Premier League Matchday 11 Preview: Stage Set for the North London Derby; United Face A Resurgent West Ham & More

Dec 5, 2020, 2:05 PM GMT+5:30
Heung-Min Son, Rob Holding
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Premier League action resumes this weekend and the biggest news heading into the Matchday 11 is that some of the clubs will be able to welcome back fans into the stands for the first time since the Coronavirus outbreak in March.

The highlight of this weekend's action will be the North London Derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday night when leaders Tottenham welcome Arsenal, who are struggling at the 14th spot in the standings.

Manchester United face a tough test against West Ham United, while Liverpool would be looking to keep the pressure on Spurs in their home game against Wolves.

The fixture between Newcastle United and Aston Villa has been postponed on account of a Coronavirus outbreak at North England club. Here is our rundown of all the action that awaits us in the Premier League Matchday 11 this weekend:

Burnley vs Everton

Burnley will get the Matchday 11 underway at the Turf Moor against Everton on Saturday. The hosts dropped back into the relegation zone with a loss last week while The Toffees suffered their fourth loss in five games in their previous outing.

Last Result:

The Clarets were punished 5-0 by a rampant Manchester City side, thanks to Riyad Mahrez's hat-trick, which was their sixth defeat of the season.
Everton fell 1-0 to Leeds United at home, thanks to a late goal by Raphinha, meaning all four of their losses this term have come in their last five fixtures.

Head-to-Head:

Burnley and Everton have squared off 35 times across all competitions so far. The record currently favours the visitors 17-9, while nine meetings between these two sides have ended in a draw. Last season both sides managed a 1-0 win over their opponents in their respective home fixtures.

What This Could Mean:

The best Sean Dyche's side could hope from the game is a jump out of the relegation zone to the 17th position.
Everton are still very much in the top 10, with only a point separating them from the fifth-placed West Ham but another loss could send them into the bottom half of the table.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Burnley: Jack Cork, Dale Stephens, Nick Pope, Phillip Bardsley, Josh Brownhill
Everton: Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Seamus Coleman, Lucas Digne

Player to Watch:

Dominic Calvert-Lewin -The English striker is still the top-scoring player in the Premier League despite failing to score in his previous outing. He has scored five goals in his travels this term and could be back on the scoresheet against Burnley, who've shipped in 17 goals so far.

Dominic Calvert-lewin
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been Everton's star man this season. | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Prediction: 0-2

Manchester City vs Fulham

After their emphatic 5-0 win over Burnley, Manchester City take on another side from the bottom half of the table in Fulham at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Last Result:

The Cityzens cruised to their biggest win of the season, courtesy a Riyad Mahrez hat-trick and goals from Benjamin Mendy and Ferran Torres.
Fulham recorded just their second win of the season last time around and shocked Leicester City 2-1 at the King Power Stadium thanks to quick-fire goals from Ivan Cavaleiro and Ademola Lookman.

Head-to-Head:

In their 32 meetings so far, City have 18 wins to their name, while The Cottagers have won just five times. 9 games between the two have ended in a draw.
Fulham are winless against City since the 2008/09 season and have failed to find the back of the net in their last five meetings.

What This Could Mean:

A win here would put Pep Guardiola's side back into the contention for a European qualification spot and any other result would mean another week in the bottom half of the table for the Cityzens.
Fulham have recorded two wins in their last four games, which has kept them in the safe zone. They need a draw or better to stay in the 17th position, a loss could put them back in the bottom three.

Injuries and Suspensions:

City: Sergio Aguero
Fulham: Terence Kongolo, Joshua Onomah, Kenny Tete

Player to Watch:

Riyad Mahrez - The Algerian winger was on fire in his previous outing and could continue his form against Fulham. With Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, misfiring at the moment, he has the perfect opportunity to show Guardiola that he deserves a place in the starting XI even after Sergio Aguero finally marks his return.

Riyad Mahrez
Manchester City v Burnley - Premier League | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Prediction: 3-1

West Ham United vs Manchester United

West Ham United host Manchester United at the London Stadium on Saturday night. Both clubs have endured identical results in their last five games, though the hosts are four places above the visitors in the league table.

Last Result:

The Hammers eked out a narrow 2-1 win over Aston Villa in their previous outing while the Red Devils played out a five-goal thriller against Southampton and secured a win thanks to Edinson Cavani's injury-time winner.

Head-to-Head:

Manchester United will become West Ham's most-played opponents after Saturday's game. The sides have clashed 105 times since 1963 and 51 games have ended in The Red Devils' favour.
The Hammers have 25 wins to their name while 29 games have ended in a stalemate.

What This Could Mean:

West Ham find themselves fifth in a very tight league table and a loss or even a draw would definitely see them drop at least a couple of places in the table.
Manchester United's three back-to-back wins have helped them move into the top 10 and same as the hosts, only a win would keep them in the top 10.

Injuries and Suspensions:

West Ham: Andriy Yarmolenko
United: Luke Shaw, Phil Jones

Player to Watch:

Edison Cavani - The veteran striker proved his worth with an incredible performance coming off the bench last time around and was involved in all three of United's second-half goals. He has the experience and the skill to do it again.

