EPL Week 32 Preview: Stats, Insights, Tips & Everything To Know About Your Team’s Chances
March 29, 2019
The EPL is back and one way to make up for missing a weekend of Premier League action is to have 15 games on the cards thanks to a few rescheduled clashes. Here’s everything you need to know about this weeks games.
FULHAM VS MANCHESTER CITY – SATURDAY 30 MARCH, 12:30PM, CRAVEN COTTAGE
Able to move back to the top of the Premier League table at least momentarily, Manchester City will look to overcome Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon. This marks City’s first EPL fixture since March 9 due to its cup commitments prior to the international break.
That league fixture saw the Sky Blues defeat Watford 3-1 behind a Raheem Sterling hat-trick; they have since gone on to thrash Schalke 7-0 in the Champions League and Swansea 3-2 in the FA Cup. Fulham was in top-flight action more recently, falling 2-1 against Liverpool at this venue.
That marked the Cottagers’ 22nd loss of the Premiership season and left them 13 points from safety inside the drop zone. One of those defeats came at Manchester City during September by a 3-0 scoreline– a result that was almost replicated in the League Cup Round of 16, as the Cottagers fell 2-0.
Did You Know?
- Man City have won their last six PL meetings with Fulham, scoring 19 goals and conceding just three.
- Since his Fulham debut in January, Ryan Babel has been involved in more PL goals than any other Cottagers player, with two strikes and two assists.
- Manchester City has won four of its last five EPL matches to nil.
- The ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ market has hit in 12 of Manchester City’s last 13 EPL day matches as a favourite.
- Across all competitions, Sergio Aguero has scored 14 goals in his last 13 appearances.
TIP: Manchester City
BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION VS SOUTHAMPTON – SUNDAY 31 MARCH, 3:00PM, AMEX STADIUM
Brighton is riding a three-game winning streak going into this game that will either give them breathing space in the relegation battle or bring them right back into the mix.
It’s the best time of year to find your strongest run of form of the season as Brighton can give itself at least a six-point buffer over the eighteenth spot and possibly as much as eight.
Southampton only has a two-point buffer to the relegation zone and could cause a lot of stress for the teams directly above them and do have the confidence of a 2-1 win over Tottenham in their last Premier League start.
Did You Know?
- All three Premier League meetings between these sides have ended in a draw. Only three previous PL fixtures have finished as a draw in their first four meetings: Arsenal v QPR, Southampton v Stoke City and AFC Bournemouth v Watford.
- After scoring in six of his first seven PL home matches this season, Brighton’s Glenn Murray has failed to score in his last seven at the Amex Stadium.
- The ‘Under 1.5 Goals’ market has hit in each of Brighton’s last four EPL day matches at Amex Stadium.
- The ‘Both Teams to Score’ market has failed to hit in each of Southampton’s last six EPL Week 32 matches.
- Brighton has kept a clean sheet in three of its last four EPL matches as a home favourite.
BURNLEY VS WOLVERHAMPTON – SUNDAY 31 MARCH, 3:00PM, TURF MOOR
Barring a massive form slump, Wolves are locked in to a top ten finish in their return season in the Premier League.
Burnley meanwhile face a big fight just to get another season in England’s top flight, finding themselves down in 17th place and losers of their last four games.
Thankfully for them, Cardiff is unlikely to pick up any points this weekend so taking anything from this game would give them a little bit of breathing room.
Did You Know?
- After keeping a clean sheet in two of their first four PL away matches this season, Wolves have conceded in each of their last 11 on the road.
- Wolves have won all three of their PL matches against Burnley.
- The ‘Both Teams to Score’ market has hit in seven of Burnley’s last eight EPL matches.
- The ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ market has hit in each of Burnley’s last four EPL day matches.
- Across all competitions, Raul Jimenez has scored a goal in four of Wolverhampton’s last five matches.
- Ashley Barnes has been the last goal-scorer in three of Burnley’s last four EPL home matches.
