Palmerbet Sports Team’s Premier League Preview has EPL Tips for every game from Week 8 of the 2018-19 season, culminating in a showdown between title-contending rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
History: Played 49: West Ham 18 V Brighton 17 (14 Draws)
Last meeting: February 3, 2018 (EPL): Brighton 3 d West Ham 1 at Amex Stadium
Final Thoughts: Brighton emerged from an arduous fortnight with their honour intact, but losses to Tottenham (2-1) and Man City (2-0) nevertheless leaves them in 15th with only one win to their name. They have not conceded more than two goals in a game this season.
West Ham have turned around a diabolical start in amazing fashion. After losing their first four, Hammers have beaten Everton and Man United either side of a draw with in-form Chelsea.
West Ham were promoted Brighton’s bunnies last season. The Seagulls romped to a 3-0 win at London Stadium and prevailed 3-1 at home. Glenn Murray scored two goals at West Ham and one at Amex Stadium, while Jose Izquierdo also goaled in both games.
It’s hard to ignore West Ham as slight underdogs less than a week after they rolled United 3-1.
Tip: West Ham Win @ $2.75
History: Played 73: Burnley 33 V Huddersfield 27 (13 Draws)
Last meeting: December 30, 2017 (EPL): 0-0 draw at John Smith’s Stadium
Final Thoughts: Another team to overcome a woeful start to the 2018-19 season, Burnley have emerged from a four-game losing streak to win their last two against Bournemouth (4-1) and Cardiff (2-1).
Huddersfield are anchored to the bottom of the table with just two draws to show for seven weeks’ effort. Town have lost three straight to Palace, Leicester and Spurs, and have scored just three goals all season.
Burnley are unbeaten in their last five against Huddersfield, but both EPL clashes last year finished in scoreless stalemates.
The Clarets are far from out of the woods but they should comfortably account for struggling Town at home.
History: Played 63: Wolverhampton 25 V Crystal Palace 20 (18 Draws)
Last meeting: January 1, 2013 (Championship): Crystal Palace 3 d Wolverhampton 1 at Selhurst Park
Final Thoughts: Crystal Palace sit 13th with two wins and a draw from seven outings. They are winless at home and come into this key assignment off a 2-1 loss at Bournemouth.
Wolverhampton’s dream re-entry to the Premier League continues to pick up steam. In their last five games Wanderers have held Man City and United to 1-1 draws, and beaten West Ham, Burnley and Southampton. They are in ninth place and could jump another three spots with a win this weekend.
Palace have won their last three games against Wolves but the in-form visitors have to be favoured in this one.
History: Played 108: Everton 41 V Leicester City 35 (32 Draws)
Last meeting: January 31, 2018 (EPL): Everton 2 d Leicester City at Goodison Park
Final Thoughts: Leicester City have moved up to eighth on the back of consecutive wins over Huddersfield and Newcastle by two-goal margins. Jamie Vardy found the back of the net in both victories as the Foxes’ attack proved itself among the EPL’s more dangerous.
Everton snapped a four-match winless run – including back-to-back losses to West Ham and Arsenal – with a comprehensive 3-0 home victory over Fulham. Gylfi Sigurosson scored a brace to make it three goals in the Toffees’ last three games.
The teams’ last six clashes have been shared three wins apiece. Both sides chalked up a home win last season, Leicester prevailing 2-0 at King Power Stadium and Everton getting up 2-1 at Goodison Park.
Leicester are one of only three teams yet to record a draw this season, but this showdown has high-scoring stalemate written all over it with both teams finding good attacking form.
Tip: Draw @ $3.40
History: Played Played 49: Tottenham 26 V Cardiff 11 (12 Draws)
Last meeting: March 2, 2014: Tottenham 1 d Cardiff 0 at White Hart Lane
Final Thoughts: Tottenham have bounced back from their consecutive losses to Watford and Liverpool by putting away Brighton (2-1) and Huddersfield (2-0) in the past fortnight. Kane racked up three goals across the two victories. But fourth-placed Spurs will be eager to really put a minnow to the sword after scoring a modest six goals in their past four games.
Second-last Cardiff City fit the bill, with their only points coming from scoreless draws in Week 2 and 3. They have lost four straight, including losses at home to Man City (5-0) and Burnley (2-1) in their last two.
Cardiff’s last win over Tottenham was during the 1977 FA Cup. Spurs won 1-0 home and away during Cardiff’s most recent Premier League campaign in 2013-14.
Tottenham should put on a score here after regaining a bit of form and momentum in recent weeks.
History: Played 113: Watford 40 V Bournemouth 37 (36 Draws)
Last meeting: March 31, 2018 (EPL): 2-2 draw at Vicarage Road
Final Thoughts: Watford remain placed an overachieving sixth, but they have slipped from their blistering early-season form. The Hornets – who won their first four – have lost to United and Arsenal either side a draw at Fulham in the past three rounds.
Bournemouth, another early surprise packet, boast an identical record of four wins and a draw from seven games. They bounced back from a horror 4-0 loss at Burnley with a 2-1 home win over Palace last week.
Remarkably, seven of the teams’ last nine games have finished in a draw. Three of the last four clashes produced 2-2 scorelines. Watford are unbeaten in their last eight against Bournemouth at Vicarage Road.
A tough one to pick but we’re confident underdogs Bournemouth can walk away with at least a draw.
History: Played 165: Man United 84 V Newcastle 42 (39 Draws)
Last meeting: February 11, 2018 (EPL): Newcastle 1 d Man United 0 at St James’ Park
Final Thoughts: It’s been a shocking couple of weeks for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United. A 3-1 league loss at West Ham capped a horror run that featured a Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Derby; a scoreless UCL draw with Valencia; and a 1-1 home draw against Wolves in the EPL.
They are a lowly 10th in the Premier League.
Newcastle are also well short of expectations, sitting winless in 18th with just two draws to their credit. Admittedly, they have had to play four of the ‘Big Six’ already (losing all four games by 2-1 scorelines) but last week’s 2-0 home loss to Leicester has alarm bells ringing.
Man United pounded Newcastle 4-1 at Old Trafford last season but the Magpies rallied with a 1-0 upset at home. Newcastle have won just one game at Old Trafford since 1973.
As bad as they’ve been, Man United’s capacity to turn things around quickly is far greater than Newcastle’s.
History: Played 55: Arsenal 37 V Fulham 8 (10 Draws)
Last meeting: January 18, 2014 (EPL): Arsenal 2 d Fulham 0 at Emirates Stadium
Final Thoughts: Fulham are one win clear of the drop zone in 17th but they have lost two of their last three – to Man City and Everton – by 3-0 scorelines. Encouragingly, they have been far better at home this season, notching a win and a draw in three games at Craven Cottage.
Arsenal are fifth but are riding a five-match winning streak, including back-to-back 2-0 shutouts of Everton and Watford in the past fortnight. The Gunners have not been held to less than two goals since Week 1 against Man City.
Fulham have managed three wins and a draw in their last eight games against Arsenal at Craven Cottage.
If they can replicate their recent defensive resolve, Arsenal should take the three points comfortably here.
History: Played 102: Chelsea 44 V Southampton 30 (28 Draws)
Last meeting: April 22, 2018 (FA Cup): Chelsea 2 d Southampton 0 at Wembley Stadium
Final Thoughts: Southampton’s campaign is teetering already, racking up just one win and two draws so far. They crashed 3-0 to Liverpool and 2-0 to Wolverhampton in their last two and have scored just four goals all season.
Third-placed Chelsea are humming along undefeated, winning their first five before drawing with West Ham and Liverpool. They start as hot favourites here but could be weary from their midweek Europa League win over Videoton.
Chelsea are on a six-game winning streak against Southampton, who have won just two of their last 20 games against the Blues.
Expect Southampton’s goal-less woes to continue against a heavyweight that has leaked only five in seven games.
EPL History: Played 210: Liverpool 104 V Man City 54 (52 Draws)
Last meeting: April 10, 2018 (Champions League): Liverpool 2 d Man City 1 at Etihad Stadium
Final Thoughts: Week 8 concludes with a 1 v 2 barnburner. Man City and Liverpool have both won six and drawn one. Both have conceded a miserly three goals in seven games. City have scored 21 goals to Liverpool’s 15 but their draw has been considerably easier.
After winning their first six, Liverpool lost top spot after their 1-1 draw at Chelsea – which they salvaged with an 89th-minute Daniel Sturridge leveller. City beat Fulham, Cardiff and Brighton by a combined 10-0 in the past three weeks, but their lack of a genuine recent test could be a problem.
Liverpool lost to Napoli in Champions League action midweek, while City scored a 2-1 away win over Hoffenheim.
After being subjected to a 5-0 thrashing by City early last season, the Reds turned the tables on the all-conquering Citizens. Liverpool ended Man City’s unbeaten run with an epic 4-3 victory at Anfield in January then won both Champions League ties in April.
Anfield has proven a bogey venue for City, who have won just one of their last 17 there. Liverpool are on a four-game winning streak at home against City.
Though it’s rarely advisable to back against City, Liverpool are very capable of thwarting the defending champs again at Anfield.