Premier League Preview and Tips for Matchday 13
Manchester City retained their top position at the table a couple of weekends ago when defeating their rivals Manchester United 3-1 in the Manchester derby. They went back to the top of the table after Liverpool had briefly reclaimed top spot following their 2-0 win over Fulham.
Chelsea were unable to follow suit as a goalless draw at home to Everton meant that the London side fell two points behind Liverpool and four back of City at the top of the table. Mauricio Sarri’s men however are still unbeaten, although that record will be given another stern test this coming weekend with Chelsea set to face Tottenham at Wembley.
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Last weeks tips were a mixed bunch with some nice ones coming in (particularly the 10/1 shot on Cardiff winning their game with Brighton 2/1), but a couple of others didn’t quite hit the mark but even so, I still think overall I came out about even, though I want to improve on that with this weeks selections.
This week sees the top three in action on Saturday, which is something of a rare event nowadays. Manchester City face West Ham on the road, while Liverpool are also travelling this time to Watford. Chelsea head to Spurs for the London derby in what promises to be a great game at Wembley, albeit a fixture that Chelsea have dominated over the years.
There’s a big relegation battle on Saturday too as Fulham take on Southampton with Claudio Ranieri installed as the new manager at Craven Cottage, while on Monday night, there’s another relegation six-pointer as Burnley host Newcastle, with the Toon Army having won both their last two games to move them up the table.
Sunday’s games see Bournemouth face Arsenal as sixth take on fifth in the Premier League, while the later game puts Wolves at home to Huddersfield in a game that Nuno Santo’s men should be confident of winning.
Premier League Matchday 13
Preview and Tips
*Odds shown correct as of 12.30pm on Wednesday 21st November 2018
- Brighton v Leicester City – Draw
Brighton’s home form isn’t too bad this season once again and Leicester’s away form has been a little up and down. With it being a very emotional few weeks for the Foxes, I think that will take its toll and as such, Brighton are my pick here, especially with Leicester’s back line set to be without the key figure of Harry Maguire.
Full Time Result – Brighton to win – 9/5
Correct Score – Brighton 2-1 Leicester City – 11/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Glenn Murray (Brighton) – 7/4
- Everton v Cardiff City – Home Win
Everton will want to build on a good point away to Chelsea at home to a Cardiff City side that have started to pick up points at home, but who are still struggling to do so on the road. Neil Warnock’s men are battlers though and won’t make life easy for Everton but I am backing the Toffees to get the job done here and secure a solid three points with a win.
Full Time Result – Everton to win – 2/5
Correct Score – Everton 3-0 Cardiff City – 9/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Richarlison (Everton) – 11/10
- Fulham v Southampton – Draw
Claudio Ranieri’s appointment as the new Fulham manager is an inspired choice by Shahid Khan. The former Leicester boss has won the Premier League and is vastly experienced, and he should have an immediate and positive impact on Fulham. Southampton are struggling and I think this is a game which could kick start Fulham’s season and even though their form is awful, I am backing them to get a bounce-back win here.
Full Time Result – Fulham to win – 31/20
Correct Score – Fulham 2-1 Southampton – 10/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) – 7/4
- Manchester United v Crystal Palace – Home Win
Both these teams come into this game with a defeat against a top five side last time out. United were well beaten by City and will want an immediate response at home to a Palace side that have played well at times this season, but without picking up the points their performances deserve, chiefly because of their wastefulness in front of goal. They can’t afford that at Old Trafford which is why I am backing United for a strong win.
Full Time Result – Manchester United to win – 4/11
Correct Score – Manchester United 3-0 Crystal Palace – 9/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Anthony Martial (Man Utd) – 6/4
- Watford v Liverpool – Away Win
Watford have enjoyed a good start to the season and this game did finish in a 3-3 draw last season, but this Liverpool side are much stronger defensively and I think that will be the key to the Reds landing the win here. With just five goals conceded all season long, I expect the Reds to be tight at the back once again and with Salah and Mane starting to fire, they should grab enough goals to claim the win.
Full Time Result – Liverpool to win – 1/2
Correct Score – Watford 1-3 Liverpool – 12/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 7/5
- West Ham v Manchester City – Away Win
West Ham fans must dread this fixture coming around as they have a dismal record against Manchester City at home, indeed they have lost their last three home hames 4-0, 4-1 and 5-1 against the Citizens. I cannot see that trend changing here to be honest, West Ham’s form is erratic whereas City are a model of consistent brilliance that any team is finding hard to do something against. This should be another comfortable win for the visitors.
Full Time Result – Manchester City to win – 2/9
Correct Score – West Ham 1-3 Manchester City – 11/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Bernardo Silva (Man City) – 2/1
- Tottenham v Chelsea – Draw
This fixture has been dominated by Chelsea over the years, although two of the last four matches have seen Spurs earn victories, however historically in the Premier League era, Chelsea have had by far the better of things. Add to that Spurs two defeats at home coming to Man City and Liverpool, and it seems likely Chelsea will get something here. However with the Wembley pitch now much improved and Spurs in much better form, I am backing the home side to grab at least a point.
Full Time Result – Draw – 12/5
Correct Score – Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea – 6/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) – 15/8
- Bournemouth v Arsenal – Away Win
It took a late equaliser to earn Arsenal a point at home to Wolves last time out, but it does show that the Gunners have real spirit in their squad. Bournemouth lie just one place below Arsenal in the table, though four points worse off, and Eddie Howe has done a brilliant job with the Cherries, however they do tend to struggle against the very top teams and while these games tend to have goals, I am backing the Gunners to just about edge this one thanks to their greater firepower in attack.
Full Time Result – Arsenal to win – Evens
Correct Score – Bournemouth 2-3 Arsenal – 20/1
Anytime Goalscorer – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 11/10
- Wolves v Huddersfield Town – Home Win
Wolves produced a superb display at Arsenal last time out and were somewhat unfortunate not to land a win at the Emirates. Huddersfield have picked up four points from their last two games with Fulham and West Ham, but this is a big task for David Wagner’s team against a Wolves side who bounced back to form well against Arsenal. As such, I am expecting a comfortable home win in this one.
Full Time Result – Wolves to win – 4/9
Correct Score – Wolves 2-1 Huddersfield Town – 17/2
Anytime Goalscorer – Raul Jiminez (Wolves) – 6/4
- Burnley v Newcastle United – Draw
This game is a real relegation six-pointer, with both struggling near the foot of the table. Newcastle have the better form, winning their last two games, and that confidence should bode well for them against a Burnley team that have struggled this season to score goals and keep clean sheets. Newcastle are not bad defensively and while I have plumped for the draw here and for both teams to score, if one team is going to win it and prove me wrong, I’d imagine it to be Benitez’ team.
Full Time Result – Draw – 11/5
Correct Score – Burnley 1-1 Newcastle United – 11/2
Anytime Goalscorer – Ayoze Perez (Newcastle) – 13/5