Premier League is back! Week 12 is here! On Saturday there’s a monster clash between Arsenal and Manchester United to remind you what you’ve been missing during the international break, plus there are tricky matches for Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs to negotiate.
After consulting my crystal ball, here’s how I see things panning out…
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Chelsea vs. West Brom – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
The Blues will march on against the Baggies, as Mourinho’s men show no signs of slowing down. Having a fully-fit Diego Costa at their disposal will be the key in this one.
Chelsea 3-0 West Brom
Manchester City vs. Swansea – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are due a big win and this is the time of year last season when they kicked out from early struggles and started their surge towards the title. Not saying the same will happen this year, but they have too much offensive power for the Swans in this one.
Manchester City 3-0 Swansea
Everton vs. West Ham United – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
The Toffees have won eight and drawn four of their last 12 matches vs. West Ham. Everton are the Hammers’ bogey team and Sam Allardyce’s side have shown signs of slowing down with recent draws against Stoke and Aston Villa.
Everton 3-1 West Ham United
Aston Villa vs. Southampton – (Monday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN)
Ronald Koeman’s men will go marching on as they come up against a Villa side winless in seven. Saints have won four straight in the PL and will look to bag another three points before clashes against Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal arrive. Away win.
Aston Villa 0-2 Southampton
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Leicester City vs. Sunderland – ,(Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
Leicester have lost five of their last six, while Sunderland have just one away win all season. The Mackems have improved, but expect a fired up home crowd to get behind the Foxes. Smells like a draw.
Leicester City 2-2 Sunderland
Stoke City vs. Burnley – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
The Potters will probably win this one, but Mark Hughes has plenty of injury problems in defense which could hamper his side. Burnley are buoyant after winning their first PL match last-time out so could be dangerous opposition.
Stoke City 2-1 Burnley
Newcastle vs. QPR – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
The Magpies are looking for six-straight wins in all competitions and they could well get it. QPR aren’t the greatest team in the PL, stating the obvious alert, but they are in pretty good form at the moment after pushing Man City all the way before the break. Can QPR record their first away win of the season? Probably not. Narrow home victory.
Newcastle 1-0 QPR
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Arsenal vs. Manchester United – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC)
Given Arsenal’s sloppy defending, this probably isn’t too big of a shock to call. But most people will have this down as a home win or a draw. However, with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Angel Di Maria showing signs of clicking, I think United’s offense (despite their own issues at the back) will see them through at the Emirates. Hopefully this game lives up to the billing.
Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool – (Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET, CNBC)
Ah, back to Selhurst Park for Liverpool’s players who will have plenty of bad memories about this stadium tucked away in south London. Leading 3-0 and cruising in the penultimate game of last season, Liverpool coughed up three late goals and their title hopes were dashed by the Eagles. Palace are without a win in five and Liverpool are without a win in three, plus Daniel Sturridge is out injured again. I’m going for the home team to cause an upset with a W.
Crystal Palace 2-1 Liverpool
Hull City vs. Tottenham Hotspur – (Sunday, 11 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
Another upset alert is up and running at the KC Stadium in East Yorkshire. Hull lost to Burnley last time out and Steve Bruce’s men are desperate to recapture the form which saw them grind out draws away at Arsenal and Liverpool. Mauricio Pochettino’s reign at Tottenham Hotspur has started unsuccessfully and with three defeats in their last four, a loss at Hull could really pile the pressure on him.
Hull City 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur