Week 13 of the English Premier League gets underway when Watford hosts Manchester United on Saturday at Vicarage Road.
In a week that will see several key fixtures contested including a London derby between Tottenham and West Ham, the round is undoubtedly highlighted by a match between Manchester City and Liverpool.
Manchester City vs Liverpool
In what is undoubtedly the headline fixture in week 13 of the Premier League, Manchester City return home to face Liverpool. With the exception on a some minor speedbumps here and there, the Sky Blues have registered exceptional form this season, scoring goals from all areas of the pitch and delivering some crushing defeats to some big-name sides on their way to the top of the table. Liverpool are currently amidst a rebuilding phase headlined by the appointment of Manager Jurgen Klopp a few weeks ago, and signs are promising at Anfield. Liverpool always test the big teams regardless of form, but Manchester City realistically should be too good.
Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United
Spurs have been brilliant to watch this season and have a squad full on confidence, with midfielders Dele Alli and Eric Dier making their England debuts this week, as well as Harry Kane finding himself back amongst the goals in recent weeks including the opening in last weekend’s North London Derby, but they’ll be up for a challenge facing the in-form West Ham at White Hart Lane. Having triumphed over some of the league’s best including Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal defeat this season, the Hammers are interestingly winless since week 10.
Watford vs Manchester United
Manchester United kick off the weekend with a battle against a Watford side who have started the season in relatively good form. United are set to be missing Anthony Martial, who limped off whilst playing for France against England on Tuesday evening. Watford have picked up their form of late and have a constant threat in striker Odion Ighalo, who has scored an impressive 7 goals in 12 league games for the Hornets. Wayne Rooney scored for England in midweek and Jesse Lingard is also in confident form so United will pose a threat themselves, but with both sides defensively sound then it could be a low scoring affair come the final whistle.
West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal
West Brom have done enough to currently sit 13th overall; posting a number of competitive results between weeks they have gone missing, but are comfortably clear of the drop zone. Arsenal have returned to competition in particularly slick form; posting eight wins on their way to being tied atop the Premier League ladder with Manchester City; second only on goal difference. Similarly to Watford in the week’s first match, the Baggies are sure to grow an extra leg in front of their home fans but probably face too great a task in the Gunners this weekend.
Newcastle United vs Leicester City
In arguably the most one-sided match in Week 13, the underwhelming Newcastle host a rampant Leicester City in the north of England. Newcastle have been nothing short of terrible this year in winning only two matches; sitting seventeenth overall on only ten competition points. Leicester City adversely are amidst undoubtedly their best season in the top flight to date; third overall only a point behind Manchester City and Arsenal a third of the way through the season. The Foxes are going from strength to strength and don’t appear as though they were slow down any time soon.