EPL Match Day 12, Games Preview and Predictions
Arsenal vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm UK Time) The North-London derby.
This is certainly going to be a cracker and a game to thrill you back into the league. Arsenal is the weaker team with so much still to improve upon and Tottenham, the inform team with some returnees from their long injury list including Dele-Alli, Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen. Recently, Tottenham have made a claim that they have moved past living up to the Arsenal standard and their recent results is a testament to that fact and they just got to further make a stake to that claim by winning this game. Arsenal can garner back some lost reputation of their own by winning this game as well. Like they say in derbies, form counts for nothing but Tottenham should certainly see out this game with their power and intensity of play.
Arsenal 1:2 Tottenham
Bournemouth vs Huddersfield (Saturday, 3pm UK Time) Bournemouth have had a decent run of form recently winning three of the last seven games also with a draw against Leicester City. It is a complete twist of events from their poor run of form at the start of the campaign while Huddersfield have amassed two draws and two wins between the period as well including their famous victory against the Red Devils. It will definitely be a game of few goals as both teams have scored few goals in their past games, Huddersfield is poor on the road and Bournemouth have not been scoring much at home either.
Bournemouth 1:1 Huddersfield
Burnley vs Swansea (Saturday, 3pm UK Time)
Burnley have lost only two games all season and most cynical observers will still want to ignore this fact but in reality they've been astute in their play and have present tough opposition to teams they've played against. Wood and Hendrick have been quite a force together, if combined again. Swansea on their part, have had a rather dismal campaign yet and rather unsurprising that they berth at the base with Crystal Palace who oddly still has Paul Clement at the helm of affairs. Good luck to him as he finds a lasting solution to this turmoil.
Burnley 2:1 Swansea
Crystal Palace vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm UK Time)
Crystal Palace have gone back to their shells since winning at Chelsea, though the goals came in their stalemate against West Ham with Wilfred Zaha again on the score sheet, getting for them a late minute leveller at Selhurst Park. Everton on their own still has so much to live up to with their hunt for a new manager and with Unsworth still in charge there's still much to improve on with respect to their win against Watford. Unsworth is inculcating the young breeds into the team which is rather promising for the fast legs but he has to be more technical in his play. Crystal Palace will be without Loftus-Cheek following an injury in the international break.
Crystal Palace 2:2 Everton
Leicester vs Manchester City (Saturday, 3pm UK Time)
A tough dwell this should be as both teams play a completely different style of football and both teams could be deadly on the attack if given the chance. Leicester on their part with Claude Puel at the command will glad cede possession to the visitors and hope to catch them on the fast break which Manchester City might fall prey to during the course of play. Manchester City will certainly play like they are the home team by controlling the game but they've got a major concern in Aguero who fainted after the Nigerian friendly game. Reports claim he should be okay for the game though, if Leicester don't capitulate too easily in the first half it might not be business as usual for the Etihad boys in terms of the goal rush.
Leicester 1:2 Manchester City
Liverpool vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm UK Time)
Liverpool will be playing on familiar condition with Saido Mane again injured which is already too becoming of their season. Its not coming strange to them any longer as he's always missed in this kind of games but they've got even more quality in their squad though they are usually more ruthless with him on the side. Mauricio Pellegrino team should present a solid defense to stand the weight of the Reds. Davis, Tadic and Gabbiadini could prove pivotal to getting a decent result in this game if they can utilize the few chances that will present itself for them.
Liverpool 1:1 Southampton
West Brom vs Chelsea (Saturday, 4pm)
Tony Pulis' job is under threat no doubt and having recently lost three games in a row, he's sure to motivate his players highly for this match and he'll urge his players to be ready psychologically for a big test. Chelsea on their part, were awesome to watch against Manchester United though still missing Victor Moses in their team, they played like a team reborn for the season. Conte will demand the same morale from his boys and if they live up to the bill you can expect the Blues' party.
West Brom 0:2 Chelsea
Manchester United vs Newcastle (Saturday, 5:30pm)
Manchester United will be having Pogba back in the team as well as welcoming Ibrahimovic and Rojo into the new season. Mourinho mentioned that they are all up for selection. What might bother the fans is PSG's interest in their manager but that should all be put to rest for now with Rafa Benitez and Newcastle visiting. Rafael Benitez has no doubt done a good job at settling Newcastle into the league but there's still more to do and whether he has the resources to achieve more is between himself and the club's management. He'll face a Goliath in the Reds and be hopeful to be the biblical David who fell the giant like Huddersfield once did.
Manchester United 2:0 Newcastle
Watford vs West Ham (Sunday, 4pm UK Time)
Watford have had a new low into their last games, having lost all three. Marco Silva will certainly feel some pressure on his neck to go right for the jugular against a West Ham side with a new manager, David Moyes who are in a terrible state at the moment sitting third from the bottom of the league. West Ham will breathe some fresh air with a new manager, new style tactics which might work for a while or motivate the players to play better football to get good results. Both teams capable of nicking this game if they play to their fans expectation.
Watford 1:1 West Ham
Brighton vs Stoke (Monday, 8pm UK Time)
Brighton are by far a decent team and their results in recent games have proven more so. They have won games against decent teams as well, only their defeat to Bournemouth a known rival from the lower division marred this stellar record for Brighton. Stoke also have much to do also to improve their games, they'll need the kind of performance that gave them win three points against Watford. Though an away game, but they'll need that kind of spirit performance to get a home result in that game.
Brighton 1:2 Stoke