Gameweek 11 preview

October 30, 2015

31 Oct 12:45 Chelsea v Liverpool
31 Oct 15:00 Crystal Palace v Man Utd
31 Oct 15:00 Man City v Norwich
31 Oct 15:00 Newcastle v Stoke
31 Oct 15:00 Swansea v Arsenal
31 Oct 15:00 Watford v West Ham
31 Oct 15:00 West Brom v Leicester
01 Nov 13:30 Everton v Sunderland
01 Nov 16:00 Southampton v Bournemouth
02 Nov 20:00 Spurs v Aston Villa


It can get a bit tedious, but the obvious place to start this week is City’s home tie against Norwich. If City can stick six past Newcastle, who can in turn hit six past Norwich, then the point scoring potential on the blue side of Manchester this weekend shouldn’t be ignored. And that’s with their injury list – which has lengthened this week with doubts over Raheem Sterling and Pablo Zabaleta. Sterling looks less of a worry than Zabaleta, who was stretchered off in the midweek cup tie. If anything, it means that Bacary Sagna’s place is secure for another round of fixtures. Vincent Kompany came back into the side (finally) last weekend, and they kept another clean sheet. It was their first since Kompany last played. City have kept a clean sheet in every game in which their captain has featured. It makes you wonder why Pellegrini delayed his comeback for so long.

Also benefiting from an injury could be Olivier Giroud, who has been playing second fiddle to Theo Walcott over the last few weeks. Walcott was also injured in the midweek cup outing and is reported to be out for the next five games, handing Giroud almost certain starts. Giroud has scored in three of his six substitute appearances this season, and netted having been picked from the start against Everton last weekend. An extended run of starting XI appearances could see him reclaim the role of Arsenal’s number one striker.

Boaz Myhill continues to lead the goalkeeper charts. Another clean sheet last weekend – his sixth – took him past the 50 point mark. Gareth MacAuley appears third in the defender’s form table, yet the popularity of the West Brom back line may diminish in the coming weeks. The Baggies take on Jamie Vardy and Leicester this week, followed by games at four more of the top six.


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