Premier League Preview Week 12
What a game we have on our hands this weekend as 1st take on 2nd – Man City take on Liverpool at Anfield and Sadio Mane will certainly be looking to have his say after Pep called him a diver……Lets hope the game is more exciting than the last time Liverpool took on a Manchester club…….Some tasty looking fixtures across the league as well and we will be keeping an eye on all results as we go in to an important few weeks in the Premier League run to Christmas.
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Newcastle v Bournemouth
Newcastle’s win away at West Ham last weekend has seen them distance themselves from the relegation zone. Steve Bruce’s are putting together a good run of form and have only lost twice in their last five. They are one of the league’s lowest scorers with just nine goals, three of which were scored in their last fixture.
Bournemouth continued their excellent start to the season last weekend with a 1-0 home victory over Manchester United. Eddie Howe’s side have only lost twice in their last eight fixtures and have kept three consecutive clean sheets. They are currently 7th in the table with 16 points from 11 games.
Fabian Schär and Florian Lejeune are both out with knee injuries for Newcastle. Bournemouth will be without long term absentees Charlie Daniels (knee), Junior Stanislas (hamstring) and Dan Gosling (groin) and Andy Surman (knee). David Brooks could return after being out for three months with an ankle injury.
Although Newcastle seem to be turning their season around with a good spell of results recently, Bournemouth have been completely unfazed this season and they will continue their good form at St James’ Park on Saturday.
Newcastle – 8/5
Draw – 12/5
Bournemouth – 13/8
Tottenham v Sheffield United
Tottenham’s difficulties continued on Sunday as they conceded an injury time equaliser to share the points with Everton. The result left them with just win in their last five Premier League matches and they have only picked up two points in their last four, conceding seven in the process.
Sheffield United have made an excellent start to the season and their recent good form has left them in 6th position. The Blades have only lost once in their last six matches and they have picked up 11 from a possible 18 in this spell. Sheffield United have the joint best defence in the league, having conceded only eight goals all season.
Hugo Lloris remains out for Spurs with a broken elbow and Eric Lamela (thigh) is also out. Son’s red card from Sunday’s fixture with Everton has been overturned so he will be available. Sheffield United currently have a full-strength squad to choose from.
Tottenham have found it hard to put together a run of results this season and facing an in-form Sheffield United will be a tough test but both teams will cancel each other out for a score draw.
Tottenham – 4/7
Draw – 3/1
Sheffield United – 17/4
Wolves v Aston Villa
Wolves poor start to the season seems a distant memory after their recent unbeaten run, which has seen them climb to mid-table in 11th. They haven’t lost for six matches and have secured points at both Manchester City and Arsenal. Espirito Santo’s team are defensively solid having only conceded four in their last six.
Aston Villa have lost their last two fixtures after facing Manchester City and Liverpool, but are still outside the relegation zone in 16th. Before these fixtures, Villa had gained seven points from a possible nine after good wins against Brighton and Norwich. Dean Smith’s side are one of the top scorers in the bottom half of the table, scoring 16 from 11 matches so far.
Willy Boly (ankle) and Ryan Bennett (groin) will both be out for Wolves. James Chester could return for Villa after three months out with a hamstring injury but Keinan Davis (thigh) and Jota (groin) will be unavailable.
Aston Villa have struggled to put together a run of results this season and Wolves will be a tough test which the home team may just edge due to their solid setup and danger on the counter attack.
Draw – 14/5
Aston Villa – 16/5
Liverpool v Manchester City
Liverpool took their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 28 games with their late win over Aston Villa on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp’s side have only drawn once this season, have scored 25 and conceded only 9 goals leaving them top of the table after 11 matches.
Manchester City have put together a good run of four back to back victories following their shock losses to Norwich and Wolves at the end of September to the start of October. Since then, Pep Guardiola’s side have scored 10 goals and only conceded 2 as they occupy second place.
Joel Matip and Nathaniel Clyne will both remain out with respective knee injuries but Xerdan Shaqiri could return for Liverpool following his calf injury. Manchester City will be without David Silva (thigh), Oleksandr Zinchenko (knee), Rodri (hamstring), Aymeric Laporte (knee) and Leroy Sané (ACL ligament damage).
Title clashes like these are often cagey affairs with few goals. There is a lot at stake in this match and Liverpool could open up a nine-point gap between them and City with a win. With a number of key players out, Liverpool may just edge City this weekend.
Liverpool – 17/10
Draw – 13/5
Manchester City – 13/5
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