Week 11 of the Premier League kicks off on Saturday lunch time with the meeting between Stoke City and Leicester City at the Bet365 Stadium. However, the big matches at the top of the table take place on Sunday.
The first of which sees Manchester City welcome Arsenal to the Etihad Stadium. The hosts go into this match with a 5-point cushion at the top of the league and will be hoping to extend that lead by defeating the Gunners.
Manchester City secured their place in the Champions League Round of 16 with another excellent performance in mid-week as they defeated Napoli 4-2 away from home. Pep Guardiola’s team have won their last 14 matches in all competitions and having been playing exciting, attacking football.
The Citizens have won their last 8 Premier League games in a row and have won by 3 or more goals in their last 4 home league games. It’s little wonder Manchester City are 4/9 favourites to win this match with Bet365 and just 2/9 to win the Premier League this season.
Arsenal will travel to Manchester having played in the Europa League on Thursday night and will hope to have sealed qualification for the knockout stages with a win in Koln.
The Gunners start this weekend in 5th place in the Premier League, 9 points off Manchester City and know they must win this match if they are to have any chance of competing for the title this season. Arsenal have won their last 4 games in all competitions but have won only 1 of their last 5 away Premier League matches.
They have scored goals in their last 2 games away from home in the league and might test the Manchester City defence at times but will struggle to keep them out at the other end of the pitch. Manchester City to win and both teams to score is 29/20 with William Hill.
The second big match at the top of the Premier League on Sunday features Chelsea and Manchester United, who play at Stamford Bridge.
The Red Devils all but sealed their place in Champions League Round of 16 with a win over Benfica on Tuesday night. It wasn’t an inspired performance from Jose Mourinho’s men but they got the job done and kept another clean sheet in the process.
The same cannot be said for Chelsea, who went down 3-0 in Rome and performed poorly at the back. They could easily have conceded more goals and will need to tighten things up defensively if they are take anything from this game.
With that in mind, we could be in for a very close game, with Chelsea aware they cannot repeat their defensive showing from Wednesday night and Manchester United looking very difficult to break down. Under 2.5 goals is 3/5 with Ladbrokes.
Chelsea are unbeaten in 26 of their last 29 home games in all competitions and Manchester United are undefeated in 16 of their last 19 away league games. This suggests neither team will come away with a defeat and that leaves us with the prospect of a low scoring draw. If recent matches against big teams tells us anything, it’s that Mourinho does not like to attack and his first thought is to not lose the game.
Manchester United have a poor record at Stamford Bridge and a point would be considered a decent result on Sunday. The draw and under 2.5 goals is 13/5 with Ladbrokes.
This result will lower the expectations of either team winning the league this season and possibly play into the hands of Tottenham Hotspur, who also play on Sunday this week.
Tottenham start the weekend at 14/1 with Bet365 to win the Premier League and will be on a massive high having defeated Real Madrid at Wembley in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
However, the focus must return to the Premier League and if Tottenham have any hopes of winning the title, they must defeat Crystal Palace on the weekend.
Crystal Palace sit bottom of the Premier League table and were forced to come back from 2-0 down at home to West Ham United last weekend, just to pick up a point. However, the nature of the draw, with an added time equaliser felt like a win for the Eagles and they will be keen to carry forward that momentum into this match.
Tottenham arrive at Selhurst Park having lost their previous Premier League game 1-0 at Old Trafford. Mauricio Pochettino’s team struggled to break down Manchester United and it was the first time in 5 league games they have failed to score.
Pochettino will be keen not to drop more points against teams Tottenham should be beating but this could be a tough match, especially without Toby Alderweireld at the back. Tottenham have dropped points against Burnley and Swansea City this season and the draw is available at 5/1 with William Hill.
Looking towards the bottom of the table and it could be another tough week for Bournemouth, who travel up to Newcastle United on Saturday. The Magpies are undefeated in their last 4 home Premier League games and have won 3 of them. This makes them a difficult proposition for a Bournemouth team who have won 2 of their last 14 away league games. Newcastle are Evens with Bet365 to win the game.
The final team in the relegation zone are Everton, who have endured a surprisingly poor season considering the investment in players over the summer transfer window.
This weekend the Toffees host Watford at Goodison Park and know they need to start winning games quickly, if they want to move away from the drop zone. However, Everton have won 1 of their last 9 Premier League games and have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 4 at home.
Watford sit comfortably in the top half of the table but have lost their last 2 Premier League games and will be looking to get back to winning ways. The Hornets have seen both teams score in 4 of their last 5 league games and the draw, with both teams scoring is available at 7/2 with Bet365.
Everton are out at 9/1 to be relegated from the Premier League but anything other than a win this weekend could see them drop to 19th in the table. The pressure will be on whoever takes over as manager for the rest of the campaign.
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