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Gameweek 11 – English Premier League

Game week 10 produced more drama and surprises with Liverpool dropping all three points thanks to VAR controversy and a late Brighton penalty to level the scores late in the game. Man United also hard to fight for their 3-2 win over Southampton, coming from two down to win the game.

It was a good week for Man City, who beat Burnley 5-0, and Wolves, who secured a 2-1 win away at Arsenal. Fulham was the pick of the bunch from the bottom of the table, defeating Leicester in a surprise 2-1 win.

There are some enticing fixtures in game week 11, particularly the North London derby on Sunday between league leaders Tottenham and strugglers Arsenal. Chelsea v Leeds could also pack a punch, while in-form West Ham is sure to cause some problems for a stuttering United.

West Ham has been one of the surprise packages in the Premier League this season and they could prove a difficult proposition for Man United on Saturday. The Hammers moved up to 5th in the table following an excellent run of form. David Moyes’ side has lost just one in their last eight and have secured 10 points from their last 12 available at home. United suffered their first loss in five against Paris St Germain on Wednesday night. However, their problems appear to be at Old Trafford as the Red Devils have won all of their four away matches in the Premier League this season, scoring 13 in the process.

Chelsea are in sensational form and extended their unbeaten run to 15 with a 4-0 win over Sevilla on Wednesday evening. The Blues look more solid than last season, only conceding two in their last eight games (all competitions). They host Leeds this weekend, who bounced back from consecutive 4-1 loss before the international break to earn a 0-0 draw with Arsenal and a 1-0- win over Everton last weekend. Marcelo Bielsa’s side, much like Chelsea, appears to have steadied the ship. Their high-tempo, attacking play could take advantage of Chelsea’s hectic recent schedule so an upset here could be on the cards.

Tottenham host Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in the flagship game of the weekend. Both teams couldn’t be further apart in terms of form. Spurs sit top of the league on 21 points, are unbeaten in six and have won their last two league games at home. Arsenal, however, made their worst start to a top-flight campaign since 1980 following a 2-1 loss to Wolves last weekend. The Gunners have an extensive injury list, which is likely to hinder them further in this huge grudge match on Sunday.

Liverpool host Wolves on Sunday evening and Jurgen Klopp’s side will be eager to get back to winning ways following Brighton’s late penalty equaliser in game week 10. Although suffering a deep injury crisis, Liverpool will be relieved to be playing at Anfield, where they have not lost in 63 consecutive games. The Reds are the only team to maintain a 100% home record in the Premier League so far this season with five wins from five. This will make Wolves’ task much harder. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side has proven hard to beat recently and only lost once in their last seven matches but this will not be enough to overcome Liverpool at Anfield.

Players to Watch

  1. Riyad Mahrez

Following a slow start to the season, Riyad Mahrez proved his worth last weekend. The Algerian winger scored a hat-trick in City’s 5-0 win against Burnley and combined well with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden for his goals. Mahrez looked determined to improve against Burnley following a tame display in his side’s 2-0 loss to Spurs two weeks ago. This could prove to be the true start of Mahrez’s season with more goals and assists in the coming weeks.

2. Edinson Cavani

There were question marks whether Edinson Cavani should have started in Man United’s game over Southampton, especially when United trailed 2-0 at half time. However, the Argentinian forward made up for lost time. He came on at half time and put in a man of the match performance, setting up Brun Fernandes for their first, then netting two headers including one in the last minute, to grab all three points for United. It was a leaders performance and Cavani will have earned a regular place in United’s starting 11 in the coming weeks. Watch this space for more goal contributions.

3. Pedro Neto

Pedro Neto is a Wolves forward who goes slightly under the radar. The Portuguese player was often overshadowed at Wolves by the likes of Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez last season. However, Neto is proving to be a key part of Nuno Espirito Santo’s team. He scored the vital late equaliser against Southampton two weeks ago and found the net again in the 2-1 win over Arsenal in game week 10. With Jimenez out long-term with a fractured skull, Neto could be among the goals more often for Wolves.

Don’t Shoot the Messenger

Surprises may be unlikely in game week 11 as the Premier League has settled into a pattern. Certain teams have emerged as title challengers, so expect them to continue their quest for the top spot this weekend. Teams towards the bottom of the table face some tough opposition this week, which will see them drop even more points.

Premier League football will be coming thick and fast in the coming weeks as the notorious Christmas and New Year schedule builds momentum. Often, this can make or break time for many teams at both ends of the table. Its a period not worth missing that’s for sure!