Premier League Matchday 25 Preview – Prediction + Tips 2018/19

For the first time this season, both Liverpool and Manchester City dropped points in the last round of fixtures. Chelsea and Manchester United couldn’t capitalise, while Tottenham and Arsenal closed the gap with wins.

There were interesting results elsewhere too, with Fulham getting a vital win. Will we see a return to normalcy this week?

Match of the Day

Manchester City lost for the fourth time this season on Tuesday, this time against Newcastle. Arsenal earned a hard-fought win again Cardiff to close the gap, but this match carries even more significance. 

Manchester City v Arsenal
Man City Form Guide DWDWD
Arsenal Form Guide DLWLW
  • Venue: The Etihad
  • Sunday 03 February 16:30
  • Referee: Martin Atkinson
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 1/4 D: 5/1 A: 9/1

About the Game:

City scored one of their fastest ever goals on Tuesday against Newcastle, but they were poor for the entire match after that. Carelessness led to both Newcastle goals and brought to an end City’s eight-game unbeaten run.

The Champions are lucky that Liverpool lost too and that the gap is five points. But they will also need to drastically improve to win here. Fernandinho had an especially poor game, giving away the penalty that led to the winner. But, in fairness, no player looked their normal self. Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling were ineffective, while Sergio Agüero did little after his first minute goal. Kevin de Bruyne’s return to the team isn’t going so well. He was lucky not to be sent off after his frustrations grew. Arsenal are not the strongest team defensively, but they will offer a lot more going forward than Newcastle, so if City defend like they did against the Magpies, they may drop even further off the pace.

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Arsenal had to battle to beat struggling Cardiff, but the win was deserved in the end. A fantastic solo goal from Andre Lacazette proved the difference, with the striker starting to match the the form of strike partner Aubameyang. 

Worringly though, the Gunners failed to keep a clean sheet again. That wasn’t helped by the massive numbers of injured defenders Emery is currently dealing with. He will be hoping that Laurent Koscielny can return in time to feature here. Elsewhere though, Arsenal look strong and positive. Lucas Torreira, Fernandinho’s opposite number, will have a vital role to play. If he can control things in the middle, then Arsenal’s deadly attack will get their chances. Either way, you know that Arsenal will play positive, attacking football, so we could be in for fireworks. 

Prediction: Manchester City Win + Over 2.5 goals – City will improve at home, but Arsenal are constantly improving and will offer a big threat. But, the Gunner’s weakness at the back means this could be a high-scoring affair. 

Rest of the Premier League Games

As always, there is plenty of other action over the weekend. Manchester United face a tricky trip to Leicester, who have just drawn with league leaders Liverpool, while Spurs have a great chance to keep the pressure up on the leaders with a home match against Newcastle.

Tottenham v Newcastle
Spurs Form Guide LLDWL
Newcastle Form Guide WWLDD
  • Venue: Wembley
  • Saturday 02 February 12:30
  • Referee: Andre Marriner
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 2/5 D: 7/2 A: 7/1

About the Game:

Spurs won again, but only just. Heung-min Son underlined his importance to the team with a goal and assist, but, perhaps more importantly, Llorente showed that he can fill Harry Kane’s boots. The striker scored the winning goal and also assisted Son, as Spurs battle on with a depleted team.

Newcastle will be on a high after beating Champions Manchester City. The Magpies are normally better away from home, but this is of course a tricky match. However, Newcastle do now have back-to-back wins as they continue to move away from the danger zone.

Prediction: Under 2.5 goals – Son may not be fit for this one and Newcastle will be difficult to break down.

Brighton v Watford
Brighton Form Guide LLWDL
Watford Form Guide DLLDW
  • Venue: AMEX
  • Saturday 02 February 15:00
  • Referee: Simon Hooper
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 6/4 D: 12/5 A: 17/10

About the Game:

Brighton have now lost three games in a row after letting a two goal lead slip against struggling Fulham. The Seagulls looked to be in command, so it’s a worrying sign how easily they lost control.

Watford too lost after leading. Two late goals from Spurs sunk Watford in what would have been a great win. Nevertheless, they played well again, and will be a match for Brighton here.

Prediction: Over 2.5 goals – Watford’s last three away games have featured over 2.5 goals, along with three of Brighton’s last four. 

Burnley v Southampton
Burnley Form Guide LDWWD
Soton Form Guide LLLDD
  • Venue: Turf Moor
  • Saturday 02 February 19:45
  • Referee: Anthony Taylor
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 6/4 D: 9/4 A: 9/5

About the Game:

Burnley might have succumbed to a late Manchester United comeback on Tuesday, but an impressive away point means they are now unbeaten in five. Due to their poor form prior they are still close to the drop zone, and are on the same points as today’s opponents. This is therefore a vital match for both teams.

Southampton too are on a great run and a draw on Wednesday means they are unbeaten in four matches. Also like Burnley, poor form earlier in the season means they are still in a precarious position.

Prediction: Both teams to score – Two in form teams that are fighting for survival. This could be a tense match.

Chelsea v Huddersfield
Chelsea Form Guide DWDDL
Huddersfield Form Guide LDLDW
  • Venue: Stamford Bridge
  • Saturday 02 February 15:00
  • Referee: Paul Tierney 
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 1/6 D: 13/2 A: 12/1

About the Game:

New loanee Gonzalo Higuain started, but not only could Chelsea not score, they conceded four away to Bournemouth. The Blues are in poor form and have now given up fourth spot to Arsenal. This is a very favourable fixture which seems to have come along at just the right time for Sarri.