CRYSTAL PALACE VS HUDDERSFIELD TOWN – SUNDAY 31 MARCH, 3:00PM, SELHURST PARK
Crystal Palace are aiming for a third win in five matches, while Huddersfield Town are seeking to avoid an early relegation this weekend.
The Terriers will be consigned to the Championship if they lose and Burnley and Southampton both win their fixtures.
Did You Know?
- The home side have never scored a goal in the seven top-flight meetings between these sides. All 12 goals have been scored by the away team.
- There have been fewer league goals at Selhurst Park this season than at any other PL ground, with 28. Manchester United are the only side to score more than twice there this term.
- The ‘Both Teams to Score’ market has hit in eight of Crystal Palace’s last nine EPL matches.
- The ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ market has hit in each of Crystal Palace’s last four EPL matches.
- Wilfried Zaha has scored five goals in his last six EPL appearances.
TIP: Crystal Palace
LEICESTER CITY VS BOURNEMOUTH – SUNDAY 31 MARCH, 3:00PM, KING POWER STADIUM
Just three points separate tenth placed Leicester and twelfth placed Bournemouth however unless the Cherries can win this one by five, that won’t be changed this weekend.
Leicester has won its last two games but last defeated Bournemouth in the Championship back in February 2014 and over the last three and a half seasons, have recorded five draws and two losses.
Harry Maguire will be missing from this game after being sent off in the fourth minute of their win over Burnley.
Did You Know?
- Leicester have faced the Cherries more often without winning than any other Premier League opponent, as they target their first victory against them at the eighth attempt.
- Eddie Howe is winless in seven away league visits to Leicester during his managerial career.
- The ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ market has hit in each of Leicester’s last six EPL matches as a favourite.
- The ‘Both Teams to Score’ market has hit in each of Leicester’s last six EPL matches as a favourite.
- Jamie Vardy has scored five goals in Leicester’s last six EPL matches.
- Joshua King has scored a penalty in each of his last two EPL appearances against Leicester.
MANCHESTER UNITED VS WATFORD – SUNDAY 31 MARCH, 3:00PM, OLD TRAFFORD
There are plenty of questions around how this match will go, but none bigger than the ones relating to Manchester United and its recent form slump.
Are the back to back losses to Arsenal and Wolves just a blip on the radar or is there real cause for concern?
It’s fair to remember the absolutely ridiculous pace United have been on under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the Premier League and there was always going to be a correction coming.
Now with the race for the top four still very much up for grabs, they need to refocus and get things back on track.
Watford has done a great job beating teams at or below its level lately but has been found out by Liverpool and Manchester City already in games that have featured plenty of goals.
Did You Know?
- The last time Man Utd had three players score 10 goals in a season was in 2012/13, while they last had four players do so in 1995/96. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are only one away from joining Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba in double figures this term.
- Watford are looking for their first league win at Old Trafford, at the 12th attempt. Their only victory away against the Red Devils came in the League Cup in October 1978.
- The ‘Both Teams to Score’ market has hit in each of Manchester United’s last seven EPL matches as a home favourite.
- The ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ market has hit in each of Manchester United’s last seven EPL matches as a home favourite.
- Paul Pogba has scored six goals in Manchester United’s last five EPL matches as a home favourite.
TIP: Manchester United
WEST HAM VS EVERTON – SUNDAY 31 MARCH, 5:30PM, LONDON STADIUM
West Ham United are looking for a fourth win in six matches while Everton, who lie two places and two points behind their hosts, are seeking to build on their victory over Chelsea last time out.
Did You Know?
- This is the 63rd season in which these sides have met in league competition and the Hammers are looking to complete only their fourth double over the Toffees.
- Manuel Lanzini has scored three PL goals in as many home matches for West Ham against Everton.
- The ‘Both Teams to Score’ market has hit in six of Everton’s last seven EPL Week 32 matches.
- There have been exactly three goals scored during the second half in two of Everton’s last three EPL matches as an away underdog.
