Premier League Table 2013 Week 12: Latest Standings, Predictions for Matchday 12

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Premier League Table 2013 Week 12: Latest Standings, Predictions for Matchday 12
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After Week 11 in the Barclays Premier League, Arsenal are still atop the latest table, even with the loss to Manchester United.

The loss for the Gunners was actually their first loss since the season opener in the Premier League. Fortunately for them, they still have a two-point lead in the standings. However, it's a very tight race, as there are seven teams at the top of the standings separated by just five points.

Let's take a look at the latest table, followed by a look ahead to Matchday 12 with some predictions for every game.

Premier League Table
POS TEAM W D L PTS
1 Arsenal 8 1 2 25
2 Liverpool 7 2 2 23
3 Southampton 6 4 1 22
4 Chelsea 6 3 2 21
5 Manchester United 6 2 3 20
6 Everton 5 5 1 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 6 2 3 20
8 Manchester City 6 1 4 19
9 Newcastle United 5 2 4 17
10 West Bromwich Albion 3 5 3 14
11 Aston Villa 4 2 5 14
12 Hull City 4 2 5 14
13 Swansea City 3 3 5 12
14 Cardiff City 3 3 5 12
15 Norwich City 3 2 6 11
16 West Ham United 2 4 5 10
17 Stoke City 2 4 5 10
18 Fulham 3 1 7 10
19 Sunderland 2 1 8 7
20 Crystal Palace 1 1 9 4

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Matchday 12 Predictions
Score
Everton 1-3 Liverpool
Stoke City 1-1 Sunderland
Newcastle 1-0 Norwich City
Hull City 2-0 Crystal Palace
Fulham 0-0 Swansea City
Arsenal 2-1 Southampton
West Ham 0-2 Chelsea
Manchester City 3-1 Tottenham
Cardiff City 0-1 Manchester United
West Brom 1-1 Aston Villa

Predictions by Tyler Brooke

 

Liverpool 3, Everton

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Two teams near the top of the table will be going head to head, and Liverpool are fighting hard to overtake Arsenal for the No. 1 spot in the league.

Everton have played in two straight goalless draws against Tottenham Hotspur and the lowly Crystal Palace, which means that this team is struggling right now. Although Everton maintained possession for over 70 percent of the match against Crystal Palace, it still couldn't find the back of the goal.

For the Reds, they've won twice and lost once in their last two matches, scoring four goals in each of their two wins. Luis Suarez has been very hot lately, and according to Paul Carr from ESPN, he's scored 16 goals in his last 16 Premier League matches:

Steven Gerrard continues to set up his teammates with terrific passes, and Liverpool are playing very well right now. Expect the Reds to step up big and get another win, putting some pressure on Arsenal.

 

Arsenal 2, Southampton 1

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With a win from Liverpool, Arsenal will have to come out on top against Southampton in order to stay on top of the Premier League.

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The Gunners lost their first match in a while against Manchester United despite the fact that they had possession 60 percent of the time and took five more shots.  

Still, Arsenal have a great squad with a number of talented players. Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil are all having great seasons both by scoring and setting up their teammates, giving the Gunners a balanced offensive attack.

Southampton are having a nice season as well and are the No. 3 team in the latest table. The Saints are coming off a convincing 4-1 win over Hull City, having scored three goals in the first half to take a commanding lead.

This may very well be one of the most intense matches of the week, but I expect Ozil to come up with some late-game heroics to give the Gunners another big win. With how good this team is, Arsenal aren't losing twice in a row.

 

Manchester City 3, Tottenham 1

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These two teams are No. 7 (Tottenham) and No. 8 (Manchester City) on the latest Premier League table, and both teams need a big win in order to make a jump in the standings.

Manchester City are currently leading all teams with 28 goals scored, yet the Sky Blues only have six wins and one draw on the season. They're coming off a 1-0 loss to Sunderland yet won their previous two matches by a combined score of 12-2.

Sergio Aguero has been fantastic for City. He leads the team with eight goals and four assists, simply making plays in any way possible. Other players including Yaya Toure, David Silva and Alvaro Negredo have been solid as well.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have struggled with inconsistency. The Spurs have only scored nine goals in 11 matches, but they've also allowed just six and are coming off a 1-0 loss to Newcastle United.    

With that inconsistency from the Spurs, I expect City to get a big win. Look for Aguero to find some holes in Tottenham's defense and for the Sky Blues to jump ahead of them in the standings.

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