After another drab International Break finally winded to a close earlier this week, thankfully, The Premier League has returned once again for Game Week Twelve and what a weekend of Football it’s poised to be as North London Derby headlines the Saturday lunch menu and the David Moyes era begins with a trip to Vicarage Road for The Hammers.
Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday 12:30 PM)
There is no saving the best till last this weekend in The PL with the first encounter of Matchday Twelve being a tantalising London Derby at The Emirates Stadium as The Gunners host The Lilywhites live on Sky Sports.
The home side head into the latest playing of this historic fixture off the back of a controversial 3-1 defeat at The Etihad Stadium the other side of The International Break, they are currently underwhelmingly sitting in sixth position in The Table.
Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are in a rich vein of form, winning 10 of their last 14 in all Competitions, the most recent one coming at Wembley over Crystal Palace, albeit not in the most convincing of circumstances but they are still third.
The hosts will definitely have to look out for Harry Kane, should he be fit, as the striker has scored in every one of his Premier league clashes against his boyhood team, Arsene Wenger will certainly be shaking in his boots at the sight of Spurs’ danger man.
Glanville’s Prediction: 1-2.
Leicester City vs Manchester City (Saturday 3 PM)
In what is surely the pick of the Saturday afternoon starts, The League Leaders make the trip to The King Power Stadium as two of The League’s most reputable Managers do battle.
Ever since he took over from Craig Shakespeare in The Midlands, Claude Puel has led a Leicester revival, seeing them up to as far as 12th from a position of danger, The Foxes have also been victorious in three of their last four, drawing with Stoke last time out.
Meanwhile, with 15 consecutive victories in all Competitions, it’s fair to say that The Citizens are dominating on a level that hadn’t been seen for a long time in English Football under Pep Guardiola, they would have enjoyed a rest after besting the Gunners on Matchday Eleven and will be raring to go.
Interestingly, Leicester have managed to beat City two times in the side’s last three League encounters, but should the away side get the three points they will be only the second team in history to win their first six PL away matches.
Glanville’s Prediction: 0-2.
West Bromwich Albion vs Chelsea (Saturday 3 PM)
In another one of six traditional Saturday afternoon ties, last season’s Champions under Antonio Conte’s Chelsea face off with West Brom at The Hawthorns Stadium.
Tony Pulis’ men, who are usually the ambit of top-flight consistency, are currently in the midst of a not so solid run of form and without a win in eight PL games, things are starting to look worrying in The Midlands, especially in the wake of a defeat to Huddersfield last time out, they sit 16th.
The Blues have endured no such problems this campaign, but it hasn’t been without its wobbles either, they would certainly want to be closer to top spot at this stage currently in fourth, although a Super Sunday win over Manchester United should hold them in good stead.
It was this game last season at the very same venue that the West Londoners were able to seal the Title with a Michy Batshuayi goal, that being their second consecutive win at The Hawthorns, after failing to win four times in a row at the Ground.
Glanville’s Prediction: 0-1.
Liverpool vs Southampton (Saturday 3 PM)
Anfield will play host to another tasty clash tomorrow afternoon as Mauricio Pellegrino’s Saints are in town hoping that they can inflict more pain on Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
Liverpool’s campaign has been as topsy-turvy as ever under the German, defensive frailties have stolen all the attention after a poor start sees them in fifth place despite Matchday Eleven’s stellar thrashing of West Ham United.
Meanwhile, Southampton have earned a reputation for being a feeder club to their Merseyside compatriots in recent years and they have also disappointed this campaign in a mediocre 13th place and having been defeated at home by Burnley in their last clash.
The home side’s formidable home record of two defeats in 32 is expected to see them through this one but tomorrow’s visitors have not lost in five against The Reds, can they cause an upset much like they did in The League Cup last year?
Glanville’s Prediction: 2-0.
Burnley vs Swansea City (Saturday 3 PM)
In what is expected to be a very one-sided matchup at Turf Moor, in form Burnley host a very much out of form Swansea side tomorrow, with both teams fighting very different battles.
The Clarets find themselves in very unfamiliar territory at this stage of the season after dazzling much of English Football under Sean Dyche, they are in seventh after victory on The South Coast last time out.
The story couldn’t be more different for Paul Clement’s Swans who have the threat of Relegation looming over them already in 18th place, being criticised by many for their performance in the home defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.
If the hosts look like the clear favourites heading into the encounter, bear in mind that the Welsh side have a 100% Premier League record against the Lancashire Boys, winning in all four of the previous meetings.
