Premier League – Week 13 Preview.
West Ham v Leicester
The Hammers are in dire straits, with just two wins in their opening twelve Premier League fixtures. The hiring of David Moyes has been widely remonstrated against within the club’s support and the immediate effect wasn’t apparent as they slipped to another defeat at the hands of Watford. The visitors have seen an upturn in form since the arrival of Claude Puel however, they also lost by the same 2-0 scoreline as their opponents last week, albeit against a rampant Manchester City side. It is a game the home side dare not lose if they are to finally garner some support from their increasingly restless supporters.
Prediction:- West Ham 1-1 Leicester City
Top Tip:- Draw 12/5 – SkyBet
Outsider:- Mahrez to score from outside the Penalty Area 28/1 – SkyBet
Crystal Palace v Stoke City
Palace go into Saturday’s game rooted to the bottom of the table, having netted just six goals in twelve so far, the lowest of any side. Stoke’s last two fixtures have seen entertaining 2-2 draws against Leicester and Brighton respectively, the latter being a game that Mark Hughes’ men ought to have picked up all three points from, given their first half superiority. Likewise, Palace will feel aggrieved at the penalty decision awarded against them last week in their own 2-2 draw at home to Everton. The home side have seen a slight upturn in form, unbeaten at Selhurst Park in their last three matches, whilst defeating champions Chelsea in that run. Palace will feel this is must-win, given they have two away games following this, whilst a Stoke victory will propel them towards the top-half of the table.
Super 6 Prediction:- Crystal Palace 2-1 Stoke City
Top Tip:- Zaha 1st goal – 5/1 – SkyBet
Outsider:- Draw HT/Palace FT 4/1 – SkyBet
Newcastle United v Watford
Both these sides will have taken their starts to the season if offered the current league positions they both occupy before a ball was kicked. Newcastle have slumped a little, losing their last three league matches, the most recent a 4-1 reverse at Old Trafford against Manchester United, despite going a goal up. Watford got back to winning ways against beleaguered West Ham, and their progress under Marco Silva is impressive. Brazilian forward Richarlison scored again, taking his league total to five for the season, and rumours are already circulating that a big club could be looking to acquire his services come January. A tough clash to call between two sides that will be relatively happy with their progress so far.
Super 6 Prediction:- Newcastle United 1-1 Watford
Top Tip:- Draw 23/10 – SkyBet
Outsider:- Both teams to score and Draw 10/3 – SkyBet
Manchester United v Brighton
The hosts have been in imperious form at Old Trafford so far this season, winning all six of their home games, scoring nineteen goals in the process and conceding just one. Brighton have started their debut Premier League campaign extremely well, currently sitting in the top half of the table on sixteen points. They have won their last two away games in the league, at West Ham and Swansea respectively, so this game may be seen as a ‘free hit’, given they have been beating sides in and around them so far. Romelu Lukaku got back to scoring ways last time out, and with the presence of a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic back amongst the first team, Lukaku may have to keep delivering the goods in order to keep his side in the starting eleven.
Super 6 Prediction:- Manchester United 3-0 Brighton
Top Tip:- Manchester United to win to Nil 8/13 – SkyBet
Outsider:- Lukaku to score a brace 3/1 – SkyBet
Swansea v Bournemouth
Paul Clement’s Swansea are currently 4/11 for the drop, such is their wretched start to the current campaign. The Swans are actually only two points from safety, but the manner of their losses and the opposition they have been losing against is the most worrying aspect. Bournemouth produced arguably their best performance of the season last time out, beating Huddersfield 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium. Callum Wilson was back amongst the goals, grabbing a hat-trick to go home with the match-ball. This game is critical for the home side and Clement in particular, as his job is currently under scrutiny. With a trip to champions Chelsea to come in midweek, the pressure is very much on for the home side to get a positive result.
