Out of all the top flight football leagues in the world, the English Premier League is at the very top. This league is in very high demand for streaming platforms and brand deals for good reason as it is viewed not only in England but worldwide by people who are fans of football or fans of the teams that are present in this league of the glorious and beautiful sport. Every single week of the Premier League season is filled with exciting and interesting fixtures that can bring a whole range of results to the table and cause a shift in the actual EPL Table positioning. A lot of factors can come into play when addressing different fixtures and their potential outcomes. Check out our soccer betting section for all things EPL betting.
Last Week’s Results
As usual, before jumping forward and addressing Gameweek 13, we will have a look back at the last week of English football. Starting off bright and early, the first game took place at 12.30pm BST and saw Chelsea travel to Leicester City before travelling home with 3 points, a victory, and another Clean Sheet. Unfortunately for Leicester, they actually did score but it was ruled offside. There was a few games that all kicked off at 3pm on Saturday, all of which had some interesting results that were genuinely very shocking and also persuasive to both the table and the teams. The first of these games was Newcastle v Brentford, which should have been Eddie Howe’s first game in charge of Newcastle but he came down with Covid-19. The game ended in a high scoring 3-3 draw which shows that both teams are capable of tucking the ball away. Following the exact same scoreline, Burnley welcomed Crystal Palace to Turf Moor in a game that ended 3-3. Aston Villa beat Brighton and collected a clean sheet in a 2-0 victory, giving new manager Steven Gerrard his first win at the club. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been removed as the Manchester United manager following this next game, which saw the Old Trafford boys beaten 4-1 by Championship-escapers Watford. Wolves v West Ham was an interesting game, which definitely shocked a lot of West Ham fans and saw Wolves victorious with a 1-0 win. Norwich have also got a new manager now, Dean Smith, who was previously at Aston Villa. Norwich and Dean Smith saw another victory when they won 2-1 at home against Southampton who actually had the lead from a Che Adams goal in the 5th minute of the game. Liverpool’s incredible form continued as they defeated Arsenal 4-0 in a fixture that we at least thought would have seen both team score a goal. Saying this, Arsenal did actually score first before it was ruled offside. The next game was Manchester City v Everton which saw yet another clean sheet for one of the Big Six, an easy 3-0 win for the City boys at the Etihad Stadium. Leeds United travelled to Tottenham to take on Spurs in the last fixture of the week, and actually went into the second half with a 1-0 lead which was shortly ripped from them and eventually saw them lose 2-1 to a slowly-returning Tottenham Hotspur team.
Premier League Fixtures: GW13
The return of the Premier League, as well as the seemingly constant switch of managerial roles and player injury statuses has caused a lot of upsets and a lot of strange results so far this season. We expect this to continue in to the following weeks, and with that being said we will not choose our three favourite upcoming fixtures and delve into a bit of detail and history before listing the rest of the fixtures to look forward to in Gameweek 13 of the English Prem:
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (November 27th, 3pm BST)
Patrick Viera has been doing a great job at Crystal Palace since he took over from Roy Hodgson this season. Of all the new managers to join the EPL in 2021/22, he has been one of our personal favourites purely because his method of playing has proven very impressive despite the lack of actual wins. You can see players like Benteke and Edouard getting forward a lot more alongside Zaha and Conor Gallagher too. The whole squad has a lot more depth now and are very impressive in general. Speaking of new managers, Steven Gerrard has had a good start at Aston Villa and will be looking to continue that run with his second game for the club. We expect this game to be quite close in terms of goals and shots, with historical evidence of their last 5 fixtures not giving a very clear leeway to either side. Their most recent fixture ended in a 3-2 victory to Crystal Palace.
Manchester City v West Ham (November 28th, 2pm BST)
Unsurprisingly, Manchester City are proving themselves worthy of a top three spot in the league once again, and although it is not 100% guaranteed they will finish that high, we see it being very likely. West Ham were having a good spell of games, especially with their victory over Liverpool 2 weeks ago, but it seems as though they are going to be very up and down for most of the season. Manchester City are on very good Home Form, seeing only one defeat (and 1 draw) in their last 10 games at the Etihad Stadium. This points towards Guardiola’s men having a huge home advantage in this fixture, and we think all evidence points towards a Manchester City win. In all 5 of their previous Etihad Stadium fixtures, Manchester City have reigned victorious over West Ham, with an aggregate score of 11-3.
Chelsea v Manchester United (November 28th, 4.30pm BST)
Following the sacking of Solskjaer from the Manchester United stands, the team could be without a proper head coach and could be looking at Carrick stepping in for this fixture. Obviously, they could have appointed somebody by this date, but it seems unlikely right now. This could mean that the second in command has to take the wheel against a flaming Chelsea who go into every game – especially a home game – with victory on their minds. Based on previous stats, Manchester United only managed to garner one single victory out of 5 games, whereas Chelsea secured 4 victories and a draw. Chelsea’s home form in comparison to Manchester United’s away form also puts all of the weight on United’s shoulders to try and perform in this game. Looking at the Head To Head between these two teams, the two most previous fixtures both ended in 0-0 draws, but with the current state of the Manchester United defence, we cannot see this game ended in another Bore Draw.
Bet Star Wager Picks
Before we give our two correct score predictions, we must first and always refer to the fact that these are predictions and not true facts. They will probably never be 100% accurate, but we do put in the time and research in order to get them as accurate as possible. Of course, we base our predictions off a mix of statistics and opinion, which can mean they sometimes appear biased or one-sided when in fact they are just based on previous performance. With that said, here are the predictions:
Crystal Palace 2 – 1 Aston Villa, we can see this game being a very, very close one with both managers trying to secure victories but both teams being genuinely evenly matched. The defensive strength in Aston Villa will be coming against a Crystal Palace attacking force to be reckoned with, and on the other side of the pitch you’ll see a somewhat flimsy Villa attack coming against a growing Palace defence. We think Crystal Palace will pip the victory in this game, not only because of the home advantage, but because of the fact Viera is a bit more settled in to the club than Gerrard is at Villa which may give him a slight edge.
Manchester City 3 – 1 West Ham, history suggests that Manchester City will take the victory in this game, especially because of their decent home advantage and the current form of their strikers and midfielders when it comes to scoring goals. We think West Ham could potentially sneak one past the defenders, probably from a corner delivered by Pablo Fornals and a headed goal by Benrahma or a tap-in by Antonio. Of course, goalscorers are a different market, so that is not relevant. We think an Over 2.5 Goals is definitely on the table for this game, though.
Remember that these predictions are not guaranteed. It would be nice if we could win these bets every week, but of course that is not how the world works. Please gamble responsibly and only stake as much as you can afford to lose.