After a dramatic weekend of action last week in the Premier League which saw Liverpool snatch a last gasp win at Aston Villa to maintain their six point lead over Manchester City, who themselves had to come from behind to beat Southampton at home, the Premier League is set for Matchday 12 and what a weekend it promises to be with some absolutely crucial matches set to take place.

On Friday night we have the clash between the two clubs occupying the bottom two places in the league table as Watford travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich. Then on Saturday, third placed Leicester could open up a gap of nine points over fifth placed Arsenal, if the Foxes can land the win at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

However, the really big game of the week and indeed one of the games of the season will take place on Sunday afternoon when Liverpool take on Manchester City at Anfield in what could be a definitive game in the title race, even just into November. A win for Liverpool would give them a nine-point lead over Manchester City, a win for City cuts Liverpool’s lead to just three points, The stakes could not be higher even at this early point of the season.

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Let’s now take a look at our tips for the weekend’s games, starting with Friday night’s relegation six-pointer in Norfolk.

All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 10.50am on Wednesday 6th November

Premier League Matchday 12

Norwich City v Watford (Friday, 8pm)

This is a true relegation six-pointer in every sense of the phrase as 20th takes on 19th in what is a game both sides will feel is winnable for them. Watford still have not won a game this season and this is arguably their best chance to do that. Norwich’s defensive problems are well documented, but they have beaten Man City at home and they are capable of scoring plenty of goals. This will be close and I can see goals being scored, but I feel Norwich will just about edge it. Tip – Norwich to land a narrow win – 31/20.

Chelsea v Crystal Palace (12.30pm)

Saturday’s London derby clash at Lunchtime should be interesting especially with Chelsea coming into this game on the back of an amazing 4-4 draw with Ajax in the Champions League. Palace’s form has tailed away of late but they still remain a tough side to beat, especially against the big six, but for me I feel Chelsea’s pace and youthfulness is their biggest asset and at home, I think they will pick up another win here. Tip – Chelsea for the win – 1/3.

Burnley v West Ham United

Recent form suggests both these teams could lose this game with little evidence to suggest that they could win it. I think West Ham have the more talented squad, but their form is very poor at the moment and they are shipping goals at a worrying rate. Burnley are more used to battling back to form and with home advantage, I think they will get something from this game. Tip – Back a narrow win for Burnley here at 5/4.

Newcastle United v Bournemouth

Both of these teams picked up fine wins last week, Newcastle at West Ham and Bournemouth at home to Manchester United. I think both of these teams are solid defensively but can struggle sometimes in attack against the better teams. I do see this being a low-scoring affair with perhaps one goal settling it, but I think a more likely outcome is a 0-0 draw, or perhaps a 1-1. Tip – A tough one to call, but I’m backing the draw here at 12/5.

Southampton v Everton

Southampton produced a battling display in going down to defeat against Man City last week but they need to redeem themselves at home in front of their own fans, and this game against an out of sorts Everton gives them that opportunity. A win here would also draw Saints level on points with the Toffees at the bottom end of the table and as such, I think a well-motivated Southampton side can get a win here. Tip – Southampton to claim a narrow win – 2/1.

Tottenham Hotspur v Sheffield United

Tottenham earned a hard point at Everton last weekend in what was a dramatic game for a variety of reasons, but they now face a test against sixth placed Sheffield United who have started the season brilliantly, based on what is the Premier League’s most effective defence (alongside Leicester). The Blades won’t make it easy for Spurs here, but I think Harry Kane and co will find a way through to claim what will be a much needed victory for the home side. Tip – Tottenham victory – 4/7.

Leicester City v Arsenal (5.30pm)

There is an awful lot riding on this game for Arsenal moreso than Leicester City as the Gunners are six points behind Leicester (and Chelsea who have the same points tally as the Foxes) in fifth. A win here for Leicester would move them nine points clear of Arsenal and that could be a massive gap to bridge for the Champions League spots next season. However, Leicester are playing some fabulous football at the moment whereas Arsenal are struggling and in truth, I only see the home side landing another win here. Tip – Leicester to win this one comfortably – 19/20.

Wolves v Aston Villa (Sunday, 2pm)

The first Premier League derby between these teams since 2012 sees Wolves and Villa clash with differences in form. Wolves have the better form and lie towards the middle of the table, while Villa badly need to pick up a win from somewhere. For me, derby games can be tough to predict with emotion playing such a big part, form can go out of the window in these games, but if forced to pick, I’d back the home side to snatch a narrow win. Tip – Wolves to win a bruising encounter – 5/6.

Manchester United v Brighton (Sunday, 2pm)

United’s mini-revival in fortunes was brought to an end last weekend away to Bourrnemouth and they take on a Brighton side that are two places and two points above them in the Premier League table. Graham Potter has done a great job with the Seagulls this season and even though United are at home, I do think they will find it tough against the visitors. That said, I just feel the pace United have in attack will be the difference here. Tip – A narrow win for United here – 11/20.

Liverpool v Manchester City (Sunday, 4.30pm)

Could this game be pivotal in deciding the destination of the league title? Even though we are just short of a third of the way through the season? A win for Liverpool would give them a nine-point lead over City, whereas a City win would cut that gap to a far more manageable three. City cannot afford to lose this one but they face a Liverpool side that just do not lose games at Anfield in the Premier League. This one should be close and I can see goals being scored at both ends, but I just feel the later kick off, under floodlights at Anfield suits Liverpool a bit more and I am backing them to emerge with what could be a massively important win. – Tip – Liverpool to win – 17/10.