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EPL Matchday 11 Predictions (09/11/2013)

A highly entertaining Champions League round with all English teams coming off wins in midweek has set us up nicely to going back to predicting the scores for the Premier League. 1 point is awarded for the correct outcome and 3 points for a perfect score. Here’s a reminder of last weeks action and results and the overall points tally for the three of us so far.

Previous Matchday Scores:

Pretty low scoring predictions from last week. The main culprit was the astonishing 7-0 city demolition of Norwich. Rishay was the only one with a perfect prediction! What a joyous occasion.

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Matchday 11 Predictions:

Saturday November 9th:

Chelsea vs Westbrom:

Bernie: West Brom have earned a draw against Arsenal and have beaten reigning champions Man United. However, I can’t envisage the Baggies coming away from Stamford Bridge with a point. Losing to Newcastle will have enraged the Blues and West Brom may be on the receiving end of mauling from Mourinho’s men. 3-0 Chelsea

Mohaned: Chelsea have had a great October and not a very good start to November. Mourinho would’ve brought out his spanking stick and put his players back in line. A good performance against Shalke in midweek shows they are back to their best. Although Westbrom have been worthy opponents, at home i think Chelsea will put in a good performance this week.  2-0 Chelsea.

Rishay:  Stamford Bridge has that “fortress” feel to it when Mourinho is around, and it will be a daunting task for West Brom to come away with a result from this game. Eden Hazard will likely feature, as he missed out during the Blues’ 3-0 win over Schalke in midweek. A comfortable victory for Chelsea in this one, but West Brom might fancy themselves to get on the scoresheet. 3-1 Chelsea. 

Liverpool vs Fulham:

Bernie: Fulham are useless. Martin Jol’s time might be up at Craven Cottage. His team is full of luxury players and no grit. Liverpool are a class act this season and the SAS will look to right the wrongs from their away loss to Arsenal. It could get very ugly so I’m going for the jugular. 4-0 Liverpool

Mohaned: Losing to Arsenal last week was predictable. It wont change anything for Liverpool. Fulham have been in very bad shape recently and will buckle at Anfield. Suarez and sturridge to get back to scoring with Coutinho probably joining them. 3-0 Liverpool

Rishay:  Liverpool had a disappointing time at the Emirates stadium last week, but the better team had prevailed in that game. They will be looking to bounce back, and will probably be eyeing this fixture against The Cottagers as three points in the bag. Fulham have lost Reither to a three game suspension following his assault on Adnan Januzaj. While their second half performance against the Red Devils was positive, they will need to keep it up for 90 minutes against a Liverpool side who are very strong at Anfield. Liverpool should come away with the spoils in this one. 3-1 Liverpool.

Sunday November 10th:

Tottenham vs Newcastle:

Bernie: My boy Robbie Soldado hasn’t exactly been firing on all cylinders but I can’t help but think Newcastle’s horrible defence should allow Spurs to set the striker free. Easier said than done though. Newcastle should be riding high on confidence after beating Chelsea and Loic Remy will be the danger man. I see a tight affair as it always is at White Hart Lane 1-0 Tottenham Soldado with the winner.

Mohaned: Tottenham look un-creative going forward, relying on Soldado’s penalties of late. Newcastle aren’t the most solid at the back but their result against Chelsea will give them a boost. I see Tottenham dropping points here if Newcastle show up. 1-1 draw.

Rishay:  On form, this game looks like a fairly even match up, with Newcastle coming off a surprise 2-0 victory over Chelsea in their last fixture, no doubt a result that will give them a lot of confidence and momentum coming into this match day. Spurs have been slightly lackluster in attack this season and will have to pick up their form against a Newcastle team that are there for the taking. Spurs might just shade this one, but Newcastle will give them a good scare. 2-1 Tottenham. 

