Friday, February 21, 2020

Premier League Preview – Matchday 11

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 2 Nov 2018

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Matchday eleven in the Premier League kicks off at the south coast as Bournemouth take on Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium.

The Cherries, who took ten points from twelve available to them in October and victory here would see them move into the Champions League places ahead of the rest if the weekend’s fixtures.

Jose Mourinho’s side will move level on points with their opponents should the record what would be third win in four league games while defeat could see them slip into the bottom half should other results fall against them.

Second plays fourth later in the day as Liverpool will look to maintain their unbeaten league record against an Arsenal side who extended their run without defeat to thirteen games midweek.


Meetings between the two sides usually guarantee goals with twenty-seven being scored across the last five clashes.

With the sides also in prolific scoring firm this term, you may be tempted to back there being at least four this time around at a price of 13/10.

Tottenham Hotspur go in to the weekend just a point behind off the top four and in Saturday’s late kick-off face a trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers who are looking to avoid a third straight defeat.

Watford could also muscle their way into the top four on Saturday and will fancy their chances against a Newcastle United side who are yet to win in the league this term while Brighton and Hove Albion could win a for a fourth top-flight game in succession for the first time since 1981 as they host Everton.

West Ham United take on Burnley at the London Stadium with both sides tied on just eight points from ten games while Cardiff City, who are outside of the relegation zone on goal difference host Leicester City.


The Foxes players together decided to honour the fixture after what has been an indescribably hard week following the tragic events of last Saturday, and soon after the game the entire squad will head to Thailand to attend the funeral of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Sunday’s action commences at the Etihad Stadium, where league leaders Manchester City take on Southampton looking to extend their nine-game unbeaten run – a run which is extra impressive when you consider they have conceded just the one goal in that time.

The day’s other fixture sees Chelsea take on Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge and the Blues haven’t lost since their Community Shield defeat to the champions – Maurizo Sarri the first man to begin his reign at the club with ten league games without defeat.


Finally, the must-win is often thrown about in this game we love, but certainly no side will want to lose on Monday evening as bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield Town face a Fulham side who have conceded twenty-eight goals – more than any side ever at this stage of a Premier League season.


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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