Premier League Game Week 12 Tips and Preview

Cancel what ever plans you’ve made on Sunday night and make sure you’re up at sparrows-fart on Monday morning, the match of the season has finally arrived!

League leaders Liverpool host current champions Manchester City in what could well be a title defining fixture at Anfield.

Elsewhere, Norwich take on Watford in the battle of the spoon, while Unai Emery is marched towards the gallows as Arsenal are handed the daunting task of facing the Foxes at King Power Stadium.

Find my full preview and tips for Game Week 12 below!

NORWICH v WATFORD
Under 2.5 Total Goals $2.20

TIP: Turn your alarm-clock off and enjoy a Saturday morning lie-in.

19th host 20th in the Wooden Spoon Spectacular! 

Norwich are six games without a win, and have only troubled the scorekeeper on two occasions across that trip. 

Watford remain winless for the season, and just like the Canaries they have only managed to net two goals from their last six matches.

I’m backing under 2.5 goals in this sad state of affairs. 

CHELSEA v CRYSTAL PALACE
SGM: Chelsea to Win + Christian Pulisic Anytime Goalscorer $3.33

Chelsea are five wins on the trot in the PL and don’t look like slowing down. 

After struggling to crack the Blues starting XI, Christian Pulisic is finally starting to live up to his $73 million price tag. The American winger has chipped in with four goals across his last two game, winning over the Chelsea faithful.

Crystal Palace have had the chance to prove their resolve against a tough run of fixtures, a challenge which Roy Hodgson’s men failed to rise to.

The Eagles only managed to scrape together one point against the likes of Arsenal, Man City and Leicester.

Chelsea should entrench themselves into the top four with a comfortable win at the Bridge.

BURNLEY v WEST HAM
Draw $3.40

Toss this one into the same basket as Norwich v Watford.

West Ham are the Fyre Festival of the Premier League this season, promising the World yet delivering nothing but an empty stadium. 

The Hammers are winless across their last five matches, all of which have come against sides outside of the tradition top six. 

Manuel Pellegrini’s side hit rock bottom last week suffering a 3-2 loss at the hands of fellow club in crisis, Newcastle United!

Burnley haven’t been fairing much better, the Clarets have lost three games straight and were belted 3-nil last time out to PL newcomers Sheffield United.

I can’t make a case for either team to win this contest, so naturally I’m going to settle on the draw at $3.40

NEWCASTLE v BOURNEMOUTH
Under 2.5 Goals $1.75

Both sides enter this cash in winning form, be it in victories over PL battlers in West Ham and Man United.

Newcastle scored more than one goal in a match for the first time this season when they pumped three into the back of the next against the Hammers last weekend. 

Bournemouth scored their first goal in over 300 minutes of Premier League football in a one-nil victory against the Red Devils.

Newcastle’s defensive record at home combined with Bournemouth’s performance anxiety in front of goals should result in a low scoring affair at St. James Park this weekend.

SOUTHAMPTON v EVERTON
Over 2.5 Goals $1.83

The only thing worse than tuning into Southampton v Everton would be rewatching Andre Gomes’s ankle go walk about.

Southampton have sunk into the relegation zone after picking up just one point from their last six games.

The Saints put in a redeeming performance against Man City last time out, narrowly missing out on a point after a last strike from Kyle Walker.

Everton snatched a point late against the Spurs, but suffered a huge loss during the game with arguably their most pivotal player Andre Gomes dislocating his ankle following a reckless challenge from Son Heung-Min.

Seven from eleven of Southampton matches have have gone over the 2.5 total goals market this season, with both sides struggling for form at the moment I’d be more than happy to take the overs again here.

 

TOTTENHAM v SHEFFIELD UNITED
Sheffield United to Win $5.25

One side boasts the best defence in the league and is pushing towards a spot in the top four, the other side is Tottenham.

The Blades cut down Burnley last time out, kicking three unanswered goals on the way to their most convincing win of the season. 

Chris Wilder has ingrained the Blades with a defensive team ethos and it is paying dividends, with his side conceding at less than a goal a game. 

Believe it or not, Tottenham are below Man United on the table! The Spurs are currently in their worst patch of form since Andre Villas-Boas was at the wheel back in 2012/13.

Tottenham have a losing record at home and if the Blades were to ever spring an upset against their more fancied opponents GW12 would be the time!

LEICESTER v ARSENAL
Leicester to Win $2

It’s hard to believe that Leicester come into a Premier League games as $2 favourites against the Gunners, such is the state of the Arsenal football club at the moment.

A loss this week could spell the end of Unai Emery’s tenure at the Gunners, despite spending bucketloads of cash in the offseason the Spanish manager hasn’t been able to extract anywhere near the best out of his high profile players.

Alternatively Brendan Rodgers is working wonders with the Foxes, who are arguably the competitions form side.

Leicesters midfield stands head and should above Arsenal’s engine room and I can see them dominating proceeding from the opening whistle.

WOLVES v ASTON VILLA
SGM: Wolves to Win + Under 3.5 Total Goals $2.61

The Wolves look to crack into the top 10 for the first time this season when they welcome Villa to Molineux Stadium on Sunday night.

Wolverhampton have gone on a run of six games without defeat, four of which resulted in 1-1 draws. 

Raul Jimenez has rediscovered his goal scoring touch, finding the back of the net twice over his last three outings.

Aston Villa have strung together a few promising performances despite going down to Man City and Liverpool across the last two game weeks.

The Villans will be buoyed by the return of club captain Jack Grealish from injury, who will need to hit the ground running if his side are any chance of find a result away from home.

Aston Villa form on the road has left much to be desired, comfortably beaten on four of five occasions.

MANCHESTER UNITED v BRIGHTON
No Bet

Ole is at the wheel, but for how much longer?

Just when you think Manchester United have finally turned the corner they find another way to shatter their fans spirit.

Without a creative bone in their extended squad, United have relied heavily on penalties to find their way to the scoresheet, even then their success rate from the dot is a disgrace.

Brighton are chugging along nicely, winning three from their last four starts. 

I’m stunned that United are $1.60 favourites in this contest. 

Under 2.5 Goals would be the only play I’d go near in this match, but the safest bet is to take your money elsewhere.

LIVERPOOL v MANCHESTER CITY
SGM: Liverpool to Win + Over 2.5 Goals $

The Premier League have save the best match til last.

Liverpool will be looking to go nine points clear at the top of the table when they welcome Man City to Anfield on Monday morning.

The Reds are unbeaten at home in the Premier League across their last 45 matches dating back to April 2017!

Klopp’s vicious attacking unit should put put Pep’s part-time defenders to the sword in what I’m expecting will turn into a wild shootout between the two English giants.