Glanville’s Prediction: 3-1.
AFC Bournemouth vs Huddersfield Town (Saturday 3 PM)
David Wagner and his team of Terriers make the long and undesirable journey all the way to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, where The Cherries will wait to go toe to toe with them.
Bournemouth now look to be momentarily out of the woods after stringing some form together to win two of their last three games, most recently away in Newcastle and climb out of the Relegation Zone under Eddie Howe.
Whilst Top-Flight newbies Huddersfield have been holding their own nicely in midtable, currently occupying 11th spot, for much of the season and were victorious in their last outing over Wales’ Swansea at The John Smith’s Stadium.
The clash will be the first time that these two sides have met in PL history, becoming the 847th different matchup, meaning that the scales are balanced evenly in a tie that is very hard to predict the outcome of indeed.
Glanville’s Prediction: 1-1.
Crystal Palace vs Everton (Saturday 3 PM)
The Saturday intriguing encounters just keep on coming tomorrow as the focus switches to the wrong end of the Table, with 20th playing host to 15th at Selhurst Park.
Palace’s season to forget just continues with nine defeats to their name, the last one coming at Wembley just before the Break and only three goals scored in the entire campaign, Roy Hodgson certainly does look to have an impossible task ahead of him in South London.
Whereas, The Toffees’ fortunes haven’t been too dissimilar under both Ronald Koeman and interim Boss David Unsworth, but they did manage to pick up a win in their last taste of action, albeit rather fortunately at home to Watford.
There could be yet further light at the end of the tunnel for Everton as the stat that they have only lost one of their last 20 against teams in the bottom three at the start of the day sticks out the most, will they climb further away from danger?
Glanville’s Prediction: 2-2.
Manchester United vs Newcastle United (Saturday 5:30 PM)
If all of tomorrow’s daytime action just isn’t enough, BT Sport will also be getting in on the act with the renewal of a fierce old rivalry in Manchester as The Red Devils look to shoot down The Magpies at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho’s men tasted only their second defeat of the campaign to this date last time out at Stamford Bridge, one that saw their Blue Moon rivals slip further from their reach at eight points, although United are their nearest challengers.
Newcastle have also put some promising stuff together in their first season back in the big time, despite this a home defeat to The Cherries did appear to halt their progress a little bit as it saw them fall all the way down to eleventh position.
If his side can sneak a result at The Theatre of Dreams, Rafa Benitez will claim a special record as by being the only Manager in PL history to win away at The Ground with three different teams during his Career, one of the most expensive teams in world Football history does stand in his way, however.
Glanville’s Prediction: 3-2.
Watford vs West Ham United (Sunday 4 PM)
In Sky Sports’ solitary Super Sunday encounter of the weekend, Scotsman Moyes will take charge of our Claret & Blue stars for the first time, facing off with Marco Silva’s Watford at Vicarage Road.
The Hornets have excelled this campaign under their own new Boss although the magic has faded ever so slightly in recent weeks as they have fallen to ninth in the wake of three losses on the bounce.
The International Break proved a very busy period in East London with the departure of Slaven Bilic and arrival of the aforementioned former United Manager, his primary task will be to guide us out of the relegation Zone after the 1-4 London stadium drubbing by The Reds.
However, the hosts will be well positioned to further the Hammers misery come Sunday afternoon, losing only once in the last six meetings between the two sides, but the main focus will surely only be on one man in Hertfordshire.
Glanville’s Prediction: 0-0.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Stoke City (Monday 8 PM)
Last but not least by far in Match Week Twelve is Premier League Monday Night Football’s first trip to The Amex Stadium, it will also be the first visit for Mark Hughes and Stoke City.
Chris Hughton’s men have proved one of the real surprise packages of 2017/2018 so far as they remarkably sit eighth after a wondrous start and most recently came home from The Liberty Stadium with all three points.
Meanwhile, The Potters have not been enjoying such joy over the past few months with pressure mounting on their Manager as they occupy 14th place, after a minor upturn in form that saw them beat Watford and then earn a respectable point against Leicester.
This game will be yet another fixture that is being played out for the first time in The Premier League and despite the hosts being the Bookies’ favoured side, The Potters have defeated The Seagulls in each of the last eight meetings.
Glanville’s Prediction: 2-0.
So, now that the eagerly-awaited first Matchday of a rich Festive Football period has been well and truly Previewed, who will be victorious? Who will taste bitter defeat? And who will make the headlines? Join us again early next week to find out.