Premier League Preview Week 11
There is some mid week football taking place this week with action in the Carabao Cup fourth round. We then get back to the Premier League at the weekend and we have focused on 4 games to preview this weekend. Odds below are from bet365 and are subject to change.
Arsenal v Wolves
Arsenal are struggling to put together a run of good results and have only one two of their last five. They were unable to bounce back against Crystal Palace last weekend after suffered a shock defeat away to Sheffield United a week before. Arsenal have one of the worst defences in the top six with 15 conceded from ten games and have only kept two clean sheets all season.
Wolves have put together a solid run of eight games unbeaten in all competitions with four wins and four draws. This form has seen Wolves lift themselves from the relegations zone up to mid-table and they are now four points from safety. Wolves have one of the best defences in the bottom half of the table having only conceded 13 goals from 10 games so far this season.
Arsenal’s only injured player is youngster Reiss Nelson who remains out until the end of November with an ankle injury. Wolves are without Willy Boly, who was injured last weekend, and Ryan Bennett who will miss out with a groin strain.
Although Wolves are in good form, this will be a closely contested match but Unai Emery will be looking for a big response from his team at home to end their bad run so expect Arsenal just to edge this one.
Arsenal – 7/10
Draw – 3/1
Wolves – 7/2
Sheffield United v Burnley
Sheffield United have been a surprise package this season and are currently 8th in the league. They have put together an excellent run over the last five games and they have secured impressive wins at home to Arsenal and away at Everton. The Blades have one of the best defences in the league and have conceded a joint low of eight games, level with both Liverpool and Leicester.
Burnley started the season well but have lost their last two fixtures, conceding six in the process, nearly half of their goals conceded this season. These results have seen Sean Dyche’s team slip to 13th in the league. Dyche will be looking to sure things up defensively this weekend.
Sheffield United have a fully fit squad and no suspensions while Burnley will be without long term absentee Danny Drinkwater (ankle) and Johann Guðmundsson (thigh).
This will be a very tight game with two well drilled, defensively focussed teams. Burnley will be desperate to keep a clean sheet after their last two results, but Sheffield United’s form will see them grab a goal and see the game out to get all three points.
Sheffield United – 11/10
Draw – 9/4
Burnley – 5/2
Brighton v Norwich
Brighton earned a last-minute win at home to Everton last weekend to give them two wins from their last five fixtures. The Seagulls are still struggling to put together any consistent form though as they lost the previous week away to Aston Villa. They have one of the better defences in the bottom half of the table, having conceded 14, and have they have kept three clean sheets so far this season.
Norwich started the season in fine form, but are now struggling in 19th place with no wins in their last five matches. Norwich have only picked up one point from a possible 15 in this recent run and have conceded 12 and scored just 2 in the process.
Both Bernardo (back) and Jose Izquierdo (knee) remain out for Brighton. Mario Vrančić and Ralf Fährmann could be back in contention for Norwich but will still be without Timm Klose, Christoph Zimmermann and Grant Hanley who remain out with respective long term injuries.
Norwich look bereft of confidence at the moment and still remain without a number of injured players for the foreseeable future. Brighton will be delighted with their last-minute victory last week, but they will earn the points more easily this week against Norwich.
Draw – 3/1
Norwich – 16/5
Crystal Palace v Leicester
Crystal Palace are currently in 6th place and have lost just three of their opening 10 this season. The Eagles have lost once in their last five, the 2-0 loss at home to Manchester City. Palace have one of the best defences in the league, conceding 12, but they have struggled to score goals and only Sheffield United (9) have conceded fewer than Palace’s 10 goals in the top half of the table.
Leicester produced a completely dominant display last weekend, equalling the all-time record score of 9-0 away at Southampton. The win capped an excellent start to the season for Brendan Rodgers’ side, who have just lost twice, have the joint best defence in the league and are one of the highest scorers with 25 goals from 10 games.
Conor Wickham and Mamadou Sakho are still recovering from knocks they picked up over the past two weeks but goalkeeper Vincente Guaita could return for Palace. Matty James is the only long-term injury for Leicester.
These two teams have been performing extremely well this season, especially Leicester. Palace have a good recent record against the Foxes but the two teams will cancel each other out this weekend with a score draw at Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace – 12/5
Draw – 12/5
Leicester – 11/10
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