Hello one and all, ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, lads and ladies and welcome to your favorite weekly installment of Dief’s Premier League Matchday preview. Today I will take you through the record-breaking matchweek 10 and I’ll give you my take on what to expect for week 11. Without further ado, let’s get right into week 10 and how we witnessed history.
Well, I’m just gonna say it, Leicester City are winning the Premier League again this season… ok maybe not but they cemented their spot in history as one of the most improved and exciting teams in recent history. At the weekend Leicester City tied the biggest margin of victory in PL history with a 9-0 WIN over pathetic Southampton. To give Southamton some credit, Champions League winning LWB Ryan Bertrand got his marching orders in the 12th min, with the Saints already 0-1 down. From then on, new boy Ayoze Perez and lethal front man Jamie Vardy both recorded a hat-trick in the most lopsided result in the history of the league. West London also had a hat-trick hero, with frustrated new boy Christian Pulisic delivering the goods in his first ever PL start with Chelsea in a 4-2 win over Burnley. Arsenal blew a 2-0 lead over Crystal Palace to tie 2-2 (what else is new…) and Liverpool recorded the all-important win over Tottenham after going 0-1 down in the first minute. In Manchester, City recorded a comfortable 3-0 over Aston Villa while United finally score more than 1 goal in a game in a 3-1 win away from home at Norwich. Now let’s dive in to what to expect from matchweek 11.
LEICESTER CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACE (Selhurst Park)
Ok yeah its a bit of a boring week BUT, this is a clash between 3rd place and 6th place with the chance of Crystal Palace moving into a European spot should they record a win against the Foxes. Palace not too long ago were 0-0-7 with no goals scored under Frank de Boer and now sit just 1 point behind 6th placed Arsenal in an attempt to at least finish in the top half of the table for the first time since their promotion a few years back. Meanwhile, Leicester City are coming off the joint-biggest win in PL history in a season so far reminisicent of their 2015-16 title triumph. Jamie Vardy is in top form and Brendan Rodgers has seamlessly sealed his return to PL management. Leicester could potentially reach 2nd place dependent on Manchester City’s result and I personally want to see a 3 horse race this season. Expect a fiery performance from Leicester with Palace aiming to use the counterattack to get goals against the run of play. I say 3-0 Leicester City win.
EVERTON VS TOTTENHAM (Goodison Park)
For our top notable match, it is a clash of two vastly underwhelming teams. Everton currently sit in 16th place, 2 points above the relegation zone while Tottenham join the Toffees in the bottom half of the table, sitting in 11th place after 10 matches. Given the rosters of both of these clubs, their performances have been pretty abysmal and will need to go all out in this fixture to win over the supporters and get their season back on track. After a Champions League final run last season, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have slammed the brakes on all momentum and look to be a disjointed team in all areas of the pitch. Tottenham will need their midfield to spark their attack while Everton need to lock down their leaky defense. It will certainly be a brawl between 2 disappointing teams and I see goals on both sides. I say 2-1 Tottenham win.
MANCHESTER CITY VS SOUTHAMPTON (Etihad Stadium)
After a hugely demoralizing 0-9 loss and going up against one of the best all-around teams in recent PL history spells bad omens for the Saints as they travel to the Etihad at the weekend. Pep Guardiola’s men have already recorded a 8-0 win over Watford earlier on in the season and could we really see a huge blowout yet again? Southampton will be without key player Ryan Bertrand through suspension and will need to rethink their defensive tactics to try and steal a point from the fixture. Another blowout would surely spell the end for Hasenhuttl at the helm of the club… this one should be fun to watch. I say 4-0 Manchester City win
- Manchester United vs Bournemouth – 2-1 Manchester United win
- Arsenal vs Wolverhampton – 2-2 draw
- Liverpool vs Aston Villa – 3-1 Liverpool win
- Brighton vs Norwich – 2-0 Brighton win
- Sheffield United vs Burnley – 1-1 draw
- West Ham vs Newcastle – 2-1 West Ham win
- Watford vs Chelsea – 3-1 Chelsea win
THINGS TO WATCH
- Christian Pulisic (yes, again) – Did he do enough to win back his starting XI spot?
- Southampton – How will they respond after a 0-9 loss against Manchester City?
- Watford – Can they finally… finally record a win?
- Dele Alli – Can he return to his prolific self to get Tottenham back into “top 6” form?
Written by: Andrew Diefenderfer (@diefdorf)