Premier League Matchday 12 Preview – Prediction + Tips 2017/18

As far as breaks from the Premier League go, this one was perhaps a little more manageable than most. With the playoffs for the World Cup taking place, everything was at stake for eight European teams.

Croatia, Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden made it through, with the big shock being that Italy failed to make a World Cup for the first time in almost 60 years. In truth, the games were hardly the most exciting, with a string of goalless draws. But along with England’s two friendlies against Germany and Brazil – another two goalless draws – they gave us just enough to satisfy the cravings of another Premier League weekend.

But, I’m sure that no-one will be sad to see the back of international football in favour of the Premier League. And what a way it will kick off on Saturday as Arsenal host Spurs at the Emirates in the early kick-off. League leaders Manchester City have a testing visit to Leicester, while Man United host Newcastle at home. David Moyes’ first game in charge of West Ham is an equally testing away match against Watford.

Match of the Day

There are relatively tricky fixtures for all of the top six, but the North London derby between Arsenal and Spurs is undoubtedly the pick of the bunch. Arsenal went down fighting against Manchester City in their last match, but were ultimately outplayed on the day. Tottenham made tough work of what on paper looked like a simple fixture, when they just made it past Crystal Palace by a single goal at home two weeks ago.

Arsenal v Tottenham
Arsenal Form Guide WLWWL
Tottenham Form Guide WWWLW
  • Venue: The Emirates
  • Saturday 18th November 12:30
  • Referee: Mike Dean
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 13/10 D: 5/2 A: 15/8

About the Game:

After a slow start, Arsenal are looking more like the team we know. Despite putting up a good fight, they ended up eventual losers against Manchester City by three goals to one in their last match. Arsène Wenger opted to leave out Andre Lacazette in that one, but the Frenchman made an instant impact upon being substituted on, suggesting Wenger would be foolish to repeat this mistake. Lacazette also grabbed two goals on Tuesday evening for France against Germany.

The problems for Arsenal could come in defence. Per Mertesacker had been filling in of late, but he, Mustafi, Holding and Chambers are all doubtful for this match. Elsewhere though, Arsenal look strong. Aaron Ramsey is in great form, with two goals and two assists in his last three, while both Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil are once again starting to show flashes of their brilliance. The Gunners have won all five of their home games so far this season and they will not surrender that record in a North London derby without a fight.

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Tottenham turned things around after their disappointing defeat at the hands of Manchester United with a win against bottom of the table Crystal Palace a fortnight ago. It was far more difficult than expected however. In truth, Spurs were lucky to emerge with all three points after what was another lacklustre performance at Wembley. Their away form has been better than at home, but Arsenal are unbeaten at home all season. This is one North London derby that is set to ignite.

Harry Kane has scored in every game he’s played against Arsenal and will be looking to add to his eight goals this season. Christian Eriksen is another in fine form, after scoring a hat-trick on Tuesday night to send Denmark through to the World Cup finals in Russia. However, Tottenham have injury issues of their own. Jan Vertonghen has been given the all clear after picking up a knock while playing for Belgium, but defensive partner Toby Alderweireld is likely to miss out. Both Deli Alli and Harry Winks withdrew from the England squad with injury and are also doubts for the match.

Prediction: Both teams to score – Just one of the last seven encounters between these two has not featured both teams scoring. Harry Kane hasn’t yet failed to find the net against Arsenal, while Arsenal’s home form is frighteningly good.

Rest of the Premier League Games

As always, there’s lots more action throughout the weekend. Saturday has a full fixture list, but Sunday has just the one match, as Brighton and Stoke meet for a Monday night clash.

Bournemouth v Huddersfield
Bournemouth Form Guide DLWLW
Huddersfield Form Guide LLWLW
  • Venue: Dean Court
  • Saturday 18th November 15:00
  • Referee: Lee Probert
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 17/20 D: 12/5 A: 10/3

About the Game:

Bournemouth finally made it out of the relegation thanks to an impressive victory against Newcastle. That match started a fairly kind run of fixtures in which the Cherries will be looking to pick up as many points as possible, before they get a very unwanted Christmas present of facing Man United, Liverpool, and Manchester City in succession. How well Bournemouth fare over the next five games before those dreaded fixtures could very well dictate their season as a whole.

Huddersfield put the brakes on their free-fall down the table with a win against Manchester United back in October. Since then, they’ve won their only other home game, but their away form does remain a concern, with just four points picked up on the road. Huddersfield face Manchester City, Arsenal, and Everton in the following three games after this, so points here could be vital in ensuring they don’t slip too far down the table.

