It is another intriguing weekend in the Premier League coming up, which is made extra-spicy by the fact that the top two in the league and the best two teams in the division by a considerable distance, Liverpool and Manchester City, will lock horns once again this week at Anfield in what promises to be a blockbuster tie.
After the teams drew 1-1 in the Community Shield in August, a game City won on penalties, Liverpool have opened up a six point gap over City in the Premier League in recent weeks and a win for the Reds would move them a massive nine points clear of their rivals from down the M62. However, a win for City would cut the gap to just three points and inflict on Liverpool their first Premier League defeat of the season.
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Let’s now preview the games taking place in the Premier League this weekend, starting with Friday night’s clash at Carrow Road between the two bottom teams in the division.
All Kick off times shown below are 3pm Saturday unless stated otherwise.
All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 12.45pm on Tuesday 5th November 2019.
Premier League Matchday 12
Norwich City v Watford (Friday, 8pm)
It’s not just the top two clashing in the Premier League this week but also the bottom two as Norwich take on Watford at Carrow Road on Friday in what is definitely a must win game for both teams. With a gap developing between the bottom three and the teams above them, it is vital that this is closed and this game offers both teams their best chance of doing that. Watford are yet to win a game this season and I can’t see that improving here as I feel Norwich are due a home win. Back Norwich for the win here at 31/20 with bet365.
Chelsea v Crystal Palace (12.30pm)
Saturday’s midday game sees two London-based sides face off as 4th placed Chelsea take on 9th place Crystal Palace. Palace have lost two of their last three whereas Chelsea have won all of their last five and are the most in form team in the Premier League at the moment. Frank Lampard’s young team have proven themselves most adept already and I can see them picking up another big three points here. Chelsea to win for me at 1/3.
Burnley v West Ham United
Neither of these teams are in the best of form and they lie 14th and 13th in the Premier League table respectively. Burnley have lost their last three, West Ham have lost three of their last four. It is therefore hard to pick a winner here and as such, when two teams have this sort of form and both are in dire need of picking up something from the game, I feel that a draw is always the most likely outcome and at 5/2, I feel that is the best bet here.
Newcastle United v Bournemouth
Bournemouth come into this game with just one defeat in their last five, form which has seen them move up to 7th in the table. Newcastle’s fine win at West Ham last week saw them move up to 15th and they now lie just one win away from relative mid-table safety. This is another tough one to call between two sides who do tend to blow hot and cold and who are both strong defensively, as such I think a low scoring draw at 12/5 is the best bet here.
Southampton v Everton
After the humiliation against Leicester at home, Southampton responded well to really test Manchester City at the Etihad but they will need to repay the faith of their home fans with a performance here. Everton’s form of late isn’t great, especially away from home and the Saints will know a win here would be huge as they would draw level on points with Everton in 17th. I am backing Southampton to do that and think the Saints will win this one at odds of 2/1.
Tottenham Hotspur v Sheffield United
After earning a point last week at Everton, Tottenham take on a Sheffield United side that deservedly sit in sixth place in the league table after a superb start to the season. The blades have three more points and a better goal difference than Spurs and they have proven to be extremely difficult to beat, especially on the road. However, Spurs home form is improving and I feel they will be just too strong here and claim the win. Take Spurs for a narrow victory at 4/7.
Leicester City v Arsenal (5.30pm)
Third place Leicester take on fifth placed Arsenal on Saturday evening in what is another cracking game in the Premier League this weekend. A win for the Foxes would leave Arsenal trailing them by nine points and make it very difficult for the Gunners to bridge that gap that is developing between the top four and fifth place in the table. Arsenal’s form isn’t the best with no wins in their last three in the Premier League and I am backing Leicester to make it four wins in a row here at even money.
Wolves v Aston Villa (Sunday, 2pm)
A Midlands derby gets Sunday’s action underway as Aston Villa make the short trip to face Wolves at Molineux. Wolves haven’t won many games but have become draw specialists this season, whereas Villa have lost a lot of games right at the death at times. Of the two teams, I feel Wolves are the stronger but their form doesn’t suggest an easy afternoon. Even so I am expecting Wolves to sneak the win here at 5/6.
Manchester United v Brighton (Sunday, 2pm)
After losing at Bournemouth last week, Manchester United’s mini-revival came to an end and they dropped to 10th in the Premier League table, two places and two points behind Brighton in eighth. The Seagulls have enjoyed a great season under Graham Potter but they face a stern examination against United, even out of form, at Old Trafford on Sunday. I can see this one being closer than the odds suggest, but I am backing United to land a narrow win at 11/20.
Liverpool v Manchester City (Sunday, 4.30pm)
The big game of the weekend and indeed of the season takes place at Anfield on Sunday as Liverpool seek to extend their lead over Man City to 9 points, whereas a win for City cuts Liverpool’s lead to three. Both teams left it late to record wins last weekend and City have been the team scoring most goals this season, with Liverpool having the second best defensive record in the league (behind Leicester and Sheff Utd). Anfield is going to be buzzing for this one and that is a huge plus for Liverpool and as such, I think the Reds will claim a massive win here at 17/10.