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The Predictable Premier League Results in Week 12

Each week here at The Turf we give you some sort of review of the happenings of the Premier League. However, this week, we’re trying something different.

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The Predictable Premier League Results in Week 12

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Each week here at The Turf we give you some sort of review of the happenings of the week. So far, my fellow writers and I have tackled them with different style. This week I’ve decided to shake things up and split my review up into three parts: predictable results, surprise of the week, and my top goals.

Part 1: The Predictable

There are always teams you expect to win (cough, Manchester City, cough), and others you expect to lose (sorry, Fulham). I’m going to take you through a brief run through of just those.

Tottenham, Liverpool, and Manchester City all came away from the weekend with three points.

Result Number 1

But let’s start with last year’s champions. City has not even played to their potential this year, yet they are still undefeated. That’s how filthy they are. They’re on an undefeated run of 18 straight, and in that time they’ve outscored opponents 52-8.

Speaking of filthy… Check out the build up to this goal by Ilkay Gundogan. City has such precision in and around the box it’s no wonder they sit atop the league and are favorites to win a second year in a row.

Result Number 2

Liverpool took all three points in our predictable winner versus predictable loser match. The Reds have been City’s biggest challenger this season, and it’s to no one’s surprise. Mo Salah has continued to embarrass defenses while Xherdan Shaqiri is building confidence and scoring goals. Shaqiri’s rise makes for a devastating piece of a puzzle that already includes the likes of Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino. Just look at this goal by Shaqiri.

While Liverpool celebrated that goal, and another victory, Fulham hung their heads. It is already their ninth loss of the season, which is making their £100+ million spending spree this summer look like a joke. There were few flashes of brilliance, but Ryan Sessegnon made a beautiful run into the box during which he should have scored. In another time he may have. But the run Fulham is on keeps finding them on the wrong end of those chances.

Result Number 3

Spurs traveled to Crystal Palace and came out with a hard fought 1-0 in what looked like a monsoon. Palace proved to be a difficult opponent. Tottenham’s goal came from an unlikely place in young center back Juan Foyth, who scored his first Premier League goal.

Spurs endured a scare late in the game when Jeffrey Schlupp stepped on Erik Lamela’s face while he was on the ground. Play continued for the better part of a minute before referee Johnathan Moss finally stopped play. Palace fans booed, but Lamela was gushing blood from his face. He was subbed off and Spurs held on to their narrow victory.

Stay tuned for Part 2 when I dive into some of the more disappointing results of the weekend.

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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