Our Premier League Tips for the Weekend - 12/02/22

Ben Wylie

Watford vs Brighton - under 1.5 goals

Following a disappointing 1-0 defeat to West Ham midweek, Roy Hodgson will be eager to earn his first points as Watford boss as they welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to Vicarage Road. The Hornets are in real trouble, sitting 19th without a win in 10 and scoring just once in their last five and looking destined for the drop barring a miracle.

Visitors Brighton have been the league's draw specialists this season sharing the points on 12 separate occasions, with four of these coming in their last five games. Much like their hosts for the weekend, Graham Potter's side have been lacklustre in front of goal recently, with the Seagulls scoring more than one goal just once in their past five.

Considering this, we expect a quiet affair between these two, with our tip under 1.5 match goals priced at 7/4

Leicester vs West Ham - Bowen to score

West Ham travel to the King Power Stadium following a 1-0 victory over Watford that saw David Moyes' side return to the top four. The Hammers have been in decent form lately, winning three of their past five and finding the net on all but one occasion with star man Jarrod Bowen scoring four in four games.

Hosts Leicester City have been poor recently after being dumped out the FA Cup last weekend in a 4-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest whilst failing to win a league game in their past three despite leading Tottenham at home until the 95th minute.

The Foxes have struggled defensively in recent games and given the excellent attacking form of the Hammers and particularly Bowen, we expect a few goals when these two meet at the weekend, with our tip Bowen to score anytime priced at 9/4.

Norwich City vs Manchester City - City to win to nil

Table-toppers Manchester City travel to relegation-threatened Norwich City in what should be a routine win for the Citizens. Despite being in the relegation zone, the Canaries' form has picked up lately, winning twice, losing twice, and drawing once in their past five including a vital 3-0 victory over fellow relegation candidates Watford.

It’s been a different story for City this season, as Pep Guardiola’s side look to be cruising to another title win that will make it four of the past five going to the Etihad. In conceding just 14 goals, City boasts the league's best defensive record whilst in shipping 45 times, hosts Norwich has the worst.

We expect the Citizens to do the job comfortably this weekend and take all three points back to Manchester, priced at 4/5 to win to nil.

Newcastle vs Aston Villa - BTTS and over 3.5

Newcastle welcome Aston Villa to St James' Park as they look to continue their push to safety. Under Eddie Howe, the Magpies have been much improved winning 10 points from his first 10 games in charge and making several key signings in January. Since Howe’s appointment, the Magpies have only failed to score in two league games against City and Leicester, and come into this one off the back of two wins against Leeds United and Everton.

Visitors Aston Villa have had mixed form of late, with one win, two draws, and two losses in their past five with Gerrard’s men finding the net on each occasion. Both sides have been prolific in front of goal recently, finding the net three times each respectively last time out so we expect an action-packed affair at the weekend, with our tip being both teams to score and over 3.5 goals priced at 9/4.

Manchester United vs Southampton - Ward-Prowse 1+ SOT from outside the box

After a superb 3-2 win away at Tottenham Hotspur midweek, Southampton travel to Old Trafford where they will look to continue their good form. The Saints have won two, drawn two and lost one in their past five, however, have faced City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Spurs twice within this time with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men on the scoresheet on each outing.

Hosts Manchester United have lost just one in five, although enter this one following a disappointing draw to bottom-placed Burnley which may prove costly in the race for the top four. Saints captain James Ward-Prowse has been ever-present for the visitors, appearing in all but three league games so far with the Englishman known for his expert free kicks and long shots which will be sure to have David de Gea sweating at the weekend.

Our tip for this one is Ward-Prowse to have 1+ shots on target from outside the box priced at 6/4.