- The ‘Over 3.5 Goals’ market has hit in six of West Ham’s last eight EPL matches as a home favourite.
CARDIFF VS CHELSEA – MONDAY 1 APRIL, 1:05PM, CARDIFF CITY STADIUM
Having blown the chance to move equal on points with fourth-placed Arsenal by falling to Everton last time out in the Premiership, Chelsea will look to steady the ship when it visits lowly Cardiff City in Wales.
The Blues have already made easy work of the Bluebirds once this season, coming away from Stamford Bridge with a 4-1 victory behind an Eden Hazard hat-trick. However, that result could be difficult to replicate if Chelsea is unable to improve upon its away form in the EPL; the Blues have lost four of their last five such matches to nil.
With that being said, although able to defeat West Ham 2-0 last time out, Cardiff has an extremely poor record against top-six clubs this season, losing all eight such fixtures by an aggregate scoreline of 27-6.
Did You Know?
- Cardiff have won 71 per cent of their Premier League points this season in home matches, with 20 out of 28. Only Fulham have a higher percentage, with 88 per cent.
- Chelsea have won all three of their PL matches against Cardiff, triumphing 2-1 in their only previous trip to the Cardiff City Stadium in May 2014.
- The ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ market has hit in each of Chelsea’s last five EPL matches as an away favourite against promoted teams.
- The ‘Goal in Both Halves’ market has hit in each of Cardiff’s last four EPL home matches.
- Eden Hazard has scored five goals in his last three EPL appearances against Cardiff.
LIVERPOOL VS TOTTENHAM – MONDAY 1 APRIL, 3:30PM, ANFIELD
The game of the round, Liverpool hosting Tottenham in a game that will have a big say on the title race and top four race.
Liverpool needs to win every game remaining and even that may not be enough to win the Premier League however all they can do is take care of their own business.
This has been a good fixture for Liverpool losing just once in the last six years and already beating Tottenham back in September at Wembley.
Did You Know?
- Liverpool have lost only one of their last 24 home Premier League matches against Spurs, a 0-2 defeat in May 2011 under Kenny Dalglish. They have won 15 of those meetings.
- Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has been involved in four goals in four Premier League appearances against Liverpool at Anfield, scoring three and assisting one.
- The ‘Both Teams to Score in the Second Half’ market has hit in four of Liverpool’s last five EPL matches as a favourite against Tottenham.
- The ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ market has hit in seven of Liverpool’s last eight EPL matches at Anfield.
- The ‘Both Teams to Score’ market has hit in each of the last four EPL day matches between Liverpool and Tottenham.
- Across all competitions, Harry Kane has scored 11 goals in his last 12 appearances for Tottenham.
- Sadio Mane has scored at least one goal in each of Liverpool’s last six EPL home matches.
ARSENAL VS NEWCASTLE – TUESDAY 2 APRIL, 7:00PM, EMIRATES STADIUM
Looking to solidify their position in the Premier League’s top four, Arsenal will host Newcastle at the Emirates on Monday night.
The Gunners went a long way to securing their first Champions League berth since 2016 by downing Manchester United 2-0 last time out in the EPL. That result extended Arsenal’s stellar winning run at home in the English top-flight to nine matches, throughout which the side has recorded an aggregate scoreline of 25-6.
Although the Magpies will travel to the Emirates having lost just once from their last six league fixtures – including a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth last time out – their record at the Emirates does not fill fans with much confidence. The Magpies have lost six straight matches at the venue, throughout which they have conceded an average of 3.0 goals per contest.
Did You Know?
- The average winning margin at Emirates Stadium is 2.2 goals.
- The ‘Both Teams to Score’ market has hit in nine of Arsenal’s last 10 EPL night matches.
- The ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ market has hit in each of Arsenal’s last six EPL night matches as a home favourite.
- Alexandre Lacazette has scored a goal in five of Arsenal’s last six EPL home matches.
- Across all competitions, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored four goals in his last four starting appearances for Arsenal.