Premier League Gameweek 12: Spurs Can Get a Draw in the London Derby8 min read
The Premier League returns this weekend and Chelsea’s visit to Spurs at Wembley promises to be a feisty London derby.
Brighton v Leicester City
Brighton have won their last couple of home games in the Premier League, but the Foxes have won three of their last five on the road and I think the sides may have to settle for a point apiece at the Amex.
Leicester have scored and conceded in 32 different PL games since the start of last season – more than any other club – and I feel that trend will continue at the weekend.
Tip: Both teams to score at
Everton v Cardiff City
Everton have won their last three home PL games and I feel they will maintain that sequence against the Bluebirds, who haven’t won at Goodison Park in the league since 1956.
Blues’ boss Marco Silva must decide whether to restore Kurt Zouma to his starting XI after Colombian Yerry Mina made such an impressive debut at Stamford Bridge in their goalless draw with Chelsea. Zouma was ineligible against his parent club.
Tip: Everton to win to nil at
Fulham v Southampton
A huge game near the foot of the table and the return of Claudio Ranieri to the PL following the appointment of the former Foxes’ boss to the Craven Cottage hot-seat.
The Cottagers have conceded 31 times in their 12 PL games to date and Ranieri is sure to have been working on making his side more compact and better organised defensively since taking over from Slavisa Jokanovic.
Fulham can score goals, however, and I take the hosts to give Ranieri a winning start.
Tip: Fulham to win and both teams to score at
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 20 league games against Palace and it is hard to make a case for the Eagles who have never beaten United in the PL.
Roy Hodgson’s side haven’t won in their last seven and the game could see Anthony Martial become just the fourth player to score in six successive PL games for the club alongside Eric Cantona, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo – some company that!
Tip: Anthony Martial to score at anytime at
Watford v Liverpool
Liverpool have failed to concede more than once in their last 15 PL games and it is their improved defensive displays that have led to the Reds going unbeaten in their first dozen league games of the campaign.
Watford have conceded 17 times in their last five winless games against Liverpool but they have improved this term, and this will be another stiff test of the Reds’ title credentials – an examination I expect they will pass in what promises to be a cracking game.
Tip: Liverpool to win and both teams to score at
West Ham v Manchester City
City have won all four PL games against West Ham under Pep Guardiola by an aggregate score of 13-3 and I expect to see the champions return home from the London Stadium with all three points.
City have conceded just five times in 12 away league games since shipping four at Anfield at the beginning of the year and it is hard to see past another win for the league leaders in a game where I expect to see a number of goals.
Tip: Over 3.5 goals at
Tottenham v Chelsea
None of Spurs’ last 16 PL games has finished in a draw but I think it will be honours even when Chelsea visit Wembley in, arguably, the game of the weekend.
Chelsea’s title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool have already won at Wembley this season, but I feel the hosts will get a draw in what promises to be a feisty London derby.
Tip: Game to finish 1-1 at
Bournemouth v Arsenal
Arsenal have drawn their last three in the league and have conceded first in each of those games which shows there is nothing wrong with the spirit or resilience under Unai Emery.
Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson has scored in all three PL games he has played against the Gunners and the Cherries striker will not lack for confidence after his goal for England against the States on Thursday.
I feel Arsenal will take all three points in another game where I would think there will be plenty of goalscoring opportunities at both ends.
Tip: Over 2.5 goals at
Wolves v Huddersfield
Wolves are without a win in their last four PL games but showed what a good side they were at the Emirates last time and I feel they will get back to winning ways at Molineux.
Huddersfield have only scored nine times in their last 22 PL games and have not won on the road in their last ten. A low-scoring home win for me.
Tip: Wolves to win to nil at
Burnley v Newcastle United
Burnley have only won one of their last eight home league games and I don’t believe we will see many goals in the Monday night fixture.
I always believed United were in a false position the table in the early weeks of the season and the Magpies have won their last couple of league games. A point at Turf Moor wouldn’t be the worst result in the world.
One interesting stat – United have played their last 12 games on a Monday night away from home (L11 W1). They are due a draw!
Tip: Under 1.5 goals at
Weekend wager: Everton, Liverpool and Wolves at