Super 6 Prediction:- Swansea 2-1 Bournemouth
Top Tip:- Swansea to win 13/8 SkyBet
Outsider:- Swansea to win from behind 14/1 – SkyBet
Tottenham v West Brom
It’s been a tough week for The Baggies. After the chastening 4-0 home defeat by Chelsea, Tony Pulis was sacked. Alan Pardew is the strong odds-on favourite to take over at The Hawthorns, but his appointment may not be until after the visit to Wembley to take on Tottenham. Spurs will be hurting after their 2-0 defeat to North London rivals Arsenal last weekend, although the impressive win away at Dortmund suggests they have the ability to bounce back from setbacks. Tottenham have struggled to break down the so-called ‘lesser’ sides at home so far this season, although it would be a brave man to bet against them not to do so on Saturday.
Super 6 Prediction:- Tottenham 2-0 West Brom
Top Tip:- Kane 1st goal 15/8 SkyBet
Outsider:- Kane to score in both halves 9/2 – SkyBet
Liverpool v Chelsea
The weekend’s biggest game is at Anfield, where Liverpool take on Chelsea. Both sides are in relatively good form, with Chelsea winning their last four league games, and Liverpool winning their last three. The manner of last week’s wins for both sides was impressive, and in Eden Hazard and current Premier League top-scorer Mohamed Salah, both managers have a talisman that can change the course of a game at any given time. Chelsea’s impressive win at Qarabag in midweek was in contrast to Liverpool’s second-half collapse in Seville, where they could only manage a draw after leading 3-0 at the interval. Both sides will fancy their chances in what should be an entertaining end-to-end fixture.
Prediction:- Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea
Top Tip:- Chelsea to win 9/4
Outsider:- Chelsea to win and both teams to score 9/2 – SkyBet
Southampton v Everton
Both sides sit just a point apart in the table after very underwhelming starts to the season. The home side’s problem is evident – goals. Just nine scored in twelve games makes them the joint-third lowest scorers in the division. In seven home games, they have failed to score in four of them, and manager Mauricio Pellegrino is already under severe pressure. Everton’s problems have been well documented, with David Unsworth currently taking charge on an interim basis after the sacking of Ronald Koeman. The draw last time out to Crystal Palace was one that steadied what was a fast-sinking ship, although it has done little to quell fears of a genuine relegation dogfight. Expect a tight contest with few goals in this one.
Prediction:- Southampton 1-1 Everton
Top Tip:- Under 2.5 Goals 8/13
Outsider:- Tadic 1st Scorer 11/2 – SkyBet
Burnley v Arsenal
An intriguing contest between two sides with differing styles of play. The hard-working aggressive style of Sean Dyche’s Burnley has seen them pick up some amazing results already at Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool this season, and leaves them lying in seventh with 22 points, the same number as their opponents. Arsenal will be buoyed by their impressive win against arch-rivals Tottenham last week, with the attacking triumvirate of Ozil, Sanchez and Lacazette all impressing. The home side may have revenge on their mind, given the way they lost both fixtures to late controversial goals to The Gunners last season, and their impressive home form may assist them in claiming another positive result against a so-called big side.
Prediction:- Burnley 1-2 Arsenal
Top Tip:- Arsenal to win and both teams to score 21/10 SkyBet
Outsider:- Burnley HT/Arsenal FT 25/1 SkyBet
Huddersfield v Manchester City
Huddersfield produced their worst display of the season so far down on the South Coast last week, losing 4-0 to Bournemouth despite having a man advantage for the whole of the second half. City on the other hand go from strength to strength, stretching their winning sequence to seventeen in all competitions after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Feyenoord in midweek to cement top spot in their Champions League group. It is already becoming a foregone conclusion that Guardiola’s men will storm to the title, and talk of an unbeaten campaign grows stronger by the week. It is unthinkable that City will do what rivals United managed to do last month by losing at the John Smith’s Stadium come Sunday.
Prediction:- Huddersfield 0-3 Man City
Top Tip:- Man City -2 Handicap 5/4 – SkyBet
Outsider:- City to score in first 10 minutes 3/1 – SkyBet
- 1 West Ham v Leicester
- 2 Crystal Palace v Stoke City
- 3 Newcastle United v Watford
- 4 Manchester United v Brighton
- 5 Swansea v Bournemouth
- 6 Tottenham v West Brom
- 7 Liverpool v Chelsea
- 8 Southampton v Everton
- 9 Burnley v Arsenal
- 10 Huddersfield v Manchester City