English Premier League predictions, fixtures and results: 3 – 5 February 2023

The English Premier League rolls on into February this weekend, with the second half of a thrilling domestic football campaign in full swing.

Matters on the home front have long-since eclipsed the memories of the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar at the end of last year, with a surprise package leading the way and some big names scrapping it out at the bottom.

All roads lead to Sunday’s clash in north London, as Tottenham welcome reigning champions Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola’s side start the weekend five points off the pace at the top of the EPL table, while Spurs sit fifth despite a topsy-turvy run under the increasingly irate stewardship of Antonio Conte.

It all kicks off, meanwhile, across the capital on Friday night with a west London derby.

Chelsea were hellbent on breaking all transfer records – and creative accounting methods under the financial fair play microscope – during the January window, with beleaguered boss Graham Potter struggling to remember the names of many of the stars foist upon him by a chaotic recruitment policy.

That the Blues are two points and three places below visitors Fulham explains some of the panic, with the battle for European places firmly on.

An intriguing Merseyside test awaits leaders Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime, as they go to an Everton side under new management.

The Gunners have a game in hand to go with their five-point buffer at the top and have lost just once this inspired season so far under Mikel Arteta.

Sean Dyche is back in the dugout at Goodison Park nine months after the curtain came down on his long Burnley reign, with his task a simple one: do what Frank Lampard couldn’t and steer his new club away from the Premier League drop zone.

It’s not a rosy picture across Stanley Park either ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Wolves.

One point from their last three league fixtures and an FA Cup exit haven’t helped lift the gloom of a grim season for Jurgen Klopp and Co, while their hosts are still scrambling for consistency under new boss Julen Lopetegui.

Things are much brighter across the north west for Manchester United, despite their agonizing defeat to the leaders last time out a fortnight ago.

The Red Devils are right in the fight for a top four finish as they welcome Crystal Palace to Old Trafford.

Pipping Erik ten Hag’s men to third place at present are Newcastle, who tackle West Ham in the Saturday evening kick off at St James’ Park.

Eddie Howe’s side stand alongside Arsenal in having lost just once all campaign, while the Hammers are above the drop zone only thanks to their win over sorry Everton at the London Stadium two weeks ago.

A Midlands affair pits improving Aston Villa against a Leicester side who have regressed once again to sit a point outside the relegation places.

On the wrong side of the dotted line are Bournemouth, for whom it gets no easier as they head along the south coast to face sixth-placed Brighton, who continue to defy all doubters at the Amex Stadium.

Also pummeling expectations are Brentford, who go up against rock bottom Southampton to complete the Saturday programme.

Sunday’s second clash has an old fashioned classic feel to it, too, as the City Ground plays host to Nottingham Forest against Leeds, with relegation jitters in the air and the great Brian Clough looking down on his former clubs.

English Premier League predictions for 3 – 5 February

Chelsea v Fulham

Result prediction Fulham to win
Over/Under prediction under 2.5 goals
HT / FT prediction Fulham / Fulham to win
Team to Score prediction both teams
Anytime Goalscorer prediction n/a

Everton v Arsenal

Result prediction Arsenal to win
Over/Under prediction over 2.5 goals
HT / FT prediction Arsenal / Arsenal to win
Team to Score prediction both teams
Anytime Goalscorer prediction E. Nketiah(Arsenal)
B. Saka(Arsenal)

Aston Villa v Leicester City

Result prediction Aston Villa to win
Over/Under prediction under 2.5 goals
HT / FT prediction Leicester City / Aston Villa to win
Team to Score prediction both teams
Anytime Goalscorer prediction n/a

Brentford v Southampton

Result prediction Brentford to win
Over/Under prediction over 2.5 goals
HT / FT prediction Brentford / Brentford to win
Team to Score prediction both teams
Anytime Goalscorer prediction I. Toney(Brentford)
J. Ward-Prowse(Southampton)

Brighton & Hove Albion v AFC Bournemouth

Result prediction Brighton & Hove Albion to win
Over/Under prediction over 2.5 goals
HT / FT prediction Brighton & Hove Albion / Brighton & Hove Albion to win
Team to Score prediction Brighton & Hove Albion
Anytime Goalscorer prediction S. March(Brighton & Hove Albion)
K. Mitoma(Brighton & Hove Albion)
E. Ferguson(Brighton & Hove Albion)

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

Result prediction Manchester United to win
Over/Under prediction under 2.5 goals
HT / FT prediction draw / Manchester United to win
Team to Score prediction both teams
Anytime Goalscorer prediction M. Rashford(Manchester United)

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool

Result prediction draw
Over/Under prediction under 2.5 goals
HT / FT prediction draw / draw
Team to Score prediction both teams
Anytime Goalscorer prediction Daniel Podence(Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Newcastle United v West Ham United

Result prediction draw
Over/Under prediction under 2.5 goals
HT / FT prediction draw / draw
Team to Score prediction both teams
Anytime Goalscorer prediction n/a

Nottingham Forest v Leeds United

Result prediction Nottingham Forest to win
Over/Under prediction under 2.5 goals
HT / FT prediction draw / Nottingham Forest to win
Team to Score prediction both teams
Anytime Goalscorer prediction n/a

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City

Result prediction draw
Over/Under prediction over 2.5 goals
HT / FT prediction draw / draw
Team to Score prediction both teams
Anytime Goalscorer prediction H. Kane(Tottenham Hotspur)
R. Mahrez(Manchester City)
E. Haaland(Manchester City)