TTSK– Matchday 12 of the Premier League kicks off at the weekend. The focus will be the great battle between Chelsea and Man City.
Wolves 1-2 Tottenham
Saturday’s matinee between Wolverhampton and Tottenham will open round 12 of the new Premier League campaign. The Wolves aim to recover from a 2-1 loss to rock-bottom Sheffield United, but they face an uphill task against Spurs. Fit-again midfielder Jean-Ricner Bellegarde could sneak into the starting XI after scoring as a substitute in the last league match, while all Hugo Bueno, Pedro Neto, and Joe Hodge remain on the sidelines with injuries.
The capital club, on the other hand, suffered a heavy 4-1 loss to Chelsea in the North London derby, but it has to be noted that played almost entire second half with ten men on the field. Even though both Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie are banned for the match, away win should be considered as Ange Postecoglou’s troops showed character in the local derby. Both Eric Dier and Emerson Royal are likely to return to the starting XI.
Man Utd 2-0 Luton Town
Following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, Manchester United will look to climb the standings even more when they welcome Luton Town to their Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. The Red Devils have regained a much-needed confidence and a win over Luton will see them move closer to the Champions League berth. Pacey winger Garnacho should keep his place in the starting XI following his fine performance against the Cottagers, while all Luke Shaw, Lisandro Martinez, and Casemiro remain in the recovery room.
The good news for the hosts is that Marcus Rashford has overcome his injury. The Hatters, on the other hand, did well to hold Liverpool to a 1-1 draw in front of home fans, but given their difficulties on the road, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on Man Utd. The likes of Burke, Andersen, Bell, Lokonga, and Potts should miss out with injuries for the away team.
Crystal Palace 1-0 Everton
Selhurst Park will host Saturday’s football game between Crystal Palace and Everton. The Eagles did well to beat Burnley on the road on Matchday 10, with the team putting an end to their three-game winless run, but they do not want to stop now. The capital club aim to climb to top ten in the standings, but they will have to do it without James Tomkins, Dean Henderson, Michael Olise, and Nathan Ferguson. Omotayo Adaramola is a major doubt.
Meanwhile, the Toffees, were on the right track to beat Brighton at their Goodison Park when Ashley Young scored an own goal. Anyhow, Everton are not regarded as good travellers and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Palace’s party in London. As for the away team, all Seamus Coleman, Dele Alli, and Andre Gomes are out of contention with injuries.
Arsenal 3-0 Burnley
Arsenal and Burnley go head to head at Emirates Stadium in a David-vs-Goliath clash on Matchday 12. The Gunners aim to make amends for a 1-0 loss an unlucky 1-0 loss to Newcastle United and they will not have a better chance than this to return to winning ways in the Premier League. In their last home game Arsenal rolled over Sheffield United 5-0 and it is no wonder the odds for home win have been dropping. Gabriel Jesus remains on the sidelines alongside Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, and Jurrien Timber, but there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
The Clarets, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace and given their three-game losing run on the road in all competitions, anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise. All Hjalmar Ekdal, Michael Obafemi, Benson Manuel, and Lyle Foster are out of contention with injuries, while midfielder Aaron Ramsey faces race against the clock to bet fit for Saturday’s encounter.
Bournemouth 1-1 Newcastle
Buoyed by a hard-fought 1-0 win over Arsenal, Newcastle United will look to rejoin the title race when they take on relegation strugglers Bournemouth in the last game of Saturday’s program. The Magpies survived the Gunners without key attacker Alexander Isak, who remains in the recovery room, while influential midfielder Bruno Guimaraes misses out through suspension. Sandro Tonali is banned as well following a betting scandal, while Matthew Targett, Elliot Anderson, and Sven Botman remain on the sidelines with injuries.
The Cherries, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 6-1 loss to Manchester City, but given the number of absentees in the visiting team, we predict that Andoni Iraola’s men are going to grab something from Saturday’s encounter. Lewis Cook is out of contention through suspension, while all Ryan Fredericks, Marcondes, Tyler Adams, and Neto remain in the treatment room.
