The Premier League returns with week 12 fixtures that promise serious entertainment after the international break heralded by Arsenal encounter against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Later in the day, table-toppers Manchester City head to Leicester City. Chelsea are also away from home, as they head to the Hawthorns to take on West Bromwich Albion.
Meanwhile, Saturday’s late fixture is also intriguing as Manchester United aim to bounce back from defeat to Chelsea when Newcastle United visit Old Trafford.
Arsenal vs. Tottenham
Arsenal’s return to form after a slow start was ended last time out, as they were comfortably beaten 3-1 at Manchester City.
Another tough fixture awaits on Saturday in the form of the north London derby, although a win would take the Gunners to within one point of third-place Spurs.
Manager Arsene Wenger left club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette out of his starting lineup against City, but the Frenchman came on and found the back of the net.
It would therefore be a surprise if Lacazette were left out again, particularly with his goalscoring record this season, as highlighted by the Premier League’s official Twitter account:
Arsenal will also want more from talisman Alexis Sanchez who has yet to find his top form this season and has managed just two goals in all competitions.
Tottenham, meanwhile, go into the game on the back of a narrow win over Crystal Palace that saw them move level on points with Manchester United in second but still eight behind leaders City.
Spurs do have injury concerns, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks all having pulled out of international duty with England through injury, per BBC Sport.
However, Mauricio Pochettino has said Kane will be fit to face Arsenal, although Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld are doubts, per Tom Allnutt at the Evening Standard.
Kane’s return will be a huge boost for Arsenal, particularly given his record against the Gunners, Opta noted:
This fixture has yielded plenty of entertainment and goals in recent seasons, and Saturday should be no different.
Kane’s return is crucial for Spurs, particularly against an Arsenal side that continues to look vulnerable defensively.
However, Spurs may be without key men Lloris and Alderweireld, and in Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Sanchez, the Gunners have the firepower to cause their north London rivals problems.
Manchester United vs. Newcastle United
All eyes will be on United manager Jose Mourinho on Saturday at Old Trafford, with his team in need of a win after a demoralizing defeat at Chelsea last time out.
The Red Devils may, however, be boosted by the return from injury of Paul Pogba, who could make the squad as noted by James Robson of the Manchester Evening News.
Football writer Liam Canning believes Pogba’s return is exactly what is needed for Manchester United to roar back from the defeat at Chelsea.
Romelu Lukaku rediscovered his goal scoring touch during the international break, netting twice in a 3-3 friendly draw with Mexico.
Lukaku has not scored for United since the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace in September, but his goals for Belgium will give him confidence and also saw him hit a landmark for the national side.
Newcastle will prove tough opposition and have fared well on their return to the Premier League—they are in 11th place after 11 games.
Rafael Benitez’s side are difficult to break down, and United will need to show more creativity and precision in front of goal than they have in recent games if they are to get back to winning ways.
It’s set to be another thrilling game week in English football’s top flight. Please see full fixtures and predictions below:
Saturday, November 18
12:30 p.m Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur (2-2)
3:00 p.m. Bournemouth vs. Huddersfield Town (1-1)
3;00 p.m. Burnley vs. Swansea City (1-0)
3:00 p.m. Crystal Palace vs. Everton (1-1)
3:00 p.m. Leicester City vs. Manchester City (0-2)
3:00 p.m. Liverpool vs. Southampton (3-1)
3:00 p.m. West Bromwich Albion vs. Chelsea (0-3)
5:30 p.m. Manchester United vs. Newcastle United (1-0)
Sunday, November 19
4:00 p.m. Watford vs. West Ham United (1-0)
Monday, November 20
8:00 p.m. Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Stoke City (1-0)
Culled from Bleacherreport.