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Premier League Predictions: Todd’s EPL Picks for Week 12

Here are my predictions for Week 12 of the English Premier League. Be sure to check out last week’s Premier League Predictions and the Premier League Weekly TV Schedule for American audiences.

 

Time

Home

Score

Score

Away

Stadium

Final Score

Saturday, November 17, 2012

7:45 am ET

Arsenal

2

v

2

Tottenham Hotspur

Emirates Stadium

5 – 2

10:00 am ET

Liverpool

1

v

1

Wigan Athletic

Anfield

3 – 0

10:00 am ET

Manchester City

2

v

1

Aston Villa

Etihad Stadium

5 – 0

10:00 am ET

Newcastle United

1

v

1

Swansea City

St. James’ Park

1 – 2

10:00 am ET

Queens Park Rangers

1

v

1

Southampton

Loftus Road

1 – 3

10:00 am ET

Reading

1

v

2

Everton

Madejski

2 – 1

10:00 am ET

West Bromwich Albion

2

v

2

Chelsea

The Hawthorns

2 – 1

12:30 pm ET

Norwich City

1

v

3

Manchester United

Carrow Road

1 – 0

Sunday, November 18, 2012

11:00 am ET

Fulham

2

v

1

Sunderland

Craven Cottage

1 – 3

Monday, November 19, 2012

3:00 pm ET

West Ham United

0

v

0

Stoke City

Upton Park

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Arsenal v Tottenham: Both Arsenal and Tottenham have been trying to find themselves this year and have not had an easy go of it. They’ve both had moments of brilliance coupled with flabbergasting defending. Last weekend Tottenham came out strong against Man City and were playing well, but then the second half they looked flat. Arsenal probably should’ve beaten Fulham last weekend, but managed to let the game get away from them, yet again. I see this game being won and lost at the defensive ends. The midfield could be bossed by Tottenham with Arsenal lacking in the center of the park, but it will come down to who is the more solid on defense and who can take their chances. I’m predicting a draw for this heated London derby.

Arsenal (W, L, W, L, D)              Tottenham (W, L, W, L, L)

 

Liverpool v Wigan Athletic: Liverpool have been relying on Luis Suarez throughout this season and especially with their last few games, all of which have been draws. Their win/loss record home and away are just about identical. Wigan’s form has been up and down, but they have also been able to get some good results recently such as their wins over Tottenham and West Ham. I’m going to predict a draw, but would not be surprised by a Wigan win. Liverpool’s defense has become more solid recently, but there’s always the chance for them to make a mistake.

Liverpool (D, W, D, D, D)            Wigan (D, L, W, W, L)

 

Manchester City v Aston Villa: I pity Aston Villa having to play the Manchester clubs back to back. They showed some spirit last weekend against Man United and if they play the same way this weekend could produce a shock. Manchester City did enough last weekend to get their win over Tottenham, but once again had to rely on Edin Dzeko to save them. With Dzeko most likely starting this weekend, I’m not so sure they will fair as well. Regardless, I’m predicting a Manchester City win. Aston Villa are bound to give up goals, and Manchester City at home shouldn’t have as much of a problem as Manchester United did at Villa Park.

Manchester City (W, W, W, D, W)                  Aston Villa (L, L, D, W, L)

 

Newcastle United v Swansea City: Newcastle is still having problems with their injuries and Swansea is still trying to get their form straight. Swansea away from home has especially struggled this year. This is a match that could be interesting to watch. I think Swansea will get their fair share of chances, but will probably struggle to convert. I’m predicting another draw for Swansea, which would certainly benefit them more than Newcastle.

Newcastle United (L, D, W, D, L)                   Swansea (D, W, L, D, D)

 

Queens Park Rangers v Southampton: This will be an interesting match all around. Both teams have managers that are on the brink of getting sacked. This will become a must win for Mark Hughes while Adkins will need to get at least a draw from it. If Hughes manages to get a draw it could spare him, but it might also been the last straw to only get a draw at home. My prediction is still going to be a draw here. I’ve been burned by picking QPR wins the last two weeks. I truly underestimated just how bad this “team” is and especially just how bad Mark Hughes has been for the team. A draw would keep QPR planted at the bottom and might be enough to save Nigel Adkins for at least another week.

QPR (L, D, L, D, L)            Southampton (D, L, L, L, D)

 

Reading v Everton: I’m excited to watch this match. I’ve been rooting for Everton and hope that they can shake things up in the top four.  Reading has been showing some promising signs recently with several draws, but Everton has been more impressing overall this season with just 1 loss. Reading is still attempting to get their first win, however this is not a match they will get one.  I’m predicting an Everton win with Fellaini certainly in amongst the goals.

Reading (D, L, D, D, D)               Everton (D, D, D, D, W)

West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea: The former Chelsea assistant Steve Clarke has worked wonders with West Brom this year picking up where Roy Hodgson left off. I, for one, would love to see them be another team pushing the top 4 for a place. Chelsea has had several hiccups this season and losing John Terry yet again will be another blow to their title hopes. West Brom has a solid team and Chelsea is going to struggle to break them down despite their talent. I’m picking a draw here, but would not be at all surprised by a shock win for the Baggies.

West Brom (W, L, L, W, W)                       Chelsea (W, W, L, D, D)

 

Norwich City v Manchester United: Norwich has had a decent string of matches to lead up to this fairly big match-up against Manchester United. Manchester United has had some shaky wins lately, but have still managed to pull off the wins. Sir Alex has said that Javier Hernandez will be starting which could spell trouble for the Norwich defense. On the other hand, it may help Chris Hughton to set up a formation to combat the diminutive forward. Either way I’m predicting a win for Man United, the question will be more to do with whether it is comfortable or scrappy.

Norwich City (L, W, D, W, D)                    Manchester United (W, W, W, W, W)

 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

 

Fulham v Sunderland: Fulham is a team that has been playing well enough lately. Their bigger problem lately has been allowing goals. In their past 5 matches they have scored 11, but have also allowed 10. Sunderland is a team going the other direction by allowing 7 goals and only scoring 2 in that same period. I’m picking Fulham in this one. Martin O’Neill’s men have really been struggling and I can’t see that changing this weekend.

Fulham (D, W, D, D, D)              Sunderland (L, D, D, L, L)

 

Monday, November 19, 2012

 

West Ham United v Stoke City: Two teams that are always accused of playing negatively come face to face. I’m predicting a draw here, I’m just wondering if there will be any goals in it. Stoke away has a -1 goal difference but still have only allowed 10 goals in the Premier League this season. West Ham just might be able to nick a goal on the break, but I have a hard time seeing that happen against a team that will most likely defend and go for the draw.

West Ham (L, W, L, D, W)          Stoke City (D, L, D, L, W)

*W/D/L stats are based on the past 5 Premier League competitions

 

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