Edinson Cavani
Southampton v Manchester United - Premier League | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Prediction: 1-1

Chelsea vs Leeds United

In Saturday's last game, third-place Chelsea host Leeds United at the Stamford Bridge. They are coming off a massive 4-0 win over Sevilla in the Champions League, in which Olivier Giroud banged in all the goals.

Last Result:

Chelsea held leaders Tottenham to a goalless draw last time around but they have been doing well in their recent fixtures.
The Peacocks won their first game after a draw and two losses in their previous outing against Everton.

Head-to-Head:

Saturday's game at the Stamford Bridge will be the first league meeting between the two sides in 17 years. Surprisingly Leeds currently lead 26-17 in the head-to-head record and 15 games have ended in a draw.

What This Could Mean:

Chelsea could end up going atop the league standings in an unlikely scenario which would require both Spurs and Liverpool losing their respective fixtures. A win would go a long way in helping them keep a gap between them and the narrowly separated team in the top 10.
For Leeds, the best-case scenario is an unlikely spot in the top 10 but on the flipside, a loss here would condemn them to a spot in the bottom quarter.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Chelsea: None
Leeds: Diego Llorente, Adam Forshaw, Gaetano Berardi, Jamie Shackleton, Pablo Hernandez, Jack Harrison

Player to Watch:

Timo Werner - The German striker had a slow start to his career with the London club, but he still has scored seven goals across all competitions. It is expected that manager Frank Lampard will start him in place of Giroud in the league game, so he will get an opportunity to show off his worth here.

Timo Werner
FC Sevilla v Chelsea FC: Group E - UEFA Champions League | David Ramos/Getty Images

Prediction: 2-0

West Bromwich Albion vs Crystal Palace

West Bromwich Albion host Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns this Sunday having recorded their first win of the campaign against the bottom-placed Sheffield United last week.

Last Result:

West Brom won their first game of the campaign last time around against fellow strugglers Sheffield with midfielder Conor Gallagher scoring the winning goal.
Crystal Palace suffered their second consecutive defeat in the league at the hands of Newcastle United last week, conceding twice in the last two minutes of the game.

Head-to-Head:

The Baggies have faced The Eagles 37 times across all competitions and currently lead the head-to-head record 16-11. 10 games between the two have ended in a draw.
The visitors are unbeaten in their last four outings against the hosts and have not conceded a goal in these fixtures.

What This Could Mean:

Another win for the hosts would help them go as far as 17th in the league standings while a draw or loss would mean that they remain in the relegation zone.
The Eagles will be safe from the drop zone even after a loss here but a win could put them back in contention for a spot in the top 10.

Injuries and Suspensions:

West Brom: Kieran Gibbs, Jake Livermore, Sam Field, Conor Townsend
Palace: Nathan Ferguson, Wayne Hennessey, Connor Wickham, James Tomkins

Player to Watch:

Wilfred Zaha - Crystal Palace have struggled in absence of their talisman, as evident from their two back-to-back losses without finding the back of the net. The player has been out of action for Palace's last two games with COVID-19 but might be back in action this weekend and provide a much-needed boost to his side.

Prediction: 1-1

Sheffield United vs Leicester City

Sheffield United welcome Leicester City to the Bramall Lane on Sunday night hoping to secure their first win of the campaign. They are now the only side without a win in the Premier League.

Last Result:

The Blades suffered their fifth consecutive loss and ninth of the campaign against West Brom, who got their first win of the season at the latter's expense.
Leicester suffered their second consecutive defeat in the league, at the hand of minnows Fulham but managed to stay in the top four.

Head-to-Head:

In their 35 meetings across all competition, Leicester lead 15-10 in the head-to-head record and the remaining 10 games have ended in a stalemate. The Foxes are on a five-game winning run against The Blades and are unbeaten in their last eight games, with their last defeat coming in 2008.

What This Could Mean:

Even after a win here, the hosts would still remain in the bottom three but it would go a long way in giving them a much need boost.
Nothing but a win would help the visitors keep their top-four status and after two consecutive losses, another loss against the bottom-placed side would be detrimental to their morale.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Sheffield: Ethan Ampadu, Enda Stevens, Jack O'Connell
Leicester: Daniel Amartey, Timothy Castagne, Çağlar Söyüncü

Player to Watch:

Jamie Vardy- The prolific Leicester striker is the joint-thrid top scorer in the Premier League, with eight goals in nine appearances and would be looking to get on the scoresheet yet again. He has failed to score in the last two games and thus would be looking to make amends by getting on the scoresheet in this fixture, as most of his goals have come away from home this term.

Jamie Vardy
SC Braga v Leicester City: Group G - UEFA Europa League | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Prediction: 0-2

Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal

In the standout fixture of the weekend league leaders, Tottenham welcome fierce rivals Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the 126th North London Derby. The Gunners have had a superior record in this historic fixture but now Spurs are starting to show them who's the boss in North London.

