EPL: Gameweek 12

Liverpool face struggling Fulham, Chelsea welcome the Toffee’s while all eyes will be on the Etihad when Manchester City welcome bitter rivals Manchester United. Another incredible weekend of Premier League football awaits!

 

Cardiff v Brighton

Although largely irrelevant, considering the emotions of the afternoon, Cardiff’s defeat to Leicester saw them drop down to 19thin the league, leaving the Bluebirds a point from safety and in serious trouble.

Brighton on the other hand managed to break their winless streak giving them an eight-point cushion over the relegation zone. Neither side have pulled up trees this season nor have they managed to assemble a remarkable defence! Both teams to score seems the way to go here @ 21/20.

 

Leicester v Burnley

Leicester doesn’t have a great home record in the League this term but will be hoping to improve that when they welcome the Clarets to the King Power. Burnley has been shocking on the road, they come into this game off the back of three defeats and it really doesn’t look to be improving for Sean Dyche.

I can’t see past a Leicester win, but for more value get on the Foxes + over 2.5 @ 17/20.

 

Newcastle v Bournemouth

Newcastle finally managed to get a win this season! The Magpies picked up all three points against Watford courtesy of Ayoze Perez. Even though it is their only win of the season, it managed to get them out of the relegation zone – which just goes to show the wonder of the English League.

Bournemouth has been brilliant this season and even though they were beaten last weekend by United, you can be sure confidence is still high at the Vitality stadium. Bournemouth @ 31/20 is a steal!

 

Southampton v Watford

Southampton’s miserable run of form continued last weekend as they were on the receiving end of a hammering by Manchester City. Rather unsurprisingly the Saints find themselves falling down the table, considering the competitive nature of this league, Mark Hughes knows he needs to turn this around quickly.

Watford will win this if they turn up. Their inconsistency and ‘booms and slumps’ this season can be rather annoying. Interestingly enough Watford haven’t played in a game where both teams score (in the Premier League) since the end of September, given they are facing a Southampton team who are uncomfortable in front of goal, a low scoring game could be on the cards.

For the brave amongst us – and with some EggHeads – a 1-0 away win could be the way to go @ 13/2.

Nevertheless, a straight Watford win is tipped @ 2/1.

 

Huddersfield v West Ham

Huddersfield is another side that managed to get their first win of the campaign this past week. Now, they come up against a West Ham side who are almost entirely unpredictable. West Ham has only managed to win once on the road this season, but on paper this should be a routine win for the Hammers.

I’m not expecting fireworks in this one, so I’ll go with under 2.5 goals @ 6/10.

 

C Palace v Spurs

There is usually a lot of optimism around Palace, especially when they play at home. This season however hasn’t gone to plan. They have managed to earn just two points at home this season and have failed to score in 4 out 5 games. For me their main issue is their complete and total dependence on Wilfried Zaha.

Spurs have remained under the radar for much of the league; they boast a fantastic record on the road. Given their hosts torrid form, backing a Spurs win @ 8/10 is good enough for us!

 

Liverpool v Fulham

Liverpool is, in all likelihood, shocked, dazed and little confused after their trip to Serbia in midweek. It was another failure in the Champions League for Jurgen Klopp and his Red army getting absolutely embarrassed in Belgrade!

Nonetheless, lets focus on the League. They face a team in Fulham who have conceded 29 goals and have lost five on the bounce. There isn’t much more to say here but to put your annual salary on the home win.

(For more value back the Reds to win by 3 or more @ 15/20.)

 

Chelsea v Everton

Chelsea will aim to extend their winning run in the Premier League to three games when they face Everton at the Bridge. I really like Maurizio Sarri, I think he’s done a steller job at Chelsea; the players look like they want to play for him and the vibe at Chelsea is somewhat infectious.

Everton are yet another side who struggle on the road, and with the return of Eden Hazard to fitness I can’t see them troubling Chelsea on Sunday. Back the Blues with a (-1) handicap @ 21/20.

 

Arsenal v Wolves

What a performance by Arsenal last time out against Liverpool! The Gunners remain in the race for the title and they will look to return to winning ways when they host Wolves on Sunday.

Wolves have been struggling, their confidence is shot and they just don’t look the same high paced, direct team we saw in the opening rounds of the League. Arsenal will look to exploit that and go all guns blazing – something I don’t think Wolves will be able to handle.

Back Unai Emry’s men @ 13/20.

 

Manchester City v Manchester United

Whilst one could say that both Manchester clubs had fantastic games in Europe this past season, one of them is discoloured with a pathetic, dishonest and immoral penalty; while the other, is highlighted by a brilliant fight back, and display of grit and determination.

The hosts come into this game unbeaten in 11 competitive games, 10 of which have ended in victory. They haven’t lost a Premier League game this season and – although there is a first time for everything – won’t want to start now.

Man United come into this game with a little bit of form, they are unbeaten in 4 games and have won 3 of them, scoring 9 goals which have catapulted them back into the top 4 mix.

There’s no escaping the defensive issues United still have, its been atrocious at times, so playing a side who are so gifted upfront will undoubtedly be tough. United have a respectable 19 goals to their name this season so far, considering they have also scored in 8 of their last 12 games with their cross-city rivals, both teams to score looks good here.

Ultimately (and I know it won’t be a popular opinion) I’m not expecting City to overwhelm their visitors – not in the slightest. This is going to be a game of tactics and patience, the longer it stays at 0-0 the better for United and the more frustrated City will get. I’m going to stick my neck out and say United or the draw + both teams to score @ 3/1!

 

 

Nest-Egg Treble @ 8/1

  • Chelsea (-1):
  • Bournemouth: WIN
  • Spurs: WIN

 

 

 

 

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