A new manager couldn’t inspire Huddersfield to a win last weekend, even though they played much of the match against ten men. Chelsea are out of form, but Huddersfield are devoid of confidence, so we expect the Terriers to struggle. 

Prediction: Under 2.5 goals – Chelsea simply can’t break teams down of late and Huddersfield will set up with that in mind. Chelsea will likely win, but this could be another frustrating afternoon. 

Crystal Palace v Fulham
Crystal Palace Form Guide WLWWD
Fulham Form Guide WDWLD
  • Venue: Selhurst Park
  • Saturday 02 February 15:00
  • Referee: Michael Oliver
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 21/20 D: 12/5 A: 13/5

About the Game:

Palace earned a point on Wednesday but they will now be without star man Wilfred Zaha after he earned himself a needless red card. Fulham have one of the league’s leakiest defences, but historically, Palace struggle without Zaha. 

Fulham got their first win in four after coming from two goals behind on Tuesday. The manner of that victory will be a real confidence booster. Ryan Babbel is making a difference and Aleksandr Mitrovic finally got back on the scoresheet. A win here would bring the Cottagers within three points of Palace, so don’t count Fulham out of this one.

Prediction: Fulham or Draw Double chance – Palace are without Zaha and Fulham are genuinely improving. They had come close many times before and finally got a win last week, and there’s no reason why they can’t do it again.

Everton v Wolves
Everton Form Guide LLLLL
Wolves Form Guide DWDWW
  • Venue: Goodison Park
  • Saturday 02 February 15:00
  • Referee: Lee Mason
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 5/4 D: 9/4 A: 11/5

About the Game:

Everton earned a vital win but only just. Lucas Digne’s red card made things more difficult than they should have been and he will be suspended for this match. Everton are competing with Wolves for the best of the rest tag, but currently, the Toffees are lagging seriously behind.

Wolves are in great form and thoroughly deserved to win against West Ham on Tuesday. With a full-strength team and good fixtures on the horizon, Wolves will look to put them distance between themselves in seventh and the teams competing around them.

Prediction: Wolves Draw no bet – Everton will be without a natural left-back and are struggling, while Wolves are in fine form.

Cardiff v Bournemouth
Cardiff Form Guide WDLDD
Bmouth Form Guide WWWLW
  • Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
  • Saturday 02 February 17:30
  • Referee: Jonathan Moss
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 19/10 D: 12/5 A: 11/8

About the Game:

Cardiff have just one point out of their last twelve while the teams above them are starting to pick up points. Opponents Bournemouth will be looking for their third win in a row, but Cardiff can at least count on better home form than away. 

Bournemouth smashed Chelsea on Wednesday, but like Cardiff, they are better at home than away. Despite being without Callum Wilson, the Cherries are scoring plenty, with Josh King stepping up. Bournemouth have just three wins from eleven away games this season, but they have a good chance of getting a fourth here. 

Prediction: Both teams to score – Cardiff are more difficult to beat at home but they will do well to keep Bournemouth from scoring. 

Leicester v Manchester United
Leicester Form Guide LDDDW
Man U Form Guide WWLWD
  • Venue: King Power Stadium
  • Sunday 03 February 14:05
  • Referee: Mike Dean
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 13/5 D: 13/5 A: 19/20

About the Game:

Leicester earned a magnificent draw against Liverpool in the week and could even have won that match. The Foxes seem to play better against the big teams, and face one of the biggest and most inform here.

Manchester United’s unbeaten run continues, but it took two late goals just to earn a draw against Burnley. Paul Pogba could be missing here after limping off in the last match. He has been magnificent over the last six weeks, so will be a huge loss should he be injured. 

Prediction: Manchester United Draw no bet – We don’t expect United to let their unbeaten run get away from them, with or without Pogba.

West Ham v Liverpool
West Ham Form Guide DDWLL
Liverpool Form Guide LWDLL
  • Venue: London Stadium
  • Monday 04 February 20:00
  • Referee: Kevin Friend
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 7/1 D: 17/4 A: 1/3

About the Game:

After losing to Wimbledon in the FA Cup, West Ham were then thoroughly beaten by Wolves midweek. The Hammers are in poor form, and look to be without Marko Arnautovic for some time, with the striker going off injured again. Things are only going to get more difficult here though, and the Hammers could be set for three league defeats in a row.

Few expected Liverpool to drop points at home to Leicester, but a draw was a fair result in the end. West Ham will be looking to stop their run of defeats and to stop conceding goals, so it will once again be difficult for Liverpool to break through. 

Prediction: Liverpool Over 1.5 Team goals – West Ham still have injuries in defence and are low in confidence, while Liverpool will surely improve and get back to winning ways.  

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Brighton v Watford Over 2.5 goals 6/5 2.20
Burnley v Southampton Both teams to score 4/5 3.96
Everton v Wolves Wolves Draw no bet 6/5 8.71
Leicester v Manchester United Manchester United Draw no bet 4/9 12.58
Cardiff v Bournemouth Both teams to score 7/10 21.38

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