Prediction: U 2.5 goals – Huddersfield have made a habit of trying to scrape a draw away from home. While not particularly successful, it has kept their away games low scoring, with just two featuring more than two goals.

Burnley v Swansea
Burnley Form Guide WDLWW
Swansea Form Guide LWLLL
  • Venue: Turf Moor
  • Saturday 18th November 15:00
  • Referee: Martin Atkinson
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 21/20 D: 11/5 A: 14/5

About the Game:

Burnley really are having a fantastic season. They’ve managed to hold onto manager Sean Dyche for now, with the Englishman’s style key to the Clarets success. Despite the loss of Keane to Everton, Burnley’s defensive solidity has remained intact. They have five clean sheets already and just two of their games have featured over 2.5 goals. With Turf Moor something of a fortress, Burnley are favourites here.

Swansea’s third successive defeat two weeks ago mean that they still sit in the relegation zone. Tammy Abraham got his first minutes in an England shirt during the break and you get the feeling that his goals are essential to Swansea’s survival. He will have a tough job on his hands here. Burnley have earned a clean sheet in three of their five home games this season.

Prediction: Burnley Draw no bet – Burnley’s cautious approach has paid dividends recently. That does mean they score few goals and a draw is always a possibility, but we do not expect them to lose here.

Crystal Palace v Everton
Crystal Palace Form Guide LWLDL
Everton Form Guide LDDLW
  • Venue: Selhurst Park
  • Saturday 18th November 15:00
  • Referee: Anthony Taylor
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 6/4 D: 11/5 A: 15/8

About the Game:

Crystal Palace battled hard two weeks ago against Tottenham and were extremely unlucky to lose the match. This match marks the start of a very nice run of fixtures in which Palace wont face any team from the top half of the table in the next five games. If they can keep spirits and performances up, Palace have every chance of lifting themselves out of the relegation zone by Christmas.

Everton got their first win under David Unsworth with a last gasp penalty against Watford two weeks ago. Everton too have a fairly kind run of fixtures, and consequently will also be well up for this one. Finally free from the relegation zone, surely the only way is up for the Toffees.

Prediction: Both teams to score – Two leaky defences come up against each other in a bottom of the table clash.

Leicester v Manchester City
Leicester Form Guide DDWWD
Manchester City Form Guide WWWWW
  • Venue: King Power Stadium
  • Saturday 18th November 15:00
  • Referee: Graham Scott
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 17/2 D: 17/4 A: 3/10

About the Game:

Leicester are on a five game unbeaten streak, with new manager Claude Puel recording a win and a draw in his first two games. That record is at massive risk here though. Puel is perhaps more conservative in his approach than Leicester in years past, but even he knows that the Foxes greatest attributes are in the speed and pace of its attack. Playing an attacking game against City could result in a cricket score, but no team has managed to beat the Citizens yet, so it could be worth a shot.

City could be without a few key players however. Sergio Agüero blacked out while on international duty with Argentina and could miss this game as a result, while Raheem Sterling withdrew from the England squad with a back injury. Fabian Delph is also likely to be absent, while one man that will definitely miss out is Nicolás Otamendi, who is suspended. City’s huge squad means absentees haven’t cost them much so far, but Leicester have been a bit of a bogey team for the Citizens in recent years.

Prediction: Manchester City win + over 2.5 goals – City may fail to keep a clean sheet against an in-form Leicester, but they should win here while scoring a few in the process.

Liverpool v Southampton
Liverpool Form Guide DDLWW
Southampton Form Guide LDWDL
  • Venue: Anfield
  • Saturday 18th November 15:00
  • Referee: Mike Jones
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 4/11 D: 19/5 A: 7/1

About the Game:

Liverpool seem to finally have put the patchy form of September and October behind them with back to back wins. Philippe Coutinho is fit and Sadio Mané is nearing a return from injury, meaning the Red’s attack will soon be back to its potent best. Nathaniel Clyne suffered a setback in his recovery from injury meaning he will still be out for some time, but Joe Gomez has proved an able deputy, even earning a call up to the England team.

The one consistency of Southampton’s season under Mauricio Pellegrino is that they’ve been inconsistent. The bad results are starting to outnumber the good ones by an ever-increasing margin however. The Saints have had just one win in their last six games, with three losses and two draws. Southampton have just one win on the road and have found goals very hard to come by this season. With Liverpool scoring freely, Southampton’s chances of taking anything from this game seem low.

Prediction: Liverpool win – Liverpool’s attacking talent will be too much for Southampton to handle.

