Dan’s Week 12 EPL Predictions – Will Arsenal drop out of the Top Four race?

The big game is Liverpool v Man City, but the Arsenal is also incredibly crucial for the Top Four race, but can Emery suddenly conjure up an away win?

Norwich 1-2 Watford
Both will think ‘if they can’t win here, when will they?’. With Watford’s owners, would it be a shock if they made another change if they found themselves 5 points behind Norwich, let alone the gap between them and 17th? Player for Player the visitors are better, but do they have the character for a battle? Tomorrow will say a lot about them, as with the floodlights on, evening kick off and a full house, the Canaries will make this as difficult as possible. We will find out here if the Hornets have the mentality to fight.

Chelsea 2-0 C Palace
Frank Lampard has admitted that if Chelsea’s transfer ban is overturned this month, he won’t hang around in terms of spending. The balance he will have to find is keeping faith with the youngsters who have done so well since being given a chance. The Blues play entertaining football but can also win when not playing well. They are going well in the Top Four race.

Burnley 1-1 West Ham
Hammers fans are starting to question their manager; mostly his line up and tactics staying the same no matter who the opposition. The perception is that West Ham don’t like to roll up their sleeves and battle – making this a nightmare away trip. The only reason I see them getting a point is Sean Dyche’s men are conceding lots of goals, uncharacteristically for them.

Newcastle 0-2 Cherries
I know Newcastle scored more than one goal in a game this season last weekend, but that was the exception to the rule. With the attacking players the visitors have the home side will sit back and try to nick it. The initiative will be on Eddie Howe’s side, and they should be ambitious with the individuals they have . They are due some luck in front of goal.

Spurs 2-1 Sheff United
The biggest compliment I will give Chris Wilder is that his men are doing so well I don’t think the likes of Spurs will be underestimate them. Teams know to beat the Blades you have to go through a battle. In the end though, as they showed in midweek, Spurs have too much firepower.

Saints 0-1 Everton
The kind of fixture that long term will define Marco Silva. The home side are not confident and seemingly there for the taking, yet too often in this type of occasion the Toffees don’t battle hard enough. The first goal is vital. Everton should win with a moment of quality.

Leicester 2-1 Arsenal
Don’t get me wrong the Foxes have a very good young squad, but the fact that we are such massive underdogs going to Leicester City shows how far we have fallen. Even the year they were Champions we went there and scored 5. I actually think we will play better than people think as we will be approaching this as a massive game. Yet you can’t trust our defence not to undermine us though. If Emery played Tierney midweek because he plans to start Kolasinac here then that’s a sackable offence ! I’m not sure if the Kroenke’s will sack their coach during the international break as they have no track record to go by, however it will be two weeks of backlash from gooners if we end up dropping out of the Top Four and a massive 9 points behind the Foxes.

Man United 1-0 Brighton
Sums up where United are at the moment. It won’t be a pretty game to watch, quite scrappy, not convincing, but they should just nick it. It will be interesting to see how positive the visitors will be?

Wolves 1-1 Aston Villa
Wolves are doing well in the Europa League but unlike Arsenal and Man Utd they haven’t got the squad to field separate teams in both. Not that they will struggle to motivate themselves for a derby but with a week to prepare solely for this, Villa will have the added energy to get something.

Liverpool 3-0 Man City
Offer both teams a draw now and they will bite off your hands. Like Anfield can be intimidating on European nights, I’m predicting that type of atmosphere on Sunday, one that can intimidate the opposition like it has before. Home fans have waited 30 years for the title and know this is a golden opportunity this weekend, they know they can play their part. With the injuries in defence, no David Silva and doubts over Ederson, Pep hasn’t got the leaders he would like to survive such a fixture.

Dan Smith


  1. Ceballos has been ruled out…
    I have a funny feeling this will be one of those weekends, where we lose.. Liverpool will win.. Mancs, Chavs and the spuds will all win and for me, I will be in the depths of despair.. for the next 6 months at least…

    1. City haven’t got a very good record at Anfield. Plus what with all their injuries.. Ederson might be the latest casualty. Do they really want to go there with Bravo in goal? Nah.. put Walker back in there 😄
      All joking aside, I shall be rooting for City!

  2. Irrespective of Emery being there or not there, I just hope the Gunners play their heart out and win against Leicester. By the way Torreira seems to be unhappy and wants talks with Emery. Not a good time for tea time chat.

  3. I think Emery would go with this line-up:

    ………………. Leno
    …… Chambers . Sokratis . Luiz
    Bellerin . Torreira . Guendouzi . Tierney
    ………………. Ozil
    ………. Pepe …………. Aubameyang

    If we use that formation, Leicester would most likely dominate the ball possession

    1. @gotanidea

      No one can predict Emery formation. He has a penchant for turning up with unwinnable formation and tactics.
      My fingers are crossed.
      He should try M Niles in defensive midfield with Torreira and give Guenduozi a break. He should also play Bellerin & Tierney. Others are:
      Pep-only for free kicks

  4. Laca has to start for his accurate finishing, strength and support to Auba. We have to attack Leicester from the outset, because that is our main strength, we wont be able to defend against their pacy forwards.

    1. Sorry to burst your bubble but Emery won’t be sacked even if we get a hammering on saturday.
      That is unless a major catastrophe happens, like we suddenly fight a relegation battle. Why would the board sack him mid season, it doesn’t make any sense from the financial perspective.

  5. Liverpool beating City by 3 goals?!, I highly doubt that. I hope City emerge victors in that tie anyways, just quell any hopes of Liverpool matching our record.

  6. Even if we lose by 5-0 those egg heads will not sack Emery .So lets pray for a good result against the foxes. We are not supporting Arsenal because of any idiots. For once, let our players play their hearts out and surprise themselves and the fans. May be some thing like this will happen tomorrow : Leicester 1 Arsenal 3.COYG.

    1. I think exactly the opposite from you about the powers that be sacking Emery, which will come soon after we lose at Leicester and the sooner the better. No longer than a fortnight after our expected loss at LEICESTER he will be sacked, in my firm opinion. Those now running club policy are not the “eggheads” who were in charge under Wengers reign. Esp not Gazidis who wasthe single worst ever employeee in Arsenals entire history, in my view. The day he left a large poart of the cancerous tumour was cut away from our club. The main tumour, KROENKE, remains to further damage us though but at least the malignant virus known as Emery will soon be gone.

      1. You believe Emery is close to be sacked? No chance, it won’t happen unless we suddenly fight a relegation battle. He will be here until the end of this season and then the board will make a decision. It hinges on whether we qualify to CL or not. You’ve never responded because you ran into your hideaway.

        You mentioned Kroenke is at fault. Credit when it’s due, we have a very successfull transfer window, we shipped out many deadwoods, we trimmed the wage bill, brought in a talent of the century, a highly coveted winger, a very promising left back, a stop gap replacement for Kos, and the next Raphael Varane. Raul did the job, but he was appointed and supervised by Josh Kroenke. All that and you’re still not satisfied?

  7. What Arsenal team will turn up? If they are prepared to leave blood om the pitch, they can make it, otherwise they will get cleaned up by a good LC side.

  8. Dan is nice with 2-1, I will go for 4-2 Leceister win because we already have indications of who will start. As long as he is not playing Chambers as a DM to cover CBs, we won’t get it right, no balance. If he finally does, score will be reversed!

  9. We will not lose tomorrow irrespective of the selection or formation, even the tactics will not work against us. Just that another draw is not going to move us closer in the top 4 chasing. So, l am going with a slim Arsenal win of 2-1

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