Premier League predictions & preview - gameweek 12

The Premier League is back in action this weekend following the international break, with domestic football now non-stop until March 2022.

There are a number of intriguing fixtures to be played over the course of Saturday and Sunday, including a big test for Liverpool and Arsenal, a must-win game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and a battle of wits between Antonio Conte and Marcelo Bielsa in Tottenham vs Leeds.

Below is your comprehensive guide to what's coming up in week 12 of the season, while you find full details of how to watch this weekend's Premier League action on TV can be found here.

Saturday 20 November

Leicester vs Chelsea

Saturday's early kick-off is a repeat of the 2021 FA Cup final | Pool/GettyImages

When is kick off? Saturday 20 November, 12:30 (GMT)
Where is it being played? King Power Stadium

Chelsea and Leicester met in quick succession at the end of last season, but it was the latter who won the contest that mattered most when they prevailed in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Youri Tielemans scored the winning goal that day but is unavailable here because of injury. There has also been increasing speculation that manager Brendan Rodgers could soon be poached by Manchester United. Chelsea, meanwhile, are top of the Premier League table.

Prediction: Leicester 1-2 Chelsea

Aston Villa vs Brighton

Steven Gerrard is back in the Premier League | Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

When is kick off? Saturday 20 November, 15:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Villa Park

All eyes ahead of this match will be on new Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard as he takes charge of a Premier League game for the first time in his managerial career.

But the Liverpool legend won't have things all his own way. He is working with a Villa side that has lost five Premier League games on the spin, while Brighton have impressed plenty of people with their strong start and have only been beaten twice this season.

Prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Brighton

Burnley vs Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace are doing very well at the moment | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

When is kick off? Saturday 20 November, 15:00 (GMT)
Where is it being played? Turf Moor

Crystal Palace have found their feet under Patrick Vieira over the last couple of months. The Eagles are six Premier League games unbeaten since late September and are going for their third straight win when they face Burnley this weekend.

The Clarets are also on a bit of an upturn in form. They finally secured a first league win over the season against Brentford at the end of October and frustrated Chelsea last time out.

Prediction: Burnley 0-2 Crystal Palace

Newcastle vs Brentford

Can new coach Eddie Howe get Newcastle moving? | Stu Forster/GettyImages

When is kick off? Saturday 20 November, 15:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? St James' Park

Eddie Howe leads his first match as Newcastle boss this weekend. The Magpies hierarchy will hope he can deliver the club’s seriously overdue first win of the season. Even victory would be unlikely to raise them any higher than 19th so getting points on the board is absolutely vital.

Brentford have been hit and miss this season and have tended to fare better as an underdog, as was the case against Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham and in a narrow defeat to Chelsea. They have lost their last four in a row, though, including against Norwich.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Brentford

Norwich vs Southampton

Dean Smith is immediately back in a Premier League job | Stephen Pond/GettyImages

When is kick off? Saturday 20 November, 15:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Carrow Road

Norwich won their first Premier League match since before the start of the coronavirus pandemic last time out, only to sack manager Daniel Farke a few hours later. Dean Smith, fresh from the boot at Aston Villa, has since taken over and will hope for an immediate new manager bounce.

But Smith probably won't be keen on facing Southampton so soon. Defeat to them before the international break cost him his job at Villa and the Saints are on a decent run anyway, taking 10 points from their last four games alone.

Prediction: Norwich 0-1 Southampton

Watford vs Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows anything other than a win is failure here | Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

When is kick off? Saturday 20 November, 15:00 (GMT)
Where is it being played? Vicarage Road

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to win this game. The Manchester United boss is under more pressure than ever and saw his team dismantled at home by another fierce rival last time out. Here, against a team fighting relegation, anything other than victory is inexcusable.

Watford have an opportunity, though. The Hornets have largely been poor this season but have shown they can exploit weaknesses, as was the case in a thumping win over Everton.

Prediction: Watford 1-3 Man Utd

Wolves vs West Ham

Who will stop West Ham? | Alex Pantling/GettyImages

When is kick off? Saturday 20 November, 15:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Molineux

West Ham have been flying this season and the international break probably came at a bad time for them because it interrupted the momentum of a four-game Premier League winning streak, including a 3-2 win against Liverpool last time out.

In Wolves, they meet an opponent whose performances and results haven’t always aligned this season. Bruno Lage’s team have only won one of their last three, but have equally only been beaten once in their last six and have won four of those.

Prediction: Wolves 0-2 West Ham

Liverpool vs Arsenal

Jurgen Klopp will be keen for Liverpool to make a statement | James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

When is kick off? Saturday 20 November, 17:30 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Anfield

This is a battle of fourth against fifth at Anfield on Saturday evening. Liverpool are two points head in the table ahead of the weekend’s fixtures but it is Arsenal who are in better form.

The Gunners haven’t lost since a disastrous start to the season back in August and have taken 20 points from a possible 24 since then to save their campaign. Liverpool, on the other hand, haven’t won since they thrashed Manchester United nearly a month ago.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal

Sunday 21 November

Man City vs Everton

Kevin De Bruyne has tested positive for COViD-19 | Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

When is kick off? Sunday 21 November, 14:00 (GMT)
Where is it being played? Etihad Stadium

Manchester City haven’t had things go fully their way this season. They returned to winning ways in the Manchester derby last time out, but that came after a shock loss to Crystal Palace, while Kevin De Bruyne has now been ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19. Their squad is still stacked.

Everton managed to break a three-game losing streak in their last match thanks to a 0-0 draw with Tottenham. Rafa Benitez’s side haven’t since September and their strong start to the seasons – four wins from six to begin with – seems to have deserted them.

Prediction: Man City 3-1 Everton

Tottenham vs Leeds

Antonio Conte is looking for his first Premier League win since May 2018 | Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

What time is kick off? Sunday 21 September,16:30 (GMT)
Where is it being played? Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Antonio Conte oversaw a 3-2 win when he took charge of Tottenham for the first time in the Europa Conference League earlier this month, but his side were held to a 0-0 draw against Everton in the Premier League last time out. A clean sheet was progress, however.

Leeds have struggled this season compared to last season. They only have two wins to their name and haven't beaten any clubs currently above them in the table. Finishing hasn't been clinical enough and clean sheets have been limited to just one.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Leeds

Source : 90min