West Brom v Chelsea
West Brom Form Guide DDLLL
Chelsea Form Guide LLWWW
  • Venue: The Hawthorns
  • Saturday 18th November 15:00
  • Referee: Jonathan Moss
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 19/4 D: 16/5 A: 8/15

About the Game:

West Brom are in perhaps the worst form of all the Premier League clubs. After earning seven points from their first three games, the Baggies are without a win in the league, registering three draws and five losses. This poor form has seen them slip to 16th place in the table and just one point above the relegation zone. The normally reliable Tony Pulis is having a tough time and if West Brom don’t soon improve, they will be in a minor crisis situation.

Chelsea are another team that have been somewhat inconsistent this season. Defeats to Burnley and Crystal Palace are juxtaposed with wins against Tottenham and Manchester United, showing that the Blues can still beat anyone on their day. Other than next week’s game against Liverpool, Chelsea will face no team in the top half of the table until boxing day, meaning they could creep up the table should the other big teams stutter.

Prediction: Chelsea win – West Brom are in a real slump currently and are weakened in defence with Craig Dawson out through injury.

Manchester United v Newcastle
Manchester United Form Guide WDLWL
Newcastle Form Guide DDWLL
  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Sunday 18th November 17:30
  • Referee: Craig Pawson
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 1/4 D: 9/2 A: 11/1

About the Game:

Just one win in four games has seen Manchester United lose lots of ground on league leaders Manchester City. The loss against rivals Chelsea will have been particularly hard to swallow, especially after beating Tottenham the week before. Paul Pogba is nearing a return which will undoubtedly strengthen the team, although Phil Jones could miss out on this one after picking up a knock while playing for England.

Newcastle fell to a surprising defeat against Bournemouth two weeks ago. That was their second consecutive 1-0 loss after a great run throughout September and most of October, but the Magpies shouldn’t be too concerned. They have won just one away game so far though and will be facing a Manchester United team that has to win to keep up the pressure on the league leaders.

Prediction: Manchester United win – Without a single goal conceded at home, United should do the business here.

Watford v West Ham
Watford Form Guide DWLLL
West Ham Form Guide WDLDL
  • Venue: Vicarage Road
  • Sunday 19th November 16:00
  • Referee: Andre Mariner
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 21/20 D: 23/10 A: 13/5

About the Game:

Watford’s form has really slipped in their last three games, of which they have lost all three. It’s a drastic turnaround, but Marco Silva will likely have used the international break to try and refresh his players. The Hornets were unlucky to lose in the last seconds of their last match, but in Doucouré and Richarlison they have consistent goalscorers. Defensively the Hornets will have to improve dramatically however.

David Moyes’ can be happy he won’t be facing a top six team and that he will be facing a Watford team that up until three games back had lost only to Manchester City. Now Watford have lost their last three games. That means West Ham do have a shot, though the less said about their performances of late, the better. The Hammers still have personnel problems through injuries in defence, while both Antonio and Chicharito could also miss out.

Prediction: O 2.5 goals – Both teams have many defenders out through injury and can’t keep a clean sheet of late.

Brighton v Stoke
Brighton Form Guide LDWDW
Stoke City Form Guide WLLWD
  • Venue: AMEX Stadium
  • Sunday 19th November 20:00
  • Referee: Lee Mason
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 27/20 D: 21/10 A: 11/5

About the Game:

Brighton’s fantastic form in the Premier League shows no signs of stopping soon. The Seagulls are unbeaten in four and going back a bit further have lost just two of their last nine games, winning four and drawing three. Central to this success has been Glenn Murray, who has scored four goals in his last three games. The fixture list of the festive season is mixed, but Brighton should continue to pick up points.

Stoke sit three points behind Brighton in the league, with a lack of consistency a problem so far for the Potters. Xherdan Shaqiri helped fire Switzerland to the World Cup and is also in great form for Stoke. The Potters have struggled away from home, while Brighton have lost just one at the AMEX, but Stoke will still fancy themselves to take something here to continue their current two game unbeaten run.

Prediction: Both teams to score – Brighton have just one clean sheet at home, while Stoke have only failed to score twice this season.

Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*

Game Event Odds Cumulative Odds
Bournemouth v Huddersfield U 2.5 goals 4/6 1.66
Burnley v Swansea Burnley Draw no bet 4/9 2.4
Liverpool v Southampton Liverpool win 4/11 3.28
Manchester United v Newcastle Manchester United win 1/4 4.10
West Brom v Chelsea Chelsea win 11/20 6.36

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