English Premier League Week 25 Preview

Following another midweek round that produced several shock results, Week 25 of the Premier League is in full flight from Saturday night.

Manchester City squandered an opportunity to cut Liverpool’s lead when they suffered a shock loss to Newcastle on Wednesday morning, and they will have their hands full with Arsenal early on Sunday morning.

Following a disappointing draw with Leicester, the Reds will be confident of returning to winning form at the expense of West Ham on Tuesday.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United
Spurs to Nil ($2.25)

Spurs

Last 5 Matches: LWLWW
Ladder Position: 3rd
Goal Difference: +26 (GF 50, GA 24)

Newcastle

Last 5 Matches: DLLWW
Ladder Position: 14th
Goal Difference: -11 (GF 21, GA 32)

Newcastle enter this one off the back of their biggest win of the season – a come from behind 2-1 win over the red-hot Manchester City. Given their recent form and overall inconsistency, however it’s tough imagining them putting together two performances like that one, particularly against Spurs. Happy to be with the home side.

Burnley vs Southampton
Burnley to Win ($2.55)

Burnley

Last 5 Matches: WWWDD
Ladder Position: 17th
Goal Difference: -20 (GF 25, GA 45)

Southampton

Last 5 Matches: LDWWD
Ladder Position: 16th
Goal Difference: -15 (GF 26, GA 41)

This looks like being one of the better contests of the weekend and a case to be made for both Burnley and Southampton. The Clarets were 2-0 up over Manchester United late in their Week 24 tie but squandered the opportunity to win late, and a repeat of that performance would surely be too much for this Southampton side to contain.

Chelsea vs Huddersfield Town
Chelsea to Nil ($1.70)

Chelsea

Last 5 Matches: WDWLL
Ladder Position: 5th
Goal Difference: +17 (GF 40, GA 23)

Huddersfield

Last 5 Matches: LLDLL
Ladder Position: 20th
Goal Difference: -28 (GF 13, GA 41)

Chelsea were another shock loser midweek, but they’re offered the perfect opportunity to respond when they host the last-placed Terriers. Huddersfield were handed another defeat by Everton most-recent and face a far tougher task in this one.

Brighton vs Watford
Watford to Win ($2.80)

Brighton

Last 5 Matches: WDLLL
Ladder Position: 13th
Goal Difference: -9 (GF 27, GA 36)

Watford

Last 5 Matches: DDWDL
Ladder Position: 9th
Goal Difference: -1 (GF 33, GA 34)

Brighton have slipped into a worrying run of form and are facing a potential fourth-straight defeat here. The Hornets blew a chance to take points away from Spurs midweek and they are another team who can win this round, should they muster a similar performance. They are over the odds in head-to-head betting for this one.

Crystal Palace vs Fulham
Draw ($3.30)

Palace

Last 5 Matches: LWLLD
Ladder Position: 15th
Goal Difference: -9 (GF 24, GA 33)

Fulham

Last 5 Matches: WLLLW
Ladder Position: 19th
Goal Difference: -28 (GF 25, GA 53)

The Cottagers recorded a much-needed win over Brighton midweek and will be quietly confident of making it two in a row when they travel across London on Sunday. Palace have been inconsistent, but also more than capable of a good performance and deserve favouritism for this one. This seems to have draw written all over it.

Everton vs Wolves
Wolves to Win ($3.20)

Everton

Last 5 Matches: LLWLW
Ladder Position: 8th
Goal Difference: +2 (GF 35, GA 33)

Wolves

Last 5 Matches: WLLWW
Ladder Position: 7th
Goal Difference: -1 (GF 30, GA 31)

Another terrific contest is shaping between the seventh-placed Wolves and eighth-placed Toffees at Goodison Park on Saturday night. Both clubs are in winning form and each will be eager and confident of another positive result in this one. Wolves really seem to be building to something and I am happy to take them as outsiders.

Cardiff City vs Bournemouth
Bournemouth to Win ($2.40)

Cardiff

Last 5 Matches: WLDLL
Ladder Position: 18th
Goal Difference: -26 (GF 20, GA 46)

Bournemouth

Last 5 Matches: LDLWW
Ladder Position: 10th
Goal Difference: -5 (GF 37, GA 42)

Bournemouth enter this match in search of a third-consecutive win and more importantly, off the back of a 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea. The Cherries have produced several outstanding performances this season and continue a climb back into the top ten, and they’re faced with another great opportunity to dispatch a lowly opponent.

Leicester City vs Manchester United
United to Win ($1.95)

Leicester

Last 5 Matches: LWLLD
Ladder Position: 11th
Goal Difference: 0 (GF 30, GA 30)

United

Last 5 Matches: WWWWD
Ladder Position: 6th
Goal Difference: +13 (GF 48, GA 35)

Leicester have dipped into a disappointing run of form and face a tough task in overcoming United this week. The Red Devils only managed a draw with Burnley midweek and while is was their first match that didn’t end in a win since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to the reins, they’re primed to atone here.

Manchester City vs Arsenal
Over 3.5 Goals ($1.85)

City

Last 5 Matches: WWWWL
Ladder Position: 2nd
Goal Difference: +44 (GF 63, GA 19)

Arsenal

Last 5 Matches: LWLWW
Ladder Position: 4th
Goal Difference: +17 (GF 50, GA 33)

This is clearly the match of the round but realistically, City should be winning. The Cityzens suffered a shock loss to Newcastle midweek, but they’ve been otherwise outstanding and should prove too good for an Arsenal side that has been capable of an off performance of their own.

West Ham vs Liverpool
Liverpool to Nil ($2.40)

West Ham

Last 5 Matches: LDWLL
Ladder Position: 12th
Goal Difference: -7 (GF 30, GA 37)

Liverpool

Last 5 Matches: WLWWD
Ladder Position: 1st
Goal Difference: +41 (GF 55, GA 14)

The Reds also stumbled midweek, but not as badly and City and Chelsea and they still managed to open their lead by another point. The face a Hammers side that hasn’t been great recently and ultimately, this should be another three points for the league leaders.