Manchester United can continue to stalk up the table by earning an away win against Tottenham in one of the biggest matches during Week 13 of the EPL schedule.
Of course, with front-runner Arsenal taking on 15th-place Cardiff City and second-place Liverpool taking on 13th-place Hull City, it isn't likely that the Red Devils will make up any ground on the front-runners.
Although the matches with Arsenal and Liverpool aren't packed with the most intrigue, there are other matches that are loaded with drama heading into the contests.
I'll highlight my thoughts on the Red Devils-Spurs contests and two other matches after my full predictions for the week.
|Date||Home||Predicted Score||Away||Time (ET)||Time (GMT)|
|Nov. 30||Aston Villa||2-1||Sunderland||10 a.m.||3 p.m.|
|Nov. 30||Cardiff City||0-2||Arsenal||10 a.m.||3 p.m.|
|Nov. 30||Everton||1-1||Stoke City||10 a.m.||3 p.m.|
|Nov. 30||Norwich City||2-1||Crystal Palace||10 a.m.||3 p.m.|
|Nov. 30||West Ham United||1-1||Fulham||10 a.m.||3 p.m.|
|Nov. 30||Newcastle United||1-1||West Brom||12:30 p.m.||5:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 1||Tottenham||0-1||Manchester United||7 a.m.||12 p.m.|
|Dec. 1||Hull City||1-3||Liverpool||9:05 a.m.||2:05 p.m.|
|Dec. 1||Chelsea||1-0||Southampton||11:10 a.m.||4:10 p.m.|
|Dec. 1||Manchester City||5-1||Swansea City||11:10 a.m.||4:10 p.m.|
Tottenham vs. Manchester United
Manchester United have some holes, but they also have some talent. With the likes of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, the Red Devils are explosive.
That offense will be tested this week against a talented Spurs defense looking to save face after an embarrassment. The Spurs went to Etihad Stadium their last league match and were beat, 6-0.
The Spurs had only allowed six goals all season prior to that.
Any way you slice it, that outcome is an embarrassment; however, the Citizens have been amazing at home this year. The Spurs defense will be just fine.
Offensively, Tottenham run a deliberate attack that has netted just nine goals in league play. Playing in front of their home fans, the Spurs will look to set the pace for this match.
To some extent that will work, but the Spurs will not be able to keep the Red Devils off the board, and their lack of aggressiveness will cost them.
Prediction: Manchester United 1, Tottenham 0
Manchester City vs. Swansea City
I just got done partially excusing Tottenham having their season total in goals allowed doubled in one game because it was Etihad Stadium. So it should be no surprise that I like the Citizens in this meeting of top-10 clubs...which will be played at Etihad. Who doesn't?
Playing at home in the EPL this year, the Citizens have been perfect in six matches and have outscored opponents 26-2.
Now Swansea City will come in with an approach that aims at outscoring opponents rather than shutting them down. Swansea have netted 17 goals—only five teams have scored more. Of course, they've also allowed 16 goals and only five teams have allowed more.
Going against a Citizens team that leads the EPL in scoring by a mile at 34, this spells doom for Swansea.
Prediction: Manchester City 5, Swansea City 1
Chelsea vs. Southampton
Stingy Southampton will look to overtake Chelsea in the table by travelling to Stamford Bridge and taking on third-place Chelsea. The Blues lead Southampton by two points.
To do this, Southampton will have to keep the scoring at a bare minimum, and it is almost guaranteed they will. With the duo of Dejan Lovren and Jose Fonte in the back, Southampton lead the EPL by having allowed just seven goals all year.
Of course, just because this match is low scoring, it doesn't mean Chelsea will win.
Chelsea have only allowed 10 goals this league year and shouldn't have too hard of a time blanking a Southampton attack that has scored just 15 goals in EPL play.
With an offense that doesn't rely on one player but team play to score goals, the Blues will be able to attack Southampton from all angles, and they will score the match's only goal.
Prediction: Chelsea 1, Southampton 0