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Premier League preview: November 10th and 11th 2012

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres comes up against former-club Liverpool on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

This weekend’s Premier League action sees seven games take place on Saturday and three on Sunday.

Everton host Sunderland at Goodison Park in one of the six games that kick-off at 3PM.

Everton have drawn the last four games in the top flight, but remain fourth in the Premier League table.

Midfielder turned target man Marouane Fellaini has been in fantastic goal scoring form for the Toffee’s netting five goals this season. He will be hoping to add to his goal tally against the team from the North East.

Sunderland have been struggling for form in recent months and Steven Fletcher is the only Black Cats player to have found the net this season. Sunderland have a terrible record at Goodison Park and have won none of their 15 Premier League meetings with the Toffee’s on Merseyside.

Also on Saturday, Arsenal host Fulham at Craven Cottage. The Gunners lost 2-1 at Manchester United in their last Premier League outing and threw away a two goal lead at Schalke to draw 2-2 in the Champions League. The Gunners are currently seventh in the Premier League table, but could move up to fourth with a victory.

The visitors are only behind the Gunners on goal difference and could move into the top four with a victory, depending on other results. The Cottagers snatched a last-gasp 2-2 draw with Everton in their last top flight outing and are unbeaten in four games.

Elsewhere, Reading will be looking for their first victory of the season as the Royals host Norwich at the Madejski Stadium. Brian McDermott’s side claimed a 1-1 draw at QPR in their last Premier League encounter and will be looking to build on that decent performance against the Canaries.

Norwich haven’t kept a clean sheet in 38 games and tend to struggle away from home. The Canaries endured a poor start to this season’s campaign, but their results have improved in recent weeks. Chris Hughton’s side have picked up seven points from a possible 12.

QPR travels to Stoke’s Britannia Stadium looking for their first victory of the season. However that could prove a difficult task with the Potters defending an unbeaten home run of 11 games. Tony Pulis’ find themselves in 15th position after just one top flight victory this season.

QPR haven’t won an away game under Mark Hughes, who took over in January. The Hoops last away win was at the Britannia Stadium nearly a year ago and Hughes will be hoping that his team can turn their form around in the Potteries.

Wigan host West Brom at the DW Stadium. The home side have won the last two games after not winning in six games. The Latics could move into the top half of the table with victory.

Steve Clarke’s Baggies currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League table, only behind fourth place Everton on goal difference. However their fine form has been built on their home record and the Baggies have yet to win on the road under Clarke. West Brom have taken just two points from four games under the Scot.

Southampton host Swansea at St Marys looking for a win that could take them off the bottom of the Premier League table. The Saints have recorded just one victory this season in the top flight, but that victory did come at home.

The Welsh outfit have enjoyed mixed fortunes so far this season and are 11th in the table.  Michael Laudrup’s side have played some good football this season and will be looking for a victory to take them into the top half of the table.

Aston Villa host Manchester United in the evening kick-off at Villa Park. The visitors are unbeaten in 16 games against Villa at Villa Park. The Villans have only beaten United once in their last 33 league meetings.

The omens don’t look good for Villa either, as Paul Lambert’s side are 17th in the Premier League. Villa have won just two top flight games under the former-Norwich boss, but won 1-0 at Sunderland in their last Premier League outfit.

Sunday is also a busy day in the Premier League with three games taking place. In the early kick-off Manchester City host Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium. City drew their last Premier League outing 0-0 at West Ham.

The English champions drew 2-2 with Ajax on Tuesday night in the Champions League and are now on the brink of being eliminated from the competition. The Citizens are two points behind leaders Manchester United, but could be as much as five points by the time City kick-off.

Tottenham have a big challenge on their hands as City haven’t lost at home in 34 games. However, a victory could move Tottenham back into fourth place and the Champions League spots, depending on Saturday’s results.

Newcastle also host West Ham at St James Park on Sunday. Former-Magpie stars Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan return to their former-club. The Hammers are currently 9th in the Premier League, but could potentially move up as high as fourth in the Premier League table.

Newcastle are tenth, just a point behind the Irons and could go above the visitors with a victory on Tyneside.  Newcastle will have to do without suspended stars Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote.

In the late kick-off Chelsea faces Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. The big talking point of the clash is Chelsea’s record signing Fernando Torres coming up against his former-club.

Chelsea dropped down to second place in the Premier League last week, after drawing 1-1 at Swansea. The Blues could start the game four points behind leaders Manchester United.

Liverpool have enjoyed an inconsistent start to the season and have claimed just two league victories under Brendan Rodgers. Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez has been in superb form in recent games and the controversial striker will have to be at his best if Liverpool are going to claim victory.

Who will be top of the Premier League at the end of the weekend?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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