Gbamm! EPL Game Week 11 Match Previews Part 1


Gbamm! EPL Game Week 11 Match Previews 

We preview this weekend's upcoming EPL fixtures - with the North London Derby being the big game of the weekend...

 

Arsenal VS Tottenham Hotspur

Date: 6/11/16

Time: 1:00pm

Venue: Emirates Stadium

The much anticipated North London derby is here again, and it certainly will bring the explosive sparks associated with this age long rivalry. Tottenham is without a win since the big win over Manchester City a month ago, though they still preserve their record as the league’s unbeaten team. Arsenal have only twice failed to win at the Emirates this season,  the opening day defeat to Liverpool and the last home draw to Middlesbrough. Arsene Wenger is pleased to have Olivier Giroud back fully fit, scoring two goals as a substitute last weekend, added to the impressive form and goals of Alexis Sanchez. Tottenham is on a run of three consecutive drawn games, struggling in the absence of Harry Kane. Not much has come in terms of goals from Vincent Janssen which will be a source of worry to Mauricio Pochettino. Anything short of a win in Sunday’s early-kick off will see Spurs further slip away from the top 4, while an Arsenal win or draw will strengthen their top 4 position.

 

Liverpool VS Watford

Date: 6/11/16

Time: 3:15pm

Venue: Anfield

If Jurgen Klopp can address his team’s defensive frailties, then the Reds will perhaps be the strongest contenders for the league title come May. They try to outscore opponents and against an often unpredictable Watford team that springs up occasional unpleasant surprises, Liverpool has to watch it on home turf. Philippe Coutinho is having a stellar season, winning several Man-of-the Match awards for his eye catching performances. Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino’s form has seen the Reds playing without a recognised striker meaning Daniel Sturridge is spending more time on the bench than he would have liked. Odion Ighalo has struggled for form this year and with Isaac Success injured; Mazzarri is stuck with the Nigerian international at least for now. Liverpool can head into Christmas top of the league judging from the fixture list, but they have to learn to stop giving out early gifts at the back before due time.

 

Hull City VS Southampton

Date: 6/11/16

Time: 3:15pm

Venue: KCOM Stadium

Hull City has equalled their worst Premier League run of six consecutive losses following a now routine loss away to Watford last weekend. Mike Phelan and his team are up against an equally bruised Southampton team who had their recent good run dented by Chelsea with a 2-0 home loss on Sunday. Claude Puel has managed to maintain the football culture of the Saints despite several high profile departures last summer. Record signing, Sofiane Boufal is yet to start a league game, but his recent showings off the bench suggests a first Premier League will be imminent. Hull must keep things tight and coordinated at the back if they are to shut out Nathan Redmond and Charlie Austin.

 

Swansea City VS Manchester United

Date: 6/11/16

Time: 4:00pm

Venue: Liberty Stadium

Swansea City must be wondering what they have to do, to get a win since the opening day of the season. Bob Bradley’s team haven’t been playing badly, but they seem to have irreparable problems at the back with the American experimenting with a rookie partnership in the last Premier League game. Jose Mourinho and Manchester United have their own problems without a league win for over a month. The Special one and his fellow new recruits are struggling to influence matches, with fans particularly picking on Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Perhaps Ander Herrera’s red card forced Mourinho to recall Bastian Schweinsteiger to the first-team but it might be too soon to throw the German straight into action. This fixture last season produced a shock win for Swansea over United, certainly they will be on the lookout for a repeat performance.

 

Leicester City VS West Brom

Date: 6/11/16

Time: 5:30pm

Venue: King Power Stadium

Leicester City for the first time this season managed to pick up 4 points in consecutive league matches avoiding defeat at Tottenham last weekend. West Brom is the newest visitors to the King Power and judging by recent home form, the Baggies are expected to struggle to pick even a point. Ahmed Musa scored again last weekend after opening his league account penultimate weekend. A major source of concern is the injury he sustained in the build-up to the goal; hopefully he recovers in time to bounce back to action. Salomon Rondon and Nacer Chadli have both seen the goals dry up recently for West Brom and Tony Pulis should be creative enough to come up with a strategy to produce goals, if they are not to go down like the previous visitors to the King Power Stadium this season.




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