It’s that time of the week again where here at The Big Kick Off, we bring you our Premier League match predictions – and already we’re up to Matchweek 12.
Yes, the Premier League returns after its latest international break, and with fixtures coming thick and fast over the next few weeks, clubs will want to hit the ground running.
The league also welcomes three new managers this weekend. Well, it’s actually two plus Dean Smith – as Steven Gerrard, Eddie Howe, and the aforementioned Smith all take over at their respective new clubs.
In the latest Premier League betting, there has been a bit of a swing in the odds.
Prior to Matchweek 11, Chelsea and Liverpool were closing in on Man City in the betting.
City’s one-sided win over what looked more like Man Utd’s fifth team, coupled with Chelsea drawing and Liverpool losing, has seen City’s odds cut from 13/10 (2.30) to 8/11 (1.72).
Chelsea’s odds have now drifted out from 17/10 (2.70) to 13/5 (3.60). While Liverpool are now 4/1 (5.0), having been 11/4 (3.75) before their 3-2 defeat at the hands of West Ham.
Matchweek 11’s results have certainly shifted the market.
Latest Premier League Winner Betting Odds
- Man City 8/11 (1.72)
- Chelsea 13/5 (3.60)
- Liverpool 4/1 (5.00)
- Man Utd 60/1 (61.0)
- West Ham 60/1 (61.0)
- Arsenal 90/1 (91.0)
- Tottenham 250/1 (251.0)
Interesting to see that some bookmakers are giving West Ham as much chance of winning the league, as they are Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United!
Anyway, enough of that, let’s look at this weekend’s match predictions. And let’s try and do better than last time out!
Matchweek 12 Premier League Match Predictions
Again, remember these predictions are for a bit of fun only. If you are planning on betting, keep it to small amounts, please.
Chelsea drew at home to Burnley on week 11, showing just how hard it is to predict matches, and why gambling is so unpredictable!
Leicester v Chelsea – 12.30pm Saturday
The Foxes have been a funny side this season, just when you think they are getting it together, they throw in a dodgy performance.
They did look to have turned the corner with wins over Brentford and Man Utd, but then lost to Arsenal and drew with Leeds.
In fairness, they were kept at bay by an inspired Aaron Ramsdale performance, but the performance against Leeds was poor.
As for Chelsea, they can’t afford to drop points as they did at home to Burnley pre international break, and I expect them to bounce back with a win at the KP Stadium.
- Verdict Chelsea Win
Aston Villa v Brighton – 3pm Saturday
Right, new manager bounce for Villa? Maybe.
This is one of those matches where all three results are very possible.
Villa has lost five on the bounce, and I expect that run to end.
Brighton has lost only one of their last seven, and that was against Man City. Another Brighton stat – no wins in their last five!
So the point we can take from those two Brighton stats, is that the Seagulls have drawn a lot of matches lately!
- Verdict – Draw
Burnley v Cystal Palace – 3pm Saturday
Palace have won their last two and have not lost since 18th September, when they went down 3-0 at Anfield.
Burnley is doing a Burnley at the moment though. They are grinding results out, and they are just the sort of side to do a number on Palace.
No defeats in their last three for Burnley, and they have home advantage. It just sounds like a Burnley win to me!
- Verdict – Burnley Win
Newcastle v Brentford – 3pm Saturday
Eddie Howe’s first match in charge, and it’s surely a must-win if Newcastle has any ambition of staying up.
Newcastle has actually picked up a couple of decent draws in their last three matches and has improved lately.
Brentford has now lost four in a row and is finding out what Premier League life is really like. They even lost to Norwich!!!
I have to go for a home win in this one!
- Verdict – Newcastle Win
Norwich v Southampton – 3pm Saturday
The Saints are one of those sides that rarely win three games running, but that is what they can achieve with a win at Carrow Road.
In fact, Southampton has won three of its last four matches.
Norwich has a new manager in Dean Smith, and his leaving present from Daniel Farke was 3 points and Norwich’s first win of the season.
That result threw the Canaries the slimmest of lifelines.
The problem is Norwich is by far the worst side in the Premier League.
They have conceded more goals than anybody (even Man Utd has conceded less!!!), and they also have only scored 5 goals in the league this season.
- Verdict – Southampton Win
Watford v Man Utd – 3pm Saturday
Ah, the Red Devils!!!
Watford is set to throw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his latest lifeline. Take out the freakish 5-2 win away to Everton and Watford has scored 1 goal in their other previous five matches – and that was in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle.
The Hornets are on the slide, and even Man Utd surely can’t fail to win this match!
- Verdict – Man Utd Win
Wolves v West Ham – 3pm Saturday
As good as West Ham are doing, this really is a tough match to call.
Prior to their 2-0 defeat away to Crystal Palace, Wolves were five games unbeaten, and in the midst of a decent run.
Can West Ham keep winning like they have been lately as well? Form suggests they can, but I suspect they won’t have it easy here and I can see the Molineux men getting a point.
- Verdict – Draw
Liverpool v Arsenal – 3pm Saturday
Since losing 5-0 away to Man City in a capitulation bettered only by Manchester United this season, Arsenal has gone eight Premier League matches without defeat.
Prior to losing to West Ham, Liverpool last lost in the Ice Age. Well, it seemed a long time ago!
Anyway, bad gags aside, I can only see Liverpool putting an end to the Gunners mini-revival.
- Verdict – Liverpool Win
Man City v Everton – 2pm Sunday
Pep’s team is a touch frustrating this season.
A home draw with Southampton and a home defeat to Crystal Palace has made us tipsters, or match predictors, whatever you want to call us…. no swearing…… look even more stupid than usual.
In amongst those strange results, City has won at Chelsea, got a point at Anfield, and made Man Utd look like a team of schoolboys.
As for Everton, I’ve been saying all season it’s only a matter of time before the wheels fall off.
I think some Liverpool fans with spanners may have loosened them wheel nuts a bit more lately, and I can see this potentially getting ugly on Sunday!
- Verdict – Man City Win
Spurs v Leeds – 4.30pm Sunday
Isn’t Leeds United just the perfect team for Spurs to play at the moment?
The Elland Road outfit hasn’t got going yet this season, and Marcelo Bielsa is finding his second season in the Premier League difficult. Maybe he needs to stop looking at his feet in TV interviews, it might bring a change of luck?
Leeds should be okay this season, I don’t see them going down, but they are struggling. Without Raphinha they would be in a large hole.
There was a decent performance last time out in the 1-1 draw with Leicester, but I just feel Leeds’ loose defending is just what Spurs will want, and I can see the Londoners winning this one.
You never know, Harry Kane might even score!
- Verdict – Spurs Win
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