English Premier League – Matchweek 11 Preview

EPL Matchweek Previews

Week 11 is already upon us for England’s top-flight soccer division, and this weekend should continue to bring some marquee matchups from across the pond. Of course, positioning continues for teams seeking to stay out of the relegation zone, and into prime European competition positions.

This weekend should see some thrilling encounters in the EPL, none more riveting than Arsenal vs. Liverpool in north London. Both teams are thinking title in 2018-19, and it’ll be interesting to see if the Gunners can negate Liverpool’s high-powered attack away from Anfield.

Beyond that, Wolves and Spurs should produce a fair bit of goals and thrilling offense, while Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace gives the Eagles a second straight week of a prized London derby. Keep reading on below as we briefly take you through each of the ten fixtures, providing a quick analysis and early selection for each encounter.

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Bournemouth vs. Manchester United:

Time: Saturday, November 3rd 2018, 13:30 CET (08:30 EST)

Venue: Dean Court

The Cherries enter this contest red-hot, as they are unbeaten from their past six contests at home. They’ve won four of those and drawn two, and you can bet Bournemouth’s rabid supporters are eager to add to some of Man United’s misery this season.

Ander Herrera - Manchester UnitedSurprisingly, Bournemouth sit 6th in the Premier League table – two spots ahead of Mourinho’s Man United squad. This week, look for the Reds to drop Nemanja Matic from the midfield, and instead insert the creativity and youth of Ander Herrera. The lively Spaniard could be just what United needs to awaken from their season-opening slumber.

For the Cherries, expect them to likely be without their captain in Simon Francis for this clash. The skipper hobbled off to injury midweek, and as a result – the Bournemouth defensive game could be lacking. Francis is a trusted ball-winner and leader, and his omission could vault United even higher in their climb of the table.

Cardiff City vs. Leicester City

Time: Saturday, November 3rd 2018, 16:00 CET (11:00 EST)

Venue: Cardiff City Stadium

The Foxes of Leicester will surely enter this clash playing with heavy hearts following the tragic death of their owner in a helicopter crash this past week. Leicester has actually changed their travel plans in the wake of what occurred, no longer traveling to Wales via plane, instead of taking a team bus.

Leicester is in the midst of another solid, yet unspectacular season in the top flight. They’ll likely never return to their championship ways, though they have to be pleased with the start of their campaign this season. Up front, they remain troubling for any backline – as the speed of Jamie Vardy remains a big issue and could be problematic for Cardiff on Saturday.

For Cardiff, they too are likely doing better than expected. Many had them pegged for a sure-fire 20th place finishing position – through some steady home form has them out of the relegation zone currently, but some tough fixtures do loom. Manager Neil Warnock knows his team has flaws, and without a true striker of proper goal-scoring ability, a dull draw seems fitting in this clash.

Everton vs. Brighton & Hove Albion

Time: Saturday, November 3rd 2018, 16:00 CET (11:00 EST)

Venue: Goodison Park

Two teams desperately battling to remain in the top half of the table will do battle on Saturday as Everton hosts Brighton & Hove Albion.

Everton was in the middle of a solid run, before running into an improved Manchester United squad this past week. The Toffees are intensely pushing for a spot which could land them European football for the following year, and to do that – they need to be beating teams like Brighton.

Manager Marco Silva will likely be without James McCarthy, while Chris Hughton’s Brighton squad enters the weekend with no key fixtures. Brighton has been winners of three straight contests, all 1-0 score-lines, though this week they will receive a stern test in the form of Everton’s stars. The trio of Cenk Tosun, Richarlison, and Gylfi Sigurdsson are all in-form at the moment and should be able to allow the Toffees to collect all three points in Gameweek 11.

Newcastle United vs. Watford

Time: Saturday, November 3rd 2018, 16:00 CET (11:00 EST)

Venue: St. James’ Park

Watford undoubtedly remains one of the main surprises of the EPL campaign thus far, as manager Javi Gracia has his side well organized and energetic. This week they’ll travel north to take on a struggling Newcastle side. The Magpies made little changes in the off-season and it’s catching up with them. Rafa Benitez’s group lacks cohesion and confidence, and as a result, you better believe the prominent manager is already plotting his exit.

Watford meanwhile enters in their best form across the previous 35 seasons. They are in no danger of being relegated, and with a top-six spot within their grasps, look for Watford to target a full three points away from home. Watford already has a prolific goalscoring record, and without much of a threat from Newcastle the other way, look for Watford to apply consistent pressure en route to an easy victory. Until Newcastle upgrades their attacking options of Salomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto, they will continue to struggle.

West Ham United vs. Burnley

Time: Saturday, November 3rd 2018, 16:00 CET (11:00 EST)

Venue: London Stadium

Following a solid campaign last season, Burnley has endured a bumpy beginning to their season this year. They aren’t scoring nearly enough and their defensive game has been surprisingly loose. This week, they’ll travel to London to do battle with a West Ham club that has proven to be quite the inconsistent package thus far.

Though the Hammers took big strides this off-season in terms of new signings and bringing in Manuel Pellegrini to be the manager, it hasn’t yet translated into consistent performances and results. This is a better team than they’ve shown, and they certainly aren’t lacking in talent.

Please Note:
In Gameweek 11, it is believed that West Ham will be without Mark Noble and Andriy Yarmolenko, while Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez, and Manuel Lanzini all remain out as well. Those absences have hindered the Hammers, and Burnley certainly sees an opportunity for some points here under their manager Sean Dyche.

Expect the Clarets to turn in a better defensive outing on Saturday, while Sam Vokes should lead a promising line up front. Burnley has lost recent matches 5-0 and 4-0, and if they can’t manage at least a draw here – it’s time to seriously start considering relegation for this pesky bunch.

