Matchweek 26 is upon us and there are plenty of intriguing storylines ahead of a big weekend of football. Liverpool and Tottenham need big bounce back games after horror showings last week, while a battle between first placed Man City and fourth placed West Ham looms as the match of the weekend. Here are The Wolf’s EPL tips.
Manchester City vs West Ham
The league leaders made it thirteen wins on the trot with a 1-0 win over Arsenal last week. Pep Guardiola’s men are on a remarkable run that has them sitting ten points clear at the top of the table. They take on a West Ham side that has surprised everyone this season, the Hammers are in good touch, unbeaten in their last three games after a 2-1 victory over Tottenham. West Ham haven’t beaten Man City since 2015, with City picking up eight wins and two draws in that time. City have been on an incredible roll and are playing some stunning football, and despite West Ham’s resurgence, it’s hard to see the Hammers bringing an end to the winning streak. City have a record of 9 wins, 2 draws and just 1 loss at home this season, and you can expect them to extend their winning streak to fourteen.
Leicester vs Arsenal
Struggling Arsenal travel to the King Power Stadium with just one win in their last five matches. The Foxes on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last four games, with three wins in that spell. Leicester are unbeaten in four of their last five games against Arsenal, who are sitting eleventh on the Premier League table. Jamie Vardy looms as the key in this match given his recent dominance against Arsenal. In twelve Premier League matches against the Gunners, Vardy has scored eleven goals, including the winner in the Foxes 1-0 victory against Arsenal back in October. Leicester’s disciplined side has found a way to grind out results and their system has stood up to the test of some of the best sides in the league. Arsenal have been out of sorts this season, and it’s hard to see their shaky defence finding a way to stop Jamie Vardy. The Foxes won’t have any trouble getting past Arsenal.
Chelsea vs Manchester United
The Red Devils travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea, who they haven’t lost to in the Premier League since 2017. While Chelsea have been in better form than United, this matchup could suit the Red Devils perfectly. Chelsea have heavily invested in a defensive game style given the struggles of their strikers and haven’t scored more than two goals in a game in their last eleven matches. Manchester United have scored a league-high 53 goals this season and if they can get their uptempo game going, Chelsea won’t be able to go with them. Bruno Fernandes picked up another goal and another assist in United’s 3-1 win last week, taking his combined goal and assist tally to 25 – the most in the Premier League. Despite starting as the outsiders, this is a perfect matchup for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, who have consistently played an open and attacking brand of football this season. Expect them to stretch a Chelsea side that has struggled in attack this season.
Goals have not been a concern for United and they will be full of confidence that they can put plenty past this poor Newcastle defence.
Leg 1: Manchester City ($1.20)
Leg 2: Wolves ($2.15)
Leg 3: Leicester ($2.50)