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Premier League: Saturday preview

Original article published 11 November 2022

The tussle for top spot between Arsenal and Manchester City continues on Saturday, on the same day as Nathan Jones faces a baptism of fire as he takes new side Southampton to Liverpool.

City get the chance to overtake the Gunners by beating Brentford at home in the early kick-off on this final Saturday of Premier League action before the World Cup.

A City win would increase the pressure on Mikel Arteta's current table-toppers who sign off a fantastic eight-match period with a trip to Wolves.

Can Arteta's men claim Christmas No.1 honours?

What:Wolves v Arsenal
Where:Molineux, Wolverhampton
When:19:45, Saturday 12th November, 2022
How to watch:Sky Sports
Odds:Wolves 5/1, Draw 16/5, Arsenal 11/20

It's 15 years since Arsenal were last top of the table at Christmas but as the Premier League prepares for its six-week World Cup shutdown, that's the prize on the line on Saturday.

Any slip-up by Manchester City at home to Brentford and the Gunners will have that coveted Christmas No.1, though it's more likely they are going to have to earn the right by winning at Wolves.

And it'll be a new-look Wolves, still under the stewardship of interim boss Steve Davis, but new head coach Julen Lopetegui will be introduced to the crowd before kick-off, the type of arrival which ought to give the whole ground a lift.

Arsenal have to be confident given they've lost only once in the league and Wednesday's home defeat to Brighton in the League Cup was with a side which will bear no relation to the one stepping out at Molineux.

Arsenal did the double over Wolves last year, winning the game at Wolves 1-0 where low-scorers are the norm. Wolves have only scored five home goals in seven matches this season so Arsenal and under 2.5 goals should rightly be popular at 3/1.

Will Toney take World Cup snub out on City?

What:Manchester City v Brentford
Where:Etihad, Manchester
When:12:30, Saturday 12th November, 2022
How to watch:BT Sport
Odds:Man City 1/7, Draw 7/1, Brentford 16/1

Ivan Toney has had better weeks. Suspended last Saturday, knocked out of the League Cup by Gillingham on Tuesday, axed by England on Thursday, so you wonder what fate awaits on Saturday.

What he'd love to do is show Gareth Southgate was wrong by landing 12/1 first-scorer odds, though we imagine fit-again Erling Haaland will be popular at 7/4. Given the last few days, however, punters might be more persuaded by the 17/2 shot that Toney picks up the first yellow card, which would be his sixth of the season.

Brentford are massive 16/1 shots though they should be encouraged by what their London neighbours Fulham almost did at The Etihad last Saturday, when it needed Haaland's last-gasp intervention to snatch the champions a 2-1 win.

That extended City's winning home league record to 11 games while you have to go back to the middle of January for the last time Pep Guardiola's men scored less than two goals in a home Premier League match.

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What:Newcastle v Chelsea
Where:St James' Park, Newcastle
When:17:30, Saturday 12th November, 2022
How to watch:Sky Sports
Odds:Newcastle 27/20, Draw 12/5, Chelsea 2/1

Eddie Howe and Graham Potter, two of England's brightest young bosses, meet at St James's Park and it's clear whose star is in the ascendancy right now.

While Potter struggles to make an impact at Chelsea, Howe is living the life at Newcastle, who are 27/20 to win this and cement third place in the Premier League. They are 6/4 to finish in the top four while Chelsea, odds-on at the start of the season, are now 9/4.

It is turning into an unforgettable campaign for Newcastle, who have lost only once in the league have scored four in their last two league games.

All of which is in stark contrast to events at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea are going through a tough time with just two points taken from a possible 12 in their last four league games. And they were dumped out of the League Cup by Manchester City on Wednesday.

Hammers have to tame free-scoring Foxes

What:West Ham v Leicester
Where:London Stadium, London
When:15:00, Saturday 12th November, 2022
Odds:West Ham 21/20, Draw 12/5, Leicester 11/4

West Ham and Leicester laid on a couple of belters last season, the Hammers winning 4-1 at home before a 2-2 draw in the return.

It was the seventh game in a row between them which had resulted in over 2.5 goals, which is a 10/11 chance.

But the Foxes are all about goals. They've scored more than fifth-placed Manchester United, conceded more than 19th-placed Wolves and only Man City's matches produce more.

West Ham have lost their last two in the league, were binned out of the League Cup by Blackburn and will have to find a way of stopping England's newest arrival, James Maddison, who is 4/1 to mark his World Cup call-up with a goal.

Elsewhere, Nathan Jones had been planning to shackle Rotherham this weekend as Luton boss but is instead taking on Liverpool which, with all respect to the Millers, is a somewhat tougher proposition.

Jones' new Southampton side are 10/1 to spring a surprise at Anfield, a place where they last won in the league in 2013.

No team in the top flight is on a worse run than Bournemouth at the moment, the Cherries have lost four in a row in the league. However, they did enjoy cup success on Tuesday, with a rampant 4-1 League Cup demolition of Everton who, as their good fortune would have it, they meet again in the league.

Clearly, neither side will bear any relation to the midweek line-ups with Bournemouth boss Gary O'Neil more concerned about his team's inability to protect a lead. They have been two clear in their last two matches against Tottenham and Leeds, and lost both. Everton are 10/1 to win from behind.

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