Friday, December 4, 2020

Week 11 Preview: North London Derby; Wolves Visit Reds’ House; The Moyesiah Looks to Defeat Devils

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The North London Derby features two teams going in different directions as top-rated Spurs, unbeaten in nine matches, play host to struggling Arsenal. Harry Kane is expected to be available for Spurs and a goal would make him the all-time highest scorer in North London derbies. Manager Jose Mourinho is unbeaten when playing a home match against Arsenal across all competitions.

Liverpool could have both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita available for Wolves this weekend. The Reds will be defending their 64 match unbeaten run against an opponent they have defeated in seven consecutive league matches. Liverpool are currently unbeaten in their last six league matches.

Chelsea, unbeaten in their last eight matches, will face Leeds for the first time in topflight competition since 2004. The Blues are the joint highest scoring team in the league this season while their defense has conceded but one goal in Chelsea's last five matches.

Jamie Vardy will look to add to his league leading seven away goals when Leicester travels to Sheffield United. Leicester faces Sheffield United hoping to shake its tendency to perform poorly versus the lesser teams. The Foxes will be looking to break a two-game losing streak against the league's worst team.

West Ham manager David Moyes will face his former club when Manchester United visits London Stadium. The Hammers have risen to fifth in the table following three consecutive league victories. West Ham currently sits four positions above Manchester United and this will be but the fourth time the clubs have met with West Ham in the superior position in the table and have won their last two home matches against the Red Devils.

Southampton hosts Brighton this weekend having never lost in the Premier League to the Seagulls. The Saints had a seven-game unbeaten stretch broken last week and will look to get back on track in the south coast derby. Striker Danny Ings has returned to training for the Saints and possibly could see action versus Brighton.

The serious injury suffered by striker Raul Jimenez last week means Wolves will be without their top two scorers from last season when they face Liverpool this weekend. One of those two offensive threats, Diogo Jota, will be playing for Liverpool. Wolves have relied on a defense which is joint top of the league in clean sheets for their success. Wolves have scored fewer goals for all but four clubs this season.

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Everton have not kept a clean sheet in nine matches but face a Burnley squad this weekend which has scored only two goals in the Clarets' last eight matches. The Toffees have earned but four points in their last six matches after capturing all twelve points from their first four matches. James Rodriguez has no goals or assists for the Toffees in his last four League appearances.

Manchester United have won three consecutive three league matches as have their weekend opponents, West Ham. The Red Devils will be looking to extend a club record eight consecutive away victories when they visit London Stadium. With a goal at West Ham Bruno Fernandes would become the first Manchester United player in fifty-six years to score in six consecutive away matches.

Aston Villa's match against Newcastle has been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak among Newcastle players and staff.

Manchester City will look to extend a thirty-nine game unbeaten streak versus promoted clubs when it faces Fulham this weekend. The Citizens have decisively beaten the Cottagers the last nine times they have played across all competitions. With Aston Villa idle, City is guaranteed to move back into the top half of the table with a win.

Leeds visits Stamford Bridge having posted two consecutive clean sheets against opponents. The Whites will be tested to extend the streak against the powerful attack capabilities of the Blues. Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has scored six of his seven goals this season in away matches and will hope to continue that success against his former employer.

Arsenal, with just one win in their last six matches, will continue their desperate search for goals when they visit Spurs. Arsenal's ten goals scored this season are fewer than all but the relegation bound squads. Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubmeyang has only a penalty kick goal versus Man United since the opening weekend.

Crystal Palace, unable to score in two losses played without forward Wilfried Zaha, will hope to  have the Ivorian back for their match at West Brom. Adding to concerns for the Eagles is a defense which has failed to keep a clean sheet since the opening weekend.

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Brighton has drawn four of its past six league matches and will hope for its third victory of the year when visiting Southampton this weekend. Brighton striker Danny Welbeck has scored more goals against the Saints than any other opponent across all competion. 

Fulham have not won in their last fifteen league and cup competitions against this weekend’s opponent, Manchester City.  The Cottagers have looked much improved in winning two of their last four matches but look overmatched against a Manchester City team which put five goals past Burnley last week.  

West Brom will look to win its second consecutive match when they welcome Crystal Palace to The Hawthorns.  West Brom have lost only once in six Premier League home matches versus the Eagles.  

Burnley’s match against Everton will be Sean Dyche’s 200th Premier League match as Burnley manager.  The struggling Clarets have yet to take a point from a team higher than fifteenth in the table this season.  

Sheffield United will hope to end a five-match losing streak when hosting Leicester.  The Blades have but one point this season, the worst performance after ten matches in Premier League history. Despite their futility, Sheffield has been defeated by more than a goal only once this season.


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