draws, losing their last six straight by a combined 17-4. Tottenham took Town to the cleaners 4-0 last weekend.
Watford ended a three-match losing streak against Huddersfield with a 3-0 walloping in Week 10. But the Hornets are searching for their first win at John Smith’s Stadium since 2013.
The Hornets have lost three straight on the road but should be able to rustle up an away win in Huddersfield.
History: Played 131: West Ham 52 V Leicester City 47 (32 Draws)
Last meeting: October 27, 2018 (EPL): 1-1 draw at King Power Stadium
Final Thoughts: Leicester City held onto seventh spot despite their disappointing 1-0 home loss to Newcastle in Week 34, which snapped a stirring four-match winning streak.
Eleventh-placed West Ham are on a three-match losing streak, going down to Everton and big guns Chelsea and Man United. They were somewhat unlucky against United, who prevailed 2-1 thanks to two Pogba penalties – including an 80th-minute winner.
West Ham have won just one of their last nine against Leicester, but the teams drew 1-1 at King Power Stadium earlier this season. The Foxes boast two wins and a draw from their last three trips to London Stadium.
There’s real value in Hammers – who are coming off a tough section of their draw – as a home underdog here.
History: Played 32: Bournemouth 13 V Fulham 10 (9 Draws)
Last meeting: October 27, 2018 (EPL): Bournemouth 3 d Fulham 0 at Craven Cottage
Final Thoughts: AFC Bournemouth gave their standing a massive boost last weekend, jumping to 12th with a stunning 5-0 rout of Brighton on the road. The magnitude of the result was a surprise after the Cherries had won just one of their previous nine games.
Fulham are mathematically out of the running to save their place in the Premier League, but they come into this clash on the back of a 2-0 upset of Everton – after losing their previous nine games. Less auspiciously Fulham are yet to win on the road this season and have lost seven straight away.
Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last seven clashes with Fulham, winning five. The Cherries powered to a 3-0 away win over the Cottagers in Week 10, Callum Wilson scoring a goal in each half.
Last week’s result proved Fulham aren’t totally hopeless, but Bournemouth should get the job done at home pretty comfortably.
History: Played 31: Brighton 15 V Wolverhampton 6 (10 Draws)
Last meeting: October 27, 2018 (EPL): Brighton 1 d Wolverhampton 0 at Amex Stadium
Final Thoughts: Eighth-placed Wolverhampton have very much become homebodies, suffering losses to battlers Burnley and Southampton away either side of a 2-1 upset of Man United at Molineux Stadium. They have four wins and a draw from their last five at home, however, which spells danger for visiting Brighton.
Brighton were sitting fairly comfortably not all that long ago, but four straight losses to nil sees them sitting just two points above the bottom three. They were crushed 5-0 by Bournemouth and 2-0 by 18th-placed Cardiff – a critical six-point turnaround – in the space of three days last week.
Brighton have won their last three against Wolverhampton to nil, including a 1-0 victory at home in October. Eight of the last 14 matches prior to the Seagulls’ winning run ended in a draw. Twelve of their last 13 encounters – including the last eight straight – produced two goals or less.
Wolves will be too strong at home, particularly with Brighton’s goal-less streak moving past 40 days.
History: Played 97: Newcastle 37 V Southampton 37 (23 Draws)
Last meeting: October 27, 2018 (EPL): 0-0 draw at St Mary’s Stadium
Final Thoughts: Newcastle alleviated any relegation pressure they may have been feeling with a 1-0 upset at Leicester in Week 34, having been held scoreless in losses to Arsenal and Palace in their previous two outings. They are seven points clear of the bottom three.
Southampton are one place below in 16th and two points closer to danger, but they scored a vital 3-1 home win over Wolverhampton last weekend – the fast-finishing Saints’ fourth win in six games.
Newcastle have won only one of their last nine against Southampton – a 3-0 result at home last season. The teams played out a scoreless draw at Southampton in Week 10.
Both teams will be eager to avoid leaving empty-handed, and with the Magpies’ propensity for low-scorers the draw looks the best option here.
History: Played 200: Man United 88 V Everton 69 (43 Draws)
Last meeting: October 28, 2018 (EPL): Man United 2 d Everton 1 at Old Trafford
Final Thoughts: Everton have retained their reputation as arguably the most inscrutable team in the EPL. With a three-match winning streak – including the scalps of Chelsea and Arsenal – giving the Toffees the chance to jump into their customary seventh spot last weekend, they went down 2-0 away to second-last Fulham.
Man United have slipped to sixth after two losses in their last four games, but they downed West Ham 2-1 last weekend (albeit via two penalties) and remain only three points shy of third.
Man United are unbeaten in their last eight against Everton, winning six. Goals from Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial set up a 2-1 win at home earlier this season.
Don’t expect anything too pretty, but with three points absolutely imperative to United’s top-four bid they should get the win somehow.
History: Played 34: Cardiff 18 V Liverpool 13 (2 Draws)
Last meeting: October 27, 2018 (EPL): Liverpool 4 d Cardiff City 1 at Anfield
Final Thoughts: Eighteenth-placed Cardiff City kept the dream alive midweek, closing the gap on Brighton to just two points by beating them 2-0 away. It was the cellar dwellers’ fourth win in 10 games.
Liverpool remain on top of the ladder and have only suffered one loss all season, but they cannot afford a slip-up. Even a draw could prove catastrophic. But the Reds have won five on the trot, including a clutch 2-0 win over Chelsea last weekend. They also thumped Porto 6-1 on aggregate in UCL action in the past 10 days.
Liverpool have won their last five against Cardiff, scoring 17 goals in the process. Sadio Mane notched a second-half brace in a 4-1 victory at Anfield in Week 10.
Cardiff will need to rely on positive results in their remaining three games – Liverpool are set to prove too tough.
EPL History: Played 44: Arsenal 28 V Crystal Palace 4 (12 Draws)
Last meeting: October 28, 2018 (EPL): 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park
Final Thoughts: Arsenal are hanging on to fourth spot from Chelsea on goal difference. Man United loom just one point behind. But the Gunners boast six wins and a draw (with Spurs) from their last eight games, responding to a 1-0 loss at Everton with a win at Watford by the same scoreline.
Crystal Palace were beaten 3-1 by Man City last weekend, but more importantly they have extricated themselves from the relegation equation with five wins and a draw from their past 10 games. They have lost back-to-back since Week 23.
Crystal Palace have won just one of their last 18 against Arsenal, but they managed a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park in Week 10. However, the Gunners are defending an eight-game unbeaten streak against Palace at home that dates back to the mid-1990s.
Arsenal are unbeaten at home since Week 1 and have won 10 straight at the Emirates, which should prove the difference against plucky Palace despite having to play a Europa League tie at Napoli on Friday (AEST).
EPL History: Played 97: Burnley 38 V Chelsea 36 (23 Draws)
Last meeting: October 28, 2018 (EPL): Chelsea 4 d Burnley 0 at Turf Moor
Final Thoughts: Chelsea are in a top-four dogfight, sitting fifth but tied on points with Arsenal and just one shy of third-placed Tottenham. They went down to Liverpool 2-0 last weekend but have won five and drawn one of their last eight.
Burnley have pulled themselves back out of the relegation picture with three straight wins over Wovles, Bournemouth and Cardiff. Kiwi Chris Wood has scored three goals in the past two victories, including both in the 2-0 result against Cardiff.
Burnley have won only one of their last nine against Chelsea – but that victory was a 3-2 boilover at Stamford Bridge last season. Chelsea responded with a 4-0 rout at Turf Moor in Week 10 this season.
The Clarets have made a habit of stepping up against the big guns – including a draw with Man U and a win over Spurs since New Year’s – and could be a shrewd option with a good head-start.