Arsenal try to avoid getting fed to the Wolves, The Saints pray for mercy and Goodison Park will see goals galore
The English Premier League is already crystallising into the sections we all know and love: the title race, the Champions League places, the Europa fall-back option, the mid-table mediocrity and the relegation battle.
While some sections look a forgone conclusion – it’s a battle between Liverpool and Manchester City for the biggest prize already – others look wide open. This week sees big clashes that will affect both ends of the table, possibly for the next few months.
Bournemouth vs. Manchester United (12:30 pm GMT kick-off, Saturday)
Fresh from despatching Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, Manchester United continue on their travels and aim for their fourth consecutive victory on the road, this time on the South Coast. Bournemouth, however, will be difficult opponents, and frequently surprise big sides at the Vitality Stadium.
With Anthony Martial back in the Red Devils’ side, Ole Gunnar Solskjær will now hope that his previously ailing side can now climb the league table, but Eddie Howe’s side represent a major banana skin to their chances, and with attacking players such as Callum Wilson and Harry Wilson both looking sharp, could do themselves a great service after having no midweek game and push into a top-half finish rather than a season geared around survival.
Our tip: Both sides to score and Bournemouth to win.
Manchester City vs. Southampton (3:00 pm GMT kick-off, Saturday)
Southampton travel to the Etihad just three days after losing 3-1 to them in the Carabao Cup for Premier League action on the back of their previous defeat being a record 9-0 thrashing at the hands of Leicester City.
With The Saints struggling at the foot of the Premier League table, Manchester City can be the South Coast side’s biggest nightmare, or alternatively, provide the perfect springboard for a revival for Ralph Hassenhuttl’s team if they were able to get even a draw out of the game.
Our tip: Raheem Sterling to score a brace
Everton vs. Spurs (4:30 pm GMT kick-off, Sunday)
What should be the game of the weekend takes place at Goodison as Everton take on Spurs in a pitched battle between two struggling sides who aspire to better things. Neither side can afford to drop two points, let alone contemplate the prospect of defeat, but each team has major defensive flaws.
With both attacks featuring players who can score out of nothing, such as Harry Kane for Spurs and Richarlison for Everton, there’s almost guaranteed to be a glut of goals. Tune in, and don’t blink.
Our tip: Over 4.5 goals
Gameweek #11 fixtures:
Bournemouth vs. Man Utd (12:30 pm GMT kick-off)
Arsenal vs. Wolves (3:00 pm GMT kick-off)
Aston Villa vs. Liverpool (3:00 pm GMT kick-off)
Brighton vs. Norwich (3:00 pm GMT kick-off)
Man City vs. Southampton (3:00 pm GMT kick-off)
Sheff Utd vs. Burnley (3:00 pm GMT kick-off)
West Ham vs. Newcastle (3:00 pm GMT kick-off)
Watford vs. Chelsea (5:30 pm GMT kick-off)
Sunday 3rd November
Crystal Palace vs. Leicester City (2:00 pm GMT kick-off)
Everton vs. Spurs (4:30 pm GMT kick-off)