Unbeaten Trio Face Tough Away Trips in the Return of the Premier League

The top three in the Premier League remained unbeaten in their matches a couple of weeks ago, however Chelsea’s 0-0 home draw with Everton saw them drop into third as Liverpool leapfrogged the Londoners once again with a 2-0 home win over Fulham.

Both these teams however are still chasing Manchester City who came through their latest test unscathed putting on another superb display in the 3-1 defeat of neighbours Manchester United. A result which keeps City two points clear at the top of the table.

At the other end of the table, it was a good week again for Newcastle who racked up a second win in two games with a fine win over Bournemouth, while Huddersfield, Burnley and Southampton all picked up a point following hard-fought draws. Cardiff’s win over Brighton moved them above Huddersfield in the table but the Bluebirds still remain in the relegation spots in 18th.

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This weekend there’s another big clash in London as Tottenham take on Chelsea in what promises to be a cracking London derby between two of the in-form teams in the Premier League. The top two are also both on the road with Manchester City at West Ham and Liverpool away to Watford in what look like tricky but winnable games for the pair.

Other key games include Arsenal’s trip to Bournemouth, Manchester United taking on Crystal Palace, while Everton face Cardiff City at Goodison Park.

All eyes will be focused on Wembley on Saturday teatime however, with the game between Spurs and Chelsea having extra relevance depending on how Manchester City and Liverpool have done in the preceding hours. Will Chelsea need a win to catch up their title rivals, or could a win move them up the table if City and Liverpool falter?

Premier League Results – Matchday 12

  • Cardiff City 2-1 Brighton
  • Leicester City 0-0 Burnley
  • Huddersfield Town 1-1 West Ham
  • Newcastle 2-1 Bournemouth
  • Southampton 1-1 Watford
  • Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham
  • Liverpool 2-0 Fulham
  • Chelsea 0-0 Everton
  • Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United
  • Arsenal 1-1 Wolves

Premier League Table

Pos Team Ply F A Pts Gd
1 Manchester City 12 36 5 32 31
2 Liverpool 12 23 5 30 18
3 Chelsea 12 27 8 28 19
4 Tottenham 12 20 10 27 10
5 Arsenal 12 26 15 24 11
6 Bournemouth 12 21 16 20 5
7 Watford 12 17 14 20 3
8 Manchester United 12 20 21 20 -1
9 Everton 12 19 15 19 4
10 Leicester City 12 17 16 17 1
11 Wolves 12 12 13 16 -1
12 Brighton 12 13 18 14 -5
13 West Ham 12 14 18 12 -4
14 Newcastle United 12 9 15 9 -6
15 Burnley 12 12 25 9 -13
16 Crystal Palace 12 8 17 8 -19
17 Southampton 12 8 21 8 -13
18 Cardiff City 12 11 25 8 -14
19 Huddersfield Town 12 6 22 7 -16
20 Fulham 12 11 31 5 -20

Leading Goalscorers

  • 8 Goals – Aguero (Man City)
  • 7 Goals – Hazard (Chelsea), Aubameyang (Arsenal)
  • 6 Goals – Martial (Man Utd), Wilson (Bournemouth), Murray (Brighton), Kane (Tottenham), Salah (Liverpool), Sterling (Man City), Richarlison (Everton), Mane (Liverpool)

Matchday 13 Fixtures

Shown below are the Full Time Result market odds with bet365 Sport for the Premier League games taking place this weekend.

*Odds correct as of 12.30pm on Tuesday 20th November 2018

Preview and Tips

  • Brighton v Leicester City – Home Win – 9/5

Two games without a win for Brighton leaves them still in mid table but with manager Chris Hughton looking for a win to stop the rot. Leicester have picked up four points from their last two games, but I still feel the Foxes are blowing hot and cold too often and as such, I feel that the home side, whose home record is very good this season, can get the result they want.

  • Everton v Cardiff City – Home Win – 2/5

A great point away at Chelsea was a deserving reward for Everton’s good performance in London and now they need to back that up at home to a Cardiff City side that has struggled on the road this season. Everton have slipped up at home before this season, drawing with Huddersfield Town, but I am expecting the Toffees to claim all the points available in this game.

  • Fulham v Southampton – Home Win – 31/20

Claudio Ranieri’s new role is to save Fulham from the drop and arguably, he could not have had a better start with a game against a Southampton team that have won just once this season and who are struggling for goals and form. The Saints look tidier defensively but I think Ranieri will have a very positive effect and I can see that being the catalyst for a rare Fulham victory.

  • Manchester United v Crystal Palace – Home Win – 4/11

United fans will be desperate for their team to get back to winning ways after defeat to Manchester City and I can see the Red Devils doing precisely that against a Crystal Palace team that have flattered to deceive often this season. Palace have some great players but they make too many mistakes defensively and you cannot do that against the top sides, which is why United will pick up the three points.

  • Watford v Liverpool – Away Win – 4/9

Liverpool’s recent form has been steady rather than spectacular and the Reds front men are not quite firing as they were last season. Even so, the Reds defence has been spectacular conceding just five goals so far. Watford are doing superbly well this season to lie 7th but they have struggled against the top sides in the main and I feel the Reds will have just too much quality for them on Saturday afternoon.

  • West Ham v Manchester City – Away Win – 2/9

The Hammers have some good performances to look back on this season at home, the draw with Chelsea and victory over Man Utd being two, but Man City are looking sensational at the minute and in truth, it is hard to make a case for any team, perhaps Chelsea and Liverpool apart, that can live with them. As such, I am expecting this to be another relatively comfortable away day for City fans.

  • Tottenham v Chelsea – Away Win – 6/4

Spurs have won more games this season than Chelsea in the Premier League, but the have also lost three games, including two at home to Liverpool and Man City. I feel Chelsea, given their current form, could be the next team to put Spurs to the sword. Hazard has been in great form of late and if Spurs defence, which has been problematic at times, cannot stop him, I feel he will inspire Chelsea to another key win on the road.

  • Bournemouth v Arsenal – Away Win – Evens

Bournemouth are one of a trio of teams chasing Arsenal in fifth spot in the Premier League, but this is a tough game for the home side who have Arsenal’s marauding front two, Lacazette and Aubameyang to deal with. The pace the Gunners have on the counter is a real worry against a Bournemouth defence that is not the quickest and as such, I feel that the Gunners will land another win in this one.

  • Wolves v Huddersfield Town – Home Win – 4/9

Huddersfield have picked up four points from their last two games, but this is a big ask against a Wolves team that found their form once again with an excellent performance away to Arsenal. If Wolves can find that level of performance here at home to the Terriers, then it should be a very comfortable afternoon for the home side.

  • Burnley v Newcastle United – Draw – 11/5

It’s a relegation six-pointer on Monday night as Newcastle try to make it three wins from three games at Burnley. The home side have struggled for form and consistency this season and defensively they are not the side they were last year. Newcastle are decent defensively and as such, I can’t see too many goals here, but I do feel that Newcastle are good enough and have enough confidence to take a point home with them.


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