Gbamm! EPL match previews - Game Week 10 (part 2)


Gbamm! EPL match previews - Game Week 10 (part 2)

We preview the rest of this weekend's fixtures for the quarter-way mark of the season. It should be an exciting weekend of football. Enjoy...

 

West Brom VS Manchester City

 

Date: 29/10/2016

Time: 3:00pm

Venue: Hawthorns

 

West Brom are back at the Hawthorns as they take on a deflated Manchester City, who might still be dizzy from a recent poor form. The Baggies were lucky not to have been completely torn apart by a wasteful Liverpool last weekend - with Ben Foster playing a large part in keeping the score line respectable. Nacer Chadli should fancy his chances of rediscovering his scoring boots after failing to hit the target for the first time since going on an impressive four-game scoring streak. Salomon Rondon is a big man who will work the City defence all game, and considering Claudio Bravo is suspect against physical forwards, this could be a real problem for Pep Guardiola. Kevin De Bruyne faces a spell out on the side lines, following his half-time withdrawal on Sunday - an injury, but it' hard to tell when he will be fit again. With Champions League football against Barcelona calling next week, Sergio Aguero might likely be rested to give him an opportunity to be fresh and regain some apparently lost confidence. Kelechi Iheanacho should be a more than capable replacement. As they say numbers don’t lie.

 

Crystal Palace VS Liverpool

 

Date: 29/10/2016

Time: 5:30pm

Venue: Selhurst Park

 

Crystal Palace have hit rock bottom again after two consecutive losses home and away. This followed a good run, which cumulated in the Eagles winning 3 Premier League games on the bounce. Steve Mandanda has picked up the ball from his own net too frequently in the past games and he should bring his big game experience to bear against an on-form Liverpool team. Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho are in town for this big game, and the Reds will look to continue playing their high pressing football with that certain swagger that has made everyone suddenly begin to believe that this could probably be Liverpool’s season for the title. Does Christian Benteke have a personal point to prove to his former teammates, most especially an on-field message to Jurgen Klopp? Just maybe, only if he doesn’t hit the crossbar once again.

 

Everton VS West Ham

 

Date: 30/10/2016

Time: 2:30pm

Venue: Goodison Park

 

Slaven Bilic has ties to both clubs. He played for both teams in the Premier League and his resurgent West Ham United team makes a trip to Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon. Everton have played their last two league games on the road, picking a solitary point, hence they should be desperate to for all three  on Sunday. West Ham, on the other hand, have had contrasting fortunes - winning maximum points in same period. Romelu Lukaku is confident enough to take on a 3-man Hammers defence on his home ground, while Dimitri Payet might just conjure another moment of brilliance in this tie.

 

 

Southampton VS Chelsea

 

Date: 30/10/2016

Time: 5:00pm

Venue: Saint Mary’s Stadium

 

Orchestrator Conte comes to town with his buzzing Chelsea team, who have netted 9 goals without conceding in their last 3 games. Amazingly, Diego Costa has succeeded in maintaining his discipline, not picking up a booking in the last 2 games. Nathan Redmond has scored in consecutive league fixtures, while Jose Fonte and Van Dirk have kept things solid at the back, effectively shutting out Sergio Aguero for 90 minutes. Chelsea will line-up in their trusted 3-4-3 formation, with Victor Moses expected to continue his impressive run at right wing-back. It remains to be seen whether the recently bereaved Willian will be reinstated into the line-up at the expense of Pedro, who scored the fastest goal of the season. Charlie Austin should work the defence and goal keeper alongside his strike partner, Nathan Redmond. The encounter definitely will have viewers and fans salivating for more exciting action.




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