Premier League Review and Matchday 12 Preview
Last weekend in the Premier League was a dramatic one with both Manchester City and Liverpool snatching late comeback wins against Southampton and Aston Villa respectively, while Manchester United went down to another away defeat at Bournemouth and Chelsea and Leicester City both kept up their excellent recent form to occupy the two places in the table below Liverpool and Man City in the top two positions.
This weekend is another huge one with a number of big games including Leicester taking on Arsenal, and the bottom four teams all facing each other (Southampton v Everton and Norwich v Watford), but on Sunday is the biggest game of the lot as the top two clash at Anfield as Liverpool seek to extend their lead over Manchester City to nine points, while City aim to cut that gap to just three points with a win on the road.
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Premier League – Matchday 11 Results
- Bournemouth 1-0 Manchester United
- West Ham 2-3 Newcastle United
- Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool
- Arsenal 1-1 Wolves
- Sheffield Utd 3-0 Burnley
- Brighton 2-0 Norwich City
- Manchester City 2-1 Southampton
- Watford 1-2 Chelsea
- Crystal Palace 0-2 Leicester City
- Everton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League Matchday 12 Preview and Tips
Norwich City v Watford – Home Win – 17/10
The bottom two teams meet at Carrow Road on Friday night with both teams likely to have earmarked this game as a must-win fixture, especially given the gap that is opening up between the bottom three teams and the rest. For me, Watford look a little aimless and while they are improving, they still lack confidence and I think Norwich are talented enough going forward to exploit this and claim a much needed victory.
Chelsea v Crystal Palace – Home Win – 1/3
Chelsea have become the entertainers under Frank Lampard as their 4-4 draw with Ajax in midweek underlines. Palace have been their usual pragmatic but inconsistent selves this season and in truth, I can’t see them getting anything from this game. With Chelsea’s young and a dynamic team going forward, even if Palace do grab a goal here, I would still expect Chelsea to come through with the win.
Burnley v West Ham – Home Win – 13/10
Two teams that badly need a boost in fortunes meet at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon. Neither side has picked up a win recently, with West Ham going five games without a win and Burnley suffering three straight defeats. For me though, Burnley are the team more likely to be able to battle through this and at home against a flaky West Ham defence, I am backing the home side to land a narrow victory.
Newcastle United v Bournemouth – Draw – 9/4
Last weekend both these teams recorded excellent wins and both will be very keen to follow that result up with another good win here. I feel Bournemouth are the more rounded and talented outfit but they have been very defensive recently and that means goals will be at a premium here against a Newcastle side that also do not score too many, especially at home. As such, I feel a draw is the likely outcome.
Southampton v Everton – Home Win – 19/10
The bookmakers seem to feel that a draw is the shrewd option here but I am not so sure. Everton don’t draw that many games and their away form this season is pretty poor. Southampton have a point to prove at home after the debacle against Leicester when they last played at home and I can see the Saints being really motivated to get the win here against a lacklustre Everton, especially with them knowing a win will bring them level on points with the Toffees.
Tottenham v Sheffield United – Home Win – 4/7
After a fine win on the road in Europe in midweek to break their awayday hoodoo, Tottenham will come into this home game in much better spirits and they will need to be at their best against a Sheffield United side who have the stingiest defence in the Premier League this season. That said, I feel Harry Kane and co are a cut above what the Blades can cope with away from home and as such, I am backing Spurs to land a win here.
Leicester v Arsenal – Home Win – Evens
For me, along with Sheffield United, Leicester City have been one of the most impressive performers in the Premier League this season outside of the top two teams. Brendan Rodgers side have played some superb football and I strongly fancy them to get a result here against an Arsenal side that are looking very fragile defensively and where there are clear cracks showing in the team spirit. I feel Leicester will win this one comfortably.
Wolves v Aston Villa – Draw – 5/2
A midlands derby will get the action underway on Sunday and it promises to be an interesting game. Wolves have proven difficult to beat this season but have drawn a lot of games, while Aston Villa have not picked up as many points as their performances have deserved. This being a derby game means form could go out the window and I have a sneaky feeling Villa will do enough to claim a point.
Manchester United v Brighton – Home Win – 4/7
Manchester United were poor last week away to Bournemouth and they have a chance to put that right against another south coast team on Sunday in Brighton. The Seagulls are actially above United in the table after a good start under Graham Potter and I do feel they will make things tough for United on Sunday. However, I also feel United have too much pace and quality in attack which will be the difference between the two teams.
Liverpool v Manchester City – Home Win – 13/8
The biggest game of the weekend comes at Anfield in what could be a match that has a huge bearing on who wins the league in May. A win for Liverpool extends their lead to nine points, a win for City cuts that gap back to just three. City have been hit by a long list of injuries for this game though and a number of key men will miss out, while the Reds have just two players out injured. Add into that home advantage, which at Anfield against a top side can be huge, and I feel that after three games without a win over City, this time the Reds will prevail with a narrow win.
All odds shown courtesy of bet365 and were correct as of 10.35am on Thursday 7th November