West Ham 2-1 Nottingham Forest
London Stadium will host Sunday’s football game between West Ham United and Nottingham Forest, the two teams who are almost level on points in the Premier League standings. The Hammers suffered a dip in form and, no doubt, they are desperate to put an end to their three-game losing run. David Moyes has no fresh injury worries and seeing that Mexico midfielder Edson Alvarez is back from suspension, home win should be considered.
The Reds, on the other hand, are tough to beat at home, but given their difficulties on the travels, we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in Sunday’s encounter. All Chris Wood, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Divock Origi, and Gonzalo Montiel are sidelined with injuries, while Harry Toffolo should be fit to face the capital club. Taiwo Awoniyi is widely expected to lead the line for the visiting team.
Liverpool 3-1 Brentford
Following a slim 1-1 draw with Luton, Liverpool will look to start a new winning run in the Premier League when they take on Brentford at their Anfield. The Reds aim to keep their 100% record at home intact and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s clash. Important forward Luis Diaz, who scored a late equalizer against the Hatters, is pushing for a start, whilst summer signing Alexis Mac Allister misses out through suspension. The likes of Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, and Andy Robertson are all sidelined with injuries.
The Bees, on the other hand, have been in a splendid form of late, with the team extending their winning run to three games against West Ham, but given Liverpool’s excellent home record, we do not believe that the visitors are capable of claiming a major scalp on Matchday 12. Shandon Baptiste is a major doubt, while all Kevin Schade, Rico Henry, Mikkel Damsgaard, Keane Lewis-Potter, and Aaron Hickey remain in the recovery room.
Brighton 3-0 Sheffield
After sharing the spoils with Everton at Goodison Park, Brighton will not have a better opportunity thant this to return to winning ways in the Premier League as they welcome relegation strugglers Sheffield United to their Amex Stadium. The Seagulls aim to move closer to the Champions League berth, but they will have to do it without Danny Welbeck, Solly March, Pervis Estupinan, Julio Enciso, and Jakub Moder, who remain in the recovery room.
The Blades, on the other hand, desperately needed a win against Wolverhampton and they managed to get one, but given their poor away record in the 2023/2024 EPL campaign, we predict that Brighton are going to pick up all three points from Sunday’s match. As for the away side, Rhian Brewster should recover in time to face the Seagulls, while all McBurnie, Ahmedhodzic, Basham, Davies, Egan, Lowe, and Jebbison remain on the sidelines through injuries.
Aston Villa 2-1 Fulham
Aston Villa will be looking to make amends for a 2-0 loss to Nottingham Forest when they host Fulham to their Villa Park on Matchday 12. The Villans aim to keep their 100% record at home intact, but Unai Emery’s troops will have to showcase their worth on the field. Pacey winger Leon Bailey is widely expected to return to the starting XI as well as defender Diego Carlos, whereas both Kortney Hause and Jacob Ramsey are out of contention with injuries.
The Cottagers, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form, with the team losing to both Tottenham and Manchester United, while sharing the spoils with Brighton and given Aston Villa’s perfect home record, we predict that the visitors are going to return to London with their hands empty. Defender Issa Diop remains in the recovery room, while all Kenny Tete, Adama Traore, and Tosin Adarabioyo should recover in time to face the Villans.
Chelsea 1-2 Man City
There will be fireworks when Chelsea and Manchester City lock horns in a highly-anticipated Premier League derby on Sunday afternoon. The Blues outplayed nine-man Tottenham in the North London derby on Monday evening, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Pep Guardiola’s troops. Anyhow, it seems as if the arrival of new boss Mauro Pochettino gave Chelsea players a confidence boost. Malang Sarr misses out through suspension, while all Christopher Nkunku, Ben Chilwell, and Trevor Chalobah remain in the treatment room.
The Citizens, on the other hand, aim to retain top position in the standings following a routine 6-1 win over Bournemouth. Man City are more of a team than Chelsea and seeing that Pep Guardiola can count on top scorer Erling Haaland for the Stamford Bridge showdown, we are tempted to put our money on the league leaders. Long-term absentee Kevin De Bruyne remains on the sidelines alongside goalkeeper Zack Steffen.