As the Premier League enters Matchday 12 this weekend, there is plenty to talk about from Manchester City facing a major hurdle in becoming the first home team to win the Manchester derby in 8 attempts, while Slaviša Jokanović would be looking to shock Liverpool and avoid getting sacked for a five games losing streak.
Glen Murray has been in fine goalscoring form for Brighton so far and he could get on the scoresheet, here again, there is also a big test for Chelsea against Everton. We have captured some of the key things that could change after this weekend games are played.
Liverpool Go top of the League
Liverpool are hurting ahead of this weekend. They paid the price for an abject display in the Champions League in midweek as they were stunned by Red Star Belgrade who beat them 2-0 in Serbia. However, they play a Fulham side who are very short on confidence after falling to the foot of the Premier League table.
We expect Liverpool to win this game. With Manchester City and Chelsea facing tough fixtures, the Reds can begin the new week at the top of the Premier League table.
Manchester City Unbeaten Run Ends
Manchester City have been unplayable sometimes this season and they head into their game against Manchester United after scoring 12 times in their last 2 home games. However, they face a Manchester United team that is the last team to beat them at home in the Premier League, who also just secured a famous away win at Juventus.
Jose Mourinho’s men should get the win here even if it means coming from behind like they have done so often recently.
Chelsea to Drop Points
Maurizio Sarri has enjoyed a good start to his first season as a Premier League manager and as he comes into this game against Everton, he would be facing one of the teams who are a genuine threat to the top four establishments.
Everton are playing one of the best attacking football at the moment and they have all their players back from injury, so we expect them to at least battle for a draw in this game.
Fulham manager to get the sack
Fulham have lost four straight games. They are obviously playing very good attacking football, but results are all that matters in football. They head to Anfield where they have scored just one goal in their last 8 visits with Slaviša Jokanović’s future on the line.
A defeat for the Cottagers should end his time at the helm, and that is what we expect Liverpool to be able to do at home in this game.
Glen Murray scores again
Glen Murray is the definition of a late bloomer. The Brighton attacker has had a journeyman career in football so far having tried to crack it at the very top with several teams. At Brighton, he has finally found a place that he can call home and has been banging in the goals.
He heads into this weekend with six goals from just 7 shots on target. He has come to the rescue of the Seagulls so many times, we believe he could be the difference between them and Cardiff City this weekend.
Mark Hughes gets sacked
Mark Hughes saved Southampton from the drop last season in a surprising way, however, the club hasn’t made much progress since that time.
Reports earlier this week claimed that the Saints have given him the home match against Watford today to save his job. With all his attackers misfiring, that is a huge task, so we expect him to get the sack when the new week begins.
These are the few things we expect to dominate the headlines as players head for the international break next week, sit back, relax and have a fun-filled weekend.