Match Day 26 is split over two weeks as the money-grubbing FA suits allow the players a brief break from their 60 game season!
The round kicks off on Saturday evening, as the Toffees attempt to push towards European qualification with a win over the Eagles at Goodison Park.
Elsewhere, West Ham will inevitably get Hammered at the Etihad, Norwich players are gifted a chance to meet their heroes as they host the Reds and Chelsea take on United in the “At least we’re not Arsenal” Derby.
I’ve previewed the first half of the draw and provided my EPL Week 26 tips below!
Carlo Ancelotti has the Toffees playing their best footy since the departure of Tim Cahill’s forehead.
Everton are currently three points outside of the top six, after losing just once in their last 10 league outings, a run which has seen them rise from the depths of the relegation zone.
Crystal Palace find themselves heading in the opposite trajectory to the Toffees, a run of four draws followed by two loses has seen the Eagles plummet to 14th position in the league.
Roy Hodgson’s side are struggling to find the back of the net having been kept scoreless in their last two matches, to make matters worse new loanee Cenk Tosun will be ineligible to face his parent club.
The last two contests between these sides have finished in nil-all draws, I’m backing the Eagle’s scoring woes to continue this weekend in a value packed Same Game Multi.
Brighton and Watford are set to scrap it out for survival this weekend, the Seagulls are perched a mere two points above the drop zone and only three points clear of the 19th placed Hornets.
The Honeymoon period between Nigel Pearson and Watford has officially ended, after losing back-to-back fixtures from a winning position, this comes following a six game unbeaten streak.
Brighton haven’t been able to capitalise on a favourable run of fixtures, dropping points to bottom five sides across their last three matches.
The ‘Both Team Not to Score’ market has hit in the last six meetings between these two sides, with a couple of loose showings both managers will be looking to sure things up at the back.
The Cherries travel to Bramall Lane in search of their third win on the trot.
Eddie Howe’s side dragged themselves out of the drop zone following back-to-back victories over fellow incompetents, Brighton and Villa.
The Cherries haven’t face a side above 15th position across the last six outings and may very well be out of their depth against the quality of Sheffield United.
The Blades have preformed honourably across a tough run of fixtures, holding their own against the likes of City and Liverpool, while disappointedly only managing a point against the gunners.
Chris Wilder’s side have only conceded two goals over their past four outings and boast the second best defensive rating in the league behind Liverpool.
The Blades should stroll in for victory at home, with the Cherries ripe for the picking!
If history is anything to go by, this contest between City and the Hammers is sure to produce more Goals than an aspiring Personal Trainer.
City have found the back of the net on 14 occasions across their last four clashes against West Ham, while conceding just once.
The Citizens have won all four games following a loss this season, keeping a clean sheet across three of those fixtures.
West Ham threw away a two goal advantage over the Seagulls in GW25, forced to settle for a point in a six goal thriller.
David Moyes dabbled in the mid-season transfer market bringing in Czech Tomáš Souček on loan and splashing £22million on Hull City striker Jarrod Bowen in a desperate bid to avoid relegation, I’m doubtful Bowen will register a touch let alone a goal against the Sky Blues.
With City at $1 nothing to shit it in, I’ve had to dig deeper than Gina Rinehart to find any value in this market.
The 2nd half of GW26 gets underway on Saturday morning (AEDT) as the Wolves host the Foxes in a match of the round contender.
The Wolves have slid from 5th to 9th following a poor run of form since GW20, claiming just 5 pints from a possible 18.
The Foxes have show frailties of their own, recently falling to overcome the likes of Southampton and Burnley.
Both sides are struggling defensively, with each managing just one clean sheet over the past 10 game weeks.
Southamptons run of form came to an abrupt end in GW25 the they were steamrolled 4-0 by the Reds.
The Saints had won five from seven games leading into their last contest, breaking into the top half of the table for the first time after dwelling inside the relegation zone for much of the season.
Burnley’s performance chart is more up and down than a bipolar trampolinist, currently the Clarets are on the up, undefeated across their last three matches.
Sean Dyche’s men got the better of the Saints in the season open, claiming a 3-nil victory.
Four of Southampton and Burnley’s last five matches have gone under the 2.5 goals mark, with three resulting in a draw.
This could be grim viewing for anyone who has any sort of attachment/affiliation to Norwich City Football Club.
27 goals have been scored across the last five meetings between these two sides, with the Reds responsible for 18 of those strikes.
Liverpool are on a downhill run towards their first top division title in 25 years, while Norwich a heading at a similar speed to their 2nd relegation in four years.
Fresh off a two week winter break, Klopp’s Reds should keep the scoreboard ticking over at Carrow Road.
Much like the Canaries, the Villans are heading towards another spell in the Chapionship.
Villa are currently sitting one point outside or the drop zone ahead of both West Ham and Watford.
Alternatively, Tottenham are within striking distance of Champions League qualification, sitting just four points behind a stuttering Chelsea outfit.
Mourinho failed to bring in a striker during the January transfer window to replace the injured Harry Kane, but will take comfort in the fact new winger Steven Bergwijn found the back of the net on his debut against City.
The Spurs are on a run of four game without defeat across all competitions and should be able to breeze past Jack and co. on the weekend.
Arsenal host Newcastle on Monday morning in what promises to be an absolute snoozefest!
The Gunners season is flatlining, with the once powerhouse of London succumbing to four straight league draws.
Somehow Arteta’s side march into this contest as $1.40 favourites despite only claiming two victories since Game Week 9, a spell in which Newcastle have claimed all three points on six occasions.
Both the Gunners and the Toons have gone Under 2.5 Total Goals in three of the past four matches, I’m backing another dull affair at the Emirates this weekend.
Game Week 26 comes to a close on Tuesday morning, as Chelsea welcome United to the Bridge.
The Market’s currently sitting at $1.10 for this to be an underwhelming contest.
Chelsea were blown off the park by the likes of Rashford and Pogba in the opening match of the season, fast forward six months and Lampard will be prepping his side for the likes of Odion Ighalo and Andreas Pereira…
United have failed to register a goal in their past three premier league fixtures and will be relying heavily on new signing Bruno Fernandes to spark their offence into life.
Chelsea are winless in three matches, largely due to their defensive frailties, conceding five goals across that trip.
United’s squad is in its the worst shape since they suffered relegation in 1974, as such Chelsea should be able to grind out a low scoring win.