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EPL Matchweek 25 Preview
- It's EPL matchweek 25 as teams at both ends of the table look for crucial points
- Merseyside will be lit up with fireworks as Liverpool v Everton will be played out at Anfield
- Arsenal will host Manchester City with the entire league praying for favours from Mikel Arteta's side
- Burnley and West Brom will be playing a crucial relegation six-pointer at Turf Moor
Can Carlo Ancelotti mastermind a rare Everton win over Liverpool at Anfield? (Getty Images)
As we head into EPL matchweek 25, Manchester City threaten to run away with the lead at the top while defending champions Liverpool are desperate to get back into the mix although a ‘Merseyside derby’ against Everton is going to be tricky. It’s getting tighter at the bottom end as well making this week an exciting one. Desibets guides you through each of the 10 games in our EPL matchweek 25 preview!
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leeds United
Only two points and one place separate these two sides ahead of this round with Leeds ahead in 11th place to go with a game in hand. Wolves should fancy their chances here, though, seeing as they won the last four matches against Leeds and two of their last three league games.
Southampton v Chelsea
With six losses in a row, Southampton are sliding down the table and are now only ten points above the relegation zone. With just one win in the last 11, the Saints look vulnerable. Chelsea, on the other hand, have won their last four and have vaulted into the top-four. Additionally, Chelsea have won their last five visits to this venue and should win this match comfortably.
Burnley v West Bromwich Albion
Time’s running out for West Brom who are 12 points adrift of safety and are winless in six league matches. Although a point against Manchester United was a creditable result in the last match, West Brom have struggled on the road losing three straight games. Burnley should fancy their chances here with a facile win.
Liverpool v Everton
Inarguably the biggest match of the week, the ‘Merseyside’ neighbours will look to battle out for bragging rights. Liverpool are winless at Anfield in five matches and have lost their last three league games, but a win against Leipzig in the Champions League got the Reds back on track. Everton can go level on points with their bitter rivals with a win, but have failed to win any of the last 23 derbies and haven’t won at Anfield since 1999. A draw is the best result that Everton can hope for, but could be tough to achieve.
Fulham v Sheffield United
Eight points separate the two sides as the basement club Sheffield United continue to be poor. They have lost 10 of their 12 away league matches this season and may lose further ground to a direct relegation rival. Three points are vital for Fulham as they still remain six points behind safety zone.
West Ham v Tottenham
Surprise package West Ham are running the top-four close and have the fourth best home record this season. They came back from 3-0 down with less than 10 minutes to go in the reverse fixture to draw 3-3. Tottenham have been struggling with four losses in their last five league games. This could be West Ham’s chance to stay in the top-five.
Aston Villa v Leicester City
With three wins in their last nine league matches, Villa have dropped to eighth although winning three of the last five home matches against Leicester. The Foxes were held to a goalless draw in the Europa League on Thursday night and that could take some physical toll. Back the hosts on double chance market.
Arsenal v Manchester City
Usually, this ought to be a very tight top-four clash, but Arsenal are languishing in the tenth spot. With little time to rese after the Thursday night draw against Benfica, Arsenal could be found out against a rampant City who have now won ten league games in a row.
Manchester United v Newcastle United
An easy 4-0 win over Real Sociedad on Thursday night eased a bit of pressure of Manchester United, but they have so much to improve in the league. Three draws and a loss in the last five matches make United a tricky team to back. Newcastle find themselves six points above the relegation zone and with only two wins in the last 13 league games to go with six losses in the last seven away matches. Backing both teams to score looks a prudent choice here.
Brighton v Crystal Palace
This last game of the week could see Palace struggle once again in Wilfried Zaha’s absence. Brighton could edge out the visitors in this low-scoring match.