EPL Week 31 Preview: Liverpool Seek to Reclaim Top Spot; Chelsea Visit Goodison Park

Victor Kekereekun
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It’s a busy time of the year for the top guns in the EPL, with plenty of Premier League and European League fixtures (Champions League & Europa League) taking place in quick succession. Hence, half the matches in Week 31 of the Premier League have been postponed.

However, Liverpool will hope to return atop the League when they face relegation-doomed Fulham at Craven Cottage. Meanwhile, Chelsea will travel down to Goodison Park with the aim to boost their top-four hopes – in probably the highlight of the weekend.

APRECON takes a look at this weekend’s English Premier League fixtures that make up Matchday 31;

Fulham vs Liverpool

Date: Sunday, 17th March
Kick-off: 3:15pm CET
Venue: Craven Cottage
History: Played 68: Liverpool 40 vs 12 Fulham (16 Draws)
Last League meeting: Nov. 2018: Liverpool 2:0 Fulham

Second-last Fulham are all but certain of going straight back down to the Championship, sitting 13 points off 17th place with seven rounds to go. Last weekend’s 3-1 loss at Leicester was their sixth loss in a row.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have slipped a point behind Man City into second, but they responded to a critical scoreless draw at Everton by thumping Burnley 4-2 at Anfield.

Liverpool have won their last five matches against Fulham by a combined 16-3 – including a 2-0 home victory earlier this season.

Following their midweek trip to Germany, where they bettered Bayern Munich to progress to the next round in the UCL – Klopp may rest a few of his star men. Even at that, it is difficult to see anything other than a Liverpool victory here.

Everton vs Chelsea

Date: Sunday, 17th March
Kick-off: 5:30pm CET
Venue: Goodison Park
History: Played 180: Chelsea 72 vs 54 Everton (54 Draws)
Last League meeting: Nov. 2018: Chelsea 0:0 Everton

Chelsea have a chance to boost their top-four hopes as their three closest rivals in the table are not in league action this weekend, but Everton as well are desperately in need of a lift to the top half.

Everton need a response after last weekend’s dramatic collapse at Newcastle and their fans will demand a positive performance against Chelsea.

Sixth-place Chelsea, meanwhile, are only three points off fourth. They beat Tottenham and Fulham in consecutive games, but needed an Eden Hazard stoppage-time goal to snatch a 1-1 home draw with Wolverhampton last weekend – and they will hope to make the top-four tentatively, heading into the international break.

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Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six games against Everton, but the last two clashes finished in scoreless draws. The Toffees have managed just one goal in their last six encounters with the Blues.

Everton are not the toughest of opponents, and Chelsea bring enough decent form into this clash – hence Goodison Park may well belong to the Blues at the end of the day.


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