Stoke City vs Leicester City
The former champions had a good outing in Claude Puel’s debut against Everton. They will try to get their season on track and fixtures like these to gather points. The Foxes should be in a good position to get all three at struggling Stoke City and nab a third consecutive victory.
Newcastle vs Bournemouth
Rafa Benitez is showing his class as a top manager by overperforming with a weak squad so far. With that said, they will face a Bournemouth side who will be coming north seeking a win to move from the bottom three. A draw seems the likely result at full-time.
Swansea City vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Two teams that will seek to finish as high as they can above the bottom three face off. There isn’t much to choose between them but it will be an opportunity for new England call-up, Tammy Abraham, to justify his selection. Both teams will fight to a draw here.
Southampton vs Burnley
Southampton has epitomised inconsistency this season while Burnley has been good on the road and are lurking around the European places early on. The visitors and will be expected to clip the south coast team as they did Everton a few weeks ago.
Huddersfield vs West Brom
Huddersfield will seek to solidify their mid-table position against West Brom, who gave Manchester City a scare last week. They will be coming up against the home team playing the same way the always do under Pulis, keeping things tight at the back and breaking where they can. Given how solid they can be when they want, a scoreless draw is not a far-fetched result.
West Ham vs Liverpool
Liverpool has been doing well so far in Europe and will try to get their league form back on track so they can be in Europe’s top competition again next season. Scoring is far from their issue, preventing scoring is. They should see this match against the Hammers as a fixture to snatch all three points, even with their defensive frailties.
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace
Spurs are coming off what could be considered their best night in Europe to date after convincingly beating the defending Europeans champion, Real Madrid, at Wembley. They now have the cellar-dwellers of the league at the same venue this weekend. They are expected to romp to victory in this fixture coming off such a high.
Manchester City vs Arsenal
Man City will face a stern home test as Arsenal has a fairly good record against them. Pep Guardiola’s side seems to be one that will blitz all comers even when they concede and look prime to continue their all-time best Premier League star. Anything but a convincing home win will be a surprise.
Everton vs Watford
The Evertonians are still seeking a permanent manager, with club legend David Unsworth remaining as they seek to steady the ship. After being knocked out of the Europa League midweek with two group games left to spare, morale is the lowest it’s been in a while at Goodison Park. Watford, after a good start, has lost their last two in the league. They will seek to use this as a way to get back on board with three points.
Chelsea vs Manchester United
The marquee fixture of the round will complete this weekend’s round of matches. Both teams will be seeking to avoid successive losses in different instances. Chelsea in all competitions and United in the league. It’s hard to see both teams going at each other given the circumstances and Mourinho’s known tactical ways away from home against top sides. A low-scoring draw seems the likely outcome.
One more look at Ryan’s picks for Week 11:
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