The sprint continues as Premier League fixtures pile on. We’ll approach this week with a game during midweek as well as a weekend game. A true test of players’ fitness levels, as well as the general squad flexibility, where managers will have to rotate things to avoid having to contend with a long list of injuries.
Another aspect of the game that never fails to take the limelight in big matches is refereeing decisions, but it seems that it’s something integral to the game. Sometimes, your team will get a favourable decision, and sometimes, it’ll go against you. Admittedly, this is somewhat amateurish in theory, especially when a leak informs how well the Premier League referees are being paid.
Aside from the drama and contentious decisions, let’s look ahead at what we can expect from the mid-week encounters in match week 12.
Match week 12 Preview
Manchester United vs Tottenham
Premier League Form: D – W – L – W – W vs W – W – L – W – W
A big fixture for both sides, the Red Devils are sitting in fifth, three points behind Chelsea whilst, Tottenham are level on points with Manchester City and building momentum on their fourth-place finish last season. Spurs have been criticised for not playing the most attractive brand of football, but as results and points keep coming, Conte and the board will be happy. On the other hand, Manchester United are slowly showing signs of improvement, especially in possession and transitions. In the previous games, new signing Casemeiro played well, and we will surely see him battle it out at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed a great game the last time these two met; he netted the second hat trick of his career wearing United’s red. Will he blossom once again? We are pricing CR7 to score anytime during the game at 21/20 (2.05).
This might be a very tactical game, with both managers trying to outfox the other. We are pricing an under 2.5 goals in the match at 8/7 (2.15).
Liverpool vs West Ham
Premier League Form: W – L – D – D – W vs D – W – W – L – L
After the grand Liverpool win against Manchester City, now it’s all about momentum for the Reds, another win against West Ham and the tide will have turned in their favour. West Ham has stalled in the opening few games of the season, already losing half of the games played. Playing Liverpool at home is a big ask for any team, as seen last weekend; even the biggest team in the world did not manage to get anything from that game. Moyes and the Hammers need a great performance to be in a good position to trouble Liverpool’s goal.
West Ham salvaged a point at St Mary’s Stadium last time out as Romain Perraud’s goal was cancelled off by Declan Rice’s brilliant whipped effort. Knowing both sides’ position in the league, a draw is the least damaging to either side, but both teams are in dire need of points.
Darwin Nunez is yet to set the Premier League alight, but we are pricing him at 9/11 (1.82) to net anytime during the game.
Fulham vs Aston Villa
Premier League Form: D – L – L – W – L vs L – D – D – W – D
This game has a lot riding on it, mainly for Aston Villa as results aren’t going in their favour and, with great investment in previous transfer windows, the board might want to re-evaluate their decisions with regards to their manager going forward. It’s fair to say that Gerrard is yet to get his Aston Villa side firing this season, with the only highlight being that 1-1 draw against Manchester City. On the other hand, Fulham managed to fight off some big opposition and come away with some big points, namely the thrilling draw against Liverpool. Mitrovic being one of the most consistent players for Fulham, providing vital goals.
Pressure will be on Aston Villa to perform, but Marco Silva’s side is drilled well enough to weather the storm and come out on top after the 90 minutes are over. A Fulham win and both teams to score is priced at 4/1 (5.00), whilst an Aston Villa narrow win of 1-0 is at 15/2 (8.50).
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*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing