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Premier League Predictions Gameweek 12

Premier League Predictions Gameweek 12

​After another international break, we feel glad to have the Premier League back in action. The big game of the weekend is no other than Manchester United v Arsenal. Can Mourinho finally light some spark under the players at Old Trafford, or are we going to see in form Arsenal give United a footballing lesson? It all remains to be seen. Some teams have suffered the usual international break injuries, so it will be interesting to see who benefits and who loses out from this break.

  • Man Utd v Arsenal

With Arsenal visiting Old Trafford, United might ignite their season if they manage to find their winning ways again. With Zlatan suspended in this game, United are most likely to play young Marcus Rashford up front. Arsenal have been playing some great football lately, and surely will fancy their chances against a United team that has been struggling ever since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club. Alexis Sanches is most likely to lead the line for Arsenal and he will be looking for Walcott and Özil to provide support in the attack. Big game for both clubs, but perhaps lacks the spark of the past meetings when both teams were fighting for titles. Arsenal will be looking to stay up there with the top teams in the title race, and United will be looking to bounce back, hoping for a top 4 finish.

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  • Crystal Palace v Man City

Palace welcome Man City after a away defeat against Burnley. It is a tough task to try to contain Man City, who are playing well under Pep Guardiola. However City are likely disappointed with the home draw against Middlesbrough in the last round, and look to get back to their winning ways. Crystal Palace seem to be in free fall at the moment, having lost 4 games in a row. Due to a strong start of the campaign they still find themselves in 16th place, with the relegation zone drawing closer. Man City must win to keep up with the rest of the top teams. Chelsea and Liverpool are currently above them in the table and Arsenal only behind them on goal difference. It is hard to see Palace come away with anything in this game, looking at their current form.

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  • Everton v Swansea

Everton took a real beating against Chelsea in the last round, going down 5-0 at Stamford Bridge. They have a great opportunity to bounce right back with a home win against league strugglers Swansea, who will also be battling for point following a home defeat to Man United. It does not look good for The Swans at the moment, and every point at the bottom counts. Ronald Koeman and his men are still in contention for European places sitting in 7th place, but have only got 1 win in their last 6 games. They will be looking for inspiration by Lukaku, who has been in good form this season. Swansea seem to lack quality up front, and it seems as if we are looking at another defeat for the Welshmen.

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  • Southampton v Liverpool

Southampton welcome league leaders Liverpool to St. Mary's. After innitial struggles for Claude Puel and his men, Southampton have been playing well despite some unfortunate results. Last weekend saw them lose against Hull City away, and they will be eager to show Liverpool what qualities they possess. Liverpool have suffered international break injuries to in form former Saints man, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho, who are both doubtful for the game. On the other hand, the injuries will be giving Daniel Sturridge a chance to start following impressive showing with England mid week, getting on the scoresheet against Scotland. With the quality on the bench at Liverpool, it is hard to see Southampton come away with more than a draw at home.

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  • Stoke v Bournemouth

This mid table clash sees Stoke, who are unbeaten in 6 Premier League games in a row, take on Bournemouth. Stoke have been playing well recently, after a somewhat shaky start to their campaign. Mark Hughes seems to have taken Stoke City away from their traditional physical set piece specialist side, and assembeled a team that plays good passing football. Bournemouth sit just one place behind Stoke, and find themselves in 13th place following two defeats in a row. If they are to stay away from the relegation zone, they need to get back to winning. Having lost at home to bottom team Sunderland, they will be on edge to make sure they bounce back quickly. This game could land either side, with Stoke probably being the liklier to win with a home advantage.

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  • Sunderland v Hull

Is David Moyes going to be able to turn things around for Sunderland? Having managed their first win of the season away to Bournemouth, they will surely have a much needed boost of morale in the squad. It is still difficult to imagine they will stay up due to the lack of quality in the squad. They do have a chance to spend in January, but it may be too late at that point. Last round also saw Hull City register their first win in a long time, after suffering 6 defeats in a row, they too will come into the game on a high, after their impressive win against Southampton. Hull City are not only having problems on the pitch, but the off pitch turmoil did have a negative impact on the squad for sure. With two teams that are likely to get relegated, a draw is the most likely outcome. However a win for either, could be the springboard that they need to get out of the relegation battle, at least temporarily.

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  • Watford v Leicester

Watford are again playing some fine football this season, sitting comfortably in 8th place in the league. They welcome defending champions Leicester who come for a visit on the back of their 5th league defeat this season. Having suffered a loss against WBA at home, they will be propell themselves up the table with a win that could take them level on points with Watford. A successful title defense seems increasingly distant for Leicester, and with the added games of the Champions League, they need to start winning in the league as well. Watford are by no means going to give up easily, and will surely give Leicester a tough game. Can Watford bounce back after a humiliating 6-1 defeat, or will Leicester bounce back?

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  • Spurs v West Ham

Tottenham keep struggling for goals, despite Harry Kane being back. Understandibly, Kane will need a few games to get back to match fitness. They have scored only 3 goals in the last 4 games, and recorded 4 draws in a row, including the North London Derby v Arsenal in the last round. West Ham have not had the best of starts, and despite 2 wins in the last 5 games, they are still inconsistent, which has resulted in them sitting in 17th place, just one point above the relegation zone. Surpisingly finding themselves at opposite ends of the table this season, instead of battling each other for European places, this London derby is still a really important one. With so much on the line, it is likly to be a close encounter, and the most likely outcome a draw, although it could go either side with some luck.

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  • Middlesbrough v Chelsea

Newly promoted Boro has been playing better and better. Having come away with impressive draws away to West Ham, Arsenal and Man City, they will surely fancy their chances against Chelsea, although Conte's men are in fantastic form. Change of tactics seems to have paid off by Conte. Since suffering a 3-0 defeat away to Arsenal, Chelsea have won 5 games in a row, with an even more impressive goal difference of 16-0 in those 5 games. Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have minor injuries but are likely to start anyway. It was not much of a surprise to see Eden Hazard pick up Player of the Month in the Premier League for October due to a fantastic resurrection of form. With Chelsea in such fantastic form, it is likely that they will again come away with the 3 points, to record a 6th straight win in the league. However, we believe that this could be another upset, and fancy Middlesbrough to get the draw and provide the surprise result of the weekend.

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  • West Brom v Burnley

The last game of the round is West Brom v Burnley on Monday evening. Both teams managed to come away with good wins in the last round, against Leicester and Crystal Palace respectively. Sitting mid table in 9th place, the visitors Burnley are just 2 places and 1 point above WBA in the league. Neither team look likely to be involved in the relegation battle this year, and they seem to be establishing themselves as decent mid table teams. This is a really tough one to call, with the game having the potential to go either way. Home advantage could make the difference for WBA who would climb the table with a win. At this point it is anyone's guess.

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