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Premier League Preview: Gameweek 10

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 29 Oct 2016

Could this be the season Arsenal end their title winning drought?

Could this be the season Arsenal end their title winning drought?

Gameweek ten in the Premier League kicks off at the Stadium of Light where bottom of the table Sunderland take on and Arsenal side who sit behind leaders Manchester City only on goal difference.

The Black Cats have taken just two points from their opening nine games leaving them three adrift in twentieth place while they are five behind seventeenth place Middlesbrough.

Arsene Wenger’s men are unbeaten since the opening day of the season though they saw their winning run ended by Middlesbrough last weekend with the sides playing out a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium.

Top of the table Manchester City travel to West Bromwich Albion looking for a first win in six though their point against Southampton was enough to keep them in pole position.

The Baggies saw a run of three consecutive 1-1 draws end with defeat at Liverpool last Saturday and they will hope to pile more misery on Pep Guardiola’s men as they look to steer clear of trouble.

Tight at the top

Liverpool are tied with both Manchester City and Arsenal on twenty points and take their unbeaten run, which currently stands at ten games, to Crystal Palace in Saturday’s late kick-off.

Both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur sit just a point behind the top three sides and will look to keep on the pressure as they take on Southampton and Leicester City respectively.

The Saints are unbeaten in five league games and could move to within three points of their opponents with victory at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday while champions Leicester will be keen to build on last weekend’s win over Crystal Palace.

Chasing pack

Everton begin the weekend in sixth place and face a resurgent West Ham United at Goodison Park in Sunday’s early afternoon kick-off while seventh place Manchester United host Burnley looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 4-0 thumping by Chelsea.

Watford, who have lost just one of their last six fixtures will be keen to keep in the top half of the table with a positive result against struggling Hull City, who have lost five on the bounce.

Survival battle

A point or more for the Tigers would see them climb out of the bottom three should Middlesbrough fail to beat Bournemouth, while Swansea City will be keeping an eye on things ahead of their trip to Stoke City on Monday evening.

The South Wales’ side have taken just five points so far this season with their only league victory coming at Burnley on the opening day of the season and they can now be backed at a price of 13/8 to be relegated.


Deke Hardman

Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both and, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.



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