Gbamm! EPL Weekly Match Preview (Game Week 11)


Gbamm! EPL Weekly Match Preview (Game Week 11)

We preview the upcoming weekend's EPL matches. It should be an interesting weeknd of football...

 

Manchester City VS Middlesbrough

Date: 5/11/16

Time: 4:00pm

Venue: Etihad Stadium       

Manchester City returned to winning ways away from home in the last round and must really feel confident heading into a home tie against a Boro team that was also successful at home last weekend. Looking at the form log from the last 3 games, there is not much to separate both sides but a City side seemingly on fire and also finding its bearing domestically can hurt not just Middlesbrough but anyone in the league. The game has the ‘El Classico’ interest, Pep Guardiola playing and coaching Barcelona, while Aitor Karanka also played and worked as an assistant at Real Madrid. Sergio Aguero returned to scoring ways last weekend, with two well taken strikes, while the defence managed to keep a long overdue clean sheet. Middlesbrough might have different plans of theirs to spoil the party for the Citizens at the Etihad, after all against all odds; they did same a fortnight ago at the Emirates.

 

Burnley VS Crystal Palace

Date: 5/11/16

Time: 4:00pm

Venue: Turf Moor

The ‘giant killers’ of the moment, Burnley welcome free-falling Crystal Palace to their home ground. Burnley has made Turf Moor a fortress, winning games with such conviction that even the best will approach with caution when visiting the Clarets. Crystal Palace is on a poor run of form, losing the last three games, surprising for a team that has such an averagely decent squad and were on a three game winning run at some point during the season. Christian Benteke will always be a threat to any defence and goalkeeper, but Tom Heaton has proved to be a decisive factor in goal for Burnley producing several world class saves to keep his team with a chance of surviving relegation. Can Palace survive the Burnley threat on home soil or will Burnley coast to a routine home victory? 90 minutes of entertaining football expectedly should determine that.

 

West Ham VS Stoke City

Date: 5/11/16

Time: 4:00pm

Venue: London Stadium

West Ham United entertains an in-form Stoke side that has won their last 3 Premier League games on the bounce. The Hammers briefly enjoyed a resurgence of form but it all came crashing for them last weekend at Goodison Park. Mark Hughes will be finally relieved to see Wilfried Bony get going in front of goal, the Ivorian netting a goal on Monday night to become only the 4th player in the history of the league to score for 3 different sides with City (Swansea City, Manchester City and Stoke City). Dimtri Payet for all his silky skills and running hasn’t had that productive influence this season and Bilic’s desperation to get a scoring forward, saw him utilise Michail Antonio as an emergency centre forward in last weekend’s loss to Everton. It will be an open game,  that could go either way.

 

Bournemouth VS Sunderland

Date: 5/11/16

Time: 4:00pm

Venue: Dean Court

Bournemouth were high flying in recent weeks prior to last weekend’s loss to Middlesbrough, that quite a number of pundits and fans didn’t expect the Cherries to come crashing at the Riverside Stadium. Eddie Howe is happy to receive teams at home, with a strong attacking unit that is capable of holding their own anywhere in the league. Jordon Ibe and Junior Stanislas will be a handful for a leaking Sunderland defence to cope with for the duration they remain on the field. Adnan Januzaj has to start more matches if the Black Cats are to dream of picking up their first win of the season anytime soon. David Moyes should remember the jury is out for him, and international breaks hardly bring much joy for under-fire coaches. The only coach to be sacked this season was during the last break, perhaps Moyes might follow suit in a couple of days.

 

Chelsea VS Everton

Date: 5/11/16

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: Stamford Bridge

The league’s form team, Chelsea are buzzing with confidence and they host a stubborn Everton team in a game that traditionally always proves difficult for the Blues to win out rightly. Two of the league’s leading marksmen, Diego Costa and Romelu Lukaku will square up face-face at the Bridge to win the bragging rights. Lukaku in particular is an ex-Chelsea player who was linked with a sensational summer return to the club, but he certainly will want to pass a message with his goals. Antonio Conte has restored confidence to the Blues, especially a once leaking backline, while Ronald Koeman will aim to pull a fast one over the tactically shrewd Italian manager like he did against Manchester City. A win will consolidate Chelsea’s top 4 position and with some big games this weekend, the Blues can move up the league table, while Everton looks to improve a not so impressive away form.




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