Act Twenty Five: Premier League Gameweek 11 Preview – Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool set to march on

Gameweek 11 of the English Premier League is almost upon us and the race for the top spot could not be closer. Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal all currently sit at 23 points from 10 matches followed by Chelsea at 4th place a further point behind. Tottenham Hotspur (20) and Everton (18) complete the top 6. Big spending Manchester United are currently languishing at 8th place in the league table with 15 points.

Buoyant Arsenal aim to sink misfiring Spurs in the North London Derby

Arsenal welcome Tottenham Hotspur in the first North London derby of the year in the early kick off on Sunday. Both teams come into this fixture in contrasting form. Arsenal are unbeaten in the Premier League since losing 4-3 at home to Liverpool on the opening day of the season. They also secured qualification into the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League in midweek after coming from behind to beat Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad. Mesut Ozil’s outrageous 89th minute winner sealed all 3 points for the Gunners.

Spurs, on the other hand, are in the midst of a slump. Since recording an impressive 2-0 victory over Guardiola’s rampant Manchester City side in early October, Spurs have failed to win a single match in all competitions. Their misery was further compounded in midweek when Bayer Leverkusen registered a damaging 1-0 win at Wembley to leave Tottenham’s qualification hopes in tatters. It is safe to say that they have struggled in the prolonged absence of striker Harry Kane, who is expected to make the match day squad.

Arsenal will be looking to heap further misery on their struggling North London neighbours when two sides clash at the Emirates stadium on Sunday. Expect a high scoring encounter between these two bitter rivals.

Match Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool and Manchester City set to continue their title march

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City dispelled all rumours of a meltdown after registering an impressive come from behind 3-1 win against Spanish giants FC Barcelona at the Etihad stadium. This win followed a 4-0 drubbing of West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday. Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan have sparked Manchester City’s recent turn around in fortune, scoring 2 and 4 goals respectively in the two aforementioned matches. They will be looking to add to their tally against a mid table Middlesbrough side at the Etihad stadium on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have been in rampant goal scoring form in recent weeks. The Reds have recorded swashbuckling wins over Arsenal, Chelsea, Hull, Swansea, West Brom and Crystal Palace and drawn with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in the Premier League with their only defeat coming against Burnley in August. They also progressed to the quarter final of the EFL Cup after beating Tottenham 2-1 at Anfield last week. Led by the creative genius of the imperious Philippe Coutinho, Klopp’s men have produced “heavy metal” displays which have blown teams away. Apart from Coutinho, others such as Firmino, Mane, Lallana and Milner have contributed with the goals for Klopp’s side this season. They will need to be at their swashbuckling best when they entertain a defensively resilient Watford side on Sunday at Anfield.

Match Prediction: 

Liverpool 2-1 Watford

Manchester City 3-0 Middlesbrough

Manchester United’s struggles set to continue against Swansea City

Jose Mourinho’s battered Manchester United troops will roll up to the Liberty stadium in Wales on Sunday to take on a reinvigorated Swansea City. Swansea City sacked their manager Francesco Guidolin 3 weeks ago and hired former US Men’s national team manager Bob Bradley to turn their fortunes around. Monday’s 3-1 defeat to Stoke City left them languishing in 19th place in the league table with just 5 points accumulated so far.

Manchester United haven’t been faring any better. After being joint top with Manchester City at the end of August, things have gone horribly wrong for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. After losing 2-1 at home to Manchester City in the first local derby of the year, the Red Devils have gone on to further drop points against Stoke City, Watford and Liverpool. United’s dull 0-0 draw at Anfield was followed by a 4-0 hammering by Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge, Mourinho’s former hunting ground. Although Mourinho did manage to get the best of Guardiola’s weakened City side in the EFL Cup, last weekend’s 0-0 draw at home against Burnley quickly dampened the mood at Old Trafford again. Thursday night’s 2-1 loss to Turkish club Fenerbahce in the Europa League has further shaken the ground beneath Jose Mourinho.

United have traditionally struggled to pick up all 3 points from their trip to Wales and Sunday’s clash is expected to be no different.

Match Prediction: Swansea City 1-1 Manchester United

Other Predictions:

AFC Bournemouth 2-0 Sunderland
Burnley 1-2 Crystal Palace
West Ham United 2-2 Stoke City
Chelsea 2-1 Everton
Hull City 1-3 Southampton
Leicester City 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

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