Premier League Week 12 Preview
Cardiff vs. Brighton
Huddersfield vs. West Ham
Leicester vs. Burnley
This will be Leicester’s second match after their chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s tragic death. Last week they took care of business with a second-half goal from Demarai Gray. Against Burnley, they’ll face a capable shot-stopper in Joe Hart, but Leicester are the only team in the EPL to have scored in every league game this season and I expect their form to continue.
Newcastle vs. Bournemouth
Bournemouth is currently 6th in the league table while Newcastle is barely out of the relegation zone in 17th. If this game was being played in Bournemouth, I’d say it would be an easy win for Eddie Howe and the Cherries. Unluckily for Bournemouth, they’re headed to St. James’ Park, which is one of the most hostile environments in the EPL.
Southampton vs. WatfordWatford started out the season hot, winning their first four, but have since cooled off a bit. Southampton, as usual, is just out of the relegation zone. With the game being played in Southampton I could see them sneaking away with points added by Liverpool loanee, Danny Ings.
Crystal Palace vs. Spurs
We’ve got a London Derby! It’s no Spurs vs. Arsenal, but hey, it’s still a derby. The only problem is that Spurs absolutely owns Palace, winning their last eight league matches. I imagine this will be an easy win for Spurs with the ball no doubt teeing itself up for Harry Kane to hit it in the net.
Liverpool vs. Fulham
My Reds are first up on Sunday versus last-place Fulham. This isn’t just a must-win for Liverpool, it’s a must-destroy. The Reds have been in shockingly bad form as of late. They’re still third in the league, because of goal differential, but they need to pick it up and quickly. Fulham is the perfect opponent to thrash at Anfield to get the juices flowing again. Expect goals from each of the front three.
Chelsea vs. Everton
Chelsea has been fun to watch this season under new manager, Maurizio Sarri. The Blues have bought into his system and they’re reaping the benefits, sitting second on the league table. Chelsea should be able to defeat Everton at home, but this could be a fun one to watch. Richarlison has proved to be the player to watch for Everton and I wouldn’t be surprised for the Brazilian to net one against the Blues.
Arsenal vs. WolvesThis could quietly be one of the best games of the weekend. Wolves are by far my favorite newly promoted team in the Premier League and Arsenal are fun to watch again under new manager, Unai Emery. Raúl Jiménez and Rúben Neves will have to lead the way for Wolves, but they have a chance to steal a point from the Gunners.
Man City vs. Man United
The Manchester Derby. Pep Guardiola’s well-oiled machine versus José Mourinho’s circus. City has been dismantling teams lately, but United also just topped Juventus in the Champions League. Top all of that with the fact that this is a derby and we should have ourselves a show. Who knows what could go down? Personally, I’m hoping for a Pep and José sideline scuffle, but we’ll see.