Matchday 12 Preview

Norwich vs Watford

Another portion of ‘Friday Night Football’ is served up this weekend and on the menu is a bottom of the table clash at Carrow Road, with both Norwich and Watford desperately looking for a win to kickstart their seasons.

Norwich have picked up just one point from their last six matches, while Watford are still searching for their first win of the campaign. Something will have to give in East Anglia (unless it’s another draw).

Prediction: Norwich 1-1 Watford

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

There is no doubt whatsoever that Chelsea are in the groove at the moment and after winning all of their last five Premier League outings, they will look to extend that run to half a dozen when Crystal Palace make the short trip across the capital.

The Eagles were beaten by Leicester last Sunday and have subsequently slipped down the table, can Roy Hodgson revive his players for their trip to Stamford Bridge?

Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

Burnley vs West Ham

Burnley were soundly beaten by Sheffield United last weekend and after shipping three unanswered goals at Bramall Lane, the Clarets have now failed to pick up any points from the last nine that have been on offer.

This weekend, they play host to a West Ham side who lost at home to Newcastle last weekend and have not won any of their last five league outings, as any hopes of a top six finish now look a mere pipe dream.

Prediction: Burnley 1-0 West Ham

Southampton vs Everton

With Southampton losing by nine goals one week and then nearly earn a point against Manchester City at the Etihad the next, there is no doubting that the beautiful game can be a strange beast at times.

This weekend the Saints play host to Everton in what is a must-win encounter for both clubs and defeat for either Ralph Hasenhuttl or Marco Silva could be their last act as respective managers.

Prediction: Southampton 2-1 Everton

Tottenham vs Sheffield United

If it wasn’t before, the pressure is now certainly starting to build on the shoulders of Mauricio Pochettino and with his Tottenham side currently finding themselves in the bottom half of the table, nothing less than a win this weekend will do.

However, that will be easier said than done, as they go up against a Sheffield United side who are unbeaten in their last four league outings and made light work of Burnley last weekend.

Prediction: Tottenham 1-0 Sheffield United

Newcastle vs Bournemouth

If there was an award handed out for the best performance of last weekend, Newcastle would certainly be a contender and after getting the better of West Ham at the London Stadium, Steve Bruce’s men will be looking for further joy in front of their own fans.

They play host to a Bournemouth side who disposed of Manchester United last weekend and that win has seen the Cherries start the weekend lying 7th in the Premier League.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Bournemouth

Leicester vs Arsenal

After getting the better of Crystal Palace last weekend, Leicester not only stay 3rd in the table but they have also solidified their top four standing. That’s because the win in South London, saw them go six points clear of the side they face this weekend – that being Arsenal.

The Gunners know that if they lose this one, their top four aspirations will take a massive dent. The only problem is that they’ve not won any of their last three league outings.

Prediction: Leicester 3-1 Arsenal

Manchester United vs Brighton

Everyone was under the impression that Manchester United were back in business after a string of recent impressive performances. However, after defeat to Bournemouth last Saturday, it can only be considered a false dawn.

This Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men play host to a Brighton side who have been very impressive at home (unbeaten in their last four) and will now look to transfer that form onto the road.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Brighton

Wolves vs Aston Villa

Like everyone else in the Premier League, Wolves have played eleven matches this season but unlike everyone else in the Premier League, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have drawn an almost incredible seven.

They are certainly a tough nut to crack and Aston Villa will be the next team to attempt that, while hoping for better fortunes than last weekend’s dramatic home defeat to Liverpool.

Prediction: Wolves 2-2 Aston Villa.

Liverpool vs Manchester City

This is it, the showdown that will go someway to defining who wins this season’s Premier League title and with Liverpool playing at home to Manchester City this Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s men find themselves with a huge advantage.

Not only that, but if Liverpool do manage a win at Anfield, they will go nine points clear of their nearest title rivals. High stakes are on the horizon, can Pep Guardiola mastermind one of the most important victories of his career?

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City

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