Arsenal vs. Liverpool

Time: Saturday, November 3rd 2018, 18:30 CET (13:30 EST)

Venue: Emirates Stadium

One of the true marquee games of the week across the entire sport will unfold Saturday in London. The Gunners host Liverpool in an ongoing battle for the Premier League title and the coveted Champions League spots.

The Gunners have been better than many would have expected this season, already taking to manager Unai Emery’s new style with ease. Arsenal plays fast and they are currently in excellent form across all competitions. One big absence for the Gunners on Saturday will be key midfielder Matteo Guendouzi. This should stifle some of Arsenal’s creativity in the middle of the pitch, and further open things up for Liverpool.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez - Liverpool

On the other side, look for Liverpool to really put an emphasis on their defensive game. It has been greatly improved in recent months, and they’ve only conceded four times through ten matches. The duo of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are elite talents and should easily snuff out the threats of Arsenal. Going forward, look for the lethal trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino to all be able to wreak havoc on the Arsenal backline, en route to a convincing Liverpool victory.

Wolves vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Time: Saturday, November 3rd 2018, 20:45 CET (15:45 EST)

Venue: Molineux Stadium

This should be a stellar matchup, and ultimately one featuring a fair bit of goals and quality chances. Both teams sit comfortably within the top-half of the table, and though the Wolves have only netted nine goals to Tottenham’s 16 – you get the sense that there’s a lot more potential from Wolverhampton’s lethal group.

The Wolves enter this match highly motivated, especially after dropping two straight EPL contests. Expect striker Raul Jimenez to take more of a lead role for the Wolves here, and begin capitalizing on his chances. The Spurs’ boast a sturdy backline, but the Wolves do have the talent to break them down.

The Spurs remain in flux due to ongoing new stadium issues. It isn’t certain when work will be finalized, but it is clear that it is forcing the team to go about things differently. The Spurs should comfortably be a top-4 side, but they’ve been lackadaisical at times this campaign. On Saturday, facing another good opponent will only continue to prove tougher. Despite the presence of Harry Kane and many other talents, don’t be surprised to see the Wolves escape with a draw on Saturday.

Manchester City vs. Southampton

Time: Sunday, November 4th 2018, 16:00 CET (11:00 EST)

Venue: Etihad Stadium

Another season, and yet another dominant start for the blue side of Manchester. Despite a key injury early on to talented midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, manager Pep Guardiola kept his side focused and they remain in the hunt for yet another Premier League title.

They enter Week 11 tied with Liverpool, but with a vastly superior goal differential. At full strength, this side can seemingly score at will, while their play without the ball remains very steady and stifling.

Southampton is on the other end of the table in 16th position, mired in a run of bad play. Many people figured the Saints were on the verge of relegation entering this season, and perhaps if they don’t sneak some surprise results against the elite clubs – it could be back down to the Championship for the Saints.

For City, Ilkay Gundogan remains doubtful as he endures a hamstring injury, while Charlie Austin and Pierre Hojbjerg will both likely be sidelined. Despite those absences, Southampton would be pleased just to find the back of the net in this one. Man City is rolling at the moment, and their current battle with Liverpool atop the table has kept them motivated and interested. Expect City to cruise by at least three goals on Sunday.

Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace

Time: Sunday, November 4th 2018, 17:00 CET (12:00 EST)

Venue: Stamford Bridge

For the second straight week, Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace will endure another tough London derby. This time, instead of hosting one – they’ll head west to Stamford Bridge to take on an impressive looking Chelsea squad.

The Blues were a great unknown entering this season, but Maurizio Sarri has taught them well in the early going, having the key team members buy into his system. Chelsea sits 3rd in the table at the moment, and well within striking distance of the leaders. Their opponents this week are Crystal Palace, and though many had them pegged for a solid mid-table finish, a run of mediocre play has them stuck in 14th position, trailing 12th place Leicester by a full five points. Palace has the talent to create upsets, as seen last week vs. the Gunners – but their consistency and play at the back can be shocking at times.

This week, expect nothing less than a solid Chelsea outing en route to the Blues taking the full three points. It is believed that Eden Hazard will return from his injury, and should be able to dominate the midfield in this fixture. Look for an entertaining fixture, but one in which Chelsea collects all three points from.

Huddersfield vs. Fulham

Time: Monday, November 5th 2018, 21:00 CET (16:00 EST)

Venue: John Smith’s Stadium

To round off Gameweek 11, two basement dwellers will do battle with both squads keen on taking a full three points to remove themselves from the relegation zone. Huddersfield Town remains firmly at the bottom of the table, managing no wins so far, and three measly draws. Unless something turns drastically for this group, they seem certain to head back to the Championship.

Meanwhile, for Fulham their start to the season has to be hugely disappointing. The Cottagers spent a ton of money in the summer, bringing in many talented players – only for them to start their careers at Fulham as huge busts.

They have just five points, and though I think their talent will win out and they’ll escape from the danger zone, their defensive record thus far has been atrocious. Fulham cannot stop teams from scoring.

Huddersfield was stomped last time out by a 3-0 score-line at Watford. Manager David Wagner was displeased with the defending of his club, and there is currently a ton of anger and frustration within the Huddersfield camp at the moment. Are they capable of turning in a better showing against a prolific Fulham attack? This should make for an interesting showdown to close out the week. Despite all of Fulham’s talent and promise, they aren’t in sync right now and to the chagrin of both sides, look for a draw to be the most likely outcome to round out Week 11.

And there you have it, folks! A quick look and some early snapshot previews of the ten Premier League fixtures for Gameweek 11. It promises to be a thrilling three days of footy action, and there should be some intriguing encounters at both ends of the table. Enjoy the matches!

Calvin Marshal / Author