Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton Premier League Preview

Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton Preview: All relief needed

North London is red now, and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pocchetino has some work to do. At the end of the clash against Arsenal, Spurs’ manager considered the 4-2 defeat a consequence of a tough week, in which Chelsea and Internazionale tasted White Hart Lane’s steel.

This seems to be a very generous response to an anthology of individual mistakes seen at the Emirates, protecting his pupils from the awful truth before meeting Barcelona in the next Champions League fixture.

One shall remember that, some days before the derby, the Argentinian manager admitted fifth placed Tottenham are not aiming for the Premier League title. Therefore, the next match at Wembley can provide all relief needed, against a stumbling and acephalous Southampton. Read More

Watford vs Manchester City Preview

Watford vs Manchester City Preview: Rotation, Rotation, Rotation

As City travel to Watford on Tuesday, it’s getting busy in the Premier League. A mid-week fixture is the perfect time to ponder the potential limits of two squads who have been successful relative to their goals so far, but who may have some difficulties with fixture congestion.

Despite a loss to Leicester at the weekend, Watford have to be pretty happy with their performances so far this season. Per Twelve’s xG timeline, through 13 games they’ve had less xG in a game than their opponents just five times this season, and that was to Spurs, Liverpool, Manchester United, Fulham (shockingly), and Bournemouth (courtesy of an early red card to Christian Kabasele).

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Manchester United vs Arsenal: Gunners better in every department?

Manchester United put in yet another disappointing performance at the weekend, this time against Premier League strugglers Southampton, as their bid to finish in the top four looks less likely with every week.

Before the two recent draws, José Mourinho claimed that United would be in one of the Champions League places by the end of December, but having dropped four points in the last two games, they are now left needing a win against Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Mourinho oversaw two victories over Arsenal last season but now that they are recharged under Unai Emery, thrashing rivals Tottenham Hostpur on Sunday afternoon. United will have their work cut out to get a result against them this time around. Read More

Divock Origi Liverpool 1-0 Everton Winner

Burnley vs Liverpool Preview: The Agony and The Ecstasy

Burnley vs Liverpool is fixture which has gone in two very different directions over the past two seasons. In 2016/17, it was the Clarets’ second match back in the big time. They didn’t have a single shot in the box, Liverpool had 26 attempts in total but few of little real value, and Burnley won 2-0. Kopites were noting after their recent defeat to Crvena Zvezda that it felt very similar to that infamous Turf Moor loss.

It was a happier visit on New Year’s Day 2018, as Ragnar Klavan scored in the 94th minute in front of the away fans to give Liverpool a 2-1 win. From the agony of a stodgy defeat, to the ecstasy of an injury-time winner. But what can we expect to see on Wednesday night?

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Premier League team of week 14

Premier League Team of Week 14: Chicharito the MexiCan

It was another entertaining weekend in the Premier League, culminating in Divock Origi’s ridiculous winner on Sky’s derby day. The phrase ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’ is well worn, but when you see who our goalkeeper is this week, you’ll want to use it again. The Twelve algorithm is a powerful beast, but it must be used wisely. Anyway, here’s our Premier League team of week 14.

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford. Liverpool 1-0 Everton.

The 232nd Merseyside derby will be long remembered for the bizarre circumstances in which it was decided. Nobody in their right mind would call Pickford the best goalkeeper this weekend, yet on points he was. England’s #1 made a high value save from Shaqiri, and was strong in the air for the opening 95 minutes at the match. Shame about the last minute, Jordan. Read More

Liverpool vs Everton Mohamed Salah

Liverpool vs Everton Preview: A Different Cup of Tea or a Boiling Kettle?

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp issued a warning ahead of the 232nd Merseyside derby by branding Everton “a different cup of tea” this season. It’s a statement that could easily become a boiling kettle for the Reds after an utterly disappointing Champions League midweek.

March On!

The Reds succumbed to a third consecutive away defeat in Champions League Group C with Paris Saint-Germain putting on a stylish – and some would say over-theatrical (but hush, it wasn’t me) – display to put Liverpool in a tight spot.

James Milner’s goal produced a slight scent of hope but the inability to overturn the deficit completely was stifling. And so were the Twelve numbers which show that Liverpool’s key men were nowhere near to being their usual selves against the Parisians. Read More

Fantasy Football: Week 14

Premier League Fantasy Football: Week 14 selections

That’s better. We may not have won a cash prize last week, but our team mustered more points than they had in the previous two combined. A definite step in the right direction.

You know the drill by now; we select a team for Draft Kings’ weekend game. To do this, we run the last six weeks of Premier League matches through our algorithm, to see what the best eight man squad we can assemble is. The full leader board is here, and these are the matches.

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Arsenal vs Tottenham

Arsenal vs Tottenham Preview: Going The Distance

One London derby blurs into the other for Tottenham, as Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs themselves all now operate somewhat similar styles. Comparisons between Spurs and Arsenal have always aggravated fans but the two teams may appear more similar on the pitch than they ever have when they go to battle on Sunday afternoon.

Squeeze the opposition. Win the second ball. Work the ball to work the space. Take a risk. Repeat.

Practice overcame individual talent last weekend when Tottenham utilised an ultra-narrow diamond to cut-off Chelsea’s preferred passing patterns to take advantage of Sarri’s reluctance for his teams to build through his full-backs. Pochettino sat Dele right on top of Jorginho for 90 minutes, suffocating the visitors possession game and creating turnovers in the process.

The underlying issue for Chelsea, just as is the case for Arsenal, is that although the ideas and talent is there those two elements will take more than a few weeks to become at one. Results are largely coming their way but Emery is not seeing his team control the game through counter-pressing as he’d like them to. Read More

Southampton vs Manchester United

Southampton vs Manchester United Preview: Last chance for Mourinho?

The dark cloud which has hung ominously over Old Trafford since the opening day of the 2018-19 season has shown little sign of disappearing and after last week’s drab goalless draw against Crystal Palace, expectations have plummeted among United supporters. The win against Young Boys may have helped a little, but it was hardly scintillating stuff.

The Red Devils are seventh in the Premier League, 15 behind table-topping arch-rivals Manchester City and seven behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Pressure mounts on José Mourinho with each passing game.

Against a struggling Palace side last Saturday the same old problems persisted, as the combination of a lack of urgency in attack and laziness in midfield left United looking second best and ultimately lucky to emerge with a point. Read More

Chelsea vs Fulham

Chelsea vs Fulham Preview: Cottagers will find Spurs hard to imitate

The fixture-laden December period is finally upon us. Chelsea begin theirs by welcoming Fulham to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Chelsea’s unbeaten run ended in smoke when they visited Tottenham at Wembley last weekend. Apparently, Mauricio Pochettino had all the answers for Sarri-ball.

It doesn’t take much imagination to figure out what happens next; as much as possible, the Blues will try to bounce back. Maurizio Sarri can see daylight appearing quickly between his side and table-toppers Manchester City – they’re now seven points adrift. Read More