EPL- Matches not to be missed in Gameweek 11
The Gameweek 10 ended in EPL with the top 4 spots shuffling to make a new team crowned at the top of the table, whereas on the other hand the relegation zone remain unchanged.
This article provides insights about what to expect in the coming Gameweek.
This week provides some big clashes with 4 of the Big 6 of the EPL squared up against one another.
Following are the clashes that should live up to the expectations of spectators and create a humdinger on the points table.
Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur
Last season when both these teams battled out at the same venue, the match was decided in injury time with Man City’s Mario Balotelli converting the penalty spot-kick awarded. The match ended 3-2. This year both the teams need a win desperately in order to maintain a healthy run for the title.
Man City is coming out of a goalless draw against West Ham United and also a 2-2 draw with Ajax Amsterdam in the UEFA Champions League. On the other side too, the grass isn’t much greener, with Tottenham Hotspurs loses against Wigan Athletic and are due to face competition against Slovenian side Maribor in UEFA Europa League. Both sides will have to deal with the fatigue from midweek games and it will be an interesting match because a win for Man City will take them to the first spot. Will Man City remain in that position depends upon other key matches.
Chelsea vs Liverpool
Chelsea’s campaign had received a huge blow after their past 2 matches ended disastrously where they collected only one point out of a maximum of six. This deficiency had hauled them down to second position. On the other hand Liverpool had raked in a string of draws in their recent matches. Their last week’s 1-1 draw against Newcastle United was 3rd In last 5 matches.
With Chelsea’s Juan Mata receiving the October Player of the Month award, it seems Chelsea will have an upper hand in this game as they will go all guns blazing in a desperate move to get back on their title march. Both these teams will also suffer from fatigue as Chelsea will be playing against Shakhtar Donetsk in UEFA Champions League and Liverpool squared up against Russian club Anjhi Makchkala in Europa League.
Aston Villa vs Manchester United
Manchester United’s tablecloth went on top of the table after their 2-1 win against Arsenal last week. They collected all 3 points whereas the other contenders, Chelsea and Manchester City, salvaged a draw. Man Utd will be facing Braga in this week’s Champions League tie and will be travelling to Portugal for the same. Fatigue will play an important role and hence Sir Alex Ferguson will chose his team considering the trip to Villa Park for the upcoming Gameweek.
In order to maintain their position a win is must for them. On the other hand Aston Villa’s striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is confident of creating an upset for the visitors after their last week’s 0-1 win over Sunderland. That was their first win in last 6 games as they hover above the relegation zone by a difference of four points.
Arsenal vs Fulham
After their debacle against Man Utd last week and conceding a draw against FC Schalke in UEFA Champions League, the pressure will be on Arsene Wenger to roll out a winning formation against visitors Fulham.
Arsenal and Fulham both are currently tied at 15 points, 9 behind the league leaders. Fulham escaped with a 2-2 draw in the dying minutes against Everton last week and will hope to further dent Arsenal’s league race.
Everton vs Sunderland
Reading vs Norwich
Soton vs Swansea
Stoke vs QPR
Wigan vs West Brom
Newcastle Utd vs West Ham
Reading and QPR are yet to win a game this season, Man City is yet to lose a game this season and Man Utd are yet to end a game as a draw this season. Only time will tell if any of these clubs will change their own statistics.