It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for this weekend as Liverpool take on Man City at Anfield.
Before the main event, there’s also an early-season relegation six pointer at Carrow Road and a spicy London derby at Stamford Bridge to look forward to.
Here are our Premier League predictions for Gameweek 12…
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NORWICH CITY VS WATFORD, 20:00
The lowdown: Is it too early to call this a winner-takes-all contest? One thing’s for sure – both will be desperate not to lose. That means this game could go one or two ways. Expect either an extremely cagey affair at Carrow Road or one riddled with self-inflicted errors. With Norwich likely to prioritise attack as the best form of defence, a high-scoring game looks likely. Will the wait go on for Watford?
Verdict: A point apiece for the strugglers. 2-2
Saturday, all 3pm unless stated
CHELSEA VS CRYSTAL PALACE, 12:30
The lowdown: Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off serves up a potential thriller at Stamford Bridge. The Blues will be looking to make it xx league wins on the bounce but could find that run tested by a Palace side that consistently cause sides problems on the road. This game usually serves up goals. In fact, only one of their last five meetings has ended without both sides scoring. That was last year’s narrow 1-0 win for Chelsea in the thick of the busy festive fixture list. Expect much more entertainment this time around – especially after Chelsea’s dramatic midweek fightback against Ajax.
Verdict: A rollercoaster ride at the Bridge. 3-2
BURNLEY VS WEST HAM
The lowdown: Two sides currently heading in the wrong direction meet at Turf Moor looking to turbocharge their flagging campaigns. The hosts are without a point in three games, while West Ham have failed to win in their last five. That could make it a low-key contest in Lancashire as both sides concentrate on getting the fundamentals right. The Clarets took the spoils 2-0 in this fixture last season.
Verdict: Two sides struggling for form to settle for a point. 1-1
NEWCASTLE VS BOURNEMOUTH
The lowdown: Slowly but surely, Steve Bruce is begrudgingly bringing around some of the doubters at St James’ Park after picking up seven points from four league games. That revival could continue against a Bournemouth side that have looked toothless in their two most recent away games at Arsenal and Watford. The Cherries do boast an impressive record on Tyneside, winning two of their last three meetings in the north east.
Verdict: A battling win for Brucey. 1-0
SOUTHAMPTON VS EVERTON
The lowdown: An early goal here for either side will surely shape the result of this game. With memories of their 9-0 humiliation still raw, Saints supporters could get understandably edgy if the Toffees manage an early breakthrough this weekend. However, Southampton could not have asked for a better fixture to help regain some dignity. Marco Silva’s side continue to be a soft touch on the road, winless in all five of their away trips.
Verdict: Some pride restored at St Mary’s. 1-1
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS SHEFFIELD UTD
The lowdown: The Blades are bouncing. And deservedly so. Chris Wilder’s assertive nature is mirrored by his fearless side, who have remarkably still only conceded eight goals all season. If Spurs were looking for opponents to help them ease to a first win in five games, it’s unlikely the Blades would be the first name on their wishlist. It’s been 12 years since they last met in league action. On that day, the Blades took all three points with a gutsy 2-1 win at Bramall Lane.
Verdict: Spurs to sneak past the battling Blades. 2-1
LEICESTER CITY VS ARSENAL, 17:30
The lowdown: Unai Emery is a man under pressure after yet another late collapse for Arsenal in midweek. His task doesn’t get much easier this weekend as he travels to the Premier League’s form side, Leicester City. Brendan Rodgers’ side were ruthless in picking off a spirited Crystal Palace side at Selhurst Park and will surely fancy their chances of inflicting yet more misery on the Spaniard in arguably his worst few weeks at the club. The Foxes put on a late show to beat Arsenal 3-0 at the King Power in April.
Verdict: Foxes to keep on flying. 2-1
MAN UTD VS BRIGHTON, 14:00
The lowdown: An intriguing contest awaits at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. It’s one that now looks far harder to call given Utd’s stuttering campaign and the Seagulls’ extra ammunition under Graham Potter. For all their improvement, Brighton still find wins hard to come by on their travels, with their 3-0 demolition of Watford still their sole victory on the road. The home side has won every encounter between the teams since Albion returned to this level in 2017/18.
Verdict: A narrow win for the hosts. 1-0
WOLVES VS ASTON VILLA, 14:00
The lowdown: A punchy West Midlands derby lights up Sunday afternoon as two of the Premier League’s more attractive sides lock horns at Molineux. Nuno’s side need to find a way to stop teams nullifying them with a succession of draws preventing them pushing on towards the top half. For Villa, it’s an inability to hold a lead that remains an Achilles heel. Dean Smith will be hoping his side can brush off Liverpool’s late gut-punch winner at Villa Park to avoid clocking up three defeats in a row for the first time this season.
Verdict: The home side to snatch local bragging rights. 2-1
LIVERPOOL VS MAN CITY, 16:30
The lowdown: Get the popcorn in. The Premier League’s two biggest heavyweights slug it out on Sunday with Man City knowing victory at Anfield will help turn the title race on its head. City are chasing a first victory at Anfield in 15 years but have enjoyed the upper hand in recent encounters. The title holders won 2-1 at the Etihad last January and lifted the 2019 Community Shield after a penalty-shootout win at Wembley back in August.
Verdict: An edge-of-your-seat afternoon at Anfield. 1-1
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