Week 11 is here folks. Buckle up, we are in for a bumpy ride. Big games await on Saturday as Liverpool host Chelsea and QPR aim to shock reigning champions Manchester City, plus much more top notch action is on the slate.
After consulting my crystal ball, here’s how I see things panning out…
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Southampton vs. Leicester City – (Saturday, NBCSN, 10 a.m. ET)
The Saints will go marching on and condemn Leicester to a fifth defeat in six. Ronald Koeman’s men look unstoppable going forward but also impenetrable at the back. That’s a great combo.
Southampton 3-1 Leicester City
Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace – (Saturday, Premier League Extratime, 10 a.m. ET)
United took one point from their last two games vs. Chelsea and Manchester City, but arguably could have had more had their finishing been better and if they had avoided silly red cards. Expect Louis van Gaal’s men to shot early and often against a Palace side slipping dangerously towards the bottom three, who are also without their inspirational captain Mile Jedinak.
Manchester United 3-0 Crystal Palace
West Ham United vs. Aston Villa – (Saturday, Premier League Extratime, 10 a.m. ET)
Sam Allardyce and Diafra Sakho won the manager and player of the month awards for October, so that usually means you lose your next game. I expect the Hammers to get over that curse and hand Villa their seventh-straight defeat. Is this curtains for Paul Lambert as Villa boss?
West Ham 2-0 Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion vs. Newcastle – (Sunday, Premier League Extratime, 8:30 a.m. ET)
These two have identical records but the Magpies are the ones flying after four-straight wins in all competitions and Alan Pardew’s side have finally found their feet. Summer additions are slotting in well and they are suddenly a threat going forward. The Baggies struggled to contain Crystal Palace in their most recent home match. Away win for the Geordies.
West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Newcastle
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Liverpool vs. Chelsea – (Saturday, NBCSN, 7:45 a.m. ET)
After Brendan Rodgers rested his star men for the trip to Real Madrid in midweek and prioritized this Chelsea clash, expect the Reds to come flying out of the traps. Last season Mourinho’s boys ruined Liverpool chances of winning the title, so revenge will be in the air at Anfield. Expect a tight match. Chelsea should win easily, but other factors will come into play.
Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City – (Sunday, NBCSN, 8:30 a.m. ET)
After a shaky display away in the Europa League on Thursday and a slightly fortutious comeback win over Aston Villa last weekend, Spurs are just about getting away with lackluster displays. As Stoke showed earlier this season by going to Man City and winning, they aren’t scared of taking the game to opponents away from the Britannia.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Stoke City
Swansea vs. Arsenal – (Sunday, NBCSN, 11 a.m. ET)
The Gunners found it hard to break down Burnley up until the final 15 minutes last weekend and they may struggle against the Swans who shutout Everton last week. Chuck in the fact that the Gunners coughed up a 3-0 lead to draw with Anderlecht in the Champions League in midweek, and I think we have ourselves a high-scoring draw.
Swansea 2-2 Arsenal
Sunderland vs. Everton – (Sunday, Premier League Extratime, 8:30 a.m. ET)
After their massive win away at Palace, Gus Poyet’s men will be full of confidence. Everton will be too following their 3-0 demolition of Lille in the Europa League. With a fired up home crowd on Wearside, expect this to be tight. Stay well clear.
Sunderland 1-1 Everton
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QPR vs. Manchester City – (Saturday, NBC, 12:30 p.m. ET)
After a week of more struggles in the UEFA Champions League and a tiring derby win over Manchester United, this could be the perfect time for QPR to host the reigning champions. Manuel Pellegrini’s men can’t afford another slip up but a resurgent Rangers could hand them a surprise down at Loftus Road. Watch out City, Charlie Austin is coming for you.
QPR 2-1 Manchester City
Burnley vs. Hull City – (Saturday, Premier League Extratime, 10 a.m. ET)
This has to be the week, surely? Hull City are without a win in three and Burnley are slowly looking more threatening going forward. With the pack above them pulling away, they really need a win here to stay in touch as they start to drift free at the bottom. I’m tipping the Clarets to succeed.
Burnley 2-1 Hull City