Sunderland vs Manchester City:

Bernie: City are a strange side indeed. They batter a team then lose the next game. Their 7-0 demolition of Norwich won’t do much to dissuade the doubters. Pellegrini has a lot to prove right now and we all know how impatient a foreign owner can be. That being said, Sunderland are not a good team at the moment. Suffering from the horrible transfers of Paulo Di Canio. City won’t have it all their way because Sunderland are already fighting for their lives but Pellegrini’s men should come away with the points 2-0 City.

Mohaned: Sunderland are still in the bottom three and wont make it out this weekend. City have been on a great run of form with Aguero finally getting an injury free run of games. Silva back in the side has also rejuvenated them but he is currently out for four weeks after pickign up a knock in the Champions League mid week.. City should win this comfortably either way. 3-0 City.

Rishay:  City seem to have found their rhythm after several weeks of flaky form. A colossal 7-0 win against Norwich was followed up by a 5-2 hammering of CSKA Moskow in the Champions League in midweek. With their shooting boots finally polished and well fitted, Sunderland will be dreading the timing of this fixture. Gus Poyet has a hard job on his hands after the exit of Paolo Di Canio and even though he managed a victory in the Tyne-Wear Derby over Newcastle, it was sandwiched between losses to Hull and Swansea. 4-0 City. 

*Game of the week: Red Devils vs The Gunners*

 In recent seasons  Manchester United always went into this game as favorites. Most will say it is the opposite now for the first time in a while as Arsenal are on a really good run of form. This is the one we are all waiting for. Form goes out the window in this massive massive game where rivals head butt to see who comes out on top. If there is a game that can kick start Man Utd’s revival in the league it will be this one! Arsenal will want to continue their good form and get the 3 points at old trafford, something they haven’t done since the 06/07 season!!!

Bernie: This used to be the biggest game in England 8 years ago (sorry Liverpool fans you just didn’t measure up). United were scared of Arsenal and vice versa, even El Clasico didn’t stand up to this duel until Messi and Ronaldo showed up. Now both teams are a shadow of their former selves even with Arsenal being on the upswing. Currently, United seem to be getting back on track while Arsenal are beating everyone in sight thanks to the improbable Aaron Ramsey. Arsenal really should win this game, especially with the injury concerns United have in midfield. However, Arsenal could be undone by the speed and directness of United’s front players. It’s safe to say that both teams will give up a goal here. At Old Trafford United haven’t been strong enough but this is a game they won’t allow themselves to be walked over in. Expect a lot of fouls from the home team and a red card somewhere. 1-1 (and no I’m not sitting on the fence, I thought this through)

Mohaned: With the TWO WEEK FRIENDLY international break coming up (sigh) both teams will want to go into that on a high. Arsenal were looking down the barrel at a very tough 10 days which started with Liverpool, included Dortmund and ending with United. So far they have got 6 out of 6 points and will want to make it 9 out of 9 at Old Trafford. Logic and form says Arsenal should win this one. My only worry is fatigue as Arsenal’s last two games were high intensity and Arsene Wenger will probably use the same exact lineup for the third time in a row. Man Utd’s counter attacking style will be dangerous and that’s where Arsenals defence looked shakiest. I’m confident of the form the boys are in so ill go with an ambitious 3-1 Arsenal.

Rishay:  The truest test of the Gunner’s title credentials so far, Arsenal will be coming into this fixture as the favourites after strong wins over Liverpool and Dortmund this week. A win here would cap a perfect week for the club and it would be hard to stop their momentum going into the Christmas season. Manchester United have home field advantage, and will need to get their tactics spot on to prevent Arsenal from running riot. A shaky back four have been leaking goals and it is hard to see Arsenal not scoring. It is hard to see Arsenal keeping out United as well, given the form of Red Devils’ resurgent strike force. United have been on a solid unbeaten run of 8 games in all competitions and have started to look stable after a wobbly start to the season. This is the game to watch this weekend, without a shadow of a doubt. Being a United fan, I have to back my team here. 2-1 United.

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