Premier League Breakdown: Matchday Twelve

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November 8, 2018, Premier League

The Manchester derby is the feature game in the Premier League this weekend. Can Manchester United follow up their shock win against Juventus with a win over City? Liverpool and Chelsea can also maintain their unbeaten records. Liverpool take on Fulham at home whilst Chelsea have a potentially tricky game against Everton on Sunday.

Cardiff v Brighton (Saturday, 12:30)

Glenn Murray has been Brighton’s key man for goals this season and Saturday’s early kick-off at Cardiff will be no different. Neither side is known for being particularly adventurous going forward, so don’t expect this to be a classic.

Huddersfield v West Ham (Saturday, 15:00)

Huddersfield won 1-0 against Fulham on Monday to pick up their first victory of the season. The key battle here will be between the hosts’ occasionally shaky defence and the attacking threat posed by West Ham’s Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic.

Leicester v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00)

It will be an emotional afternoon at the King Power Stadium as Leicester play their first home match since the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Once again, the outcome of this match will feel like an afterthought.

Newcastle v Bournemouth (Saturday, 15:00)

Newcastle finally recorded their first win of the season last weekend, defeating Watford 1-0 at home. If they’re to achieve a similar result on Saturday, one of their main tasks will be to keep Bournemouth’s top scorer Callum Wilson quiet.

Southampton v Watford (Saturday, 15:00)

Southampton ended a run of five games without a goal thanks to Danny Ings’ penalty against Manchester City on Sunday. The bad news? They conceded six at the other end and lost 6-1. This feels like a must-not-lose game for Saints, who will need to be wary of Watford’s Roberto Pereyra.

Crystal Palace v Tottenham (Saturday, 17:30)

Wilfried Zaha hasn’t been at his influential best yet this season, with Crystal Palace scoring just eight goals in 11 games. Tottenham have the fourth-best defence in the league (10 conceded), so expect another tough match for Palace on Saturday.

Liverpool v Fulham (Sunday, 12:00)

Only three teams have scored more goals (21) than Liverpool this season, while no team has conceded more (29) than Fulham. This won’t quite be attack versus defence, but anything other than a home win would be a big surprise.

Chelsea v Everton (Sunday, 14:15)

Eden Hazard has been Chelsea’s key player this season but former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley will be the main man to look out for in this match. These teams like to play attacking football, so expect a few goals at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal v Wolves (Sunday, 16:30)

Wolves’ early-season success will turn into a slump if they lose for a fourth successive match. But this will not be an easy game for Arsenal, despite the form of top scorers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, with Wolves boasting the fifth-best defence in the league (12 goals conceded in 11 games).

Manchester City v Manchester United (Sunday, 16:30)

With 33 goals scored and only four conceded, top-of-the-table Manchester City are taking the league by storm once again. United have been more inconsistent than ever so far this season and they’ll need the likes of Chris Smalling and David De Gea to be at their very best to keep out the champions.