The Premier League Preview has EPL Tips for each match of Week 37, with every result crucial for the ‘Big Six’ in the penultimate round.
History: Played 113: Everton 49 V Burnley 35 (29 Draws)
Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): Everton 5 d Burnley 1 at Turf Moor
Final Thoughts: Everton missed a trick last week in a scoreless draw at Crystal Palace – after winning four of their previous five – but they can still finish seventh if they chalk up a win here. The Toffees have kept five clean sheets in the past six matches, including a remarkable 4-0 rout of Man United in Week 35.
Burnley, currently 15th, are also looking for a late climb up the standings over the last fortnight of the premiership. Their four-match unbeaten came to an end last weekend, but they were far from disgraced in a 1-0 loss at home to Man City.
Burnley have won three of their last five against Everton, including both clashes last season. But Everton romped to a 5-1 victory on the road on Boxing Day with Lucas Digne scoring in each half.
The Clarets boast three wins and three draws from their last eight away games, but Everton’s recent defensive prowess should get them the win at home.
History: Played 8: Tottenham 6 V Bournemouth 1 (1 Draw)
Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): Tottenham 5 d Bournemouth 0 at Wembley Stadium
Final Thoughts: Tottenham head to Bournemouth aiming to put a horrible week at home behind them. First, they lost 1-0 to West Ham when consolidating third spot was there for the taking. Then Spurs went down 1-0 to Ajax in the Champions League.
Bournemouth, who sit 14th, have won only two of their last 12 games. Last weekend they played out a 3-3 draw with Southampton; Callum Wilson’s second goal late in the piece secured the point.
The best Bournemouth have managed against Tottenham since their elevation to the elevation to the EPL in 2015 was a scoreless draw in 2016. Spurs have won the other six encounters by a combined 22-2 – including a 5-0 rout earlier this season in which Son Heung-Min bagged a double.
Spurs are two points clear of Chelsea and four in front of fifth-placed Arsenal, but can’t afford another slip-up with a tough match against Everton in the final round. Bournemouth’s home form has been second rate and the heavyweights should prevail.
History: Played 172: West Ham 76 V Southampton 50 (46 Draws)
Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): West Ham 2 d Southampton 1 at St Mary’s Stadium
Final Thoughts: West Ham look destined for an 11th-place finish, but they will be buoyed by becoming the first visiting team to win at Tottenham Stadium, knocking over Spurs 1-0 last weekend. Michail Antonio scored for the second week in a row to end Hammers’ four-match scoreless streak.
After a nervous few months, Southampton’s 2019-20 EPL pass is secure after drawing their last two games against Watford (1-1) and Bournemouth. Despite their lowly standing, the Saints have been held scoreless just once in their past 15 games.
West Ham have won three of their last four against Southampton, including a 2-1 away victory in Week 19. Felipe Anderson scored both of Hammers’ goals.
West Ham have generally been very strong at London Stadium this season and shape as the obvious pick here.
History: Played 91: Wolverhampton 42 V Fulham 26 (23 Draws)
Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage
Final Thoughts: Wolverhampton are in the box-seat for a seventh-place finish after back-to-back wins over Arsenal and (3-1) and Watford (2-1). They sit three points ahead of the chasing pack – a tremendous accomplishment for a promoted club.
Life back in the Premier League hasn’t gone quite as swimmingly for Fulham, who are headed for the drop in second-last. But they are going out with a bang, following up a nine-game losing streak with three straight wins to nil over Everton, Bournemouth and Cardiff.
The sides drew 1-1 at Fulham on Boxing Day. But Wolverhampton are unbeaten in their last four at home against the Cottagers.
Lean towards Wolves…but Fulham can’t be written off entirely on recent form.
History: Played 68: Crystal Palace 32 V Cardiff 16 (20 Draws)
Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park
Final Thoughts: It’s the last roll of the dice for 18th-placed Cardiff – they need to win they last two games and hope Brighton lose their last two. But the Welsh outfit have lost four of their last five games to nil, including a 1-0 defeat at Fulham last weekend.
Crystal Palace have clawed their way to 12th with six wins and three draws in their last 13 games. After upsetting Arsenal at the Emirates in Week 35, they held in-form Everton to a scoreless draw at home.
Cardiff boast seven wins and three draws in their last 15 clashes with Palace. The teams played out a scoreless draw at Selhurst Park in Week 19, while Palace have won just one of their last 10 in Cardiff.
The desperation factor makes this game a dangerous proposition for punters, but the under still holds plenty of value.
History: Played 177: Liverpool 84 V Newcastle 50 (43 Draws)
Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): Liverpool 4 d Newcastle 0 at Anfield
Final Thoughts: Liverpool need to bounce back quickly from a dismal 3-0 UCL loss in Barcelona to keep their increasingly faint Premier League title hopes alive. They crushed Huddersfield 5-0 last weekend – with Sadio Mane and Mo Salah both bagging braces – but remain one point behind frontrunners Man City.
Thirteenth-placed Newcastle followed up solid wins over Leicester and Southampton with a 1-1 draw at Brighton.
Newcastle have managed two wins and two draws from their last seven games against Liverpool. But the Reds thumped the Magpies 4-0 at home earlier this season.
Expect Newcastle to fall victim to Liverpool’s blowback after being humbled by Barcelona, with the heavyweights notching a seventh straight league win.
History: Played 34: Chelsea 18 V Watford 10 (6 Draws)
Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): Chelsea 2 d Watford 1 at Vicarage Road
Final Thoughts: Chelsea are winless in their last three games but cling to fourth spot on the back of consecutive draws against Burnley (2-2) and Man United (1-1). The up-and-down Blues are unbeaten in their last eight at Stamford Bridge, however. They are two points ahead of Arsenal.
Tenth-placed Watford will be hopeful of inching up the standings before the season is out, but they come into this road trip off a disappointing fortnight at home: a 1-1 draw with lowly Southampton and a 2-1 loss to Wolves.
Watford boast just one win from their last 15 games against Chelsea, who grabbed a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road via an Eden Hazard double in Week 19. Watford are searching for their first win at Stamford Bridge since 1986.
But the Hornets are tantalising value as a $7.50 outsider with a respectable six away wins to their name.
History: Played 49: Man United 23 V Huddersfield 11 (15 Draws)
Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): Man United 3 d Huddersfield 1 at Old Trafford
Final Thoughts: Last-placed Huddersfield are on an eight-match losing streak and were thumped 5-0 by Liverpool last week.
Manchester United’s top-four quest has fallen apart in the past couple of months, losing four of their last seven games and being held to a 1-1 draw at home by Chelsea last week. Amidst that dismal run, United were also bounced out of the UCL by Barcelona. But they are still only three points adrift of the top-four.
Man United have won 10 of their last 12 against Town, including a 3-1 home victory on Boxing Day. Each of United’s current streak of three straight wins over Huddersfield were by two-goal margins.
Despite their poor recent efforts, it’s difficult seeing United being run even remotely close by a Huddersfield side that has a goal differential of -54.
EPL History: Played 18: Arsenal 12 V Brighton 3 (3 Draws)
Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): 1-1 draw at Amex Stadium
Final Thoughts: Fifth-placed Arsenal are seemingly self-destructing in the top-four bid, losing three in a row to Palace (3-2), Wovles (3-1) and Leicester (3-0). Each defeat was more humiliating than the last.
Brighton are on a seven-match winless run, though they have managed draws with Wolves and Newcastle in the past three rounds. Brighton are the only club they could potentially drop into the bottom three – though that depends on Cardiff winning both of their games. A point would guarantee their safety.
After a five-match Arsenal winning streak, Brighton scored a 2-1 upset last season and a 1-1 draw earlier this season – though both were at home. But the Seagulls are winless in seven visits to Arsenal.
Another boilover seems unlikely despite Arsenal’s abhorrent form. But the Gunners’ defensive woes should at least allow the Seagulls to find a goal or two.
EPL History: Played 117: Man City 58 V Leicester 30 (29 Draws)
Last meeting: December 26, 2018 (EPL): Leicester 2 d Man City 1 at King Power Stadium
Final Thoughts: Competition leaders Man City hold a one-point advantage over Liverpool and cannot afford a slip-up over the last fortnight of the premiership. The defending champs are on a 12-match winning streak – including nine clean sheets – though they were pushed in a 1-0 win at Burnley last weekend.
Eighth-placed Leicester are three points adrift of Wolverhampton and will be eager to push for the ‘best of the rest’ finish in seventh. They have won five and drawn one of their last seven, including a stunning 3-0 home win over Arsenal last weekend.
Leicester have managed three win and a draw in their last nine clashes with Man City, but the result in Week 19 snapped a five-match City winning streak in the rivalry. The Citizens carved out a 5-1 thrashing of the Foxes at Etihad Stadium last season.
Leicester – $17 outsiders here – are unbeaten in their last three on the road and shape as a tricky opponent for Man City. It’s tough to find value on the hosts, so consider the Foxes with a big start.