The Premier League enters its 11th week this weekend, and before the boring international break coming up next weekend, here are 10 games to savour.
Bournemouth v Sunderland
Burnley v Crystal Palace
Man City v Middlesbrough
West Ham v Stoke
Chelsea v Everton
Arsenal v Tottenham
Hull v Southampton
Liverpool v Watford
Swansea v Man Utd
Leicester v West Brom
Bournemouth host the yet-to-win-a-game Sunderland on Saturday evening, and a loss for the visitors could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for David Moyes. 2 points out of a possible 33 aren’t enough, and they might have lost the relegation battle even before it began.
Prediction: Bournemouth to win
Burnley and Crystal Palace face off at Turf Moor, and 11-pointer teams sure need to add to what is on ground. Both have won 3 games, drawn 2 and lost 5 this term. This should be a very close call between the 2, but the hosts are known for their stiff defending and a great goalie in Tom Heaton.
That could favour them.
There is no doubt a great atmosphere is in the Manchester City squad following their Champions League victory against Barcelona on Tuesday. With Middlesbrough visiting the Etihad, the blue half of the city of Manchester shouldn’t have a hard time getting a win. But having kept 45% clean sheets since the beginning of last season, the visitors defense is their stronghold.
Prediction: Manchester City to win
West Ham will need to pick themselves back up after last weekend’s defeat to Everton. However, if playing Stoke City – a side unbeaten in their last 3 games is the best way to do that is anyone’s guess. Besides, the Potters haven’t lost to West Ham in their last 6 league meetings. Will that record be held tomorrow?
Chelsea face a stiff challenge in Everton for Saturday’s last game. The Blues are undefeated in their last 4 league games, and it’s the 1st time they have kept 4 consecutive Premier League clean sheets since August 2010. Everton also boast of a strong defensive side, and are currently the team with the 2nd least goals conceded (8).
N.B : There is a certain Lukaku who always want to haunt Chelsea for being discarded few years ago.
Prediction: Chelsea to win
On Super Sunday, Arsenal host eternal and bitter rivals Tottenham, at the Emirates and nothing but a cracking showdown is expected.
Mauricio Pochettino is yet to lose a Premier League game against Arsenal since becoming Spurs coach (1W 3D), and though his side haven’t won across all competitions since the Manchester City victory, they look capable of handing Arsenal their 1st defeat in 16 games. Or maybe not.
Hull badly need a win, and so do Southampton. The KCOM Stadium outfit have lost their last 4 Premier League games against the Saints, and considering how porous their defence has been in the last 6 games – having shipped in 20 goals, it could get all ugly for Mike Phelan.
Prediction: Southampton to win
Liverpool host Watford later in the day, and if they are able to continue their fine run will be put to test against the Hornets. The visitors don’t have a great record at Liverpool’s home, having lost 8 and won just once in their 9 league visits to Anfield. Would take a lot from them to make it 2 out of 10 tomorrow.
Prediction: Liverpool to win
Will Manchester United finally get back on track when they visit the Welsh side? The Red Devils are sat on 8th position, and are in dire need of a turn around. With Pogba joining the trio of Smalling, Bailly and Valencia on the treatment table, how they will cope against a Swansea team badly searching for their 2nd win of the season is unknown.
Prediction: United to win
Leicester are unbeaten at home, and will be defending the longest unbeaten home record in the Premier League when West Brom visit. Only Juventus (24) have a better home record across Europe’s elite leagues, and if they will make it 21 home games without a defeat interests many. Tony Pulis is known for being a spoiler, though.
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