Shkodran Mustafi
Tottenham vs Arsenal is one of the fiercest rivalries in the English top-flight | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Last Result:

Spurs played out a goalless draw against London rivals Chelsea in the previous league fixture and also drew their Europa League tie against LASK 3-3 yesterday.
The Gunners lost their previous league game at home to Wolves 2-1, in a game where all three goals were scored in the first 45 minutes. They maintained their 100% record in the Europa League with a convincing 4-1 win over Rapid Wein.

Head-to-Head:

The North London rivals have locked horns 125 times since 1963, with the current record favouring the visitors 52-34, though they haven't been able to beat Spurs since 2018. 39 meetings between the two sides have produced inconclusive results. Spurs won the last time these sides clashed at Sunday's venue Hueng-min Son assisting the first goal and scoring the second one in their 2-1 win.

What This Could Mean:

Spurs have been at the top of the table for the last two weeks and to keep themselves at the pole position, a win is a must here as reigning champions Liverpool are breathing down their neck and are only behind on goal difference.
Arsenal are 14th in the standings with 13 points and a win could help them move at least four places up the table but a draw or a loss could see them go as low as 16th.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Spurs: Erik Lamela, Toby Alderweireld, Carlos Vinicius
Arsenal: Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe, Thomas Partey

Player to Watch:

Harry Kane - The striker was rested for their trip to Austria in the Europa League and should be back in the lineup on Sunday. Kane is the joint-top scorer in the fixture, having found the back of the net 10 times in 12 appearances. We expect the vice-captain to hit the ground running against Arsenal. He is already the league's leading assist provider with nine so far and could add a goal or two here on Sunday.

Harry Kane, Erik Lamela, Moussa Sissoko
Harry Kane is on great form this season. | Pool/Getty Images

Prediction: 2-0

Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Liverpool host Wolverhampton Wanderers in their upcoming Premier League fixture. The game at Anfield will be Sunday's final game and will decide who sits at the top of the table until next week.

Last Result:

The Reds conceded a penalty in the injury-time and ended up sharing the spoils with Brighton in their previous outing, thus squandering the opportunity to take the pole position in the table.
Wolves got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Arsenal in the last game with Pedro Neto on the scoresheet yet again.

Head-to-Head:

As expected Liverpool have a great record in their encounters with Wolves winning 32 of the 48 games so far, while the visitors only have nine wins to their name. This fixture has rarely produced a stalemate, with the teams sharing the points on just seven occasions.
The last time these sides played out a draw was back in the 2009/10 season, since then The Reds have won seven times in their 10 meetings, including a league double last season.

What This Could Mean:

Jurgen Klopp's side needs a win here to keep the pressure on Spurs at the top. Spurs face Arsenal this week and could drop points, so a win for the reigning champions might help them open up a gap.
Wolves have been in the middle of the table for the last few weeks and it is expected that even if they drop points here they should be able to retain their top 10 status.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Liverpool: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri, Thiago Alcantara, Alisson, James Milner
Wolves: Jonny, Raul Jimenez, Romain Saiss

Player to Watch:

Diogo Jota - The 23-year-old forward has scored nine goals across all competitions for Liverpool and was on target in their 1-1 draw against Brighton. He has fit really well in Klopp's system in a short time and can torment his former employers on Sunday.

Diogo Jota, Lewis Dunk
Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool - Premier League | Pool/Getty Images

Prediction: 2-1

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Southampton

The Matchday 11 will conclude on Monday night when fifth from the bottom Brighton host sixth from the top Southampton at The Amex.

Last Result:

The Seagulls would be giving themselves a pat on the back after snatching a point from their clash against Liverpool last time around in the third minute of the injury-time thanks to Pascal Groß's penalty.
The Saints were left heartbroken when Manchester United overturned a two-goal deficit in the second half and scored the match-winner in the injury time via substitute Edinson Cavani.

Head-to-Head:

Brighton and Southampton have clashed 25 times across all competitions. The visitors are unbeaten in the Premier League against the hosts and their last defeat against the Seagulls came in the 2011/12 season in the Championship.
The Saints lead the head-to-head record 12-4, while nine games have ended in a draw.

What This Could Mean:

Brighton stayed out of the drop zone with their draw last time around and that means with 10 points they are guaranteed to be in the safe zone this weekend too, even if they drop points against Southampton.
The Saints dropped to the sixth position with their third loss of the season and will have to secure a win here if they are to move back into the top four.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Brighton: Florin Andone, Jose Izquierdo, Christian Walton, Adam Lallana
Southampton: Danny Ings, Mohammed Salisu, William Smallbone, Nathan Redmond

Player to Watch:

James Ward-Prowse - The club captain produced a remarkable first-half performance against Manchester United last time around only for it to be undone by an equally impressive second-half display by Cavani. His accurate set-pieces and playmaking abilities can help The Saints until stirker Danny Ings marks his return from an injury spell.

Prediction: 1-2

Stats courtesy int.soccerway.comtransfermarkt.com and whoscored.com

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